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Blackhawks Buckle

"Ken Hitchcock thought his St. Louis Blues finally moved past the lingering debris from their late-season slump in the third period Thursday night and started playing the brand of hockey that allowed them to rack up 111 points through 76 games in the regular season," Dan Rosen writes for NHL.com.

"Little did Hitchcock know that it would take the Blues another 40-plus minutes to get a win.

"Alexander Steen scored 26 seconds into triple overtime at Scottrade Center to give the Blues a 4-3 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks and a 1-0 lead in their Western Conference First Round series. It was the longest playoff overtime game in Blues history and the first to extend into triple overtime."

Recap:


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See also:
* Fox Sports Midwest: Blues Find Their Swagger.

* Bernie Miklasz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues Pass Endurance Test.

* Sports Illustrated: Blues Outlast Blackhawks In Triple-Overtime Thriller.

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Deadspin Blackhawks
Joel Quennevile's Nut-Grabbing Rage.

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Highlights

The good news: Kane is back.

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Crawford in playoff form.

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Oduya on the backdoor.

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Seabrook with the one-timer.

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