Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues Game 1: Live Score and Highlights

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues Game 1: Live Score and Highlights
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If the first game of the series between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues is any indication, this series is going to be a memorable one.

The Blues took the longest game in their history when Alex Steen scored 26 seconds into the third overtime and earned a 4-3 victory.

The Blues have a 1-0 lead on the defending Stanley Cup champions. Game Two will be played in St. Louis on Saturday.

St. Louis 4, Chicago 3 (3 OT)

Crawford could not control the rebound on that original shot, and Ott found the puck and made a perfect pass to Steen, who lifted it into the net. However, don't forget about Miller, who was on top of his game after a poor first period. 

 

St. Louis 4, Chicago 3 (3 OT)

Bouwmeester is back on the ice. He had cramps, but he has returned and starts the third period on the ice. He plays a role as the Blues get a goal early in the third session on a goal by Alex Steen. Steen took the original shot, Steve Ott controlled the rebound and made a perfect touch pass to Steen who scored the winner seconds into the third OY.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (Start of Third OT)

Once the game goes this long, it is usually decided on a defensive giveaway. Players are prone to make bad mistakes. 

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (End of Second OT)

Sharp nearly gets a second breakaway in the final seconds, but he's crunched to the boards and the second overtime ends. These two teams will need at least three overtime periods to decide their first playoff game of the year. 

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (Second OT)

Sharp gets a breakaway after taking a perfect pass from Handzus, but Miller stones him. Sharp went to the glove side, and Miller was prepared. 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (Second OT)

The Blackhawks kill the penalty and there's less than five minutes remaining in the second overtime. 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (Second OT)

Backes in front of the net creating havoc, but he can't get free as Johnny Oduya keeps him away from the puck.

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (Second OT)

Shaw gets called for grabbing Maxim Lapierre and pulling him down. The Blues go on the power with 7:18 remaining in the second OT.

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (Second OT)

Pietrangelo leads all skater with 39:25 of ice time as we pass the midway point of the second overtime.

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (Second OT)

Fatigue is now a huge factor. Both coaches are trying to keep the shifts as short as possible. The Blues have been at a disadvantage without Bouwmeester, who has not been seen since midway through the first overtime. Their defense is getting quite stressed.

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (Second OT)

The Blackhawks nearly had a two-man advantage as Steve Ott seemed to send the puck over the glass yet again. However, the officials did not make the call after a long conference. Chicago can't score and we are back to five skaters each.

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (Second OT)

The Blues are called for their second delay of game penalty as the puck goes out of play. The Blackhawks go on the power play and Ryan Reaves goes into the penalty box.

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (Second OT)

Kane turns it over to Pietrangelo, and he goes in on Crawford 2-on-1 with Morrow. Pietrangelo fires a shot to the corner, but Crawford with the huge save. The game goes on. 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (Second OT)

Kane with a nice move early in the second overtime, but he's thwarted by the Blues defense.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (Start of second OT)

Patrick Kane has six shots on goal for the Blackhawks. Chris Porter has six for the Blues. Here we go.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (End of OT)

 

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (End of OT)

The Blues have outshot the Blackhawks 37-36 through 80 minutes of hockey. This has been an extremely well-played and exciting game. 

 

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (End of OT)

Both goaltenders have found their rhythm, and we could be here quite a while. Miller appeared to have a nightmarish start, but he's doing much better now.

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (2:30, OT)

Steen loads up twice for the Blues, but the Blackhawks blunt those drives. The Blackhawks have not allowed much in this overtime.

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (OT)

The Blues survive Sobotka's gaffe as they kill off the penalty.

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (OT)

Toews makes a stellar pass to Kane, and Miller robs him.

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (6:58, OT)

Sobotka tries to clear the puck from his own zone and it goes over the glass. That means the Blackhawks will have a two-minute power play to try to win this well-played opener. Sobotka can't believe he lifted the puck that high, as he just meant to clear the puck out of the zone.

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (OT)

Versteeg steals the puck for the Blackhawks, waits and rips a shot at Miller. The Blues' goalie makes the save. He has calmed down after a poor first period.

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (OT)

The Blackhawks are dominating in the face-off circle, 47-32. Could be crucial as overtime goes on.

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (OT)

Hossa carries the puck into the St. Louis zone, and fends off the defense with one arm. He gets the puck to Sharp, who fires a wrister. Miller gobbles it up and we play on. 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (OT)

Shaw with an excellent backhand-forehand move, but Miller makes the save. Sobotka with a blast from the point for the Blues, but it goes wide.

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (OT)

Chicago with the early pressure and an offsides call against the Blackhawks may have saved the Blues. 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (Start of overtime)

Overtime is underway. Backes line vs. the Toews line. 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (End of 3rd period)

That longest game: Detroit's Mud Bruneteau scored the only goal of the game at the 16:30 mark of the sixth overtime to beat goalie Lorne Chabot and the long-departed Montreal Maroons. That was nearly the equivalent of a hockey tripleheader. The game was played March 24, 1936.

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (End of 3rd period)

For the uninitiated, playoff overtime is nothing like it appears in the regular season. We play sudden death overtime. If neither team scores after the first overtime, the teams retire to the dressing room for 15 minutes and the ice is resurfaced. Then they go at it until somebody scores, 20 minutes at a time. Double and triple overtimes are not unusual, but it could end early. The all-time record: six overtimes.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (End of 3rd period)

After Schwartz scored that tying goal, he got in the way of a Niklas Hjalmarsson shot from the point and blocked it. He was in a great deal of pain on the bench, but he'll shake that off when overtime begins.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (End of 3rd period)

The Blackhawks stem the tide, and then put on some of their own pressure. That means the first game of the series is going to overtime. 

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (1:45, 3rd period)

Joel Quenneville calls timeout for the Blackhawks as he tries to stem the momentum for the Blues. It doesn't seem to work as the Blues are pressuring Chicago.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 3 (1:45, 3rd period)

Under two minutes and the Blues are hemming in the Blackhawks. The puck finds Jaden Schwartz, and he backhands it by Crawford for the tying goal.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (3rd period)

Steen follows with another rush and he takes a blistering shot from the top of the left circle. Crawford extends his left glove and keeps it from going in the top corner.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (3:30, 3rd period)

Steen with an excellent opportunity between the circles, but he can't get all of it and he shoots it wide. Then Toews gets a chance at the other end, and he is stopped by Miller. 

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (3rd period)

 

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (3rd period)

The Blues are desperate for the tying goal, but the Blackhawks are controlling the neutral zone. The Blues cannot enter the offensive zone with speed or momentum.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (3rd period)

 

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (7:45, 3rd period)

Both penalties are over and the score remains the same. However, Jaden Schwartz with some outstanding puck possession before passing to Vladimir Sobotka. The shifty Sobotka puts a nifty backhand on Crawford, but he keeps it out of the net. 

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (3rd period)

The power play gets wiped out as Patrick Kane's stick comes up on Alex Pietrangelo. That means it's 4-on-4 hockey. It should open things up again.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (3rd period)

The game is getting much more physical as Hjalmarsson and Steve Ott each register big hits for their team. Reaves to the box for tripping and the Blackhawks are trying to set up their power play attack.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (11:22, 3rd period)

The Blues kill the penalty and as Backes comes back on the ice, the Blues have a 3-on-2. Lapierre gets the puck and rings one off the post. We were inches from the score getting tied up. 

Kane gets taken down and the Blackhawks go back on the power play.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (3rd period)

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (3rd period)

David Backes is going to the penalty box as he trips Marcus Kruger. It could have been tripping, interference or high sticking, and the call was high sticking.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (3rd period)

The Blues are having some trouble with their own breakouts and they are not mounting much pressure on Crawford. 

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (3rd period)

The pace is picking up in the third. Smith and Hossa with good chances for the Blackhawks, but Chicago can't cash in.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (3rd period)

Pietrangelo with a vicious backhander that gets a piece of Oduya's stick and goes wide by inches. The Blues could have tied it up in the first minute of the third period.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (20:00 3rd period)

Play is underway in the third period. Blackhawks assistant coach told play-by-play man Pat Foley that he thought his team may have played better in the second than it did in the first. "We just couldn't bury those chances," Kitchen said.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (Start of 3rd period)

Even though he's coming off a broken hand, Tarasenko has clearly been the Blues' best player and may be the best from either team tonight.

 

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (End of 2nd period)

 

 

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (End of 2nd period)

Kane was right, a much different second period. The Blackhawks had some good chances early while the Blues had some decent chances late. However, we're at the same point we were at the end of one. The Blackhawks take a one-goal lead into the third period.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (2nd period)

Cracknell with another chance from the slot, but he whips it high and off the glass. After a slow start in this period, the Blues are starting to get it done offensively. At least in terms of pressure. 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (2nd period)

The Blues are starting to use their physical game. Ryan Reaves with two big hits on that sequence.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (5:00, 2nd period)

Steen wins a race for the Blues and makes a perfect pass to Steve Ott. The former Buffalo Sabre wrists a shot at the far corner, but Crawford stops him. If Ott had gone upstairs with that shot, it would have been a goal.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (2nd period)

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (2nd period)

The Blues scored on four of 15 power play opportunities vs. the Blackhawks during the regular season. Schwartz has a couple of shots blocked. Very little is getting through to Crawford and the penalty is over.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (2nd period)

The Blues go on the power play as Versteeg goes to the penalty box for tripping.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (2nd period)

 

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (9:55, 2nd period)

Tarasenko nearly had a breakaway, but he slipped and could not get a shot off. The Blues are not putting the kind of pressure on Crawford that they did in the first period as we go past the halfway point of the second period

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (11:50, in 2nd period)

The Blues got off to a slow start in the second, but the linesmen appear to miss an icing call. Tarasenko gets two excellent chances and Crawford sprawls to keep the puck out of the net.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (2nd period)

The Blues do a much better job on this penalty and keep the Blackhawks off the scoreboard, but Chicago puts on the pressure and nearly scored seconds after the man advantage came to an end. Patrick Sharp had the best opportunity once again.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (2nd period)

The Blackhawks are pressing the attack and Handzus is tripped by Jordan Leopold. Chicago back to the power play.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (2nd period)

Sobotka saves a goal by lifting the stick of Marian Hossa after Versteeg has time and gives him a nice pass. Patrick Sharp takes the puck to the net, but Miller stops him.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (2nd period)

A little slower pace to the start of the second period. When Kane sends a wrister in on Miller and he makes the stop, he hears about it from the St. Louis crowd.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (2nd period)

The puck drops and back to the races. Patrick Kane told CSN Chicago that he didn't expect that another five goals will be scored in the second period. We shall see.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (20:00 to go in second)

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (End 1st)

 

 

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (End 1st)

Schwartz nearly ties it for St. Louis, but an excellent defensive play by Saad prevents the goal. Then the Blues get another chance in the dying seconds. Crawford keeps Backes from tying it up. The Blackhawks score on three of their seven shot in the first period.

 

Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (1:35)

The Blues have had a slew of great chances on the power play, and Crawford stops them. Then Kane takes a breakway pass and he whips a shot past Miller, who looked completely stunned. The puck went five-hole. 

Chicago 2, St. Louis 2 

Sharp was called for crosschecking and he got his stick up and into the ribs of Shattenkirk. The Blackhawks have given up just 12 power play goals in their last 33 games.

Chicago 2, St. Louis 2 

Patrick Sharp is going to the penalty box for the Blackhawks. The Blues head to the power play for the first time tonight. 

 

Chicago 2, St. Louis 2 (4:08) 

Tarasenko, who hasn't played for a month, takes a pass from Shattenkirk and whips it past Crawford. The offense has it in the early going.

 

Chicago 2, St. Louis 1 (5:21) 

Versteeg with the patience behind the net and he finds Brent Seabrook streaking into the circle. Seabrook fires the shot past Miller and the Blackhawks lead for the first time tonight.

 

St. Louis 1, Chicago 1 (7:04)

Barrett Jackman called for interference and Chicago goes on the first power play. The Blackhawks have only score three power play goals in their last three games.

St. Louis 1, Chicago 1 

 

 

St. Louis 1, Chicago 1 

The Blues mount a thrust of their own right away, and there is plenty of action around Crawford. The Blackhawks' goalie holds his ground, and the Blues can't untie the game.

 

St. Louis 1, Chicago 1 (8:34)

Tarasenko beats his check and gets up the left side. He fires a shot on Crawford, but it is easily turned aside. Saad takes it the other way for the Blackhawks and he spins, finds a streaking Johnny Oduya driving into the zone and the defenseman picks the corner on a shot to the far side.

 

St. Louis 1, Chicago 0

 

 

St. Louis 1, Chicago 0

Backes with a hard drive from the right circle and Crawford makes the save. The Blackhawks take it the other way, and Kris Versteeg wings a shot and Miller turns it aside.

 

St. Louis 1, Chicago 0

The Blackhawks were credited with 1,375 hits this year. That ranked last in the NHL. They only outhit their opponents in five games this season.

 

St. Louis 1, Chicago 0 

 

 

St. Louis 1, Chicago 0

A huge weight is off the Blues' shoulders since they got the first goal. They dropped their last six games of the regular season and need something to feel good about.

 

St. Louis 1, Chicago 0 (15:20)

The Blackhawks can't control in their own zone as Handzus falls. Pietrangelo gets the puck and it gets to the front of the net. Adam Cracknell pokes it into a wide open net.

 

St. Louis 0, Chicago 0 (1st period) 

 

St. Louis 0, Chicago 0 (1st period)

The Blackhawks ice the puck and the Blues get a decent chance as they try to assert themselves physically. Morrow in good position but he can't get his stick on the puck.

 

St. Louis 0, Chicago 0 (1st period)

The game is under way and there will be plenty of pressure on Blues goalie Ryan Miller, who has not won in over two weeks. 

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