Blues capitalize on Kane penalty, top Blackhawks

Brian Elliott made 44 saves as St. Louis took a 2-1 series lead with a 3-2 win on Sunday.

The St. Louis Blues jumped out to a 2-1 series lead over the Chicago Blackhawks thanks to a 3-2 win on Sunday.

Jaden Schwartz scored the eventual winner while Colton Parayko and Patrik Berglund had the other goals for St. Louis.

With Patrick Kane off serving a double minor for high sticking Alex Pietrangelo, Schwartz finished off a beautiful passing play from David Backes and Vladimir Tarasenko for his first of the series.

“Can’t take a penalty at that time of the game, especially when the game’s 2-2,” Kane said postgame. “I’ll take responsibility on that one.”

Brent Seabrook and Artem Anisimov scored for the Blackhawks while Corey Crawford made 33 saves.

“Unfortunate turn of events in the third,” said Jonathan Toews, who had an assist in the loss. “But offensively, I think we can keep creating the way we have with the puck down low and working for those second chances and those rebounds around the net and just finding those ugly goals.

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“At the other end of the rink we obviously have some improvements to make in managing the puck a little bit better.”

Brian Elliott had another solid night in net making 44 saves in the win. With the game tied 1-1 early in the second, Elliott made several tough saves to preserve the tie. Elliott kept the Blues in the game as they were out-shot 24-13 in the middle frame.

“That’s how many shots they had? Wow, that’s pretty good. They were on the hunt,” said Ken Hitchcock of the Blackhawks second period shot. “Surviving that, I think the guys got a real good breath in between periods and then we really went at it in the third.”

Elliott’s 44 saves was a playoff career high and the most by a Blues’ goaltender since Curtis Joseph made 47 saves on April 20, 1994.

Game 4 of the series goes Tuesday night in Chicago.