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The Blackhawks drop a heart breaker 3-2 in St Louis.

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

After 3 games of an 82 game schedule one thing is for sure; these are not the 2010-11 Blackhawks.  Yes, they have left a couple of points on the ice already but there is nothing to be panicked about at this point.  One huge mistake cost the Hawks at least one point, but overall they played a very road good game against a very tough team.  They are not going to take down our new banner just because of one regular season loss in St. Louis.

Despite being out shot 10 to 5 at the time, the Blues opened the scoring with Vladamir Tarasenko's second goal of the year at 15:44. A Marian Hossa turnover in the neutral zone led to a 2 on 1 going the other way and Tarasenko sniped a laser beam past Corey Crawford.  59 seconds after the opening tally, Maxime Lapierre did what he has done his whole career and took a bad penalty by boarding Andrew Shaw.  It took Patrick Kane all of seven seconds to light the lamp and tie the game. After winning the draw, Jonathan Toews took the puck around the back of the net and found Patrick Sharp for a one timer.  Jaroslav Halak made the initial save but Kaner was there to put the rebound in the net for his 3rd goal of the year.

The Blues scored a power play goal of their own to retake take the lead at 8:37 of the 2nd period.  Marcus Kruger lost the draw and it led to a blast from the point from Alex Pietrangelo that was deflected in by David Bakes.  Sheldon Brookbank had to be used on the kill because Niklas Hjalmarsson was on the bench after taking a shot to the back to the knee.  But in typical Blues fashion they took another dumb penalty, this time from Jaden Schwartz, just 23 seconds after the goal.  This time the Hawks were a bit more patient and used 15 seconds of the man advantage before the best captain in the arena tied the game.  Again Toews found Sharp from behind the net, who blasted a shot from the point.  Tazer was able to reel the rebound that neither Halak or his defenders couldn't and tap the puck in for first goal on the campaign.

The 3rd period was a great back and forth battle between two evenly matched squads.  The game seemed to be heading into overtime and the Hawks were set to leave town with a least one point, but then disaster struck.  Alex Pietrangelo picked off a Toews pass in front of his net and with Brent Seabrook caught pinching in, the Blues led a 3 on 1 rush down the ice.  Duncan Keith did his best to get to Alex Steen, but he was unable to block the game winning shot.

The Blackhawks have back to back home games, versus the Islanders and Sabres, on Friday and Saturday night.  A quick turnaround is exactly what this team needs.

* Let's get this out of the way right off the bat; the game winning goal is not Corey Crawford's fault.  I have no clue why Brent Seabrook would decide pinch in as far as he did, when you were just a few seconds away from getting at least one point on the road.  I really hope this is not a sign of things to come for Seabs.  A player that is been in the league as long as Seabrook has should know better.

* Last night was Crow's best game in net.  He did have to fight a few shots off but he was solid for the most part.  I am already receiving Tweets that Crawford is not worth the $6 million contract.  Please stop, it makes you look really dumb.  First off, it is just three games. Second, he technically isn't making the $6 million until next season.  I would imagine we will see Bulin Wall 2.0 on Friday to give Crow and extra day off before returning on Saturday night.

*The Blackhawks' special team units need to grow goatees because we are in a bizarro world where the Hawks power play is good and the penalty kill is bad.  The Blackhawks have 4 power play goals in 3 games, that is something to be excited about.  I really feel confidence could be the biggest factor in a successful power play unit.  They needed just 22 seconds to score twice with the man advantage.  Both penalty kill units proved how important it is to win defensive zone draws.  All three power play goals scored came directly off of faceoffs.

*Speaking of defensive zone draws, Marcus Kruger is brutal.  He was just 4 of 11 on the night and just 3 of 8 in defensive zone draws.  The Blackhawks, as a whole were terrible taking faceoffs in their own zone last night. They won just 26% (5 for 19) of their defensive zone faceoffs.  This is something that has to improve.

* I am done with the Joakim Nordstrom experiment. The kid might have a high ceiling but he needs more seasoning in the AHL.  He was kept up here because of what he could bring to the penalty kill and yet he only got 5 seconds of time on the kill.  And yes those 5 seconds was enough time to be on the ice for the goal against.  I am sorry but Ben Smith, Jimmy Hayes, Jeremy Morin and Brandon Pirri all have more to offer than Nordstrom at this point.

* Jimmy Hayes was rather noticeable last night. He dished out a team high 4 hits and was trying to get more involved with the offense.  He attempted 5 total shots and was getting his big body to the dirty areas of the ice.  This was very encouraging to see.

Blackhawks Corsi Numbers
Player Pos ES TOI Total Shots For Total Shots Against Corsi Net Zone Starts Adjusted Corsi
Duncan Keith D 22:50 19 16 +3 0 +3
Niklas Hjalmarsson D 22:13 22 14 +8 +3 +7
Brent Seabrook D 22:05 18 19 -1 -1 -1
Nick Leddy D 12:54 10 13 -3 +2 -4
Patrick Sharp R 15:35 14 11 +3 0 +3
Marcus Kruger C 11:28 10 12 -2 -4 -0
Sheldon Brookbank D 11:44 7 12 -5 +2 -6
Jonathan Toews C 17:09 13 14 -1 +5 -3
Brandon Saad L 14:56 15 11 +4 0 +4
Jimmy Hayes R 12:33 13 7 +6 +2 +5
Michal Handzus C 12:53 8 14 -6 0 -6
Johnny Oduya D 20:52 19 16 +3 +2 +2
Bryan Bickell L 14:42 11 10 +1 +5 -1
Joakim Nordstrom C 10:15 9 8 +1 -1 +1
Brandon Bollig L 10:38 9 8 +1 -1 +1
Andrew Shaw C 16:57 17 13 +4 +1 +4
Marian Hossa R 14:36 15 10 +5 0 +5
Patrick Kane R 18:02 12 17 -5 +5 -7

Blues Corsi Numbers
Player Pos ES TOI Total Shots For Total Shots Against Corsi Net Zone Starts Adjusted Corsi
Barret Jackman D 17:20 17 14 +3 -4 +5
Jaden Schwartz C 18:06 18 14 +4 +1 +4
Brenden Morrow L 11:53 9 11 -2 -1 -2
Derek Roy C 13:19 10 13 -3 -2 -2
Vladimir Sobotka C 14:29 13 16 -3 -4 -1
Jay Bouwmeester D 23:32 14 23 -9 0 -9
Alexander Steen C 15:48 9 13 -4 -2 -3
Patrik Berglund C 15:13 14 11 +3 +1 +3
Kevin Shattenkirk D 15:45 12 14 -2 0 -2
Chris Stewart R 12:22 11 8 +3 -1 +3
Alex Pietrangelo D 22:52 16 19 -3 0 -3
Jordan Leopold D 15:17 12 14 -2 0 -2
Maxim Lapierre C 8:53 8 7 +1 -1 +1
David Backes R 18:05 11 15 -4 -2 -3
Roman Polak D 18:02 19 12 +7 -4 +9
T.J. Oshie C 19:55 11 18 -7 -2 -6
Ryan Reaves R 7:49 6 8 -2 0 -2
Vladimir Tarasenko R 13:20 15 10 +5 +1 +5