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Ice Log: Blues hold on to beat Hawks 3-2

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St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott eyes a shot on goal in the first period against the  Columbus Blue Jackets at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on September 25, 2014. UPI/BIll Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott eyes a shot on goal in the first period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on September 25, 2014. UPI/BIll Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT

(HockeyStL) -- The Blues took a tough penalty around the 7:30 minute mark in the third as Steve Ott was called for slashing to put the Blues on the kill.

But the Note killed the tough two minutes, at the end getting a great play from Jori Lehtera to keep the Blues lead. 

Then with 1:13 left, the Hawks pulled their goalie for the extra attacker. With less than three seconds, the Blues cleared the puck for icing and then held on in their zone for the 3-2 win over the Hawks.

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Versteeg pulls Hawks within one in third

Within the first three minutes of the third period, the Blackhawks got a goal back when the Blues got a little sloppy on defense. 

After pounding into Chicago's zones with Jordan Leopold deep and only Barret Jackman back on the blue line. The Hawks came charging down the ice and left Kris Versteeg open on the left side as he buried the puck past Brian Elliot to pull the Hawks within a goal. 

Blues score 2 in last 2 minutes of 2nd period

The Blues and Blackhawks had a quiet second period compared to the theatrics of the first as both teams were scoreless until the final two minutes of the period. 

Steve Ott stole the puck near the Hawks blue line and fed it to Max Lapierre, who had a partial breakaway. as Lapierre and Ryan Reaves crashed the net, the referees blew the play dead on a penalty to the Blackhawks. 

But the play went under review as officials later determined that the puck crossed the goal line before the whistle blew giving the Blues their second goal of the game. The goal was credited to Ryan Reaves, his first goal since November 9, 2013, with assists to Lapierre and Ott.

WIth just seconds left in the period, the Blues created havoc in the Hawks end. Alex Pietrangelo kept the puck in the offensive zone and passed the puck over to Demtrij Jaskin. Jaskin, who had been called up from the Chicago Wolves Friday night, blasted a hard shot past Hawks goalie Antti Raanta to extend the Blues lead to 3-1.

Schwartz's fifth of the year knots game at 1

Playing up with the top line, Jaden Schwartz earned his place by putting the Blues on the board with his fifth goal of the season.

Alex Pietrangelo kept the puck in along the boards and as the puck bounced off of TJ Oshie. With David Backes setting up the screen, Schwartz was there to put the puck in the net to tie the game at one. Oshie's assist on the goal is his first point of the season. 

Fisticuffs lead to Blackhawks first goal

The first period began with a bang and some fisticuffs as the bitter Central Division rivals, the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, took to the ice for their first meeting since last season's playoffs. 

Within the first thirty seconds, Brian Elliot was tasked by making a huge kick save to keep the puck out of the net, but Jay Bouwmeester took a hooking penalty on the play. Then already down a man, Barret Jackman took a roughing play after he was took exception to being hit into the boards. He went off the ice on a roughing minor to give the Blackhawks a 5-on-3 man advantage and it didn't take them long to put the puck in the net. 

Patrick Sharp gave the Hawks the first lead of the game at 19;02. The Blues were then able to kill off Jackman's penalty with another brilliant save to keep the score the same. 

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