The Chicago Blackhawks took to the ice against the St. Louis Blues on NBCSN’s rivalry night and after a fine start ended up leaving with one point in an overtime loss. Here are a couple of thoughts on the 6-5 OT Loss to the Blues.
3. Corey Crawford wasn’t sharp-The Chicago Blackhawks goalie has been great for most of this early season, and we even posted his fantastic stats on Twitter earlier in the day.
The problem was this is one of the first games of the season which Crawford wasn’t sharp. He may not be to blame for all of the 6 goals, but he should have stopped a couple of them which is exactly what the Hawks would have needed when they open up a big lead like 3-1 and 5-2. The Hawks goalie didn’t look like himself, but the thing we know about Crawford is that he usually bounces back after a game like this, but on this night he wasn’t good enough when the team needed him to be against one of their biggest rivals.
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2. Patrick Kane is on his game. Kane had a goal and an assist on the night, but besides that he’s playing his game and setting up player after player but none of them besides Brent Seabrook was able to capitalize. Kane was zipping around the rink and he looks like no matter how trapped he was he could find someone wide open. He has 18 points in 13 games and it looks like he’s ready to kick it into another gear.
The Kids Are Ok- Marko Dano scored the first goal of the game when the entire line fore checked the St. Louis Blues into a turnover and a quick strike goal. It was Dano’s first goal in a Chicago Blackhawks uniform and really made everyone that was asking for him to join the team smile for a moment. Tanner Kero was impressive and really made some solid hockey plays out there, and to me the turning point of the game was when Kero set up Ryan Hartman on the doorstep with a tap in goal, but he couldn’t just tap it in. The line had life, jump, and wasn’t afraid to make a play or a hit so I’m fine with the kids in the lineup for now.
What is your thoughts on the Hawks loss tonight?