FATHER'S DAY: Blackhawks 3, Hurricanes 2 (SHO)
This was an ugly game with a handsome ending.
The Chicago Blackhawks roared into PNC Arena in Raleigh tonight, scoring two goals in the first 10 minutes of the game, before giving up two in the third period. This set the stage for new father and notoriously-bad-in-shootouts Patrick Sharp to get the only rubber to the twine in the skills competition to give the Hawks a 3-2 shootout victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Let's get to this:
Sharp. The heartstopper and panty dropper scored a goal for the second straight game-after-the-birth-of-a-daughter. It was also his first of the season after getting some good looks (and would Sharp have anything other than good looks?).
Corey Crawford. He was getting hung out to dry by his guys a lot tonight - at one point he was even bawling out Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya - but he hung tough. The two goals he allowed were not softies, one was a nice rebound shot and one was a rocket. He picked up his guys, who gave Carolina more opportunities than they had any right having.
Playing games against the Eastern Conference again. If the Hawks are going to have games like this (and they are), better to leave giftwrapped points somewhere they can't bite them in the ass later. You want to beat Western teams in regulation, but against the East? Fuck it, two points is two points.
QStache, you know I love you like the successful uncle I never had, right? Please, for the love of everything good and holy, stop playing Michaels Handzus and Roszival on the same night. These two guys are slower than molasses, and Roszival was a pylon out there tonight. The Hawks aren't playing with enough jump yet to have two dinosaurs skating on the same night. Which brings us to...
The Hawks can come out like gangbusters, but they can't sustain the attack for 60 minutes. You can call it a "Cup hangover" if you like, but they clearly look like they can't get out of first gear. Fortunately, they have the depth and talent to compensate for it until they get their legs under them. Hell, they've taken nine out of a possible 12 points. But we all get to wonder night in and night out whether they're going to hang on.
Next up is the Blues' first visit to Fort Kickass this year, and a HATECAP from a non-jetlagged Slak. Until then, enjoy the beisbol.