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CHICAGO -- Corey Crawford was there every time. Slap shots, wristers, backhands and tips, he stopped each one of them. The Chicago Blackhawks needed a rebound game from their goaltender, and he delivered in a big way. Crawford made 34 saves in his third career post-season shutout, and the Blackhawks got back into their playoff series with the St. Louis Blues with a 2-0 victory in Game 3 on Monday night. "Im just going shot by shot," Crawford said. "Its all I could do the whole game was worry about the next one and focus on the next shot and stop that. I dont want anything else going through my mind through that hockey game." Jonathan Toews and Marcus Kruger scored as the defending Stanley Cup champions bounced back after a pair of overtime losses in St. Louis. Toews 21st post-season goal was only the second score by a Blackhawks forward in the series. "Three games in a row. Its been a very intense series and extremely close," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. Ryan Miller shook off another slow start and finished with 23 saves, but Toews shot at 4:10 of the first went through the goaltenders legs and was the only score for most of the game. "Its not a good goal. Well leave it at that," Miller said. It was quite a turnaround for Crawford, who was upset with his play after Saturdays 4-3 loss. Barret Jackmans winning goal in Game 2 went through Crawford, prompting the goaltender to say he had to play better for Chicago to win. Quenneville met with Crawford on Sunday, and he responded with one of the best games of his career. "We have a lot of one-on-one meetings throughout the season, but we get ramped up at playoff time," said Quenneville, a former NHL defenceman. "I generally stay away from the goalies. We chatted. Basically I was commending him on accepting that responsibility (for the loss)." Crawford drew chants of "Co-rey! Co-rey from the capacity crowd at the United Center. He was helped by a sound performance by Duncan Keith and Chicagos defencemen, who stepped up without the suspended Brent Seabrook. The Blackhawks killed three St. Louis power plays, while the Blues penalty-kill unit went 4 for 4, including a 5-on-3 disadvantage in the second. "We knew this was going to be a long series, but we really played hard, we really played well," St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We did a lot of the things we needed to do to win the hockey game, but youve got to give their goaler credit. He was good, especially late." The Blues, who scored tying goals late in regulation in each of the first two games, pulled Miller with 57 seconds left, but the Blackhawks held on. Kruger stuffed home an empty-netter in the final seconds. Game 4 is Wednesday night. Each team was without a key contributor after Seabrook wiped out Blues centre David Backes with a big hit in Game 2. The five-minute major and game misconduct penalty for Seabrook led to Vladimir Tarasenkos tying power-play goal with 6.4 seconds left. Seabrook was suspended for three games by the NHL, putting Sheldon Brookbank in the lineup for the first time in the series. Playing with Keith, Brookbank turned in a solid performance in his 19th career playoff game. While Backes was out with an upper-body injury, centre Patrik Berglund returned for the Blues after missing three games. Berglund, who had 14 goals and 18 assists this season, skated behind the net for a nice wraparound opportunity in the first period, but was turned away by Chicago defenceman Nick Leddy. Seabrooks hit on Backes, and at least one knee-on-knee blow by Bryan Bickell, increased the tension between Central Division rivals. But Game 3 was surprisingly civil, with each team wary of another penalty that could swing the series. There was a lot of chirping from each side, and that was about it. Looking for a spark, Quenneville put Toews, Patrick Kane and Bickell on the same line for the start of Game 3. The trio had a lot of success in the Blackhawks run to the title last year. The move worked. Toews connected from the top of the left point in the first, beating Miller with a shot that took an unusual bounce. Bickell also created a couple of quality chances with some slick passing. "If thats how its going to go in, then were doing a good job of taking care of the clean chances and the easier ones for them," said Blues defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk, who was right in front of Toews on the goal. "We just have to keep going." NOTES: Blues F Vladimir Sobotka went to the locker room after he took a power-play shot off his right arm in the second, but he returned later in the period. ... The announced attendance of 22,112 was the 268th consecutive sellout for the Blackhawks, counting the playoffs. Chris Paul Jersey.com) - Rakeem Christmas scored 21 points, B. 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Kirk Hinrich had 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting, Mike Dunleavy scored 13, Jimmy Butler 12 and Joakim Noah added 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Gibson, who was 9 for 15 from the field, also had eight rebounds in 32 minutes off the bench. The Bulls (40-31) pulled within two percentage points of Toronto (39-30) for third place in the Eastern Conference. The win also prevented Indiana from clinching the Central Division title on Chicagos home court. The Pacers are looking to win consecutive division crowns for the second time since joining the NBA (1998-99 and 1999-2000). The Pacers, who were led by Paul Georges 21 points, have dropped three straight and six of eight on the road. Theyve lost four of five at the United Center, including both visits this season. The Pacers earned a 91-79 victory over the Bulls on Friday night at Indiana. With the NBAs top two defensive teams on the court, points figured to come at a premium, and that certainly was the case in the first half. Neither team managed to score 20 in either of the first two quarters, and the Pacers took a 34-33 halftime lead when George Hill (12 first-half points) hit a 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left. The Bulls were 14 of 44 (31.8 per cent) from the field in the first half, including 1 for 10 on 3-pointers. Perhaps the most entertaining portion of the half came when the crowd got on Pacers centre Roy Hibbert for an apparent flop, a hot topic between the teams in recent days. On the play, Hibbert was fouled by Noah as he was beginning to go up for a shot attempt. While there definitely was enough contact to warrant a foul, it appeared to be light. Hibbert, though, dropped to the court flailing as if he had been hit by a flagrant foul. After the replay was shown on the scoreboard, the crowd began too boo.dddddddddddd Noah stood off to the side with a big grin on his face. Following Fridays game in Indiana, Gibson accused the Pacers of flopping, and it was still the topic of conversation at the morning shootaround for both teams. "I mean, I havent taken a charge in probably four years," Hibbert said at the shootaround. "Hes entitled to his opinion. Im just going to go out there and play hard." The Bulls finally got into an offensive rhythm in the third quarter, starting the second half with a 16-5 run to take a 49-39 lead. A few minutes later, Indiana had cut the lead to 55-49 and George had the ball on a fast break ahead of the field. Hinrich, though, caught him from behind and looked as if he was going to give an intentional foul. Instead, Hinrich stripped the ball and the Bulls headed in the opposite direction as George complained that he was fouled. The Bulls completed the four-point swing on Gibsons dunk to make it 57-49 with just more than 4 minutes left in the third quarter. The Bulls took a 64-56 lead into the fourth after scoring 31 points in the third. They had balanced scoring in the quarter with Dunleavy and Hinrich each tallying seven points. Carlos Boozer, Butler and Gibson added five apiece. The Bulls were never seriously threatened in the fourth and held on for a relatively comfortable win. NOTES: The Bulls posted a 110-94 victory in Indianas only previous visit to the United Center this season on Nov.16. Indiana won both games at home as the teams split the season series. ... Pacers coach Frank Vogel when asked if Hibbert was the NBA Defensive Player of the Year: "Hands down. Hes the best rim-protector on the best defence in the league. I think thats who the award should go to. Ill be very disappointed if he doesnt get the award this year." Hibberts main competition could be Noah, who received the endorsement of Rockets coach Kevin McHale a couple of weeks ago. . Former Bull C.J. Watson missed the game with a right hamstring strain. 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