Crazy that the Rogers’ broadcasting team Friday would make you believe that the turnaround is so hard that some of these teams would play three games in four days, but apparently they haven’t seen a three-in-three stretch happen in the AHL. That said, today’s crew didn’t know about the dry-scrape before OT, which led them believe they were going straight to the shootout instead of the new 4-on-4 for 4, 3-on-3 for 3 OT (which I’ll get to in a second).
EDIT: 4-on-4 for 3, then after first whistle it’s 3-on-3.
Appleby was in goal today. Mark McNeill, Teuvo Teravainen and Kirill Gotovets were scratched.
PIT took a 1-0 lead in the first; in the second, it turned into a horse race. PIT converted on another PP chance, then undrafted FA Brett Welychka tallied to make it 2-1. Not too long after, the Pens scored two quick goals and it was 4-1. But these are the prospects and as has happened with the Hogs before, they clawed back – Dennis “Fork and CT will call him DONALD” Rasmussen tapped a rebound off of a Philip Danault shot in, then Danault scores on a nifty shot while on his knees in front of the net to make it 4-3 heading into the 3rd.
It would stay that way until near the end of the period as Alex Broadhurst would get tripped with about two minutes left and the Hawks went on the power play. With about 3.6 seconds left, Matt Carey would get his first goal of the tournament off of another Jarry rebound – this time from Ryan Hartman, and it was tied at 4 as they went to OT.
So this OT – the teams went about four minutes. It wasn’t actually four minutes, it was about 3:40, there was a dead play and that’s when the refs decided to make the change (EDIT: see above; this now makes sense why). I have an idea: put four minutes on the clock, let it run down, and then put three more and make it on 3-on-3. Simple, objective rules. Just my .02 there. I do like the idea, though, even though it led to a shootout.
In the shootout:
PIT went O X X O to win in the shootout. PIT is 2-0, CHI is 0-1-1.
What stood out:
He’s Philip Danault and you’re not. The Blackhawks have scored six times in this tournament and he’s had five points.
Brett Weylchka – I have a hunch here – will be in Rockford for preseason. He had a good game and in the last 30 seconds helped grind out that last goal.
Stephen Johns – I’m accustomed to watching Adam Clendening find someone half-way down the ice with outlet passes. Johns just muscles his way in to the zone and it’s neat to watch. Did I mention Fork loves his calves?
Chicago ends their part in the tourney Monday night at 6p central when they play Ottawa… and then it’s training camp come Wednesday.