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Blackhawks shut out the Blues, now trail 2-1 in the series

Apr 21, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

The Chicago Blackhawks were facing an uphill battle against the St. Louis Blues on Monday. Down 2-0 in the series, the Blackhawks were also without defenseman Brent Seabrook due to a three-game suspension.

But the Blackhawks, the defending Stanley Cup champions, prevailed by a final score of 2-0. The Blues still lead the best-of-seven series 2-1. Jonathan Toews scored the winner all the way back at the 4:10 mark of the opening period. His weak wrist shot from the slot somehow slid through the legs of goalie Ryan Miller, who was otherwise solid, making 22 saves.

This game didn’t have the same fireworks expected after what transpired in St. Louis two days ago, when Seabrook was tossed for his high, late hit on David Backes, who didn’t play because of injury. Further to that, emotions were expected to be even higher because of the alleged taunting toward Backes when he was struggling to his feet after the Seabrook hit.

Corey Crawford stopped all 34 shots he faced. It’s his third Stanley Cup playoff shutout of his career.

The Blackhawks had their chances to increase the lead, particularly in the second period when the Blues took four consecutive minor penalties, including this Maxim Lapierre hit-from-behind on Sheldon Brookbank. However, Chicago went 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

  1. comeonnowguys - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    For 59:58.7, This was the cleanest game between the two I could remember. No graba$$ around the goaltender. Nice to see.

  2. dwoklives - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Kudos to Crawford. He had a hell of a game.

  3. r8rbhawk - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Enjoyed this game, it did not seem as chippy as last game. The blues played a good road game, one soft goal cost them, nice response from both teams. See you for game 4.

  4. bluebru14 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    He did play well. Seemed like they really sat back on a one goal lead.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      For the second game in three. They aren’t going to get that lucky again.

    • hammerhead5573 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      Absolutely correct. But in fairness they looked like they were sitting back the entire game. You let another team dictate the pace, you won’t win many games.

  5. hammerhead5573 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Jeremy Morin are you there? Someone has to sit and he has to get in a game. Not sure who but he was on fire up to the playoffs. Maybe Bolig, I don’t know. Ooh well better to win ugly I guess.

  6. blackhawks2010 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Not the best game by the Hawks, but good enough for a win. Offense and timing was off, Crow was outstanding.
    It’s a shame, Hawks should be up 3-0 if not for their giving 2 games away with penalties.

  7. jpat2424 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Tipping my hat to both goalies. Mine won. Also Sheldon Brookbank played great. Had some bigs shoes to fill. Go Hawks. Great series.

  8. jhaegs - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Good game by both teams and both goalies. Sucks that a soft goal won it, but that’s hockey. I picked Blues in 7 for my bracket anyway… ;)

    • slysipops - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      soft goals beat the HAWKS so a softee winning was ironic !

  9. overdrawnagain - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Unfortunately my Blues are “the Kings of January.” They’ve won their last game of the season. Good luck the rest of the way Blackhawks.

    • fpstratton - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      Since I am rooting for Chicago, I hope you’re right. However, I don’t think so. St. Louis is too good to not win another game in this series. I think it is destined to go 7 games. Two great, class organizations.

  10. muckleflugga - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    hawks are baked … something’s missing to be sure

    quenneville looks unhinged … the screaming at referees and grabbing of junk betrays a deeper concern … revealed on-ice by hawks scattered play and lack of discipline

    kane looks like he’s at fifty percent if even that … tough to play nifty with a bad knee and a brace … toews looks like his cage is still rattled and is playing scared in traffic

    you knew both would be targeted coming in by the blues goon-fest … ironically costing them one of their own

    with saad and shaw vanishing, and sharp quiet, hawks dreams of a repeat are officially history, unless quenneville weaves his magic while waiting seabrook’s return

    wirtz and bowman should spend more time kissing gary’s ass, then they might get the kind of help penguins are entitled, but nooooo … too much pride not enough french

    as it stands in the moment, sharks are home and cooled out

    • fpstratton - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      I agree that the Hawks are not at their 2013 level, but this can still change. Toews and Kane can still impact this series going forward. They were out for a while before this past week.

  11. kastout11 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    I expected the game to be a lot more physical. I expected the Blues to retaliate, within the rules, for the hit on Backes. I think everyone saw that Backes sets the tone for that team. Yeah, they had a lot of shots, but Crawford was tough to beat.

  12. pulltops - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Lapierre really, really deserves to be impaled…

  13. slysipops - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    now that’s they way a game should end ! come on hawks 3 more outcomes like this would be great ! GO HAWKS GO !

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