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Kane, Seabrook, Stalberg score to back Crawford as Blackhawks beat Blues 3-2

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    St. Louis Blues left wing David Perron (57) is unable to get a shot on goal as Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) and goalie Corey Crawford defend during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)The Associated Press

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    St. Louis Blues left wing David Perron (57), right wing T.J. Oshie (74) and Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford watch the puck in during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)The Associated Press

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    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford makes a save during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)The Associated Press

Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook and Viktor Stalberg scored to back Corey Crawford, and the Chicago Blackhawks hung on to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Tuesday night.

The Blackhawks looked sharp in their home opener after impressive wins at defending champion Los Angeles and Phoenix, the team that knocked them out of the playoffs in the first round last season.

This time, they took out the reigning Central division champions, with Kane scoring in the first period, Seabrook deflecting a shot into the net with his skate in the second and Stalberg coming through early in the third to make it 3-0.

Crawford made 32 saves and was in line for his first shutout since March 2011 when Andy McDonald beat him with a wrist shot shortly after Stalberg scored.