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Blackhawks Fall to Blues 3-1

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    Ben Smith #28 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates against Barret Jackman #5 and Matt D'Agostini #36 of the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on December 3, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

    Brian Elliott made 22 saves and Jaden Schwartz had his first two-goal game as the St. Louis Blues earned home-ice advantage for the first-round of the playoffs by defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 Saturday night.

    The Blues won 12 of their last 15 games to capture fourth place in the Western Conference.

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    Elliott and the Blues were helped by facing a Chicago lineup that was devoid of almost every regular.

    Ben Smith, who was playing in his first game of the season, scored for Chicago.

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    The two-goal game was the first of Schwartz's career. Patrik Berglund also scored for St. Louis and David Backes had two assists to give him 300 points for his career.