It wasn’t pretty, and included the Hawks giving away a two-goal lead in the third period, but the final result was all that mattered on Thursday night.
The Blackhawks defeated the Blues.
Bryan Bickell, Andrew Brunette and Patrick Sharp scored goals in regulation for the Hawks as Chicago dominated the box score. The Blackhawks out-shot the Blues 40-20 in 65 minutes of hockey, won 31 of 56 faceoffs and killed both of St. Louis’ power plays.
But a Jason Arnott goal quickly after Sharp gave the Hawks a 3-1 lead deflated the United Center, and Hawks-killer David Perron tied the game with 92 seconds on the clock in regulation.
As has been their style this year, nothing can ever be easy for the 2011-12 Blackhawks.
But for the second consecutive game, someone other than Patrick Kane or Jonathan Toews scored in a shootout. This time, Dave Bolland’s tally was enough for the Hawks to finally put the pesky Blues to bed.
Most importantly, the Hawks are now a regulation loss from Phoenix away from clinching a playoff spot.