Sunday, April 17, 2016

Blues Get Better Bounces and a Big Win in Chicago

Andrew Ladd was oh-so close to giving the Blackhawks a 3-1 lead against the Blues during Game 3 of the Western Conference quarterfinals on Sunday. In a close-checking battle like this one, it would have been a nearly insurmountable lead for the defending Stanley Cup champions. But it wasn't meant to be (see video above).

A period later, Patrik Berglund and Jaden Schwartz would tally in succession and the Blues and Brian Elliot (44 saves on 46 shots) hung on to snatch a 3-2 victory and reclaim home ice advantage in the series.

With the victory the Blues became the first team (regulation or playoff) to defeat the Blackhawks when trailing after two periods in Chicago since 5/21/2014.

Further proving the theory that good bounces lead to big wins was Berglund's equalizer, which caromed off of defenseman Michal Rozsival before bouncing off the ice and flying up and over Corey Crawford's shoulder.

But the Blues didn't need a lucky bounce to pull ahead. Check out the groovy tic-tac-toe work from Vladimir Tarasenko, Jori Lehtera and Schwartz on this game winner. Absolute thing 'o beauty.

Game 4 is Tuesday night in Chicago.