It didn’t come without drama, but the St. Louis Blues came away with a 4-3 overtime win against Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 to take a 2-0 lead as they head to Chicago for Game 3.
The hero this time around was Barret Jackman as he beat Corey Crawford 5:50 into overtime to seal the game with a slap shot through traffic that squeezed through Crawford’s pads.
After the game, Jackman tells NBC’s Brian Engblom what he saw on the game-winning goal.
Where the game changed, however, was late in the third period when Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook was given a five-minute major for charging Blues captain David Backes. The hit dazed and knocked Backes out of the game and gave the Blues an opportunity to tie the game up with six seconds left.
The Blackhawks were down 2-0 after the first period because of goals from Chris Porter and Kevin Shattenkirk, the latter a buzzer-beater. After two it was 2-1 when Duncan Keith scored in the second, but early in the third they got goals from Seabrook and Michal Rozsival. Both goals deflected off Blues players in front of the net, Rozsival’s goal was especially funky.
GM says Blue Jackets are ‘off the rails’ right now
Apparently Blue Jackets management is a little shaken by the second 0-3-0 start in franchise history, however.
Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen shared his shock and dismay with the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline on Tuesday.
“I’m surprised how, in just five days, we’ve gone from a very confident group to something that’s the opposite of that,” Kekalainen told The Dispatch on Tuesday. “Our confidence, our game … it’s off the rails right now.
Maybe losing to the Buffalo Sabres stings a little bit extra?
Kekalainen said “there’s no excuse for how we played in Buffalo,” pointing out that every team in the NHL is a “good team.”
Indeed, just about every squad boasts some dangerous weapons if they catch an opponent sleeping.
Portzline goes deeper on Columbus’ recent history of stumbling out of the gate, but consider the foreboding stretch coming up.
Next four games: Three out of four at home Eight games following that: Seven out of eight on the road.
As you can see, winter is coming for Columbus, so they best get things together. All things considered, this is the right time for a wake-up call.
For bonus chuckles, here’s a photo of Kekalainen on a railing.
He entered the building considerably later than usual, but his presence at least opened the door for the possibility of No. 8 suiting up against the San Jose Sharks.
Instead, the Capitals will face the hot-starting Sharks without Ovechkin (personal reasons) and Nicklas Backstrom (injury).
That’s a tall order, yet it’s also an opportunity for Barry Trotz to prove his system is a difference-maker … and that the Capitals have the young players to take up the mantle when the big stars are out
This is how Washington’s forward lines may look tonight:
With Ovechkin out, Caps lines look like this: