If offense is your thing, then Thursday’s game between the Blues and Blackhawks would have made you very, very happy….especially if you root for the Blues. St. Louis beat Chicago 6-5 in an overtime shootout at Savvis Center, to earn their second-straight home win—both have been shootouts. Like their 3-2 win over the Flames on Monday, Jay McClement and Lee Stempniak scored in the shootout, with Stempniak getting the game-winner. But Stempniak didn’t just shine in the shootout—he scored twice in regulation.
McClement scored in the first shootout, while Radim Vrbata tied it up for the Blackhawks in the second shootout—Dennis Wideman missed his shot in the second shootout. In the third, Mikael Holqvist missed his shot and Stempniak followed with the winner.
The Blues, just like in their 3-2 loss to Detroit the night before, took a 2-0 lead with goals in the first period. Scott Young and Vladmir Orszgah scored in a 1:22 span early in the first to give St. Louis the lead.
Petr Cajanek made it 3-0 by scoring 10 seconds into the second period. Tyler Arnason and Duncan Keith both scored before four minutes elapsed in the period to cut the Blues lead to 3-2. A power-play goal by Stempniak at the 5:28 mark of the second gave St. Louis a 4-2 advantage. Holmqvist and Stempniak traded goals before the offensive onslaught in the second period ended. The Blues led 5-3.
In the third, the Blackhawks tied it with goals from Rene Bourque and Duncan Keith.