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Chicago blows by the Blues, but the race remains wicked in the west

Posted By Kelly Barrett On Feb 21 2011 @ 10:59 pm In Chicago Blackhawks | No Comments

The Hawks, from the Windy City, flew into St. Louis and left the Blues singing a sad tune.   After a shootout win over the Penguins yesterday at home, Chicago hit the road and Blew by the Blues 5-3.

The Blues scored the first and only two goals in the first period.   They came out strong against Chicago, and it looked like the Hawks were going to have a long game.  I don’t know what happened in that locker room after the first period, but it was like a different team emerged than in the first.

Viktor Stalberg [1] would start things off right away for Chicago, from a faceoff at 2:18 getting one from Kopecky & Johnson [2].  Only 1 minute later, Bolland would get another from Hossa, and Bickell.  This clearly was a different Chicago team.  Patrick Sharp stated on NHL on the Fly that after coming off a win against Pittsburgh, and playing the way they did in the first period tonight was unacceptable, and they needed to step up their game.  That they did, because about 3 minutes later, Patrick Kane would score his 20th from Toews and Sharp.  This is starting to look like the Hawks that we are all familiar with.  Just when you thought it couldn’t get better, at 12:40 in the third, Toews joins Kane and scores his 20th point from Kane and Seabrook.

It was 4-2 going into the 3rd.  The Blues were singing a different tune.  St. Louis would try to come back, and got one by Crawford, who has been playing a lot of games over Turco.  He has been great for this team.  Crawford has played in 34 games winning 19 out of 12.  Turco has seen 28 games winning 11 and losing 11.

That would be all for the Blues, as Chicago played excellent D in the third, not giving St. Louis a chance to score on the Powerplay.  Hossa would close the deal with an empty netter making it 5-3.  Not exactly how you may have thought this game was going to turn out after watching the first period.

Chicago gained 2 points, but the West is so close that Minnesota, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago and Anaheim all have 68 points!  What a close race this is, as Patrick Sharp also realized, and stated in an interview, that it will come down to the last 5 games, so they will need to keep up their play as it has been in these last few wins.    The Hawks are off until Thursday as they visit sunny Florida to take on the Panthers who have 57 points and are are also trying to fight for a playoff spot.

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