Posted by: kristagolden | February 15, 2012

Blackhawks-Preds Game 3 wrapup

Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators

3-2, Predators

Goals: Ryan Suter (Nashville), Bryan Bickell (Chicago), Nick Spaling (Nashville), Marian Hossa (Chicago), Ryan Ellis (Nashville)

Goalies: Ray Emery (16/19, .842), Pekka Rinne (30/32, .938)

The Good

We got two goals! After Ryan Suter scored the first goal of the game, Bryan Bickell answered with one of his own. Take that, you whistle-blowing jerks!

Marian Hossa caught the puck off a bad bounce and shot a nice wrister to pot one behind Pekka Rinne. Emma warned that Peks was a beast between the pipes, and she wasn’t lying.

I’m proud of my boys for putting forth the best effort I’ve seen in this hideous, reeking road trip from hell so far. Maybe the rumors pf trades and firings got under their skin and motivated them to do something. At least it’s a step in the right direction.

The Bad

We had some bad puck control in the first period and couldn’t stay out of our zone. We need to stop that. I really mean it.

Also in the first period was a bit of a scrum that came about after Jonathan Toews, aka Toewsbot Unit 19-C (for captain), was heading to the net. It looked like he got some help from Kevin Klein and bowled over Peks:

which led to this:

For that, Toewsbot executed the program “Sit in Penalty Box” for goalie interference. I know he probably couldn’t have stopped in time to run into Peks, but Klein propelled him so he kinda squashed him. But kudos for Patrick Sharp and Dave Bolland for coming to his defense (and to Patrick Kane for at least looking like he wanted to get involved…and what was Nick Spaling doing anyway?).

Nashville coach Barry Trotz on their game-winning third goal: “The winning goal was payback for Hossa’s goal…they got a fortunate bounce and we got one.” HA HA HA HA HA you’re so…meh.

The Ugly

The whistles were back. You can guess my reaction.

The skid is at nine games. We haven’t lost this many in a row since Kaner and Toewsbot’s rookie season (2007-08, 7 games). At this point I’d run down the street naked at high noon if it would help snap the losing streak.

We’re the only team in the entire league without a shutout win. I’d like to know who is jinxing my boys, so that I may throw milkcrates and dead octopi at them.

Next Game

at New York Rangers

February 16

NHL Network

Can the boys stop the Rangers? If the Thrashers can (and they did in a shutout), I know they can!

– Krista


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