Chicago Blackhawks at Calgary Flames
Goals: Lee Stempniak (Calgary), Viktor Stalberg (Chicago), Rene Bourque (Calgary), Paul Byron (Calgary), Marian Hossa (Chicago), Curtis Glencross x2 (Calgary)
Goalies: Corey Crawford (.808), Miikka Kiprusoff (.938)
We saw the return of Ben Smith! It was good to see #28 on the ice again!
Corey Crawford tried his best and even make a wicked save in the third period that would make you crave a cigarette afterward. I feel badly that he was hung out to dry tonight.
Yeah, those were the only good things in the entire game.
TOO. MANY. TURNOVERS. We kept losing the puck, and it made us look sloppy as ever. We seriously haven’t played this badly in a while.
The really bad thing for us was Miikka Kiprusoff – his team may not be performing like they want, but Kipper swatted our shots away like lowly flies.
No, the REALLY bad thing for us was the lazy defense we had tonight. I was wondering if they were all asleep out there. It was so bad that Duncan Keith was benched with 11 to go in the third. I just…ugh.
It should’ve been 2-1 Blackhawks at the end of the first, but the very first goal was waved off because the ref was in a bad position to see that the puck wasn’t covered by Kipper’s pad. Jonathan Toews had the right to go after the puck and did so, but the goal was blown dead. Why do the refs hate our goal attempts?
The two goals the Flames got in quick succession early in the second period were the result of sloppy defense and miscommunication. I thought we’d left that back in October where it belongs.
One of the Blackhawks reporters I follow on Twitter mentioned that this game is always either before or after the Vancouver game, and the hype from that match never bodes well for this one. It’s like we’re lax for this game and awake for that one.
vs. Edmonton Oilers
This game just happens to be on Patrick Kane’s 23rd birthday, so we need to win it for Kaner!