Chicago Blackhawks: T.J. Oshie

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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W2W4: Blackhawks vs. Blues (Game 2)

April, 19, 2014
Apr 19
Powers By Scott Powers
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.

Oshie's return still uncertain for Blues

April, 18, 2014
Apr 18
Powers By Scott Powers
HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie is expected to return from an upper-body injury sometime during the Western Conference first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks, but Blues coach Ken Hitchcock is still unsure when that will be.

Oshie missed Game 1 on Thursday and as of Friday afternoon is not expected to play in Saturday's Game 2.

"Until someone taps me on the shoulder and says he's a game player, he's out," Hitchcock said on Friday. "Our lineup is going to be fluid every day. Every day it's going to be fluid. I told you guys before we're going to have everybody play in this series at some period of time. That obviously means by Game 5 we expect everybody be ready to go. Hopefully nobody gets injured. Touch wood, but that's our expectation."

Oshie has missed the Blues' past three games due to the injury. He took a hit to the head against the Minnesota Wild on April 10 and has not played since then. He had 21 goals, 39 assists and a plus-19 rating in 79 regular season games.

The Blues were also without forward Patrik Berglund due to an upper-body injury in Game 1. He has missed two consecutive games due to the injury. He had 14 goals, 18 assists and a plus-10 rating in 78 regular-season games.

Hitchcock said he'd likely have a better idea of the injured players' status on Saturday morning.

"We kind of know every morning, the game day, who's in," Hitchcock said. "Today was a good day for the guys that were out, another good day. We'll see how they feel tomorrow."

The Blues defeated the Blackhawks 4-3 in three overtimes in Game 1 of the series on Thursday.



Patrick Kane
36 16 20 9
GoalsP. Kane 16
AssistsP. Kane 20
+/-K. Versteeg 15
GAAC. Crawford 2.00