Hawks come up short in shoot out 6-5 to Blues
There has been little to complain about this year for the Hawks except maybe their intra division record. Their record against the central is pedestrian at 9-6-2. They had a chance to change that facing their nearest divisional rival the St. Louis Blues and seemed to have things in hand but let it slip away.
In a game that coach Quenneville will not be happy losing, he can take consolation that the Blackhawks were able to at least get a point. Still the Blackhawks and their coaches need to solve the Blues if they want a return engagement with Lord Stanley’s Cup.
The Blues also had several key players out of their lineup which should have worked in the Hawks favor. It did in the first period where the Hawks took control of the period 3-1. When your hot your hot and Patrick Sharp is. He got the Hawks scoring started on a beauty where he turned on the jets and split the Blues best defensive pairing of Pietrangelo and Bouwmeester.
Andrew Shaw on a redirect power play goal and Patrick Kane kept his scoring streak going scored the other goals for the Hawks and Maxim Lapierre got the solo Blues’ talley in the first.
The second period was another story and was dominated by the Blues. The second period saw a new goalie for the Blues as Brian Elliott relieved Jaroslav Halak in the Blues net. That couple with some very strange bounces in the Hawks end saw the Blues seize momentum.
The Blues were able to tie the game on two goals from really strange bounces from Jaden Schwartz and Dmitrij Jaskin. Brandon Saad was able to get a late goal in the second to regain the momentum off of a lot of hard work by Ben Smith.
The third period looked like the Hawks were going to finally get that win over the Blues this year when they got a weird goal from Brent Seabrook from literally the Blues blue line that got past Elliott as the Hawks went up 5-3 and seemed to have things in hand.
The Blues however were able to tie things up late with another strange bounce in the Hawks zone that was cashed in by Vladimir Tarasenko. The Blues finally got a power play goal of their own from Patrick Berglund to tie things up at five goals apiece
Overtime saw the Hawks dominate but unable to cash in their best chance was a Jonathan Toews breakaway but he was being slashed which did not get called and was really unable to finish his shot. The OT ended and to the shoot out we went.
The shoot out went for five rounds. The shooters were Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa & Brandon Saad with only Toews and Sharp scoring. The Blues goals were by T. J. Oshie, Vladimir Tarasenko & Kevin Shattenkirk for the winner.
This is the second time the Hawks have had the Blues down but could not finish them which is something they will need to figure out going forward. It should be a little disturbing for the Hawks that they can’t seem to get past the Blues even when they are short key players. They have yet to beat the Blues this year and will only play them two more times so the Blues will win the series with the Hawks this year. That should put sufficient fire in them the next time they meet. Things also will not get any easier as they face another tough Western Division foe the LA Kings.
Three Stars of the game:
1. Vladimir Tarasenko
2. Patrick Berglund
3. Jaden Schwartz
Next game Monday, December 30, at 7 p.m. CDT from the United Center vs the LA Kings . Tune in to CSN in the Chicago; or listen via WGN 720.