Chicago Blackhawks

Keith, Blackhawks take on spoiler role in St. Louis

St. Louis Blues' Brayden Schenn skates with his head down as Blackhawks players celebrate their 4-3 victory in the background Wednesday in St. Louis.
St. Louis Blues' Brayden Schenn skates with his head down as Blackhawks players celebrate their 4-3 victory in the background Wednesday in St. Louis.

ST. LOUIS – Duncan Keith and the Blackhawks did their part to spoil the St. Louis Blues’ playoff chances.

The star defenseman scored a power-play goal with 8.5 seconds left, and the Hawks beat St. Louis, 4-3, on Wednesday night.

Alex DeBrincat had a goal and an assist, Andreas Martinsen and Blake Hillman also scored, and Jean-Francois Berube made 30 saves. The Hawks beat the Blues for the first time in three meetings this season.

“We’re trying to win the game,” Keith said. “At the end of the day, it’s a bigger game for them, but I thought we did a good job of matching their intensity, and for us it’s fun to play in a game like that. ... There was something on the line, so it was a little easier to get the fire going little bit.”

Vladimir Tarasenko and Brayden Schenn each had a goal and an assist for the Blues. They have lost four straight to fall a point behind idle Colorado for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Hillman scored a short-handed goal, his first in the NHL, midway through the second to cut the Blues’ lead to 3-2. He is the fifth Hawk to score his first career goal this season.

“It’s probably the hardest one-timer I’ve ever taken in my life,” said Hillman, who was playing in his second NHL game. “I closed my eyes, and it went through a couple of bodies, and luckily Allen didn’t see it.”

DeBrincat tied it at 3 at 8:30 of the third with an unassisted goal, before Keith found the net for the first time in 22 games.

“It’s been awhile since he scored obviously, but we did some good things as the game progressed and drew the penalty and got a break,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

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