If you exclude the final 38 seconds of the first period when on a scrum play in front of the net the Blues scored their only goal, it was a snooze fest for 2 periods. The Chicago Blackhawks were the main culprits with the sleep walking managing only 5 shots on goal in each of the first two frames. Not much to talk about in those periods except that Corey Crawford stopped some good chances when the Hawks turned the puck over.
Not sure if the equipment guy made a rush trip to Starbucks,but the third period was a thing of beauty and reminiscent of the way the Hawks played in the first half of the season. Keep the game close early, and then total domination in the third period. They out shot the St. Louis Blues 17-5 in the third period and ended Brian Elliott 160 minuteish scoreless streak. Duncan Keith scored the tying goal with a big blast after a nice feed from Patrick Sharp. The Hawks continue to dominate puck possession and the only good scoring chance the Blues had in the third was stopped by Crawford right before getting blown up in his own net by Keith. The Hawks took the lead when Dave Bolland shot one off of Blues player in front of the nets stick, and Marian Hossa put the icing on the cake with an empty netter in the final minute.
Mission accomplished if you ask me. 3rd straight win, win against a division foe, Crawford was solid, and third period was won….dominated by the Hawks!!! Crawford was the player of the game for the first two periods, and Keith was the MVP of period 3.
Tuesday night bring the evil empire from Detroit to the United Center! The Hawks need to bring 60 minutes of hockey to this battle!
Very good win today! 3 straight W’s!! From the bottom to the Cup starts now!!!
Lets go Hawks!!!