Blues Tie Game 2 Late Before Downing Hawks in OT
(ST. LOUIS) -- For the second straight game the St. Louis Blues snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
Blues winger Vladimir Taresenko's power play goal with 6.4 seconds left in regulation tied the game, and Barret Jackman scored the game-winner in overtime as the Blues top the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 Saturday, in Game 2 of their first round playoff series.
St. Louis now leads the series 2-0.
Late in the third period, Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook hammered St. Louis center David Backes in the head with his right elbow. The incident left Backes knocked out on the ice and sent Seabrook to the dressing room with a game misconduct. Seabrook also received a five minute major for the hit. Backes eventually was helped off the ice and into the dressing room, from which he did not return.
While the hit looked bad, Seabrook says it wasn't intentional.
"I feel bad seeing a guy like that on the ice," Seabrook said. "I've been there myself. I wasn't trying to target his head or do anything like that."
Either way the incident gave the Blues a 6-on-4 late in the third when Taresenko found the back of the Blackhawks' net.
In overtime, Jackman slapped a puck through traffic that eventually trickled past Corey Crawford for the win.
"We were taking some big hits and kept our composure," Jackman said. "And in the end, one squeaks in."
This is the second-straight game the Blues won late. In Game 1, St. Louis scored the tying goal with less than two minutes to go in regulation before winning in triple overtime.
The series now shifts to Chicago Monday night. The puck is scheduled to drop at 8:30PM ET.
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