St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks
4-3, Blackhawks (SO)
Goals: Andrew Brunette (Chicago), Jamie Langenbrunner, Andy McDonald and Patrik Berglund (St. Louis), Viktor Stalberg and Brent Seabrook (Chicago), in the shootout Patrick Kane (Chicago)
Goalies: Ray Emery (3/6, .500), Corey Crawford (18/18, 1.000); Jaroslav Halak (43/46, .935)
The lone goal of the second period bounced off of Viktor Stalberg‘s skate; the best part is that fellow Swedes Marcus Kruger and Johnny Oduya assisted on the goal for an all-Swedish score. From now on, the clique of Stally, Krugs, Oduya and Niklas Hjalmarsson will be known as the Swedish Hawk Mafia.
And thanks to Brent Seabrook, we broke the Blues’ streak of 50 successful penalty kills with a beauty of a power play goal! I think his hair gets an unofficial assist.
Here’s a fun fact: the Hawks are 22-2 when Andrew Brunette scores a point. So when he scores a goal, it’s all but guaranteed that the boys will win.
I feel spoiled that we had two fights in one game: the first saw Jamal Mayers square off against B.J. Crombeen, while the second was Brandon Bollig and Ryan Reaves for the second fight in a week (they fought in the Primary Day game, if you recall).
After letting in three goals on six shots, Ray Emery was pulled with Corey Crawford replacing him. Corey was electric in net, especially on the shootout. Then again, he usually is. Technically, since he allowed no goals, I think he got an unofficial shutout.
This game went to another shootout, but unlike the Kings game, we went first and scored a shot thanks to Patrick Kane. Actually, Kaner later admitted that he took the advice of Marian Hossa, who told him to go five-hole. It worked.
I’m very proud of Kaner’s play in this game: he was more defensive and even got two hits. he also had a good 22 minutes on the ice, and his minus-1 is deceptive as to how well he did overall. He knows there’s a hole because of our missing captain, and he’s filling it nicely.
The defense was spread too thin, which is why we were down 3-1 at the end of the first period. It wasn’t Razor’s fault, because as I’ve said about Corey before, there’s only so much a goalie can do when he’s all alone.
We also allowed ourselves to get cornered in our own zone a lot, and if you want to score goals, you can’t stay there. Find a way to get out of there.
Niklas Hjalmarsson disappeared in the third period with what Coach said was an upper-body injury. Please don’t let it be another setback…
Which leads me to the usual Captain Cylon (Jonathan Toews) talk: he wasn’t with the team at morning skate, leading some to think he’d had a setback with his concussion. Coach assured them that it was just him progressing. If he doesn’t come back for the Dallas game, let’s hope he comes back for the Capitals game on Sunday.
Really, Blues? Do you really troll the crap out of us just to pick fights and draw penalties? Between Reaves and Crombeen, it sure looked like it. Well, we got physical with you, and if you want to know how well you did, look at the SOG for the game. It tickles me.
at Dallas Stars
Last time we play the Stars this season! Will we see the return of Toewsbot Unit 19-C? We shall see!