Another shootout. Shocking.: ‘Hawks 3, Avs 2 SO

By Jeffrey Bartl

Three games. Three shootouts. We didn’t need Ms. Cleo to tell us this would happen again. Fortunately, this one allows me to get to bed before 3 a.m.

Patrick Sharp — yes, THAT Patrick Sharp — scored in the third round of the pissing contest to give the ‘Hawks a victory and the extra point against the Big Falling Snow Pile. I’ve been on his ass lately for disappearing at times, so it was nice to see him put home the winner — for me and him.

It’s starting to become so normal, but the play of Patrick Kane continues to amaze me. His snipe in the first period which tied the game 1-1 froze Craig Anderson to the point I’m still unsure Anderson even saw it. The angle made it seem impossible Kaner could hit that spot top cheese, but I have to remind myself that it’s Kaner, and he pretty much does whatever he wants, when he wants.

Cam Barker’s nifty pass to himself off the boards which sprung him loose for a mini-breakaway was impressive, and then he impressed me more with the top-shelf shot on Anderson to tie the game 2-2 just over a quarter of the way through the third.

Cristobal Huet played another solid game in net tonight despite giving up a cheeseball in the first period on a Kyle Cumiskey shot from behind the net that slipped under Huet’s left arm. Huet made 25 saves — 11 coming in the first period alone. However, the post made the biggest save tonight, stopping a couple Colorado bids in the last five minutes.

One thing is for certain: The Blackhawks have to stop turning the puck over so damn much in their own zone. Andrew Ladd’s giveaway led to Woljtek Wolski’s goal that gave the Avs the lead, and despite a couple of nice defensive plays in the third period and overtime, Brian Campbell looked like he had Tabasco sauce in his eyes for part of the night.

Colin Fraser got in a couple scraps tonight, including the set-up fight between him and Matt Hendricks. In the last meeting, Fraser came off the bench and goaded Hendricks into a tussle. Tonight, Fraser came around the net on his first shift as the ‘Hawks were setting up a rush, and Hendricks was right there waiting. The gloves dropped quicker than Jenna Jameson’s panties.

Either way, the ‘Hawks have earned all four points in the first two games of this home-stand in which I’d like to see us get — at the very least — six of eight possible with the Circus Trip peaking it’s ugly face around the corner.

Next up is Phil Kessel and the 3-8-5 Toronto Maple Leafs. If the ‘Hawks lose this game, I’m going to drink myself into oblivion. Wait, it’s a Friday night game? Oh, that was going to happen anyway. Nevermind.

And for some more good news, Marian Hossa begins contact drills tomorrow. Hell. Yes.


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