In the immortal words of Ron Burgundy, well, that escalated quickly. Somehow, while I was fighting urge to fall asleep, the St. Louis Blues, slowly but surely, climbed their way back into a game they were well out of. What was a 6-1 Blackhawk lead morphed into a 6-5 victory on the heels intense Blues pressure during the last 30 seconds.
But don’t take it from Thursday morning Bob; take it from Wednesday evening Bob, who watched the game live from the confines of his living room and kept another running diary of the evening’s events. And, why not? These are fun. It’s just hard to watch the game and type at the same time, but let me worry about that.
To the action…
15:38 – Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane collapse on the same man during a Blues’ 3-on-3 rush, leaving David Perron free on the far side. Perron one-times the rebound which resulted from an outside shot from the strong side. 0-1.
15:00 – Cam Janssen and his AHL buddies try to put Colin Fraser into the Blues bench and then Janssen becomes enraged when he’s sent to the box. Ah, your 2009-2010 St. Louis Blues. It will be a shame to see this regular season end; it’ll be at least another six months until the Blues try to out-muscle the Hawks in hopes of somehow getting two points out of it. The play results in a 4-on-4, which is generally better than a power play for the Hawks.
13:45 – Guess so. Duncan Keith puts one in after running a high give and go with Kris Versteeg. Keith passes to the half boards and goes to the high slot while Versteeg returns the pass. The Blues act like they’ve never seen a 4-on-4 before. 1-1.
13:00 – Keith puts a point shot off the post while still on the 4-on-4.
12:47 – Ben Eager comes right out of the penalty box and goes right to the slot following the play. A Patrick Kane backhand from a sharp angle rebounds right to him, and it’s 2-1 Hawks. If you’re keeping score at home, that’s two goals Cam Janssen just gave the Hawks. Thank you, Sir, may I have another?
12:17 – And … that should turn this into WrestleMania. Just eight minutes into things, Brian Bickell’s harmless wrister from the outside floats past Chris Mason. 3-1. That’ll be it for Mason.
Bickell’s playing in place of the scorching, yet injured, Tomas Kopecky. Troy Brouwer is still taking care of a family issue as well.
12:00 – That was fast. Brad Winchester tries to kill Marian Hossa just inside the Blues blue line, and Brent Seabrook challenges him immediately. Though Seabrook just threw a couple punches and tried to wrestle Winchester to the ground, he gets big points from the home crowd. Hossa gives him a tap on his way off the ice; you don’t see that too often.
10:35 – The Blues couldn’t get the puck out of their own zone during the power play that resulted from Seabrook’s instigation infraction. With less than a minute left in the power play, Patrick Sharp and Versteeg find themselveds in on a 2-on-0, and Versteeg bats one past the new Blues’ goalie, Ty Conklin. They’re scoring them faster than I can type them – not necessarily a bad thing. 4-1.
9:30 – The second goal is announced to the home crowd. Guess Gene Honda’s got some catching up to do.
8:30 – Cam Janssen puts on the brakes too late and “accidentally” careens into Antti Niemi, who’s covering the puck. Over-under for how many more times that will happen tonight: 7.5. I’ll take the over. Keep in mind the Blues won the only calm match these two teams played this season.
7:00 – Ham Sandwich drills Brad Boyes in the open ice, and they both take a tumble. Maybe ratcheting up the intensity isn’t the best idea right now.
3:30 – Brent Sopel drops to both knees while facing the shooter and blocks a shot. Hey, whatever puts food on the table.
1:37 – Ben Eager goes to the box for holding the stick of Cam Janssen. The game’s best agitators agitate the other team’s best players; Cam Janssen just pisses off Ben Eager for 12 minutes a night. In the end, only I’m agitated.
19:40 – Dave Bolland is tripped in the neutral zone, and the Hawks are going to the power play. Now would be a good time to go get a beverage.
17:40 – Got a Pepsi. Did I miss anything?
17:00 – When do the Blues start going nuts? Late in the second? Early in the third?
14:06 – After an odd coverage breakdown, Andrew Ladd essentially has a 1-on-1 from the blue line in against Ty Conklin and beats him cleanly from inside the dot. The Blues played a 3-on-4 man-to-man. I guess that’s how you end the regular season out of the playoffs. 5-1.
12:25 – If you had “before the mid-way point of the second,” in the “when will the Blues start to go crazy?” pool, you win. BJ Crombeen unilaterally drops the gloves while down four goals, and Ben Eager chuckles while Janssen tries like a rabid dog to rid himself of Colin Fraser and the two linesmen.
11:30 – Keith Tkachuck, who Wednesday announced he’ll retire at the end of the season, is with Pat and Eddie. His grill is bare after taking a shot to the face against the Hawks earlier in the season. The guy could pass for 50 out of uniform, too. All in all, he’s an American guy who will be remembered as one of the best of our generation; that’ll do in my book.
9:30 – In case you’ve slept through every Blues/Hawks game during the past four years, Tkachuck and Eddie roomed together in Winnipeg. If I had to share a room with Eddie, I’d leave the hotel EEEEEEEmediately. If the nickname “Walt” is the worst that came of it for Tkachuck, he’s well ahead of the game.
9:00 – Jordan Hendry. Starting to get bored of describing Hawk goals, so just trust me on this one. 6-1.
6:00 – By the way, have you heard that even Blues fans hate Barrett Jackman now? He used to be a guy you’d like if he was on your team; now he’s just a piece of garbage with a mouthguard. He’s out of the line-up tonight, so the Blues don’t have anyone attempting to prove their manhood using the opposition’s smallest players.
4:08 – Roman Polak. ‘Nuff said. 6-2.
3:00 – And, we’ve lost Pat and Eddie. They’ll circle back sometime before this is over to say good-bye.
1:56 – Winchester take a cross-checking penalty in the Hawk zone. And, why not? When you’ve been playing senseless hockey for 79 games, why stop now?
20:00 – The Wings beat the Blue Jackets in Detroit to pull ahead of the Kings for sixth in the Western Conference. The Kings are now one point back with a game in-hand and play Phoenix at home tomorrw night.
16:17 – Erik Johnson blows a quick wrister past Niemi. 6-3. The Hawks are on cruise control.
15:18 – Paul Kariya’s stick shift blasts Sopel in the face. My first thought: is Kariya the only player in the NHL still wearing black or blue skate blade holders? I’m a tad insensitive.
13:00 – The UC seems like a library. The Hawks have to be careful; one goal for the Blues and this is a game again.
12:40 – In what’s becoming a trend late in the season, the Hawks put it into the stands from their own zone. This is as big a kill as you’ll get in a three-goal game.
10:16 – The Hawks kill the penalty, but Dave Bolland takes another.
8:16 – The Hawks kill the second penalty. The best chance during the last two minutes was one by Versteeg.
6:16 – TJ Oshie tries to make this a game. Kariya makes a slick, backhand, no-look pass from behind the net out to Oshie, who hammered it home. 6-4. Joel Quenneville takes a timeout and digs into his group.
1:15 – Ty Conklin goes to the bench in favor of a sixth attacker. The Blues get a chance in the Hawk zone, and that’s followed by Hawk chances at the other end by Versteeg, Ladd and Byfuglien. While the Hawks were salivating around the empty net, Byfuglien and Ham Sandwich let Andy McDonald squeak into the neutral zone where he caught a lengthy outlet pass and went in alone. On his way to the net, Byfuglien slashes him in the back of the head, resulting in a penalty shot for McDonald. But, with McDonald apparently shaken up from a stick to the cranium, Boyes was chosen to take the shot. Boyes beat Niemi like a rented mule. 6-5.
0:02 – After bedlam inthe Hawk zone, Dave Bolland blocks the shot that turned out to be the Blues’ best chance to tie it.