Dec 14, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp (10) left celebrates after scoring against the Calgary Flames with a teammate right wing Patrick Kane (88) right during the second period of their NHL game at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
The Blackhawks after a tough loss to the New York Islanders Saturday night headed home to face off against the Calgary Flames on Sunday night, and this is how things turned out at the United Center.
The First period can be summed up with one word…. FAST! There wasn’t a whistle for the first 5 minutes and there weren’t very many the rest of the first 20 minutes. Andrew Shaw had the Blackhawks best chance at a goal when he had Jonas Hiller down and out but could lift the puck into the net on both chances. David Jones had the best chance for the Flames on a breakaway but Antti Raanta stopped him well the post did. Johnny Gaudreau made a beautiful move coming down the slot but like Jones chance Raanta shut him down and after one period the Flames led shots on goal 9-7 but there weren’t any goals on the scoreboard.
The second period was a lot like the first period with lots of end to end action but the 2nd period at least had some goals. Jiri Hudler finished off a nice Flames rush which featured a nice pass from Johnny hockey to give the Flames the first goal of the contest. The lead wouldn’t last long, when the Hawks picked up their first powerplay they scored 6 seconds into the man advantage with Jonathan Toews setting up Patrick Sharp who’s goal was in and out in a blink of an eye. The Hawks had a few more great chances including a great move by the Captain but both goalies stood tall and at the end of two periods it was all tied 1-1.
The Blackhawks totally dominated the third period with almost non-stop possession of the puck. The Blackhawks had tons of chances but you have to tip your cap to Hiller who for the second straight game at the United Center was outstanding. The Hawks finally got the go ahead goal late in the period when the Flames couldn’t get the puck in deep and the Hawks tranistioned quickly and found Brandon Saad all alone and he didn’t miss. The Hawks didn’t really have any difficulties in the final minutes and held on for their 21st win 2-1.
– The Hawks have won 9 out of 10 games
– The Hawks out worked the Flames most of the night even if the scoreboard doesn’t look like it.
–Tim Erixon made his Blackhawks debut, Didn’t notice him much so he wasn’t terrible.
– Tuesday night the Hawks will be back in action
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