“It’s not worth winning if you can’t win big!” — Coach Riley
Until the Blackhawks gave up two meaningless goals toward the end, it really looked like a Hawks vs. District 5 matchup — you know, before D-5 got their spankin’ new get-ups and learned how to play hockey by passing eggs to each other.
The ‘Hawks led 5-0 before Antti Niemi did his best Goldberg the Goalie impression and gave up a couple on their way to a 5-2 demolition of the (don’t call them ‘Mighty’) Ducks. Niemi continues to up that impressive record, but the post deserves some credit and Lady Luck is giving him a never-ending string of blowjobs as of late. The guy is a hell of a goaltender, but let’s not start acting all Steve Rosendouche and anointing him as the No. 1 because of another good showing on paper.
Marian Hossa notched two goals on his own bobblehead night to bring his total to eight for the season, which makes me happier than hell. After his two-assist game against Chicago Jr. to get himself back on the scoresheet, it was nice to see him pot a couple and get back into the full swing of scoring.
Kris VERSTEEG! scored for the second straight game off a beautiful feed from John Madden, who once again played like an f-ing animal. Madden tallied an assist and nearly skated in on a breakaway until having it knocked away when I felt he should have drawn a penalty, but the ref swallowed his whistle. His stick was active all night and he skated as if he’d been shot out of a cannon on every shift. Once again, I’d like to reiterate my non-sexual crush on Mr. John Madden.
I’m slowly starting to become a big Jordan Hendry fan. The kid is filling in nicely in Niklas Hjalmarsson’s absence and does a solid job on each shift he’s in there. And speaking of defenseman, Brent Sopel and Brian Campbell played another solid game tonight. Good for those guys.
Jonathan Toews scored his 13th, Troy Brouwer notched his 11th and Patrick Kane scored his 47th and 48th point of the season with his two assists. Kaner is now fifth in the NHL in scoring (17 G, 31 A), right behind Alexander Ovechkin’s 50. It was mentioned a lot before the season, but Kaner looks as if he’s headed for a 100-point season. The kid is amazing.
Twitter me this: Martin Havlat visits the United Center for the second regular-season game this season Tuesday when the Minnesota Wild come to town for the Versus game of the night. We get to see first-hand what we’ve known all season: Minnesota sucks.
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