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

29 SOG
33 SOG
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CHI
STL
game recap

Chicago Blackhawks 4, St. Louis Blues 7 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Chicago Blackhawks 4, St. Louis Blues 7 FINAL
Chicago Blackhawks 4, St. Louis Blues 7

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- With the St. Louis Blues in need of offense, defenseman Chris Pronger decided to lead by example.

Pronger jumped into the play as much as possible against the Chicago Blackhawks and produced two goals and an assist in the Blues' 7-4 victory Monday night.

"I think on any team the defense has to get involved, whether that's getting assists or just getting the puck to the net," Pronger said. "We all have to chip in a little."

The Blues have been having trouble scoring all season. The seven goals were a season-high for a game.

"We were in desperate need of tonight's win and it's going to help us," Blues coach Joel Quenneville said.

Chicago is trying hard to get a road victory but the Blackhawks are 0-13-0-1 away from home since beating Nashville on Nov. 7.

Blackhawks goalie Steve Passmore said the team just has to find a win, wherever they are.

"I don't care where we're playing," Passmore said. "We're trying to climb the ladder in the standings and we need wins. Where we play doesn't matter. We don't think about that. You guys do."

Mike Danton also had two goals for the Blues, and Christian Backman, Pavol Demitra and Scott Mellanby added scores. Mark Bell, Bryan Berard, Keith Calder and Alexei Zhamnov had the Chicago goals.

Neither starting goalie made it to the finish. St. Louis' Chris Osgood allowed four goals on 14 shots and was pulled for Reinhard Divis. Chicago's Michael Leighton got the hook in favor of Passmore after giving up four goals on 16 shots.

Berard said this was not an ideal type of game for the Blackhawks.

"I'm not sure that's a style we want to get into," he said. "We just have to be more sound in our end."

The Blackhawks spotted the Blues a 3-0 lead in the first 12:14, then scored late in the opening period and three times early in the second to briefly take the lead.

Bell cut it to 3-1 at 17:02 of the first when his shot from the top of the left circle beat Osgood through his legs. Berard then scored a power-play goal from the left point 49 seconds into the second, and Calder put a bad bounce off the end boards past a surprised Osgood at 4:16 to tie it 3-3.

With the Blues again short-handed, Zhamnov gave Chicago the lead and chased Osgood when his shot sailed over Osgood's glove 50 seconds later. But Mellanby tied it 53 seconds after that on a wrist shot from the right side. That caused Leighton's departure.

Pronger scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal when he converted Weight's centering pass while moving in from the blue line at 10:06 of the second period. Danton had an insurance tally at 8:55 of the third and then scored an empty-net goal with 1:31 remaining.

The Blues, who scored three goals in their previous four games, got three on their first five shots.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:21
STL
Chris Pronger (8) Slapshot - ASST: Doug Weight (29)
1 - 0 STL
05:30
STL
Christian Backman (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Mark Rycroft (10), Michael Danton (5)
2 - 0 STL
12:14
STL
Pavol Demitra (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Scott Mellanby (6)
3 - 0 STL
17:02
CHI
Mark Bell (12) Slapshot - ASST: Alexei Zhamnov (4)
3 - 1 STL
2nd Period
00:49
CHI
PPG - Bryan Berard (5) Slapshot - ASST: Steve Sullivan (20), Mark Bell (14)
3 - 2 STL
04:16
CHI
Kyle Calder (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Alexei Zhamnov (5), Steve Sullivan (21)
3 - 3 Tie
05:16
CHI
PPG - Alexei Zhamnov (3) Slapshot - ASST: Bryan Berard (10), Mark Bell (15)
4 - 3 CHI
05:59
STL
Scott Mellanby (8) Slapshot - ASST: Dallas Drake (12), Pavol Demitra (22)
4 - 4 Tie
10:06
STL
Chris Pronger (9) Snap shot - ASST: Doug Weight (30), Dallas Drake (13)
5 - 4 STL
3rd Period
08:55
STL
Michael Danton (5) Slapshot - ASST: Ryan Johnson (5), Eric Nickulas (11)
6 - 4 STL
18:29
STL
EN - Michael Danton (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Mark Rycroft (11), Chris Pronger (23)
7 - 4 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
00:59
STL
Mark Rycroft  Interference
05:55
CHI
Jason Strudwick  Hooking
18:12
CHI
Michael Leighton  Roughing
2nd Period
00:21
STL
Dallas Drake  Holding the stick
01:23
CHI
Stephane Robidas  Hooking
04:57
STL
Bryce Salvador  Holding the stick
3rd Period
01:33
STL
Christian Backman  Hooking
05:26
CHI
Johnathan Aitken  Hooking
06:45
STL
Eric Nickulas  Interference
09:24
CHI
Johnathan Aitken  Hi-sticking
goalie stats
Steve Passmore
SA: 16TOI: 33:58
Saves: 14EV: 12 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0
Michael Leighton
SA: 16TOI: 25:59
Saves: 12EV: 8 - 12
PIM: 2PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .750SH: 0 - 0
Chris Osgood
Chris Osgood
SA: 14TOI: 25:16
Saves: 10EV: 9 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .714SH: 0 - 0
Reinhard Divis
Reinhard Divis
SA: 15TOI: 34:35
Saves: 15EV: 8 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0