I Guess That’s Why They Call Them the Blues

December 16th, 2009 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
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The St. Louis Blues have tried over the past couple of years to establish a physical presence on the ice whenever they matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks. On Wednesday night, Dustin Byfuglien made sure they knew the game was in Chicago.

Byfuglien, finally, was a physical presence for 60 minutes and the Blackhawks’ new lines continued to move the puck and find the back of the net in a 3-0 victory in front of the biggest United Center crowd of the year. This was the first time since 2002 that the Hawks recorded consecutive shutouts, and the franchise hadn’t seen different goalies post back-to-back doughnuts since 1983; one of those goalies 26 years ago was Tony Esposito.

The Hawks offense was moving from the opening puck drop, appropriately on Stan Mikita Heritage Night, as they put 20 shots on net in the first period. Ty Conklin, who was a thorn in the side of the Hawks’ last year in Detroit and had a 7-2 career record against Chicago coming in, let two pucks get past him in the final six minutes of the first as the Hawks sprinted to a big early lead.


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