Blues Hang On, Beat Blackhawks 3-2

The Blackhawks struggled to find consistency and the Blues were able to hang on and beat their visiting rivals in regulation.
Ben Smith faceoff STL

St. Louis scored twice in the final two minutes of the second period to extend to a 3-1 lead, and that proved to be enough offense. The Hawks got a power play goal from Patrick Sharp early in the first and Kris Versteeg scored his first of the season early in the third, but they couldn’t come up with a third goal.

Coach Joel Quenneville mixed his lines up again, and continued to mess with his combinations throughout the night. The shot chart at hockeystats.ca makes clear that the Hawks were struggling to find rhythm throughout the game.

Shots.CHI STL.10.25.14

There were two sections of time – one of about five minutes in the second period and another of over four minutes at the end of the second and into the third – where the Hawks were held without a shot.

The final two minutes of the second period proved to be critical, and the Blues’ second goal was controversially overturned by the league review office in Toronto. After the game, Antti Raanta told the media he felt he was interfered with as the puck barely crossed the line; the Chicago audience did not get to see the video showing the puck across the line until the beginning of the third period.

Jonathan Toews won 18 of 28 faceoffs in the game and skated 20:55, but was minus-two and finished with an even 50 percent even strength CORSI for% on the night. Toews and Duncan Keith led the Blackhawks with four shots on net each in the game, but Chicago was out-shot 31-24 in St. Louis.

In the third period, TJ Oshie hit Daniel Carcillo knee-to-knee and the Blackhawks forward immediately grabbed his right knee. He needed assistance getting to the dressing room, and has a history of knee problems.

Brad Richards was a target of physical play from the Blues the entire game (because?) but did pick up an assist on Versteeg’s goal in the third.

One positive was the Hawks’ special teams. Chicago was perfect against three St. Louis power plays, and converted one of their three advantages. The Blues came into Saturday night ranked second in the league on the power play (28.0 percent).

Patrick Kane’s assist on Sharp’s first period goal was the 499th point of his NHL career. Marian Hossa also had an assist on that goal, the 997th point of his career. Sharp added an assist on Versteeg’s goal for his third multi-point game of the young season.

The Hawks return to the United Center for an early 6 pm CT start on Sunday evening. Jeremy Morin (for Carcillo) and Scott Darling may be in the lineup.

28 thoughts on “Blues Hang On, Beat Blackhawks 3-2

  1. Not Feeling it- Hawks

    Cbomb will be out… and Mashitter just scored Goal, assist tonite… Please don’t bring him up Q… Hawks need some talent/speed… Not another slower version of Bickell w/ less ability!!!

  2. I know most fans here are all aboard the Brad Richards Sucks and is Too Old Train, but the player that deserves the most criticism is Rozsival. I’m not saying I expect him to be a Norris Contender, but he thought he was Patrick Kane skating up the ice before the second goal. 91 may be blocking 86, but 32 (and Rundblad for that matter) is blocking Clendening, Johns, and Dahlbeck. It was evident tonight the Hawks need big defensemen to clear the crease. Hopefully before the playoffs hit one of the those 3 is playing regularly for 32.

    On another note, hopefully Carcillo recovers soon. Hate to see him go down like that, especially with his past knee problems. I was thankful Versteeg’s knee didn’t give out.

    Oshie seemed to be looking for cheap shots throughout the game.

  3. When players like Reaves and Jaskin are scoring on you, probably not your night. File it and move on. As far as why the Blues would target 91, it’s likely as simple as ‘they know they can’

  4. Only saw the last half of the game. Rosy did cost us the one goal that was reviewed. After Q’s reaction to the refs after that goal, the team let down and ended up allowing the third goal. Not good.

    How about Saad’s hit on one of the Blues players on the near boards. I thought who was that and it was Saad. I don’t believe I ever saw the man child put a hit on anyone like that before. Boy would that be great if he begins using his decent size to add physicality to his repertoire. The kid is already a major part of the core with such a great upside.

    Frolik – Wall, Sr Brad, others, and I have been right there with you wanting some size in our dcore. I have been waiting for Johns to hit the big show because of his 220-230lbs and reputation for hitting people since they drafted him. Dahlbeck also has good size and has made great strides in his game last year. Really excited to see them get their opportunities. I believe the time is coming this year.

    RyanDale-if the Blues want to target 91, they may being doing us a favor. If they put him out, that helps our cap situation and we could turn to some of the youth out of necessity.

    I agree Wall, I am not feeling it.

  5. ^ Yes, lets just hope 91 suffers a career ending injury and throw a party.

    Really? Sorry, not my style. You should see Rufus, I’m sure he would be on board with it. He’s already posted something similar. I think I called it mindless after I saw it. Consider it done here too, in fairness to both. I also said he was better than that. Hope you both are.

  6. Johns and Dahlbeck… Yes!
    Cdening- NO!!!

    Tab- I see that Pokka didn’t dress again for Hogs…Any idea what his injury is?

    I think Pokka will be the best of the bunch…

    BUT- On to the bigger problem- OFFENSE!!! Our D/and D zone coverage has actually been very solid most of the year- and a surprise… Our offense is generating FEW SPEED rushes… No net presence except for maybe Shaw on PP and Kruger 5 on 5…
    NO 1st Line O— Just No Hawk-like attack!!! A lot of goals let up have been the direct result of TO’s (SEE BRAD RICHARDS)

  7. Ho hum, lose another game by 1 goal that could easily have been won. This one was not good on the eyes. Lots to gnash the teeth on. I’ve said it before and will say it again. I simply can’t stand the Blues. This organization just doesn’t get it. They added a very good player in Stastny, have developing stars with Tarasenko, and Schwartz, and some decent but slow d men. Then you get down to the guts of this team which is dirt bag city. Led by Jackman, a player that has made a career of crosschecks from behind that are meant to hurt, face washes when other players are in between as well as cheap shot sucker punches. Not far behind is the Cpt Backes, who leads by bad examples of how to not play winning hockey in crunch time. Bad Canuck DNA with Lapierre, and then Reaves whose hockey skills amount to running guys at any possible opportunity and always comes in hands and stick high. I left Ott for last, because he remains, well, one of the lowest of the lowly in this league. The king of whack and hack, cheap shot hockey. He probably rooms with Jackman, where they can discuss creative new ways to hurt other players. Oshie is a douche bag wannabe at times as well. A loathsome group if there ever is one. Lots of empty seats last night in St Louis on a Saturday night against their arch rivals. Maybe Blues fans are sending a message by showing up even less than they did before?

    I was bewildered to see a call on the ice reversed in Toronto with no replay to show either team or the TV audience that a goal had actually been scored. Sure the replay showed up to start the next period to confirm, but how can the league operate this way? The telling video replay has to be shown before the puck is dropped. Isn’t there a rule about this?? No wonder the Hawks were up in arms, and of course that led to the game winning goal a few seconds later resulting from sloppy d zone play and a bad rebound give up from Raanta. No excuse to let down at end of the period in a close game, but that was really strange stuff.

    I felt Versteeg was coming around in the Preds game and it carried through last night. I think he is getting his game back which is very encouraging. Horrible chop to skate from Ott left me thinking it was a knee to begin with. Man those skate chops really hurt! Q messed with the lines up and down, so lack of production wasn’t surprising. I thought Richards had a better game last night, but considering recent comparisons, it really can only get better from here.

    I would like to see Morin replace Carcillo whom I have to believe has a knee injury of some consequence courtesy of Oshie. Mashinter is not the answer. Pity to see 13 hurt. He was playing well and in control to start the season.

    Good call out Booman on the Saad hit. He really crunched whomever it was that chopped him as he was skating down the slot. It was payback. I would like to see Saader add that kind of venom to his game. He is a strong kid that can add a physical end to his already developing bevy of skills.

    Back to business this evening with Ottawa. Yes, despite venting, I still hate the Blues. Sorry for the rant guys…

    Lets Go Hawks!

  8. Wall you said it right the other day. We need youth and the energy they bring. Yes they will make mistakes BUT their speed and tenacity will disrupt the oppositions game flow.

    If Carcillo does sit, I would like see this lineup

    20 19 81
    10 28 88
    29 65 11
    23 16 name your prospect
    Wanna switch 28 and 65…no problem

    2 7
    4 27
    57 44

  9. Phil-the telling replay would have been seen by the Toronto people-they saw that one angle before the puck dropped and let the refs know that. As long as they see it in TO. it’s a done deal, the teams have to trust they saw it–the real questionable part was if Raanta’s pads were pushed back in such a way that that caused the puck to cross the line-that’s what the bench was more upset about.
    Regardless they lost focus for a few minutes and it’s too bad. But there were stretches of play were the Hawks couldn’t clear the zone for far too long-reminded me of what the hawks can do to other teams for stretches of time.

  10. Happened to see the game in Rockford last night vs. the Wolves. Mashinter did indeed get 1st star but it seemed to me only because he scored the game winning goal. I thought he played ok but to be honest didn’t really focus on him.

    The guy who was really noticeable was P.C. Labrie. He was banging bodies all night, flying around the ice. Got into a nice scrap too after a scrum in front of the net where I think Danualt was being abused.

    Johns called a guy out on St. Louis Jr. (Wolves) and won that fight IMO, he landed a big uppercut toward the end.

    As for Teuvo … nothing special last night at least … he didn’t do much and didn’t have much room … still in adjustment/learning mode.

    Dahlbeck scored a goal on a real laser beam. He is very solid and looks like he’d be very capable if called upon. I thought Clendening had a decent game too, he made a few really nice plays.

    As I said, the guy who really stood out in a positive way was Labrie … very physical.

    On Pokka … he dressed during warm ups but was scratched, supposedly he is playing in the afternoon game vs. Lake Erie today.

    On the Blackhawks game, saw a replay of the Oshie low bridge on Carcillo, I wonder if the Hawks send that in for review. Seemed bang bang to me but still a dangerous hit. Had it been Carcillo dishing it out one would wonder if he’d be suspended already. We’ll see what happens.

  11. Mike, I’d like to see Morin and Shaw on the wing and call up Danault to play whichever center position Kruger doesn’t take.

  12. AJ- I agree that 91 had his best O zone game thus far… but Muffed a pass and turned it over for the Blues goal… so that is at least 3 direct Muffs/TO’s by 91 – that have led to Goals so far this year – by the opponent…

    And- how many times has 91 done the arm/stick reach while trying to receive a pass in front of him (way too many)- which means everyone is “leading 91” too much- or he is just a step too slow… ( I am going with too- slow)…

    like some people have posted… other teams have figured out the Hawks “quick/long stretch passes”- they are forcing the Hawks to either skate the puck out of zone (I think Leddy used to be good at that) or use couple short passes out of zone (where Hawks have given puck away (Saad, Hoss, 91, Shaw- in recent memory)…

    Either way- these tactics- are taking the Hawk’s “quick skating, long passing game away” ===== which means this could be a very long year (and boring year- if you like offense)…

  13. The BLUES are in a slump it was obvious last night the Hawks could have stolen a few points but that’s the NHL. TVR looked human last night as only a few times the “bigger blues wingers” where not as easy to work to the boards or move off the puck, but a few pounds next year and this kid is the story of the season and if he gets the minutes is rook of the year. Raanta played good enough to win, Raanta plays so well “flat on the ice” like QUICK but does more with pads than anyone in the NHL. Richards looked at least awake (maybe it was the hits he absorbed )but he is the Carlos Boooozer of the Hawks often floating in no mans land, drifting, no checking, not closing, not back checking sort of drifts.

  14. Coach Q line changes with such talent is an issue. Hawks need to solidify “pairs” of players as set pieces and then add a third player at times in rotation. Hawks are good enough that WE all can come up with those pairs but here are mine.
    1 – Bickell must be paired with Towes (Bick plays with the boss and ensure no cheap shots 0n Towes)
    2 -Kane must be paired with SAAD (chemistry)
    3- Hossa and Sharp ( add Morin at times for BULK)
    4- Kruger and Smith

  15. sorry to hog the board BUT Hawks don’t actually need to get bigger (would be nice ) on D but just be more “physical” they have always allowed too much traffic in front, always.
    Even is the old days . . . We all have seen SEABROOK play physical once every 15 games and my god he can hit, Hammer can hit all of them can deliver the “physical game” but that is not how they are schooled but they need to be MOVE BODIES away from the front of the net. It was mentioned before the hawks sort drop back into a zone, float and drift and NOT meet people on the blue line, giving semi-skilled player dangerous but it’s a safe style and THEY BLOCK A LOT OF FUCKING SHOTS, but it also allows net front traffic, CANT DO IT ALL but YES they gotta be more physical maybe Dunkin needs to MIX IT UP ONE NIGHT just to send a message? TVR also needs to not fall in the STYLE of he’s toast . . .bulk up, be physical when needed! GO HAWKS!

  16. Teuvo . . . WATCHING him play for the HOGS is no measure of anything, NO he is not going to shine there, only learning what it’s like to play with slower players, lifetime minor league guys and lay awake at night and ask him self “Why the hell am i not playing in the NHL” he is learning nothing down there, nothing. Bring him up, play him, let him survive and thrive or not, A fascination with the “lower leagues”is great but damn it’s the farm, great players play . . . RASMUSSEN and MORIN should be playing minutes NOW too, Hawks are young but so is the entire WEST. hurry up! ha ha

  17. Wall – I don’t think he has much interest playing in the d zone, and id argue that he never has. Which is what it is. A step slow doesn’t bother me as long as he’s creating offensively.

    Seems like a lot of un crisp passes all around.

    Aside from a few power of grayskull moments Hossa was meh. Probably Patrick Kanes worst game of the season. Aside from the goal Versteeg was doing all kinds of versteegy things and giving the puck away a lot. Shaw is not a center. Toews won many draws but wasn’t visible.

    Lot of listless play. With how many guys have been here and in the system, its bizarre that they look lost. Its still early but I’m going to continue to say that the problem is behind the bench. I don’t think well be able to plant a flag on anything until December though depending on where they sit on the table.

  18. @Mike Mook and this comment:

    “Teuvo . . . WATCHING him play for the HOGS is no measure of anything, NO he is not going to shine there, only learning what it’s like to play with slower players, lifetime minor league guys and lay awake at night and ask him self “Why the hell am i not playing in the NHL” he is learning nothing down there, nothing. Bring him up, play him, let him survive and thrive or not,”

    First of all, if Carcillo goes on LTIR with this knee thing, the Blackhawks don’t even have enough cap room to bring Teuvo up. Lazerus in the Sun Times this morning said they’d only have room enough for Regin or Nordstrom. So there’s that little fly in the ointment.

    2nd, you can bet Hawks brass is making judgments about how Teuvo (and others) are playing in the AHL, it is indeed a measuring stick and tells a lot, whether you think so or not. Just because you personally want him to play NOW in the NHL doesn’t make it the right thing to do. A good way to develop young players is to let them get adjusted, let them develop, let them experience and handle the rigors of pro hockey. A bad way to let them develop is to rush them which is what you want to do.

    3rd, if you think the guys down in the AHL are all career minor leaguers as your post implies, you are sadly mistaken. Rockford alone has several young guys who in time … emphasis on “in time” will play in the NHL and probably play well – after being given some time to develop.

    Finally, fact of the matter is, Bowman and the entire hockey operations group with the Blackhawks believe in this philosophy (giving guys time to develop in the AHL) so it is what it is. Those players are down there for a reason and I will bet the hockey operations people have a better sense of when a player is ready for promotion than me, or you for that matter. You stated TT is “learning nothing” down there, on what basis can you make that statement, if it is simple frustration over a Blackhawks loss, hey, I get that as I hate losing too but none of us in truth can make the statement he’s learning nothing being in Rockford.

    So how much is “enough” when it comes to development time? It depends on the player. Some it might be a few months, others 2-3 years. Barring a rash of injuries, that’s where those guys will stay. I will say Dahlbeck looked really solid and I think Clendening is close too.

  19. The Hawks play the Blues 4 more times in the regular season and they probably won’t be without Stastny like they were last night. The Hawks can play much better than they did last night and if they do they are a better team than the Blues in my opinion. I wonder if the milestones (Hossa’s 1,000th point and Kane’s 500th point) have become millstones. Tazer is a notoriously slow starter so hopefully he starts finding the mark soon.

    The aspect of their game that needed to be improved upon from last season – team defense – is pretty good. They’re not giving up much as a team. In fact a few goals against are the result of giveaways/turnovers that put the team defense into a scramble that isn’t happening during normal defensive play. Clean up the giveaways and win games.

    So why all the giveaways? An earlier post noted the Hawks stretch pass game is now being defensed better and for the most part being taken away. That is the area that Q and the boys need to address and remedy. If the opponent is taking something away, then the Hawks need to exploit something else. We’ll (hopefully) see a different tactic or counter punch to get the transition game going or at least a more effective 5v5 game.

    After 7 games, we’re getting to the point where there is enough to chew on and analyze. So far it’s a mixed bag but there’s no reason to think the Hawks aren’t still one of the elite teams. There’s also ample evidence the Hawks have a lot to improve upon before they are a Cup worthy team … but so do the other teams.

  20. Hofmeister- that’s a good point on the Oshie hit on Carcillo. If roles were reversed I can all but guarantee the league calling Danny in. I caught a few minutes of the Hogs/wolves game. Its nice when the Hogs play them since most wolves games are televized, just have to look a little harder. Teuvo seems to be off to a slow start offensively. Danault on the other hand seems to be quite a bit further ahead of where he was last year. But he’s only played 4 games. Too small of a sample size I think. Wish the hogs games would be televized in the Chicago market more.

  21. So is Corsi now considered a highly significant stat? I think this is the first time Tab put a graph of it in the body of an article and it is popping up in more places.

    I’ve seen some opinions of its significance, but I’d be interested in hearing Tab’s opinion.

  22. Last night showed why a blueliner is needed. Seriously, let’s get Johns or Dahlbeck up here and let them be a work in progress like van Riemsdyk.

    I continue to be infuriated by Bickell.

    Shaw won’t withstand another month of play if he is asked and willing to play like he has been playing. He is enormously valuable to the Hawks and needs two things. One, othe players willing to do the dirty work and get in front of the net. Two, a permanent move to RW.

    The one troubling dynamic beyond the blueline weakness is the inability to handle teams or forward lines with speed. Hawks really are struggling in this regard. Speed kills and, bizarrely so, it has been killing the Hawks of all teams. This is an underlying problem that dates back to last year. We need to get Danault and / or Nordstrom up here to help combat this dilemma.

  23. The StL feed had the replay that was needed, and I assume was the one used in Tor.

    I didnt see much wrong with the Oshie hit, it was a chance for 13 to make a play, he didnt’t, holding on too long and taking the hit. 88 and 16 both were ready. Seabrook was xxl as the one man vs 3 the other way.

    Maybe we should have worked the deal for Spezza. That guy is so good, when his team loses 7-5 and he winds up minus4…his PPG and 1 assist earn him 2nd star on the Road! If F.Nielsen doesn’t bag the ENG for his 3rd pd hat trick…..??

  24. I didn’t see the last two games but it seems like lines are changing every period. It looks like Q is much quicker on the trigger these days to keep changing things up. I get the idea of looking for a spark to get the team going but there has to be a learning period as guys are continually playing with different line mates.

    I’m all for seeing what some of the Rockford guys can do (Dahlbeck, Nordstrom, etc.) but let’s not lose sight of the fact that we are going to rise or fall based on the core of the team. These are the guys who have to make the difference night in and night out. The other reality is that the division is brutally tough and we can expect tight games every night against the Blues, Wild,Stars and Preds not to mention the Kings and Ducks.

  25. The most important thing we needed to see was a better team defense compaired to 14. 7games enough to tell? We have been excellent other then the turnovers which happen sometimes. Scoring not top5 right now._. Our possession time is 2nd with a low shooting %. That means we are going to start scoring a lot of goals. ‘Lots and lots and lots of em’ (rainman).

    For now go with what works
    20/19/81
    29/65/88
    10/91/23
    28/16/11
    Then have 86 center & 65 right

  26. Morrison- I hope you are right about lots of goals… but I think other teams are on to the “ring-around the rosey” Hawks offense… the hawks are not generating many Grade A scoring chances… and more importantly- keep getting out chanced on Odd-man breaks…in the 2 Cup years Hawks were the DOMINANT Odd-man break team…
    they have been very bad in this department dating back to the last half of last year, then the Playoffs, and the trend continues.

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