Jonathan Toews extended his point streak to six games with the Blackhawks’ only regulation goal. And, with an assist on Toews’ goal, Patrick Kane is now at 103 points with one regular season game left on the schedule.
Unfortunately, one goal wasn’t enough.
The Hawks had a few other great chances to score, including a penalty shot for Andrew Ladd with 4:58 left in regulation, but Brian Elliott was up to the task. St. Louis’ starting netminder stopped 21 of 22 in regulation to keep his team in the game just long enough for some late heroics.
With Elliott just getting to the bench, Vlad Tarasenko’s 38th goal of the season tied the game with 76 seconds remaining in regulation.
Tarasenko’s game forced overtime, which locks the Blackhawks into third place in the Central Division. St. Louis will face Washington and Dallas will play Nashville to close out the season. The Hawks will begin on the road.
Scott Darling was good, stopping 28 of 29 in regulation. He got a lot of help; Niklas Hjalmarsson blocked seven shots in regulation and Trevor van Riemsdyk saved a goal in the third period by clearing a puck away from a wide open net.
Early in overtime, Kane had two great chances – including a breakaway – that were both stopped by Elliott. The Blues had a great chance stopped a combination of TvR and Darling that required a review, but there was no goal on the play.
Late in overtime, a pass behind Kane turned into a breakaway for for the Blues and Tarasenko ended the game with his 39th on the year. Darling had a terrific overtime before the tic-tac-toe passing sequence set up the game-winner, but the Blues earned the second point.
The Hawks were perfect against two Blues power plays, continuing a terrific renaissance while short-handed. Since March 14, the Hawks have killed 31 of 33 penalties over 12 games (93.9 percent).
Toews won 11 of 14 faceoffs in the loss and finished with a team-leading five shots on net.
Chicago was without Marian Hossa, Andrew Shaw, Artem Anisimov, Duncan Keith and Corey Crawford. Bryan Bickell returned to the lineup and skated 9:11 with two hits and one blocked shot.
St. Louis was without Jake Allen, David Backes, Robby Fabbri and Robert Bortuzzo.