Dec 23, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defensemanNick Leddy
(8) reacts after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at United Center. Chicago defeats New Jersey 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
As the Calendar approaches Christmas, the Chicago Blackhawks welcomed in the New Jersey Devils. The Blackhawks are coming in off an overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks. The Blackhawks have the second best point total in the NHL and lead the Central Division. Antti Raanta got the start in net for the Blackhawks. Raanta has made every start since Corey Crawford’s injury. Meanwhile the New Jersey Devils off an overtime win against the Washington Capitals. The Devils are third in the Metropolitan Division.
The Devils roster features two hall of famers in Jaromir Jagr and Martin Brodeur. The hope was the Devils would play legendary goalie Martin Brodeur, but it was not the case. Cory Schneider got the start in net for the Devils.
The period recap:
1st Period: The first period would be a very slow moving period as the Devils clogged up the neutral zone. Despite the slow play, the Blackhawks outshot the Devils and out played them. The Blackhawks put 12 shots on New Jersey Devils goalie Corey Schnieder. One of the 12 shots did find the net. Patrick Sharp scored on a “fluke” goal in the first period. Sharp’s shot deflected off a Devils defenseman and fooled Schneider for the goal. The Devils did not muster much on the offensive side. The Devils put two shots on Raanta. Raanta did not allow a goal in the first period. The score after one period was Blackhawks 1, Devils 0.
The second period would have a far different feel than the first period.
2nd Period: In the second period, the Devils would get something going on offense. Stephen Gionta would score on a deflection to knot the score at 1-1. However, the tie did not last long. Kris Versteeg and Nick Leddy would make great plays to get a puck to the net. Patrick Kane cleaned up the puck at the net and will Gumby style goal. The Blackhawks lead 2-1. Five minutes later in the period, Bryan Bickell got into the holiday spirit giving the Blackhawks a 3-1 lead. Bickell scored on a nice high wrist shot. The Blackhawks dominated the second period. Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane each hit the post on special teams. Kane hit the post on shot from the point on a power-play and Saad hit iron on the penalty kill. The Blackhawks outshot the Devils 13-6 in the second period. At the end of two periods the score was Blackhawks 3, Devils 1.
The third period would see the Blackhawks finish off the Devils.
3rd Period: The Blackhawks finished off the Devils in style, however it didn’t start well. The Devils got back into the game with a quick goal to start the third period. Michael Ryder scored less than a minute into the period. The Devils then would be engulfed by the offensive monster that is the Chicago Blackhawks. At 5:54 gone past in the second period, Brent Seabrook hit a streaking Patrick Sharp. Sharp made the Devils pay with a nifty goal to put the Blackhawks up 4-2. It was Sharp’s second goal of the night. The Blackhawks were not finished scoring. After hitting the post at least four times, Nick Leddy got some love from the post. He blasted a shot off the post for the fifth goal of the game. This goal put the Blackhawks up 5-2. The Devils would not muster much of anything in third period offensively. The Devils put four shots on goal for third period and only 11 shots for the entire game! The Blackhawks win 5-2.
NEWS AND NOTES:
- Patrick Sharp has 10 goals and his last 14 games
- Patrick Kane’s scoring streak continues: 11 games in a row.
- Bryan Bickell had one goal since October 28th. He scored his sixth goal tonight.
- Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith outshot the Devils 13 to 11.
- Antti Raanta is now 8-1-2 on the season.
- Marian Hossa was the primary assister on two goals tonight.
- The Devils goalies have finished every game they have started this season.
The Blackhawks along with the rest of the NHL are off until Friday 12/27/13. The Blackhawks will welcome the Colorado Avalanche to the United Center.
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