A Finally Healthy Blues Lineup:
Forwards: Jaden Schwartz/Jori Lehtera/Vladimir Tarasenko....Robby Fabbri/Paul Stastny/Troy Brouwer...Patrik Berglund/Alexander Steen/David Backes...Scottie Upshall/Kyle Brodziak/Ryan Reaves
Defensemen: Jay Bouwmeester/Alex Pietrangelo...Joel Edmundson/Kevin Shattenkirk...Carl Gunnarsson/Colton Parayko
Goalie: Brian Elliott
Couple notes for the Blackhawks: Andrew Ladd did make it in time for the game. He had been in Chicago for the birth of his child, but he played. Also of note, Duncan Keith is serving the last game of his six game suspension. He will be back Friday night for game two.
Tonight would be the start of the Blues quest to get out of the first round. We here wish that was a joke, but considering the past few years, that might actually be a goal. Tonight we pick up action late in the first period. The Blackhawks would see a lot of powerplay time in the last half of the first. (To include a 5-on-3) Elliott would be up to the task though as he would first deny Artem Anisimov's chance in front...
Patrick Kane would make his presence felt on the Hawks powerplay time as he would get a shot on goal. The rebound chance would be denied.
Then on the aforementioned 5-on-3, he would deny Artemi Panarin on the wrist shot chance. Sometimes they say your goaltender would be one of your best penalty killers. Well, at least on this instance, they're on to something.
Early on in the second period, the Hawks would have one of their best chances as Jonathan "Why So Serious" Toews would get a breakaway chance that Elliott would stand tall for. (Because why wouldn't the Blues give up some sort of breakaway chance. At least it wasn't shorthanded?)
Moving ahead to the third now as you guessed , more Moose highlights. This time he would take a Artemi Panarn shot off of the shoulder to keep the game scoreless. Guess he figured he was already shouldering the load as it was, might as well do it literally too.
If you had the "Blackhawks get the late penalty to give them some sort of advantage" square tonight then you win. In overtime they had just that powerplay opportunity. Not only would Elliott deny Kane (again) he would deny Toews again too just because.
David Backes would be the guy that finally put one past Hawks starter Corey Crawford, and give the Blues the 1-0 OT win. Backes was trying to pass it over to Steen, but the puck had other ideas. It would take a bounce off of Trevor van Riemsdyk's skate straight past Crawford and into the net giving the Blues a 1-0 series lead.
Despite being outshot 35-18 (Shots by period: 11-4 Hawks, 10-9 Blues, 8-2 Hawks, 7-2 Hawks) and going 0-4 on the powerplay (flip side Hawks went 0-5 with some of that being 5 on 3 time) The Blues would get the win. Brian Elliott was impressive to say the least. That probably means Hitch starts Jake Allen in game two. Kidding. I hope.
From The Twitter Machine:
In case you didn't get a chance to hear the NBCSN call of the Backes goal:
Not only did Elliott win the game, but he also won a Panger award.
Also, in case you missed it, or saw it and wondered what happened to Schwartz at the end of the game:
Jaden Schwartz lost a couple of teeth before the GWG shift, according to Backes, in case you're working on his dental records.— Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) April 14, 2016
And finally because the kids is all of 175 lbs. soaking wet....And well Rozsival tried to kill Scottie
Third: Corey Crawford (18 saves. One goal allowed. I guess he was just confused about the Hawks tagline and allowed that ONE GOAL)
Second: Brian Elliott (35 saves, shutout. Anyone know a good chiropractor? Cause you know, carried the team)
First: David Backes (1 goal. He's totally awake now huh Seabrook?)