NHL Playoff Schedule 2016: Stanley Cup Dates, Game Times for Updated Matchups

April 21st, 2016 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »

The Chicago Blackhawks are on life support in their first-round series with the St. Louis Blues.

Joel Quenneville's defending Stanley Cup champions find themselves down 3-1 to a strong and motivated St. Louis team. The Blackhawks are down, but with a core that includes Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith and Corey Crawford, they are not out.

The Blackhawks normally dictate the pace in most of their playoff series, but the Blues have been physical and have also played with precision through the first four games.

Vladimir Tarasenko (three goals, two assists) has driven the St. Louis offense, which has scored four third-period goals in the last two games. The Blues won Games 3 and 4 in Chicago after dropping a heartbreaker at home in Game 2. If they can win Thursday night at Scottrade Center, they will close out the Blackhawks and advance to the second round for the first time since the 2011-12 season.

The Blackhawks are going to have play Game 5 without Andrew Shaw, who scored a goal and had two assists in Game 4. Shaw lost control in the late stages of that game and was seen mouthing a homophobic slur and ...

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