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Blues take game 3 from Blackhawks

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The St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks split the first two games of the series, with the Blues winning game 1 1-0 in overtime, and the Hawks took game 2 by a score of 3-2. Heading back to Chicago, both teams looked to take the series lead. The Blues accomplished that, beating the Blackhawks 3-2. The Blues recieved goals from Colton Parayko, Patrik Berglund, and Jaden Schwartz, while the Blackhawks saw Brent Seabrook and Artem Anisimov.

The Blackhawks went up early, after Seabrook scored on the power play to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead. Seabrook recieved a pass from Jonathan Toews before taking a slap shot at the blue line, blowing it past goaltender Brian Elliott, who was screened by a Blackhawks forward. Later in the period, Parayko tied the game at 1 with a power play goal mid way through the first. Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo passed it to Parayko, who fired a shot that was deflected off of the leg of Tomas Fleischmann and past goaltender Corey Crawford.

The Blackhawks would take the lead again in the second after a goal from Anisimov. Off the faceoff, rookie forward Artemi Panarin stole the puck from a Blues defender and passed it in front to Anisimov, who put it past Elliot, making it 2-1 just over a minute into the 2nd period.

In the third, the Blues would tie the game at 2, after Berglund scored on Crawford. Berglund took a writs shot as he entered the offensive zone, and the puck deflected off the skate of Michal Rozsival before bouncing off the ice and over the glove of Crawford. Later in the third, Patrick Kane took a 4 minute high sticking penalty after drawing blood on the high stick. On that power play, Schwartz found the puck in front of the net after a pass from David Backes, and fired it past Crawford to give the Blues a 3-2 lead that they would hold to clinch a 3-2 win over the Blackhawks.

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