Edmonton Oilers at Chicago Blackhawks
Goals: Jonathan Toews (Chicago), Ryan Smyth and Taylor Hall (Edmonton), Andrew Brunette (Chicago), Andy Sutton and Ben Eager (Edmonton), Jimmy Hayes (Chicago)
Goalies: Corey Crawford (.867), Devan Dubnyk (.929)
Well, the night started off all right with a goal from Jonathan Toews, who had a lone assist from Daniel Carcillo. Good way to ring in the first goal of the new year.
Jimmy Hayes got his first NHL goal tonight! With Jamal Mayers and Brian Bickell screening Devan Dubnyk, he snuck the puck in there. He also got a lot of ice time tonight. Good job!
I’ll give it to Dubnyk: he was great tonight. A lot of good saves, and he got first star of the game. He deserves it.
Dear me, where to begin.
How about our lack of discipline? We took a lot of stupid penalties if you ask me. And our defense fell apart for some reason (Patrick Kane, I’m gonna beat the snot out of you for not backchecking enough tonight. Play like a center!). Lastly, why do we seem to fall apart when someone gets a non-concussion injury (re: Duncan Keith’s and Brent Seabrook’s injuries earlier this season)? I don’t know what to think.
There was a bad non-call tonight that I’m convinced led to Taylor Hall’s goal. He accidentally thwacked Niklas Hjalmarsson in the face with his stick, nicking him in the process. That should’ve been a high-stick call, and Taylor should’ve been in the box. Even Tazer executed his “complain about non-call” program to no avail.
Okay, so this hit Carbomb gave to Tom Gilbert…
Gilbert hadn’t touched the puck yet, and it looked like Carbomb was trying to prevent him from doing so. But the way he went about that was less than spectacular, and he got hurt in the process. This warrants a call from Brendan Shanahan, just like Pat Foley said.
Carbomb left in a lot of pain, and he might be out for a bit, depending on how bad it is. What really stinks is that this was just his second game back! Then there’s the matter of punishment. Given his history, the fact that he’s been Shanabanned before and that this hit looks unnecessary, he might get more than three games out. That’ll be served when he’s ready to return.
A lot of people are blaming him for the loss; in fact, one caller to WGN’s postgame show said he should be benched more often because of how he plays. But this is exactly why he was brought to the team – to add protection to our best scorers. That involves checking and fighting. Yes, he’s been suspended five times in his career. Yes, he has this reputation. But he didn’t cost us the game!
at Philadelphia Flyers
Can we please not fall apart in Philly?