David Backes Goal Lifts Blues Over Blackhawks in First OT Thriller of 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs (Video)
Heading in to the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, all the hockey experts said the Blues-Blackhawks series would be the best of the first round.
Just one night in, it’s looking like the experts were right.
The Central Division heavyweights battled to a 0-0 draw through 60 minutes. The Blackhawks did most of the shooting. The Blues did most of the hitting. Then, nine minutes into the extra frame, St. Louis captain David Backes fired the puck across the crease and got the kind of lucky bounce that so often ends up deciding these kinds of game—off the skate of Trevor van Riemsdyk and through the legs of goalie Corey Crawford.
Take a look:
Of course, it should not have come as a surprise that it would take overtime to decide Game 1. Three of five regular season games between the Blues and Blackhawks this year were decided in overtime. And when these teams faced each other in the first round back in 2014, four of those six games went to overtime, with each team winning two a piece.
So set your DVRs and buckle in, hockey fans. This is going to be a hell of a series.