Hawks beat Wings and misc NHL notes

22 Feb

The Toews less Blackhawks beat the Datsyuk less Red Wings last night at the United Center in front of 22,027 (111.7% full)  Lots of standing room only tickets were sold for this one.

Hawks were flat in the first period but really started bringing it in the 2nd.  They didn’t panic, they didn’t feel sorry for themselves they stayed the course.  Jimmy Howard was awesome, if not for him the Hawks could have won 5-1.

Patrick Kane was ELECTRIC!!!!  He didn’t end up on the score sheet but had 5 shots and was all over the ice.  He made some crazy good plays.  Skating, passing, stickhandling and shooting.  He was everywhere.  That was good to see him play with fire in his gut.

Jimmy Hayes had a strong game as the 22 year old rookie had a goal and assisted on the game winner by Kruger.  Kruger took a penalty early in the 1st which led to the first Detroit goal.  It was a forgivable penalty as he was just trying to create some room for Keith who was trying to keep the puck in the Wings zone.  He sure made up for it by having a strong game and finishing with the game winner.  He is becoming more and more dependable.

Hawks and Wings both had only 7 shots in the third period.  This was a playoff type game.  Very tight as two good teams battled.


How about the power play still going 0 – fer.  When was the last time the Hawks scored a power play goal?  If this keeps up we might have to petition the NHL to allow teams to decline a power play a la the NFL.

Morrison.  ok, this is not working.  I saw at least 4 very stupid plays by the veteran.  Let him watch from upstairs as a healthy scratch.  He is not the answer.

NHL Notes from last night:

Great win for Nashville over the hated Canucks.

I really shouldn’t be rooting for a division rival but when it’s the Canucks I could root for anybody to beat them.

From Paul McCann of Hockeybuzz:

An important win for Nashville as not only does the team keep pace with the rest of the Central Division, but it also sends the message that the Canucks will be in for a fight if they meet up again this spring. The way Vancouver won all three on Music City ice last spring has not set well with the team. From the final score, to the captain body slamming Alex Burrows to the ice late in the second period, messages were clearly sent. As Stu Grimson noted on the post-game show last night, keeping the Burrows/Weber encounter to offsetting minor roughing calls was a real positive for Nashville.

Now i’ll have to root for the Red Wings, which is something I would never want to do normally but…..they are playing the Canucks next so……LET’S GO RED WINGS!

Gritty win by the Flyers last night.

The Jets have owned the Flyers this year.  It looked like they were going to win another one and then Simmons ties it up with 10 seconds left in the third.  Then old man Jagr puts in the game winner with 44 seconds left in overtime.  Nice dish from Briere on that gwg.  2 former Hawks had good games as Big Buff had a nice goal and Andrew Ladd put in 2.  The Hawks sorely miss Ladd.  Letting him go in the salary purge after the Stanley Cup was a mistake.

A funny bit on TSN last night when Mike Johnson, standing in between the 2 benches as a reporter, got slashed on the wrist getting his watch broken.  He holds it up for the camera and says he is sending a bill.  Yahoo’s Puckdaddy has the video of it.

The Maple Leafs goalie “monster” had a serious 5 hole problem last night.

You won’t beat the Devils protecting the net like that.

How about the Rangers getting shut out by the Penguins last night?

How about both Sharks goalies giving up 3 goals last night to the Columbus Blue Jackets?  Jeff Carter, the subject of many trade rumors, had a hat trick.  Wouldn’t it be something if he got traded to the Kings for a reunion with Richards?

Speaking of Columbus they made a trade today.  They traded Center Antoine Vermette to the Phoenix Coyotes.  The 29-year old Vermette is signed for the next three seasons with a $3.75 million cap hit.  Columbus receives a 2nd round pick this year and a fifth rounder next year plus goaltender Curtis McElhinney.



2 Responses to “Hawks beat Wings and misc NHL notes”

  1. kikiloushoesandaccessories 02/22/2012 at 6:16 pm #

    What’s happening with Shaw? Is he still putting up points?

    • tapingthestick 02/22/2012 at 6:40 pm #

      Shaw was sent back down to the minor league affiliate the Rockford Ice Hogs of the AHL.

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