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Blues outlast Blackhawks to win Game 1 in a triple overtime thriller, 4-3

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By Keith Schultz 

The Blues finished Game 1 of their series against the Blackhawks with a win — and it only took 100 minutes and 26 seconds to get it. Chicago led 3-2 for much of the game after a wild first period, but St. Louis scored the equalizer with 1:45 left in regulation when Jaden Schwartz put a backhander past goalie Corey Crawford. The two teams then slugged it out for two full overtime periods, both of which included plenty of end-to-end action but no goals. Finally, just 26 seconds into the third overtime, Steve Ott made a nifty pass to Alexander Steen, who scored the winning goal.

Here are some quick observations from the Blues’ marathon triple overtime win.

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  • Published On Apr 18, 2014
  • Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews ready for battle in Stanley Cup defense

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    Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks

    As go Patrick Kane (88) and Jonathan Toews (19), so go the Stanley Cup champions. (Bill Wippert/Getty Images)

    By Brian Hamilton

    CHICAGO – At 11:42 a.m. on Monday, Patrick Kane stopped at the edge of the rink at Johnny’s Ice House West, the Blackhawks’ auxiliary practice facility. He wiped down his stick before he skated onto the ice, double-tapped the blade and then dumped over a bucket of pucks before he went to work. A minute later, Jonathan Toews joined him. Chicago’s captain picked up one of the scattered discs and stick-handled through the face-off circle before flicking a shot into the upper right corner of an empty net.

    It was the first time since mid-March that the franchise cornerstones had skated together in public. They’d mostly been sequestered as they recovered from injuries – Kane’s knee, Toews’ nebulous “upper-body” – but here they were in full view as the Blackhawks’ defense of their Stanley Cup championship began. And not one other skater on the roster joined them. Aside from two goalies, it was just Kane and Toews and 20 brisk minutes of hard work. This was a fitting opening scene for the postseason: Chicago will go nowhere in the playoffs without its two Conn Smythe Trophy winners drawing everyone’s attention. But the Blackhawks are also going to need more than just Kane and Toews.

    “The first four games I was out, the team went 4-0,” Toews said with a smile, moments after leaving the ice and towelling off his sweat-soaked scalp. “It was looking pretty good for a while there. Our team has always done well dealing with key players being hurt, whether it’s guys like [Marian] Hossa or [Patrick Sharp] or Kaner, whatever. We’ve always found ways to step it up. Now when you get some top players back, it’s always about those guys fitting in and being part of the room. Nothing changes that way.”

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  • Published On Apr 17, 2014
  • 2014 NHL playoffs preview: St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks

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    Andrew Shaw of the Chicago Blackhawks and Ryan Miller of the St. Louis Blues

    With the Blues in free fall, the pressure will be on goalie Ryan Miller (39) against the Blackhawks. (Getty Images)

    By Brian Hamilton

    Regular season recaps

     Oct. 9: Blues 3, Blackhawks 2

    Oct. 17: Blues 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT)

    Dec. 28: Blues 6, Blackhawks 5 (OT)

    March 19: Blackhawks 4, Blues 0

    April 6: Blackhawks 4, Blues 2

    Notable injuries

    Blues: C David Backes (foot, day to day), C Patrik Berglund (upper body, out indefinitely), LW Brenden Morrow (broken foot, out indefinitely), RW Vladimir Tarasenko (fractured right hand; out indefinitely), RW T.J. Oshie (upper body, expected to return for Game 1)

    Blackhawks: C Jonathan Toews (upper body, expected to return for Game 1), RW Patrick Kane (knee, expected to return for Game 1)

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  • Published On Apr 15, 2014
  • GIF: Blackhawks’ Jeremy Morin misses check, goes for a ride on the boards

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    By Darian Somers

    Chicago Blackhawks forward Jeremy Morin completely missed his first period check on the Blues’ Patrik Berglund in Sunday afternoon’s game — and by completely missed, we mean he completely missed. His miscalculation sent him on a rail-slide down the dasher in front of Chicago’s bench all the way to the glass partition before he fell in amongst his sitting teammates, making for a funny moment in a rather tense game.

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  • Published On Apr 06, 2014
  • Wild’s Zach Parise returns to game despite vicious hit from Brandon Bollig

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    By Darian Somers

    It looked like Zach Parise wouldn’t return after this nasty hit from Chicago’s Brandon Bollig on Thursday night. But after a few tense minutes, Minnesota fans could sigh in relief.

    Parise had to be helped off the ice by the Wild’s training staff during the second period and he was taken down the tunnel to be examined. About two minutes after the hit,  Parise returned and continued playing, finishing the night with no points in his 23:20 of ice time during Minnesota’s 3-2 shootout loss.

    Bollig was not issued a penalty for the hit.


  • Published On Apr 03, 2014
  • Jonathan Toews of Chicago Blackhawks to miss rest of NHL regular season

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    By Allan Muir

    Just when it seemed like things couldn’t get worse for the stumbling Blackhawks, coach Joel Quenneville announced on Wednesday that captain Jonathan Toews will miss the rest of the regular season as a result of an upper-body injury suffered during Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Penguins.

    Toews was hurt when he was slammed into the boards by Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik. Toews left the ice holding his arm and did not return to the game.

    Quenneville alleviated the gloom by saying that he expected Toews to be “100 percent” for the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but his absence will cause problems down the stretch. The Hawks are locked in a tight battle with the Avalanche for home-ice advantage in their first-round matchup. Chicago is currently in third-place in the Central Division, and trails Colorado by three points with just six games remaining.

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  • Published On Apr 02, 2014
  • VIDEO: Jonathan Toews leaves games vs. Penguins after hit from Brooks Orpik

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    By Mike McMahon

    Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was forced to leave Sunday’s action against the Pittsburgh Penguins after taking a heavy hit into the corner boards from defenseman Brooks Orpik.

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  • Published On Mar 30, 2014
  • Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane to miss significant time with lower-body injury

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    Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks got his legs tangled up with Brenden Morrow in the second period. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    Patrick Kane got his legs tangled up with Brenden Morrow in the second period. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    By Mike McMahon

    The Blackhawks flew past the Blues 4-0 on Wednesday night, but it wasn’t all smiles after the game for Chicago as the team got news that it may be without All-Star winger Patrick Kane for the remainder of the regular season.

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  • Published On Mar 20, 2014
  • Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville gets 700th win

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    Joel Quenneville has helped lead the Blackhawks into the NHL's elite over the past few years. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

    Joel Quenneville has shaped the Blackhawks into one the NHL’s elite teams in recent years. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

    By Mike McMahon

    With Wednesday night’s 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville became just the third coach in NHL history to reach 700 regular season wins, joining Hall of Famers Scotty Bowman (1,244) and Al Arbour (782).

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  • Published On Mar 19, 2014
  • Blackhawks topple Penguins in Soldier Field’s wintry wonderland

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    The Stadium Series game will go a long way in redefining Jonathan Toews' 'Captain Serious' persona, while also exposing the Pens' defensive issues. (David E. Klutho/SI)

    The Stadium Series win will help redefine Jonathan Toews’ ‘Captain Serious’ persona. (David E. Klutho/SI)

    By Allan Muir

    Here are nine quick thoughts after Chicago’s 5-1 win over Pittsburgh in the finale of the 2013-14 NHL Stadium Series:

    • When NHL execs pitched an expanded outdoor schedule for this season and planted a Pittsburgh-Chicago match at Soldier Field less than a week after the Olympics, their expectations couldn’t possibly have exceeded the reality these two teams delivered tonight.

    If there was a bounce to be generated after Sochi, this event delivered everything that might hook the casual fan. From the magical snow-globe images to the marquee teams to 17 Olympic heroes, including Team Canada captains Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews, this was as thrilling as a 5-1 rout can be.

    I’ll admit the lousy conditions took me right out of this year’s Winter Classic but the challenges of inch-deep snow that coated the sheet at Soldier Field seemed more charming, or at least more visually appealing, than the hard, bouncy ice that plagued the big game at the Big House. Passes left a wake like a cruise ship and skidded to an early halt like that high-tech puck in the Bridgestone ads. Every hard stop sent a sheet of snow cascading into the air. Even the sound of the blades chittering across the ice was different, somehow more exotic. This, finally, was real pond hockey. The elements were an additional player, not an impediment, and the game was better for them.

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  • Published On Mar 02, 2014


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