Blues fans may disagree with Ken Hitchcock on this one. After needing a game-tying goal late in regulation, and then enduring three overtimes for a Game 1 victory over Chicago Thursday, the Blues put themselves in dire straits again Saturday in Game 2. They coughed up a two-goal lead and trailed the Blackhawks by one as the precious last seconds ticked away. “Kind of fun to be honest with you,” Hitchcock said. “In a very sick way, but it’s kind of fun.” Well, if the outcome didn’t appear so bleak, the emotion at the end wouldn’t feel so good. And after another come-from-behind bailout at Scottrade Center, the 19,639 fans in attendance Saturday may have been in agreement with Hitchcock. Vladimir Tarasenko caused a tense crowd to put air between them and the arena floor, scoring with 6.4 seconds left in regulation to match Chicago, and then Barret Jackman sent everyone onto the St. Louis streets celebrating another 4-3 overtime thriller over Chicago. This game didn’t require triple-overtime like Thursday, thankfully according to Jackman, who ended the afternoon with a wrist shot that trickled through the legs of Chicago goalie Corey Crawford 5 minute, 50 seconds into the first OT. “At least it didn’t last three,” Jackman said. “It was past my bedtime last time.” The Blues took a two games to none lead in their best-of-seven first-round series against Chicago, which will host Game 3 Monday at the United Center, but they probably have not put the defending Stanley Cup champions to sleep. The club only has to go back to last season, when it blew a two games to none lead against the Los Angeles Kings, to be reminded of that.
Blues win another OT thriller over Chicago
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Apr 20