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It’s not easy – to go into the home of one of the hottest teams in hockey and come out with a good result – but the Blues did it. And they did it by having a great second period.
The first period wasn’t so great. A shot by Roman Polak was blocked and it led to a breakaway for Patrick Kane who made no mistake and backhanded the puck past Mason to put the Blackhawks ahead. There was a bit of a “here we go again” feel but the Blues put that behind them in the second period.
David Backes tied the game with just over 8 minutes of the second period left, following good work by Paul Kariya. Kariya hustled Duncan Keith into making a mistake and Kariya picked up the puck behind the Blackhawks net. He then slid a neat pass in front to David Backes who put the puck past Huet whilst on one knee.
It was Backes with his second goal of the game who put the Blues in front late in the second period. A powerplay goal of all things. Oshie passed to Backes on the wing and Backes made no mistake with a great one timer. The Blues added a third goal with about 20 seconds left in the period. Roman Polak intercepted a stretch pass near the Blackhawks blue line and ripped off a shot which was tipped in by Jay McClement.
In the third period, the Blackhawks pulled one back with a shorthanded goal from Hossa but Mason stood tall and strong in goal, turning away 13 shots in the final period. The Blues were outshot 34-19 in this game but they took their chances when they came and benefitted from a seemingly revitalised Chris Mason.
Of course, we had the usual trouble with the officials. A blatent high stick by Patrick Kane on Brad Boyes was called by one official. The officials then went into a huddle and talked it over. The penalty was subsequently overturned. Why? Nobody seems to have any good reason. Ah well – not only do we have to beat the other teams but half the time we have to beat the officials as well.
Anyway – your game reports:
- The Blues Official Site has the recap and game highlights.
- St Louis Game Time note that the Blues outlast the Blackhawks – with a “no pressure” recap.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the Post Dispatch recaps the game with comments from David Backes, Chris Mason, Roman Polak and Davis Payne.
So, kudos to the Blues for pulling out a win – let’s hope they do the same tonight in their game against the Sharks.