Regulation just isn’t enough for the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues as the two Central Division rivals went to overtime again after the Blues won the series opener in the first minute in overtime.
After Vladimir Tarasenko forced overtime with a power play goal following a game misconduct penalty on Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook after this brutal hit on David Backes that likely will result in a suspension of 1-3 games, and Barret Jackman found the back of the net as the Blues held serve on their home-ice and took a 2-0 series lead.
For the second game in a row the Blackhawks blew a last=minute lead to suffer a crushing loss. In Game 1, the Blues tied the game with 1:45 remaining and today they tied the game with 6.4 seconds remaining. That’s how close the Blackhawks have come from taking a 2-0 lead in the series and stealing home-ice advantage from the Blues.
The Blues have made a habit of scoring in crunch time after entering the postseason on a six-game losing streak. Kevin Shattenkirk lit the lamp with less than two seconds on the clock in the first period to give the Blues a 2-0 lead as they were still riding the wave of momentum they built in Thursday night’s overtime thriller.
The Blackhawks were able to quell the momentum with a goal from Duncan Keith to cut the lead in half at the 17:25 mark of the second period and Seabrook tied the game at two goals a piece at the 4:53 mark as the defending Stanley Cup champions began to get to Ryan Miller a bit.
Less than two minutes later another Chicago defenseman got on the scoring sheet as Michal Rozsival gave the Hawks the 3-2 that would last until the final seconds as the Blues stole victory from the jaws of defeat.
Game 3 is in Chicago on Monday at 8:30 p.m. ET.