Blues beat slumping Blackhawks 4-2 to stay alive -

Blues beat slumping Blackhawks 4-2 to stay alive

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Alex Steen had two goals and an assist and scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, helping the St. Louis Blues keep alive faint playoff hopes and hand the slumping Chicago Blackhawks their seventh loss in nine games with a 4-2 victory Tuesday night.
Eric Brewer and Erik Johnson also scored and Chris Mason thwarted the last of the Blackhawks' three breakaways. The Blues have won three in a row at home, where they remain an NHL-worst 15-18-5, the biggest reason they're six points out of the final Western Conference playoff spot with six games to go.
Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa scored in the first period for Chicago, stuck on 99 points after losing three in a row in regulation for the first time this season. Sharp scored on a breakaway and Hossa tapped in a rebound on his backhand after Jonathan Toews' breakaway. Mason stopped Hossa's bid for the go-ahead goal 1:25 into the third and just over two minutes later Steen scored on a shot that deflected off goalie Antti Niemi's glove and shoulder.
Steen has a pair of two-goal games this month and four overall and leads the Blues with career highs of 23 goals and 46 points. He'd been scoreless the previous four games, but has 41 points the last 42 games and assisted on Johnson's insurance goal midway through the period.
The Blackhawks are one point away from consecutive 100-point seasons for the first time since 1970-72.
Brewer's first goal in 17 games and seventh overall tied it at 2 early in the second period. The defenseman scored on a shot from the point that got through traffic.
St. Louis forward Paul Kariya was sidelined after the first period with what the team described as a lower body injury. It wasn't clear when or how he was hurt.
NOTES: Oshie had an assist but is the only Blues player with two or more goals on the season with none against the Central division. ... The Blackhawks have outshot opponents 66 times, including a 34-30 edge Tuesday, by far the most in the NHL. No other team had outshot their opponent more than 45 times. ... Sharp has a five-game scoring streak with three goals and two assists. ... Niemi has started five of the last six games ahead of slumping Cristobal Huet. ... Chicago was 0 for 2 on the power play and is 4 for 40 the last 11 games.
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