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The Daily Phil Esposito (3/4/11)

By Unknown author


There were twenty two former ‘Hawks in action last night. The twenty skaters combined to score three goals (two of which came from Kris Versteeg) and five assists totaling eight points. The two goalies remained on fire winning their two games stopping an impressive sixty-eight shots combined and only allowing two goals. These guys are smoking.

The standing were jumbled up again after these games but the Blackhawks still remain in the 4th seed. With Detroit’ loss last night, if the Hawks win the game tonight they will pull within seven points of the Wings, which I think is attainable, this season isn’t over yet but crazier things have happened.

Enjoy your weekend and hopefully the ‘Hawks can help you enjoy them more by extending this winning streak and bringing home four more points. GO HAWKS!

Click the jump for updates from the 3/3/11 games

Kris Versteeg – Philadelphia
13:42 TOI, two goals (16,17), plus two, three shots, 0 for 1 on face-offs
Two goals against his former team, but it still wasn’t enough as they lost 3-2.  These were his first goals as a Flyer that didn’t come as an empty netter.

Shawn Thornton – Boston
8:51 TOI, minus one, 10 PIM

Brent Sopel – Montreal
18:47 TOI, plus one

James Wisniewski – Montreal
20:41 TOI, two assists (34,35), plus two, three shots
Continuing his fantastic season with another two point game.

Craig Anders(s)on – Ottawa
Win (17), 42 saves on 43 shots, .977 SV%
Maybe he needed a change in uniform to light a fire up his ass. He has played very well as a Senator. He has won four of his five starts only allowing seven goals. Not too shabby.

Ryan Potulny – Ottawa
6:09 TOI

Tim Brent – Toronto
16:49 TOI, minus one, one shot, 6 for 10 on face-offs

Dustin Byfuglien – Atlanta
23:18 TOI, one goal (19), minus one, six shots
Ties a career high with 19 goals and this was Buff’s last goal since February 19th against Edmonton.

Andrew Ladd – Atlanta
19:10 TOI, one assist (24), three shots

Tuomo Ruutu – Carolina
14:11 TOI, four shots

Sergei Samsonov – Florida
19:40 TOI, minus one, two shots

Ethan Moreau – Columbus
8:30 TOI, 2 PIM

Sammy Pahlsson – Columbus
14:01 TOI, one assist (10), plus one, 15 for 22 on face-offs

Dan Cleary – Detroit
16:13 TOI, minus one, one shot, 0 for 1 on face-offs
The Wings lost to the red hot San Jose Sharks by a score of 3 to 1.

Jim Vandermeer – Edmonton
22:02 TOI, 2 PIM, one shot

Colin Fraser – Edmonton
12:15 TOI, three shots, 7 for 16 on face-offs

Martin Havlat – Minnesota
16:12 TOI, one assist (36), plus one, 2 PIM, four shots

John Madden — Minnesota
17:15 TOI, 10 for 16 on face-offs

Adrian Aucoin – Phoenix
13:21 TO, 2 PIM, two shots

Radim Vrbata – Phoenix
15:08 TOI, two shots

Ben Eager – San Jose
5:48 TOI

Antti Niemi — San Jose
Win (25), 26 saves on 27 shots, .963
He has now won eight games in a row, and I am starting to think he is the real deal… Back to back seasons he has carried a team down the stretch. Pretty good. Oh and GM Doug Wilson signed Antti to a 4 year 15.2 million dollar contract extension on Tuesday…

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