The Chicago Blackhawks were 1:45 away from stealing home-ice advantage over the St. Louis Blues as Corey Crawford was a brick wall in net for the Blackhawks as he turned away shot after shot from the Blues after he settled down after allowing two goals on the first 11 shots he saw.
But then the Blues pressure finally got to the Blackhawks as Jaden Schwartz found the back of the net to tie the game 105 seconds remaining. The assist was credited to Derek Roy and the game went to overtime and then a second and finally a third where Alex Steen scored his second career overtime game-winner 26 seconds into the third overtime.
Crawford had been sensational in net for the Blackhawks after the first period, but he had little help in front of him as the Blues were getting good looks and consistent pressure. Crawford made 48 saves on the night, but that wasn’t enough as Ryan Miller made 39 saves on the night to maintain home-ice advantage for the Blues.
The Blues had largely outplayed the Blackhawks despite trailing 3-2 into the final two minutes as they had more shots, more scoring chances, more hits and more takeways.
Chicago had a power play opportunity in each of the first two overtime periods, but couldn’t regain the momentum that had slipped away after Schwartz forced overtime nearly 90 minutes earlier.
Game 2 is Saturday at 3:00 p.m. ET from The Scotttrade Center in St. Louis.