Posted January 22, 2013 on AP on Fox
Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook and Viktor Stalberg scored to back Corey Crawford, and the Chicago Blackhawks hung on to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Tuesday night. The Blackhawks looked sharp in their home opener after impressive wins at defending champion Los Angeles and Phoenix, the team that knocked them out of the playoffs in the first round last season. This time, they took out the reigning Central division champions, with Kane scoring in the first period, Seabrook deflecting a shot into the net with his skate in the second and Stalberg coming through early in the third to make it 3-0. Crawford made 32 saves and was in line for his first shutout since March 2011 when Andy McDonald beat him with a wrist shot shortly after Stalberg scored. T.J. Oshie pulled the Blues within one when he fired in a rebound of David Peron's shot on a power play with 5:07 left. Brian Elliott made 24 saves, but the Blues took their first loss after beating Detroit and Nashville. It was another good showing by the Blackhawks after they scored 11 goals in their first two games and sparked memories of the high-powered team that won the Stanley Cup in 2010. Playing against the team that allowed the fewest goals in the league last season, they set the tempo in the early going and grabbed a 1-0 lead 7:20 in when Kane cut across the crease on a 3-on-0 rush. He took a feed from Patrick Sharp and beat Elliott with a backhand for his second goal of the season. The Blues came on late in the period, but Crawford made two great saves seconds apart when he stopped Alexander Steen and sprawled out to block Vladimir Tarasenko on the rebound. The Blackhawks caught a break early in the second when Steen fired at an empty net with Crawford out of position. The puck deflected off Chicago center Marcus Kruger's stick and fluttered into Keith's chest, preserving the lead for Chicago. The Blackhawks added to it midway through the period on a power play when Keith fired a low laser from the blue line through a screen. The puck deflected off Seabrook's skate and slipped between Elliott's pads, making it 2-0. Stalberg beat Elliott glove side just over two minutes into the third, with McDonald spoiling the shutout bid about 21/2 minutes after that. Notes: Blackhawks F Daniel Carcillo missed his second straight game with a right knee injury, and D Steve Montador remains sidelined by a concussion he suffered last season. ... Blues have not won in Chicago since Feb. 3, 2010. ... This was the 282nd meeting between St. Louis and Chicago. The Blues have played the Blackhawks more than any other team. ... Steen played in his 500th game.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Blues edged by Blackhawks

CHICAGO (AP) -- Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook and Viktor Stalberg scored to back Corey Crawford, and the Chicago Blackhawks hung on to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Tuesday night. The Blackhawks looked sharp in their home opener after impressive wins at defending champion Los Angeles and Phoenix, the team that knocked them out of the playoffs in the first round last season. This...

Blackhawks Acquire G Henrik Karlsson From Flames

On Monday afternoon, the Blackhawks acquired goaltender Henrik Karlsson from the Calgary Flames in exchange for a 7th round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The 7th round pick was originally property of the Ottawa Senators. Karlsson, 29, has played in 26 … Continue reading →The post Blackhawks Acquire G Henrik Karlsson From Flames appeared first on Committed Indians.

Blackhawks 3, Blues 2

CHICAGO -- The Madhouse on Madison Street was packed with 21,455 fans and the Blackhawks didn't disappoint their faithful, defeating the St. Louis Blues 3-2 in Chicago's lockout-delayed home opener at the United Center. Chicago remains perfect in the young season, improving to 3-0-0, while St. Louis suffered its first loss of 2013, falling to 2-1. What's more, the Blues...

Blues-Blackhawks Preview

The Chicago Blackhawks are off to a stirring start, putting them on the brink of their best in 40 years. The St. Louis Blues, though, have a chance to win their first three games for the first time in nearly two decades. A healthy and rejuvenated Marian Hossa looks to spur the Blackhawks in their home opener Tuesday night against the reigning Central Division champions. Chicago...

John Jaeckel: Hawks@Stars Gameday Preview

Follow me @jaeckel Chicago Blackhawks (3-0-0) @ Dallas Stars (2-1-0) 8:30 Eastern/7:30 Central CSN Chicago/WGN Radio PROJECTED BLACKHAWK LINEUP BRANDON SAAD JONATHAN TOEWS MARIAN HOSSA PATRICK SHARP DAVE BOLLAND PATRICK KANE BRYAN BICKELL ANDREW SHAW VIKTOR STALBERG BRANDON BOLLIG MARCUS KRUGER MICHAL FROLIK BRENT SEABROOK DUNCAN KEITH NIKLAS HJALMARSSON...

Blues-Blackhawks Preview

(AP) -- The Chicago Blackhawks are off to a stirring start, putting them on the brink of their best in 40 years. The St. Louis Blues, though, have a chance to win their first three games for the first time in nearly two decades. A healthy and rejuvenated Marian Hossa looks to spur the Blackhawks in their home opener Tuesday night against the reigning Central Division champions...

Bill Meltzer: Stars Gameday: 1/24/13 vs. Blackhawks

PREVIEW 6:00 AM CST Off to good start in the lockout-shortened season, the 2-1-0 Dallas Stars will attempt to deal the undefeated Chicago Blackhawks (3-0-0) their first loss of the season. Tonight's game at the American Airlines Center starts at 7:30 p.m. CST and will be televised locally on Fox Sports Southwest. This is the first of three meetings between the teams this...

2013 Season Game 4 Preview: Chicago Blackhawks @ Dallas Stars

Chicago Blackhawks (3-0-0, 6 pts) @ Dallas Stars (2-1-0, 4 pts) 7:30 PM CT American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas The Blackhawks Chicago comes into this game as one of the top offensive teams in the league (though it’s just three games) with an average of 4.7 goals per game. That hot start can mostly be attributed to the play of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews...
NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.