Mar 9, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth (1) watches as Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) circles with the puck during the first period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
The Blackhawks took the ice in Buffalo and if you didn’t know it before the telecast it only took about two minutes for you to know that it was a homecoming for Patrick Kane. I’m not sure that the NBCSN crew understood why they kept call him the prodigal son but they did during the entire first period. It didn’t take long for Kane to score in front of this home crowd when he made a pretty slick move and buried one to give the Hawks an early lead. The Sabres looked to have scored a tying goal but it was waved off when the Sabres were called for hooking on Crawford who was way to far out of the net. Bailed out once but not the second time when Drew Stafford knocked one in to tie the game when Crawford was too far out of his crease. The Hawks had the puck most of the period but at the end of one period it was all tied up at 1.
The second period can be summed up with two words, icings and powerplays. The Hawks killed off two penalties to start the period and then failed to convert on their two chances at the end of the period. The best chance of the period was by Patrick Kane who was set up all alone by Patrick Sharp but he couldn’t slip it 5 hole. The Hawks out shot the Sabres 13-5 in the period but they didn’t convert any of them and headed to the third period all tied up and looking for some pucks in the net!
The Hawks entered the third with a very underwhelming 4-4-6 record when tied at the end of two periods. The Hawks had the puck for most of the game but as been the problem lately the puck just isn’t finding the back of the net. One example was on the third period powerplay when both Andrew Shaw and Patrick Kane hit the post with shots. The Hawks finally scored on another tap in goal by Jonathan Toews after a Brandon Saad set up. The real star of the period had to be Niklas Hjalmarsson who seemed to block shot after shot whether he was stunned without a stick or playing a make shift goalie. Hjalmarsson is probably the most underrated Defenseman on the Hawks roster but he was the star of the third period. Buffalo pulled the goalie for the final two minutes but couldn’t score and the Hawks skated away with a 2-1 win.
-This was the 51st time that Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews have scored in the same game
– The Hawks have only lost 1 game in regulation when scoring first this season.
– Patrick Kane is only 2 goals away from a career season high.
– Crawford’s glove was very hot tonight!
-Back at it Wednesday against the Colorado Avalanche in a huge Central Division Clash!
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