HOSSA AND HANDSOME GET HAWKS UGLY WIN: Blackhawks 3, Islanders 2

Are we done with these goddamn Islanders yet?

Tonight, as it was last week, the Chicago Blackhawks could never quite put away the Long Island New York Islanders, squandering a 2-0 lead before the breathtaking Patrick Sharp pulled everyone's fat out of the fire in overtime, sending the Hawks home with a 3-2 win at Nassau Mausoleum.

Let's get to this:

THE GOOD:

Handsome. Two goals and an assist tonight. Guess Mick was right when he told Rocky Balboa, "Women weaken legs!" His wife is due to give birth any second now, and he's been on an absolute tear lately.

Marian Hossa. He notched his 400th career goal tonight, and assisted on both of Sharp's goals. All night long he looked like a man among boys - including on the game winner when he got the puck and threw it into high gear on the right wing, throwing a big shot on Al Montoya, who left a center cut rebound for Handsome.

The Penalty Kill. 6-for-6, including a 5-on-3 that lasted damn near 2 full minutes. On that 5-on-3, the Islanders got exactly zero shots on goal in the last minute, which was the first minute of the third period. Not to mention, they held it down late, after Daniel Carcillo's spectacular act of dumbassery gave the Islanders a power play with 3:36 left in regulation of a tie game.

The top 4 on defense. They played a good, tight game in front of Ray Emery. Sure, Nick Leddy turned the puck over on the first Islanders' goal, but they made sure Emery didn't really have to work too hard in earning his 99th career win.

THE BAD:

Carcillo. That was fucking boneheaded, throwing a punch late in a tie game. He really had no business being with Kane and Toews on the top line. For his next trick, he'll go to Five Guys and bob for french fries. Sweet sweeping Christ on a bike.

Steve Montador and Sami Lepisto. I'll give these two the benefit of the doubt and say maybe they're just not used to skating together. I'll also say that I found myself humming "Yakkity Sax" every time they were on the ice.

THE UGLY:

See those dorks up top there in the Teletubbies costumes? I really hope they lost a bet that forced them to wear those, or they're rushing a frat, or something that compelled them to wear those getups. Although, compared to the average dude in Hempstead, they look like 3 George Clooneys.

Next up, the Hawks come home on Sunday to face the red-hot San Jose Sharks. We'll be in the back of Section 314. Stop by and say hello. Ask Ski for an onion ring.

 

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