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Road-weary Blues suffer 3-1 loss to Blackhawks, fall back to .500

Jeff Gordon, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

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CHICAGO — The Blues concluded their rough stretch of schedule with a thud Saturday.

Playing their 10th road game in a span of 13 contests — and their second away game in as many nights — the Blues couldn't overcome their miserable start against the rebuilding Chicago Blackhawks.

They fell behind 2-0 in the first period and struggled to a 3-1 defeat.

The Blues lost eight of their 13 games during this difficult span to fall back to .500 at 13-13-1. They will try to regroup this week with a three-game homestand, their longest stretch at Enterprise Center since their four-game span from Nov. 3-9.

Oscar Sundqvist scored for the Blues.

Anthony Beauvillier, Alex Vlasic and Jason Dickinson scored for the Blackhawks, who had gone 1-3-1 in their previous five games to fall to 8-16-1 overall while sinking into the Central Division cellar.

 

Hugh McGing jumps right in

Not surprisingly, Blues coach Craig Berube made lineup changes on the heels of his team's disappointing 5-2 loss to the Metropolitan Division cellar-dwelling Blue Jackets on Friday at Columbus.

Hugh McGing, just up from Springfield of the AHL, made his second NHL appearance while replacing Nikita Alexandrov. McGing had four goals and 11 assists in 21 games for Springfield.

“He is a tremendous worker, lots of energy, plays the game the right way," Berube said. "He gives you everything he’s got. His work ethic is what really jumps out you."

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