The Blackhawks have one team left to really get revenge from the first half of the season and that is the St. Louis Blues. The Hawks got off to another good start and almost a replay from last night when Patrick Sharp opened the scoring by getting past the defense and finishing with another goal. The Hawks followed the Sharp goal with a powerplay goal that Andrew Shaw tipped in from a Patrick Kane deflection. The Hawks seemed to have everything under control until Duncan Keith turned the puck over and Maxim Lapierre capitalized to cut the lead to 2-1. Patrick Kane didn’t waste much time to give the Hawks a 2 goal lead when after dancing through the neutral zone was able to beat Halak stick side to give the Hawks a 3-1 lead after the first period. The Hawks did go to the penalty kill twice, but the PK looked very solid in the first period.
The second period had the ice slanted in favor of the Blues, and they took advantage of that scoring twice first Schwartz extended his scoring streak to 4 games when he put a back hander past Raanta, and then Dmitrij Jaskin scored his first NHL goal with a nifty back hander from a sharp angle to tie the game. The Blues had all the momentum in the world and Quennville even felt it calling a timeout. The Hawks struggled in the 2nd period getting the puck out of the zone with Michal Handzus coming up with two horrible efforts. Brandon Saad scored late in the period with a knuckleball shot that beat Brian Elliott who replaced Halak after the 1st period. The Blues out shot the Hawks 12-9 in the 2nd period.
The third period started very flukishly when Brent Seabrook shot one toward the net and Elliott totally whiffed on it for a 5-3 Hawks lead. The Hawks started to play very defensive game and it ended up costing them in the end. The Blues went on the attack and scored twice in the final four minutes with the last goal on the powerplay after a stupid penalty by Niklas Hjalmarsson and two failed clearing attempts by Seabrook. The Hawks blew a great chance to add two points while giving up none to the Blues but it wasn’t to be tonight.
The Hawks had every chance in the world, but even in overtime they dominated but couldn’t get the puck in the net. The refs missed an obvious slash on Jackman on a Toews break away and we were headed to the hated shootout that took 5 rounds but Raanta came up on the short end of his third shootout.
Could of Would of Should of.
27-7-7 at the Halfway Point!
Back at it Monday night!