Toronto Maple Leafs at Chicago Blackhawks
Goals: Tyler Bozak (Toronto), Andrew Shaw (Chicago), Joffrey Lupul and Clark MacArthur (Toronto), Marcus Kruger, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa x2 (Chicago), Mike Brown (Toronto)
Goalies: Corey Crawford (7/10, .700), Ray Emery (23/24, .958); Jonas Gustavsson (30/34, .882)
There were a couple of guys making their debuts in this game: first, of course, is rescued former Thrasher Johhny Oduya, whom we picked up on Monday. He may have been on the ice for the Leafs’ first three goals (oops), but Coach was very pleased nonetheless by his performance.
The other debutante of the night was Brandon Bollig, who was called up from Rockford on Monday. He introduced himself in a huge way by fighting Luke Schenn.
Andrew Shaw was also called up from the IceHogs, and he showed his love to the crowd by scoring the first Hawks goal of the night. Here’s a #ShawFact: Shawsie doesn’t score goals, the puck runs into the net in fear.
Marian Hossa scored twice, including an empty-netter, but the star of the night (the actual first star of the game, btw) was Patrick Kane. He scored the tying goal in the second period and assisted on Hoss’ goal four minutes later, and according to all accounts he was in Beast Mode tonight. I do love him when he’s in Beast Mode.
So, for those who are wondering why the Blackhawks were wearing road whites at the Madhouse: the Leafs chose this game to wear their third jerseys, which are dark. Didn’t matter, we still won.
One more tidbit (or Timbit, which are very tasty): Daniel Carcillo was spotted in the hallways of United Center walking without a limp! It’s been six weeks since his surgery, so hearing that he’s already walking on his own makes me very happy.
Still no Jonathan Toews (the hard drive is still undergoing repairs), and still no Niklas Hjalmarsson, who disclosed that he’s not quite 100% yet and really wasn’t when he played in the Dallas game. I’m going to elaborate on the sitch with our captain in another post. I just want my guys healthy.
That was a sloppy, sloppy first period. Well, sloppy for both teams, but it was so sloppy that Corey Crawford was pulled after the first period for Ray Emery. I love Corey, but something’s wrong that his game is running up and down, and I wish it would be more consistent. We need someone who can help us get into the playoffs, and we can’t take chances.
at Ottawa Senators
Another hot-and-cold team. Let’s freeze these guys out!