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CHICAGO -- T.J. Oshie's shootout goal propelled the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night at the United Center.

The Blues (5-1-0) defeated the Blackhawks (4-1-2) for the second time in just over a week.

Oshie was the only player from either side to score in the shootout.

Alexander Steen missed the Blues' only other attempt as St. Louis rebounded from its first loss of the season, Tuesday against the San Jose Sharks.

Missing in their attempts for Chicago were Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp. Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak stopped shots by Toews and Sharp after Kane fired wide.

The loss stopped Chicago's three-game winning streak and marked the fifth straight meeting between the teams that was settled by one goal.

However, the result snapped another streak in which the first team to score went on to win each of the previous nine meetings. Chicago scored first Thursday but could not hold on.

Blackhawks rookie Brandon Pirri opened the scoring with his first career NHL goal, a nice wrist shot past Halak at 7:42 of the first period.

The Blues bounced back less than three minutes later. Captain David Backes, standing in front of Chicago goalie Corey Crawford, tipped in a power-play slap shot from just inside the blue line by Jay Bouwmeester at 10:14.

It was Backes' fifth goal of the season.

Neither team scored for the next 25 minutes until Chicago's Marian Hossa, on a two-on-one breakaway, lifted the puck past Halak to make it 2-1 at 17:22 of the second period. Hossa collected his third goal of the season.

The Blues countered to tie the game again with 1:47 left in the middle period. It was a similar score to St. Louis' first, as Steen tallied his fifth goal of the season on a tip-in in from Bouwmeester right in front of Crawford.

Penalties flew fast and furious at 6:14 of the third period when a mini-brawl erupted between several members of both teams.

St. Louis defenseman Roman Polak was penalized two minutes for boarding and five minutes for fighting, and teammate Barret Jackman was penalized two minutes for roughing.

On the same play, Chicago forward Brandon Bollig was penalized two minutes for instigating and five minutes for fighting, and he was assessed a 10-minute misconduct.

Chicago center Andrew Shaw then went to the penalty box at 7:33, whistled for roughing, putting both sides back to even strength. Neither team was able to take advantage and find the net.

NOTES: Attendance was 21,169. ... The Blackhawks and Blues have yet to lose any man-games to injuries this season. ... Tuesday's 3-2 shootout win at Carolina was the Blackhawks' 2,500th career victory in the NHL. ... After Saturday's home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago plays four of its following six games on the road. ... The Blues, who started the season with five consecutive home games, began a stretch Thursday of six of the next eight games on the road. ... Jackman played in his 650th career NHL game, while Backes became the 14th player in team history to reach the 500-game plateau. ... Bouwmeester played in his 641st consecutive game, extending the longest active iron-man streak in North American pro sports. Bouwmeester last missed a game in March 2004. Vancouver Canucks C Henrik Sedin is a close second at 637 games.
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