Thursday, April 24, 2014

Playoffs: Blackhawks vs Blues
Game 4 OT Win

"Ember to Inferno"

The Blackhawks carried the momentum of their game three shutout win into game four Wednesday night. The Blackhawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead and it looked like the game was over, but the Blues had other plans, scoring three straight goals at the end of the second and beginning of the third periods. The Blackhawks woke up long enough to tie the game back up and eventually send the game to overtime. It was a see-saw overtime and the Blackhawks ended it just over halfway through, and the Hawks headed back to St. Louis all tied up.

The Good

  • If you were writing the first goal of this game as a story, you would have to have your hero with the tragic flaw, like Andrew Shaw taking dumb penalties. And then you would have that hero score a hard working goal to redeem himself. That is exactly what happened. Shaw batted a puck out of the air and into the net with his back to the net, on the powerplay no less. You want to condemn him for his stupid play, but he ALWAYS bails himself out. He was the only Hawk that was a minus 2, but he had the goal that made you forget all about that.
  • Late in the second period, Johnny Oduya rushed the puck up to Miller's right. When he was absolutely out of room, he sent a perfect pass rink wide to a breaking Patrick Kane, who was able to cleanly beat Miller for a 2-0 Hawks lead. If that pass was 6 inches either way, the play was a bust. Oduya as perfect on that one.
  • Bryan Bickell decided to add to his playoff legend with just under 4 minutes left in the game. He station his big ass in front of Ryan Miller and tipped a long Rozsival shot just inside the post to tie the game up. They didn't deserve to be tied at this point, but they were.
  • In overtime, The Lineblender was in full effect. Ben Smith was centering Kane and Sharp, which is not a terrible option. Just makes one wonder what took so long.
  • About halfway through the overtime, the Blues got caught very similar to what happened to the Hawks on the Blues third goal. The result was very similar. When Patrick Kane is leading the rush in overtime, opposing goalies should be terrified. Game, Set, Match.
  • Hey not so bad without Seabrook, eh?
The Bad

  • Good for the Blackhawks but bad for the Blues, David Backes didn't dress for this one.
  • Max LuckyPierre started up where he left off in game 3 by tripping Brookbank and forcing him awkwardly into the board, just moments into the game.
  • The Blackhawks took a litany of stupid, sloppy penalties in the second period.
  • With the Tarasenko goal, the Blues found their stride, and just a minute later the Blackhawks were caught chasing a bouncing puck around like a puppy with a superball. The biggest douche on the ice, Lapierre, ended up with the goal with just 3 seconds remaining in the period.
  • The way the Blackhawks were playing in the third period, it was just a matter of time before the Blues struck. Vlad Tarasenko was the guy that made them pay, again. Four Hawks players were caught late in a shift and deep in the Blues zone. The Blues came out 2-on-1 and Tarasenko beat Crawford to take the lead, with about 8 minutes left in the game.
  • Schwartz and Berglund were each minus 3. Woofaroo!
  • Not Crawford's best game but the Hawks survived. Neither goalie was really that exceptional, but Crawford was slightly better than Mr. Allstar Miller.
The Ugly

  • Steve Ott really said a lot about himself, trying to start a fight with the 100 year old Michael Handzus. What a total scumbag.
  • Tarasenko was able to finally break the Blues scoreless streak late in the second period. Kane was sent off for one of those stupid delay of game penalties and Tarasenko score just a few seconds into the kill.

Here are the video highlights:

I forgot this after game 3, but here we go:


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