There was a time Tuesday night when, for the first time this season, the Blackhawks looked done, out of it, with no chance of even competing for the Stanley Cup.

That they came back to beat the top team in the league, the unlikely Saint Louis Blues, noted for their defense, with a third-period rally for the second time in a month at home testifies that the Hawks might yet be a force in the playoffs.

But boy, did it look dark there in the first period at the United Center.