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Blues take down Blackhawks 5-2 in Season Opener

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The Blues took down the Blackhawks in game 1 of the Season

The St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks faced off for the first time since their playoff matchup last season. The Blues pulled out a 5-2 victory, in large thanks to their powerplay, which accounted for three of their 5 goals. Kevin Shattenkirk, Vladimir Tarasenko (2), Paul Stastny, and Scottie Upshall all scored for the Blues, and goaltender Jake Allen made 17 saves on 19 shots. Richard Panik and Ryan Hartman scored for the Blackhawks, and goaltender Corey Crawford made 29 saves in the loss.

The first goal of the Blackhawks season came just over 5 minutes into the game. While on the powerplay, Marian Hossa fed Jonathan Toews in the middle of the ice. Toews fired a wrist shot that Allen was able to save, but the rebound came out to Panik, who put it in to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.

Early in the 2nd period, the Blues were given a powerplay opportunity. Shattenkirk received a pass from Alex Pietrangelo before firing a slapshot past Crawford, tying the game at 1 goal. The Blackhawks would take the lead later in the period, when Hartman would put the Hawks up 2-1. Rookie Tyler Motte would tap the puck out to Hartman, who buried it behind Allen. With under a minute left in the period, Tarasenko put a wrist shot past past Crawford to tie the game at 2 heading into the 3rd period.

Just a minute into the 3rd period, the Blues, once again on the powerplay, would score once again, taking a 3-2 lead. After a wrist shot from Tarasenko, Stastny found the rebound and knocked it behind Crawford and into the net. The Blues would get 2 empty net goals from Tarasenko and Upshall,shutting down the Blackhawks comeback attempt and sealing a 5-2 win for the Blues, who started the season out on the right foot.