Phoenix Coyotes vs. Chicago Blackhawks
3-2 Coyotes (OT), they lead the series 3-1
Goals: Shane Doan and Taylor Pyatt (Phoenix), Brendan Morrison and Michael Frolik (Chicago), in overtime Mikkel Boedker (Phoenix)
Goalies: Corey Crawford (16-19, .842); Mike Smith (30-32, .938)
The boys came into this game wanting to exact revenge for the infamous hit on Marian Hossa not by pounding the crap out of the Coyotes, but simply by winning. At least their motivation was good.
I think the fight between Paul Bissonnette and Brandon Bolling marked the first time I’d witnessed a player be officially on the ice for a second.
Both guys were nicked with fighting majors, and Biz did get that misconduct penalty and hit the showers. If you look at the boxscore, he’s not even listed. Biz should just stick to Twitter.
Brandon Saad came back to the lineup to fill in for Hoss. You may recall that he started the year on the roster before being sent to the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit for the season. He and five guys from Rockford were recalled for the playoffs.
Brendan Morrison got his first point as a Blackhawk with a goal that answered one that Taylor Pyatt had tipped in not long before that. Then Michael Frolik tied the game – he had about 2 minutes as opposed to the few seconds that were had with the first two games. And to think: these two were healthy scratches for most of the year (in BMo’s case, almost from the day he became a Blackhawk), and yet they scored our two goals.
The best part of the night: according to several online accounts, at the end of regulation, the crowd of 22,111 broke into a chant of “Hossa!” as the boys went to the locker room. My heart, it hurts.
Let me list the things that went so, so wrong tonight:
– SO. MANY. TURNOVERS. The one by Johnny Oduya was especially painful, as he was, as the commentators stated, pickpocketed on a sneaky play that led to Shane Doan‘s goal. Johnny was visibly upset after it.
– Power play still stinks yadda yadda yadda
– Don’t know what happened to the defense, but it was sorely lacking tonight, especially when it came to screening Mike Smith. There’s a reason why we only had two of 32 SOG go through.
– We weren’t physical enough – aside from the fight, I mean we weren’t as aggressive in the game as we had been. I think the boys were too cautious after what happened to Hoss, and they didn’t want to be seen as retaliating in a dirty way.
The people who’d been praising Corey Crawford up to this point slammed him for the soft goal in overtime. I’ll direct you to my comments above about the defense. People act like he’s the only player out there. He shouldn’t have been alone in the crease.
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Can we be like the Boston Bruins and sneak a little melted United Center ice into Jobing.com Arena for luck?