It was a crazy first few minutes at the United Center as the Blackhawks hosted the Blues. The scoring started just a few minutes into the first period and launched a scoring flurry.
With the Blackhawks on a rush, the Blues defense charged at Ryan Hartman in the corner. Hartman was able to flip the puck to Marko Dano who was coming hard at the net. Dano, who had just been recalled from Rockford earlier in the week, went top shelf against goalie Brian Elliott.
The goal was Dano’s first in a Blackhawks sweater and gave the team an early, but brief lead. Dano was recalled after the team sent down Brian Bickell.
On the very first rush St. Louis had after the goal, a deflected puck off of Alexander Steen’s leg snuck passed Corey Crawford. Letting up the lead didn’t seem to slow the Blackhawks charge, however.
Shortly after the Blues evened the game, a forced turnover was sent to Andrew Shaw as he raced down the ice. The forward had a clean look at the net but was hooked from behind, sending the puck safely to Elliott. However, the referee whistled and called a penalty shot.
The scoring attack wasn’t done. The Blackhawks, who went two straight home games without scoring a goal, were about to score their third goal in just the first period.
The third goal was scored by Teuvo Teravainen, when he was able to stuff home an Elliott rebound. Teravainen’s goal was enough for the Blues to pull Elliott and put in their backup goalie Jake Allen. Although Elliott returned just a few minutes later.