Hawks at Ducks 1/28/09
Here's an open thread for tonight's game.
Hawks Lines will look a little different tonight, here's what was announced on the pregame show:
Ladd - Toews - Sharp
Havlat - Bolland - Kane
Brouwer - Adams or Pelletier - Bygfuglien
Eager - Fraser - Burish
Also, in other NHL news, the Detroit Red Wings locked up Henrik Zetterberg with a 7 year deal reportedly worth $72 million.
3:07 - Burish is making a complete pain-in-the-ass of himself and scores on a putback of a Campbell shot from the point. Good start.
5:25 - The Ducks seem to be targeting Campbell. Parros lays a hard, clean hit on him. Matt Walker takes exception to the hit and Parros' ridiculous mustache and we've got a fight. Nothing conclusive, both guys get a few glancing blows in before it gets broken up.
7:30 - Khabi with his first really good save, stoning Getzlaf on a 2 on 1.
9:15 - The Hawks aren't getting great pressure (neither team is, really) but they are getting guys to the net. Barker puts a shot right on Hiller and Bolland is in position to get a whack at the rebound. He doesn't score, but it's a good sign.
10:15 - Havlat with a sweet move to get in on Hiller but just shoots it wide of net.
Evidentally, Teemu Selanne nearly died after slew-footing himself or something. He kicked himself in the back of the leg and almost hit the femoral artery. I can't bother to care.
11:52 - Anaheim all over the Hawks on this shift and the Hawks screw up and take a too-many-men on the ice penalty. One minute later and the game is tied when Paulsen deflects home a Pronger slap shot.
13:15 - Toews steams over the blue line, uses the linesman as pick, dances around a sliding defenseman but Hiller stops the shot. You can't do much better than that. Unless, of course, you finish.
13:59 - Perry and Burish get matching minors for unsportsmanlike conduct, so we get some 4 on 4. Hiller stops a good shot from Campbell at one end, and then Cam Barker breaks up another 2 on 1. The Hawks might want to mark this Getzlaf kid. Just a thought.
16:12 - Montador goes off for roughing and we get our first look at the new power play unit, which is Havlat, Bolland and Kane with Barker and Buff on the point. Hiller has a stroke or something loses his goal stick and then control of his bowels, and Kane stuffs home an easy wrap-around for his first goal since October or something.
On my list of things I never need to see again, Matt Walker pinching in from the point is pretty high up there. With 2 minutes to go in the period, Quenneville sends out Kane, Toews and Sharp and they have a terrific shift. I wonder if he's going to start using them as his closers or what.
2-1 Hawks after one. A good period, the Blackhawks didn't look terribly rusty from the layoff, and the game has been fairly even so far. I'm still wondering if the Hawks are going to keep fighting after every clean, hard check to their skill guys, but I guess if Matt Walker wants to get punched in the face, that's his business.
All right, I can't fight this cold any longer tonight. Our half-assed live-blog ends here. Stupid Western road trip.