LIVE BLOG: Blues, Blackhawks head to overtime...again

KSDK - The St. Louis Blues beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in triple overtime during the opener of their playoff series.

On Saturday afternoon, the Blues look to repeat that win. Watch the below live blog to follow the action, and be sure to catch the game starting at 2 p.m. right here on NewsChannel 5.


Five things to watch for in Game 2 of Blackhawks-Blues:

FATIGUE FACTOR: Everyone played a lot, and it's a short break before they return to the ice for Game 2 on Saturday afternoon.

Pietrangelo logged a whopping 44 minutes and 8 seconds of ice time. Blackhawks defensemen Duncan Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson played 40 minutes each and 11 others — eight of them Blues — played 30 or more minutes.

St. Louis defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who holds the longest iron man streak in major sports with 717 consecutive games played in the regular season, fell just short of 30 minutes after becoming dehydrated in the first overtime.

Despite the workload in Game 1, goaltender Ryan Miller was on the ice briefly Friday, among 10 players skating. The Blackhawks did not practice.

GREAT GOALTENDING: Miller surrendered three goals on seven shots in the first period, a continuation of his slump that coincided with the Blues' six-game losing streak to end the regular season. He finished with 32 saves in a row, many of them spectacular, keeping the Blues around long enough for Jaden Schwartz to tie it late in regulation, and for Alexander Steen to end it in the opening minute of the third overtime.

Corey Crawford was almost as good and faced a lot more rubber, totaling 48 saves.

"Honestly, I don't even think about it," Crawford said. "I feel like I just kind of get in the zone and I'm just reading the plays."

INJURY UPDATE: Blues forwards T.J. Oshie (head) and Patrik Berglund (shoulder) had rigorous workouts at the optional skate Friday and Oshie in particular looked ready to go. The Blues got a big boost in Game 1 when several players returned, and forward Vladimir Tarasenko was a game-changing presence coming off a 15-game layoff with a broken right thumb.

"Now, all of a sudden we look like we're dangerous off the rush again," Hitchcock said.

Blackhawks stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews also came back from lengthy layoffs without missing a beat. Kane's breakaway goal put Chicago up 3-2 late in the first period and Toews had two assists.

"They were both really good in a lot of ways," Quenneville said. "Kaner had the puck a lot, made a lot of nice plays. Taser played his normal game, he's so reliable and effective in all areas and we use him in all situations."

TIGHTER DEFENSE: Don't look for a repeat of the five-goal first period. Blues captain David Backes said the start of Game 1 was the "track meet" the Blackhawks desired.

"I didn't mind the way we played," Quenneville said. "We had the lead, we were close to getting it finished. Certainly, you'll take your lumps."

PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE: The Blackhawks played six overtime games en route to the Cup last season, going 4-2. They've learned to compartmentalize and Quenneville plans no lineup changes and Crawford said "I don't think anyone's really worried in our locker room."

"I don't know that there's much to dwell on," Sharp added. "It's a tough loss. It's a part of the playoffs."


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