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St. Louis, which has allowed the fewest goals in the league (tied with the Rangers) at 114 entering the game, made it tough for Chicago to generate any offense, outshooting the Blackhawks 15-4 in that first period.
McDonald, who'd missed 51 games this season with a concussion, scored for the third time since his return a week ago. He nearly converted earlier in the first with the Blues short-handed, skating in alone before Crawford denied him. Then it was the Blues' turn on the power play and Kris Russell's short hit the post.
NOTES: St. Louis G Jaroslav Halak, who'd been slowed by flulike symptoms, was scratched from the lineup for a second straight game. .... Blackhawks D Niklas Hjalmarsson missed his sixth straight game with an upper body injury. He skated Sunday and will be re-evaluated for Tuesday night's game against the Red Wings, coach Joel Quenneville said.
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