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The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-2 in their final matchup in the regular season, keeping hopes that this is the final matchup between the two until 2017-18′.

The Hawks started the game with high hopes, but even higher expectations against the Blues, as they haven’t played in over a week due to the mandatory break.

Jonathan Toews was able to keep his reign going, as he scored 4:18 into the opening frame, which was his ninth goal since Jan. 22. Toews was lead a beautiful pass by Ryan Hartman as he entered the zone, allowing Toews to deke-out Jake Allen and finish him off for a 1-0 lead.

The goal also extended his point streak to six games, scoring five goals and six assists in that span.

About 7:26 after Toews’ goal, the Hawks found more fortune. While on the power play, Patrick Kane and Toews ping-ponged passes to each other entering the zone, leaving room for Kane to rifle the shot past Allen to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead.

However, the Blues weren’t going to let the Hawks take a 2-0 lead into the intermission, as they decided to take manners into their own hands if they were to climb back versus the red-hot Hawks.

Magnus Paajarvi was able to notch his fourth goal of the year after stealing the puck from Tanner Kero, cutting the deficit in half and giving his team some life after being dominated from the Blackhawks.

Paajarvi’s goal, however, did give the Blues new life, as they were a total different team in the second period. With nearly eight minutes left in the middle frame, Alex Pietrangelo was able to snipe home his ninth goal of the year to tie the game.

The game continued to live on as one of those in which that would end in the dire moments from either team, and that’s exactly what it lived out to be.

Entering the third period, the Hawks outshot the Blues 31 to 23, sort of teetering their domination and maintaining hope that they can slave off a win if they kept their shots on goal to an exceeding amount.

Luckily, with that state of mind, they were able to take the win off of their ninth shot in the third period.

Near the five minute mark, Artem Anisimov was given a beautiful pass from Artemi Panarin, allowing him to slam home his 22nd goal of the year, giving the Hawks a 3-2 lead.

Hartman was able score an empty netter, officially ending the game 4-2.

This was a big win versus a foe who is in need of points. With the win, the Hawks have improved to 39-18-5 for 83 points, just one point under the Minnesota Wild who have two less games played. The win also keeps the Blues in the second wild-card spot, keeping them at bay from a first round matchup.

This is a key time for teams like Chicago, where your key players need to find their rhythm. The Hawks, however, have certainly found their stars in full throttle, as Kane and Toews have been able to find the scoreboard frequently since the all-star break.

Kane’s nine goals and six assists and Toews’ seven goals and 11 assists have been crucial for the Hawks, as they’ve now won nine of their last ten games.

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