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Late goal lifts Blues over Blackhawks

Alexander Steen got just enough on a slap shot in the closing seconds to get the puck past Corey Crawford and give the St. Louis Blues a win over the rival Chicago Blackhawks. Steen’s drive with 21.1 seconds left trickled through Crawford and lifted the Blues to a 3-2 victory against the defending Stanley Cup champions on Wednesday night. Steen broke down the left side as part of a 3-on-1 rush. Instead of passing, he fired a shot from just inside the left circle.

The Blackhawks (1-1-1) lost for the first time in regulation. Chicago coach Joel Quenneville was particularly upset that his team gave up an odd-man break so late in a tie game.

The Blues (3-0) matched their best start to a season, also done in 1969-70 and 1993-94. Halak, who made 26 saves, has been in net for all three wins. Vladimir Tarasenko and David Backes also scored for St. Louis.

Patrick Kane scored for the third straight game for the Blackhawks, and Jonathan Toews had the other Chicago goal. AP

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