Feb 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) clears the puck against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
The Blackhawks took to the ice for the third straight home game on the 8 game homestand and amazingly they were looking for their first win on the homestand, this is how the game transpired from the United Center on Friday the 13th.
The Devils always scream boring to me every since they authored the neutral zone trap back in the day, yet the first half of this game was pretty boring if you throw out Ryan Hartman’s first shift! Hartman’s first shift was awesome, it took him about 5 strides before he threw a huge hit and then seconds later another big check behind the Devils net. Hartman also got a shot on net in the first but the offense was pretty stagnant even on their only powerplay (shocker) The Devils got on the scoreboard with an incredibly soft goal that looked like a changeup that Crawford mis-judged. The shots were tied at 8 all after one period but it was the Devils with the lead after 1 period.
The second period was even more boring than the first period to be perfectly honest. The Blackhawks didn’t get but 2 shots on net in the first 10 minutes of the period and really only had a couple good chances during the period with one of them being a Bryan Bickell shot after a nice feed from Hartman. To be honest Hartman was very noticeable while the rest of the team kind of disappeared with the tight checking Devils on the ice. After 2 periods it’s still 1-0 Devils.
The Blackhawks finally turned it around and of course as of late it was Marian Hossa who finally started the scoring for the Blackhawks. Hossa scored his 7th goal in the last 4 games and the Hawks finally had some momentum. The Blackhawks top line scored on their next shift when Hossa drove to the net and the Captain was there to tap in the rebound. Toews had only scored 2 goals in the past 17 games so it was great to see him get one into the back of the net.
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The Blackhawks owned the third period and it was Kris Versteeg who put in the finishing nail in the coffin as he took a Patrick Kane pass and deposited the puck into the empty net for the final score of 3-1.
– Crawford is now tied with Jocelyn Thibault for 4th all-time in Blackhawks wins
– Hossa is Smoking Red Hot!!
– I really enjoyed the Hartman debut and I hope he gets more action on Sunday!
– Carcillo played all of 4:03, hopefully he’s in the pressbox Sunday.
– A 60 minute effort would be real nice any day now!