Apr 1, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen (20) takes a shot against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period at the Scottrade Center. The Blues defeated the Flyers 1-0 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
#2: St. Louis Has Collapsed Before
It was just 12 months ago that the Blues were in this same position, holding a 2-0 series lead over the Los Angeles Kings. Just like in this year’s Game One, it was Alex Steen who scored in overtime, and another win at home saw the Blues head to Los Angeles with a comfortable advantage. Four games later, the Blues were packing their things, as the Kings handed the club four straight losses, to move them on to the next round. Granted, history will be very much on the minds of the Blues’ players, and it’s going to be a lot harder for the Blackhawks to do it the second time around. However, with the crowds of the United Center behind them, two straight wins at home will even the series heading back to Missouri, with the ‘Hawks holding all the momentum.
#1: Adversity Is Nothing New For The Blackhawks
It seems that every great Blackhawks team has been in this position on their way to the Cup. In 2010, it was a 3-1 deficit to the Nashville Predators that Chicago overcame, and just last year, the Detroit Red Wings were victims of an identical come-back. In 2011, the ‘Hawks were just one goal away from completing a come-back from 0-3 to the Vancouver Canucks, but fell in a heartbreaking Game Seven overtime. The Blackhawks have 21 players with a Cup ring, the Blues: 0. With so much experience in the room, and the NHL’s third-best coach of all-time behind the bench, the team knows what they have to do to even the series, and definitely have the talent to do so. Taking only one game at a time, the ‘Hawks must turn the tables using a home crowd, and can easily pull off the upset while earning a berth to the second round.
The Blackhawks’ come-back starts tonight, in Game Three. We hope that this list has returned optimism to your hearts. Cheer loud Chicago! Here come the Blackhawks!
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