By Chris Kuc
The difference between heading to St. Louis down three games to one or even in a best-of-seven series was monumental, and no one knew that more than the Blackhawks.
“Important game,” coach Joel Quenneville said simply hours before puck drop Wednesday night for Game 4 of the first-round NHL playoff series between the Hawks and Blues at the United Center. “As you progress in the series they become bigger.”
Showing more flair for the dramatic, the Hawks rallied late in the third period to tie it on a goal by Bryan Bickell, and Patrick Kane scored the winner 11 minutes, 17 seconds into overtime to give the defending Stanley Cup champions a 4-3 victory over the Blues to even the series at 2-2 with Game 5 set for Friday night in St. Louis. It was Kane’s second goal.
Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell also scored for the Hawks and Corey Crawford came up with another strong effort in goal with 30 saves to send the Hawks on the road with momentum and confidence.