Andrew Ladd arrives in time for the Blackhawks’ playoff opener in St. Louis

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CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 05: Andrew Ladd #16 of the Chicago Blackhawks watches for the puck in between Alex Grant #47 and Laurent Dauphin #76 of the Arizona Coyotes, as goalie Louis Domingue #35 guards the net, in the first period of the NHL game at the United Center on April 5, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS – Family came first for him on Wednesday, but he was still about to make it in time to do his job.

Back in Chicago as his wife Brandy delivered the couple’s third child for most of the day, Blackhawks forward Andrew Ladd hopped on a plane and made it to the Scottrade Center in time for the team’s first round opener against the Blues.

Initially a game-time decision, Ladd was put on the Blackhawks’ top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa as the team starts their quest for a repeat Stanley Cup Championship.

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