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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- The St. Louis Blues responded in the seventh and final game of their Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks and sent their longtime rivals home for the season in a 3-2 win Monday at Scottrade Center.
A Troy Brouwer goal in the third period got past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford to break a 2-2 with what proved to be the game winner midway through the period. The Blues jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Jori Lehtera and Colton Parayko.
The victory means that for the first time in four years, St. Louis will advance to the second round of the playoffs, this time against the Dallas Stars. The series win also takes some immediate pressure off Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock, who many believed was coaching for his job Monday night after the team blew a 3-1 series lead, with Chicago forcing a winner-take-all Game 7.