First Period -
Connor Murphy was called for tripping just 11 seconds into the game. 33 seconds into the game the Blues had a 1-0 lead. Jaden Schwartz found Brayden Schenn with a cross ice feed. Schenn was able to fire the puck on net. Corey Crawford couldn’t get across his crease in time. Schenn netted his 22nd of the year while Schwartz (30) and David Perron (34) assisted on the play.
The Blues were definitely the better team in the first nine and a half minutes of this game. Then some momentum started going back the Blackhawks way. It all started when the Blackhawks got their first power play goal of the night. Now, I’m not saying I jinxed it here by any means at all but....
And now I’ll point out that the Blackhawks poweplay is dead last. Goal incoming.— Justin Dubya (@justin03) February 26, 2020
A goal did come. Duncan Keith scored right off of the faceoff. Keith collected the puck, skated around for a second and fired on net. The puck found it’s way through plenty of bodies in front of Blues starter Jordan Binnington. The puck not only found its way through said bodies but into the back of the net.
The Blackhawks scored their second power play goal of the night just a few minutes later. The man that gave the Blues their first power play of the game was responsible for putting the ‘Hawks up by two. Connor Murphy fired a shot from the point. Jonathan Toews was completely parked in front of Binnington. Toews gave Binnington no chance to see it, and it became 2-1 Blackhawks.
Shots after one because NBCSN doesn’t have a shot counter were 12-10 in favor of the Blues
Second Period -
The Blackhawks cashed in on their second power play when Patrick Kane scored. Kane fired a wrist shot on net that banked off of the left post and in. Good thing no change was required from any cab drivers on the play.
Robert Thomas pulled the Blues to within one with his tenth goal of the year. David Perron found a very wide open Thomas at the left face off circle. With plenty of room to operate, Thomas was able to gather the puck spin and shoot on net. The puck flew past Crawford and in. Perron (35) and Zach Sanford (14) had the assists.
Shots in the second were 11-10 in favor of the Blues.
Third Period -
Ryan O’Reilly had a goal waived off because he accidentally batted a puck back in the net off of a Colton Parayko blast. Moments later he scored a goal that actually counted. Brayden Schenn skated the puck into the zone. Schenn hit O’Reilly with a great pass. O’Reilly, while still in stride, fired a puck in on Crawford and beat him to tie the game at three. Shoutout also goes to Jaden Schwartz as he forced the turn over that started the whole sequence. O’Reilly scored number 12 on the year with Schenn (29) and Schwartz (31) on the helpers.
Just 16 seconds later, Zach Sanford put the Blues ahead 4-3. Robert Thomas kept the puck from leaving the zone as the Blackhawks were trying to clear it out. Sanford collected the loose puck, made a little thanks for coming move, and beat Crawford with a hard shot. Sanford netted goal number 14 of the year with Thomas getting a helper.
Just when you thought momentum was back in the Blues favor, Matthew Highmore was Mr. Buzzkillington. Duncan Keith got the puck on net. Binnington gave up a rebound that neither he or any Blue around him could corral. Highmore was there to shoot the loose puck over Binnington, once again tying this game. This time at 4-4.
I’ll state for the record again that the Blackhawks had the worst power play in the league coming into this one. Brandon Saad scored their third power play goal of the night. Dylan Strome stick handled the puck behind the net for a moment. That gave Saad enough time to get into position to fire the pass from Strome into the back of the net. 5-4 ‘Hawks.
Whether you love the guy or you hate him...Justin Faulk tied this game at five. Faulk fired the puck in deep and around the boards. O’Reilly was there to win the battle behind the net and skate it back out. O’Reilly tees up a pass to Faulk who blasts the puck home. Faulk one-timed his 5th goal of the year from O’Reilly (44) and Pietrangelo (35)
Zach Sanford is quickly becoming a hero among men. Well, at least for tonight. He scored the game winning goal with the Blues on the power play. Sanford fired the puck on net to which Crawford was unable to get it under control. The Blackhawks tried to clear but the puck bounced off a Hawks player. Robert Thomas skated over the puck, but Sanford was there to put the puck on net. The puck trickled under Crawford’s pads and in. Sanford up to 15 on the year from Thomas (29)
The Blues survived a minute and change of 6 on 4 hockey at the end of this one to go ahead and win this wild ass game 6-5.
Three Stars -
1) Zach Sanford..2) Robert Thomas 3) Ryan O’Reilly
Too Tweeeeeeet. -
You just HATE to see it. (Sarcasm font not included)
The only Hawks I will ever endorse.
Okay, okay I take back most of the bad things I said about you Zach.
Sanford finished with two goals and had NINE shots on goal and 11 directed on net (1 blocked, 1 missed). #stlblues— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) February 26, 2020
Post game comments...a win is a win boys.
And Finally because I know so many of you love Ric Flair and the woo...Happy Birthday Ric!