Tonight was a thrilling tale of the reigning Stanley Cup champions... you know forget what the Hawks did last year and the time they won before that. It doesn't matter. This is a whole new year and a whole new playoff set up and god damn it this year they have to go through the mother fucking St. Louis Blues! That's right Shitcago, we here in the Lou don't give a shit about your fancy rings and your stupid playoff mullets cause its 2014 and the Blues are going to rock this bitch... Well at least they did in game one.
The Blues opened up the playoffs in their rocky first period fashion. They were pretty much out played and certainly outscored in the first 20 minutes, adding to the notion that the Blues can't play a full 60 minutes. The seemed to be a bit jittery and hoppy as the first got underway. At 4:40 all that was good and happy in the world got better and happier as the CLAP Line got things started for the Blues with a pretty awesome tip in goal. Former CPR members Adam Cracknell and Chris Porter got help from new Blue Maxim Lapierre to get Cracknell in front of the net to tip the puck past Corey Crawford. Alex Pietrangelo would make an awesome play from his stomach to make sure the puck stayed in the zone for the good guys. Seriously any celly that takes place on a Blues player's knees is a great sign for the game. 1-0 Blues!
Things got rocky again from there. The Blues started taking their collective foot off of the gas pedal just a TINY bit but it allowed Chicago to accumulate two power plays and 2 goals in 3 minutes. Johnny Oduya would put the first one past Ryan Miller at 11:14. 1-1 tie. With seconds left on a minor penalty from Barret Jackman the FuckHawks would take the lead. That asshole known as Brent Seabrook, who drew the penalty I might add, would take a nice slap shot from just outside the hash marks and beat miller five hole. 2-1 Hawks. The Blues seemed to deflate and started to lose further momentum but there was one person we knew on their bench who "got this" for the team. The little Russian Tank that could, Vladimir Tarasenko, would score his first playoff goal and point in his triumphant return at 15:52. Senko would get a sweet pass from Kevin Shattenkirk after Jaden Schwartz would ganke the puck from the Blackhawks' Marcus Kruger. The Russian Angel would put the puck in off of a spectacular wrister one timer. 2-2 tie.
The team in red would not go down easily and would take advantage of yet another defensive breakdown. Patrick Kane would get a breakaway chance at 18:24 after Jackman and Shatty would get caught to deep in the offensive rush to catch him. Miller would freeze. 3-2 Blackhawks.
The Blues would stutter and stall a bit as the game wore on. The second period would see no scoring from either team and only 3 shots on goal from the Blue and yellow. But the fun stuff wouldn't happen until the final minutes of the third period. The game would seem to be over for the Blues as the Hawks retained their lead throughout the second period and most of the third but the blue and yellow had the Schwartz on their side. At 18:15 of the third period Jaden Schwartz would somehow magic the puck past Crawford to tie the game at 3!
What followed in overtime would amount to the longest game in Blues' franchise history. The two teams would appear to be deadlocked in time as they battled it out for the game winner. Miller and Crawford would literally show why they are the respective tenders of their team. Miller would make the saves Blues fans have been wanting from him since he was dealt to the Blues at the trade deadline. He seemed calm and yet alert and ready for shit to get real, real fast, unlike the first period where he seemed to be to wooden. The two teams would show fatigue at times but their hearts were stronger than anything. The Blues would take a few penalties during the two 20 minute long overtimes. A few were questionable but DAMN did Chicago and Coach Q want a delay of game in OT2. The 3rd OT would kick off with a burst of blue and yellow joy as Alexander Steen would do what Steener does best in game one overtimes and get the game winner. At 0:26 Steener would get a nice little pass from Steve Ott and blast the puck into the net. BLUES WIN GAME ONE 4-3! Suck it Chicago!
Bluenotes from Twitter
Oh my God welcome back little Russian sparkplug.— Laura (@hildymac) April 18, 2014
Shattenkirk with a pin-point pass in the slot, Tarasenko was charging, drops to knee and rifles puck past Crawford.— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) April 18, 2014
SENKO HUGS!— SamKENT (@Samuelkent) April 18, 2014
Welcome to the 2014 NHL Playoffs where the goalies play like shit and the defense doesn't matter! #goalsongoalsongoals— The Hockey Gods! (@HockeyGods) April 18, 2014
A second period in which the #StLBlues didn't completely shit the bed. That is refreshing. And possibly a good sign?— Tyler Atwood (@KingDonutI) April 18, 2014
Delay of game. It can't even be a real penalty.— Laura (@hildymac) April 18, 2014
Max Lapierre's save percentage tonight: 1.000%. #StlBlues— David Rogers (@FrozenNotes) April 18, 2014
Watching hockey with the Queen of Hockey herself, @RealBadRobot.— Justine Gendron (@mixtapemontage) April 18, 2014
We gotta get some offense. 9,91,17 have to create some cycle zone time. #stlblues— Kyle Foxton (@kfox9611) April 18, 2014
Hawks/Blues game pic.twitter.com/oQCqZdfhJi— Breanna Becker (@breannabecker_) April 18, 2014
The Blues have never been to triple overtime in franchise history. You're witnessing history. #WeAllBleedBlue— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) April 18, 2014
Playoffs take priority over sleep.— The Hockey Gods! (@HockeyGods) April 18, 2014
Tweet of the Night
Schwartz: "To stand here & say I knew I was going to score, I'd be lying, but I wanted to do everything I could and it was definitely nice."— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) April 18, 2014