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Hitchcock knows how Quenneville felt as Blues take their own tough losses

Apr 24, 2014, 1:59 AM EST

Right down to the 4-3 overtime score, the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 in a way that seemingly mirrored how St. Louis won Game 1 and 2. It’s something that Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock admitted to noticing.

The series is now tied 2-2 with a Game 5 in St. Louis approaching. The two teams are so tightly matched that the goals total only favors Chicago by one.

It’s probably not surprising that Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville admitted that this was a big win and also acknowledged just how hard-fought this first-round bout has been so far.

The Blues hold home-ice advantage while the Blackhawks have two recent Stanley Cup victories and some more name recognition, so it’s difficult to handicap what’s become a best-of-three series. If the first four games are any indication, the margin of victory might be slim and there could be a few more twists and turns.

  1. comeonnowguys - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:13 AM

    They are just beating the hell out of each other, to the benefit of the rest of the conference.

    • jhaegs - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:36 AM

      They’re hockey players though- they’ll be fine. 😉

      • hawkeytown - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:17 AM

        Hard to imagine one of theses two teams will be done in a week; two of the best five teams in the league…

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  3. sprtsfan1 - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    I know if the Hawks make it out they’ll be okay. They’ve played a lot if hockey over the past two years and there’s no reason to think that they can’t make it to the promise land again. I worry that the Blues are going to end up like the Kings did last year if they make it out. Injuries are piling up for this team. No matter what happens, I’ll be rooting for whichever team makes it out if this series alive. Never thought I’d say that about any Blues team. Been amazing hockey, feels like the Stanley Cup Finals! Go Hawks!!!!

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      I just can’t shake this feeling that between last year’s run, the shortened offseason, and half their team playing an extra month in Sochi, that every OT game decreases their already-tough-because-it’s-hockey chances to repeat.

      And that’s if they get out of this series, though I obviously still like their chances.

  4. joey4id - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    “Hard to imagine one of theses two teams will be done in a week; two of the best five teams in the league…”

    Agreed, and there in lies the importance of finishing atop of your division. The new format makes the 82 game schedule more competitive, contributes to creating new rivalries, and sustaining existing ones. If not for the new format the match ups would have been ST. Louis vs LA, and Chi vs SJ.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      STL/LA would be a five game snooze, but CHI/SJ would be interesting.

      I’d complain about the start times, but when the home games drop the puck only a half-hour before traditional West Coast games…

  5. alexbaymac - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Just my opinion but….I think this may one of the best match-ups, if not THE best match-up, of this whole playoff season. It’s almost a shame to see it done in the first round!
    Of course, another Hawks-Bruins SCF would pretty amazing too…

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