Apr 3, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Ben Smith (28) is congratulated for scoring by right wing Kris Versteeg (23) and left wing Brandon Saad (20) during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Kris Versteeg goal ties it up for Blackhawks vs. Blues (GIF)

The Chicago Blackhawks fell down early to the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of this Central division clash in the 4-5 matchup in the Western Conference playoffs, but the defending Stanley Cup Champions responded quickly to tie it up with Kris Versteeg lighting the lamp.

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Johnny Oduya and Brandon Saad assisted on the goal by Versteeg as this game has already seen a lot of action early in the first period in what promises to be an intense series that could go the distance and decided in seven games.

Stay tuned to FanSided all night long for extensive coverage of the Blackhawks-Blues game and the rest of the playoff action across the NHL tonight.

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