There's an old saying when it comes to the playoffs: a series hasn't even begun until a team wins one on the road.
Supposing that's true, through four games, the first-round series between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues has yet to even begin. After going down 2-0 in St. Louis, the Blackhawks did what they had to, winning both of their home game.
The Game 4 victory came thanks to Patrick Kane, who gave them a 4-3 overtime win with this beautiful overtime winner:
You could see this one coming, and not just because we know Kane has a playoff gear because he has a playoff haircut, or because he was in that gear all night, with 2 goals and an assist.
He was dancing all overtime. You had to worry about what would happen if he got a little time and space, and what do you know, this is what happened.
There are few players in the NHL more terrifying on an odd-man rush, because Kane can just about do it all. We've seen him make incredible passes, and we've seen him deke his way through the defense to get to the goal, so you have to respect both options. That means he's almost always going to have time to shoot, if he wants.
The Blues were close to taking a stranglehold on this series. After falling behind by two in the game, they clawed their way back to even things up with two goals in the final two minutes of the second period, then Vladimir Tarasenko put them ahead midway through the third.
But they couldn't hold the lead, a common theme in this series, and heck, these playoffs as a whole. Bryan Bickell scored to tie the game back up four minutes later, leading to sudden death overtime, where the Blues died suddenly.
With that, the series shifts back to St. Louis for Game 5, and suddenly, all's the pressure on the Blues. Will they get David Backes back? And if not, can they still reverse Chicago's cresting momentum?