New York Rangers at Chicago Blackhawks
Goals: Artem Anisimov (Rangers), Andrew Shaw (Chicago), Brandon Prust (Rangers), Patrick Sharp, Johnny Oduya and Patrick Kane (Chicago), Brad Richards (Rangers)
Goalies: Ray Emery (22/25, .880); Henrik Lundqvist (18/21, .857)
First, a little good news on the homefront: Jonathan Toews skated with the team on Friday for the first time since being out with a now-confirmed concussion. This puts him a step closer to coming back, though there’s still no timetable for that. Still, we can’t wait to have our robot captain back!
Ray Emery was very beastly in net tonight, denying shots left and right and only letting in three total. Can we count on him down the stretch with 13 games left? I do believe so.
Everyone was wishing Brandon Bollig would dance with John Scott tonight; Brandon admitted that he tried to bait Scotty, but no nibble. Instead, he fought Mike Rupp.
Patrick Kane made third star of the game with an assist on Patrick Sharp‘s tying goal and the game-winning empty netter. I had the feeling that the top line would score, and they did.
By far, the biggest player of the game – and first star of the game as well – was Johnny Oduya. Not only did he get his first point as a Blackhawk with an assist on Andrew Shaw‘s goal, but he nailed a shot of his own to give us the lead. To say that I cried a little is an understatement.
There was a bit of sloppy play in the neutral zone that led to Brandon Prust’s goal to give the Rangers the lead in the third period. That seemed to be the only hiccup I could sense in the game.
Okay, so after Kaner’s empty netter, we were caught off guard and let Brad Richards score off the faceoff. Big deal, it didn’t make a difference.
Shawsie took another whack to the face, this time when his head connected with Henrik Lundqvist‘s mask. The result was 10 stitches above his left eye. Hey, it’s not like he hasn’t had those before – remember his first fight back in January?
va. Los Angeles Kings
NBC/NBC Sports Network
I listed both networks because it’s on a “flex” schedule, but due to its time (8 p.m. Eastern), I’d venture to say that it’ll be on NBCSN. Wherever it is, I hope we don’t suffer a shutout at home.