Rapid Reaction: Blues 6, Hawks 5 (SO)
December, 28, 2013
By Dave Luecking | Special to ESPNChicago.com
ST. LOUIS -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 6-5 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday at Scottrade Center.
How it happened: Three times the Blackhawks had two-goal leads, three times they let the Blues come back -- twice to tie the score. Jaden Schwartz and Dmitrij Jaskin scored in a span of 5 minutes, 1 second early in the second period as the Blues overcame a 3-1 deficit after one. Then, Vladimir Tarasenko and Patrik Berglund (on a power play) lit the red lamp in a span of 1:17 late in regulation play after Chicago had taken a 5-3 lead early in the third. Kevin Shattenkirk finished with the winner in the fifth round of shootouts. T.J. Oshie and Tarasenko also scored shootout goals for the Blues. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp scored shootout goals for Chicago.
It had been mostly Chicago’s game in the first period, with the Blackhawks hoppin’ and the Blues floppin’. The Blackhawks scored twice in a span of 2:07 to take a 2-0 lead midway through the first period. Sharp scored the first goal on a break-in after splitting the Blues defense and tucking a backhand past Jaroslav Halak at 7:48. Then, at 9:55, Andrew Shaw dived to knock in the puck after it trickled through Halak’s wickets following Patrick Kane’s deflection of Duncan Keith’s point shot. Later, Kane restored the Blackhawks' two-goal lead with his 23rd goal of the season exactly three minutes after Maxim Lapierre cut the Blackhawks' lead to 2-1.
After the Blues tied it at three, Brandon Saad scored on a rebound with 2:14 left in the second period, then Brent Seabrook made it 5-3 by sending a slapper past backup goalie Brian Elliott at 1:06 of the third after a bad giveaway by Blues veteran Barret Jackman that Kane helped create. Blackhawks rookie goaltender Antti Raanta made his ninth consecutive start and had 20 saves. Elliott relieved Halak to start the second period and allowed two goals on 19 shots. He stopped three of five in the shootout; Halak allowed three goals on 13 shots in the first period.
What it means: Although they fell in the shootout, the Blackhawks have a six-game unbeaten streak in regulation, with a 4-0 mark in regulation and 0-2 in shootouts. The Blackhawks improved to 27-7-7 for 61 points, first overall, though they are 0-1-2 versus the Blues this season. The Blues improved to 25-7-5 for 55 points.
Player of the game: Tarasenko scored one goal and had two assists in regulation and scored one of the Blues' shootout goals.
Stat of the game: Chicago killed three Blues power plays before Berglund scored on the fourth with Niklas Hjalmarsson in the box with 2:34 left in regulation play.
What's next: The Blackhawks host the Los Angeles Kings on Monday at the United Center, then go right back on the road to play Thursday at the New York Islanders and Friday at the New Jersey Devils. The Blackhawks are 1-0 versus the Kings this season, winning 3-1 on Dec. 15 at United Center.