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Patrick Kane after Blues comeback: ‘They have our number this year’

Dec 28, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

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The St. Louis Blues looked down and out against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, yet they battled back without two of their top scorers to win 6-5 via a shootout.

It hasn’t escaped the defending champs’ notice that the Blues have taken all three of their games this season and four in a row overall.

“Right now it seems like they have our number this year,” Patrick Kane said, via Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Blackhawks built three two-goal leads (2-0, 3-1 and 5-3) on Saturday – including bouncing Jaroslav Halak after one period in the process – yet the Blues kept fighting back.

If nothing else, it seems like head coach Joel Quenneville & Co. are embracing a building rivalry.

“Great hockey game, great intensity,” Quenneville said. “It’s good for the sport. Tough for us.”

Things won’t be easy for Chicago (27-7-7, 61 points) in the Central Division or the Western Conference. While the Blues (25-7-5, 55 points) remain reasonably close behind the ‘Hawks, the surging Anaheim Ducks (28-7-5, 61 points) hold tiebreaker advantages over Chicago as of tonight.

Quenneville was talking about a divisional race when he said “I expect to be in a race the whole time” tonight, but it’s probably an accurate portrayal of the battle for seeding overall.

  1. hammerhead5573 - Dec 28, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Generally speaking this was a great game. The top 2 scoring offenses in the NHL and they lived up to it. Both teams goalies were definitely off, but hey that is to be expected now and then. I loved the Hawks ability to score that many goals but also give credit to the Blues for not quitting and keeping pace. If I am correct there has been three games between them this year and exactly 3 goals is the difference. Hockey at it’s best folks

    • joey4id - Dec 29, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      This was a fun game to watch, but in no way would I categorization as a great game. Like you wrote below “I saw both teams capitalize on silly mistakes and I saw both teams missed great opportunities”, there were far too many mistakes.

      • hammerhead5573 - Dec 29, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        Joey, the coach of the losing team said it was a great game, great for the sport. I only mentioned some silly mistakes and some missed opportunities were made. The game was not dominated by it though.

      • joey4id - Dec 29, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        Both coaches are not happy about giving up 5 goals, and blowing leads. One goalie was yanked, and both teams took bad penalties. Hjalmarsson got a dumb penalty which resulted in a PP goal in the last minutes of the third period.

  2. blackhawks2010 - Dec 28, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    It’s only regular season Kaner, terrible 3rd period by Hawks. Got to give props to Blues for battling back for the win.

    • stevedurbano - Dec 29, 2013 at 12:05 AM

      Got to say this- the Hawks are still the best team in hockey. Until the Blues can prove it in the playoffs you are 100% correct- it’s only the regular season. Damn fun game though.

      • joey4id - Dec 29, 2013 at 10:25 AM

        The best team in hockey indeed. You’d have to be “Mental Case” to think otherwise. 😉

    • slysipops - Dec 29, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      the HAWKS have got to cleanup the PK……… can succeed in the playoffs with a so-so PP but a lousy PK will put you out early…and the time to worry about that is now , not a week before the playoffs…..C’MON coaches that’s what you get paid for ! high scoring games are fun to watch BUT, defence is what will put a W on the boards ! GO HAWKS GO !

  3. stevedurbano - Dec 28, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Unbelievable. Total team effort by the Blues, and I think it shows the problem with going into a defensive shell (not just hockey but all sports). If the Hawks had pressed the offensive zone all 60 minutes they would probably have won 8-3.

    • hammerhead5573 - Dec 29, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      Steve I read your comments earlier today and misjudged you. I apologize for that, you seem level headed about things. From my perspective though, it is difficult to drive the O zone for 60 minutes. After watching this game, I saw both teams capitalize on silly mistakes and I saw both teams missed great opportunities. With the scoring potential of both these teams it seems if any of them controlled the zone for long periods it would be lights out.

      • stevedurbano - Dec 29, 2013 at 12:35 AM

        I agree 100% and still think if Chicago had pressed they would have won 8-3. Great game to watch though. I REALLY want a Hawks/ Blues matchup in the playoffs.

      • jhaegs - Dec 29, 2013 at 8:10 AM

        8-3? Where do you get your numbers? Blues are notoriously better in the 2nd and 3rd periods, so don’t act like the Hawks just “let up”. They made the necessary changes after the 1st, and outscored the Hawks 4-2. People don’t understand that it’s a two way street. The Blues controlled the zone better after the first, which eased the Hawks’ pressure. Hawks didn’t just sit in their zone and play defense for the last two periods. It is rarely the team with the lead taking their foot off the gas- it’s the other team digging in and matching the play.

      • stevedurbano - Dec 29, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        Well, its a bit of a chicken/egg thing, isn’t it? I think you’ve got a good point that the Blues came out on fire in the third and that had a huge effect on the way the Hawks played. One of the things I like to focus on is where the wings are when a team has the puck in their own zone- last night in the first and second periods the Hawks wingers were hanging around the red line waiting for an outlet pass. That’s what I mean by pressing the offensive zone. The Blues forced them to draw back into their zone with aggressive play, but there were a couple of times when the Blues mishandled the puck and if there had been a Hawk outside the blue line it would have been a breakaway. That’s why I think it would have been 8-3 if the Blues hadn’t picked it up in the third. Glad to see you got off Cole’s ass, he played well despite getting burned on one of first period goals.
        I don’t agree with “It is rarely the team with the lead taking their foot off the gas- it’s the other team digging in and matching the play”. I’ve seen numerous games in all sports where that very thing happens. And I’m pretty sure you’ve accused the Blues of taking their foot off the gas several times this year. But it pretty much comes down to the Hawks dictating the pace in the first and the Blues dictating the pace in the third.
        I know we can agree on this- lets keep it up against the Stars tonight.

  4. jhaegs - Dec 29, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    The series between these two teams were amazing this year. All three games had my heart pounding the whole time. The Blues actually looked decent in the first period, which made it scarier since they were down 3-1 going into the second. I was worried from the start since the Blues were missing quite a few key players (including Steen). Jaskin had a great game, Cole had a solid effort, and it seemed like everyone knew they had to step up tonight. Best of luck to the Hawks and I hope we meet again in the playoffs. LGBlues

    • jhaegs - Dec 29, 2013 at 12:20 AM

      *was amazing this year

  5. jhaegs - Dec 29, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    Literally saw 2 girls in Kane jerseys, crying at the end of the game last night. I could not stop laughing…

  6. steelers88 - Dec 29, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    That was a good game last night. There is no shame in losing to your rival especially a rival that is a good team. I know you Blackhawks fan might not want to hear it but the Blues are a Stanley Cup type team. So are the Blackhawks. I really want to see this matchup in the Playoffs.

    • slysipops - Dec 29, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      loosing to ANY team is not to be taken lightly. that is was seperates GREAT from GOOD . IN THE RACE THIS YEAR ANY ONE GAME COULD MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE !

      • jhaegs - Dec 29, 2013 at 9:13 PM


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