Backes scores twice to lead Blues

CHICAGO (AP) — David Backes scored twice during a three-goal second period, Chris Mason made 32 saves, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 Wednesday night.

St. Louis scored three times in the final 8:26 of the second — the second and third goals coming 69 seconds apart — to spoil Chicago's first game at home since Jan. 14 following a two-week, eight-game road trip.

Jay McClement also had a goal for the Blues. Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa scored for Chicago.

McClement scored from in-close by deflecting in a shot from teammate Roman Polak with 22 seconds to go in the second period, making it 3-1.

Backes' second goal, with 1:31 left in the second, came on the power play when his shot from the left circle went between Cristobal Huet's legs to put the Blues up 2-1.

About 7 minutes earlier, Paul Kariya raced behind the net to get the puck after Chicago's Duncan Keith had tried to bank it off the boards and fed it back to Backes in the right circle. His shot went whizzing past Huet to make it 1-1.

Hossa had a short-handed goal at 4:16 of the final period, taking a nice pass from Jonathan Toews to make it 3-2.

Kane scored on a breakaway, picking up the puck after a blocked shot by teammate Troy Brouwer and skating in to beat Steve Mason just 2:40 into the game.

Mason stopped wraparound attempts by Toews and Dustin Byfuglien and denied Hossa at the end of a 2-on-1 break to keep the Blues close in the opening period. St. Louis managed just three shots in the first 20 minutes. The Blues had their best scoring chance of the opening period when Brad Boyes got the puck on a turnover from Keith but couldn't connect at the end of the breakaway just before the horn sounded.

NOTES: Blackhawks C Dave Bolland was activated from injured reserve before the game and made his first appearance since undergoing back surgery Nov. 10. He got a loud ovation when he hit the ice for the first time. The Blackhawks also recalled G Joe Fallon from Rockford of the AHL. He replaced backup Antti Niemi, who was supposed to start against the Blues but was ill. ... The Blues got their first win in three meetings with Chicago this season. The longtime rivals play three more times this season. ... Hossa has four short-handed-goals this season.