Hawks regroup to face Blues in Saturday playoff matinee

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 contest.  The Hawks didn't play poorly, however, as they were able to skate with St. Louis for the majority of the game and extra periods.

 

The Blues found some reinforcements as they got back a couple of their injured players, and though they’re still missing star TJ Oshie, they played a complete game to take one on home ice.  Ryan Miller looked solid as well in his first playoff contest as a Blue, all which adds up to the Blues looking like a difficult first-round opponent for the Hawks.

 

Despite the Blues coming away victorious in the first game, the series is still up for the taking for either team.  It took almost two full hockey games to determine a winner, and there were several shots that hit the post or were saved by one of the goaltenders, who were both superb.  The second game looks to be just as physical, intense, and high-paced as the first.

 

Who’s Hot: Brent Seabrook had a goal and an assist in the last playoff contest, and Alexander Steen continued his dominance against the Hawks, scoring a goal in Thursday’s game.

 

Injury Report: The Hawks are injury free, with just Nikolai Khabibulin (surgery) on LTIR... for the Blues, Oshie (upper body) and Patrik Berglund (upper body) are currently questionable for tomorrow’s contest.

 

Game info: 2:00 p.m. CT;  NBC, CBC, RDS

 

Location: Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue, St. Louis

 

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