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Patrick Kane after Blues comeback: ‘They have our number this year’


James OBrien

The St. Louis Blues looked down and out against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, yet they battled back without two of their top scorers to win 6-5 via a shootout.

It hasn’t escaped the defending champs’ notice that the Blues have taken all three of their games this season and four in a row overall.

“Right now it seems like they have our number this year,” Patrick Kane said, via Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Blackhawks built three two-goal leads (2-0, 3-1 and 5-3) on Saturday - including bouncing Jaroslav Halak after one period in the process - yet the Blues kept fighting back.

If nothing else, it seems like head coach Joel Quenneville & Co. are embracing a building rivalry.

“Great hockey game, great intensity,” Quenneville said. “It’s good for the sport. Tough for us.”

Things won’t be easy for Chicago (27-7-7, 61 points) in the Central Division or the Western Conference. While the Blues (25-7-5, 55 points) remain reasonably close behind the ‘Hawks, the surging Anaheim Ducks (28-7-5, 61 points) hold tiebreaker advantages over Chicago as of tonight.

Quenneville was talking about a divisional race when he said “I expect to be in a race the whole time” tonight, but it’s probably an accurate portrayal of the battle for seeding overall.

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