Recap: Blues beat Blackhawks 4-1, move closer to playoffs

  

The Blackhawks got another chance to play spoiler versus the St. Louis Blues last night at the UC, in what appeared to be the final home game of 3-time Stanley Cup winner Patrick Sharp’s career.

Opting to dress 7 defensemen due to injuries/illness at forward, the Hawks’ lines and pairings were:

Sharp-Schmaltz-Kane

Saad-Anisimov-Martinsen

Sikura-Ejdsell-Debrincat

Kampf-Hinostroza

Keith–Seabrook

Gustafsson–Murphy

Hillman–Rutta–Oesterle

JF Berube was in net Wednesday night in St. Louis for a Hawk win, so clearly he deserved to keep the night for one more night—or at least the start of it. Former Hawk backup Carter Hutton replaced the goat of Wednesday night’s game, Jake Allen, in net for St. Louis.

First period.

The two teams played evenly though much of the first period. It wasn’t until 1:43 of the first when Blues’ forward Patrick Bergund deflected a Joel Edmondson point shot past Berube, making it 1-0 St. Louis. The period would end at that score, with the Blues leading in shots 10-5.

Second period.

It was a quick and scoreless second stanza, with the shots favoring St. Louis 9-7, making the totals for the game 21-12 Blues.

Third period.

The Hawks looked to be jumping back into the game at 11:52, when Patrick Kane found a pinching Erik Gustafsson on a nifty cross-ice pass that Gustafsson blew past Hutton stick side. 1-1.

But then the wheels came off. 16 seconds later, Berglund got his second goal off a rebound with a St. Louis forward parked right on top of Berube. 2-1, Blues.

At 7:20, an unmolested Jaden Schwartz blasted a shot from the slot, beating Berube, after Keith made an inexplicably soft, bad attempt to work a puck along the end board to Seabrook, which was swallowed up by a St. Louis forward and kicked out to Schwartz. Berube, meanwhile, became mesmerized by what was going on behind him, and failed to get adequately set when the puck went to Schwartz. 3-1 Blues.

The Hawks were put out of their misery by Berglund’s third goal of the night, an empty netter at 1:11.

The good.

He didn’t do much in the game, or even really this season, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t offer—on behalf of The-Rink.com—a full-throated salute to Sharp. He was an integral player on several great Hawk teams and filled nets around the NHL with a lot of big goals while wearing the Indianhead. Thank you, Sharpie.

Secondarily, the Blues came, played hard and physical, and behind a (mostly) steady hand in Hutton, took care of business in a must-win road game.

Gustafsson had the lone Hawk goal. Gustafsson is great as far as knowing when and how to pinch and he has a good shot.

The bad.

Keith was -4 in this game, Seabrook -2, Artem Anisimov -3. The Hawks were outshot 35-20. The Hawks remain absolutely terrible in their end, which was compounded tonight by their best defenseman, Keith, having a lousy outing.

The ugly.

The much-celebrated Gustafsson is awful at actual ‘defense.’ Period. For next season, the Hawks need defensemen who can actually defend. At least a couple of them that they don’t have now.

Summary.

You really got the sense in this game, especially the third period, that the Hawks are thinking more about their new sets of gold clubs and summer conditioning programs than they are winning hockey games. It’s not surprising. Sort of disappointing to watch, however. This painful, miserable and puzzling season ends tonight in Winnipeg. We’ll have a preview and a recap.

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  • #6457
    John Jaeckel
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    The Blackhawks got another chance to play spoiler versus the St. Louis Blues last night at the UC, in what appeared to be the final home game of 3-tim
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    Apparently, all goalies are Vikings

    #6458
    Alan Parsons
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    My Keith theory stands.  He hates Sharp and he did nothing last night to prove otherwise.  Watch Keith go back to top form next season after Sharp is gone.   Keith has not given 2 fucks all season.

    #6459
    Alan Parsons
    Participant

    Im not comparing Gus to Erik Karlsson, but Karlsson doesnt play much defense either.   The Penguins D hasnt played much defense the last couple of Cup runs either.  Gus needs a partner who is a free safety.  Let him loose.  His offense has the potential to even out his crappy defense.  Thats pretty much who he is.  I say, let him play.  Hes got great instincts in the O zone.  Find a shutdown guy and buy him.  Or two.  Or three.  Hes the best offensive defenseman they have.

    #6460
    paul allen
    Participant

    That doesn’t explain why every game there is at least one Keith or Toews turnover that leads to a great scoring chance or a goal.  I don’t get it – how can there be such a great dropoff in talent so quickly?  There are lots of talented players in the league that play well late into their 30’s.

    #6463
    Jeff Osborn
    Keymaster

    I think that Keith/Sharp stuff is all a fairy tale.  Keith is a weird guy.  He’s a simple canadian hillbilly.  Just a strange guy.

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    #6464
    Jeff Osborn
    Keymaster

    and BTW, #JJHatesGus and #JJHatesSchmaltz


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    #6465
    John Jaeckel
    Keymaster

    and BTW, #JJHatesGus and #JJHatesSchmaltz @doublej

     

    Suspicious of Schmaltz. Hates “Gus.”

    Apparently, all goalies are Vikings

    #6467
    Chico Maki
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    Gustafson, IMO, is playing out of position.  He has very good offensive instincts.  But he sucks on defense.  And the GM if this team signed him to a raise.

    Schmaltz skates very well. Very good at stealing pucks. Can’t win a face off to save his testicles. Doesn’t shoot enough.

     

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