Blackhawks Get Three Points In Two Games

With the Blackhawks in race to make the playoffs every point and game is like already being in the post season.

The noise from the crowd, the energy from the players, the intensity and speed of the game.  And with only a few games left you can tell the Blackhawks are in it to win it.

“Every game is a huge,” Coach Joel Quenneville said. “You’ve got to value every two points. There’s a big premium on these points right now. We can’t be happy. We just got to be excited about Friday and move on.”

Tuesday was a heartbreaker, Patrick Kane got the Blackhawks back in the game with a thiry foot wrister before the end of the second, only to loose in overtime from a power play goal coming from a tripping penalty by Captain Jonathan Toews.

“We worked so hard out there and we pushed ourselves and killed some penalties and had some great chances on the power play,” Toews said. “All you’re trying to do is lift the guy’s stick and you could argue that there are a lot of stick penalties out there late in the game and you feel like it’s that type of thing that’s going to be let go both ways, and it ends up deciding the game.”

The Captain turned that frustration into determination stepping up and being the hero for his team against the St.Louis Blues Wednesday night.

The game was off to a bad start for Chicago, they gave up a goal seventeen seconds into play,  David Backes puts a wrist shot behind Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford.

Same for the start of the second, this time a minute in TJ Oshie gets a power play goal taking the Blues to a 2-0 lead.

Chicago would not let that faze them, they would go on to dominate the second period taking over the game with goals from Marian Hossa, Tomas Kopecky, and Nick Leddy making it 3-2.

St.Louis would go on to tie it up in half way throug the third getting a goal from Chris Stewart making a wrist shot tiying it all up at 3’s.

Both goalies made some big saves through out the match, in overtime the scariest had to be when Corey Crawford took one right to the grill getting shaken up from the impact, he was checked out by the team doctor and play continued.

Three minutes into overtime Duncan Keith makes a long lead pass from his own end up to the Captain Toews who puts a low shot past Blue’s goalie Ty Conklin to wrap up the win in Chicago and getting the Blackhawks two points closer to their post season hopes.

“When it comes down to OT or late in the third period, we’re going to find a way to win,” Toews said. “You saw the motivation, the determination we had on the ice tonight.  Sometimes things click and they go in for you. Sometimes they don’t.”

The Blackhawks are only two points away from getting a spot in the playoffs.  They have two tough final games coming up Friday and Sunday both against long time rival the Detroit Red Wings.  Fridays game will be at 6:30 on Versus and Sunday will be the Nationaly televised game at 11:30 am on NBC.

Watch the Blackhawks keep their playoff hopes alive playing with high energy and determination all for their “One Goal”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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