Blackhawks beat Blues to set up Game 7

Sun Apr 24, 2016 12:36am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Chicago Blackhawks right winger Dale Weise knew to skate to the left circle and release a high, hard shot as quickly as possible.

At long last, the puck found the back of the net.

Weise picked a perfect moment to snap an 18-game scoring drought and notch his first goal as a member of the Blackhawks. He scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, and Chicago staved off elimination with a 6-3 comeback win over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

The Blackhawks scored the final five goals of the game to even the series at 3-3 in the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal matchup. Game 7 is scheduled for Monday in St. Louis.

"We do a drill in the morning where it's kind of the same play," Weise said. "I've felt good in practice, but haven't been able to do it in games lately. That one feels good to get the monkey off my back."

As for the Blues, the postseason monkey is hanging on tight.

St. Louis squandered a 3-1 lead as Chicago tallied three goals in the second period and two more in the third period. The Blues also let a 3-1 series lead slip away and must win Game 7 to avoid their fourth consecutive first-round exit in the playoffs.

"They had a big surge, and we didn't answer," St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Their surges have been in the second period, and we didn't answer it as well as we should have. They played at a pace that we struggled with until we regrouped in the third and came back at them."

Andrew Ladd, Trevor van Riemsdyk and Weise produced even-strength goals for the Blackhawks. Artem Anisimov and Andrew Shaw scored on the power play, and Marian Hossa added an empty-net goal.   Continued...

Apr 23, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate their victory following the conclusion of the third period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center.  Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports