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Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Blackhawks face uphill battle without Seabrook

Sunday, 04.20.2014 / 5:54 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- With one illegal hit late in the third period Saturday, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook may have changed the fate of two teams who believe they can win the Stanley Cup this season.

He certainly changed the fate of two players who are important to their respective Cup-contending teams.

The NHL's Department of Player Safety on Sunday suspended Seabrook three games for his illegal hit on St. Louis Blues captain David Backes at 15:09 of the third period of Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round series. The suspension came down approximately 22 hours after Seabrook's hit sent Backes to the dressing room early and gave the Blues the opportunity to tie the game.

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Blackhawks face major challenge after two OT losses

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 10:06 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

ST. LOUIS -- The Chicago Blackhawks have the type of composure and swagger befitting a team that has won the Stanley Cup twice since 2010. Now they need to show their thick skin and resiliency as well.

The Blackhawks were hoping to win at least one of the first two games at Scottrade Center in their best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series against the St. Louis Blues. Instead, they fly home down 0-2 following back-to-back 4-3 overtime losses.

Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko scored a power-play goal with 6.4 seconds left in regulation Saturday to tie the game and defenseman Barret Jackman won it for St. Louis with a seeing-eye slap shot through Chicago goalie Corey Crawford's legs 5:50 into overtime.

Not only is this Chicago's second straight overtime loss to start the series, the Blackhawks are in the 0-2 hole because they couldn't hold one-goal leads late in the third period of both games.

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Blues use smarts rather than emotion to win Game 2

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 9:25 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

ST. LOUIS -- They saw their captain down, victimized by a hard, high and illegal hit into the end boards. This was not good, not ever.

The St. Louis Blues' players don't want to trade the skill, size, strength and heart of David Backes for anyone, but they had no choice with 4:51 remaining in regulation of Game 2 on Saturday. Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook delivered the hit that forced both players to leave the game, one by way of injury and the other by way of a major penalty and a game misconduct.

The Blues, now pulsating with emotion, raw and potentially overwhelming, then saw 5:00 go onto the scoreboard clock above center ice, signaling a long power play and a chance at redemption.

Would the Blues forget about trying to score the game-tying goal and go chasing after revenge? Or would they calm down, use the time smartly, work the puck around and make the Blackhawks pay for Seabrook's untimely charge?

The Blues chose door No. 2. They chose wisely.


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Blues captain Backes leaves Game 2 after hit

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 7:28 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock did not have a full update on the status of captain David Backes following the 4-3 overtime victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday at Scottrade Center.

"How do you think he is?" Hitchcock said of Backes. "Not great. We'll let the League deal with it."

Backes was hit high by Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook with 4:51 remaining in regulation. Seabrook appeared to make contact with Backes' head.

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Blackhawks coach Quenneville fined $25,000

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 5:50 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League has fined Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville $25,000 for inappropriate conduct during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoff First Round series against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, Apr. 17.

The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.

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Ramsay: Fine line for Blues defending stretch passes

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 5:44 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, NHL.com has enlisted the help of former NHL coach Craig Ramsay to break down the action. Ramsay will be checking in throughout the series.

Ramsay played in more than 1,000 NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres before going on to coach the Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers and Atlanta Thrashers. In the 2000 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he led the Flyers to the seventh game of the Eastern Conference Final. Ramsay was most recently an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers.

ST. LOUIS -- Patrick Kane's breakaway goal late in the first period Thursday fell 105 seconds short of being the winning goal for the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series.

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Blackhawks have 'a little bitter taste' after 3OT loss

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 4:33 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

ST. LOUIS -- At a time when a less experienced team might dwell on missed opportunities and be shattered after losing a Stanley Cup Playoff game in triple overtime, the Chicago Blackhawks are taking a more ho-hum approach by holding their heads up and talking at length about the opportunity in front of them.

There wasn't a shred of noticeable panic, heartbreak or devastation Friday, when defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, forwards Kris Versteeg and Patrick Sharp, goalie Corey Crawford and coach Joel Quenneville met the media at the Blackhawks' hotel 13 hours after Alexander Steen scored early in the third overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory in the best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series.

Game 2 is Saturday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS). The Blackhawks haven't won in four games at Scottrade Center this season, but a victory Saturday means they will steal home-ice advantage in the series before it shifts to United Center for Game 3 on Monday.

"We're in good shape and we're ready to go," said Crawford, who made 48 saves in Game 1. "We have that hunger, a little bitter taste. I think we had a chance to win that hockey game being up in the third period. [We] had a couple opportunities, a bunch of opportunities in overtime. We're ready to go for Game 2."

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Blues' Schwartz a disrupting force for opponents

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 11:57 AM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

ST. LOUIS -- Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger might have had time in the neutral zone to turn and go up the left-wing wall had St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz not been closing so quickly. He was, and in a flash Schwartz stripped puck from Kruger and took it into the attacking zone, leading to the game-tying goal Thursday in the first period of their Stanley Cup Playoffs opener.

Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson could have had some space to collect the puck and make a move out of the corner in Chicago's defensive zone had Schwartz not been pinching hard up the wall. Again, he was, and that quick decision created the turnover that led to Schwartz's game-tying goal late with 1:45 left in the third period.

"Fall asleep, he's going to catch you every time," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said of Schwartz. "He did it five or six times again [Thursday night]."

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Blues' Miller snaps out of slump in Game 1

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 2:25 AM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- When Patrick Kane's shot went through Ryan Miller's pads for the Chicago Blackhawks' third goal of the first period against the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series on Thursday night, it was a rude reminder of what the Blues' goalie had been going through the past couple weeks.

Miller was 0-5-0 with a 3.82 goals-against average and a save percentage of .856 in his final five starts in the regular season. Those were not exactly the kind of numbers the Blues were looking for.

Kane's goal came on Chicago's seventh shot of the game and gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead.

But Miller was flawless for the rest of the game. Enough was enough. He stopped Chicago's final 35 shots, including some dandy saves along the way, and helped the Blues to a 4-3 triple-overtime victory.

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Ramsay: Blues need to start fast against Blackhawks

Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 12:43 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, NHL.com has enlisted the help of former NHL coach Craig Ramsay to break down the action. Ramsay will be checking in throughout the series.

Ramsay played in more than 1,000 NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres before going on to coach the Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers and Atlanta Thrashers. In the 2000 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he led the Flyers to the seventh game of the Eastern Conference Final. Ramsay was most recently an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers.

ST. LOUIS -- If the St. Louis Blues are going to forget about their season-ending six-game losing streak and start strong against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series Thursday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS2, CSN-CH, FS-MW), Craig Ramsay said it has to start with the opening faceoff, literally.

Ramsay said the Blues need to get the puck early, get it deep, and get their cycle game going to gain confidence against Chicago.

"It's not just the centerman; it's the two wingers too," Ramsay told NHL.com. "Everyone [on St. Louis] is trying to win the first faceoff so they can get the puck and get it into the Chicago end. If they can do that, one of the things St. Louis is capable of doing very well is running cycles. They can get the puck in deep and they can keep it, and that's what they have to do against Chicago, make them go backwards and make them chase them around in the offensive zone.

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