Chicago Blackhawks at New York Islanders
3-2, Blackhawks (OT)
Goals: Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp (Chicago), Travis Hamonic and Michael Grabner (Islanders), in overtime Patrick Sharp (Chicago)
Goalies: Ray Emery (.939), Al Montoya (.893)
The last time the Blackhawks had won in Nassau Coliseum was December 10, 2002. We finally snapped that streak.
Marian Hossa scored his 400th career goal! He joins current players Jaromir Jagr, Teemu Selanne, Jarome Iginla and Jason Arnott in an elite club of 85 who’ve achieved that milestone. Also, Ray Emery is one win away from 100 career wins. If he’s in net Sunday and we get the W…whoa.
Speaking of Razor, he was incredible. And to think that this time last year, he was healing from hip surgery. I know the impulsive thing to do would be to diss Corey Crawford and call him a terrible goalie who can’t cut it as a starter. But honestly, it’s not all him – it’s our defense that sucks as well, don’t forget. Just give him a chance.
Patrick Sharp not only gave us a goal that put us comfortably in the lead for quite a while, but he sank the game-winning goal a minute and a half into overtime. Seems that the combo of Sharpie/Hossa is the new Kane/Toews in terms of on-ice chemistry. I like it.
While we were 6 for 6 on the penalty kill, we were only 1 for 3 on the power play (Hoss made sure we didn’t go 0 for 3). This seems to come and go in waves, and it’s pretty frustrating. While it’s nice to have a penalty called on the other guys, it’s not so nice when they score on our power play – we should be doing that.
The one penalty call I have a problem with is the elbowing call Patrick Kane got. From what I heard, he didn’t even touch whoever it was but got called on it anyway. I tried to shush him when he got a bit mouthy with the ref. Then I had this awkwardly proud moment when I learned it was his first elbowing penalty in his NHL career. Um, mazel tov, I guess.
vs. San Jose Sharks
NHLN-Canada/WGN-TV (Chicago area only)/Center Ice
The last time we met the Sharks, they blanked us. They’re in our barn now; perhaps memories of the Madhouse will rattle Nemo and help us sink some pucks.