After a successful 4 game home stretch winning 3 of 4 games things are slowly looking up for the Blackhawks. With convincing wins over the Oilers and Canucks the Hawks seemed to be heading in the right direction then moved on to play against arch-rivals Detroit where Chicago carried the majority of the game only to flounder during a brain fart filled second period. Chicago seems to struggle in the second periods of games and one wonders if it’s entirely just in the heads of the Hawks players. Nevertheless, the hawks made a game of it and stormed back but fell short. Moved on to play LA and barely squeaked out a win over another very exciting team to watch in the LA Kings.
Today’s game we played the underachieving Philadelphia Flyers whom I really thought would be a force in the east this year. They have picked up the play of late from some solid goaltending by ex-blackhawk Michael Leighton. The final score was 3-2 for the Flyers in which started off to be quite a lack luster boring game with the pace picking up mid-way through the game.
Philly opened up the scoring in the 3rd period with a Brent Seabrook turnover in the defensive end and the Flyers Simon Gagne potting an easy one into an empty net from a nifty pass from super pest Daniel Carcillo. The Hawks defenders were frantically scrambling trying to get control but by that time it was too late.
Kris Versteeg tied the game up on a powerplay goal with some goal mouth scrambling going on around the flyers net and gave the Hawks a nice boost of energy.
9 minutes later Marian Hossa jacked one in for his 20th goal of the year. From there the wheels fell off, Hartnell tied the game with 2 minutes to go and with only 3 seconds left the Hawks could not hang on as the Flyers kept pushing and scored for a 3-2 lead to put the game on the shelf.
Chicago needs to improve on the shut down defense the hawks had earlier in the season, being up 2-1 with 2 minutes left and losing 3-2 before time expires in regulation should not happen for one of the best defensive squads in hockey.
- Huet haters should be impressed by Christo’s play today as he played extremely well and looked like he had a ton more confidence in today’s game.
-Brent Seabrook looked lost and clueless out there which really does not happen often. Look for him to really pick his game up against Washington tomorrow.
-Mr. Consistency Johnny Toews was more less invisible out there today too. This rarely happens for Captain Serious but it’s a long season and it happens to everyone.
-Andrew Ladd absolutely punished Carcillo with an open ice hit, it’s nice to see that lately the Hawks are being a lot more physical in games and it was really noticeable against the Canucks.
Chicago has an very tough month ahead facing teams on the bubble of making the playoffs and teams trying to play as spoilers. Like coach Q says “no game is easy”. Tomorrows match up against the top team in the league should be a good one. If the hawks can somewhat shut down the top line of the Capitals and use their speed against the Caps defense then this game should be a barn burner. Washington has questionable goaltending as the Hawks do so it should be an interesting match up between these 2 powerhouse clubs.
Definitely looking forward to tomorrows afternoon matchup.
Thanks for reading,
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Written by Trent Kondo
An all around sports fan and has been a Chicago BlackHawks supporter longer then he can remember. Currently writes for Prosportsblogging.com on the Blackhawks and NHLHotstove.com on the Edmonton Oilers. (If you would like to email feel free to contact Trent at TKONHOCKEY@gmail.com )