Biggest Takeways from Start of Chicago Blackhawks' 1st-Round Playoff Matchup

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Biggest Takeways from Start of Chicago Blackhawks' 1st-Round Playoff Matchup
Nam Y. Huh

The Chicago Blackhawks spent the most critical moments of Game 4 of their playoff series with the St. Louis Blues balancing on the precipice.

With one good break, they were in position to get right back into the series. With one mistake or bad break, the Blues would have had them down by a 3-1 margin.

The fates smiled kindly on the defending Stanley Cup champions, as Patrick Kane blew a hard wrist shot by Ryan Miller midway through the first overtime to give the Blackhawks a 4-3 victory. That squared the playoff series at 2-2.

The series has reached a critical point, and here are the biggest takeaways thus far from this first-round matchup.

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