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Blues prevail in longest game in franchise history as Steen scores in third OT

Apr 18, 2014, 12:46 AM EDT

The longest game in St. Louis Blues franchise history might just mark one of their biggest wins in decades.

Alexander Steen scored 26 seconds into a third overtime period to give the Blues a 4-3 win and a 1-0 series lead over the Chicago Blackhawks. Neither team will get much time to rest up, as Game 2 takes place in St. Louis on Saturday.

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The game started off fast and furious. Both teams combined for five goals in the first period, with the Blackhawks taking a 3-2 lead into the first intermission. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane didn’t look all that rusty – at least early on – as Toews collected two assists while Kane gave the Blackhawks a temporary lead.

Broadly speaking, the game began with “Blackhawks hockey” and then arguably transitioned to a style that might be friendlier to the Blues.

Then again, shots totals would argue that Ryan Miller‘s performance improved as the game went along, rather than the style of play really changing. One things for sure, though: things became more physical.

Toews was the target of some abuse, but seemed to shake things off. Time will tell if he goes back on the injury list, though.

Miller definitely bounced back in the game, stopping 39 out of 42 shots. Corey Crawford was great in his own right in making 48 out of 52 stops, yet his career playoff overtime record dropped to 8-7 after tonight.

Miller got the win, but he definitely got some help from his teammates, too:

The Blackhawks kept that 3-2 lead through plenty of game time, but Jaden Schwartz scored with less than two minutes left in the third period:

Chalk it up to two fantastic teams, their rivalries or it being early in the postseason, but the two teams didn’t slow down a whole lot in the two overtime periods (and change into the third). There were plenty of near-misses, including a Patrick Sharp semi-breakaway that might haunt the talented sniper.

The Blackhawks have shown the will to fight back from tough losses, so one can argue that this was more important to St. Louis than Chicago. Either way, this series already seems like it might live up to the hype of being one of the best first-round matchups one can imagine.

  1. comeonnowguys - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Hawks sat on the lead the entire third period and it bit them in the end. As it should have.

    • micasa81 - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:40 AM

      Cut your boys some slack and give a little credit to a talented and desperate Blues team that came at them in the 3rd. Hawks fans are used to their team having the superior lineup, and therefore feeling like the outcome of any game is within their control. That’s not cut and dried vs. the Blues. I know everyone felt the Hawks had a distinct advantage going into the series with all the Blues’ injuries and the way they limped into the playoffs, but look at their lineup last night. Yes, the Hawks had the edge in forwards, but that’s about it – and once Oshie and Backlund return, I’d say it’s pretty much dead even.

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:20 AM

        Actually, that’s kind of my point. You can’t do that in the playoffs against a team like the Blues. Because what happened will happen.

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    Wow what an awesome game! Game could’ve went either way at times. Toews was a marked man all game long and especially in OT. Gotta think this gives St. Louis a big push for the rest of the series possibly.

  3. savior72 - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    Da Blues

  4. sprtsfan1 - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    Yup, tough one to lose. Too many of these OT games is literally going to give me a heart attack. Reminded me of game 1 of last year’s finals.

    • pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:11 AM

      Overtime hockey is enjoyable when it’s not your team playing.

  5. bcsteele - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    As I said, fresh start did the Blues some good. Not saying it’s over by any stretch and we for sure got some bounces, but gonna be a great series for sure. Can’t wait for the next one!!!

    LGB!!!

  6. nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:26 AM

    This was the 34th time in Cup history a game has gone 3OT and not had the series end with that game (14 other 3OT games have been the series ender). In the prior 33 occasions, the winners of 24 of those 3OT games went on to win the series. FWIW. Oh, it was the 8th 3OT game in Hawks history.

  7. hammerhead5573 - Apr 18, 2014 at 6:54 AM

    Although the outcome was not as I hoped, it was amazing to watch. Side note, really tired of Oduya getting as much credit as he does. He is a turnover machine who gets rattled easily. He did that throughout the playoffs last year too. That said, credit should be given to both these teams, they entertained just as everyone thought they would.

  8. csilojohnson - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    Great game. Glad it ended when it did though. Had about enough of milbury after the first intermission.

  9. kastout11 - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    How about Kane cherry picking his way to a breakaway goal? I am a Flyers fan, but I think now that the Blues are healthy, they are the team to beat. Miller was excellent again. I am glad he is getting a chance to compete for the Stanley Cup.

    • hammerhead5573 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      If I am correct Kane came off the bench and headed right to the Blues zone. Toews caught him at the right time with a great pass. Not sure he was cherry picking though.

      As far as the goalies, in the 1st period I would have thought this was going to be high scoring game. Probably not all the goalies fault but none the less both were letting them in . As the game went on both goalies did well. Blues hit posts. Saad hit a Blues player into the net which actually stopped a goal. I am a Hawks fan and I thought was hysterical.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      Hawks chased Miller when both teams are healthy. They did that by playing their game and not taking their foot off the gas. And not taking stupid penalties (Sharp, Shaw)

  10. pone27 - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    After watching the whole game, I came off with 2 things:

    1) An aneurysm

    2) This is going to be an amazing series (as predicted by everyone)

    This is what playoff, rivalry hockey is all about. Games going back and forth, physical, fast, anything can happen hockey. Love it.

    As I hate to constantly point him out, Crawford scares me time and time again. I think he played a very solid game, but on that first goal by the Blues (and you cannot say it was Craws fault,) he seemed too lackadaisical in such a situation. Its playoff hockey, from start to finish, play like its your last game.

    From a defensive perspective, I think Oduya had actually a solid game. I personally like him a lot, and while I do agree he may get more credit than deserved, he isn’t a big guy, but still was tossing the body and his effort was clearly high. Roszival looked too slow out there IMO.

    Offensively, I liked what Q did with the units. The player who stood out to me that just wasn’t there was Zeus. Faceoffs (don’t quote me) seemed not in his favor, and his ability to skate around the rink clearly was lacking, especially in the defensive zone. He was too slow and you can tell fatigue is hitting him. If Q wants to put Sharpie and Hossa together, I think Zeus should move down.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      In 5 periods and change, I only remember one “great” play Zeus made. I can’t imagine Morin stays out of the lineup if this keeps up.

    • slysipops - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:35 AM

      how about OUT ! not down for zuuuuuus ….. rosival did look too slow…he has all season, maybe you can only squeeze so much blood out of one turnip? someone ( Q ???) needs to tell crawford making great saves get’s overlooked when softies lose the game ! bring back the kids !

  11. joey4id - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Great game to watch. Miller kept the team in the game with some big stops in OT. Great play by Backes and Ott on the OT winner. I’m sure coach Q is pissed off about the non call when the puck was shot over the glace when the Blues were already down by a man.

    The divisional match ups is producing some very good hockey for us to enjoy. Thank you Mr. Bettman.

    • slysipops - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      joey you would point it out if someone said ………………….glace ?

      • joey4id - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:04 AM

        LOL! glace…. duh! means ice in french…. That was a bilingual flub.

      • slysipops - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:40 AM

        you meant GLASS admit it joey !

  12. terrier92 - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    That was one intense physical game. Whoever comes out of west is going to be really beat up. Playoffs battle of attrition. Bet a lot of ice was needed after that game.

  13. richc111 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    I wonder if this will get Milbury off Millers back. Sabres fan here and just to let you know Milbury hates anything connect to Buffalo. Not sure why but get use to it. Great game to watch even though didn’t stick around for the whole thing

  14. slysipops - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    the game could have been lost for the HAWKS in the first overtime when KANE threw the puck away to the center, right outside his own zone,rather than be hit ….afraid ?? …….so what’s new ! the hitting was brutal . maybe some of the kids who were up would be a better fit in a rough series like this ? with the exception of OSHIE being out, the BLUES didn’t look to be hurting as much as reported….. maybe the coaches of the HAWKS got chumped on that ?

    • slysipops - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:37 AM

      to the thumbsdowners…………. check out how TAMPA and their superstar are doing !!!!!!!

  15. bucfanforlife - Apr 18, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    if miller plays like he did after the first, 4 shutout periods look out the blues will be tough to beat, when osh and berg come back the blues will be deep, taresenko is the man only true sniper the team is much better when he plays and the stats show it, whoever wins this series needs to quick to get some time to reenergize go blues

  16. mickeyaddott - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    cant the nhl do something about pat foley, just ruined a great hockey game

    • slysipops - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      no kidding….. i am so sick of him and EDDIE and their child-like yapping .actually i watched on NBCSN rather than CSN just because of that. they are getting worse all the time . i wonder if any bigshots from COMCAST CHICAGO SPORTS NET ever watch all of their stupidity ?

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