The Blackhawks won four in a row after a slow start in St. Louis. The defending
T.J. Oshie scored for the Blues, who outshot the Blackhawks 36-27.
St. Louis went 0 for 6 in 10 minutes of power-play time over the first two periods, wasting a chance to take the lead. The Blues went two for 29 with the man advantage for the series.
The Blackhawks also struggled on the power play, but they scored when it mattered most.
Toews' 23rd career postseason goal seemed to take the air out of the Blues, and it got even worse for St. Louis.
It was an eerily similar playoff exit for St. Louis to a year ago, when the Blues also were eliminated by the defending Stanley Cup champions in six games in the first round. In that 2013 playoff series, St. Louis won the first two games at home against the Kings, then lost four in a row.
at N.Y. Rangers 4, Philadelphia 2:
The teams have alternated wins the entire series.
Vinny Lecavalier made it 3-1 late in the second period on the power play, and