RED RISING: Blackhawks 6 Panthers 2
Nothing like loved ones visiting from Florida around the holidays.
The Chicago Blackhawks scored 70 seconds into this contest, and stood tall as starting goaltender Corey Crawford left in the first period with an injury and was replaced by Antti Raanta, keeping both points at home by beating the Florida Panthers 6-2 in Fort Kickass.
Let's get to this:
The Hawks' power play. Two goals in the first period, another in the third, And they were nice goals too. The Panthers' kill isn't quite the goat rodeo that the Hawks' PK is. However...
The Panthers' power play. Ho. Lee. Shit. Going offsides? Check. Icing on the PP? Check. The Florida Panthers are worse with the extra man than the Hawks are down a man. Good night for fluffing up the PK numbers a bit.
The line of Jeremy Morin, Brandon Saad and Andrew Shaw. These kids are fun to watch. Morin is playing like there's no tomorrow, mainly because he knows his tomorrows are in limited supply. Once Bryan Bickell rejoins the lineup, the ManBearPig is back in Rockford enjoying unlimited salad and breadsticks. But this is fun while it lasts.
The Red Wedding Line. A goal and 2 assists for Sharp, a goal and assist for Hossa, two assists for Toews. They will drink your wine and take your women.
Sloppy penalties late in the first gave the Panthers a seven second 5-on-3. Fortunately, as mentioned above, the Panthers PP looks like coach Peter Horachek is trying to juggle ocelots out there. Good night to get away with it.
Raanta is not a big goalie, and he sets really low. If the Panthers actually had guys with decent hands they could have top shelved his ass into oblivion. Instead, bullet dodged.
Corey Crawford couldn't get up after a routine save. This after being very slow to get up earlier in the period. Looks like Mr. Raanta might be Plan A for the foreseeable future. Raanta getting kneed in the head by Blackhawks Legend Jimmy Hayes in the third didn't do a whole lot for anybody's blood pressure.
Next up for the Hawks is a trip to Dallas to play the Stars, featuring known manshaft Antoine Roussel. See you in the shoutbox.