Blackhawks stave off elimination, beat Blues 6-3

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Posted: Apr 23, 2016 11:20 PM

(The Sports Xchange) - Dale Weise scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period and the Chicago Blackhawks staved off elimination with a 6-3 comeback win over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

Chicago evened the series at 3-3 in the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal matchup. Game 7 is scheduled for Monday in St. Louis.

Andrew Ladd, Artem Anisimov and Trevor van Riemsdyk produced goals for the Blackhawks, who scored the final five goals of the game to erase a 3-1 deficit.

Andrew Shaw and Marian Hossa added third-period goals as Chicago won its second game in a row and improved to 13-4 in elimination games under coach Joel Quenneville.

Scottie Upshall, Alex Pietrangelo and Vladimir Tarasenko scored for the Blues.

Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford stopped 25 of 28 shots for the victory.

St. Louis goaltender Brian Elliott turned aside 30 of 35 shots.

Shaw scored on the power play with 3:07 to go in the third period to put Chicago ahead 5-3. Marian Hossa added an empty-net goal to make it 6-3 with 2:20 remaining.

Chicago opened the scoring on a wrist shot by Ladd with 16:13 to go in the first period. Marcus Kruger knocked Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk off the puck and Ladd capitalized from the right circle.

St. Louis responded with a trio of goals during a frenetic five-minute sequence to seize a 3-1 lead.

Blackhawks center Andrew Desjardins had an opportunity to give Chicago a two-goal lead with 13:56 to play in the first period, but he missed an open net from the left side of the crease.

Less than 20 seconds later, Upshall buried a one-timer on a two-on-one rush to even the score at 1.

St. Louis grabbed a 2-1 lead on a slap shot by Pietrangelo with 11:09 remaining in the first period. Pietrangelo ripped a shot from in front of the blue line as Paul Stastny and two Blackhawks obstructed Crawford's view.

Tarasenko increased St. Louis' lead to 3-1 with a pinpoint wrist shot with nine minutes left in the first period.

A power-play goal by Anisimov cut Chicago's deficit to 3-2 with 15:47 to go in the second period. Elliott denied Hossa but allowed a rebound that Anisimov batted into the net.

Chicago evened the score at 3 when van Riemsdyk pinched in from the blue line and chipped a shot past Elliott with 7:39 remaining in the second period.

Weise put Chicago on top 4-3 with a one-timer from the left circle with 3:42 remaining in the second period.

(Editing by Peter Rutherford)