What a lady, what a night! The Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 6-3 on Saturday to force a Game 7 in the opening-round series. It was a highly entertaining game to watch. All five of the previous games were extremely close, being separated by only one goal. So to watch the good guys win by three tallies was certainly a treat, especially after they gave up three goals in the first period.
What was so great about last night’s contest is that the Hawks really got going offensively, scoring six goals. Not surprisingly, they’ve gotten better at figuring out how to score as the series has gone along. In Game 1, they couldn’t crack the score sheet at all. Then they managed three goals, two goals, and three goals again in the next three tilts. Game 5 featured four goals, and now six goals. For a team without the best depth on defense, scoring is the right way to win hockey games.
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And head coach Joel Quenneville has made the necessary adjustments to help this team put pucks in the net. Let’s look at the goals that were scored last night.
Andrew Ladd started things off with the first tally of the night for both teams. He has just recently been moved to the third line with Marcus Kruger and Marian Hossa. These three have been put together and become the new checking line. They are very strong defensively, as well as being a scoring threat. Marcus Kruger got the assist on the goal. Incidentally, it was both player’s first point of the series.
Then there was the breakdown that became the St. Louis Blues scoring three goals in less than 5 minutes. But we don’t have to talk about that, because the Hawks regrouped and then went on a scoring binge that negated the Blue’s push.
The Hawks capitalized on their first power play chance of the game early in the second period. Artem Anisimov did the honors, with assists from Marian Hossa and Artemi Panarin. That marked Arty’s third goal of the playoffs, and his first on the power play.
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