Its seems like the week began the same way it ended: the Detroit Red Wings scoring a goal in overtime to beat the Chicago BlackHawks. Last Sunday the Hawks dominated the play for most of the game, but they gave up a late 3rd period goal to cost them a point. Saturday the Hawks were very, check that, extremely lucky to scratch out a point.
The Blackhawks annoying habit of sleep walking through the first two periods showed up again Saturday, granted they probably thought they were at their morning skate with the 12:30 ET start. Excuses, excuses! The Hawks were totally outplayed, outshot, out hit for the first two periods. The only score they did have was an extremely lucky bounce off the boards and Andrew Shaw was the benefactor. Shaw now has 3 goals in his first six games.
Thankfully there are 3 periods for the Blackhawks. After getting out shot in the first two periods 29-13 the Blackhawks woke up and out shot the Red Wings 16-5 and tallied the tying goal with all of 51.7 seconds left. Deja Vu the Red Wings score in OT and the Hawks fly home to Chicago with a point and go 0-0-2 against Detroit in the Week.
This week wasn’t a total bust. The Hawks got to beat up on the Central Divisions little sister by dispatching a game Columbus team, but the Hawks dominated them the 2nd half of the game for their first win of the year (that is 2012). They went on to go Wild on Minnesota’s goalie in a 5-2 win. The kids have been playing very good. With Sharp still out for a couple weeks and our crazed lunatic out for the rest of the year with an ACL, Shaw and Jimmy Hayes will get their chances to shine and hopefully fill the voids to keep the Hawks on the victory path. Marcus Kruger returned to the ice which was a good sign. Also on a good note is that Nick Leddy actually had a plus game for the first time in what seems like months. The other thing the Hawks need to fix is the hits. They were outhit 30-15, this is a usual event maybe the trade deadline, coupled with the youngsters that do hit maybe this can change.
Sunday night brings the Sharks! We get to go against Antti Niemi and the rest of the San Jose regular season winners/post season losers. The Hawks need to bring it for 60 minutes against the Sharks or they will continue to wish the New Year was a figment of their imagination instead of ground hog day with Bill Murray.
Lets Go Hawks!! BEAT the Sharks!!!!