The St. Louis Blues fell to the Chicago Blackhawks for the second time in a row at the Madhouse, in Overtime, 3 to 4. The Blues trailed early and were playing from behind for a majority of the game until the third period. The series is now tied up a two a piece, and game five will be the tie breaker for someone to take the lead.
The first period allowed no goals for either team but that all changed in the second period. Andrew Shaw and the Blackhawks took advantage of a power play opportunity and scored the first goal of the game. Patrick Kane would increase the Blackhawk’s lead 2 to 0 in the second period.
The Blues rallied and never gave up at any point in the game. Two late second period goals would help the Blues gain the momentum that they would need in the third period. Vladimir Tarasenko netted his first goal of the night on a power play opportunity, with a wrist shot from the top of the circle that fired passed Crawford’s blocker. Then, there were 3.1 seconds left in the second period when Maxim Lapierre’s shot from the dot trickled over the glove of Crawford, to tie the game.
The Blues had all the momentum at the start of the third period, but it wasn’t until the twelve minute mark that Tarasenko would get his second goal and give the Blue’s the 3 to 2 lead. The Blues could not hold onto the lead as Bryan Bickell scored with just under four minutes to go in the game.
This would be yet another Blues vs Blackhawks game that would take to Overtime before delivering a winner. The Madhouse gave the Blackhawks some energy as they came out to the puck drop. The Blues were over handling the puck, not making simple plays, and most importantly not taking the shot when there was one available. In overtime you need to put everything on net, the Blues were just trying to do too much which caused a turn over. This turnover cost the Blues the game. Patrick Kane score the overtime game winning goal for the Blackhawks, knotting up the series up at two.
Game five of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be in St.Louis, on Friday the 25th, at 7PM CST.