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Chicago Blackhawks shape up on home ice

By Colleen Boyle

After the Blackhawks lost the first two home games, the Chicago team rallies back to win on home ice against Buffalo Sabres last Saturday and then again last night against the St. Louis Blues, a division rival.

The first periods lacked any real offensive strike from the Blackhawks and ended scoreless. St. Louis David Perron scores the only goal of the second period, and then Perron strikes again with a goal in the third period after an odd man rush puts one past Chicago goaltender Marty Turco to take a two-nothing lead.

St. Louis was successful against the Blackhawks in the first two periods. Chicago struggled to keep puck possession or to find good passing lanes.

With one power play wasted in the first, the Blackhawks were able to capitalize on a power play in the third with only seven minutes remaining by Marian Hossa. It only took two minutes for Hossa to put another back hand past St. Louis Goaltender Jaroslav Halak.

Hossa’s two goals gave the Blackhawks the energy to push the game into overtime. Defense Jassen Cullimore and right winger Patrick Kane had assists on Patrick Sharp’s overtime goal with only 70 seconds left in the overtime period.

Last night’s game gives Patrick Sharp his third game winning goal in the last three games and six goals and two assists in six games played in the regular season.

The success in overtimes rests mostly on Turco shoulders with seven saves in less than four minutes. Blackhawks had only one other shot on goal through overtime, not counting Sharp’s game winning goal.

After seven regular season games, the Blackhawks record is 4-2-1. The Blackhawks will rematch the St. Louis on away ice this Friday after facing the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday at home.

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