Chicago Blackhawks v St. Louis Blues -  Game Five

‘Everybody is a little discouraged,’ says Blues coach Hitchcock


For the second consecutive year, the St. Louis Blues are facing elimination in their first-round playoff series against the defending Stanley Cup champions after jumping out to a 2-0 series lead.

On Friday, Jonathan Toews scored in overtime to lift the Blackhawks to a 3-2 overtime victory in Game 5, giving Chicago a 3-2 series lead and putting the Blues on the brink of elimination yet again.

“We’ve done it all year. We’ve gotta do everything in our power to bring this thing back for Game 7. Everybody is a little discouraged, a little down, but (Sunday) we’ll get ourselves ready. I don’t see anything changing,” said Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock, as per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

However, there appears to be some history repeating itself for the Blues.

There are some striking similarities between their first-round series loss to the L.A. Kings last year, and to this current point in their first-round series this year with Chicago.

(And we’re sure you’ve seen the photo circulating on Twitter, but we’ll break it down here, too.)

2013 Playoffs versus L.A. Kings:

Game 1: 2-1 overtime win for St. Louis Blues, Alexander Steen scored the winning goal.

Game 2: 2-1 regulation win for St. Louis Blues, Barret Jackman scored the winning goal.

Game 3: 1-0 shutout regulation loss for St. Louis Blues.

Game 4: 4-3 regulation loss for the St. Louis Blues.

Game 5: 3-2 overtime loss for the St. Louis Blues.

Game 6: 2-1 regulation loss for the St. Louis Blues.

2014 Playoffs versus Chicago Blackhawks:

Game 1: 4-3 triple-overtime win for the St. Louis Blues, Alexander Steen scored the winning goal.

Game 2: 4-3 overtime victory for the St. Louis Blues, Barret Jackman scored the winning goal.

Game 3: 2-0 shutout regulation loss for the St. Louis Blues.

Game 4: 4-3 overtime loss for the St. Louis Blues.

Game 5: 3-2 overtime loss for the St. Louis Blues.

Again, striking similarities. Now, can the Blues alter this, or will history repeat itself in Game 6?

Julien explains comments about Lundqvist’s ‘acting’

Claude Julien

We’re now over two days removed from last Friday’s tilt between the Bruins and the Rangers, but the coaches from both teams seem unwilling to move on.

Moments after that game, Claude Julien claimed that Henrik Lundqvist did some “acting” on the ice to sell a goalie interference call on Brad Marchand.

On Saturday, Alain Vigneault fired back by saying that Julien needed to get his eyesight checked. Vigneault also compared Aaron Rome’s hit on Nathan Horton in the 2011 Stanley Cup final to Matt Beleskey’s hit on Derek Stepan in Friday’s game.

Now it was Julien’s turn to address the “issue” at hand.

Julien clarified his original comment about Lundqvist and he also tackled some of Vigneault’s comments.

“I think it’s pretty obvious what I said . . . I thought Lundqvist sold it,” said Julien. “Not for a second did I ever question Henrik Lundqvist as a person, or a goaltender or any of that. We all know how good he is as a goaltender, and I know he’s a good person. I’ve met him at the All-Star games and all that stuff.

Julien on his eyesight: “As far as my eyes, I’m not the one that compared Beleskey’s hit to Aaron Rome’s [hit]. We’ll just leave it at that.”

It’s time for both sides to move on.

Good news: Colaiacovo traveling with Sabres

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It was a scary sight.

Carlo Colaiacovo fell to his hands and knees after taking a cross-check to the throat from Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson (above).

Arvidsson received a five-minute major and a game misconduct, while Colaiacovo suffered a dented trachea on the play.

After the game, both Dan Bylsma and Peter Laviolette agreed that there was no malicious intent on Arvidsson’s part.

“I don’t think there was intent there to maliciously cross-check,” Bylsma said. “They kind of lose the puck, turn and his stick is right at that level and delivers a blow. When you look at it, it’s a pretty stiff cross-check to Carlo’s neck.”

“It was tough for Arvidsson,” said Laviolette. “I don’t think he had any bad intentions. He just ran into somebody and the stick got caught a little bit high, but just a tough turn of events.”

The Sabres defenseman left the game and was treated at a nearby hospital, but there is some good news to report.

According to the Buffalo News, Colaiacovo was released from hospital and he was able to travel to Detroit with his teammates.

It’s unclear how long he’ll be out.

Start the Carr: Habs recall another player from the minors

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There’s been a lot of movement between Montreal and Saint John’s lately and that continued on Sunday.

This time, it’s forward Daniel Carr who’ll be getting a stint with the big club.

Carr has no prior NHL experience.

The 24-year-old spent four years at Union College before joining the Canadiens organization as an undrafted free agent.

In his first season as a pro, Carr scored 24 goals (led the team) and 39 points in 76 AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2014-15.

This year, Carr has seven goals and 15 points in 20 games.

Montreal is without forwards Torrey Mitchell, Brendan Gallagher and Alexander Semin.

Campbell’s perfect snipe sinks Wings in OT


Brian Campbell doesn’t score as many points as he used to, but he came up with a huge goal against the Red Wings on Sunday afternoon.

With the game tied, 1-1, in overtime, Campbell skated into the slot and beat Petr Mrazek with a perfect wrister to end the game.

It was also a pretty nice passing play between Jussi Jokinen, Jonathan Huberdeau and Campbell.

Dylan Larkin opened the scoring in the second period before Reilly Smith leveled the score with just over five minutes remaining.

The Wings have blown a lead in three straight games.

Detroit was up 2-0 and 3-2 in their last game, against Edmonton, before they finally closed the game out with an overtime goal by Niklas Kronwall.

They weren’t so fortunate against the Bruins on Wednesday, as they lost 3-2 in OT after leading 2-1 with under two minutes remaining in regulation.

This was the first meeting of the season between Detroit and Florida, but they’ll see each other three times between Feb. 4 and Mar. 19.