Crawford steps in to save Blackhawks and beat Blues

Chicago netminder Corey Crawford took over from starter Ray Emery with his team trailing 3-1 to St. Louis and turned the game in the Blackhawks' favor, stopping all 18 shots he faced and earning a 4-3 shootout win over the NHL-best Blues on Tuesday.

Blackhawks right wing Andrew Brunette netted the opening goal of the game in the first period before the Blues chased Emery with goals by Jamie Langenbrunner, Andy McDonald and Patrik Berglund.

Chicago's Viktor Stalberg trimmed the lead in the second period before Brent Seabrook tied the score at 3-3 in the third.

After a scoreless overtime, Patrick Kane recorded the only goal in the shootout to give his team the triumph and snap the Blues' five-game win streak.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)