Posted by: kristagolden | January 16, 2012

Blackhawks-Sharks Game Game 3 wrapup

San Jose Sharks at Chicago Blackhawks

4-3, Blackhawks

Goals: David Bolland and Viktor Stalberg (Chicago), Joe Pavelski and Jamie McGinn (San Jose), Jonathan Toews and Andrew Shaw (Chicago), Tommy Wingels (San Jose)

Goalies: Corey Crawford (21/24, .875), Antti Niemi (36/40, .900)

The Good

Third home win in a row! We’re now sitting pretty on top of the Western Conference, and we’re second in the league behind the Rangers. Feels real good.

Corey Crawford may seem like your ordinary quiet guy, but don’t be like Logan Couture and try to swat the puck out of his grasp, thereby getting your stick all up in his business. It may end up like this:

Sassy goalie is sassy.

Never underestimate the old folk: Sean O’Donnell got in a scrap with Brad Winchester in the first period.We don’t just yell at clouds, you know.

Dave Bolland opened up the scoring, getting a nice set up from Jimmy Hayes and Andrew Brunette. Then 90 seconds later, Viktor Stalberg stuck one in with a slap shot.

He must've smiled for a second, and his body couldn't handle all that happy.

 In fact, the entire first line of Stally, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane had a combined total of 17 of the 40 SOG for the night. With the absence of Patrick Sharp, we need a good left winger on that line, and Stally is proving that he belongs there.

Andrew Shaw scored his fourth goal in seven games – in fact, it was the game winning goal. Will he be staying with the team for the rest of the season? If I were the type to bet, I’d put money on a yes.

Oh yeah, he's staying.

The Bad

The officiating in the third period was very bad. Hooking, slashing and high sticking incidents were RIGHT THERE and never called. And that disallowed goal by Stally? I’d heard that it looked like it went off his skate in one angle but off his stick in another. And then people wonder why fans make fun of the refs constantly.

The Ugly

Kaner was ROBBED. He had this laser-sharp shot that would’ve surely went in the net had Antti Niemi not made a glove save at the absolute last minute. It left Kaner dumbfounded, and after the game he said he felt like going back to the locker room and changing out of his gear after that save. Poor thing was heartbroken, but now he says he hopes it and the assist he got on Tazer’s goal in the second period are a start on the road back to good things. I hope so as well.

Next Game

vs. Buffalo Sabres

January 18

NBC Sports Network

Kaner’s hometown team! But we still have to beat them, he needs bragging rights back home.

– Krista

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