The Daily Phil Esposito (2/16/11)

"Oh no... Khabi let in another goal!?! Man this team sucks, wish I was still in Chicago... "

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There were fourteen former featherheads to take the ice last night. The three goalies all had impressive wins and one even broke a long losing streak and will probably get a DUI tonight due to his celebration. The eleven skaters were able to muster up only three assists. A former Stanley Cup Champion played his first game in the uniform in which he helped defeat in the finals, while another got his pen out to sign a big contract extension. The three wild players didn’t fair well tonight so lets hope that this performance carries over into tonight’s game.

Tim will have your preview of tonight’s game which hopefully our beloved Hawks can start a nice winning streak and get into the playoff picture. Interesting fact, there are four teams in the Western Conference with 68 points, they are all ranging from seventh in the standings to seventh. Hopefully the Hawks can take advantage of this and get into that situation. Enjoy today’s post and help cheer on our Blackhawks tonight!

Click the jump for updates from the 2/15/11 games

Brian Boucher – Philadelphia
Win (14), 24 saves on 27 shots, .889 SV%
Three wins in a row for the net-minder.

Kris Versteeg – Philadelpia
17:44 TOI, minus one, two shots
Wearing number 10 in his debut as a Flyer. Had his shoot out attempt saved in the shootout win against the Lightning.

James Wisniewski – Montreal
23:16 TOI, one assist (32), one shot

Shawn Thornton – Boston
11:40 TOI, two shots, 0 of 1 on face-offs

Tim Brent – Toronto
9:34 TOI, one shot, 1 of 5 on face-offs

Dustin Byfuglien – Atlanta
Signed a 5 year, 26 million dollar contract extension yesterday. Congrats Buff.

Steve Sullivan – Nashville
13:30 TOI, one assist (12), four shots, 0 of 1 on face-offs

J.P. Dumont – Nashville
Scratched

Martin Havlat – Minnesota
19:20 TOI, minus three, 2 PIM, one shot, 0 of 1 on face-offs
Not a great game at all for Marty. Hopefully this performance for the Wild carries over into tomorrow and the Hawks can jump all over them and get the win and two points.

John Madden – Minnesota
10:06 TOI, one shot, 6 of 10 on face-offs

Cam Barker – Minnesota
16:37 TOI, minus one, one shot

Colin Fraser – Edmonton
Scratched

Nikolai Khabibulin – Edmonton
Win (9), 15 saves on 16 shots, .938 SV%
He won a game! He actually won a game!!! He has the most losses in the league with 25 and just broke a 14 game losing streak where his last win was December 16th…Get that guy a beer! Or don’t, he might drive home.

Jim Vandermeer – Edmonton
18:24 TOI, one assist (8), plus one, one shot

Adam Burish – Dallas
Dallas is really struggling right now… They have dropped to fifth and are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games… Now how bad does that losss on Friday night look…

Antti Niemi – San JoseWin (18), 30 saves on 31 shots, .968 SV%
Pekka Rinne stopped 48 shots and gave up two goals and still got the loss. That sucks for him, shows his defense wasn’t too great in front of him.

Ben Eager – San Jose
5:59 TOI

Scott Nichol – San Jose
9:45 TOI, two shots, 7 of 14 on face-offs

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