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A “Brutal Loss” For The Blackhawks

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

It was the manner in which the Hawks gave up the game-winner that had Joel Quenneville upset. As the clock wound down, the Hawks had the puck deep in the Blues’ zone. And instead of playing it safe, they went for the jugular. With three forwards already down low, defenseman Brent Seabrook pinched in, too. So when Toews’ soft shot toward the goalmouth was taken by St. Louis’ Alex Pietrangelo, it left only Duncan Keith back to defend against a sudden three-on-one. Crawford was kicking himself for not making a save he said he makes “a bunch of times,” but Quenneville blamed the over-aggressive play of his team.

“Brutal loss,” he said. “Look back at the last three points we left on the table. We’ve got to get that game to overtime. I don’t know what we were thinking about. We’ll take one [point] and then maybe two. Getting none is unacceptable.”

more on the game... watch the  game-winning goal late in the 3rd period below...

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“It’s frustrating,” Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said after Alexander Steen scored on a three-on-one with 21.1 seconds left to give the Blues a 3-2 victory in a rollicking affair at Scottrade Center. “That’s two games in a row. I feel like tonight we got robbed of two points. And last game [against Tampa Bay], we got robbed of one point, just from making some small mistakes late in the game. Normally, that would be when we feel like we take over and we get even better.”

Robbed? Really?  That’s the word he chooses.  More like “gave away”  I hear robbed in regards to sports and I think of bad officiating or possibly just a ridiculous bounce at the worst time.  Making bad decisions and losing the game hardly equates to having it taken from you, but I guess it is Toews so I shouldn’t be surprised by his point of view.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 10/10/13 at 08:41 AM ET

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I saw much of this game.  Chicago dominated at times, but could not close the deal.  Toews demonstrated that he is a star and thus can get away with things that other players are whistled for.  He slashed and speared his way through every shift on the ice.  He is dirty player and a whining cry baby.

Alex Steen is the best skating player for St. Louis.  This is what was supposed to be the case with T. J. Oshie, but he has never become what he was expected to be.  He now is a bottom line player and should be stuck there.

All in all, it was an entertaining game and I was pleased with the last few second outcome.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 10/10/13 at 08:48 AM ET

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That was a pretty goal by Steen set up by playing like a team.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 10/10/13 at 10:17 AM ET

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Seabrook messed up by pinching in, there was no need at that point in the game. I agree with Quenneville, leaving points on the table is like a bad smartphone!

Posted by Its All Hockey on 10/10/13 at 10:23 AM ET

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Second game in a row they left points on the table. They dominated Tampa for all but 5 minutes of the game the other night, gave up two quick goals and lose in OT.  Last night they gave up an easy point with over aggressive play with 20 seconds to go.

Posted by timbits on 10/10/13 at 10:32 AM ET

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Toews demonstrated that he is a star and thus can get away with things that other players are whistled for.  He slashed and speared his way through every shift on the ice.  He is dirty player and a whining cry baby.

I agree 100%. That slash on Backes after his goal should have been a five-minute major and a two-game suspension. It was clearly done with the intent to injure.

Every time I hear some “expert” compare Toes to Stevie Y, it makes me wanna puke. They both wear/wore #19 and they both play/played center. Beyond that, there is no similarity. Period.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/10/13 at 02:00 PM ET

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