Blues Vs. Blackhawks: St. Louis Falls 4-3 In Shootout

The Blues are trying to clinch the Central Division title for the first time since 2000, and a win over the Blackhawks will help them get back on top of the NHL.

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NHL Standings 2012: Blues Sit Second In Western Conference With 106 Points

Two extremely rare occurrences happened on Saturday during the Columbus Blue Jackets' 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues. For one, the NHL's worst team (Columbus) defeated what was the NHL's best team. The loss also clinched the Central Division for St. Louis for the first time since 1999-2000.

The loss to Columbus marked back-to-back games for St. Louis. It also means the Vancouver Canucks have leapfrogged the Blues in the standings by one point. Both teams have three games left. Right now, the Canucks have 107 points, the Blues have 106.

It's not going to be an easy final stretch for the Blues. The remaining schedule includes two locks for the playoffs in the Western Conference and one team squarely on the bubble. St. Louis will play the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday, followed by another home game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday. The Blues will finish things up on Saturday in Texas against a Dallas Stars team that couldn't be fighting for the No. 8 seed.

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Blues Vs. Blackhawks Final Score: St. Louis Loses 4-3 In Shootout

The St. Louis Blues fell short of pulling off an impressive road victory in a disappointing 4-3 defeat against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. St. Louis never led on Thursday night, but the Blues forced overtime and ultimately a shootout before allowing the Blackhawks to take the win.

After allowing the Blackhawks to initially take a 1-0 lead, the Blues quickly responded just seconds later to tie the game back up. A scoreless second period followed, but the Blackhawks used the early portion of the third period to rebuild up a 3-1 advantage.

Chicago blew that lead, too, but the Blues couldn't snag the victory in overtime. Following a scoreless five-minute period, the two teams traded failed shootout attempts until Chicago's Dave Bolland scored on Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak to give the Blackhawks the victory.

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Blues Vs. Blackhawks Score Update: Game Still Tied After Second Period

The St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks are still locked up in a 1-1 tie after two periods at the United Center. Neither team could score in the second period, but the Blackhawks continued to be the more aggressive team in terms of getting shots on goal.

After attacking Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak in the first period, the Blackhawks continued to get shots on goal during the second period but without much success. Halak has saved an impressive 23-of-24 shots that have came his way tonight.

Last time these two teams played, Halak gave up three goals in a 4-3 Blackhawks victory, so he's presumably hoping to even the score a bit by holding off Chicago's offense attack for the remainder of the night

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Blues Vs. Blackhawks Score Update: St. Louis, Chicago Tied Up After One Period

The St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks are tied up, 1-1, early in the second period of Thursday night's game at the United Center. St. Louis is hoping to improve its record on the road of late while handing Chicago its third consecutive defeat.

The Blackhawks initially took the lead on Bryan Bickell's ninth goal of the season, but the Blues quickly responded just seconds after the subsequent faceoff with Alexander Steen's 14th goal of the season. The goal continues a recent run of strong play from Steen since returning from a concussion.

Chicago has an early advantage in terms of shots on goal, but Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak has kept the game tied up since Steen's game-tying shot.

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Blues Vs. Blackhawks: Blues Look For First Win In Two Years At Hostile United Center

The Blues are trying to clinch the Central Division title for the first time since 2000, and a win over the Blackhawks will help them get back on top of the NHL.

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