Al Cimaglia | Apr 05, 2013 | Comments 1
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -There are 12 games to go in the regular season and the biggest obstacle the Chicago Blackhawks will face is themselves.The St. Louis Blues came into Thursday night’s contest as a playoff bubble team and skated away with two hard fought points. The Hawks are one of the best teams in hockey, but when facing a desperate club a full effort is often required.More concerning than getting outplayed in the third period again and losing to a lesser team on home ice was the response from Joel Quenneville. The head coach seemed to think a lot of his team’s 4-3 shootout loss and that was surprising.In postgame comments Quenneville said, “I like the way we played tonight. I thought we played a good game. We couldn’t get the extra goal there to get ahead by two. Third goal – I like the way we came back in the game as well. I thought we played well for the majority of the game.”
I agree the Hawks played well for the majority of the first period and fully controlled the middle frame. With all due respect to the Blues they shouldn’t be able to outplay the Blackhawks in a third period at the United Center. This is especially so after the Blues were completely dominated in the preceding period and were outshot 15-5.
St. Louis, who isn’t exactly considered a four line team, yet was led by their fourth line, was able to capture momentum and steal a victory. Their goaltender Brain Elliott could be classified as having a bad shootout history but was still able to outplay Corey Crawford to get the win. It took six rounds in the shootout but the Blues found a way to win.
It’s not a shock the Hawks lost to the Blues Thursday night. But anyone not a little troubled as to the way recent losses are happening is ignoring the obvious
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