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St. Louis 4, Chicago 1
When: 8:30 PM ET, Friday, April 6, 2018
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Referees: Brad Meier, Brad Watson
Linesmen: Derek Amell, Trent Knorr
Attendance: 22218
Patrik Berglund's hat trick Friday night lifted the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center in Chicago, earning them a one-point lead over Colorado for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

St. Louis snapped a four-game losing streak with its 44th win of the season, giving it 94 points. The Blues close the season Saturday night in Colorado, where a win or an overtime/shootout loss will enable them to make their seventh straight playoff appearance. A regulation loss would eliminate St. Louis.

Berglund's tie-breaking goal came 16 seconds after Chicago's Erik Gustafsson had tied the score with his fifth goal of the season on a wrister from the left circle that beat Carter Hutton to the short side at 8:08 of the third period.

Robert Bortuzzo's point shot deflected off Kyle Brodziak and right to Berglund at the left post, and he wristed it past J-F Berube.

Jaden Schwartz tacked on his 23rd goal on a wrister at 12:40 to give the Blues some insurance. The tally snapped a seven-game scoreless drought for Schwartz.

Berglund capped the second hat trick of his career with an empty-netter, his 17th marker of the season, at 18:49. He won a puck battle with Duncan Keith along the right boards and chipped a backhander from just inside the blue line that rolled just inside the right post.

St. Louis controlled the game most of the night, outshooting the Blackhawks 35-20 and outhitting them 24-8. The Blues could have owned a 2-0 lead early, but failed to convert on point-blank chances with open nets staring at them.

Berglund put them ahead 1-0 at 18:17 of the first period when he deflected a point blast from Joel Edmundson in the high slot. The puck rolled inside the right post as Berube couldn't react to it in time.

Hutton made his first start in a month as starter Jake Allen rested for Saturday night's showdown and made 19 saves. Berube stopped 31 of 34 shots.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
St. Louis   Chicago
Patrik Berglund 3 Points Erik Gustafsson 1
Patrik Berglund 3 Goals Erik Gustafsson 1
Kyle Brodziak 2 Assists Patrick Kane 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Carter Hutton .950 Save Percentage J-F Berube .912
Carter Hutton 19 Saves J-F Berube 31
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
St. Louis 35 4 0-1 1-1 4 29
Chicago 20 1 0-1 1-1 4 31
Upcoming Games
  • Chicago will play their next game on the road against Winnipeg. The Blackhawks have a W/L % of .353 after a win and .447 after a loss.
  • St. Louis will play their next game on the road against Colorado. The Blues have a W/L % of .605 after a win and .474 after a loss.