Hawks look to tie series in Game 4

The home team has come away with the victory in every game of the Hawks/Blues playoff series so far, and Chicago will look to keep that trend going as they host St. Louis Wednesday night.


The Hawks eeked out a 2-0 victory over the Blues on Monday, but it was closer than it sounded.  After a soft goal let in by Ryan Miller by Jonathan Toews, Miller settled down and shut the door for the rest of the night. The Blues regained their composure and peppered Corey Crawford, particularly in the third period.  Crawford, criticized for letting in a couple of late, questionable goals in the first two games, stood his ground, making a number of difficult stops that kept the Hawks’ lead until Marcus Kruger scored in the empty net.  Sheldon Brookbank, filling in for the suspended Brent Seabrook, also performed solidly in his first 2014 playoff appearance, skating a fairly regular shift and getting 14:32 of ice time.  He will likely draw in again for Game 4.


In the Blues’ first game without captain David Backes, there wasn’t necessarily anything they did wrong, but rather that they couldn’t solve Crawford.  Miller took the blame for letting in the soft goal early, but you can’t win a hockey game unless you score goals, and the Blues' forwards were stumped Monday.  They’ll be looking to win this game for the opportunity to take the series back to St. Louis with a chance to clinch, but they’ll need to figure out how to put pucks in the net first.


Who’s Hot: Crawford stopped 34 shots in the last game, and Brandon Saad has four assists in the series so far... The Blues are riding the hot hands of their young players, with Vladimir Tarasenko scoring two goals and Kevin Shattenkirk leading the team with four points in the series.


Injury Report: The Hawks are injury free, with just Nikolai Khabibulin (surgery) on LTIR, but they’ll also be without Seabrook, currently serving the second game of his three game suspension.. for the Blues, Backes (upper body) is out, and Derek Roy is questionable after not playing in Game 3.


Game info: 8:30 p.m. CT;  CBC, NBCSN, CSN-CHI


Location: United Center, 1901W. Madison, Chicago


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