Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Sharp, left, celebrates along side teammate Jonathan Toews after scoring during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
Chicago Blackhawks' Cam Barker, left, and St. Louis Blues' Barret Jackman fight during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) tries to control the puck as St. Louis Blues goalie Chris Mason defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist, Antti Niemi stopped 34 shots and the Chicago Blackhawks snapped a season-high three-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.
Patrick Sharp also scored for the Blackhawks, 0-2-1 in their previous three games. They were the last team in the NHL to drop three in a row this season.
The Blues, who got a late goal from Alex Steen and 28 saves from Chris Mason, fell to an NHL-worst 9-16-5 on home ice and have dropped two in a row to the Western Conference's top two teams after falling to San Jose on Thursday night.
After some early hitting by both teams, Sharp gave Chicago a 1-0 lead, converting Toews' pass from the low slot on a one-timer past Mason 5:33 into the first period.
Chicago made it 2-0 when Toews and Kane combined for a goal, with Toews getting his 19th after the Blues' T.J. Oshie tripped over teammate Roman Polak's skates, creating a 2-on-1 with Toews one-timing Kane's pass past Mason at 15:51 of the first.
The Blues thought they had scored to cut Chicago's lead to 2-1 on a goal by Brad Boyes with 3:33 left in the second and the Blues on a 5-on-3 power play. However, referee Dan O'Halloran whistled a scramble in front of Niemi dead, citing that the puck was frozen, but replays clearly showed Niemi never had possession of the puck.
Steen got the Blues within one with a power-play goal with a two-man advantage, scoring with 1:46 to play. But the Blues could not convert on another late power play, and finished 1 for 8 for the night.
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