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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 p...

Blackhawks need to clean up their game as series shifts to Chicago

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...

Hawks fall to Blues in first playoff game

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.

Feeling Blue: Isles Endure Another Defeat in St. Louis

Lack of pride, toughness, and skill have all added up to the Islanders latest defeat. This loss came at the hands of the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center with a final tally of 5-1. The Blues proved why they are an elite team in the league and the Islanders showed that they are nothing more than a poor group of hockey players with absolutely zero confindence.

Blackhawks slam the door on the Blues in 2-0 Shutout

 

As the Blackhawks faced another division opponent and another team desperate for points to make the playoffs, it was the Hawks that remained standing at the bell. Coming into the game it was the St. Louis netminder Brian Elliott who was coming into the game with a shutout streak but the Hawks not only answered they pitched a shutout for themselves.

 Corey Crawford gets the shutout but the entire team played solid defense in front of him.  It’s not that the Hawks didn’t make mistakes it’s that they covered for each other when they got in trouble and continue to improve their team game that is impressive.

From the very first drop of the p...

Scott Hartnell Named As Member Of NHLPA Negotiating Committee

According to a report from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, Flyers forward Scott Hartnell has been named as a member of the 31-player NHLPA negotiating committee.

Negotiations between the Players' Association and the NHL over a new collective bargaining agreement will begin on Friday. The current agreement is set to expire on September 15th.

Hartnell and committee members will be closely involved in that process, and various members will attend bargaining sessions and be responsible for corresponding with other members not in attendance.

St. Louis Blues Get Road Win in Ottawa

The Blues came out of Ottawa tonight with exactly what they needed. A win, a 3 – 1 win. After losing their previous road game in Nashville, tonight’s game was of utmost importance. As we discussed before, the games remaining on the blues schedule are lopsided when it comes to home games and away games, with many being played away from the friendly confines of the Scottrade Center.

 

Keeping their record at even through the two games allows the Blues the opportunity to come out of this mini three game road swing a game over .500. Their next game comes on Thursday evening in Ne...

Blues Looking to Improve on Road Record for Second Half

 

More important than the return of Alex Steen and Andy MacDonald, more important than the impressive play of their two goalies, more important than the extra long break they got after the All Star Break, nothing is more key to the Blues keeping pace atop the Western Conference standings than improving their road record. The Checking Line's Taylor Giffin takes a look at the road woes that St. Louis has had and if the second half presents an opportunity for change.

 

Coming out of the All Star Break holding down one of their best positions in the Wes...

Singing the Halakian Blues

In his return game to the Bell Centre in Montreal Jaroslav Halak recorded the 18th shutout of  his career. It was a game where the bigger, speedy St. Louis Blues shut down the diminutive Habs. Clearly the better team showed up and took the game. Halak did not have to be spectacular just ready to play. The Habs did not go to the net or have any puck possession. 

The line of Tomas Plekanec, Michael Cammalleri and Brian Gionta was on the ice for two of the three goals scored by the Blues and quite frankly appeared to be disinterested throughout the game. The first two goals were scored on the only two times in the game Michael Cammalleri went to the net and played observer wh...