For the first time in the series, a road team won a game as the defending Stanley Cup Champions broke serve in their hard-fought series with the St. Louis Blues, and now hold a 3-2 series lead with an opportunity to finish the series on home ice.
For the fourth time in 5 games, 60 minutes wasn’t enough to solve who the better team was, and overtime was required after Chicago twice took the lead and twice St. Louis came back to tie it up. Marian Hossa got the Hawks on the board in the first period, while T.J. Oshie tied it up midway through the second period with a highlight reel goal from his knees.
Captain Serious Toews scored his second game winner in three games after being in the right place at the right time in the right situation. A save by Crawford and Duncan Keith‘s desperate clearing attempt went right to Toews who was at center ice catching the Blues on a line chance. Toews went in alone on Miller, and after faking a forehand to freeze the Blues goalie, he went backhand and just tucked the puck between Miller’s outstretched pad and the post for the winner.
It was just the second road game won in the entire Western Conference so far this playoff season, and Chicago will try to end it on Sunday afternoon at the United Center.