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Blackhawks vs. Blues 2016 results: Chicago staves off elimination with double-overtime win

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The defending champions are still alive.

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It took double overtime, but the Chicago Blackhawks took down the St. Louis Blues with a 4-3 win in Game 5, staving off elimination from the 2016 playoffs.

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford weathered a storm of vulcanized rubber, stopping 43 of 46 shots he faced. Robby Fabbri and Marian Hossa led their teams offensively, registering a goal apiece.

The two rivals seemed more interested in hitting each other than playing hockey through the first period. The two combined for 27 hits in just the first 10 minutes while only combining for ten shots on net in the whole frame.

It wasn't until the Blues earned a power play chance midway through the second period that the game began to open up. And it took a short-handed goal to do it, as Marian Hossa scampered down the wing and fired a shot past Blues goalie Brian Elliott.

The Blackhawks seemed energized by the goal. But the power play didn't even end before the Blues struck back. Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo fed a pass to Blues winger Jaden Schwartz, who restored the tie with his third goal of the series.

Joel Quenneville's decision to remove Artemi Panarin from Patrick Kane's wing paid off a few minutes later. Panarin fired a wrist shot from the circle that Elliott couldn't control, and Artem Anisimov slammed home the rebound for a 2-1 lead.

But the Blues owned the third period. Robby Fabbri scored his first goal of the playoffs midway through the period. The Blues kept pushing with a 10-3 shot advantage before captain David Backes scored the equalizer with five minutes left in regulation.

And on it went to double overtime, where Patrick Kane had a couple of dangerous wraparound attempts on Elliott. The second made it in, and the Blackhawks stayed alive.

Game 6 is scheduled for Saturday in Chicago.