Minesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks
5-4, Wild (SO)
Goals: Devin Setoguchi – regulation and in the shootout (Minnesota), Patrick Sharp (Chicago), Dany Heatley (Minnesota), Viktor Stalberg (Chicago), Clayton Stoner and Kyle Brodziak (Minnesota), Patrick Kane x2 (Chicago)
Goalies: Ray Emery (26/30, .867); Josh Harding (31/35, .886)
It was Fan Appreciation Night at United Center, and to say the fans appreciated the game they saw is a gross understatement.
Let’s begin with the first period. I got a little lost myself keeping track of what happened in the expanse of a minute or so. I know there was some chirping between Dave Bolland and Dany Heatley after Heats slashed Patrick Kane on the wrist (the surgically repaired one, to be exact, but Kaner later said it was just a stinger). That led to some shoving and broke out in fights involving Jimmy Hayes and Brandon Bollig, and Andrew Shaw was sent back to the locker room with a 10-minute misconduct.
And here’s the penalty summary for this hot mess:
To be honest, that’s not as bad as the one for the third period of the Penguins/Flyers game earlier in the day.
After Devin Setoguchi drew first blood, Patrick Sharp tied it before Heats scored. Now, on to the second period, where we lost it a bit before Kaner got it back for us with this nice wrister:
And then there was Shawsie’s fight:
He saluted the fans on Fan Appreciation Night. Thanks, bud!
And then Kaner tied it in the third.
Last good thing about this game: it was the last game Duncan Keith spent on suspension! WE HAVE DUNCS BACK!
We let them get to us, and the defense got very, very sloppy again. And the power play is back to where it was before – atrocious with sparks of hope sometimes. NOT NOW. STOP IT.
Okay, let me get on my soapbox for a moment. Once Heats got in Bollig’s face, the nasty comments about his car accident came out. For those who think he was drunk, that was not the case – he was going 55-80 mph in a 35 mph zone. And the reason he pleaded down to lesser charges and was sentenced to probation is because Danny Snyder’s family wanted that. I’m not condoning what he did, I’m pointing out that he didn’t escape punishment. He lives with what he did every day. That’s his lifelong punishment. /descends soapbox
at Minnesota Wild
Remember, remember, the 14th of December…and give them a repeat of that.