David Backes


The Blues hadn't allowed more than four goals in a game through the first 11 contests of the season. On Wednesday night against the Blackhawks, they gave up five in the first period.


Eighty-one down, one to go: the regular season is just about over, and the Blackhawks aren’t wrapping it up as successfully and they’d like.


ST. LOUIS – It’s the way of the Central Division, really: with defense being such a high priority for the division’s best teams, it’s not easy to score goals.


Almost one year ago to the day, the St. Louis Blues exited the United Center with a 4-2 loss in hand, marking the second of six straight games they dropped to close out their regular season.


ST. LOUIS — For the Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon, it was all about finish.