Oct 25, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp (10) reacts after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the first period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
The second road Central Divisional matchup of the week brought the Blackhawks to Scottrade center as the Hawks played their rivals St Louis Blues. Here is how the game took shape from the city of the Arch
The Hawks got a great chance on their first shift and they drew a quick penalty, and then on the powerplay Andrew Shaw was able to pick up another penalty on Barret Jackman giving the Hawks a 5 0n 3 and then a great set play from Marian Hossa to Patrick Kane and finally Patrick Sharp put it into the back of the net for an early lead. The Hawks had a couple of great chances but Jonathan Toews and Hossa weren’t able to cash in.
In the second half of the period the ice slanted towards the Blues with a couple of powerplays and then in between penalties Johnny Oduya wasn’t able to clear the puck and Jaden Schwartz shot it through everyone’s legs and eventually through the 5 hole of Antti Raanta for the tying goal. The Blues really dominated the 2nd half of the period and in an almost carbon copy of Thursday night the Hawks dominate the first half of the first period but skate to the intermission tied at one.
The Blackhawks and Blues were playing a very tight playoff type hockey game in the second period with very few shots on net during most of the action. With just a few minutes left Michal Rozsival made a horrendous turnover at the blue line with tons of ice to work with and seconds later the puck went in the net but took a review to make it a good goal. It was Ryan Reaves first goal in over 50 games. The back breaker for the period was when the Blues dominated the puck in the final minute and with only 5 seconds left in the period Dimtrij Jaskin beat Raanta for a 3-1 lead to finish off the period.
Joel Quenneville started the game with a Toews, Kane, Bryan Bickell line and he blended his lines for the game and was back to rolling 3 lines basically benching the bottom line and we are only 7 games into the season 7 GAMES!!
The Blackhawks have owned the third period in the early part of the season and it looked like the Hawks were hitting their third period stride when Patrick Sharp found Kris Versteeg all alone and he buried it past Brian Elliott to cut the lead to 3-2. The Hawks didn’t go to beast mode on the shots on goal tracker like they have early this year, and the Blues still controlled the play for most of the period and well the game.
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The Hawks got a late powerplay and although they controlled the entire two minutes were only able to get one shot on net. The Blackhawks in a bad rerun from Thursday night had to pull Raanta in the final minute but couldn’t get the tying goal into the back of the net and for the second consecutive game fall to a Central Divisional rival on the road 3-2.
– Blackhawks get back to the United Center tomorrow night against the Ottawa Senators.
– Quenneville isn’t creating any chemistry shuffling lines nightly
–Daniel Carcillo left the game with a hyper extended knee at best but could be worse
– The Hawks at even strength are not scoring goals period!
– It’s only 7 games into the season but the offense isn’t clicking
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