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Blackhawks 6, Blues 3

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 12:43 AM

Associated Press

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Blackhawks 6, Blues 3
Chicago Blackhawks 6, St. Louis Blues 3

ST. LOUIS (AP) -New coach, same result for the St. Louis Blues. Another dud at home.

Tomas Kopecky had his first two-goal game and third career multipoint effort for the Chicago Blackhawks, who spoiled Davis Payne's debut as Blues interim coach in a 6-3 victory Saturday night.

"There's work to be done," said Payne, elevated from the team's AHL club in Peoria, Ill., earlier in the day. "It hurts in any language, in any league. It's disappointing."

Patrick Sharp also had two goals and the Blackhawks scored four straight goals to pull away from a 2-all tie. Chicago has won five of six and is tied with New Jersey for second place overall in the NHL, two points behind San Jose.

Brian Campbell and Kris Versteeg also scored for Chicago.

"It always feels great when you score," Kopecky said. "It helps the team especially when you win. It was a great feeling."

Eric Brewer, Andy McDonald and Keith Tkachuk scored for the Blues, who lost their fifth in a row at home after failing to capitalize on a 7-minute power play in the first period. Home woes got Andy Murray fired earlier in the day and an 11th straight sellout combined with the change to Payne failed to get the Blues out of their rut.

"There's no excuses for some of the mistakes we made and the odd-man rushes we gave them," forward David Backes said. "As much as six goals against hurts, they could have had a few more."

The Blues are 6-14-3 at home, one of the wins coming in Sweden to open the season. They've been a confounding team, given their superior 11-4-3 road record.

St. Louis has lost five in a row overall and the goals allowed matched a season worst. But Payne emphasized he's just getting started and has no theories on the team's home struggles.

"This is Game 1 for me," Payne said. "What's gone on in the past, certainly the more you dwell, the more you kind of lose traction. We simply need to focus on how we're going to gain traction."

Kopecky has three goals and five assists in 39 games but also had two assists in a victory over the Devils on Thursday while providing unexpected production from the fourth line. In 222 career games he has 15 goals and 40 points.

"Nice to see that line score a couple of goals early," coach Joel Quenneville said. "All of a sudden, you know you're going to have a good night. That got us going."

The Blackhawks had a 13-5 shots advantage in the crucial second period. Campbell's fifth goal from the slot ricocheted off at least two players at 3:15 and Versteeg kept the puck on a 2-on-1 break before beating Ty Conklin on a shot just inside the post with less than 2 minutes to go.

Defenseman Mike Weaver's perfect mid-ice hit flattened Sharp, leading to retaliation that saddled Cam Barker with 7 minutes in penalties plus a game misconduct. The Blues settled for tying it at 2 at 16:05 on McDonald's 13th goal when Cristobal Huet's clearing attempt deflected off the forward's skate, although both teams were a man short.

"I got up and didn't know where the punches were coming from," Weaver said. "Everybody has to sacrifice their bodies. You could see the crowd was into it."

The Blackhawks had a 12-3 shots advantage the first 13 minutes, including Kopecky's second and third goals of the season off assists from Colin Fraser. Backes assisted on both of the Blues' first-period goals.

NOTES: The Blackhawks are 10-6-2 on the road, 18-4-1 at home. ... Chicago is 23-4-2 when scoring first. ... Blues defenseman Erik Johnson's first-period assist snapped a nine-game scoreless drought. ... Jonathan Toews was scoreless, ending a five-game points streak during which he had two goals and eight assists. ... Colin Fraser assisted on both Chicago goals in the first period.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:10
CHI
Tomas Kopecky (2) Deflected shot - ASST: Brent Seabrook (14), Colin Fraser (5)
1 - 0 CHI
05:16
STL
Eric Brewer (3) Wrist shot - ASST: David Backes (11), Ty Conklin (1)
1 - 1 Tie
06:51
CHI
Tomas Kopecky (3) Snap shot - ASST: Ben Eager (3), Colin Fraser (6)
2 - 1 CHI
16:05
STL
Andy McDonald (13) Wrist shot - ASST: David Backes (12), Erik Johnson (18)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
03:15
CHI
Brian Campbell (5) Slapshot - ASST: Patrick Kane (29), Marian Hossa (9)
3 - 2 CHI
18:42
CHI
Kris Versteeg (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Dustin Byfuglien (7)
4 - 2 CHI
3rd Period
01:39
CHI
Patrick Sharp (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Marian Hossa (10), Brent Sopel (5)
5 - 2 CHI
03:42
CHI
PPG - Patrick Sharp (14) Backhand shot - ASST: Brent Seabrook (15)
6 - 2 CHI
17:52
STL
PPG - Keith Tkachuk (10) Deflected shot - ASST: T.J. Oshie (13), David Perron (12)
6 - 3 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
09:56
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Fighting (maj) against  Ben Eager
09:56
CHI
Ben Eager  Fighting (maj) against  B.J. Crombeen
13:00
CHI
Cam Barker  Instigator against  Mike Weaver
13:00
CHI
Cam Barker  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Weaver
13:00
CHI
Cam Barker  Misconduct (10 min)
13:00
CHI
Cam Barker  Game misconduct
14:10
STL
T.J. Oshie  Clipping against  Marian Hossa
16:50
CHI
Troy Brouwer  Slashing against  Ty Conklin
2nd Period
00:44
CHI
Jonathan Toews  Fighting (maj) against  David Backes
00:44
STL
David Backes  Fighting (maj) against  Jonathan Toews
01:48
STL
David Perron  Roughing against  Kris Versteeg
01:48
CHI
Kris Versteeg  Roughing against  David Perron
05:26
STL
Brad Boyes  Hooking against  Marian Hossa
11:30
STL
Keith Tkachuk  Roughing against  Brian Campbell
13:58
CHI
Duncan Keith  Cross checking against  David Backes
3rd Period
01:49
STL
Carlo Colaiacovo  Fighting (maj) against  Colin Fraser
01:49
CHI
Colin Fraser  Fighting (maj) against  Carlo Colaiacovo
01:49
STL
Cam Janssen  Charging against  Brent Sopel
12:52
STL
Erik Johnson  Cross checking against  Patrick Kane
16:27
CHI
Ben Eager  Fighting (maj) against  Barret Jackman
16:27
CHI
Ben Eager  Match penalty against  Barret Jackman
16:27
STL
Cam Janssen  Misconduct (10 min)
16:27
STL
Barret Jackman  Fighting (maj) against  Ben Eager
16:27
STL
Cam Janssen  Elbowing against  Brent Sopel
goalie stats
Cristobal Huet
Cristobal Huet
19-8-2
SA: 22TOI: 60:00
Saves: 19EV: 12 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .864SH: 0 - 0
Ty Conklin
SA: 33TOI: 59:53
Saves: 27EV: 23 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .818SH: 0 - 0

 
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