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Blackhawks outlast Blues in battle of West's worst

CHICAGO (AP) -- Kyle Calder helped the Blackhawks finally win a
one-goal game.

Calder scored in overtime to lift the Blackhawks over the St.
Louis Blues 3-2 and snap Chicago's five-game losing streak. All of
the Blackhawks' defeats during the slide had been by one goal.

Calder won it at the 3:49 mark of the extra session after being
left open at the right side of the St. Louis net. He took a
cross-ice pass from Duncan Keith, who was at the left point, then
fired a shot past a sprawling Patrick Lalime.

"Duncan Keith made a great fake shot and everyone committed to
him," Calder said. "Then he went backdoor to me.

"I don't know what it was, six in a row (one goal games)" he
added. "It feels good to come out on the other end of the stick."

The Blackhawks played their seventh straight game decided by one
goal on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Calder extended his point scoring
streak to seven games -- he has six goals and three assists during
the span.

Keith and Milan Bartovic also scored for the Blackhawks, who
sent the Blues to their eighth straight loss.

Kevin Dallman and Trent Whitfield scored early in the third
period to help the Blues come back from a 2-0 deficit to tie it and
force overtime.

Nikolai Khabibulin made 44 saves for the Blackhawks.

Chicago coach Trent Yawney wasn't upset his team blew a lead or
that Khabibulin had to stay busy to keep the game close.

"It wasn't pretty, but I want them to enjoy the win because
they've been close on a couple of occasions and haven't gotten the
result," Yawney said. "Tonight I saw some things that were
positive even when we gave up the two-goal lead.

"Basically what you saw there was two young teams," Yawney
added. "You see lots of games like that where there's lots of
mistakes, but if your goalie's hot - like ours was - he can keep
you in the game."

Lalime made 30 saves for the Blues.

"We definitely got a lot of chances, didn't take advantage, and
the bottom line is we lost the game again," St. Louis' Keith
Tkachuk said. "We did a lot of great things tonight, we had 46
shots.

"We're starting to go to the net a lot more, and when you
create that many chances you deserve to get more goals."

Bartovic opened the scoring 6:13 into the first period. He fired
a high shot past Lalime's glove from the slot after taking a pass
from Jim Vandermeer. Bartovic's goal was his first in 13 games with
Chicago this season.

Keith made it 2-0 with 7:32 left in the first when he scored on
a shot from the top of the slot.

Khabibulin came up with several tough saves in the first period.
He made a glove save on Petr Cajanek, who was in alone, 5:10 into
the period and blocked a couple of close-in attempts from a
scramble midway through the period.

St. Louis outshot Chicago 16-7 in the scoreless second period,
but few of the Blues chances were prime.

Dallman cut it to 2-1 at 2:58 of the third when he converted a
rebound from a goalmouth scramble. He scored 3 seconds after a St.
Louis power play elapsed.

Whitfield tied it 2-all at 6:25 of the period. Left alone at the
edge of the crease, he lofted a loose puck over Khabibulin's
sprawled pads.

Khabilbulin made a point-blank stop on Jay McClement 40 seconds
into overtime. Lalime stopped Keith from the slot about a minute
later.

Game notes
The Blackhawks are 10-24 in one-goal games this season. ...
Chicago F Curtis Brown returned on Wednesday wearing a cage after
being cut in the face on Sunday versus San Jose. ... According
Yawney, Blackhawks F Tuomo Ruutu continues to make progress
recovering from a partially severed tendon in his right ankle.
Ruutu is skating and may still play this season. ... St. Louis D
Bryce Salvador missed his sixth game with a sore shoulder. ...
Blues C Ryan Johnson was set to return on Wednesday after missing
11 games with a broken foot, but collided in practice Tuesday with
Jesse Boulerice and sat out with a head injury. ... Tkachuk
suffered two facial cuts in the game from sticks. One in the first
period required four stitches and one in the second needed eight.
He returned quickly after both and played 19 minutes.