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Chicago hands Miller his first regulation loss with Blues

Mar 19, 2014, 10:56 PM EST

Chicago Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw (65), celebrates with teammates Nick Leddy (8), and Patrick Sharp (10), after scoring during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues in Chicago, Wednesday, March, 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty) AP

The union of goaltender Ryan Miller and St. Louis has been nearly perfect since he was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres. Chicago provided the first real blemish tonight in a 4-0 victory over the Blues.

Miller allowed four goals on 27 shots in his first regulation defeat with St. Louis. It was also the first time he had been yanked from a game since the trade as Ben Smith‘s power-play goal at 7:35 of the third period ended his night.

Showing off their scoring depth, the Blackhawks other goals came from Duncan Keith, Andrew Shaw, and Marcus Kruger. Meanwhile, goaltender Corey Crawford turned aside 23 shots to earn his second shutout of the 2013-14 campaign.

This was also a big night for Joel Quenneville, who became just the third coach in NHL history to win 700 career games.

The news wasn’t all good for Chicago though. Patrick Kane was forced to leave the contest after suffering a potential ankle or knee injury. The preliminary assessment is that he’ll miss the next two weeks.

St. Louis still has a comfortable six-point cushion on Chicago in the battle for the Central Division title, but the Blackhawks did gain a critical point on Colorado as the Avalanche suffered a 5-4 overtime loss to Winnipeg.

  1. r8rbhawk - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Beat down

  2. joey4id - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Two of the best teams in the league with some great offensive and defensive talent. Fun game to watch, and huge win for the Hawks.

    Note to bsaures: Sharp, Kane, Hossa, Oshie, Schwartz, and Steen are all players not paid of their elite defensive play, but, they can play extremely well without the puck unlike Vanek. How do you explain that? There is no way Hitchcock or Q would want a floater like Vanek on their team. He just couldn’t keep with the rest of the boys. Ben Smith should not be allowed to score goals because he’s paid to play defensive hockey. He’s not an elite offensive player. Do you see how you don’t make any sense?

    • buddysguys - Mar 20, 2014 at 7:53 AM

      go away dude

      • joey4id - Mar 20, 2014 at 8:00 AM

        Ok. I’m gone….. dude! c ya

    • endusersolutions2013 - Mar 21, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      What’s that about Smith? Sure he plays on a checking line, but his forte is getting to the net, screening, tipping shots, getting rebounds. Coach Q WANTS him to do that. When you have his track record, you can change Ben’s role.

      • joey4id - Mar 21, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        It was a satirical comment intended for bsaures. I would take him on my team.

  3. hammerhead5573 - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Boy would I love to talk trash to one particular Blues fan who shows up after every Hawks loss but can’t be found when his team loses, but I won’t. Shaw was the most impressive player tonight. Poor Jhaegs he must be in a padded room because of that.

    • paperlions - Mar 20, 2014 at 8:28 AM

      That effort was disappointing, yeah, some of it, of course, was a result of excellent play by Chicago, but the Blues were sloppy with the puck all night. I yelled “Jesus, just quit it!” at the TV a lot as Blues players repeatedly and blindly threw the puck toward the middle of the ice in their own end. They generated no offense at all and looked helpless to do so almost all night.

      Not a particularly encouraging effort given that it is the first of a 4-game trip that goes through Philly, Pittsburgh, and Toronto.

      • hammerhead5573 - Mar 20, 2014 at 8:51 AM

        In fairness, they have proven this year they can hang. A seven game series is a different game though. And since they are at the top of the west the have a target on their back right now.

      • paperlions - Mar 20, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        Yeah, I realize those things. I think they are a good team, but they haven’t felt as dominating since the Olympics, even when winning. Earlier in the year, they would dominate play even in many of their loses. Their play has been more uneven lately. A lot of it may have to do with Hitch mixing up the lines and trying different things.

        They looked far better when Oshie/Backes/Steen and Tarasenko/Sobotka/Schwartz were lines.

  4. blomfeld - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    HAS DADOUN BEEN CONCUSSED ?

    “St. Louis still has a comfortable six-point cushion on Chicago in the battle for the Atlantic Division title”

    Just home friends from a long day at work, however I didn’t hear ‘anything’ in the news today about the Blues and Hawks relocating to the Atlantic Division ? Yes, I did hear that Crimea voted ‘overwhelmingly’ to stay with mother Russia and that one of the Malaysian Airlines pilots had ‘possible’ Mujahid connections. But I never heard a peep about Chicago and Saint Louis switching conferences ‘mid stream’ like this ? Truly ‘unbelievable’ to say the least. Perhaps someone could kindly elucidate for the benefit of all ? … thanks

    • joey4id - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      The teams didn’t actually move blomfeld. The Atlantic Ocean was moved to the center of the continent.

    • r8rbhawk - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:51 PM

      it is not very often I give a blomfeld a thumbs up, but he earned one tonight. well played, sir.

      • blomfeld - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:30 AM

        which therefore begs the question …

        SHOULD DADOUN BE ARRESTED ?

        Friends, while I’ll willingly plead guilty to the charge of ‘good times’ here at PHT, one thing which I’ll never accept in life is ‘poor workmanship’ as exemplified herein with Dadoun’s sloppy article. Oh sure, Obama is the new Crimean president and Bettman has just been appointed head of the IMF ! So though arresting Dadoun might be a bit of a stretch, I would seriously suggest that PHT put him on ‘immediate’ disability leave, pending a comprehensive psychiatric assessment. Regardless of the task at hand, be that written communication, repairing a hole in the roof or ‘glorious’ formation marching, quality and good workmanship must always be the order of the day !!!!!!

    • slysipops - Mar 20, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      St. Louis still has a comfortable six-point cushion on Chicago in the battle for the Central Division title, but the Blackhawks did gain a critical point on Colorado as the Avalanche suffered a 5-4 overtime loss to Winnipeg ????? maybe it got changed today ?

  5. twesty85 - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:27 AM

    blomfeld, does it really surprise you they made a mistake? it happens all the time. your comments were a waste of your time. on to more pressing matters: where are all the people who were talking smack last game after the hawks lost with Raanta in the game? the hawks may have gotten outplayed last game but those are the games where your goaltending steals the game for you and unfortunately Raanta couldn’t pull it off. tonight was a preview of what could be the most important playoff series this year and the hawks showed they are the better team. it’s too bad about Kane, but looking on the bright side maybe they’ll clear enough cap space to see what tuevo(Finnish Kane) can do before they make their deep playoff run and eventual repeat championship.

  6. hawksin5 - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    Where is jhaegs at?! Coward.

  7. mornelithe - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:31 AM

    Great work Hawks, keep it up and maybe you and my B’s will see each other again in the finals! :)

  8. comeonnowguys - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    I know I’m not exactly in a rush to come here after the Hawks lose, but then again, I’m not crapping on another team consistently (well, not anymore!).

    C’mon, jheags, say hello to the not-so-nice people.

  9. stevedurbano - Mar 20, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Well, anyone who thought the Blues divisional run (esp against Chicago) would last the season was probably delusional. There’s no such thing as a good loss- but sometimes a nice ass-kicking will bring you back down to earth and you can build on it. The Hawks just brought it last night and the Blues didn’t. Chicago just went through a tough stretch but they are just so talented it couldn’t last long. Best 2 teams in hockey? Maybe.

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