The St. Louis Blues will be living up to their name, this morning, after throwing away a 3-1 lead over the Chicago Blackhawks at the
United Centre, and picking up only their second loss in seven outings – a result which went against many pundits NHL betting tips.
Andrew Brunette lit the lamp for the Blackhawks after just two minutes, hitting home the assist from Slovakian winger, Marian Hossa, at close range. The Blues equalised, 59 seconds later, thanks to Jamie Langenbrunner.
Chicago could have been forgiven for thinking that they had wronged St Louis in some way, as the first period drew to a close, after strikes from Andy McDonald and Patrik Berglund turned the Blues’ lead into a near-unassailable 3-1 up.
However, Victor Stalberg brought the Blackhawks back into contention, scoring the only goal of the second period, courtesy of an assist from rookie player, Marcus Kruger, and a helpful deflection off his own skate.
Canadian defenceman, Brent Seabrook, tied the scores at 3-3 in the final period, forcing the game into overtime, but, when neither team could find that elusive winner, a shoot-out was called on the ice.
Patrick Kane scored the only goal of the six-shot duel, to give the Blackhawks their second win in four games. Four attempts found only the pads of the opposition tender, while St. Louis’ David Perron shot wide.
Speaking about his team’s loss, Blues coach, Ken Hitchcock, said that his players, after taking the early advantage, spent the rest of the match trying to get back into the game. “The lead came too easy to us. We didn’t have to work for it, and then when we got on our heels, we couldn’t get back off our heels. They were coming at us.”
Chicago’s Corey Crawford was pleased with his teammates’ collective performance: “we battled back. We stuck with it, and that’s a huge two points for us.”
Those looking to bet on hockey should keep a close eye on these developments.