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Discuss: Blackhawks shut out Blues

Apr 14, 2013, 3:13 PM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues at their own game on Sunday, although really, playing strong defense seems like it’s a huge part of the West’s top team’s system, too.

Either way, Chicago beat St. Louis 2-0 in a tight, tense game. Let’s get to the talking points.

  • The Blackhawks scored early in the second period, ending Brian Elliott‘s shutout streak at 214:00. That’s a new Blues franchise record. How impressed are you buy Elliott’s run? Will he still be a factor in the regular season and/or playoffs?
  • Jonathan Toews shook off that David Backes hit. How much trouble is Chicago in if “Captain Serious” ends up being hurt upon further inspection, though?
  • This seems to be a good weekend for rivalries as this contest and Saturday’s New York Rangers-New York Islanders match showed that historic disputes are revving back up. Where does Chicago vs. St. Louis rank for you in the league’s best feuds?
  • Who should be the Blackhawks’ go-to goalie: Corey Crawford (30-save shutout today) or Ray Emery (just one loss this season)?
  • Which potential eighth seed matchup is most ideal for Chicago? Who would the Blackhawks be glad to avoid?
  1. canucks30 - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Canucks vs Blackhawks IV Please

    • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 14, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      I wouldn’t be hoping for a rematch this year if I was a Canucks fan. This Hawks team is far superior to the teams that bowed out of the playoffs early the last 2 years. The stats, records and results speak for themselves….I don’t need to post an old video to prove my point.

  2. blackhawks1982 - Apr 14, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Be careful what you wish for Canucks

    • canucks30 - Apr 14, 2013 at 6:17 PM

  3. blackhawks2010 - Apr 14, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Today was a clear example of the divide in talent between the 2 teams…Blues only game plan was to hit Hawks, how did that turn out? Thought so.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      They’re back to their pre-2012 forms. Can’t skate with them? Run at em. If you’re lucky, they’re out a shift or two. If you’re really lucky, they’re out longer.

  4. dt58 - Apr 14, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Great game especially by both goalies. Thought the Hawks outplayed them but Blues will be a tough team to play in the playoffs with their physical style. Loving Bickell these days…need to keep him in Chicago

  5. jpat2424 - Apr 14, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    St. Louis should change their name to the Birds cause all they like to do is chirp.

  6. jpat2424 - Apr 14, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Dt58 Agreed

  7. stevedurbano - Apr 14, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    With 7 games left I think the Blues will be safely in the playoffs with 10 points. They will get another crack at Chicago the last game of the season, but the Blackhawks will probably be sitting most of their talent that game. The Blues are just a player or two away from elite status, but they aren’t there yet. I’ll be shocked if Chicago doesn’t take the cup this year.

  8. 8man - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Best team in hockey.

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