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Blackhawks Find A New Way To Lose In Overtime

By Keith Schultz

Mar 18, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta (31) makes a save as Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) looks for rebound during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

What started out as a laugher ends in the worst way possible.

The Chicago Blackhawks took to the ice in the city of brotherly love and came out flying. If you were late to your seat you missed Andrew Shaw and Duncan Keith score early in the  first period and it looked like a repeat of the December meeting between these two clubs when the Hawks destroyed Ray Emery and the Flyers 7-2. A strange bounce off Marcus Kruger’s skates and Antti Raanta’s pads changed the entire complexion of the game.

With the Hawks up 2-0 and dominating Scott Hartnell shot one from directly behind his net and it went off Kruger’s skates and eventually the back of the net almost like the goal the other night off Brent Seabrook’s skates.  This game was on a one way ticket to easy two pointsville and yet one bounce changed it all.  The Flyers would get another Hartnell goal from the slot late in the first period to tie the game at two before the 1st intermission.

For the sake of everyone reading this the second period was a snooze fest and the only real thing that came out of it was that Sheldon Brookbank must feel he must get into a fight every night he skates to justify his spot in the lineup especially now that Brandon Bollig never throws a punch these days.

The third period and a story for most of the game was the goal post! The Flyers hit it 5 times on Tuesday night saving Raanta time after time.  Another thing that must disappear quickly is the Andrew Shaw stupid third period penalty which of course he took again tonight.

Both teams at the end of regulation look like they were skating just to get a point and head to overtime which they did and it looked like a shootout was heading our way until with 5 seconds left Claude Giroux blasted one past Raanta for the game winner.  The Hawks sink to 0-7 in overtime games this year which is very unacceptable for this group of guys and talent.

-Win #700 will have to wait another night for Joel Quenneville

-The team has been very inconsistent since the Olympic Break.

-St. Louis tomorrow night at the United Center will be very big measuring stick for the Hawks

-Colorado lost in regulation so with 13 games left the race for the #2 seed is all knotted up