Troy Murray and Steve Thomas scored two goals in 10 seconds in the third period Friday night, leading the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues. The Norris Division final is even at one game each.
Murray's power-play goal at 8:37 broke a 2-2 tie and Thomas connected from the left point with an unassisted goal at 8:47. It was a playoff record for the Blackhawks, whose previous two quickest goals had come in 11 seconds against Boston on March 24, 1942.
The goals came after Brett Hull had tied the score with a power-play goal at 5:10 of the period. It was the second of the game and eighth of the playoffs for Hull, who led the NHL with 72 regular-season goals.
The best-of-seven series shifts to St. Louis for games Sunday and Tuesday nights. Game 5 will be played in Chicago on Thursday night.
Chicago center Denis Savard assisted on Murray's goal after returning from a hospital for X-rays on his left index finger. The X-rays were negative, but Savard missed the entire second period.
The Blues pulled within 4-3 when Paul Cavallini scored with 5:26 remaining. But Blackhawk goalie Greg Millen then saved Peter Zezel's short wrist shot from the slot with about a minute to play.