Kevin Shattenkirk scored in the sixth round of the shootout to hand the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-2 loss Wednesday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
With just 77 seconds left in the game, Artemi Panarin hit a one-timer off a Jonathan Toews feed to send the game to overtime and grab a point to have the Hawks. Chicago jumped into first place in the Central Division with 88 points over the Dallas Stars with the tiebreaker. The Blues remain in third with 86 points.
A rivalry game advertised as a special team unit showdown delivered. The Hawks with the league's best power play and the Blues' with the best penalty kill saw time early and often in the game.
Blues' forward Ryan Reaves was given a five-minute charging major and a game misconduct for a big hit on Hawks' defenseman Christian Ehrhoff. The penalty was one of three in the first period by the Blues, who killed the first two before the Hawks capitalized on the major penalty that led into the second period. Andrew Ladd put the Hawks on the board when he deflected a Teuvo Teravainen shot past Jake Allen for a 1-0 lead at 1 minute, 14 seconds of the second period.
Ehrhoff left the game, but returned to start the second period.
The Blues finally broke through in the third period when David Backes tipped in a Shattenkirk shot from the blue line only 10 seconds after the Hawks were called for, an all too familiar, too many men penalty. Troy Brouwer knocked in the go-ahead goal on the next power play opportunity.
Both goaltenders put on a show. Corey Crawford made 15 of his 28 saves in the middle frame, while Allen made a diving stick save on Patrick Kane during the major penalty, and added terrific saves on Panarin and Kane in the third.
Ehrhoff wasn't the only Hawk hurting. Jaden Schwartz hit Jonathan Toews into the boards as the Blues' bench door opened. Toews left for the trainers' room, but returned to the game. Tomas Fleischmann was also seen shaking out his left wrist on the bench in the third period.
But while the Hawks leave St. Louis banged up they could see Marian Hossa return when they visit the Dallas Stars on Friday night at American Airlines Center.