Last night’s Blackhawks game was another frustrating effort for both coaches and players as they fell to the St. Louis Blues in regulation with less then 30 seconds to go. Last year the Blackhawks didn’t incur their first regulation loss until game 25 in Colorado. This year they couldn’t last a week and now that they’ve dropped two in a row the thought might be creeping into the heads of some people that maybe they’ve got the championship hangover. The St. Louis Blues on the other hand don’t seem to care one way or another as they improved their unbeaten streak to three with the two points.
This game was defined by the rugged style of hockey that usually occurs when these two teams get together. This series is often seen as a bruising one as both teams are very physical and like to bang bodies. Many believe that the Blues are the Blackhawks biggest threat to the division with the absence of the Detroit Red Wings who now play in the Eastern Conference. Blues Goalie Jaroslav Halak was very good last night as he earned the number star in the game allowing just two goals on 28 shots; both of which were PPG’s by Kane and Toews.
In keeping with expectations the Hawks Sheldon Brookbank and the Blues Chris Stewart got into a tussle in the first period that was quite the battle. These two teams clearly don’t like each other and both of them know that this year will not be the same as last year with Chicago walking all over both its divisional and conference opponents.
The GWG by Alexander Steen on Corey Crawford was an extremely soft goal. The Blues had broken out on a three on one and Steen put a slapper five-hole on Crawford which trickled into the back of the net. Corey Crawford has been extremely average so far this season . His goals-against is hovering around three and his save percentage is below ninety percent on the year, which isn’t good. The Blackhawks walked away from Ray Emery after last year’s dominant playoff performance by Crawford. Joel Quennville may want to think about giving Crawford the next game off to gather his wits about him with an extremely busy month of October.
The Blackhawks brought back the “Bulin Wall” from Tampa in the offseason to shoulder the workload.