ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Keith Tkachuk had a successful debut, scoring
with 2:01 left to give St. Louis a 2-1 win over the Chicago
Blackhawks in the Blues' preseason finale Sunday night.
Tkachuk, playing his first game since returning from a
team-imposed suspension for failing his physical, crashed the net
and banged the rebound of Trent Whitfield's shot past Chicago
goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.
Eric Brewer had the other goal for St. Louis (3-2-1). Pavel
Vorobiev scored for Chicago (4-4-0).
Khabibulin stopped 27 shots, but saw his record fall to 1-3. St.
Louis' Patrick Lalime had 22 saves and improved to 3-1.
Brewer gave the Blues the lead with 2:09 remaining in the first
period with his wrist shot from the right slot.
Chicago tied the game on Vorobiev's power-play score 1:38 into
the second period. Lalime took an interference penalty at the
53-second mark and it came back to cost him when Vorobiev skated
down the right wing and slipped the puck past Lalime.
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