The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues squared off in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last night at the Scotttrade Center. This postseason marks the third time in four years that the Blues and Hawks have faced off in the first round of the playoffs. The Blackhawks have won both previous meetings.
When the Blackhawks and Blues face each other in the playoffs, it’s no secret that the games are going to be action-packed, stressful, heart-stopping, stressful and probably feature some sudden-death overtime hockey. Oh, and did I mention stressful?
Over the last three seasons, the Blackhawks and Blues have played seven postseason games. In those seven games, five of them have gone to OT including four straight games at the Scotttrade Center. The Blues have won three of those four games.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that the game unfolded just as expected. The Blues dominated the game physically and outhit the Blackhawks 41-18 in regulation while the Blackhawks dominated the offensive attack and outshot the Blues 28-16.
Despite all of the hard-hitting and fast-paced hockey, neither team could find the back of the net for the first 60 minutes of the game and the two teams headed to OT in the first game of the playoffs.
In OT, Blues defenseman Colton Parayko took a delay of game penalty just seven seconds into the period. The Blackhawks, however, could not capitalize on that power play (or any other power play) as they went 0-5 on the PP in Game 1. Nine minutes and four seconds into the OT period, Blues captain David Backes threw a pass across the front of the net that redirected off Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (TvR) and snuck past Corey Crawford to give the Blues the 1-0 win in Game 1 and the 1-0 lead in the series.
After the game, a disappointed TvR told reporters, “Obviously, not what you want there. Tough break, but just gotta come back ready next game.”
If the Blackhawks have taught their fans anything, it’s that they’re always ready to come back. The Blackhawks and Blues face off for Game 2 on Friday night at 7 p.m.