ST. LOUIS -- Rapid reaction to the Chicago Blackhawks’ 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Friday.
How it happened: The winning goal in the third period came on a dribbler of a shot by Roman Polak that Marty Turco couldn’t control with David Backes providing a screen. The Blues added a final goal with a little more than a minute remaining when Patrik Berglund scored on a power play. Twice the Hawks were down, 1-0, and 2-1, and both times they responded with man-advantage goals on shots from the point. Patrick Sharp did it in the first period while Brent Seabrook found a lane in the second. That second goal didn’t count as a power-play tally because it went in at the exact moment the Blues’ penalty ended, but the Blues player was not back in the play yet. This was about as even a game as there can be, with both teams earning a similar number of power plays and shots on goal.
What it means: The Hawks’ four-game winning streak is over. Their record after the loss is 5-3-1. They split their two games with the Blues this week, beating them on Monday in overtime. The Hawks are 2-2-1 in the division.
Friday night fights: Big John Scott finally got into his first fight as a Hawk, at least in the regular season. Ironically, his lone fight in the preseason was against Brad Winchester of St. Louis, the same person he fought Friday night. Jake Dowell and B.J. Crombeen dropped the gloves as well. Both were fought to near draws.
What’s next: The Hawks return home immediately to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. The Jackets lost at home Friday night, 6-2, to the Calgary Flames. Saturday night’s game will mark the Hawks’ tenth of the season. That’s the most in the NHL and came in a 17-day span. They get a three-day break after the Blue Jackets game.