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Blackhawks 4, Blues 3

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 12:38 AM

Associated Press

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Blackhawks 4, Blues 3
St. Louis Blues 3, Chicago Blackhawks 4

CHICAGO (AP) - Tomas Kopecky and Jonathan Toews each had a goal and and assist, and the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Sunday in the preseason finale for both teams.

Troy Brouwer and Marian Hossa also scored for Chicago (3-4-0). The Blackhawks open the regular season Thursday in Colorado.

B.J. Crombeen, T.J. Hensick and Patrik Berglund scored for the Blues (5-3-0), who open at home against Philadelphia on Saturday. Ty Conklin stopped 20 shots.

Marty Turco, who will start the season as Chicago's new No. 1 goalie, stopped 20 shots. One of the NHL's most-active puckhandling goalies, Turco helped set up Toews' goal with a long pass, but also enabled Hensick's with a giveaway.

The Blackhawks lineup included nearly all of their regulars. Chicago had 25 players on its roster Sunday; NHL teams must trim down to 23 this week.

Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell, who suffered a right knee sprain against Pittsburgh on Friday, didn't skate on Sunday and will miss four to five weeks. Niklas Hjalmarsson, Campbell's defense partner for most of last season, was paired with 19-year-old rookie Nick Leddy.

St. Louis coach Davis Payne used a lineup of mostly younger players. Sitting out were several top returning Blues players, including Andy McDonald, Brad Boyes, T.J. Oshie, David Backes and Erik Johnson.

After a scoreless first period, the Blackhawks opened a 4-1 lead in the second, scoring their first three goals on consecutive shots.

Kopecky's power-play goal score, a deflection of Duncan Keith's shot from the point opened the scoring at 8:43 of the second. Brouwer made it 2-0 just over 3 minutes later when he connected from the front of the net after Jake Dowell forced a Blues turnover.

Hossa deflected in a shot by rookie Jeremy Morin for a power-play goal with 6:55 left in the period. Crombeen cut it to 3-1 with 3:02 to go in the second by lofting in a rebound.

Toews replied 38 seconds later, completing a rush that was set up by Turco's long pass from near his own crease to center ice.

Turco's giveaway set up Hensick's goal at 1:51 of the third that cut it to 4-2. Behind the net, the goalie dished the puck right on to the stick of Brad Winchester, who fed Hensick in front of the goal.

Berglund complete the scoring with 2:09 left.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
08:43
CHI
PPG - Tomas Kopecky (1) Tip-in - ASST: Duncan Keith (1), Jonathan Toews (1)
1 - 0 CHI
11:44
CHI
Troy Brouwer (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Viktor Stalberg (1), Jake Dowell (1)
2 - 0 CHI
13:55
CHI
PPG - Marian Hossa (1) Tip-in - ASST: Jeremy Morin (1), Brent Seabrook (1)
3 - 0 CHI
16:58
STL
B.J. Crombeen (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jay McClement (1), Dean Arsene (1)
3 - 1 CHI
17:36
CHI
PPG - Jonathan Toews (1) Snap shot - ASST: Tomas Kopecky (1), Patrick Kane (1)
4 - 1 CHI
3rd Period
01:50
STL
TJ Hensick (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Brad Winchester (1)
4 - 2 CHI
17:51
STL
Patrik Berglund (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Nathan Oystrick (1), Alexander Steen (1)
4 - 3 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
07:15
CHI
Niklas Hjalmarsson  Closing hand on puck  - 2 min
08:42
STL
Patrik Berglund  Tripping  - 2 min against  Tomas Kopecky
08:54
CHI
Nick Boynton  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Nick Drazenovic
2nd Period
01:12
CHI
Brent Seabrook  Hooking  - 2 min against  Alexander Steen
03:16
STL
Nick Drazenovic  Holding  - 2 min against  Nick Leddy
08:39
STL
Nick Drazenovic  Hi stick - double minor  - 4 min against  Marian Hossa
12:35
STL
TJ Hensick  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Marian Hossa
15:14
CHI
Troy Brouwer  Slashing  - 2 min against  Cam Janssen
16:37
STL
Patrik Berglund  Tripping  - 2 min against  Marian Hossa
3rd Period
09:54
STL
Barret Jackman  Delaying Game-Puck over glass  - 2 min
10:05
CHI
Jonathan Toews  Hooking  - 2 min against  Dave Scatchard
10:41
STL
Nick Drazenovic  Slashing  - 2 min against  Patrick Kane
14:39
CHI
Jeremy Morin  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Alexander Steen
goalie stats
Ty Conklin
Ty Conklin
SA: 24TOI: 58:17
GA: 4SV%: .833
Marty Turco
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
GA: 3SV%: .870