After falling behind twice to the Blues, the Blackhawks were able to quickly come back and tie the score. Unfortunately, the third and final St. Louis goal came with less than 22 seconds left in regulation, and Chicago suffered their pointless game of the 2013-14 season.
The Blackhawks scored on both of their power play opportunities, spending only 22 seconds total with an advantage.
Patrick Kane scored the first Chicago goal 1:17 after Vladimir Tarasenko gave St. Louis their first lead of the night. Jonathan Toews scored the Hawks’ second power play goal of the night only 39 seconds after David Backes tipped in the Blues’ second goal. Kane and Toews were each credited with an assist in the game as well, while Patrick Sharp had two assists as well.
Other than those three players, the stat sheet wasn’t kind on Wednesday night.
Brent Seabrook and Jimmy Hayes led the team with four hits, but a poorly timed pinch by Seabrook led to a 3-on-1 rush that produced Alexander Steen’s game-winning goal.
Rookie Joakim Nordstrom skated a team-low 10:20 in the game. After he was on the ice for Backes’ goal only five seconds into a Blues power play, he forfeited the rest of his penalty kill minutes to veteran Michal Handzus. Nordstrom only skated those five seconds short-handed in the game, while Handzus skated 2:02 on penalty kill duty.
Handzus was one of a handful of Blackhawks that struggled at the dot. He won only four of ten faceoffs, while Toews won only nine of 20 in the game. Andrew Shaw won four of nine, and Marcus Kruger won four of 11.
Nordstrom led the Hawks with two takeaways. Other than the rookie fourth line wing, only Toews and Bryan Bickell were credited with a takeaway for Chicago. For Bickell, 15:04 produced only one shot on net, one hit and four penalty minutes.
On the blue line, Niklas Hjalmarsson led the Hawks in ice time (24:21) and blocked shots (three). He left the ice in pain after blocking a shot, but returned to the ice moments later and finished a good game.
Sheldon Brookbank made his regular season debut. If he doesn’t play again for a while it would be understandable; he did drop the gloves with Chris Stewart early in his first shift, but wasn’t effective when he did get on the ice.
Corey Crawford allowed three goals against 34 shots, while Jaroslav Halak allowed two against only 28 Chicago shots. Halak made a number of magnificent saves, as did Crawford, but the final shot going in against Crawford was the difference.
After the game, both Toews and coach Joel Quenneville acknowledged that the team has now let three points slip through their fingers. With back-to-back games at the United Center this weekend, the Hawks will have plenty to think about – and work on – as they come home.