I really think tonight is the series. This game is critical for STL and for CHI.
A best of three is not a good thing because Game 7 is always flukey and a crap shoot.
We need the W tonight, boys!!!
Critical game (as before, from here on out, they are all
1) winner tonight wins the series
2) tonight is the Hawks last home game this season. ("Make it so, Number 1")
I think its too strong a statement to say we are leading in the series in spite of Miller. As pointed out by others, Miller can't be blamed for the goose egg offensive output and he hasn't been 'bad' per se since period one of game one. That said, you can't give up a soft goal in the playoffs, especially a fairly evenly matched series like this one, and expect to win the game.
While we can't pin the whole loss in game 3 on Miller, it does play into the debate on the rationale of dealing for him and Ott at the deadline. The wheels started to come off last year when we outplayed LA in game 3 but lost 1-0. If getting Miller was supposed to get us wins instead of losses in games like that then he's going to have to start out-playing Crawford, let alone Varlamov or Rask.
You can't blame Miller for game #3. Yes, he allowed the only goal and it was a VERY soft goal. But by blaming him, you are saying he had to shut the Hawks out just for us to get to OT. That's asking a bit much.
When you get shutout, it's on the offense. Blaming your goalie when you lose 1-0 is weak. You have to score to win.
Miller was very, very good after he allowed the goal. He more than made up for it by making a handful of great saves.
We really could be up 3-0 if we had ANY offense whatsoever in game #3.
If Miller allows 1 goal tonight, wouldn't you say that we should win the game?