Seriously, just look at all that went down over the past seven games:
- The offside coaches challenge of Game 2 that swung the game 3-2 in favor of Chicago.
- Andrew Shaw's use of a homophobic slur that earned him a one-game suspension.
- The Blues taking both Games 3 and 4 in Chicago, forcing the Blackhawks to rally from a 3-1 deficit. Also featuring a GOALIE FIGHT.
- And of course Chicago rallied, taking the next two, including a double-overtime victory in Game 5 then rallying themselves in Game 6 to force the final game in St. Louis.
- The Blues missing so many opportunities in Game 7 before finally netting the game-winner in the third period.
- Chicago's double post in the dying moments that gave everyone a heart attack.
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3 things we learned
1. The Blues hit a wall of bad breaks, and it almost cost them
It certainly got dicey for St. Louis in Game 7 as they missed not one, but two open nets -- and almost another on Troy Brouwer's game-winning goal.
Seriously, it was bad.
Brouwer himself missed the puck twice after it dinged off the post. Thankfully he potted it or he would have been seeing that in his dreams for years.
2. There was another hockey game on too!
Yes, it wasn't just the Blackhawks and Blues playing on Monday! The Ducks and Predators squared off in Nashville, where the home team shut down Anaheim's offense and came away with the 3-1 win to force a Game 7. The final game of that series will be played Wednesday, which also features the first game of the second round between the Islanders and Lightning, strangely enough.
don't they normally refuse to start the next round until all the prior rounds are finished up? pic.twitter.com/o4HszSKmAo— Stephanie (@myregularface) April 26, 2016
Never seen that before.
3. The Crying Jordans were out in full force
It was, as they say, lit on Twitter after the Blackhawks' loss.
Not sorry. pic.twitter.com/QI1dwUPA9I— Sean Gentille (@seangentille) April 26, 2016
This is for you, Chicago. Have a nice summer <3 pic.twitter.com/uKZ2PW3VuO— /usr/lib/pacefalm.so (@peakofgoodlivin) April 26, 2016
Wow, Scott Darling's new mask makes so much sense now. pic.twitter.com/XgbjY6xCHk— SB Nation NHL (@SBNationNHL) April 26, 2016
Im so sorry for this pic.twitter.com/GnbYHvWfJ4— connor (@ConIsles) April 26, 2016
And what an impact moment it was.
Stat of the Night
No Canadian teams in playoffs. No Original Six team remaining after Round 1.— Chris Cuthbert (@CCtsn) April 26, 2016
And no chance for a repeat for the Blackhawks or Kings either!