RAZOR SHARP: Blackhawks 2, Red Wings 1

How many cliches can you use here? "When these teams meet, throw the records out the window", "Every game is like a playoff game", "Nailbiter", you name it.

The Chicago Blackhawks without Jonathan Toews, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Steve Montador, went to Detroit today to face the Red Wings sans Niklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk. After a 1-1 first period, the Red Wings then had to sit starting goaltender Jimmy Howard due to an aggravation of a lower-body injury. The Hawks then took a 2-1 lead in the second and clung to it harder than Kate Winslet to a floating door, hobbling out of Joe Louis Arena with that as the final score.

Let's get to this:

THE GOOD:

Ray Emery. A third straight game where he saved the Hawks' bacon. Mmmmmmm...bacon. Anyway, the blueline wasn't exactly stellar tonight (more on that later), and Emery was probably doing his Denis Lemieux saving-phanton-pucks routine between periods in his locker stall. At this point, the Hawks are in the playoff picture by a reasonably comfortable margin - 7 points with 15 to play. But the net belongs to the hot hand at this point, and right now that's Ray Emery.

The Patricks. Sharp had a goal and an assist on 7 shots, and Kane scored the aforementioned game winner. The guys in the high pay grades are the ones who have to deliver the goods from here on out. Seeing Kane rack up 3 goals in 4 games is a very good sign. Best of all, all the idiots who think trading Kane is a good idea have to burrow back into their wormholes until the season ends. Handsome has 4 points in his last 2 games, and whatever aches and pains he was nursing seem to have subsided. He still takes the sexiest X-Rays in Chicago.


THE BAD:

The Hawks' blueline. Nick Leddy got clowned by Darren Helm in the first period, and only Helm drawing iron kept Leddy from getting a -1 there. Dylan Olsen showed he's still not ready to swim in the deep end of the pool - he can skate against the subpar teams, but is still overmatched against the better teams. Duncan Keith took a boneheaded penalty, punching Valtteri Filpulla in the back of the head. There were bad clearing attempts and lost looking defensemen all game long. The lone Detroit goal went in off Johnny Oduya, but that was just one of those things. Still, a piss-poor effort.

THE UGLY:

Andrew Shaw got Brendan Smith right in the mind...on a strictly pugilistic basis, Shaw binged on knuckle sandwiches, but following the injury to Jakub Kindl, Smith's 5 minute respite in the sin bin meant the Red Wings were rolling 2 defensive pairs for the next 5 minutes. Which is when Kane's goal occurred. Still, if Shaw continues getting fist massages on his face, he won't be able to beat even Bryan Bickell in a spelling bee in a couple years.

Next up is a Tuesday night tilt in St. Louis. Enjoy Slak's recap.



 

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  • 3/5/2012 10:05 AM Ski wrote:
    Fork...what's up with Toews? No news out this way just what I read about possible concussion. He getting any better or just no improvement? Also when the fuck am I getting another puckcast? I feel like you all haven't had one in a while
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  • 3/5/2012 10:14 AM Ski wrote:
    Fork...what's up with Toews? No news out this way just what I read about possible concussion. He getting any better or just no improvement? Also when the fuck am I getting another puckcast? I feel like you all haven't had one in a while
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  • 3/5/2012 10:35 AM the Village Idiot wrote:
    I don't think a lot of Smiths punches connected. And he really tried to hog tie Shaw to the ice and couldn't do it.

    man, Helm and Miller are fast.

    This is a ridiculous thought, and i'd never thought i'd say it, but if the ocaission ever occurs, I wouldn't be opposed to seeing an A on Kane's jersey.
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