SO MANY PENALTIES
The Blues and Blackhawks combined for 17 penalties and 61 penalty minutes in Game 2. The defending Stanley Cup champions were responsible for 11 of those penalties and 41 penalty minutes, both season highs.
It looked as if the Blackhawks wanted to match the physicality of the Blues, and it took them out of their puck possession game at times.
"I think a little bit we might have played into their hands, but we've got to get back to our hockey, because when we're playing that way we do a good job and that's how we win," Chicago forward Brandon Saad said.
BEEN HERE BEFORE
St. Louis began last year's playoffs with a pair of 2-1 victories over Los Angeles at home, including an overtime win in the opener. The Blues then lost the next four games against the Kings.
"We played the best game all year Game 3 in Los Angeles and lost," Hitchcock said.
"This is going to be a very long series and we're going to have to be better than we've been if we expect to win a game in Chicago."
ABOUT THOSE GOALTENDERS: Blues goalie Ryan Miller has been solid since Chicago's three-goal first period in Game 1. He had 25 saves in Saturday's win, and all three of the Blackhawks' goals came with traffic in front of the net.
Corey Crawford made 48 saves for Chicago in the triple-overtime opener, but he was disappointed with his 27-save performance in Game 2.
"He said he needs to be better, and he needs to be better," Quenneville said.