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National Hockey League
Preview
Chicago at St. Louis
When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, April 25, 2014
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri

Patrick Kane is no stranger to scoring dramatic overtime goals in the postseason - see Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup final if you need to refresh your memory. While the stakes weren't as high, the reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner netted his second goal of the contest 11:17 into the extra session as Chicago skated to a 4-3 victory on Wednesday to even its Western Conference first-round series with the St. Louis Blues at two games apiece. The Central Division rivals will reconvene in St. Louis for Game 5 on Friday.

The reigning Stanley Cup champions held serve by winning both contests in Chicago after the Blues opened the series with a pair of home victories. "We're not in a bad spot. It's tied and we still have home ice," St. Louis defenseman Jay Bouwmeester said. "We still have a good opportunity here." Whether the Blues have David Backes (upper body) for Friday's tilt is a mystery, although the captain did not participate in Thursday's optional skate - prompting coach Ken Hitchcock to tell reporters to "read into it what you will."

TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS2, CSN (Chicago), FSN Midwest (St. Louis)

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS: For the third time in four years, Jonathan Toews was named a finalist for the Selke Trophy - which is awarded to the top defensive forward. The captain, who is vying for a repeat after winning the award for the first time in 2013, was joined by Boston's Patrice Bergeron and Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar as finalists. Toews collected a goal and an assist in Game 4, has a team-high five points and has won 64.2 percent of his faceoffs (68-for-106) in the series.

ABOUT THE BLUES: Vladimir Tarasenko has put his injuries woes behind him with a stellar effort versus Chicago. After missing the last 15 games of the regular season with a hand injury, the 22-year-old Russian tallied twice on Wednesday to double his team-leading goal total for the series. "Exceptional. He's been a great player every game," Hitchcock said. "Young, emerging player. Hopefully, he stays with it and helps us a lot."

OVERTIME

1. Both teams scored with the man advantage on Wednesday to show signs of getting their sputtering power plays untracked. Chicago is 2-for-16 in the series while St. Louis is 2-for-21.

2. Blues D Alex Pietrangelo logged a game-high 28:55 of ice time on Wednesday and leads the league with 127:16 in the postseason.

3. Blackhawks D Brent Seabrook, who administered the illegal hit to Backes in Game 2, will serve the final contest of his three-game suspension.

PREDICTION: Blues 3, Blackhawks 2

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Chicago 48-21-9-8 W2 29-7-2-5 19-14-7-3 3-0-1-0 45-21-8-8 15-13-3-2
St. Louis 54-24-5-3 L2 30-9-3-1 24-15-2-2 7-5-0-0 47-19-5-3 ---
Last Meeting
Chicago St. Louis
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
4/23/14 STL 3 CHI 4 (OT) 34 30 1-2 33 30 1-5
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Chicago P. Kane 3
St. Louis V. Tarasenko 2
Goals Player  
Chicago P. Kane 2
St. Louis V. Tarasenko 2
Assists Player  
Chicago J. Toews 2
St. Louis S. Ott 1
Saves Player  
Chicago C. Crawford 30
St. Louis R. Miller 30
Season
Total Points Player  
Chicago P. Sharp 82
St. Louis A. Steen 65
Goals Player  
Chicago P. Sharp 36
St. Louis A. Steen 35
Assists Player  
Chicago D. Keith 56
St. Louis A. Pietrangelo 48
Saves Player  
Chicago C. Crawford 1593
St. Louis B. Elliott 660
Quickchart Matchup
Chicago Off vs  St. Louis Def
3.17 GF
2.33 GA
33.1 Shots
26.7 Shots
52 PP
44 PK
St. Louis Off vs  Chicago Def
2.91 GF
2.59 GA
29.7 Shots
27.7 Shots
58 PP
48 PK