Apr 17, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller (39) makes a save against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first overtime in game one during the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center. The Blues defeated the Blackhawks 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Not creating enough chances
The Chicago Blackhawks lacked the number of chances in front of the net and were out-shot. Even with 6 power play chances to their advantage they couldn’t convert on their last 5. The St. Louis Blues on the other hand generated chances behind the net and out in front catching the Blackhawks off-hand twice. Once in the 3rd and the other for the OT game winner. During the off day Joel Quenneville even talked about this in an interview. He said, “There wasn’t a lot of quality or quantity chances in OT but it was the ones that were out there that were definitely dangerous on both sides. We could have maybe generated more, scoring threats is something that we’ll talk about.” Coming from the coach he will address the issues and as for now he is not making any line changes. If things where to continue to happen then maybe he would look into changing it up. It is only 1 game so far, so nobody is in panic mode on the Blackhawks bench. (Quote via blackhawks.nhl.com)
Keep your eyes open and see if you see any improvement in these areas during Game 2. These guys know how to make adjustments and tweak their games so I expect the Blackhawks to come out firing them at the net this time around. I am sure the game will be just as exciting and full of surprises as Game 1. My one wish is that the Chicago Blackhawks come out on top this game. We could always use a lucky bounce…or two!
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