The Hard Way: Hawks 4, Blue Jackets 3 (SO)
Well, that was terrible.
The Blackhawks went into Columbus and played one of the most unentertaining games of the season tonight. With the exception of their goaltender, they played bad hockey, stole two points and should now get the hell out of time before the Blue Jackets figure out what happened.
Now let us never speak of it again.
Corey Crawford - while inconsistency has been Chicago's hallmark this year, the one exception has been the play of Corey Crawford. Craw was very good again tonight, and without his play, the Hawks come away with no points. The Blue Jackets managed 34 shots, 30 of which came in the first two periods. They managed to score three times, once on a five on three, once on a nice tip in of a point shot, and once on a high stick deflection that would have been disallowed had Columbus not hired a local high school's AV club to handle video production for their games.
Patrick Kane - the only Blackhawk who seemed to be able to find any space tonight. Almost all of his shot attempts were blocked, but the one that got on net found the back.
Penalties - Holy hell, what a mess. The Hawks took 7 penalties tonight, including 6 in the second period (one of which was a double minor) which meant a lot of time on the ice for Columbus' excrable power play. The Blue Jackets did get their first PP goal in their last 719 tries on a 5 on 3, but were otherwise as terrible as advertised on the man advantage. It was not fun to watch.
Turnovers - The Blackhawks treated the puck like a live hand grenade most of the night. The only guys who could keep hold of it were Patrick Kane and Corey Crawford.
The whole second period. In addition to the Hawks 6 penalties, the Blue Jackets took 3 of their own, meaning we saw a lot of uneven play as Hawk power plays were interrupted by their own stupid penalties which meant getting to watch more of the awful Columbus power play.