By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks opened their home schedule in fine fashion Tuesday night, treating the United Center crowd to a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Corey Crawford was able to out duel Brian Elliot to give the Blackhawks their third win of the season in as many games.
The Blackhawks dominated most of the first period, testing Elliot several times in the opening minutes. Patrick Kane, Bryan Bickell and Brandon Bollig all had open looks on odd man rushes but were turned away by the St. Louis goalie.
Elliot held fast until the 7:20 mark, when Chicago managed a three-man rush to the net with no opposition by the Blues. Nick Leddy started the play by gaining possession of the puck and finding Kane in the neutral zone. Kane brought the puck up the left side, played catch with Patrick Sharp and came across the crease. One backhand later, Kane had his second goal of the season and the ‘Hawks led 1-0. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap, Jon Fromi
Tagged Andy McDonald, Blackhawks, Blues, Brandon Bollig, Brent Seabrook, Brian Elliot, Chris Stewart, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Fight, Nick Leddy, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, St. Louis, T.J. Oshie, Viktor Stalberg, Vladimir Tarasenko
Seen sliding through Halak’s five hole in the Shoot Out
By Rich Lindbloom
Jaroslav Halak gave it the old college try Tuesday night, no doubt about that. He made 43 saves, valiantly trying to withstand the fury, unrelenting attack and irresistible force unleashed by a Blackhawk team that appears to be taking matters into their own hands. If the Blues are the number one team in hockey, (deservedly so I might add), I’m a little more optimistic about our playoff chances. Actually, I’ve had the Hawks penciled in all the way to the Cup Finals for some time now.
The 65 minute beat down over a lethargic, uninspired, out worked and undermanned Blues squad does wonders to bolster my confidence. Think about it – the team noted by several St. Louis Game Time posters as being too thin, just defeated Lunquist, narrowly lost to Quick in a shootout and made Halak stand on his head for most of the game Tuesday night. Does that sound like a team that’s hanging on by a thread? Read more
Posted in Rich Lindbloom
Tagged Andrew Brunette, Andrew Shaw, Blues, Brandon Bollig, Brent Seabrook, David Backes, Dylan Olsen, Jamal Mayers, Jaroslav Halak, Johnny Oduya, Keith Magnuson, Marcus Kruger, Patrick Kane, T.J. Oshie, Terry Ruskowski