Phoenix Coyotes at Chicago Blackhawks
3-2 Coyotes, they lead the series 2-1
Goals: Andrew Brunette (Chicago), Rastislav Klesla (Phoenix), Michael Frolik (Chicago), Ray Whitney and in overtime Mikkel Boedker (Phoenix)
Goalies: Corey Crawford (31/34, .912); Mike Smith (35/37, .946)
Only two good things in this game: that first goal of the night, a wrister from Patrick Kane that was deflected by Andrew Brunette. It was definitely needed after what happened before that.
The only other good thing was Michael Frolik‘s goal. He hadn’t scored a goal since December. Good for you, Froyo.
The Bad and the Ugly
It all started before the game with Andrew Shaw‘s three-game suspension from his hit on Mike Smith. Fans were incensed and had “FREE SHAW” signs in the Madhouse. I think we’ll be touching on that suspension and related things in another post.
I’m going to try to be professional about this next thing. In the first period, Raffi Torres leveled Marian Hossa, leaving Hoss crumpled on the ice and carted off on a stretcher (Emma was reminded of Aaron Rome‘s hit on Nathan Horton in last year’s Stanley Cup Finals). Torres wasn’t penalized because the refs allegedly didn’t see what happened, but when Brandon Bollig went after Torres in defense of his teammate, Brandon got the penalty. Coach was disgusted and said it made him sick. Spot on, Coach.
You can’t tell me it wasn’t a dirty hit, honestly. There was no puck in play, making it a late hit, Torres left his feet, and he made contact with the head. Throw in an intent to injure for good measure. Now we hear that Torres has been suspended indefinitely pending an in-person hearing on Friday. Given his history, the nature of the hit and how Hoss was taken off the ice, I’d be surprised and angered if he didn’t get at least an eight-game suspension.
At the end of the second period, there was a nasty line scrum involving everyone, including Kaner (I screamed at him not to do anything) and even the goalies: as Corey Crawford and Smith were heading to their benches, they had a little verbal exchange of their own. Smith later quipped that Corey was asking him if he wanted to have dinner later. Ugh, what a jerk.
One last thing about the Torres hit: if you are rejoicing in the hit as retribution for Shawsie’s hit on Mike Smith, don’t talk to me. I don’t care which team you support, you should never be happy about a man being taken off the ice and rushed to the hospital. If it was a player on your team, you’d be just as upset if someone did the same.
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Now it’s on. We need to win it for Hoss.