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Shaw vs. Ovechkin – Shaw wins!

19 Mar

Andrew Shaw is on the third line for the Chicago Blackhawks.  He, along with Dave “the rat” Bolland and Brian Bickell, are on the ice to shut down the other teams first line.  Last night, the other teams first line has a guy named Alex Ovechkin.  Maybe you’ve heard of him?

Last night at the United Center 21,561 (109.4% full) saw the show down and the Hawks third line prevailed.

“There’s a lot of things in his game you admire,” Quenneville said. “You like the way he competes, he’s got some sandpaper to his game, he’s got some nice things offensively that he does.”

Shaw had 2 goals and 1 assist and a +2 for the night on a shut down line and Alex Ovechkin finished with 1 goal zero assists and a -2 rating.

Alex did have a spectacular goal, a highlight reel goal but that occurred when the Kane line was out.

Don’t take that as a bad night for Kane.  He continued his hot play and scored the game winning goal.  Kane has a 5 game point streak, 3 goals and 2 assists.

Chicago out shot Washington 29 to 18.  The Hawks out shot the Caps 12 to 3 in the first period not letting Washington get their first shot until 4 minutes left.  Rock solid for a team gearing up for the postseason.  When you can keep the Capitals high-flying offense to under 20 shots you’re doing things right.  This team is playing well.  Don’t forget this is a team playing without their leader Jonathan Toews.

On the not so good side the Hawks went 0-1 on the power play.  They just don’t want to score power play goals.  That can’t continue in the post season….not if they want to go deep.

Big hit from Brower on Hossa last night.  The former Hawk finished the game with no goals or assists and was a -1.

Viktor Stalberg showed his lighting fast speed on the 2nd goal of the game.  He continues to make Hawk fans ask why can’t he do that on a regular basis?

On a side note:  All four officials wore No. 47 to salute linesman Dan Schachte, who worked his 2,009th and final game. Schachte, who has worked more games than any other American official in NHL history, appeared in his first game on Oct. 6, 1982, at the Chicago Stadium.  Well done.

Next up for the Hawks is a Tuesday night game in Columbus against the lowly Blue Jackets.  The only team in the NHL already mathematically eliminated from the post season.  But don’t think that makes this an easy game.  That’s when a team loves to play the spoiler, especially against a division rival.  You should expect Stalberg to have a huge game.  He has the Blue Jackets number.