Saturday, September 26, 2015

Hawks, Blues, Renew Bad Blood in 3-1 Hawks Win

The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues have no love for one another, even if half of both rosters are new.  They combined for a total of 83 a preseason game.  The Hawks won the game 3-1.  Brandon Mashinter cut the legs out from under Colton Parayko.  David Backes (still a fill i the blank) rails 39-year old, Lubomir Visnovsky.  Even Niklas Hjalmarsson made a run on a St. Louis player.

St. Louis got on the board first with a power play goal from Joel Edmundson on a nice cross ice pass from Ty Rattie with 1:05 left in the 1st period.  The Blackhawks tied the game midway through the second on a power play goal by Marian Hossa who received a nice feed from Jonathan Toews.

The score stayed that way until Patrick Kane disrupted a pass and scored on a back-hander on a breakaway to give the Hawks the lead, 2-1 with just under six minutes remaining in the game.  Just over two minutes later, Duncan Keith scored on a rising shot that St. Louis goaltender, Jake Allen could not see thanks to a screen from Toews to put the Hawks up for good, 3-1.

After regulation was over, the two teams played a 3-on-3 overtime period.  The NHL is experimenting with this new format to see if they want to change how overtime is played.  Personally, this is a no-brainer.  It brings excitement to the game and will hopefully prevent a lot of games having to go to a shootout.

In the OT, ex-Blackhawk Troy Brouwer, slipped one past Corey Crawford.

Noteable mentions: Ryan Garbutt continues to be one of the best Hawks this preseason by being a presence all night long, doing time on the power play and the penalty kill.  He also had 6 shots.  Hossa and Keith both had a goal and an assist.  Brent Seabrook, off of his new contract extension, lead all players with ice-time with 23:25.  He also had 4 hits and 3 blocked shots.

Three stars of the game:  1st - CHI - Patrick Kane (1G), 2nd - CHI - Marian Hossa (1G 1A), 3rd - CHI - Corey Crawford (21 SV)

Next game: Thursday, October 1st against St. Louis 7:00pm


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