Report: David Backes May Play Game 4

Reports from St. Louis media on Wednesday morning are that Blues captain David Backes may return to the lineup for Game 4 at the United Center.

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Derek Roy returned to practice early Wednesday afternoon, but Backes was absent from the game day skate. The St. Louis lines were: 29-20-74, 9-17-91, 12-21-79, 32-40-75.

UPDATE: after practice, Hitchcock would only say that Backes wasn’t available for the morning skate. He did, however, say that Brenden Morrow is out for the series.

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NHL Postseason Continues

On Tuesday night, the Montreal Canadiens completed a sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the San Jose Sharks pushed the LA Kings to the brink of elimination, scoring on their first overtime shot to take a 3-0 series lead.

For Anaheim, Teemu Selanne will not play in Game 4 of their series against Dallas.

Here is where each series stands entering Wednesday night’s action:

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Corey Crawford, Blackhawks Shut Out Blues

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Corey Crawford was called out by coach Joel Quenneville after Game 2 of the series. Chicago’s netminder said he needed to be better.

On Monday night, Crawford shut down the St. Louis Blues with a 34-save shutout and the Hawks are right back in their first round series.

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Blackhawks Recall 13 From Rockford

Before Game 3 started on Monday night, the Blackhawks announced that the team has recalled forwards Alex Broadhurst, Terry Broadhurst, Phillip Danault, Ryan Hartman, Drew LeBlanc, Brad Mills, Brandon Mashinter, Mark McNeill and Garret Ross, defensemen Mathieu Brisebois, Adam Clendening and Brian Connelly, and goaltender Kent Simpson from Rockford.

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Blackhawks Recall Dahlbeck, LaBarbera

On Sunday evening, after the suspension of defenseman Brent Seabrook was announced, the Blackhawks recalled defenseman Klas Dahlbeck and goaltender Jason LaBarbera from Rockford.

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Brent Seabrook Suspended 3 Games

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Blackhawks Lose In OT Again

The Blackhawks played 30 minutes of bad, emotionless hockey in St. Louis on Saturday afternoon. Then they fought back and took a 3-2 lead in the first seven minutes of the third period, and controlled the action for much of the final 20 minutes.

But an enormous, illegal hit on David Backes by Brent Seabrook removed the Hawks’ defenseman from the contest and opened the door for the Blues to come back.

And they did, scoring a game-tying goal with 6.4 seconds remaining in regulation and another overtime game-winner.

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Blackhawks Drop Game One In 3OT

The Blackhawks started their second straight playoff series with a game that lasted into a third overtime. Unfortunately, the Blues escaped with a 4-3 victory.

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2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Drafting A Winner

The NHL Draft is the door most of today’s NHL superstars walk through to begin their careers, and since 2005 the Draft has introduced some of the biggest names in the game to fans in every market of the league.

But now, more than perhaps ever before, the importance of using draft picks well shows a direct impact on an organization’s postseason hopes.

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2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Begin

On Wednesday night, the NHL playoffs began with a bang. Defense and goaltending were optional, as all three games were high-scoring affairs. Here’s the scoreboard from the opening night of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs:

Montreal 5 – Tampa 4 (OT)
Pittsburgh 4 – Columbus 3
Anaheim 4 – Dallas 3

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