Two games into the 8-game homestand, and the Chicago Blackhawks have two points to show for it. Tonight the Hawks scored 2 goals in the last 3 minutes of regulation to get this game into overtime, only to have Thing 1 and Thing 2 (thanks, Fels) send the Hawks’ fans into the cold filled with disappointment following a 5-4 overtime loss at the United Center.
Let’s get to this…
Patrick Kane. He came into tonight’s game tied for the NHL lead in points, and racked up three more points. While there’s still a lot of hockey left to go, he’s going to be in the mix for the Art Ross Trophy the rest of the way, and by extension the Hart Trophy. Add in the Lady Byng (he has only 4 penalty minutes) and he’s going Full Mikita. Winning the Hart or Ross would make him the first American born player to ever do so. Only Pat Lafontaine has ever come close.
Marian Hossa. Remember when we all thought he was maybe hiding an injury, skating a little slower, not getting his shots past goalies? What a difference three games make. He potted two more goals, the third straight game with two, tying the game in the last minute of regulation with Career Goal 480.
#ChiVanShap – We went toe-to-toe with Canucks fans in a photoshop battle on Twitter. Who won? Everyone did.
Johnny Oduya. He turned the puck over in his own end which, combined with the rest of the Hawks heading up ice before the puck cleared the zone, left him alone on a 3-on-1 that led to a Vancouver goal. At this rate, the only contract this pending unrestricted free agent will get will be with the Wolves.
The Hawks trying to be too damn cute. They must have seen Red Army recently, because they all seem to think they need to cycle the puck until everyone touches it, like the damn Soviets. There’s a lot of skill and talent there, they don’t have to always look for the pretty goal like they’re 18 Sergei Samsonovs. Keep it simple, stupid.
Q being Q. Look, I know…600 wins, 2 Stanley Cups, the whole bit. But there is no planet in this galaxy or any other where dressing Gorilla Fucking Salad instead of Teuvo Teravainen makes the Chicago Blackhawks a better team. Salad skated a whole 5:43 tonight. Pretty sure Teuvo not only would have been on the ice longer, but would have probably made something happen while he was out there. But Q needs to have his plug in the lineup.
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