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Sport Duncan Keith’s late winner helps strike blow to Blues’ playoff hopes

07:00  05 april  2018
07:00  05 april  2018 Source:   nbcsports.com

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Duncan Keith scored his second goal of the year late in the third period and the Chicago Blackhawks deal serious blow to St. Louis Blues playoff hopes .

Duncan Keith scored a power- play goal with 8.5 seconds left and the Chicago Blackhawks beat St. Louis 4-3 on Wednesday night to hurt the Blues ' playoff hopes . Duncan Keith scored his second goal of the year late in the third period and the Chicago Blackhawks deal serious blow to St. Louis

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Duncan Keith‘s goal with 8.5 seconds to go broke a 3-3 tie and gave the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues Wednesday night.

The Blues are still in pursuit of a wild card spot in the Western Conference, but with the loss remain a point behind the Colorado Avalanche with two games to go, including a Saturday night tilt vs. the Avs.

BOX SCORE:  BLACKHAWKS 4, BLUES 3

Chicago wanted to play spoiler for their Central Division rivals, with Blackhawks forward Alex DeBrincatsaying before the game, “They’re a good team and they’re fighting for a playoff spot right now. We’re not going out there and just letting them take it. We want to crush their hopes.”

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Keith scores with 8.5 seconds left. Do you hear that? That' s the Blues playoff hopes dying! Eight point five seconds remaining. Duncan Keith with his second goal of the season to break it to Keith one timer. And Beaches, Jake Allen to the far side, not sure if it' s change any direction that' s right on Pier' s

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It was looking good for the Blues early in the second period when Vladimir Tarasenko gave the home side a 3-1 lead. But St. Louis and Jake Allen began to falter minutes later. Blackhawks rookie Blake Hillman jumped into the rush and scored his first NHL goal with Chicago on a power play to cut the deficit to 3-2 midway through the period.

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With DeBrincat wanting to “crush their hopes,” he backed up his words and tied the game with 11:30 to go, thanks to some more questionable goaltending by Allen.

The self-destruction of the Blues continued as Chris Butler took a holding penalty with two minutes to go. The Blackhawks waited until the very end of that power play to capitalize, with Keith finally notching his second goal of the season and also sending the Los Angeles Kings to playoffs in the process.

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And as if the Blues haven’t been demonized enough by the Blackhawks, the two teams meet again Friday night at United Center. How soon will St. Louis be able to erase this one from memory and focus on the two biggest games of their season this weekend?

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Sean Leahy is a writer forPro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line atphtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

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