San Jose Sharks at Chicago Blackhawks
3-2, Blackhawks (OT)
Goals: Jamie McGinn (San Jose), Marcus Kruger (Chicago), Justin Braun (San Jose), Andrew Brunette (Chicago), in overtime Patrick Sharp (Chicago)
Goalies: Ray Emery (.946), Antti Niemi (.912)
The good news is that we beat the Sharks to avenge that 1-0 shutout during the Circus Trip! We’re tied now at one game apiece, and we won’t see them again till January.
Ray Emery made some fantastic saves again in this game, which just happened to be his 100th career win. He’s proving that the stereotype of the backup goalie (a washed-up has-been or someone of little talent) is a load of cow chips. I just wish that a lot of fans would stop trying to find a goalie controversy in this situation; Corey Crawford will come back, I promise.
For the second time in as many games, Patrick Sharp scored the GWG in overtime. This was the best way to cap a very busy weekend for Sharpie – right after he scored the OT goal on Long Island Thursday night, he found out his wife went into labor. Madelyn Grace Sharp entered the world and Blackhawks Nation on Friday afternoon, and her daddy scored another OT goal for the win. Congrats Sharpie!
I’m getting the sense that when we have really good goalies in the opposing net, like we did with Antti Niemi in this game, our ability to screen said goalies flies right out the door. It’s been a recurring problem, and I’d say it’s the reason behind our habit of allowing the other guys score first. That, and we need to get out of our own zone so we can, you know, score some goals.
I would like to know just what is wrong with Niklas Hjalmarsson that he can’t defend the net like he should. That first Sharks goal was a major mistake on our part, and he’s accountable for it. And no, his assist on the goal that Kruger got doesn’t make up for his fail.
at Minnesota Wild
Another game I can watch! First meeting with the Wild in a battle for the Central Division, along with Detroit. I’ll need popcorn for this one.
If you tune in before the game (around 6:30 p.m. Eastern), you’ll see the debut of the show NHL 36, and the first episode just happens to feature Kaner. You know I’ll tune in for that.