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Instant Analysis: Blackhawks Win Second Straight 3-1



The Chicago Blackhawks almost had two goals from the back end of their lineup. No matter how they happened, they were goals nonetheless and they led to victory.

Alex Vlasic notched his first goal of the season while Anthony Beauvillier got his first as Blackhawk and Chicago beat the St. Louis Blues Saturday night.

It marks the first time the Blackhawks have a winning streak this season, with the last time being back on March 16th when they beat the Nashville Predators to win their second in a row. They would go 39 games before finally notching a winning streak.

Nikita Zaitsev recorded two points and it looked like he had his second goal of the season when he scored in the first period. But the goal was later credited to Beauvillier, who had the puck grace off his jersey on its way into the net. Zaitsev would also assist on Jason Dickinson’s goal, setting him up with a pretty pass right on the tape while Dicksinson waited on the doorstep.

Goal scoring has been tough to come by for the Blackhawks, none more in the five game stretch that saw them score a total of seven goals.  They’re nearly halfway to that total after today’s victory.

Mrazek Continues to Impress

Just over midway through the second period, Petr Mrazek had reached the mark of two consecutive games of shutout minutes. He ended the game with 38 saves after having 37 two nights earlier.

A three-on-one break put an end to the shutout streak with just 3:29 left in the game.

After a trio of games where the Blackhawks gave little in the way of goal support, Mrazek kept Chicago afloat and really took over against both Anaheim and St. Louis. The victory against the Blues provided Mrazek his seventh win of the season, two off the team total.

The Blackhawks are back at it tomorrow against the Washington Capitals with face off set for 6pm.

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