GAME 6000: Blackhawks 5, Kings 3
The Chicago Blackhawks played the 6000th game in franchise history tonight. Wheeeee.
If you're going to have a milestone as game, you might as well win it. Hell, for that matter, you might well win the non-milestone ones too. The Hawks broke out the boom stick tonight, getting 5 pucks past Jonathan Quick, getting a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Staples Center tonight.
Let's get to this:
Patrick Kane. His grandfather passed away today, and he responded by opening the Hawks scoring. He added an assist (a sweet setup for Bryan Bickell) and another goal, giving him his first multi-point game since January 22 against Detroit. It was also his 4th 3-point game of the season. He was clearly on a mission tonight
Bickell. Earlier today he said his subpar play of late has been mental rather than physical. He got off the schneid tonight, and hopefully he can keep this up for two more games to go into the Olympic break on a high note. The Hawks need him to be Ronny Pickle again down the stretch and in the playoffs.
Nick Leddy. A goal and an assist. His goal gave the Hawks their two-goal cushion. My favorite part of his goal was Brandon Saad annoying Robyn Regehr to the point where Regehr used his stick to clear Saad out from in front of the net. Leddy's shot went right where Regehr's stick blade had been.
The Hawks got horsed at the faceoff circle tonight, particularly Jonathan Toews. Toews went 5-19 at the dot. It didn't matter at all, but I have to put something in "The Bad", don't I?
I can never hear Slava Voynov's name without yelling out "VOYNOV!" in a Jerry Lewis voice. Maybe if I do it enough times I'll become a legend in France.
That's all you get tonight. I'm beat and need to get up early. They play the Ducks Wednesday, and someone else gets to stay up late and recap. The least you guys can do it buy a damn shirt.