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The Daily Phil Esposito and a little more (3/24/11)

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There were six former Blackhawks on the ice last night. One was a goalie who picked up his 3oth win of the season, the other five were skaters. They were only able to muster up three points, one goal and two assists. The goal was from Rene Bourque while the assists came from Danny Cleary and Benny Eager.

Jack Skille continued his suckfest as well. Great to see that on the ice at the UC. The Hawk’s played great last night, and it all looks promising… well it does right now.

There are three games tonight which can affect the Hawks in the standings. The biggest one is between 7th place Nashville and 8th place Anaheim. The winner jumps up to 5th place in the standings knocking the Hawk’s down to sixth. Hopefully this is only a two point game and the other team doest pick up a point. It’s a seven team race for the last five spots and 4th to 10th place are only separated by 6th points. The other games that affect the ‘Hawks tonight have the Blue Jackets taking on the Phoenix Coyotes in Arizona while the Sharks take on the Kings in LA. A King win moves them back ahead of the Blackhawks as well.

The only good news coming out of this is that all the teams besides Dallas will have played more games than the Hawks after tonight leaving some leeway. The Hawks have played 73 while the Kings, and Ducks will have played 74, the Preds will have played 75, and the Flames and the Coyotes will have played 76. The Hawks can catch all the teams in front of them, and will have the chance to put more points on them and finish in 4th. That’s if they come out and continue this dominating play. Big “IF”. Well without further a due, your daily Esposito.

Click the jump for updates from the 3/23/11 games

Sergei Samsonov – Florida
19:00 TOI, minus one, four shots

Jack Skille – Florida
16:23 TOI, minus two, 2 PIM, two shots, 0 for 3 on face-offs
Again a huge minus in the stat sheet. Now a minus 11 in just nine games as a Panther…

Dan Cleary – Detroit
20:16 TOI, one assist (19), minus one, five shots

Rene Bourque – Calgary
17:01 TOI, one goal (26), minus one, one shot

Jason Williams – Dallas
6:04 TOI, minus one

Ben Eager – San Jose
8:03 TOI, one assist (10), one shot

Antti Niemi – San Jose
Win (30), 22 saves on 25 shots, .880 SV%
Career High 30 wins this season in 53 games played.


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