Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks
Goals: Valtteri Filppula (Detroit), Jimmy Hayes and Marcus Kruger (Chicago)
Goalies: Corey Crawford (31/32, .969); Jimmy Howard (27/29, .931)
I would like to thank the Blackhawks for giving me the second best present I got for my birthday (the best was Patrick Kane’s “rookie card”, which I will show soon in a separate post).
Dave Bolland took a puck to the face in the first period, but he didn’t miss much time when he went to get stitched up. He was back on the ice menacing the Red Wings in no time.
Jimmy Hayes was on fire tonight, getting the tying goal and an assist on Marcus Kruger‘s tip-in in the third period. I always wish for the Gordie Howe hatty when that happens. By the way, Krugs’ goal was his first career game winner.
Hi, haters. Look at Corey Crawford‘s game stats. Now look at yourself in the mirror and convince yourselves that he still deserves to be traded.
Toewsbot Unit 19-C was not in use for this game (Jonathan Toews was out with an upper-body injury). Pavel Datsyuk was also absent due to knee surgery. Kinda evened things up in my mind.
I wish Jimmy Howard had some rust on him after sitting out eight games because of a broken finger. He robbed Patrick Sharp of a goal TWICE and frustrated Patrick Kane.
The only ugly thing I know of was Todd Bertuzzi falling on Corey toward the end of the second period, and then Corey had a time getting to the bench for intermission. He later said that a puck hit him in the side and made his leg go numb, but he was able to finish out the game. Still don’t like Betuzzi squishing my goalie and not getting nicked for interference.
vs. Dallas Stars
With trade rumors swirling, will this be the last time we see these two teams as they are?