SHOOT SHOOT BYE BYE: Blackhawks 2, Canucks 1

The Chicago Blackhawks scored two goals in nine seconds and rode a strong effort from goaltender Corey Crawford to a 2-1 victory over the Canucks in Rogers Arena in Vancouver, giving the Hawks back-to-back wins on the Circus trip, despite Marian Hossa missing the game to attend to a personal issue. Let's get to this:

THE GOOD:

Crawford. He stopped 36 of 37 shots, quite a few were at point-blank range. Right now he's this team's lynchpin. Tonight he held strong.

Duncan Keith. Nice to see Dunc Norris show up tonight - he's been uneven this season, but tonight he brought his A game. Hell, even Seabrook looked pretty good tonight.

Brandon Pirri and Ben Smith. Neither Peppers nor Mr. Bencredible came out of tonight's game with any points on the stat sheet, but both were making things happen tonight. Proof that QStache doesn't hate every rookie forward. Of course they keep playing the way they're playing, and there's no reason for Q to not love them.

THE BAD:

Andrew Shaw taking a boneheaded penalty while the Hawks are already killing a penalty. This one didn't require a dive, it wasn't smart. The end result was Kesler scoring on the ensuing 5-on-3 off a juicy rebound. Good thing it was Shaw. If that had been Jeremy Morin, QStache would have launched him into the sun.

When Dale Tallon kept half Kris Versteeg's salary, did he also keep half his game?

THE UGLY:

Michal Roszival sat out the third period, and Jonathan Toews took a hard crosscheck from Alex Edler and was in pain the rest of the game. With Bryan Bickell out for the next couple weeks and Sheldon Brookbank back on defense where he belongs, the Hawks can't afford to be stretched too thin up front. Hopefully Hossa's absence is brief.

Next up for the Hawks is a game in Edmonton Monday night. See you in the Shoutbox.

 

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