The Chicago Blackhawks lost to the St. Louis Blues 4-3 in overtime in Game 2 of their Central division semifinal. The series heads back to the Chicago for Game 3 with the Blues up 2-0 in the best of seven series.
The Blues would come out of the gate and continue their play that dominated the Blackhawks late in Game 1. Chris Porter would put home a rebound off of a Jordan Leopold shot past Corey Crawford at 7:08 of the first period. The Blackhawks inability to finish off periods would continue to haunt them as a mad scramble would end in the Blues favor. Kevin Shattenkirk took advantage of the confusion and beat an out of position Crawford with a shot from the point with less than two seconds remaining in the period to give the Blues a 2-0 advantage at the end of the first period.
The Blackhawks would struggle with their composure in the second period and had to kill off three straight penalties in the first eight minutes. But Duncan Keith would beat Ryan Miller with a shot from the point at 17:25 to give the Blackhawks a chance heading into the third period.
In the third period, the Blackhawks would dominate early as Brent Seabrook beat Miller with a bullet from the slot to tie the game at 4:53. Momentum swung in the Blackhawks favor as Michal Rozsival had a shot deflect off a Blues defenseman and bounce past Miller at 6:38 to give the Blackhawks their first lead. But the game would start to turn ugly there as Bryan Bickell went to the penalty box for a knee on knee hit on Vladimir Sobotka at 13:55. On the ensuing power play, it would get uglier as Seabrook nailed David Backes in the head with his shoulder as Backes was turning to locate the puck at 15:09. Alex Steen jumped in and mugged Seabrook. However, Seabrook was the only player sent off as he was assessed a five minute major for charging and thrown out of the game. The Blackhawks would kill off the 5 on 3 but still had to kill off the rest of the penalty in regulation. With 6.4 seconds remaining, Vladimir Tarasenko fired a shot from the point that eluded several defenders and beat Crawford short side to tie the game.
In overtime, it was all Blues as they compiled a 7-2 edge in shots. Barett Jackman fired a shot from the left end boards that trickled through the five hole of Crawford and over the line at 5:50.
What it means
The Blackhawks lose both games to the Blues in extra periods. On Monday, the Blackhawks face a must win game at the United Center and are the fourth champion in the past seven years to lose their first two playoff games.
3 stars of the game
3. Vladimir Sobotka- Sobokta has been a force for the Blues in the first two games. In Game 2, Sobotka recorded 2 assists and was a plus two.
2. Vladimir Tarasenko- Tarasenko is becoming a Blackhawk killer. He tied the game in the final moments for his only goal of the game. In two games, Tarasenko has two goals. Tarasenko was a plus two and had two shots on goal.
1. Kevin Shattenkirk- Shattenkirk has had a heck of a series so far. In Game 2, Shattenkirk had one goal and two assists to give him a total of four points so far this series. It was an all around game for Shattenkirk who recorded a plus two with two hits in 27:00 of ice time.