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Blackhawks force a Game 7 with a compelling 6-3 win over the Blues

Chicago erased a two-goal deficit in the win.

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For the second straight game, the St. Louis Blues failed to put away the defending champions.

The Chicago Blackhawks came back from a two goal deficit to earn a 6-3 win in Game 6 on Saturday, forcing a deciding Game 7 on Monday night in St. Louis.

Before your pizza arrived the Blues had already scored three goals. Andrew Ladd made his first significant appearance in the playoffs with an opening Blackhawks goal nearly four minutes into the game. And then St. Louis went to work.

The Blues countered with a 2-on-1 opportunity minutes later that Scottie Upshall scored on. Alex Pietrangelo followed up with a slap shot from the blue line that somehow beat Chicago goalie Corey Crawford. Vladimir Tarasenko extended the lead to 3-1 with his fourth goal of the playoffs.

Tarasenko now has 14 goals in 19 career playoff games.

As you might expect from a Blues-Blackhawks playoff series, the game quickly turned on its head. The Blackhawks severely outplayed the Blues in the second period, outshooting them 19-9. They also scored on three of those shots. Artem Anisimov reeled the Blues back in, Trevor van Riemsdyk scored the tying goal, and Dale Weise gave the Blackhawks the lead all within 12 minutes of play.

The Blues managed to hang around for most of the third period until a late penalty doomed them. Patrick Kane found Andrew Shaw on the power play to give Chicago a game-clinching two-goal lead. Marian Hossa's empty-netter sealed the 6-3 win moments later.