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Blackhawks turn Game 6 on its head with blazing second period

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Fans arrive at United Center before Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round Stanley Cup playoff series between the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues Saturday, April 23, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


These are the types of periods that can change a series. These are the moments that remind you that the Chicago Blackhawks are defending Stanley Cup champions for a reason.

Time will tell if the second period bring something the St. Louis Blues likely (if secretly) feared: a Game 7 against the Blackhawks.

Judging from this contest, the third period could feel like a game onto itself, much like the previous two have. That’s especially true with Corey Crawford shaken up by a hard shot late in the middle frame.

The Blues shook off a 1-0 early Blackhawks lead to run up a 3-1 score in the first period, prompting many to wonder if Chicago could dig deep again.

The answer: yes they could, and they did in a big way.

Chicago took advantage of great play from the likes of Andrew Ladd to swing that 3-1 margin to a 4-3 lead heading into the third period, including killing a penalty in the dying minutes.

Interestingly, the Blackhawks have dominated second periods during this series while third periods have frequently gone the Blues’ way.

In other words ... definitely stay tuned.