Blackhawks win series and advance to 2nd round with blowout 5-1 win in Game 6

Game 6 was the first chance for the Blackhawks to eliminate the St Louis Blues from the playoffs, in a series eerily reminiscent of the Blues’ first round last year, against the Los Angeles Kings. And even if this game would play out slightly differently than last year’s, it’d be the last game the Blues would play in this year’s playoffs, as the Blackhawks took a 5-1 one victory thanks to a 3rd period completely dominated by the Hawks where they’d score 4 goals.

 

The first frame saw Brent Seabrook come back into the game strong, after his 3 games suspension for his hit on David Backes. Just 4 minutes in, he’d get a shot on goal that’d get redirect by Bryan Bickell past Blues goaltender Ryan Miller, giving the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead early in the game. However, the Blues would get one back, tying the game thanks to TJ Oshie, Team USA’s shootout hero. The period would close on this score.

 

In the second, the Blues would seem to find their feet a little better, generating chance after chance, even if they wouldn’t manage to capitalise. It was also when Chicago coach Joel Quenneville started switching his lines to try and kickstart some more offense for the Hawks. It wouldn’t help the Blackhawks to score a goal in the period, though, instead getting obviously frustrated and getting multiple penalties, including a 4 minutes one for Marian Hossa, all of which the Blackhawks killed. The second period would go goalless, with the Blues outshooting the Hawks 28 to 11.

 

The third frame would open on a minute left of power play for the Blackhawks, as D-man Jay Bouwmeester was called for tripping 19 minutes into the second. Chicago would get back on the scoreboard then, 44 seconds in, with a goal from captain Jonathan Toews, who has been essential to his team during this series. And barely over a minute later, Patrick Sharp, the team’s lead scorer during the regular season, would get his first goal of the series, on a breakaway that went past right past Miller right side.

 

The Blackhawks would start dictating the pace some more in the third, and Andrew Shaw, assisted by a shot from Duncan Keith, would add another goal to the scoreboard, 12 minutes in, and he’d be followed by Keith, assisted by Shaw, scoring yet another goal and making it a 5-1 game with 2 minutes left to play.

 
The next series will be against the Colorado Avalanche or the Minnesota Wild, who are currently in a 3-2 series, advantage for the Avs. The series' schedule will be set once all first round series are finished. 
 
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