The Chicago Blackhawks got to face one of this season’s nemisis in Jonathon Quick at the United Center Sunday night. Even though they managed to get two behind him in regulation, he stopped all 6 attempts in the shootout to give the LA Kings the 2 points and the Hawks a one point OT loss.
Both of the Kings goals were results of Duncan Keith turnovers. Early in the first period with the Hawks dominating play in the Kings end, Keith threw a bad crossing pass near the Blue line and it led to a LA 3 on 1 and a goal to gain early momentum, which they maintained throughout the first period. It’s very upsetting that the Hawks have rarely played 60 minutes of good hockey this season, and they very rarely win the first period and it happened again tonight. The last time I can remember the Hawks owning the first frame was at the Rangers.
The second period for the first 18 minutes were won by the Hawks which included a goal by Marcus Kruger that looked like it could have been ruled Patrick Sharp’s goal, but thankfully Kruger put it in so Toronto would not have to make a ruling. Then the Keith turnover machine happened again behind the Hawks net and ended up letting Jeff Carter score, and give LA the lead 2-1 after 2.
Marian Hossa with an awesome display of power and control in the corner led to the tying goal in the third. Patrick Kane continuing his current hot streak stuck the puck in underneath Quick to tie the game. Ray Emery had another good game. He is consistent to say the least. He stops all the shots he suppose to, makes a few great saves, but doesn’t ever make the save of the day. Most night’s good consistent goal tending will at least get the Hawks a point as it did tonight.
In the shoot out it was all Quick. He stopped every good and lame attempt the Hawks threw at him, and in the 6th round Mike Richards got the only goal against Emery. It’s in OT and shootouts and important draws late in your own end that the Hawks really miss Johnathon Towes. He’s money in shootouts and you could tell by the time we got to Kruger that the Hawks were going to have to get lucky to get one pass Quick.
One point is better than zero points! St. Louis comes to town Tuesday night and the hopes of seeing Towes back on the ice are hopeful! Another big 2 points on the line with only 12 games left!!
Let’s go Hawks!!!