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Blackhawks not worried after OT loss in Game 1

Defending Stanley Cup champs feel they played well, didn't get bounces

by Brian Hedger / Correspondent

Toews Game 1 Post

Jonathan Toews Game 1 Postgame

Jonathan Toews on the tough Game 1 loss and the play of Corey Crawford

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ST. LOUIS -- There were a couple of blank stares and a few hushed voices, but nothing out of the ordinary in the Chicago Blackhawks' locker room after a 1-0 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center on Wednesday.

The defending Stanley Cup champions had a few regrets after dropping Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round series, but they're not going to beat themselves up worrying before Game 2 on Friday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2, CSN-CH, FS-MW).

The Blackhawks outshot the Blues 35-18, drew five power plays and got a solid performance from their defense and goalie Corey Crawford. They skated away feeling like they could have won.

"Sometimes it just comes down to a bounce," captain Jonathan Toews said. "We didn't get it tonight, but what are you going to do? You can't dwell on that for too long. I think you take what you can from it and use it as a motivating factor in finding that emotion and playing better the next game, so we'll do that and focus on the next one."

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St. Louis got the big bounce at 9:04 of overtime, when a shot toward the net from the bottom of the left circle by David Backes caromed off the skate and stick of defenseman Trevor Van Riemsdyk and went past Crawford.

"That's usually the type of goal that gets scored in overtime," defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson said. "He kind of fanned on it and it bounced on a stick or a skate or whatever. But that's the type of goal that is usually scored in overtime."

It's the kind of goal the Blackhawks need to create the next time these teams step onto the ice. Despite getting those five power plays, they were unable to get the puck past goalie Brian Elliott, who made 35 saves for his first solo playoff shutout.

Working harder to get to rebounds and finishing good scoring chances will be emphasized heading into Game 2. Elliott made a save against Toews on a breakaway and just got his blocker on a wrist shot by rookie Artemi Panarin, who broke free in the slot, with 5:30 left in the third period.

"We didn't have the finish," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "We had all-alone looks a couple of times, some real good looks, but you have to bury quality chances like that."

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