The St Louis Blues came into the shortened season as the darling of many of the so call "experts" around the league. The were picked to come out of the Western Conference by many but the historic start by the Blackhawks have made them what they usually are, just a footnote on the NHL season. Blues fans started using the hashtag #EndTheStreak yesterday but by the end of the night they were #AddedToTheStreak!
It didn't take very long for the Blackhawks to remind the Blues that they are the class of the NHL right now. Right off the opening faceoff the Hawks scored a team goal because all five skaters touched the puck before it went into net. Brent Seabrook made a cross ice pass to Duncan Keith, who made a diagonal pass to Marian Hossa who quickly got it across ice to Brandon Saad, who found a wide open Jonathan Toews for a 1-0 lead just 12 seconds into the game. It was a thing of beauty that I have watch quite a few times. The play looked like the Blues weren't even on the ice and the Hawks were doing one last line rush in pregame warm ups. The remaining 19:48 of the period was rather unremarkable.
The 2nd period started with a new face on the ice for the Blackhawks. Ray Emery replaced Corey Crawford in goal after the 1st period. If you were watching the Chicago broadcast you would not have known this right away because Pat Foley was too busy doing an insufferable Harry Caray impression to actually tell you some rather important news. Late in the period, the Blues were given a power play thanks to a phantom holding call on Marcus Kruger and looked like they were going to tie the game. Kevin Shattenkirk hit the post on a shot Pat and Eddie thought might have went in from their view in the booth, but it stayed out of the net. A few moments later Emery made the save of the night on Chris Stewart who found himself all alone in front of the crease but was denied.
The Blackhawks added an insurance goal at the 2:11 mark of the 3rd period. Viktor Stalberg did a nice job keeping control of the puck behind the Blues net where Bryan Bickell was able to find Andrew Shaw in the middle of the ice. With all the Blues defenders focused on the puck behind the net Shaw was able to sneak around to the front of the net where he buried a wrist shot for his 5th goal of the season. Captain Serious would add his second tally of the night a 6:56 to seal the Hawks 17th victory of the season. Nick Leddy fired a low slap shot from the top of the left circle and Toews was in front of the net with his stick on the ice to clean it up. Not many people are going to deny our captain when he is in the blue paint.
|Number||pos||name||Player||Pos||ES TOI||Total Shots For||Total Shots Against||Corsi||Net Zone Starts||Adjusted Corsi|
|2||D||KEITH, DUNCAN||Duncan Keith||D||19:00||21||14||+7||+3||+6|
|4||D||HJALMARSSON, NIKLAS||Niklas Hjalmarsson||D||16:21||7||9||-2||+1||-2|
|7||D||SEABROOK, BRENT||Brent Seabrook||D||18:28||17||14||+3||+3||+2|
|8||D||LEDDY, NICK||Nick Leddy||D||14:42||10||4||+6||0||+6|
|10||R||SHARP, PATRICK||Patrick Sharp||R||14:02||11||6||+5||+2||+4|
|13||L||CARCILLO, DANIEL||Daniel Carcillo||L||10:15||8||6||+2||+2||+1|
|16||C||KRUGER, MARCUS||Marcus Kruger||C||14:25||9||12||-3||+1||-3|
|19||C||TOEWS, JONATHAN||Jonathan Toews||C||14:40||10||9||+1||0||+1|
|20||L||SAAD, BRANDON||Brandon Saad||L||10:24||4||8||-4||0||-4|
|25||L||STALBERG, VIKTOR||Viktor Stalberg||L||12:59||13||4||+9||+2||+8|
|27||D||ODUYA, JOHNNY||Johnny Oduya||D||16:30||6||10||-4||+1||-4|
|29||L||BICKELL, BRYAN||Bryan Bickell||L||12:17||15||5||+10||+1||+10|
|32||D||ROZSIVAL, MICHAL||Michal Rozsival||D||14:59||13||5||+8||0||+8|
|52||L||BOLLIG, BRANDON||Brandon Bollig||L||6:16||1||6||-5||+1||-5|
|65||C||SHAW, ANDREW||Andrew Shaw||C||15:27||16||5||+11||+1||+11|
|67||R||FROLIK, MICHAEL||Michael Frolik||R||8:09||2||8||-6||0||-6|
|81||R||HOSSA, MARIAN||Marian Hossa||R||14:23||12||9||+3||0||+3|
|88||R||KANE, PATRICK||Patrick Kane||R||16:43||10||6||+4||+2||+3|