The Lightning and Red Wings teased it, but it took the third game of the first night of the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs to get that beloved, anxiety-racked blessing know as playoff overtime.
It really fits this rugged Chicago Blackhawks – St. Louis Blues game, too.
The other thing that stands out is that the Blues are aiming to bruise their rivals, generating a 41-19 hit advantage. One can quibble about how much of an advantage that really might be – usually, when you’re delivering checks, you’re also chasing the puck – but it fits with the Blues’ MO.
One bounce, one mistake, one brilliant play could be all it takes for the Blackhawks or Blues to go up 1-0 in this series.
It’s beautiful and unnerving, isn’t it?