Duncan Keith’s 1,000th NHL game, a home contest against a division rival and the Schmaltz brothers finally face each other. Here are Five Thoughts on the Chicago Blackhawks overtime win over the St. Louis Blues.
Number 1: They look great until they don’t.
After the Chicago Blackhawks’ overtime win against the Blues on Saturday, they made NHL history as the first team to ever start a season with 5 straight overtime appearances. While some are championing this as a positive, I’m having trouble seeing the glass as half full.
The offense dominated the first period and limiting St. Louis’s puck possession. Cam Ward wasn’t given too much of a heavy test in the first period with only 11 shots on goal.
After two periods, Chicago had 39 shots on goal to St. Louis’s 21. With only a 2-1 lead going into the 3rd period and Chicago taking a bulk of the shots, the Blackhawks lead felt a little flimsy.
Later in the 3rd period, St. Louis scores a power play goal after Saad and Manning couldn’t clear the puck on the PK.
The Blues are now up 3-2.
Toews would feed Debrincat the puck in the slot to tie the game with 6:54 left in regulation.
Keep in mind, Chicago was 0-0-2 when taking a 2-0 lead before this game. This reveals a greater weakness within the team: not being able to hold leads and sustain momentum until the end of regulation.
Watching the team blow leads while forfeiting puck possession and shot attempts doesn’t sew optimism.
Am I the only person who doesn’t find this style of game play thrilling?