St. Louis Blues Lose to Hated Chicago Blackhawks in Shootout: Fan Reaction

The St. Louis Blues needed to get points against the Chicago Blackhawks. After being down 3-1 with 11 minutes left in the third period, St. Louis came back to tie the game and send it to overtime. The Blues then lost to their heated rivals in a shootout March 29 by a score of 4-3.

At least they got a point. The game just goes to prove that no matter how shattered the season may be for the Blackhawks, they play some of their best hockey against the Blues. The normally solid defense of St. Louis played like Swiss cheese, giving up 40 shots on goal.

The good news is that St. Louis still leads the NHL with 106 points and four games left to play. Getting one point is better than none. Had the Blues won the game, the Central Division title was theirs for the taking. That would have meant no worse than a two seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

The Vancouver Canucks still lurk just three points behind St. Louis. Vancouver has five games left and can still catch St. Louis. One more victory by the Blues means the top seed in the Western Conference becomes a two-team race.

The Blues and Blackhawks have a series that goes back 281 games. The Blues have played more games against the Blackhawks than any other NHL team. Overall, St. Louis owns a 111-123-36-11 record against Chicago. The first season these two teams met in 1967-1968, Chicago beat St. Louis twice and tied twice. The Blues went onto their first of three Stanley Cup Finals appearances later that year.

When the Blues and Blackhawks rumble, the venue and won-loss records don't matter. St. Louis finished a perfectly weird 2-2-2 against their most hated rivals this season. In a postseason matchup, look for one of the toughest series in the NHL this year should the two teams have the fortune of playing each other.

Although the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs have a heated rivalry along Interstate 55, the Blues and Blackhawks are just as well-known. Anytime these two Central Division titans meet, the NHL will have some of the best hockey in the league.

William Browning was born in St. Louis and has been a lifelong Blues fan.

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Updated Friday, Mar 30, 2012