It looked like Monday afternoon's matinee in St. Louis was going to be a blowout. The Blues jumped out to a quick two-goal lead on goals from Andy MacDonald and Brad Boyes, and the Chicago Blackhawks looked completely discombobulated in the process.
But then, the 'Hawks got angry. After all, points are vital right now for the defending champs, for whom the reality of missing the playoffs becomes larger and larger each day. They need wins and points. Badly.
Even I can't deny the evidence of stones that took place in the 2nd, when finally the Hawks figured out they did win a little something last spring and it was time to defend it for once. Kopecky outworks two Blues to leave Stalberg an opening (and he's earned that), Hossa and Bolland force a turnover where apparent-future building block Alex Pietrangelo goes for a walk leaving Bolland completely unmolested, Kane gets an easy one and Toews finally forgoes the backdoor pass to Sharp and slams one home, and the Hawks had a third period lead they couldn't blow. Though they tried.