By Mike Harrington
CHICAGO -- The Blackhawks have everything in their favor going into Game Six today against the St. Louis Blues in the United Center (TV reminder: 3 p.m. Eastern on NBC and CBC). Chicago has won three straight in the series, the last two in OT, and has a history of coming through in the clutch late in a playoff series, which I documented in my column for today's editions.
The print version of the column included the following chart, which pretty starkly shows how good the numbers are.
BLACKHAWKS AT CRUNCH TIME
Analyzing the Chicago Blackhawks' playoff record the last five seasons:
Series record: 8-2
W-L record: 40-23
Games One-Three: 16-17
Games Four-Seven: 24-6
OT Games One-Three: 4-7
OT Games Four-Seven: 9-2
Meanwhile, the Blues are dealing with some incredibly bizarre history comparing this series to last year's loss to the LA Kings, a six-gamer that saw St. Louis also win the first two at home and then collapse. Look at what's happened in BOTH years. Wow
Game One: Alex Steen scored overtime winners.
Game Two: Barrett Jackman scored the game-winning goal, this year’s coming in overtime.
Game Three: The Blues outshot the Kings and Blackhawks by nine but lost by shutout.
Game Four: The Blues blow a late 3-2 lead and lose, 4-3, to even the series.
Game Five (both years, remember!): Alex Pietrangelo scores the game-tying goal, his first of the playoffs, and gets assisted by Jaden Schwartz. But the Blues lose in OT, 3-2.
Last year in Game Six, the Blues lost to the Kings, 2-1, and were eliminated. If they lose here today, 2-1 .... that would just be theater of the absurd.