I’m sure we all had history teachers that were good and some that were bad, but I’m sure we all heard one of them possibly say History is the story of people who didn’t learn what their ancestors taught them. The first four games of this series so closely mirrors the first four games of the Blues series last year against the LA Kings so let’s stop and look back and let’s hope that history continues to repeat itself two more times in the Blackhawks vs Blues series.
Apr 23, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) is congratulated by teammates after scoring the game-winning goal against the St. Louis Blues during overtime in game four of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
How History Has Repeated itself!
1. Blues face the defending Stanley Cup Champs. The Blues were on a one way ticket to the #1 seed and a home series against either the Minnesota Wild or Dallas Stars, but they lost 6 straight to end the season and lo and behold a series everyone thought would be the 2nd round series became the opening round series. The Blues with home ice advantage get the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks just like last season when they opened up against the Stanley Cup defending Champion Los Angeles Kings.
2. Alexander Steen Game #1 hero
. Game #1 didn’t mirror the Kings vs Blues Game #1 until the Blackhawks let Jaden Schwartz tie up the game with less than 2 minutes to go. The way history repeated itself was that Alexander Steen scored the overtime winner in 2013 against the Kings and was the hero after a nice pass from Ott for the Game #1 OT winner against the Blackhawks. The Kings winner was a little bit stranger play though when Steen won it.
3. Barret Jackman is the Game #2 Hero. In 2013 Jackman was the hero scoring the Game #2, he scored the winner with less than a minute to go for the 2-0 series lead. In 2014 the Blackhawks again choked off a 3-2 third period lead this time giving up the tying goal with less than 10 seconds to go in regulation. The overtime wasn’t one for the ages especially when Jackman’s shot squeezed through Corey Crawford. The strange stat is that Jackman has two playoff goals in 31 starts and both have been Game #2 winners in St. Louis to put his team up 2-0 against the defending Stanley Cup Champion
4. Game #3 Would Be A Shutout- In Game #3 in LA the Blue outplayed the Kings but were shut out 1-0 by a sensational night by Jonathan Quick. This year the Blues out played the Hawks and controlled the puck most of the night, but Corey Crawford was fantastic and the Blackhawks with a very late empty net goal shut out the Blues 2-0.
5. Game #4 Home Team Wins 4-3
. The Kings finished off the Blues 4-3 in regulation with Justin Williams scoring the game winner with 12 minutes left to go in regulation. The Blackhawks did it with more flair tying the game up late in the third period before Patrick Kane scored another overtime winner.
Both times the home team won the first four games of the series and the series headed back to St. Louis tied up 2-2 just like today.
Game #5….TBA- If history continues to repeat itself it will cause more heart issues but in the end last year at Scottrade the Kings won on the road in overtime 3-2. History doesn’t have to go to overtime, but the road team winning Game #5 is what all Blackhawks fans will be rooting for tonight!
– One other weird stat in this series so far is that every game that the road team has had a lead in the third period it’s been a 3-2 lead and the home team has tied it up 3-3 with less than 4 minutes left in regulation and gone on to win in overtime.
– The only game where the home team had a third period lead in the final 5 minutes they were able to hold the lead and win in regulation.
– Game #5 Tonight!! Let’s Go Hawks and History!!!