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Backes gets OT winner, Blues beat Blackhawks 1-0

  • St. Louis Blues' David Backes, right, is congratulated by Patrik Berglund, of Sweden, after scoring during overtime in Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in St. Louis. The Blues won 1-0. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    St. Louis Blues' David Backes, right, is congratulated by Patrik Berglund, of Sweden, after scoring during overtime in Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in St. Louis. The Blues won 1-0. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chicago Blackhawks' Marian Hossa, of Slovakia, brings the puck behind the net as St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott, left, defends during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round Stanley Cup playoff series Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Chicago Blackhawks' Marian Hossa, of Slovakia, brings the puck behind the net as St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott, left, defends during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round Stanley Cup playoff series Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane, left, looks to pass around St. Louis Blues' Alex Pietrangelo during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round Stanley Cup playoff series Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane, left, looks to pass around St. Louis Blues' Alex Pietrangelo during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round Stanley Cup playoff series Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (The Associated Press)

David Backes scored at 9:04 of overtime on a shot that deflected off a Chicago Blackhawks defenseman, and the St. Louis Blues took the series opener 1-0 over the defending Stanley Cup champions on Wednesday night.

Backes' shot got past Corey Crawford after bouncing off Trevor Van Riemsdyk's skate. Defensemen Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo assisted on the winner.

Brian Elliott earned his first career playoff shutout. Elliott, who led the NHL with a .930 save percentage, made 35 saves to thwart a lineup led by scoring champion Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. He made just his second playoff start in three seasons off an impressive finish, going 11-1 in his final 14 starts.