Chicago Blackhawks at Vancouver Canucks
Goals: Jannik Hansen (Vancouver), Andrew Brunette (Chicago), Patrick Kane (Chicago), Jonathan Toews (Chicago), Patrick Sharp (Chicago), Steve Montador (Chicago)
Goalies: Corey Crawford (.966), Cory Schneider (.815)
This was Game 1 on the annual two-week Circus Trip (so named because the circus hits United Center at this time every year), and my boys kicked it off in style. The rivalry hasn’t died, nor will it ever die.
Roberto Luongo sat out the game with what was called an “upper body injury.” I personally think he was just scared to face us again and used an injury as an excuse. Whatever, we can play “How Many Past Luongo” another day.
I have to say, this was a 180-degree turnaround from the last game – we managed to stay out of the penalty box (except two times when the Canucks also had a penalty), killing their chance on the power play while confusing the crap out of Ryan Kesler and company. Guess they aren’t used to our party manners.
Dave Bolland returned to the ice after sitting out three games with a foot injury. Next time, it’d be best if you blocked the shot with your stick and not your foot, mmkay?
Steve Montador is on fire so far this season, scoring his fourth goal in four games and sporting a very nice plus-9. His career high +/- was a plus-16 last year with the Buffalo Sabres, and I think it’s safe to say that he’ll not only match that, he’ll exceed it.
Sneakiest goal of the game goes to Patrick Kane, who slipped the puck past Cory Schneider off the faceoff. It looked like the goal bounced off Jonathan Toews’ stick at first, but it actually dinged off the stick of Sami Salo for a second before sailing into the net. Seventh goal of the year for Kaner, and 21 points in 19 games. Jack his swag, haters.
Holy crap, holy mother of pearl, holy fuzzy moo cows…we scored on two power plays. Last in the league on the power play? That was soooo last week.
Corey Crawford. Yeeeeeeeep.
Brent Seabrook didn’t play (he has a leg injury from slamming skates-first into the boards during the Edmonton game), and the defense acted much the way it did when Duncan Keith was hurt last month – it struggled. But they caught fire quickly and held the Canucks to a single goal.
As if we needed any more injuries, Michael Frolik slammed into the boards funny in the third period but managed to get to the bench. He’ll be evaluated on the off day and before the next game, but sheesh, it’s like last season in reverse injury-wise.
For the Canucks, that is – after they handed the boys a blistering loss at home, we returned the favor. And it was with their backup goalie.
Protip to Daniel Sedin: don’t jam your stick in Crawford’s crotch again, or you’ll be goalie food.
vs. Calgary Flames
We beat them once, we can do it again.