The Chicago Blackhawks announced very late that Marian Hossa was a scratch before the game with the always very specific “Upper body injury”. Hawks fans were given some relief when Q was interviewed on the bench during the first period and said the injury wasn’t serious. The first period was controlled on the ice by the Avalanche, they maintained the pace of play and puck possession. The Hawks did strike first after a terrible penalty after a great Brent Seabrook check that sent an Av’s player into their bench. On the power play from the retaliation penalty Andrew Shaw tipped in a Seabrook blast from the blue line. The Hawks had really only one good shift in the first, and the Av’s took advantage of a strange bounce and John Mitchell was able to put in a backhand with less than two minutes left in the period to tie up the contest. The intermission horn was a relief for starter Ray Emery and the Hawks when the Av’s put a ton of pressure on in the last 20 seconds of the period.
The 2nd period was the land of missed opportunities for the Hawks that started with Patrick Kane with a mini-break that he hasn’t been missing all year but Semyon Varlamov stoned him. Patrick Sharp had numerous chances on 2 on 1’s and four other shots in the period but could not convert any of them. The Av’s were playing the trap game which really frustrated the Hawks for most of the period. The Avalanche took the lead 2-1 when Matt Duchene from a bad angle banked it off Ray Emery for a pretty soft goal. Emery was strong the rest of the period making a huge save when the Hawks at the end of their scoreless powerplay gave up a breakaway when Brent Seabrook’s stick shattered but Emery was up to that challenge. After the Avalanche took the lead the sense of urgency could be felt from the Hawks but they were not able to get any pucks past Varlamov who had a tremendous 2nd period. Andrew Shaw took an elbow from Paul Stastny and never returned to the game.
The third period didn’t start off well when Michael Rozsival went off for his second minor penalty of the game, but on a 2 on 2 rush Jonathan Toews made a great move with help from Dave Bolland, and scored a short-handed goal to tie the game. The injury ward kept getting bigger when Patrick Sharp left the ice after getting checked on the side boards. The game was decided with 50 seconds left with Marcus Kruger, Viktor Stalberg fighting and Daniel Carcillo putting the puck in the net for the game winner. Daniel Carcillo became the 13th different Blackhawks player to score a game winner this season.
History is exciting to watch happen, especially when it’s your favorite team so this is extremely fun to watch. Enjoy the ride Hawks fans!!
-Ray Emery is the first goalie to start the season 10-0-0
-30 straight games without a regulation loss.
-24 straight games to start the season without a regulation loss.
-11 straight wins.
– Half the season is over and the Hawks still don’t have a crooked number in the loss column!
The only worrisome thing leaving the Madhouse on Madison Street is the health of Hossa, Shaw, and Sharp. We will keep you up to date on all the injury updates as they are reported, here on Blackhawk Up. Next game will be against this came Colorado team Friday night.
Hawks Win!! Hawks Win!!
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