Anybody who counted the Blackhawks out after they went down 0-2 versus the St. Louis Blues in the opening round might be feeling a little silly right about now.
However, the Blackhawks still haven't played their best hockey. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, after each missing the final couple of weeks of the regular season with injuries, are rounding into form. The team as a whole has more gears.
The Blues are playing the kind of hockey that kept them at or near the top of the Central all season. In particular, Vladimir Tarasenko has been marvelous so far in the playoffs, averaging a goal per game, to lead the league for playoff goals.
Wipe the slate clean everything that has gone on in this tremendously well played series is now even. The series is now a best of three with each team having an equal chance to win the series or do they?
The Blackhawks definitely have the momentum thanks to Patrick Kane’s magic in OT in game 4 to pull the Hawks even in the series. There is a huge difference between having the series tied at two games apiece and being down three to one in the series. If the Hawks keep the momentum rolling in St. Louis they could skate away with a road win that they need to advance to the next round.
You have to think that with the Blues being up in games 2-0 like they were last year again...
We’re officially a week into the 2013/14 NHL playoffs and we’ve already seen our share of overtime dramatics, borderline hits, curious officiating, and Pierre McGuire. While every series has seen at least 3 games played, now is a good time to check in on what we’ve learned through week 1 of the dance and what we should expect over the next week.
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 p...
Corey Crawford at the end of game 2 in St. Louis in his post game presser said he needed to be better and on this night he was a man of his word he was spectacular. In his first NHL playoff career shutout Crawford stopped 34 shots on the Hawks net. Corey Crawford won this game for the Hawks.
Besides Crawford being excellent in net the Hawks broke a bad habit as well, giving up goals late in games to push to overtime. On this night the Hawks not only did not give up the lead late the game actually ended in regulation time.
The scoring got started in the first period in what would have to be called a soft goal given up by Ryan Miller. Jonathan Toews shot the puck through Miller ...
The Blackhawks open their home games at the United Center already in a 0-2 hole.
The worst part about that? They could be headed home up 2-0. The Blackhawks gave up the tying goal in both games in the dying moments of the third period: with less than two minutes on the clock in Game 1, and just a handful of seconds left in Game 2. In both games, the Blues made the best of overtime, came away with the wins.
Corey Crawford's play in Game 1 was outstanding, but he took the blame for Game 2, stating, "It’s pretty much not acceptable. We’re not going to win if I’m going to play like that. I just have to be better" - an opinion echoed by his...
After an incredibly intense, well-balanced Game 1 which went all the way into a 3OT situation, the Blackhawks and Blues are meeting again for Game 2 of the 1st round of the playoffs. The Blues took the first game with a game winning goal 26 seconds into the 3rd overtime period,making it the longest game their franchise ever played, at over 100 minutes.
Game number 2 would be ultimately taken by the Blues in overtime, in a brutal game that saw Chicago take 10 penalties and St Louis 6, and the lead change from the Blues, to the Hawks, and bac...
It’s only the second game of the playoffs, but tempers are already flaring after an exhausting 4-3 triple overtime thriller to kick off the Blues-Blackhawks series.
After having the game seemingly locked up with two minutes to go, the Hawks gave up a late goal in the third period that tied the game. Their regular season struggles in the extra frame (they won just one overtime game this year) continued in their first postseason con...
The playoff series between the Hawks and Blues was expected to be a high-powered and physical, and the two teams did not disappoint in a raucous first game that resulted in a 4-3 triple OT victory for St. Louis. Alexander Steen would get the winning goal 26 seconds into the third overtime period.
It was the Blues who would strike first less than five minutes into the first period, as Adam Cracknell got a tip-in past Corey Crawford to put St. Louis up.
Although it's been twelve years since they faced each other as playoff foes, the Blues and the Blackhawks are very familiar with one another as long-time division rivals since 1970. There is a hatred between these two teams that runs deep between the fan bases, and games between them are always snarling, hard-hitting affairs.
The St. Louis Blues had a rough ending to their regular season - becoming riddled with injuries, and going 3-7-0 in their last ten games. Their six-game losing streak to close out the season dropped them to second in the Central behind the Avalanche.
But by no means should the Blackhawks assume that their first-round opponent will be anything less than their trad...