Right down to the 4-3 overtime score, the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 in a way that seemingly mirrored how St. Louis won Game 1 and 2. It’s something that Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock admitted to noticing.
The series is now tied 2-2 with a Game 5 in St. Louis approaching. The two teams are so tightly matched that the goals total only favors Chicago by one.
It’s probably not surprising that Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville admitted that this was a big win and also acknowledged just how hard-fought this first-round bout has been so far.
The Blues hold home-ice advantage while the Blackhawks have two recent Stanley Cup victories and some more name recognition, so it’s difficult to handicap what’s become a best-of-three series. If the first four games are any indication, the margin of victory might be slim and there could be a few more twists and turns.