Certain games you just don't want to leave early, and that was the case between the visiting St. Louis Blues and the host Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night, for their first match-up of the five times they are expected to meet this season. This game had just about everything that you would want to see as a hockey fan, and it's time to start going through the pieces and see just what happened.
The goalies were getting batted around early in the game, as there was a total of seven goals allowed in the opening frame. It started with Marko Dano getting his first goal of the 2015 season for the Blackhawks. The Blues had a turnover in their own zone that was forced by a great defensive play by Ryan Hartman, who earned the assist to put the Blackhawks up 1-0 just two minutes into the game. Less than a minute later the Blues would respond though, as Alexander Steen got his sixth goal of the season on a deflection with assists being credited to both Colton Parayko and Vladimir Tarasenko.
Andrew Shaw would hit a penalty shot after Joel Edmundson was called for tripping on a breakaway. He went back to pass Brian Elliott by going to his left and getting it on the outside. A few minutes later Teuvo Teravainen would score on a put back to put the Blackhawks up two. Trevor Daley had the initial shot and got the assist.
It was quiet for almost nine minutes before the Blues would get on the board again. As, Robby Fabbri held the puck on a three on two attack and no one picked him up as he let his teammates skate ahead before firing one past Corey Crawford for his second goal of the season.
The Blackhawks would respond again though as Brent Seabrook took a pass from Patrick Kane and Teravainen to slapshot one in from the blue line past Elliott. That was enough of Elliott in this game as they would replace him with Jake Allen after four goals in the opening period. David Backes would get a penalty for interference and then Kane would get a goal of his own as Shaw blocked Allen to make it 5-2 Blackhawks in the first period.
In the second period the Blues started their comeback. Steen got another goal on a deflection as Parayko attempted the shot and Jay Bouwmeester was also credited with an assist as the puck would hit off of Crawford and slowly meander across the line. Bouwmeester would score a goal of his own on a power play late in the period. Troy Brower found a way to get the puck to him when two defenders were trying to take the puck away. Scott Gomez was also credited with an assist on the play. Backes would end up tying the game in the second period with just 33 seconds remaining. Alex Pietrangelo, and Fabbri were credited with the assists on the play as Fabbri returned the favor from Backes assist to him earlier in the game.
The third period actually saw no goals scored surprisingly. The Hawks had two power plays after penalties on Steen for both tripping and hooking in the period. They also outshot the Blues by a total of 14-7 in the period. But the Blackhawks would squander those opportunities. Artem Anisimov had a great chance on a one timer but Allen was able to catch it with his glove hand.
In the overtime period, the Blackhawks had the first good shot as Patrick Kane would shoot on a 3 on 1 situation but Allen would catch that one too. Pietrangelo would shoot the puck on the opposite side of the ice just a few minutes later and picked up the rebound, skated around and Tarasenko would get the puck from him and put it in for the game winner and start the celebration.
The victory moves the Blues to (9-3-1, 19 points) and they will travel to face the Nashville Predators (7-2-2, 16 points) on Saturday at Bridgestone Arena. Meanwhile the Chicago Blackhawks (7-5-1, 15 points) will leave the United Center and head on the road to face the New Jersey Devils (6-5-1, 13 points) at the Prudential Center of Friday evening.