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Blackhawks Take on Blues in Game 3 Sunday

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The series continues on Tuesday from the United Center for Game 4 with the Blues leading the series 2-1.

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh).

As most of you all know, the Blackhawks bested the Blues 3-2 on Friday night in a hotly contested game in more ways than one.

The last title defense for the Chicago Blackhawks also started with the St. Louis Blues, and it almost ended there, too.

Brian Elliott made 44 saves on 46 shots, and Jaden Schwartz netted the go-ahead goal after Patrick Kane committed a key high-sticking penalty halfway through the third period. We had two good looks after on the power play, it would have been nice to go up by two, and they cashed in right away. “You’re down one and you got to come back, so now the rest is kind of up to your teammates and they did a good job coming back”.

Anaheim played the final two periods of its 3-2 loss in Game 1 with five defensemen after Josh Manson left with an upper-body injury.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, when teams are tied 1-1 in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup playoffs series, the victor of Game 3 holds an all-time series record of 194-97 (66.7 percent). “We were in a great spot”, Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. With their star skater, Patrick Kane, in the penalty box for a Hi-stick double minor against Alex Pietrangelo, the Chicago Blackhawks found themselves in trouble. “At the end of the day, you’ve got to outwork and outplay the guy you’re going to be seeing basically 50 to 100% of the time out there”.

“You can’t take a penalty at that time of the game, especially when the game’s 2-2″, Kane said. Make sure to check the Wednesday edition of the Western Courier for my thoughts on that one. In the second period he made a big stop stretching out to rob Vladimir Tarasenko in a sequence that included a save on Schwartz off a rebound. Tarasenko has scored 11 goals and dished two assists in 16 career playoff games.

What’s odd at first glance is that Elliott would not have played slightly more than half the Blues’ games if Jake Allen had not been injured this season. When it got a power play of its own in the back half of the first, it took Colton Parayko all of seven seconds to tie the game at 1-1, thereby letting the Blues off the hook for some sloppy play. “To me, that’s the whole thing is we got home ice back again and we’ve got to find a way to keep it now”. “Obviously, with the bigger picture, with the Snider family, we want to go home and get this a little closer”. Although those are the most popular mistakes, clearly it’s mistakes like a missed travel or a lengthy missed offside call like last night that can turn the tide in a game. “Corey!” with a 2-1 lead early in the second by stuffing Carl Gunnarsson in front of the net and making a nifty glove save on Jori Lehtera. NY quickly took advantage as Pulock scored just 13 seconds later, sending the sellout crowd into another frenzy. He finished with 33 saves. “Give their goaltender credit, I think he played a great game again”, Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews said.

Hitchcock: “Both teams have dialed it up significantly since game 68 and 81 that we played these are completely different games”.

“We looked like the Washington Generals a few times“, said Hitchcock, evoking a little Harlem Globetrotters lore.

“That’s a tough one”.

The Blackhawks had a chance to build on their lead, but a shot by Andrew Ladd clanked both posts with 6:19 left in the period.

Early in the third period, Patrik Berglund snapped a wrist shot as he entered the Blackhawks’ zone and it ricocheted off Michal Rozsival’s skate, took a amusing bounce on the ice, and knuckle-balled past Crawford to even the score 2-2. You might just try and understand how they saw the play and share how you saw it, even saying something like I can see why you would see the play that way but I think if you consider this it might change your perspective.

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