"Uhh Sarah, there aren’t any fans here... but I’m sure they’re really excited about my goal."
photo via @Kev1BLACKHAWKS
What do ya know, while it's been nice to see Nick Leddy all alone in the defensemen who have scored category (Montador got his playing up front on the PP so I’m counting him as a forward), I'm glad Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook decided to join him.
The first period started with Calgary flying, trying to make something happen. Getting great pick ups off turnovers. Thankfully Razor was ready for the rush. A little over half way into the period Duncan Keith, playing in his 500th game, scored his 250th point with his first goal of the season. As you can see above, Keith is super enthused. 1-0 Blackhawks through the first 20.
At almost the same time in the second period as the first, never to be one upped by his partner in crime Brent Seabrook nets his first goal of the season to make it 2-0 Blackhawks. A power play goal nonetheless! Combined with last night, that moves up the basement dwelling power play to number 24 in the league. (It’s okay, I’ve got the Jefferson’s theme song stuck in my head too.)
Half way through the third period Calgary decided to make it interesting with a goal by Olli Jokinen. Not to sit on a one goal lead (like usual) Viktor Stalberg gets a beauty of a dish from Marian Hossa to make it 3-1 Blackhawks. While the Flames pulled their goalie, nothing came from it other than an empty netter from Patrick Kane to seal the victory for the Blackhawks.
Patrick Sharp ended the game with three assists and the Blackhawks while only 1 for 4 on the power play, were 100% on the penalty kill. I know there was only one, but they still killed it.
Things I liked:
- Marian Hossa.
- Ray Emery was beyond stellar on Calgary’s initial rush, and pretty much everything else. He’s 3-0-1 on the year, couldn’t ask for much more from a backup.
- No, but really did you see Hossa switch the stick around his body while slipping around a check? The man isn’t human.
Things I didn't like:
- Stalberg can't hit the broad side of a barn, until he gets the perfect dish from Hossa.
- If the Hawks were playing a more offensive team those turnovers in their own zone would have been brutal.
- I thought it was just me, but looking at the past few games save for the loss down in Tampa Bay, Patrick Sharp hasn’t lit the lamp. Others are coming through, and he’s been elsewhere on the score sheet, but it’s always nice when Shooter’s scoring.
- Jokinen gets the third star and Emery doesn’t get one at all? Uhh... okay?
Coming off two hard losses to the Bruins and Red Wings, the young Edmonton Oilers will make their first trip of the season to the United Center on Sunday. It’s last home game before the annual circus trip so it’d be nice to keep rolling and get another two points. Hopefully the Blackhawks can keep up the hard work and gelling lines.
A big thank you to all the veterans, hope you’ve had a great day!
Also reminder, no Scott no wins! #JohnScottASG