Blues Overcome MacKinnon Magic, World Championships on Tap, Strome on His Future, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

Before we get into the remarkable hockey from last night, I want to throw happy birthday wishes out to my dad. He’s celebrating a *nice* birthday today, so good for you bud! On the ice, the game (singular) was worth the price of admission last night. Denver was rocking, the Blues answered the bell and lived to see another day.

•   Holy cow what a game last night! If you wasted your time on the NBA debacle, I’m sorry (with all due respect to the hoopers out there, last night’s Heat-Celtics game was bad). The Avalanche rolled to a 3-0 lead early in the second but Vlad Tarasenko scored to get the Blues on the board late in the second. St. Louis, like Calgary the night before, came all the way back to tie the game at three. And then Nathan MacKinnon scored one of the most impressive goals you’ll ever see to give the Avs what felt like a soul-crushing 4-3 lead late in the third period.

•   Unlike the Flames, the Blues did not fold their tents after MacKinnon completed his hat trick and gave the Avs an emotional lead. St. Louis came back and scored a game-tying goal inside the final 60 seconds of regulation and then Tyler Bozak, who skated less than seven minutes in regulation, sniped home the overtime game-winner. We’ll get a Game 6 in St. Louis.

•   Here’s tonight’s schedule:

Rangers @ Hurricanes — 6 PM CT — ESPN (series tied 2-2)
Oilers @ Flames — 8:30 PM CT — ESPN (Oilers lead 3-1)

•   The World Championship continues into bracket play today. All five Blackhawks skaters advanced into the playoffs at the tournament. If you’re looking for some hockey to watch during your lunch today, the puck drops for the US at 12:20 PM CT. Seth Jones and Sam Lafferty will face Philipp Kurashev, so you’ll have three Blackhawks in action.

•   In a recent article at The Athletic, Mark Lazerus spoke with Dylan Strome about his future with the Blackhawks. “It’s kind of up to them,” Strome said. “There’s nothing I can do about it now.” We outlined how Strome can help the Blackhawks’ rebuild whether he’s back in Chicago or traded this summer.

•   Apparently Torts got an interview with the Flyers, which is a fascinating potential fit.

•   It appears the NHL is going to have some new corporate partners in the coming year.

•   To borrow from the old commercial asking “Where’s the beef?” Apparently it was in Cincinnati last night.

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Tab Bamford has been writing about the Chicago Blackhawks for almost two decades. He joined Bleacher Nation as the lead Blackhawks writer in May 2022. Tab is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and is the author of two books about the Blackhawks: "100 Things Blackhawks Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die" (Triumph Books) and "Chicago Blackhawks: An Illustrated Timeline" (Reedy Press, 2021). Find him on Twitter/X/Instagram/Threads at @The1Tab

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