''The guys that have been around did a number today,'' Hitchcock said. ''The guys that have been here before and know what it's like to play in this building, know what it's like to play against Chicago, they played really well today.''
St. Louis went 3 for 5 on the power play.
''I think that last two days in practice really helped us find our groove,'' said defenseman
The Blackhawks had five rookies in the starting lineup, and four players made their NHL debut. And they looked out of sync for much of the night.
''There's definitely some learning going on,'' coach Joel Quenneville said. ''We'll accept mistakes through hard work, because that's how you get better.''
Hartman put Chicago in front 2-1 with his first NHL goal at 13:57 of the second, but the Blackhawks were whistled for three penalties in a span of 1:34 late in the second. Captain
During the delay after the call on Keith, Tarasenko tied it at 2 with a wrist shot that beat Crawford on the goaltender's stick side. The 24-year-old Tarasenko set career highs with 40 goals and 74 points last season.
''He's proven to be a big-time player and obviously these games mean so much to us,'' Shattenkirk said. ''He is someone who just shows up in those big games.''
Chicago had two power-play opportunities in the third, but it was turned away each time. Tarasenko then finished off the Blackhawks with an empty-netter with 1:06 remaining, and
''We didn't do a whole lot of what we wanted to,'' Toews said. ''Our energy, our speed and our work ethic wasn't quite there. We've got to regroup and try to come with that energy in that next one, and play a little bit smarter, too.''
Blues: Host Minnesota on Thursday night.
Blackhawks: Visit Nashville on Friday and then host the Predators on Saturday night.
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