The Blackhawks took on the Hurricanes with what seemed like half of their usual roster with Patrick Kane, Bryan Bickell, Brandon Saad, and Michal s Rozsival all on the shelf and Teuvo Teravainen not playing due to jet lag.
The first period was a total Blackhawks domination with Patrick Sharp seeming to know that he was much-needed with half the offense in the pressbox. Sharp was flying and by far the best player on the ice with multiple chances. The Hurricanes didn’t get a shot on goal until halfway through the period and looked like a team that struggles mightily on the road. No matter how much domination the Hawks had they weren’t able to score although they out shot the Hurricanes 11-4.
The second period showed off the Hawks PK and oh by the way Patrick Sharp after a nice feed from Andrew Shaw scored on a breakaway to give the Hawks the 1-0 lead. While during 4 on 4 action it looked like the Hurricanes totally fell asleep and Kris Versteeg walked right in and gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead. Crawford was extremely strong in the second period stopping 13 shots with only a late Alexander Semin goal to cut the lead in half to 2-1 heading to the third period.
The story of the game was the Hawks penalty kill which was 1/6 on the night and it seemed like it was an endless trail to the penalty box for Chicago. The one goal the Hawks did give up on the PK was to Semin early in the third period when the Hurricanes had a 5 on 3. The Hurricanes were still on the powerplay when a wild shot bounced to center ice and Toews raced to the puck and buried the shot to give the Hawks a 3-2 lead. The rest of the game was the Hawks maintaining the puck and the Hurricanes not getting any real chances on Crawford. The Hawks owned the final 4 minutes and skated away with the one goal win.
-Tonight was the third short handed goal of the season by the Captain
– Brookbank and Morin only played 6 minutes but it was a serious special teams fest tonight.
– The Hawks could have a 3 point cushion for the race for the #2 seed if Boston keeps its lead over Colorado.
– The Hawks as expected went to the Grind game to get a Win!
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