Posted by: kristagolden | December 3, 2011

Blackhawks-Islanders Game 1 wrapup

New York Islanders at Chicago Blackhawks

5-4, Blackhawks (shootout)

Goals: Kyle Okposo (Islanders), Andrew Brunette (Chicago), Matt Moulson (Islanders), Ben Smith (Chicago), Jonathan Toews (Chicago), PA Parenteau (Islanders), Patrick Sharp (Chicago), Nino Niederreiter (Islanders), in the shootout Jonathan Toews (Chicago)

Goalies: Corey Crawford (.902), Al Montoya (.889)

The Good

It was nice to win after that awful Phoenix game. I feel bad that we had to beat the Islanders, but they did put up a good fight.

Chicago native Al Montoya got the nod to start for the Isles. It’s always nice to see guys play in front of a hometown crowd (especially his mom, aww).

Feisty Peekaboo is feisty.

It may have been good for the game, but not my heart: Patrick Kane was sent back to right wing after 24 games. The center option is still open, but for now he’s back on top line with Jonathan Toews and Viktor Stalberg. I miss him having his own line.

Execute program "Goal Celebration".

Tazer not only scored a wicked shorthanded goal, he snuck his shootout goal five-hole past Montoya. I suppose I can like you, as long as you don’t mind me calling you a robot whose battery pack is in your big behind.

Mazel tov, sweetie!

Ben Smith got his first goal of the season, thanks to a no-look assist from Kaner. After what he went through in the preseason and then getting called up from Rockford, he deserves it. Here’s to many more!

The Bad

Winning aside, it really didn’t feel like a win because of the way we played. It was like nothing went right and we barely made it out alive.

It's all right, Crow, it's not your fault.

Poor Corey Crawford, he was making great saves but was just hung out to dry. You could tell that it was wearing on him as the game went on.

The Ugly

Where to start…first, Niklas Hjalmarsson was, by the sounds of it, not paying attention out there, and that first Islanders goal was on him. And at one point there was such a breakdown in communication that Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook got tangled in each other. I’m gonna guess that it had a Keystone Kops look to it.

And what the heck happened between the second and third periods? We went from a 15-2 SOG advantage in the second to them having a 23-7 SOG advantage over us. We really need to work on this whatever it is that’s ailing us before we face the Blues.

Next Game

at St. Louis Blues

December 3

WGN/Center Ice

The last time the two teams met, we were shut out on Election Day. Here’s hoping we’ve learned our lesson and can give it right back.

As for the Islanders, this isn’t over – we meet them on their turf next Thursday. We’ll see if we can go 2 for 2.

– Krista

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