One the best parts of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is sudden death overtime. If the score's tied after three periods, teams play until a goal is scored. Sometimes that means a few extra minutes — and sometimes, like last night in St. Louis, that means a few extra periods.
In Game 1 of the Blues-Blackhawks series, the Central Division rivals were tied 3-3 at the end of regulation. So they played 20 minutes of overtime hockey. Then another 20 minutes. The scored was still knotted up at 3 when they entered the third OT period. And then Blues winger Alexander Steen found himself in the right place at the right time:
These are the kinds of games that make the NHL postseason so much fun for fans. But they can also be traps for players. A big OT win like this one can carry one team through a series victory — and totally knock the wind out of the sails of the other bench. How will the Blues and Hakws respond? We'll find out when they meet again on Saturday.
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