Forwards: A few tweaks to the lineup tonight as the Blues would hit the ice in Chicago for game four:
Jaden Schwartz/Jori Lehtera/Vladimir Tarasenko...Alexander Steen/Paul Stastny/Troy Brouwer...Robby Fabbri/Patrik
Berglund/David Backes...Scottie Upshall/Kyle Brodziak/Steve Ott
Carl Gunnarsson would be a late scratch, so the pairings were...Jay Bouwmeester/Alex Pietrangelo...Colton Parayko/Kevin Shattenkirk...Joel Edmundson/Robert Bortuzzo
Coming off the huge win in game 3, the Blues would look to keep the series momentum going before the series goes back to Scottrade Friday night. The Blackhawks would jump on the Blues early in this one. With 12:30 left in the first, the Blackhawks were literally inches from scoring. Brian Elliott would get to the puck as it somehow never crossed the line.
Despite the fact the Blues were outshot 14-5 in the first, they would be the team with the lead heading into the locker room. Vladimir Tarasenko would get the good guys on the board with about 6 minutes left in the first period. Jori Lehtera would skate around Seabrook and hit Tarasenko with the pass. You know the rest as Tarasenko would bury it for the 1-0 Blues lead.
With mere seconds left in the first, Elliott wasn't about to let in a late goal. Artemi Panarin would fire a shot and Ells would come up with the save. Key to this save here is not giving up a rebound.
Moving ahead to the second period now, and the Hawks would finally break down the wall that was Elliott. Merely seconds after the Blues had killed off a penalty, Marian Hossa would fire the puck at the net. Andrew Shaw was there to deflect it in and tie the game at one.
Because there wasn't enough chaos/drama/whatever with the refs in this series, the refs in this game would add more to it. Robby Fabbri, who was skating in on Crawford, would accidentally hit the goaltender after being pursued by Jonathan Towes. Crawford didn't take too kindly to that and immediately went after Fabbri.
Somehow, the Blues would end up a man down despite the fact that Crawford would charge at Fabbri. He also hit the referee a couple of times (heat of trying to hit Fabbri, whatever). This was the outcome of the scrum/fight.
Penalties— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) April 20, 2016
Blues: Fabbri (goalie interference), Pietrangelo (slashing), Shattenkirk (spearing)
Chicago: Crawford (roughing), Ladd (roughing)
Somehow Crawford's name was only mentioned for roughing, not the instigation that caused this whole mess in the first place. The Hawks would be on the powerplay for some odd reason and of course THIS would happen.
Unbelievable right? However, it would get better for Blues fans though. First, Elliott would deny Kane, after it seemed like the Blackhawks had all of the momentum after their go ahead goal.
Just a few moments later, Tarasenko would bury his second goal of the night. On the Blues powerplay, he would just blast one past Crawford to tie the game at 2. Shoutout to Steve Ott for pretty much telling the Blues to get over the bad call and play hockey. (Sure it wasn't those words exactly, but you get the idea)
Moving ahead to the third, and early on Jaden Schwartz would get the go ahead goal. Once again on the powerplay, Shattenkirk would fire it at the net. Schwartz was there for the rebound to put the Blues up 3-2. Schwartz also nearly took the captain's head off...
The Blues would add another one three minutes later. This time it would be Alexander Steen finding the back of the net. He was apparently tired of hearing how invisible he's been this series, or something. He would steal the puck and take it for the breakaway. He finished the play and put the Blues up by two.
Brian Elliott would keep the lead at two by making this save on Artem Anisimov.
The Hawks weren't finished though. Five and a half minutes to play and Duncan Keith would score on just a crazy hop. Nothing anyone could do on this one.
The Blues would seemingly add an empty net goal, but it was called back (and reviewed because of course) for being offsides. In the end it wouldn't matter though. The Blues would win it 4-3 and go up 3-1 in the series. At the end of the game Shaw would take a penalty that he didn't agree with. He made sure everyone knew as he would give the middle fingers on the way to the box and then shout words at the refs. Then after being out of the box he would start a scrum at the end of the game.
not sure why Steen had to spear Shaw in the crotch with less than 1 second in the game pic.twitter.com/YzQnYjJr7j— Stephanie (@myregularface) April 20, 2016
The Blues have a chance to close out the series Thursday night at Scottrade. (I cannot believe I just typed that) Be sure to pick yourself up a paper!
From The Twitter Machine:
From the "you know you may have messed up when even the opposing team's beat writers think The Blues got hosed" department:
THE #BLACKHAWKS GOT A POWER PLAY OUT OF THAT? That's criminal.— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) April 20, 2016
A little follow up for the Shaw comments:
We are aware of tonight's incident and will be reaching out to the NHL immediately to assist in an appropriate response.— You Can Play Project (@YouCanPlayTeam) April 20, 2016
Alternate Recap Title Cause Brain Couldn't Wrap head around what happend.
The Meltdown on Madison https://t.co/hZnZwiUVhh— TSNPhotography (@TSNPhotography) April 20, 2016
And finally, I'm just gonna toot my own horn on this one:
Crawford checks under his bed, not for the boogie man, but for Vladimir Tarasenko.— Justin Dubya (@justin03) April 20, 2016
Third: Duncan Keith (2 goals, forgot his leash for Shaw)
Second: Brian Elliott (39 saves. What more can we say about him? Seriously, someone give me ideas. I'm running out of great ways to describe him)
First: Vladimir Tarasenko, Blackhawk Killer (2 goals, 1 assist)