Stoned: Hawks 2, Rangers 3
The Hawks just can't beat the Rangers, I guess. This actually looked like one of the Hawks' losses from March and April of last year. Chicago outshot New York 35-23, got quite a few quality chances, rushed their defensemen up ice, spent full minute shifts in the Rangers zone and in the end simply lost to a hot goalie. It happens.
Kane/Toews/Brouwer - These guys were downright dominant. They scored a goal at even strength and probably should have had several more but for the efforts of Henrik Lundqvist and his mates.
The Defensemen - First of all, Brian Campbell, it's good to have you back. Campbell didn't look too rusty out there, he passed well, and he skated the puck with authority. Whatever it was, his presence seemed to inspire the rest of the defensive corps. The Hawks d-men were jumping up on offense, and in a couple of instances the two blue-liners led rushes to the net while the forwards were changing behind the play. A good game for Jordan Hendry as well. Let's hope Quenneville keeps him in the lineup.
Blocked Shots - The shot total was actually misleading in this one. While the Blackhawks put 35 shots on Lundqvist, the Rangers blocked an addition 33. Christ.
Kopecky/Sharp/Stalberg - I'm not sure if this is a line combination that we need to see any more of. Kopecky tipped in a goal on the power play, but this group is pretty weak defensively, and were on ice for both of the Rangers' even strength goals.
Derek Boogard's contract - despite the fat cheddar that Derek is stacking as a result of Glen Sather's offseason insanity, the big man was a scratch tonight. I'm sure he was just ducking John Scott.
DID YOU KNOW? - Pat Foley is evidentially a big Green Day fan and used his off day to see American Idiot on Broadway.
Obligatory Mid-90's Rangers' Reference - MIKE HURLBUT
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