If this was the game that was suppose to get all Hawks fans wanting Jarome Iginla on the team will that just didn’t happen Tuesday night. Iginla along with the entire Flames roster was dominated in Chicago 2-0 shutout. The only thing that could have been worse was the tally on the scoreboard as the Blackhawks pelted Miikka Kiprusoff with 35 shots but Kiprusoff came up with 33 big saves.
The Hawks got on the board first with a Nick Leddy goal his fifth of the season but on the assist was Patrick Kane who collected two assists Tuesday night and now has 17 goals and 24 assists to lead the team (Brent Seabrook had the other goal). Not to beat a dead horse but thanks again Stan Bowman for not trading away Kane like everyone wanted you to this time last season at the trade deadline. Yes, Kane can seem to disappear against the strong checking teams like Anaheim, but on nights when the ice is open he can really put on a show for the fans.
Ray Emery owns Calgary this season, but this was by no means the same great effort that we saw in Calgary at the beginning of the season, but it still earned Emery his first shutout win since February of 2010. Emery only had to stop 16 shots and only a couple were very tough chances, this effort will give Coach Quenneville something to think about for Friday nights starter.
This wasn’t a pretty game and it could have easily been a 6-0 route but when you are coming off 2 straight losses and have the second best team in the Conference coming to your place in a couple of days any win whether fancy or ugly will do. It’s victory #25 of the season so the Hawks will not win any beauty marks for it but a win is a win and a shut out is a shut out and the Hawks get two more days of rest. Hopefully Marian Hossa will be back on Friday night when the Hawks host the Ducks puck drops at 7:30 Central.
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