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ST. LOUIS — Kevin Shattenkirk scored the decisive goal in the sixth round of the shootout to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night for their fourth straight win.

David Backes and Troy Brouwer scored in the third period for the Blues and Jake Allen stopped 33 shots through overtime to earn his 22nd win of the season. Patrik Berglund and Troy Brouwer also had goals in the tiebreaker.

Andrew Ladd scored in the second period and Artemi Panarin tied it late in the third for the Blackhawks, who fell to 32-0-3 win leading after two periods. Corey Crawford had 28 saves.

Berglund scored first in the shootout before Panarin tied it for the Blackhawks in the third round. Brouwer and Artem Anisimov each scored in the fifth round before Shattenkirk beat Crawford and Allen denied Teuvo Tervainen in the sixth.

St. Louis is now tied with Chicago for second place in the Central Division, though the Blackhawks hold the tiebreaker with 40 regulation and overtime wins while the Blues have 34.

The Blackhawks dominated play in the first period, outshooting St. Louis 15-5. The Blackhawks were helped by three St. Louis penalties in the period — the last a 5-minute major for charging on Ryan Reaves who was also assessed a game misconduct for his hit on Christian Ehrhoff with 2:17 remaining.

This was only Reaves' third game back in the Blues' lineup after serving a three game suspension for a check from behind on San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt Tennyson on Feb. 22.

Allen stopped Chicago's first seven shots with the man advantage but Ladd scored his 19th goal of the season and second in five games with the Blackhawks.

St. Louis tied it at 8:46 of the third period as Backes deflected Shattenkirk's shot into the net for his 17th goal. The goal gave Backes points in four straight games and tied him with Hall of Fame defenseman Al MacInnis with 452 points with the Blues, good for 6th place on the franchise list.

Brouwer put the Blues ahead with 6:40 left in regulation on a his 13th of the season, on the power play.

Chicago was on the verge of losing its first game in regulation when leading after two periods since the 2013-14 season when Panarin tied the game with his 25th goal of the season with 1:17 left, capitalizing on Crawford being pulled for an extra attacker.

In overtime, the Blackhawks had a golden chance to end the game as Tomas Fleischmann put a shot on net that Ladd appeared to stuff past Allen. However, the play was immediately ruled no goal on the ice because the puck did not cross the goal line until after Ladd made contact with Allen. Video replay confirmed the initial ruling on the ice.


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