Blues Score Early, Beat Hawks 4-1
Dean McAmmond scored :20 into the game and Patrick Lalime made 32 saves as the St. Louis Blues beat the Blackhawks 4-1 at the Savvis Center Tuesday night.
Despite being outshot 14-8 in the 1st period, the Blues took advantage of early Blackhawks miscues. After a Duncan Keith turnover in the Hawks zone, McAmmond tallied on the game's first shot to immediately awaken the Blues, who entered the game 0-3 on the young season. After the Blues were given a questionable penalty shot opportunity, Jay McClement beat goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin to deal the Hawks an early 2-0 deficit at 10:58 of the 1st. It was McClement's first NHL goal. The Hawks then faced the dreadful 5-on-3 and Scott Young took advantage of the opportunity, scoring his first goal of the season at 17:51. Mike Sillinger added his second assist of the game on the goal.
Patrick Lalime, who entered the contest with the worst goals against average in the NHL, was outstanding in net for the Blues. Despite outshooting the Blues in the 1st, the Hawks lacked the energy that they finally displayed in the 2nd when they pressured and challenged Lalime. The Hawks showed consistent and aggressive movement on their power play opportunities in the period, but to no avail. Pavel Vorobiev continued his strong early season play and had a few nice opportunities on the doorstep, but he was rejected by Lalime, who registered his first victory of the season. The Hawks outshot the Blues 25-12 after two periods of play.
Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin turned away the four shots he faced in the 2nd and was able to settle in after the Blues' flurry in the opening period.
Dallas Drake, however, made it 4-0 at 1:19 of the third period on a rebound effort past Khabibulin. The Blues had never lost the first three games of a season at home, and they made sure that they did not make history against the Hawks on Tuesday night. Everything seemed to go right for the Blues and Lalime. Not even a wicked Duncan Keith slapshot that knocked off his helmet could rattle Lalime, who recorded his first win of the season. Brent Seabrook, in search of his first career NHL goal, hit the post twice after Lalime was beat, but it was the St. Louis netminder's night.
Tyler Arnason put the Hawks on the scoreboard when he recorded his second goal of the season at 12:17 of the third period. Jaroslav Spacek and Pavel Vorobiev assisted on the tally. The Hawks outshot the Blues 33-23, but Lalime was too strong in net. The Blackhawks look to rebound Friday night in Colorado against the Avalanche.