Just like that, Blues are hot and Blackhawks are not

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It’s not always pretty, but more often than not, the St. Louis Blues are finding ways to squeeze out wins. Even if the story isn’t always the same.

On Wednesday … it was all just kind of wacky, wasn’t it?

The first period was the wildest span of the game, as we saw goalie collisions, fake and real goalie changes, penalty shots and a staggering seven goals.

The Chicago Blackhawks came out of that first 20 minutes with a 5-2 lead, and when you consider the fact that the Blues were closing off a back-to-back, it would be reasonable to expect Chicago to chalk up a win.

Not much was reasonable about this one, however.

Instead, the Blues stormed back in the second period, scoring three unanswered goals to tie things up.

After a third period that inspired some cheesy “What, no goals?” jokes, the contest went deep into overtime, and it all ended in a fitting way.

Vladimir Tarasenko inspired jokes of his own for failing to score a point among the 10 goals scored, but he generated the most important one of the contest. It only makes sense that he missed the net earlier in that sequence before scoring the overtime game-winner.

Picking up the pieces

Looking past the dizzying game we saw, the Blues to improve to 9-3-1 on the season as they’ve won three of their last four games, including two victories in overtime.

The Blackhawks are stumbling a bit on their own account, as they’re now 7-5-1 and have dropped three of their last four games.

Both teams have their issues to work out, yet would anyone be that surprised if Wednesday proved to be a preview for another playoff series?

If so, it could stand as must-watch TV.

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It was a costly game for the Blues injury-wise, as Steve Ott suffered an upper-body injury and Brian Elliott was shaken up by a collision with Jonathan Toews. Not much update-wise after the game on either front …