Blues coach Ken Hitchcock St. Louis did not know what to expect from his new-look team in their first game of the season against the Chicago Blackhawks Jersey Cheap Wednesday night.
After blue set aside for 5-2 win on the road, Hitchcock could not help feeling satisfied.
“You do emotional sense that it will take because of all the changes we have done wonders,” said Hitchcock, whose team was separated from captain David Backes long ago and the top goalie Brian Elliott during the offseason. “The first day was very strong. – Strong in the room, solid on the bench, solid everywhere it’s a good start.”
rightmost Vladimir Tarasenko had two goals and an assist to lead the Blues. Kevin Shattenkirk defense and center Paul Stastny each finished with a goal and two assists for San Luis (1-0-0).
Blues were 3-for-5 on the power play to quell a full on the United Center.
“It’s good to see our special teams were in order, because many times early in the season, you could have problems,” Shattenkirk said. “But in a game like this tonight, they are very important.”
Richard left end and right end Panik Ryan Hartman scored for the Blackhawks. Chicago (0-1-0) committed five penalties and managed only 19 shots, as he struggled to find a rhythm on the offensive end.
Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said his players need to generate even more opportunities in force.
“Structurally, (San Luis) has a very good team, good defense and a tight space,” Quenneville said. “It’s hard trying to get through shots, and we did a good job to get tickets and get pressure on the forecheck.”
St. Louis goalie Jake Allen stopped 17 shots in the victory. Chicago goalie Corey Crawford Jersey turned aside 29 of 32 shots.
Stastny scored a power play 55 seconds into the third period to put the Blues ahead 3-2 for their first lead of the game. Crawford Tarasenko passing shot stopped but could not corral the rebound, and Stastny chopped disk as it bounced off the ice.
“The guys who have been here before and know what it feels like to play in this building, know what it feels like to play against Chicago, played very well today,” Hitchcock said. “” The guys who leans forward, which have, veteran players, who actually presented. ”
Tarasenko added an empty-net with 1:06 remaining arc 4-2.
Scottish blue extreme left Upshall was credited with a goal with 19 seconds left after Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook inadvertently swept a pass into the empty net from his own team.
Chicago became his first opportunity to play to seize a 1-0 lead at 4:38 of the first period. Panik hit a rebound past Allen from the left side of the crease.
San Luis responded with a goal on the man advantage to even the score at 1 early in the second period. Defense Alex Pietrangelo slid a pass to Shattenkirk, who dropped a single timer left circle.
Chicago took a 2-1 lead in the first career goal Hartman with 6:03 to go in the second period. 2013 first-round draft pick of the Blackhawks intercepted a clearing attempt and scored moments later on a swift pass left end Tyler Motte. Hartman pumps a fist to celebrate the milestone.
“It’s a very good feeling,” Hartman said. “It’s something that would happen to all his life, but at the same time, we have lost. Hopefully, we return Friday with a little more energy.”
St. Louis took advantage of a power play five against three to even the score at 2 with 31.9 seconds remaining in the second period. Tarasenko scored on a wrist shot from the right circle as Jonathan Toews Jersey and Artem Anisimov watched from the penalty box Blackhawks.
Shattenkirk Tarasenko praised for its accuracy on the ice.
“It’s a guy who is so dangerous,” Shattenkirk said. “If you give a chance in a game, he can take advantage of it, more than most guys in this league.”