So to recap, you have the third line scoring. Then a power play goal. Then a defenseman scores while on the ice with the top line. A fourth liner takes advantage of a shift with the second line. Another power play goal, and an empty netter. All in all, 11 different players tallied points last night, with four players coming away with a 2-point game. Now that would be what you call a game where everyone is contributing!
Another point of interest is that your usual top scorers of Kane, Panarin, and Toews all have only one goal apiece in this series. But they have six, five, and five assists respectively. If they have to be the decoys, so be it. Whatever it takes to win.
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Now all this talk about goals being scored has been extremely fun. But the reality is that it will probably be a completely different story for Game 7. Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock will be making adjustments as well. The Blues will definitely tighten things up to try to prevent the Hawks from scoring. The Hawks are going to have to take full advantage of any chances they get. And they are going to have to contain a Blues offense that is very dangerous. I predict a close and low scoring affair.
The Chicago Blackhawks truly need to ride the momentum after this one. Because it’s not over yet. Game 7 is in front of the home crowd for St. Louis, and the Blues are not going to go down without a fight. St. Louis is facing losing in the first round for the fourth time in as many years. Yes, that puts a lot of pressure on them, but it also makes them very hungry and dangerous.
The Hawks are going to have to put up an even better performance than this last one if they want to win the game and the series. They may have a pretty good track record of pulling things out, but none of that really matters when the puck drops on Monday night. It could be anyone’s game.
LET’S GO HAWKS!!!