Brayden Schenn - Ryan O’Reilly - Vladimir Tarasenko
Jaden Schwartz - Oskar Sundqvist - David Perron
Pat Maroon - Tyler Bozak - Robert Thomas
Zach Sanford - Ivan Barbashev - Alexander Steen
Vince Dunn - Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester - Colton Parayko
Carl Gunnarsson - Robert Bortuzzo
Late in the first period, the Blues give the Hawks another chance on Jake Allen and the Hawks finally cash in. (At one point it was said that the Blackhawks had 4 odd man rushes to the Blues 1.) Despite their team pretty much sucking for most of the year Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews have put together strong campaigns. They both add to their point totals thanks to a Kane set up. Toews was there to tap the puck home and it’s 1-0 Blackhawks and already too much Chelsea Dagger.
Shots after one were 12-7 in favor of the Hawks.
Second Period -
Just 26 seconds in, the Blues tied the game. Vladimir Tarasenko showed us his wicked shot as he hit the top corner of the net. Blackhawks starter Cam Ward tried to grab it with his glove, but not so much. Better start to the period for the Blues.
The game stayed tied until Artem Anisimov made it 2-1 on a deflection. Dominik Kahun fired a shot that Anismov got enough of to get the puck past Allen. Sigh.
The Blackhawks outshot the Blues in this period as well 13-10. For a game that the Blues could have pulled even in the Central in, they sure looked disinterested through two.
Third Period -
The Blues were caught in a change on the Blackhawks third goal of the night. Sundqvist was heading off and as soon as he did, Kane hit the jets. He was fed a decent pass, and beat Allen with a backhand. 3-1 Hawks, and it was not looking great.
The Blues were finally showing some fight, and it paid off. First, David Perron scored on a power play chance cutting the lead to 3-2. Perron made a great move, kept the puck himself, fired it on net and beat Ward.
And with just seconds left in the period, and Allen hanging out on the bench, the Blues tied the game. Tyler Bozak jammed home the puck right in Ward’s crease. The play was reviewed for goaltender interference, but it went in favor of the Blues. Bozak did make contact, but it didn’t seem like it was enough to overturn the goal call on the ice. Spoiler: It was not and the Blues get the participation point.
Jonathan Toews wins it for the Hawks in the skills portion of the game. Lame.
Blues are right back in action tomorrow against the Flyers.
From the Twit:
Jake Allen Stat that you can do with as you wish.
St Louis Blues Goalies since March 2nd.— STL Blues History (@STLBlueshistory) April 4, 2019
# of Games with Save % of .900 or better
Jake Allen 6 in 6 games
Jordan Binnington 6 in 10 games#stlblues
The Blues took the first two periods off tonight.
Berube: "I thought that we’d have a lot more energy and emotion in the first period and that was missing. The comeback, I thought the third period was our best period. We played our game, had the puck more, hung onto it, played in the offensive zone." #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) April 4, 2019
Boy, the playoffs are going to kill us aren’t they?
In their past four games, Blues have blown two two-goal leads and rallied from a two-goal deficit in another— Tom Timmermann (@tomtimm) April 4, 2019
Player of the Game:
Yeah, I uh, I got nothing tonight.