Dallas Stars at Chicago Blackhawks
October 8, 2011
Goals: Andrew Brunette (Chicago), Dave Bolland (Chicago), Jonathan Toews (Chicago), Vernon Fiddler (Dallas), Patrick Sharp (Chicago), Steve Ott (Dallas), Dave Bolland (Chicago)
Goalies: Corey Crawford (.905), Andrew Raycroft (.867)
I was very tempted to just write “Everything was Dave Bolland and the Dallas Stars hurt.” I’m not kidding, Bolly was on fire tonight – two goals and five shots on goal after missing the season opener in Dallas because of an upper-body injury. What a way to come back!
Andrew Brunette made his first goal as a Blackhawk, scoring the team’s first goal at home in the first period. This was after a last-minute line switch, putting him on first line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp; Brandon Saad went to second line with Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa.
Jonathan Toews made a sweet goal literally right out of the penalty box. After popping out of the sin bin (where he’d been for a slashing call), he made a breakaway run and sank the puck behind Andrew Raycroft.
If there was anything bad about the game, it was our power play; it still needs work. I like the idea that the first line for the PP is the reliable line of Kane-Toews-Sharp, but even that can wear thin if there are a lot of calls. Also on the bad side was a call the ref made against Patrick Sharp in the third period. He was called for tripping, and as he was on his way to the box, the ref suddenly threw him out of the game and gave him a 10-minute penalty for misconduct. When he was asked about it later, Sharpie said he hadn’t said anything to the ref, but the ref made a remark along the lines of “You’re causing problems, you’re out.” (For the record, he’d only had one other 2-minute penalty the entire night!) And then people wonder why we hate the refs.
The only ugly thing about this game was how Dallas played – blame it on the lack of sleep they got from traveling in the wee hours of the morning, blame it on their rookie coach, blame it on the crowd at United Center, it doesn’t matter. It was just abysmal. And after the way Kari Lehtonen held his ground on Friday, it was a puzzlement as to why they didn’t put him in net. That made it really ugly.
vs. Winnipeg Jets
October 13, 2011
CSN-Chicago, TSN, ,WGN Radio
I might not be able to write a gamer for this one because of my feelings about the Jets. Maybe I’ll tweet Dan Carcillo with a request: check that jerk Andrew Ladd into the boards in the name of Thrashers fans everywhere.