Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks
Goals: Patrick Sharp and Viktor Stalberg x 2 (Chicago), James Wisniewski (Columbus), Marian Hossa (Chicago)
Goalies: Corey Crawford (.974), Steve Mason (.818)
With this win, the Blackhawks become the first team to reach 50 points in the season. We’re 36 games in at this point; we reached the 50-game mark in 36 games back in the 2009-10 season…just sayin’.
After a bit of a holiday break to rest, Marcus Kruger is back! Our baby Swede hardly took it easy, giving some nice hits, including one to Rick Nash that Mr. Nash didn’t like. Even though it seemed like “Pick on Kruger” night, he did very well. *
Speaking of Swedes, Viktor Stalberg had back-to-back goals, even rebounding his own shot! He’s as flawless as Ikea meatballs.
Patrick Sharp gave himself an early birthday present by scoring the first goal of the game. It was a beauty of a goal, too!
Corey Crawford makes the angels weep with the way he plays. They all wish they could be like him.
Marian Hossa leads the team in points and is just generally our beast. His power play goal with about four minutes left in the third period? I cry tears of joy.
Still no Daniel Carcillo, although he did skate today in practice. He’s hoping to be in the game against the Kings on Wednesday, so keep your fingers crossed.
We were pretty much outshot and out-everything else by the Jackets but managed to win. While this is admirable on the surface, we can’t keep doing that.
That would be Columbus’ game in general. They rally in spurts, but when they’re up against a team like the Blackhawks, it does no good. Don’t get me wrong, they play an intense game, it’s just not as intense as it needs to be against top-tier teams.
vs. Los Angeles Kings
Could this be the triumphant return of the Carbomb? Let’s hope so!
* Not so well – word is that Krugs is out with possible concussion symptoms after being banged around so much during the game. Carcillo being out was bad enough, but Krugs having a bad time like Sidney Crosby is heartbreaking.