I got to watch this game while on a mini world tour after taking the “Polar Plunge”, and it was a great way to warm up. The Blackhawks wrapped up a very successful 4 point weekend with a big win over the Red Wings. A win at Joe Louis Arena is huge. I know the Wings were missing Pavel Datsyuk and Nik Lidstrom to start the game. I know Jimmy Howard only played the first period. I know Detroit played with only 5 defensemen for the majority of the game. All of these things worked in the Hawks favor and they took advantage of it for a big road victory.
- Two games in a row with a power play goal! Didn’t think I would ever type that again. Not sure if Jamal Mayers is a long term solution on the PP, but it is working for now.
- Dylan Olsen earned some brownie points by pounding on career cherry picker Thomas Holmstrom in the crease. I am sure that didn’t go unnoticed by his veteran team mates. Apparently plays like that don’t lead to more playing time.
- Again Q is riding Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith way too much. Sami Lepisto got 5:31 of total ice team yesterday. If you don’t trust certain players then why are they being dressed?
- Even though Andrew Shaw caught a beating his fight was big. It took Brendan Smith off the ice and the Wings were left with just 4 defensemen for 5 minutes. The Blackhawks score the game winning goal during that 5 minute span.
- Ray Emery was good enough for the win. He never had to make any spectacular saves and he was helped by the posts a couple of times. He made all the saves he was supposed to and that’s all you can ask for right now.
- It has been awhile since I’ve seen ice as bad as yesterday’s surface. Hockey Town indeed!
- Looks like Patrick Kane is bringing his A game at the right time!
- The Blackhawks have at least one point in every meeting with the Red Wings this season. That can go a long way in building some confidence for a potential playoff series.
My Blackhawks Player of the Game
Patrick Sharp had himself a nice little game Sunday afternoon. He score the first Blackhawks goal of the game and set up Kaner’s game winning goal. He also lead the team with 7 shots on goal.
My Turd of the Game
Going to give the TOTG to Duncan Keith. Before I rip into him I will give him some credit by saying he did have a good game defensively. His puck handling yesterday left much to be desired. He had a turnover in the first period that led to Patrick Kane’s hooking penalty. The roughing penalty he took in the 2nd period for punching Valtteri Flipula was just dumb. Keith seemed like he was trying to be more physical which really isn’t his game.