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Back in Overtime…Again!!

By Keith Schultz

We were talking about practice.. Not the game!! (Rob Grabowski-USPRESSWIRE)

After two days of gamemanship, guess who led his team to the ice.. The possibly concussed Mike Smith led the rest of his Phoenix Coyote teammates.  He didn’t look like a game time decision either recording 35 saves on 37 shots, but none of this will be the story in the morning.  The hit that Raffi Torres put on Marian Hossa will be the water cooler conversation tomorrow in Chicago.  Torres left his skates and into Hossa sending Hossa out of the building and to the hospital.   Hossa was released from the hospital after “encouraging results”.. i’m sure their will be a medical update from the Blackhawks tomorrow.

The Chicago Blackhawks took the lead 1-0 when Andrew Brunette deflected Patrick Kane’s shot late in the first period.  Corey Crawford was very strong in the first and second periods holding on to the lead.  The 2nd period was pretty slow going offensively with Duncan Keith rattling the post and Michael Frolik missing from point blank range twice.

A funny thing happened during a tightly fought tightly checked game. A 4 on 4 situation arose and everything went crazy with Phoenix scoring twice and Andrew Shaw’s replacement Frolik scoring once.  The Hawks squandered leads of 1-0 and 2-1, and the cardiac Hawks didn’t have any magic before the end of regulation to avoid overtime.

The Blackhawks entered their 5th straight overtime game dating back to Game 6 of the Vancouver Canucks series last year.  A pretty even overtime ended 13:15 in when Mikkel Boedker ended it from a bad angle (Patrick Kane Stanley Cup angle) and sent the United Center Crowd home.  Home ice was savored for all of 73 minutes.

Reasons for the loss-

-o for power play.. AGAIN

– Phoenix dominated the fore check!!

– Crawford has to stop the last goal.

Michael Frolik may have been the best Hawk on the ice last night he had four shots on goal and nice back handed goal in the third period.

Game 4 is a must win Thursday night at the United Center!!!

Let’s Go Hawks!!