Chicago Blackhawks at Detroit Red Wings
3-2, Blackhawks (SO)
Goals: Viktor Stalberg and Andrew Shaw (Chicago), Johan Franzen and Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit), in the shootout Patrick Kane (Chicago)
Goalies: Corey Crawford (30/32, .938); Jimmy Howard (31/33, .939)
Trivia time: who on the Blackhawks roster played in all 82 games? The answer is at the end of the gamer.
We went into this game with the following Round 1 scenario: a regulation win meant facing the Nashville Predators, while an OT win or regulation loss meant facing the winner of the Pacific Division. All of those teams have our number. Ye Olde Catch-22 in action.
There was breaking news during the game: Ray Emery signed a one-year extension! Go Razor!
Viktor Stalberg opened up the scoring in the first period, and Andrew Shaw gave us a 2-0 lead after the second period. This was despite our crappy power play and poor coverage in our zone. But hey, those goals were beautiful.
Corey Crawford, I love you. I saw your wicked glove save against Todd Bertuzzi and gasped very, very loudly. And you love your shootouts, don’t you? Mmmhmm, I know you do.
I think the shootout goal by Patrick Kane is sicker than the one he had against Minnesota in December.
Good lord. *fans self*
We ended the season without a shutout. That hadn’t happened since the 1988-89 season, or since Kaner was a mere baby. Ah well, there’s always next year.
We went 0-4 on the power play, including two double minors. For pity’s sake, we really need to do SOMETHING about that, because “hey, at least we moved the puck and tried to get some shots!” won’t cut it.
Not only did Jonathan Toews not play today, there were rumors yesterday that he might not be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs, wherever they may be. But our fearless leader is hoping to be ready for postseason; at this point, caution is the best thing.
P.S. in a post-practice interview yesterday, Toews all but outright said it was a hit by the San Jose Sharks’ Joe Thornton that caused his concussion. If I were Coach Q, I’d be asking Mayor Rahm Emanuel to send a dead fish to ol’ Jumbo Joe in care of the HP Pavilion.
Poor Jimmy Hayes, he caught a high stick in the mouth from Riley Sheahan and lost two teeth, then caught an elbow to the mouth and had his lip split open. What a game for him, sheesh.
We’ll find out our first opponent for the playoffs later tonight – it’s a toss-up between Phoenix, Los Angeles and San Jose. I don’t know who I hate less!
P.S. the answer to the trivia question is…Nick Leddy and Patrick Kane.