Here’s a look at the St. Louis Blues’ 4-3 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks by the numbers:

* The Blues had 17:48 of power-play ice time in the win. They scored once on nine power-play opportunities. They are 1-for-13 on the power play for a 7.7 percentage in the series.

* The Blackhawks were 0-for-4 on the power play. They are 1-for-10 for a 10.0 percentage in the series. They scored on their first power-play attempt of the series.

* The Blackhawks accumulated a season-high 41 penalty minutes. The Blues had 20.

* Blackhawks forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were each held to one shot attempt. Kane has one goal and seven shots on net in the two games, and Toews has two assists and five shots on goal.

* Blackhawks forward Brandon Bollig played a team-low 3:23 of ice time. He played three shifts and a total of 1:23 of ice time after the first period. He compiled 12 penalty minutes, including a 10-minute misconduct and a two-minute minor for roughing. Ryan Reaves played a team-low 3:49 for the Blues.

* Blackhawks defensemen accounted for all three goals in the loss. Their defensemen have scored five of their six goals in the two games. Brent Seabrook has two goals, and Michal Rozsival, Duncan Keith and Johnny Oduya each have one goal.

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Links from around the rink: April 20 

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By the end of the slate on Sunday, every playoff series will be through at least two games. After two contests in St. Louis, the Blues have a 2-0 lead, and the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will have to orchestrate their comeback without a key player for the next three contests.

Word came across the wire on Sunday that the NHL has suspended Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook for three games due to his crushing high hit on Blues forward David Backes on Saturday. The play resulted in a five-minute major and a game misconduct, and on the ensuing power play, the Blues tied the game with 6.4 seconds remaining; thereafter, they went on to win in overtime.

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Quenneville: Crawford needs to be better

April, 20, 2014
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St. Louis Blues, Chris Porter, Corey CrawfordMark Buckner/NHLI/Getty ImagesCorey Crawford called himself out after the Hawks lost to the Blues in overtime in Game 2.
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville agreed with his goaltender Corey Crawford’s self-evaluation after Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues.

“He said he needs to be better, and he needs to be better,” Quenneville said at the United Center on Sunday.

Crawford called himself out after the Blackhawks lost to the Blues 4-3 in overtime in Game 2 in St. Louis on Saturday. Crawford allowed a power-play goal which tied the game with 6.4 seconds remaining in the third period and then gave up the game-winner at 5:50 of overtime.

It was the second consecutive game the Blues scored in the final two minutes of the third period to tie the game and then won it in overtime.

“I obviously have to find a way to make that save, and our guys need me to make a save at the end, too,” Crawford said Saturday. “Really frustrating being up and losing the lead two games in a row in the last couple minutes. That’s pretty much not acceptable. We’re not going to win if I’m going to play like that. Just got to be better.”

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Hawks face challenge without Seabrook

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks already had an uphill climb ahead of them being down 2-0 to the St. Louis Blues in their first-round playoff series, but the adversity facing them became even greater Sunday.

The Blackhawks found out they'll be without defenseman Brent Seabrook for the next three games after he was suspended by the league for his hit on the Blues’ David Backes in Game 2 on Saturday. Chicago will now have to win at least twice without Seabrook in the lineup to keep its season alive.

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AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastChicago defenseman Brent Seabrook will be out of the lineup for three games after being suspended for his hit on David Backes.
Seabrook's absence leaves a large void for the Blackhawks. He's one of their top-four defensemen and has been a staple in the team's defense for the past nine seasons. He plays key minutes for Chicago at even strength and on both sides of special teams.

Seabrook was second on the team with 22:16 of average ice time during the regular season. He also had seven goals, 34 assists and a plus-23 rating in 82 regular-season games. He leads the team with four points, which includes two goals and two assists, against the Blues in the playoffs.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville spoke to the media Sunday before Seabrook's suspension was revealed. Quenneville wasn't sure what would happen to Seabrook, but he knew Seabrook was important to the team.

"You need his size," Quenneville said. "You need his presence, experience and leadership. He's got the big shot on the point, and he's on our power play as well, kills penalties. So he plays all important minutes, and him and [Duncan Keith] make a real good pair for us. He's been a great pro for us."

Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival was hopeful they wouldn't be without Seabrook, but he thought the team had to be prepared either way.

"He's definitely the guy that the coaches and everybody is counting on in the big, important situations," Rozsival said. "He's a big part of the club, but whatever is going to happen is going to happen. You can't control it right now. You just have to deal with it. At the end of the day, we have to win the hockey game."

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Brent Seabrook suspended 3 games

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Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook was suspended three games by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Sunday for his hit on St. Louis Blues forward David Backes during Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round series.

Seabrook's right elbow and shoulder connected with Backes' head as Seabrook checked him in the left corner behind the Blackhawks' net with 4:55 remaining in the third period on Saturday. Backes was thrown into the boards and fell to the ground. He remained on the ice for a short while and then had trouble standing once he got to his feet. He went to the dressing room and did not return.

Seabrook received a five-minute major penalty for charging and a game misconduct at 15:09 of the third period. He had a phone hearing with the league Sunday morning.

Seabrook apologized for the hit and expressed concern for Backes after the game.

"I was just trying to make a play on Backes," Seabrook said. "I thought the puck was there. I was on [Alexander] Steen. I was just coming down the wall and I just tried to finish my hit.

"I feel bad seeing a guy like that on the ice. I've been there myself, and I'm not trying to target his head. I'm not trying to do anything like that. It doesn't feel good to see a player like that lying there like that, and knowing that I hit him. It wasn't my intent. I thought it was a hit. It's a physical series, hits have been laid like that from both sides the whole series, so we'll see what happens."

Seabrook had not been fined or suspended previously in his career.

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Hawks endure another tough loss

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ST. LOUIS -- The Chicago Blackhawks left St. Louis with a serious case of the blues.

Twice in three days, the Blackhawks were on the verge late in the third period of defeating the St. Louis Blues by a goal and taking home-ice advantage away from them in the Western Conference first-round playoff series, and twice, the Blues delivered a punch to the Blackhawks’ gut by scoring a game-tying goal late in the third period and prevailing in overtime.

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Dilip Vishwanat/Getty ImagesNo one placed the blame for the Hawks' loss on Corey Crawford, except for the goaltender himself. "We're not going to win if I'm going to play like that," he said. "Just got to be better."
Both losses possessed plenty of similarities for the Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks were first devastated by the Blues in Game 1 when St. Louis erased a 3-2 lead with 1:46 remaining in the third period and then won the game in triple overtime on Thursday.

The Blackhawks were even closer to victory on Saturday. After fending off a 5-on-3 power play for 46 seconds and a 5-on-4 power play for 3:59 -- which also included the Blues removing their goalie and adding another attacker -- in the final five minutes of the third period, Chicago's 3-2 lead was decimated when the Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko scored with 6.4 seconds remaining in the period. The Blues finished the job with a goal by Barret Jackman 5:50 into a first overtime.

The Blackhawks dealt with so much penalty-killing time because Bryan Bickell was called for kneeing at 13:55 and Brent Seabrook received five minutes for charging and a game misconduct at 15:09. Chicago killed off 17:47 of a possible 17:48 of the Blues’ power plays in the game.

"We did a great job killing," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "It was an outstanding job, and you’re right there, six seconds away. The other game was tough losing at a buck and change, but tonight was brutal."

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ST. LOUIS -- Defenseman Barret Jackman scored on a drive through traffic, giving the St. Louis Blues their second straight 4-3 overtime victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday for a 2-0 series lead against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

St. Louis rallied after Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook received a five-minute major and game misconduct penalty for a vicious elbow to the head on Blues captain David Backes, who had to be helped off the ice, went straight to the locker room and did not return for overtime.

Vladimir Tarasenko forced overtime with his second goal of the series, beating Corey Crawford with a wrist shot that banged off the right post and in with 6.4 seconds to go. Kevin Shattenkirk had a goal and two assists for the Blues.


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Rapid Reaction: Blues 4, Hawks 3 (OT)

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ST. LOUIS -- Here’s a quick look at the St. Louis Blues' 4-3 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round series at the Scottrade Center on Saturday.

How it happened: Barret Jackman scored 5:50 into overtime for the game-winner. Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko forced overtime by scoring a power-play goal from the top of the right circle with 6.4 seconds remaining in the third period. St. Louis had pulled goaltender Ryan Miller off the ice and had a 6-on-4 advantage. The Blues were on the power play from 13:55 of the third period to when Tarasenko scored at 19:53. Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell was called for kneeing at 13:55, and defenseman Brent Seabrook got five minutes for charging and received a game misconduct for a hit he put on David Backes at 15:09. Backes left the game and did not return.

The Blackhawks took a 3-2 lead when Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival's shot deflected off Backes and skidded past Miller at 6:38 of the third period. The Blues had built a 2-0 lead in the first period off goals by Chris Porter and Kevin Shattenkirk. But the Blackhawks started to rally in the second period. Defenseman Duncan Keith scored at 17:25 of the second for their first goal. Seabrook came through with the second goal as he scored from the right circle at 4:53 of the third period.

Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 27 saves on 31 shots. Blues goaltender Ryan Miller stopped 25-of-28 shots.

What it means: The Blues take a 2-0 series lead and hold onto home-ice advantage. Backes’ health has to be a concern for the Blues going forward. He looked out of sorts after the hit. Seabrook could be looking at a suspension. The Blues have rallied from 3-2 deficits in the third period and won in overtime in both games of the series. They scored with 1:46 remaining in the third period in Game 1 to force overtime and then won it in a third overtime Thursday.

The Blues have been giving the Blackhawks power-play chances, but the Blackhawks haven’t been able to capitalize. They are 1-for-10 on the power play in the series. The Blackhawks went 119:26 without scoring a goal from Patrick Kane's first-period goal in Game 1 to Keith’s second-period goal in Game 2.

Player of the game: Tarasenko provided the clutch goal in the win.

Stat of the game: The Blues had 17:48 of power-play time.

What’s next: The series travels to Chicago for Games 3 and 4. Game 3 will be at the United Center on Monday.

Brent Seabrook faces league hearing

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ST. LOUIS -- The NHL Department of Player Safety will hold a phone hearing Sunday to determine whether there will be discipline for Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook, whose late-third-period hit to the head of Blues forward David Backes knocked the St. Louis captain out of Game 2 of the teams' Western Conference first-round playoff series.

Seabrook's right shoulder connected with Backes' head, and Backes was thrown into the boards late in the third. Backes remained on the ice for a short while after the hit and then had trouble standing once he got to his feet. He went to the dressing room and did not return.

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock provided little detail about Backes' status after the game.

"How do you think he is?" Hitchcock said. "Not great."

Seabrook received a five-minute major penalty for charging and a game misconduct at 15:09 of the third period. He had a goal, an assist and played 23:21 of ice time before leaving.

Seabrook said his intent was not to hit Backes as he did and expressed concern over the injury.

"I was just trying to make a play on Backes," Seabrook said. "I thought the puck was there. I was on [Alexander] Steen. I was just coming down the wall and I just tried to finish my hit.


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T.J. Oshie back after 3 games

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ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie played against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round series on Saturday after missing the last three games due to an upper-body injury.

Oshie has not played since he took a hit to the head against the Minnesota Wild on April 10. He had 21 goals, 39 assists and a plus-19 rating in 79 regular-season games.

Blues forward Patrik Berglund was scratched for Game 2 and missed his third consecutive game with an upper-body injury. He had 14 goals, 18 assists and a plus-10 rating in 78 regular-season games.

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock has said numerous times he expects all of his players to be healthy at some point in the first four games of the series.

Oshie replaced forward Brenden Morrow in the Blues' lineup on Saturday. Morrow played in Game 1.

The Blues defeated the Blackhawks 4-3 in triple overtime of Thursday's Game 1.


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W2W4: Blackhawks vs. Blues (Game 2)

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ST. LOUIS -- The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues face off for Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round series at the Scottrade Center on Saturday. The Blues lead the series 1-0. Here’s what to watch for:

• Blues coach Ken Hitchcock didn’t reveal prior to the game whether forwards T.J. Oshie and Patrik Berglund would play in Game 2 after missing Game 1 with injuries. Hitchcock said both players would play at some point in the series.


• The Blackhawks scored three goals within seven minutes and 10 seconds of the first period in Game 1 on Thursday, but failed to score again over the game’s final 82:02. Blues goaltender Ryan Miller stopped the final 35 shots he faced.

• Stamina could come into play in Game 2. Both teams had players play heavy minutes in the three-overtime game. Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo had a game-high 44:08 of ice time. Duncan Keith led the Blackhawks with 40:59 of ice time.

• The two teams combined for five goals in the first period and two the remainder of the game. Both teams expected the production pace for the rest of the series to be more similar to the second period on.

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• The Blackhawks were able to get behind the Blues several times for breakaways in Game 1. Patrick Kane was the lone Blackhawk to convert on one. Hitchcock thought stopping those were key to the Blues’ success. “We need to be less surprised by numbers behind us,” he said. “If we can do that, we can negate some of the easy ones we gave up because they’re such a good team at 50-50s where you think you’re on offense and the next thing you know there’s a guy standing behind you on a breakaway.”

• All three games between the Blackhawks and Blues in St. Louis included late third-period goals by the Blues. The Blues scored in the final minute of the third period to snatch a 3-2 win in their first game on Oct. 9. The Blues had some late heroics again on Dec. 28 and scored two goals in the final four minutes of the third period to erase a 5-3 deficit. The Blues won 6-5 in a shootout. On Thursday, the Blues tied the game with 1:46 remaining in the third period to force overtime.

• The Blues have excelled in one-goal games this season. They improved to 25-5-7 in such games after Thursday’s win. The Blackhawks are 17-9-15 in one-goal games. The Blackhawks were 9-2 in one-goal games during the playoffs last season.

• The Blackhawks will be looking for more from their power play the rest of the series. They were 1-for-6 on the power play Thursday. The Blackhawks have scored multiple power-play goals just once in the last 25 games. The Blues have allowed their opponents 62 power plays over the last 14 games.

Hawks looking forward after Game 1 loss

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ST. LOUIS -- The Chicago Blackhawks know better than to believe one game decides a playoff series.

The Blackhawks expressed disappointment again Friday after losing 4-3 in three overtimes to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday and thought there were some lessons to be learned in the defeat, but they weren't panicking.

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Billy Hurst/CSMCoach Joel Quenneville and the Hawks aren't going to let a Game 1 loss hurt their focus as they look to even the series in St. Louis.
"It's the first game," Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp said Friday. "Back and forth game, a few chances on either side. It was a pretty physical game. The series will get tougher and harder as we move along. But I think both sides have experience. Certainly in our locker room we're comfortable drawing on past experiences and what we've been through before. We've been down 1-0 in the playoff series before. We know what it takes to win on the road and to steal a game, so we're trying to do that [on Saturday]."

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville doesn't have to look far back to remember a time when his team responded after losing the first game on the road in the playoffs. The Blackhawks dropped the first road game against the Minnesota Wild, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings and Boston Bruins on their way to the Stanley Cup last season.

"We'll move forward," Quenneville said Friday. "Certainly you'll take your lumps from last night. It's a short night when you play six periods of hockey, not a full six, and I'm sure the guys are going be a little bit tired today, but we'll have a meeting here shortly and get ourselves excited.

"But we've gone through some stretches where we've lost opening games. We've lost last year all four first games in their buildings and seemed to recover. That's something we can build on. It's a long series. We expected a tough series against this team. There's going to be no easy games, but it's a good example that going forward we've got to find a way to overcome our opponents."

The Blackhawks did respond with road wins in the playoffs last season, but they also had the luxury of home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. That's not the case this season. They'll need to win at least once in St. Louis to take the series from the Blues.

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Joel Quenneville fined $25,000

April, 18, 2014
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The NHL has fined Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville $25,000 for inappropriate conduct during Thursday's first-round playoff game against the St. Louis Blues.

The puck was sent out of play at 6:51 of the second overtime of the Blues' 4-3 three-overtime win. The officials were meeting to discuss whether the Blues should be called for delay of game after a player apparently shot the puck over the glass and out of play, a penalty that would have given the Blackhawks a 5-on-3 advantage for 36 seconds.

Asked Saturday about the fine, Quenneville replied, "I can't complain. It was a stupid move on my part."

Quenneville was seen on camera gesturing to the officials that the puck went over the glass. When the call went against the Blackhawks, Quenneville appeared to grab his groin area and yell something at the officials.

Quenneville apologized for his actions earlier Friday.

"I was definitely excited," he said. "Disappointed [in] the call, but I'll apologize for my behavior. It wasn't appropriate at all. It was a bush-league move on my part."

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