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Struggling Blackhawks Lose in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Alex Steen had two goals and an assist and scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, helping the St. Louis Blues keep alive faint playoff hopes and hand the slumping Chicago Blackhawks their seventh loss in nine games with a 4-2 victory Tuesday night.

Eric Brewer and Erik Johnson also scored and Chris Mason thwarted the last of the Blackhawks' three breakaways. The Blues have won three in a row at home, where they remain an NHL-worst 15-18-5, the biggest reason they're six points out of the final Western Conference playoff spot with six games to go.

Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa scored in the first period for Chicago, stuck on 99 points after losing three in a row in regulation for the first time this season.

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