Troy Brouwer tapped in his own rebound to snap a third-period tie and the St. Louis Blues advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in four seasons, eliminating the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2, in Game 7 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series Monday night.
Brouwer, who played for the Blackhawks' Cup winner in 2010 and was among the veteran additions to a team trying to break through, swiped in a backhander. The goal at 8:31 was his first in 24 postseason games since 2013.
Chicago just missed a chance to tie it when Brent Seabrook's shot went off both posts with about 3:30 left.
It is the first time the Blues...