Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars
Goals: Dave Bolland, Patrick Sharp x2 and Marian Hossa (Chicago), Steve Ott (Dallas)
Goalies: Corey Crawford (21/22, .955); Kari Lehtonen (27/31, .871)
First, let’s say hello to Carter Hutton, recently signed to the Rockford IceHogs and recalled as backup goalie because Ray Emery is sick.
Bolly cow! Dave Bolland sank the first goal for the Hawks in the first ten seconds of the game. People weren’t even settled in their seats after the national anthem when he potted that! FYI the fastest goal made by a Blackhawk to start a game was made by Brent Sutter in a game against the Vancouver Canucks on February 5, 1995.
Patrick Sharp had the second and fourth goals of the night, and he tried his darnedest to get a hat trick, but to no avail. But he did get first star of the game!
Corey. Freaking. Crawford. He was absolutely beastlike tonight, like he was sucking up Kari Lehtonen’s mojo for the game. Just, WOW.
Here are two fun facts: since losing the services of our robot captain, the team has a record of 7-4-1; since rescuing Johnny Oduya, their record is 6-1-1. Just some food for thought there.
We lost control in the second period, letting them bottleneck us in our own zone for the most part. It’s starting to become a very bad habit, and we need to break it before it totally wrecks us.
We’re getting as bad as Boston in terms of injuries: Jonathan Toews is still out with a concussion and had a possible setback; Steve Montador also has a concussion but has been skating with the team at home; Sami Lepisto is day-to-day with a lower-body injury; and Razor came down with the flu, hence Hutton’s recall. I just want all my boys healthy.
That would be the fact that my heart stopped for a moment when I heard that Patrick Kane blocked a shot off the side of his knee and went down on the ice. Thankfully he got up on his own and was able to put weight on his leg, then sat out a shift before going back out. I don’t think I really breathed till he got the assist on Marian Hossa‘s goal. DON’T DO THAT AGAIN, PATRICK TIMOTHY.
vs. Washington Capitals
NBC Sports Network
The Caps have really been struggling lately, so hopefully we’ll catch them off their guard.