There are few things more satisfying than sitting in the United Center and hearing “Detroit sucks!” chants when they’re actually justified. The Communists DID indeed suck tonight, and the Blackhawks put together a great victory against a team depleted by injury.
But while beating the Red Wings is always sweet, this game was no statement against a Western Conference power. It was a win against an inferior team, a game the ‘Hawks had much more to lose than to gain. Thankfully, the ‘Hawks earned the expected two points.
When the rash of injuries subside, the Communists are sure to want to prove the path to the Stanley Cup runs through the shithole streets of Detroit. They’re sick, but not dead.
By no means do I mean to take away from a dominating victory. The ‘Hawks’ 3-0 shutout against Detroit — the third shutout in four games — pushed the Blackhawks to a Western Conferece-best 23-8-3. The Communists didn’t pose much of a threat the entire game, which is a credit to the Blackhawks defense, which allowed Cristobal Huet to face a mere 20 shots to earn the shutout.
Huet did have to make a couple of great saves — a glove snatch while spread eagle and a kick save off a rocket that produced a thud off the pad which could be heard as if it happened in the isle in Section 326. He’s making those boos at the start of the season look like even more of a joke. Say what you will about the Blackhawks allowing the least amount of shots per game, but Huet’s stellar play is a major reason the ‘Hawks sit atop the West.
Duncan Keith and Brian Campbell lit the lamp on Chris Osgood to go up 2-0, then Dustin Byfuglien scored on a just-get-it-to-the-net wrister near the end of the second that made Osgood look like a jackass. Osgood recovered in the third period to make some nice saves, but he carried his recent sub-par play into the first two periods and it was much too late for the Commies to come back.
The whole team played well tonight and it’s looking like the Blackhawks are clicking on all cylinders having won six of their last seven games. Next up is another showdown with the San Jose Sharks at the United Center. Sure, I’ll take another bloodbath. That would be neat.