In a high-scoring affair, the Blackhawks beat the Blues 6-4.
St. Louis started fast and was leading 4-3 at the end of the second period. Patrik Berglund scored twice on the night for the Blues, extending his home game with at least one goal streak to 14. Alex Pietrangelo and Kyle Brodziak each had a goal, rounding out the scoring for St. Louis.
Then, in what has become an all-too-common trend, the Blues’ defense eased up late in the game. This time, the lack of focus resulted in three unanswered goals and a home loss. Chicago is talented and has a potent offense leading the NHL with 46 points, but St. Louis had a comfortable lead.
However, the Blues’ defense lacks the tenacity that appeared to be promised by ssistant coach Rick Wilson‘s hiring In fact, it could be said that the defense has regressed. It’s an old cliché but still rings true: defense wins championships.
When asked about the loss, coach Ken Hitchcock said: “If we want to play with the top dogs, we’re going to have to play at a higher level. They were better than we were in critical ice. They dialed it up.”
With 4:25 left in regulation, Blackhawks wing Vinnie Hinostroza scored his second career NHL goal to ice the Blues, giving the visitors a late lead–a lead they would not relinquish, improving to 21-8-4 on the season.