Sunday’s Game 3 against the St. Louis Blues was an exciting game, but fans were quickly let down in the third period when the Blackhawks couldn’t rally back after Patrick Kane’s double minor left them short-handed. The Blackhawks almost never lose when leading as they enter the third period, but all good things must come to an end I guess.
Kane’s Penalty Costs the Hawks
We saw Sunday’s game unravel at 11:51 of the third period when Patrick Kane’s stick hit the eye of Alex Pietrangelo. And, as you know, there was blood drawn with that hit, which led to a double minor. The Blackhawks were shorthanded for four minutes in the third when we needed all of our players the most. The pressure was on and Blues Jaden Schwartz beat Corey Crawford for the winning goal.
However, to say that the Blues now have seized control of the series is setting yourself up for a retraction. Yes, the Blues have a 2-1 lead in this series against the Blackhawks, but don’t take the Hawks out of the equation just yet. If you know anything about the Blackhawks it is that they come out swinging when the pressure is on—it’s almost like it is on purpose because they love the thrill.
The Chicago Blackhawks let one go in Sunday’s loss. Let’s hope the Blackhawks come out stronger in Game 4 on Tuesday, April 19th, but keep the momentum going through all periods to bring a win and a tie in the series. Remember, never count the Blackhawks out when down—they always bounce back.