BLACKHAWKS HAVE FUN WITH BLUES
by Craig Phelps. November 30, 2010
Blues 5 @ Blackhawks 7 Recap.
The St. Louis Blues (12-7-3) and Chicago Blackhawks (13-11-2) met for the third time this season in front of a feisty United Center crowd on Tuesday night. Patrick Kane and the ‘Hawks would not disappoint the Chicago faithful.
St. Louis came into the game on a two game losing streak but had allowed just six goals in the past three games. Ty Conklin only managed 17 saves for the Blues, letting seven goals float into his net in the 7-5 loss to the rival Blackhawks.
Five players got in on the goal scoring action for the hometown Chicago team. The offensive bombardment really started with 57 seconds left in the first period as Campbell and Kopecky connected with Patrick Sharp to put the Blackhawks up 2-1 heading into the locker room.
Ty Conklin, who had allowed 12 goals in 5 games coming into Tuesday night, found himself consistently out of position in the second period. Brouwer, Towes, and Kane all scored goals within the first 11:07 of the second period to put the Blues down by 5-1. The Blues didn’t let the Blackhawks get to comfortable though, as they responded with a quick three goals of their own.
Some of the best passing by the Blues all season resulted in a goal for Eric Brewer during a delayed penalty against the Blackhawks. St. Louis would take a three point deficit, 5-2, heading into the third period.
St. Louis came out of the gate quick in the third period, with Alex Pietrangelo receiving a long pass from the Sobotka just to drill one in the net 3:17 into the final period of play. Less than three minutes later, Boyes recovered his own rebound to sneak one by Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford and make it a 5-3 game.
Kane and Towes stepped up and answered for Chicago, scoring another goal each for the Blackhawks in the 7-5 victory.
David Backes scored a meaningless goal with 2:39 left to play in the Blues 7-5 loss to Chicago.
The Blues out shot the Blackhawks 26 to 24 on the night and 12 to 9 in the third peroid.
The 11 goals in the game are the most that either team had seen to date. Chicago had scored seven goals one other time this season, beating Vancouver on November 20, 7-1.
St. Louis had scored five goals on two different occasions heading into the game, winning both of those decisions. The Blues beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-1 on October 11 and the Ottawa Senators 5-2 on November 19.
The Blues had allowed seven or more goals all season long before the loss to Chicago. The Notes were beat 8-1 by the Columbus Blue Jackets on November 10 and the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Blues 7-3 on November 17.
The Blues will try to end their three game losing streak at the Scottrade Center on Wednesday against the Vancouver Canucks.
PONDER THIS: Ty Conklin has now allowed 17 goals in the 4 losing games he has played in this season. He started in has now started in 3 losing games, including an overtime loss. He has allowed 22 goals when playing at the United Center over 5 games and 3 starts in his career. Conklin is 2-3 in the Windy City.