Blues Outlast Blackhawks In Marathon Game

Added April 17, 2014 by Levi Watkins

A couple of days ago we told you that there were no ‘easy games’ or ‘easy matchups’ in the Stanley Cup playoffs–not even in the first round. That was clearly evident last night in St. Louis where the Blues began their playoff campaign. Their reward for the third best record in the conference and fourth best record in the league? A first round matchup against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. St. Louis eventually would win Game 1 of the series, but it took considerable effort–and a lot of extra time–to get the win. Alexander Steen scored just :26 seconds in to the third overtime period to give the Blues a 4-3 win over their arch rivals and a 1-0 lead in the best of seven series.

Adam Cracknell got the scoring started just four minutes in to the game but the fireworks would begin a few minutes later and the first period turned into a shootout. At the end of the first twenty minutes of play the Blackhawks led 3-2 and that score would hold for much of the remaining two periods until Jaden Schwartz tied the contest with just under two minutes left in regulation. Two scoreless overtime periods and change later, Steen scored the game winner. The series will resume Saturday in St. Louis before shifting to the United Center in Chicago for Games 3 and 4.

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