I was worried after the 1st period and the first portion of the 2nd.
We just couldn't generate any sustained pressure at all...and our best scoring chance was with 5 seconds to go in the first when Boyes missed the net on a breakaway. WTF dude?
Our scoring chances were few and far between in the first half of the game, but even so, I thought it was a VERY entertaining game the whole way. There was a lot of energy on the ice from both teams. This game had a nice pace to it. Chicago may have outchanced us, but it was still an exciting back and forth game. The Blues did a good job limiting the Hawks good chances and not allowing them many second opportunities on rebounds. The Blues were tough around the net and Mason was strong in this game. He kept us in it until we got on the board.
Chicago was smothering the Blues in the first half. The Blues didn't have a lot of time with the puck before there was a Hawk right on them...which led to a lot of turnovers and bad passes. It reminded me of the way Detroit would play the Blues a few years ago...puck possession and lots of good passes.
Midway through the second we started to turn it around and it paid off. Worked hard, forced some turnovers, got some good shots on net and we were opportunistic on our chances. Kariya redeemed himself for missing that breakaway by hustling and forcing a turnover, then firing a beauty pass to Backes who fired a pretty shot inside the far post. Great goal.
How in the hell do they overturn Kane's high stick on Boyes??? Jesus Mary and Curtis Joseph. What a joke. And of course, Kane puts his hands up in the air like he didn't do anything wrong. You speared Boyes in the neck you asshat. I hate that douchebag.
Oshie may have had goal of the year again had his "on-his-back-sweep-the-puck-over-his-head-no-look-ovechkin-like-shot" went in the net. Huet got lucky. He never saw that shot and it his off his toe. Two inches to the left and it's a candidate for goal of the year. Shame.
I thought the Blues play in the 3rd was a perfect bend but not break plan. Chicago is a great team, so running and gunning with them with a two goal lead might not be the best idea. I'm usually not in favor of going into a shell until around the 6 or 7 minute mark, but the Blues did a good job of it in this game. Chicago didn't have many great chances in the last 5 or 6 minutes...and there was no flurry around Mason as the game clock was nearing zero. This was a case of the Blues going into a shell the right way. They skated a bit more in the offensive zone and didn't just dump it in and chance lines every time down. This was better.
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