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Discuss: Blackhawks edge Blues 4-2, keep pace with Avalanche

Apr 6, 2014, 3:05 PM EST

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The Chicago Blackhawks kept their hopes of home ice in the first round of the playoffs alive after beating the rival St. Louis Blues 4-2 at United Center.

Marcus Kruger‘s goal 56 seconds into the third period proved to be the game-winner for Chicago. Jeremy Morin had a goal and assisted on Patrick Sharp‘s in the second period to lead the way for Chicago. Corey Crawford stopped 21 shots to earn the win. Ben Smith added the empty-net goal to provide the final score.

Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Sobotka scored for St. Louis. Brian Elliott made 31 saves.

The win gives the Blackhawks 105 points and moves them to one point behind the second place Colorado Avalanche in the Central Division. Those two teams are destined to face each other in the playoffs and the higher seed will have home ice advantage.

The downside for Chicago? Colorado has two games in hand including their battle tonight in Denver against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

A few things to take with you into the comments…

– Sharp’s 33 goals leads the Blackhawks. If Patrick Kane hadn’t gotten hurt, those two would be having quite the battle for the team lead there.

– Morin may not be a prolific scorer, but he was recalled when Kane was injured and provided the spark they needed this afternoon.

– We know Elliott is not Ryan Miller, but it’s tough to put him at fault on the Chicago goals. The Blues defense got a bit outworked at times and they turned into goals. Can’t imagine Blues coach Ken Hitchcock likes seeing that.

Marian Hossa may not have had a point in the game, but his work shorthanded and at even strength was impressive. Maybe let’s throw his name in the hat for the Selke Trophy?

– How about the season Jaden Schwartz is having. He scored his 24th goal in the first period and is providing a lot of that secondary scoring the Blues have been dying for the past couple seasons. Good stuff from the former Colorado College Tiger.

– How about that fight/hugfest between Brandon Bollig and Ryan Reaves? Have a look at it here.

If you missed the game, here are the highlights of the Blackhawks’ win:

  1. hammerhead5573 - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Fun fact for our Blues fan who will likely play hide and seek today. In 5 games this year the Blues won 3 of them but the Hawks got a point out of 2 of those games. In the 2 games the Hawks won, the Blues got exactly 0 points. Ummm how does it go, “ouch”! Or was it “statement game” that she used so often!.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      I have no problem with people not showing up after tough losses. Sometimes I hate turning on The Score a day afterwards. I don’t like gloating. It’s just not fun for me, HOWEVER:

      There’s just one person here who is there like a preverbial rooster, showing up early after Blackhawks losses and crowing away, but was nowhere to be found for a long, long while after the Hawks chased Miller and beat the the Blues 4-0.

      That’s the person I hope enjoyed this game the most.

      • chicagobtech - Apr 6, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        I stopped listening to sports radio years ago. The idiot-to-insightful comment ratio is stupidly skewed towards the former.

      • hammerhead5573 - Apr 6, 2014 at 5:15 PM

        Thats totally fair and I get it. I dont expect anyone to remember my postings, but this really is the only one series which I take pot shots at a paticular individual. Any team can win or lose an any given day for a whole lot of reasons and more people should realize that fact.

  2. jpat2424 - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Nice Victory boys!! See ya round 2

    • dbfan4ever - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      Wow! You think the Blackhawks will be able to get tickets to the AVS -BLUES playoff series?! The only way they will meet is if they are in the stands watching with everybody else

      • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:10 PM

        Seeing as how you’re a broncos fan trolling a Blackhawks article, I can safely assume you’ve been watching hockey for probably 6 months now. How’s that bandwagon going? Prepare yourself for a major letdown in round 1.

  3. muckleflugga - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    has the all points bulletin found any trace of david backes

    no peachy faced kids to bully this morning, wot

  4. ineedmorehossa - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    I need more Hossa

    • chicagobtech - Apr 6, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      We all do buddy, we all do.

  5. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Bad time for the Blues to start stuttering…

  6. joey4id - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Fun game to watch, and a very good effort by the Hawks playing w/o their top players. However, it wasn’t the Blues best effort coming off the loss vs the Avs. Hawks were fresh while the Blues played 2 games in 24 hours plus travel. That makes a huge difference in the energy category,

    Hossa had the puck stripped away deep in the Blues’s zone and turned on the jets to be the first Hawks player to play the 200 feet from where he originally lost. Proof that even the offensive player who is not a Selke candidate but is expected to generate offense and score goals is asked by his coach to back check. This is hockey 101 for dummies.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      Hard to see why Hossa isn’t in the running for the Selke every year. He and Toews are fun to watch when they don’t have the puck – and very good examples for young players to emulate.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      That is true, it’s also true that this was the third game in four days for the Hawks, including a road game.

      Granted it was only Columbus, that’s not exactly the West Coast.

  7. blackhawksdynasty - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Chicago seems to be turning it up the last few games. Maybe losing 88 & 19 was actually what they needed to wake them up from their months-long slumber.

    Nice to see Morin stepping up. “Not a prolific scorer” as Yerdon says, although that’s exactly what he was in Rockford. Maybe he’s here to stay this time?

    Too bad so Saad? (Sorry, I know it’s pronounced differently, but I couldn’t resist)…..
    Sounds as if Q is unhappy with Saad’s play lately – thus the scratch.

    Now that most of the Hawks are awake, all we need is to get the stars healthy for the Cup run.

    • slysipops - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:49 PM

      yeah he was a healthy scratch, QUENVILLE said he wanted to wake him up a little ? he hasn’t looked that bad to me

  8. dbfan4ever - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    While it is probable that the AVS hawks first round is likely with the way St Louis is playing and the way the AVS are playing 1st place in central is within the realm of possibility

    • wjarvis - Apr 6, 2014 at 5:12 PM

      With four road games and the home game against PIT tonight, I’d be more worried about losing home ice to the team that is within a point, instead of thinking about the one they’re 5 points behind.

      Any combination of 6 points earned by the Blues or lost by the Avs give the Blues the division. Of course the Avs only need any combination of 5 points earned or lost by the Hawks clinch at least one home ice series. At this point I’d be surprised if there was any change in position between the Blues, Avs and Hawks.

      • dbfan4ever - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:15 PM

        And this is how ridiculous the point system is. The Hawks should not be 1 pt behind the AVS they should be 10 pts behind. The LOSER point has to go. A team that has 5 more wins should have a much bigger lead! A loss in overtime or shootout is still a loss and deserve 0 pts. And yes I would say the same if the situation were reversed. But I am not that concerned about the Hawks they are 1 pt behind but have played two more games than the AVS have at this point!

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        Yeah, kind of with you, kind of not.

        A lot of those OTLs are shootouts. Which are nowhere to be found in the playoffs. I’d love a 3-2-1 for the playoffs. Play 5 minutes of overtime, if it’s a tie, fine, you both get 1 point each while the regulation winners get 3.

        As long as 2 points are being decided by skills competitions, 1 point can be given to the loser of them.

        But change it soon, please.

  9. dwoklives - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Blues better get their heads straight in these last few games before the playoffs. These last two games have been painful to watch. And this from a blues fan.

  10. slysipops - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    GRIT OVER GOONS ! DOES IT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS ! …………… great to see the HAWKS finally wake up ! maybe the hit on TOEWS and the embarassment after it was a wake up call ?

  11. savior72 - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Blues better find some offense or this team is going nowhere in the playoffs

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 6, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      Steen will help. How much? Who knows.

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