In typical Blues/Blackhawks fashion, this game started out with a lot of back and forth. The teams traded offensive opportunities early and traded penalties early.
No sooner could one team get going on the power play than the other side would take a penalty. They went back and forth from 4 on 4 hockey to short power plays with 4 penalties being called, 2 on each squad.
Moments later, Jake Allen came way out of net to poke check the puck away and then scrambled to his feet and stopped another shot to keep it a 1 -goal lead.
Maroon created another goal when he skated into the offensive end and put the puck on net. He skated on through and circled all the way back around the zone and separated Brent Seabrook from the puck with a big hit on the boards. That led to O’Reilly finding the puck and centering to Vladimir Tarasenko. Vladi got a shot on goal and then stuffed home the rebound to go up 2-0 at the 17:22 mark.
Chicago tied the game early in the 2nd on a Patrick Kane goal. There was traffic in front of the net and Allen couldn’t find the puck.
Jordan Kyrou used his speed and drew a hooking penalty but before the Blues could get the power play set they were whistled for too many men on the ice. More 4 on 4 play and then a Chicago power play that the Blues killed off.
As play opened up it appeared that the Blues had an odd-man rush but Alex Steen lost an edge and Chicago counter-attacked. A Kane shot on goal was saved by Allen but the rebound fell to Marcus Kruger who stuffed it home. The Blues were not able to get back and support Allen as they were caught too deep in their offensive end on the rush.
The period ended with Chicago now holding a 3-2 lead.
Mike Yeo changed up the forward lines to start the third. The old line from last year of Schenn-Schwartz-Tarasenko worked together. Kyrou was on with Maroon and O’Reilly. Early in the period Colton Parayko nearly scored again as his shot hit the pipe.
The Blues continued to make an offensive push and Sammy Blais draws a penalty to put the Blues on the power play again.
It appeared that Blackhawk goalie Cam Ward had made a miraculous save on Tarasenko but moments later the horn sounded and reviews showed the puck had crossed the goal line. The game was tied 3-3.
22 seconds later, defenseman Chris Butler scored to put the Blues up 4-3. But just 2:39 later Toews tied it again at 4-4. Jake saved the initial shot but the rebound wasn’t cleared and Toews took advantage.
On a late power play the Blues controlled the puck for nearly the entire two minutes but couldn’t score.
The Blues looked a bit sloppy to me in the OT. They gave up a breakaway to Toews who scored the game-winner for a hat trick.
A point for Ann OT loss is better than nothing.
Our new guys are coming together. Give them another few games.
ROR is a puck hound.
Maroon is tough.
Kyrou’s speed is a difference maker.
The defense was out of position too often.
You can’t be calling for Jake Allen’s head. He has played well. The defense did not tonight.