There And Back Again: Hawks Kings
And so another circus trip comes to an end. This one wasn't terrible, as the Blackhawks came away with 6 of 12 points, the weird part being that none of those points were taken against Calgary and Edmonton, who absolutely curb-stomped the Hawks.
(Ir)Regardless, Chicago grabbed the last 4 points on the trip by edging Anaheim on Friday and beating the underachieving LA Kings this evening. I guess the nice thing about this game was the Hawks showed they could win a close game by defending a lead through the third period, although the bulk of that lead-defending came from Corey Crawford as opposed to his mates. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Corey Crawford - Good to see Crawford bounce back with an excellent game after giving up a 5-spot to Anaheim. Corey was especially exceptional down the stretch of the third period when the Hawks were nursing their 1 goal lead.
Jonathan Toews - Toews was a force to be reckoned with on the ice this evening, forechecking, backchecking, winning faceoffs, you name it. His name would have shown up in this spot even if he hadn't got the game winning goal.
John Scott's Mustache - That thing is damn near Parrosesque.
Patrick Kane Passing - Look, I understand Kane is a terrific passer, but when no. 88 is bearing down on the opposing goalie, I want him to shoot the puck, not pass it to Viktor Stalberg so he can fire it off the glass behind the net.
The third period. Not the play, but the broadcast. WGN's feed was completely fucked for the entire 3rd period, which is unacceptable. If World's Greatest Newspaper is going to trumpet its sports broadcasts, they need to upgrade their equipment so the feed doesn't blink out every 12 seconds.
Up Next: the long road trip is over, the Hawks have a few days off and then take on the Coyotes at the UC on Tuesday.