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CHICAGO (AP) - Kyle Calder helped the Blackhawks finally win a one-goal game.
Calder scored in overtime to lift the Blackhawks over the St. Louis Blues 3-2 and snap Chicago's five-game losing streak. All of the Blackhawks' defeats during the slide had been by one goal.
Calder won it at the 3:49 mark of the extra session after being left open at the right side of the St. Louis net. He took a cross-ice pass from Duncan Keith, who was at the left point, then fired a shot past a sprawling Patrick Lalime.
"Duncan Keith made a great fake shot and everyone committed to him," Calder said. "Then he went backdoor to me.
"I don't know what it was, six in a row (one goal games)" he added. "It feels good to come out on the other end of the stick."
The Blackhawks played their seventh straight game decided by one goal on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Calder extended his point scoring streak to seven games - he has six goals and three assists during the span.
Keith and Milan Bartovic also scored for the Blackhawks, who sent the Blues to their eighth straight loss.
Kevin Dallman and Trent Whitfield scored early in the third period to help the Blues come back from a 2-0 deficit to tie it and force overtime.
Nikolai Khabibulin made 44 saves for the Blackhawks.
Chicago coach Trent Yawney wasn't upset his team blew a lead or that Khabibulin had to stay busy to keep the game close.
"It wasn't pretty, but I want them to enjoy the win because they've been close on a couple of occasions and haven't gotten the result," Yawney said. "Tonight I saw some things that were positive even when we gave up the two-goal lead.
"Basically what you saw there was two young teams," Yawney added. "You see lots of games like that where there's lots of mistakes, but if your goalie's hot - like ours was - he can keep you in the game."
Lalime made 30 saves for the Blues.
"We definitely got a lot of chances, didn't take advantage, and the bottom line is we lost the game again," St. Louis' Keith Tkachuk said. "We did a lot of great things tonight, we had 46 shots.
"We're starting to go to the net a lot more, and when you create that many chances you deserve to get more goals."
Bartovic opened the scoring 6:13 into the first period. He fired a high shot past Lalime's glove from the slot after taking a pass from Jim Vandermeer. Bartovic's goal was his first in 13 games with Chicago this season.
Keith made it 2-0 with 7:32 left in the first when he scored on a shot from the top of the slot.
Khabibulin came up with several tough saves in the first period. He made a glove save on Petr Cajanek, who was in alone, 5:10 into the period and blocked a couple of close-in attempts from a scramble midway through the period.
St. Louis outshot Chicago 16-7 in the scoreless second period, but few of the Blues chances were prime.
Dallman cut it to 2-1 at 2:58 of the third when he converted a rebound from a goalmouth scramble. He scored 3 seconds after a St. Louis power play elapsed.
Whitfield tied it 2-all at 6:25 of the period. Left alone at the edge of the crease, he lofted a loose puck over Khabibulin's sprawled pads.
Khabilbulin made a point-blank stop on Jay McClement 40 seconds into overtime. Lalime stopped Keith from the slot about a minute later.
Notes: The Blackhawks are 10-24 in one-goal games this season. ... Chicago F Curtis Brown returned on Wednesday wearing a cage after being cut in the face on Sunday versus San Jose. ... According Yawney, Blackhawks F Tuomo Ruutu continues to make progress recovering from a partially severed tendon in his right ankle. Ruutu is skating and may still play this season. ... St. Louis D Bryce Salvador missed his sixth game with a sore shoulder. ... Blues C Ryan Johnson was set to return on Wednesday after missing 11 games with a broken foot, but collided in practice Tuesday with Jesse Boulerice and sat out with a head injury. ... Tkachuk suffered two facial cuts in the game from sticks. One in the first period required four stitches and one in the second needed eight. He returned quickly after both and played 19 minutes.
|Milan Bartovic (1) ASST: Jim Vandermeer (14), Patrick Sharp (14)|
1 - 0 CHI
|Duncan Keith (8) ASST: Mark Cullen (5)|
2 - 0 CHI
|Kevin Dallman (3) ASST: Keith Tkachuk (19), Petr Cajanek (30)|
2 - 1 CHI
|Trent Whitfield (2) ASST: Mike Glumac (3), Timofei Shishkanov (2)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Kyle Calder (20) ASST: Duncan Keith (11), Brent Seabrook (24)|
3 - 2 CHI
|Matthew Barnaby Hooking against Jeff Woywitka|
|Jay McClement Hooking|
|Timofei Shishkanov Holding the stick|
|Martin Lapointe Tripping against Christian Backman|
|Dustin Byfuglien Interference against Trent Whitfield|
|Brent Seabrook Holding|
|Duncan Keith Tripping|
|Matthew Barnaby Interference on goalkeeper against Patrick Lalime|
|Dennis Wideman Tripping against Kyle Calder|