But as the game wore on, St. Louis seemed to relax, and played a penalty-free third period. In 2014, they took a 2-0 series lead against the Blackhawks and lost four straight.
Malkin, whose four points tied his single-game high in the postseason, assisted on two of the Penguins’ three first-period goals in helping Pittsburgh dominate the Rangers for the second consecutive game and take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven, first-round series.
The reigning Stanley Cup champions clawed back from a 3-1 second period deficit to beat the St. Louis Blues 6-3 and force a series Game 7. The way we went into last night’s game, we told ourselves we just have to play one shift at a time and find a way to win tonight. That’s when Kane appeared to skate circles around everybody else, going around the net and punching home the season-saving game-winner. With the Blackhawks up 1-0 on an Andrew Ladd goal, Andrew Desjardins had a wide open net to give the Blues an early hole and he missed well wide. They finished the game ahead in shots 36-28. John Tavares scored with 3:33 left for the Islanders, and Thomas Greiss stopped 28 ss.Reilly Smith and Nick Bjugstad each had a goal and an assist for Florida, which salvaged a split in the series-opening back-to-back.
How it happened: The Blackhawks were absolutely dominant in the second period. Chicago, meanwhile, improved to 15-1 in recent Game 6s. “I’ve been telling myself that all series… you’ve just got to keep working for it. So, that’s what I’m going to do and, obviously, I feel like tomorrow’s got to be that night”. Panik had a great game, Laddy [Ladd] had a great game. Later on, the Blues got a power play of their own, and they quickly scored to tie things back up.
Continuing to pile it on, forward Vladimir Tarasenko tallied his fourth marker of the postseason, putting a one-timer top shelf on Crawford to give St. Louis a 3-1 lead at the 11-minute mark.
Milbury said the goal of the late start was to make it so all the playoff games can be shown nationally, but as someone who mostly only watches these Blackhawks games I’m inclined to side with Foley.
“I’ve played a lot of overtimes with this team, had some long stretches here in playoff runs so when you get those opportunities you come up big, sometimes you get lucky too”, Kane said.
CHICAGO – One team since the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010 has eliminated them from the playoffs without needing overtime of Game 7. In addition to the suspension, Shaw was fined $5,000 for an obscene gesture – extending both middle fingers with his gloves on – to officials as he was headed to the penalty box.
“I don’t know if that’s the way we drew it up”, said defenceman Duncan Keith, who led all skaters with 42 minutes of ice time. It should make them a little nervous even though they’re playing well, well enough to be celebrating a first-round victory with a break in overtime.
With that in mind, stopping him is the key to keeping the entire St. Louis offense at bay.