St. Louis
Blues
39-30-11-2
Chicago
Blackhawks
20-43-11-8

23 SOG
21 SOG
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STL
CHI
game recap

St. Louis Blues 0, Chicago Blackhawks 3 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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St. Louis Blues 0, Chicago Blackhawks 3 FINAL
St. Louis Blues 0, Chicago Blackhawks 3

CHICAGO (AP) -- Michael Leighton's second NHL shutout turned out better than his first.

Leighton stopped 23 shots to earn his first shutout this season and led the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

He played in a scoreless tie in his NHL debut last season for offense-starved Chicago.

"The team played great tonight," Leighton said. "Having a three-goal lead felt great. That's a game you have to win.

"And the team played well defensively. I just can't say enough about it."

Steve Sullivan, Scott Nichol and Tyler Arnason scored for the Blackhawks, who won for only the second time in 21 games (2-12-4-3). They also ended a five-game winless streak (0-3-2).

Chicago scored three goals or more for the first time in six games, the second time in 11 and third time in 17 contests. The Blackhawks entered Tuesday's game with 63 goals, second fewest in the NHL.

"It was huge," Sullivan said of the three-goal output. "We've been known to blow a one-goal lead in the third period. We kept scoring and working after we got the first goal."

The Blues have lost two straight following a nine-game unbeaten streak when they went 7-0-2.

"I don't think we crashed the net enough," St. Louis coach Joel Quenneville said. "I know that we were looking to score ugly goals and trying to get some plays where you get the fortunate bounces. That did materialize because I don't think we pursued that territory enough."

St. Louis goalie Brent Johnson, playing in only his eighth game, made 18 saves.

'I wasn't as sharp as I could have been, but I hadn't played in a while," Johnson said. "I was just trying to do a bit too much and overreacting, especially on Arnason's goal."

Sullivan opened the scoring 1:41 in after beating Blues defenseman Chris Pronger in the slot.

Sullivan broke in over the St. Louis blue line and faked his way around Pronger, who was caught flat-footed. After fanning on his first shot attempt, Sullivan then slid a shot between Johnson's legs.

Nichol made it 2-0 at 1:27 of the third with a wraparound goal from behind the net.

After picking up the puck in the right corner, Nichol skated behind the net and tucked a shot between Johnson's legs from the left edge of the crease.

Arnason gave Chicago a 3-0 lead 2:02 later with a breakaway goal. He picked up a loose puck at center ice, skated in alone and beat Johnson with a high shot on the stick side.

Leighton's toughest stop in the third period was a glove save on Christian Backman's 40-foot shot at 7:30.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:41
CHI
Steve Sullivan (6) ASST: Ville Nieminen (6)
1 - 0 CHI
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
01:27
CHI
Scott Nichol (4) ASST: Mark Bell (11), Travis Moen (2)
2 - 0 CHI
03:29
CHI
Tyler Arnason (7) ASST: NONE
3 - 0 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
01:58
CHI
Mikhail Yakubov  Interference against  Ryan Johnson
2nd Period
00:19
STL
Eric Nickulas  Slashing
05:22
CHI
Ryan Vandenbussche  Fighting (maj) against  Steve McLaren
05:22
STL
Steve McLaren  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Vandenbussche
08:56
CHI
Travis Moen  Holding - Obstruction
12:36
CHI
Steve Poapst  Holding - Obstruction against  Ryan Johnson
3rd Period
05:24
STL
Scott Pellerin  Tripping against  Tuomo Ruutu
10:46
STL
Michael Danton  Misconduct (10 min) against  Travis Moen
10:46
STL
Michael Danton  Fighting (maj) against  Travis Moen
10:46
CHI
Travis Moen  Misconduct (10 min) against  Michael Danton
10:46
CHI
Travis Moen  Fighting (maj) against  Michael Danton
10:56
CHI
Johnathan Aitken  Fighting (maj) against  Steve McLaren
10:56
CHI
Ville Nieminen  Hooking
10:56
STL
Steve McLaren  Fighting (maj) against  Johnathan Aitken
13:41
CHI
Igor Radulov  Charging against  Christian Laflamme
13:41
STL
Christian Laflamme  Slashing against  Igor Radulov
18:12
STL
Jeff Heerema  Too many men/ice - bench
goalie stats
Brent Johnson
Brent Johnson
SA: 21TOI: 60:00
Saves: 18EV: 16 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .857SH: 1 - 1
Michael Leighton
SA: 23TOI: 59:58
Saves: 23EV: 16 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1