After the Chicago Blackhawks dominated the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night, the Hawks played another divisional foe on Saturday night. This time it was the St. Louis Blues though. Chicago picked up where they left off Friday night. Patrick Sharp scored a hat trick on Friday night against Colorado and he scored the first goal against the Blues.
Chicago scored seven goals in the first two periods of the game against Colorado and they scored three in the first period against St. Louis. Unlike Friday night, though, the Blackhawks couldn’t hold the lead against St. Louis. The Blues came back and beat the defending champions 6-5 in a shootout.
The problem isn’t necessarily that the Hawks let the lead slip away, but rather the fact they got beat by the Blues. This is the third of five meetings between these two teams. The Blues have won all three games so far in the season. The Blues trail by six points in the standings but that doesn’t matter too much.
We have learned from the past that all you have to do is get into the playoffs and then anything can happen. If the Blues continue this trend and they happen to meet up with Chicago in the playoffs they will hold a huge psychological advantage over the defending champs. Who knows how far that will go in determining the outcome of the playoff race in the Western Conference. One things for certain, though, the Hawks need to figure out a way to defeat the Blues or there could be some disappointment in Chicago this summer.