That’s a Shame: Blackhawks Allow Late Goal, Fall 3-2 in St. Louis (Plus Community Player Ratings Voting)
Losing is never fun. Losing to the Blues and their meth-head fans is even worse. Then changing the channel to see the Cardinals win a playoff series 10 minutes later undoubtedly is the featured torture of the devil himself.
But let’s take a step back and realize a couple things. Firstly, three victories in October does not a Stanley Cup champion make, no matter what Blues fans would have you believe. And a Blackhawks loss in October in a game between two solid clubs that could have gone either way really shouldn’t have anyone losing control of their bowels.
For once, a matchup between the ‘Hawks and Blues was pretty riveting, exciting hockey. The Blackhawks opened things up right off the bat, shooting down the ice at every possession change and creating a number of odd-man rushes they just couldn’t get past Jaroslav Halak. If one of those chances are buried, the scope of the game changes and I might be writing about a victory.
St. Louis converted on their prime chance in the first, with Vladimir Tarasenko potting a neutral-zone turnover past Corey Crawford. But, in usual Blues fashion, a stupid hit-from-behind penalty by Maxim Lapierre allowed Patrick Kane to tie the game less than two minutes later.
David Backes redirected a Alex Pietrangelo’s shot to give the Blues a 2-1 lead, but, yet again, St. Louis committed a dipshit penalty immediately that wound up with Jonathan Toews tying the game, again less than two minutes after the Blues took the lead.
Brent Seabrook’s attempt to slip into the slot backfired, as Alex Steen converted a 3-on-1 with 20 seconds remaining, and that was all she wrote.
All in all, there wasn’t much to hate – other than of course the extended cast of Duck Dynasty that are Blues fans celebrating like they were just offered a lifetime supply tainted crack. Let me explain….
– If the Blackhawks continue to execute the long pass like they did most of the night – and do it at the right times and not force it, like we bitched about at times last season – watch out. Those will wind up goals more often than not, but Halak was solid all night and snuffed out the chances. It happens. Johnny Oduya’s pass in the first and Seabrook finding Andrew Shaw streaking on the blue line later stick out. Plus Brandon Saad’s constant ability to explode with the puck, which created a couple of other opportunities.
– The power play converted quickly and efficiently on both chances. Kane said after practice the other day that the Blackhawks knew they were in for St. Louis’ physical game that leads to penalties, and that they would have to take advantage. Mission accomplished in that regard.
– If that puck gets to Seabrook late and he scores the winner, we would all be sitting around lauding his instincts and ability to find the open ice in a clutch situation while reminiscing about how he did just that on his OT winners in last season’s playoffs. Instead, the puck shot out to St. Louis, leaving Duncan Keith all alone to take on the charging Blues. I really don’t mind Seabrook trying to sneak in there, but it always turns out to be a bad decision when it backfires. That’s sports.
– Was it all wonderful? No. Marcus Kruger can’t win a fucking draw, and the penalty kill needs work. Toews seemed to be taken out of his game at times, as he stupidly went to the box coming to the aid of Niklas Hjalmarsson in the third when the ‘Hawks need him on the ice most, and he got away with a horrible slash on Backes earlier. A quick turnaround against the Islanders looms Friday at the United Center.
Community Player Ratings
Please vote below on Wednesday’s performances! JMH will be back to break down your responses. Remember that your votes are completely anonymous, and only you know how you vote.
Below you’ll find the Community Player Ratings results from Saturday’s loss the Lightning. We got only 45 responses, which I’m sure is attributed to everyone being too drunk Saturday night and too lazy Sunday to get your votes in.
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