Monday, April 2, 2012

Blackhawks vs. Wild
Shootout Loss Recap

"Cast Down"

Please forgive the lazy preview section, as I was spending my night at the Allstate Arena with a few thousand of my closest friends, watching DLR and the Van Halen boys while witnessing this colossal jersey fail that would be a sin to not end up as one of Greg "Puck Daddy" Wyshynski's Jersey Fouls:

The first period of the game last night was rough and tumble. Two fights, and 3 goals were the story of the first frame. The Hawks out shot the Wild, but only by a margin on 10-9. The second period was much more tame in the physical aspect of the game, but there 2 goals each way and 28 total shots. The third period yielded only one goal, for the Hawks, which was all they needed to get one point. Neither team was able to score in overtime, and the Wild were able to gain the advantage in the shootout, to grab the extra point.

The Good

  • Sharpie tied the game up just 34 seconds after the Wild took the lead, on a nice rush by Nick Leddy. Leddy rushed up the boards and into the Wild corner and fed Sharpie with a nice backhand pass. Sharpie kicked it to his stick, chipping it up and over Harding.
  • Seabrook and Stalberg hooked up in the second period to tie the game back up, in the second period. Seabrook led the 3-on-2 rush into the zone and dropped a saucer pass right in the bucket to Stalberg who was streaking up the left wing. Pick-to-click Vik went right around Harding for his 21st of the year.
  • The Line of Kaner, Hossa, and Mayers brought the game back within one goal at 4-3, later in the second period. Hossa saw Kane wide open in the slot and him with a perfect pass that he snapped past Harding.
  • Shaw came back from his misconduct to take on Cody Almond. Shaw actually held his own pretty well, in a fight that could have been a blood bath. Almond was a much bigger guy, and could have really laid Shaw out.
  • Andrew Shaw capped off his eventful night, and by eventful I mean 17 PIM affair, by unleashing a huge pass, in his second game in a row, to feed Kaner for the game tying goal. Shaw drew two defenders on the powerplay and dumped it off to Kaner, who was as wide open as you could be, in the slot. Kaner has a wide open net to direct the puck into.
  • Despite Dream Warrior going 4-14 at the dots, the Hawks were actually over 50%, as a team. Shocking, I know!
  • According to the official stats, the Hawks outhit the Wild 30-28. Go figure that one out. Despite spending 17 minutes in the box, Andrew Shaw led the Hawks with 5.
  • With Toews out, a couple of unlikely sources have stepped up, in Vik Stalberg and Andrew Shaw. That's GREAT news for the Hawks. GREAT NEWS!
  • Duncan Keith suspension officially over, and Toews cleared for contact. Playoffs, here they come!

The Bad

  • The Wild opened up the scoring when Setogutchi torched the hell out of Hjalmarsson going right up the middle of the ice and in on a break-a-way on Emery. The play was set off the faceoff, and worked to perfection. The case of wind burn Hammer got on that play must have been painful, but winning that faceoff could have been huge, eh?
  • Little bitch Heatley scored a powerplay goal to put the Wild back up 2-1 on a Dave Bolland interference penalty. Koivu fed Heatley for one of the easiest goals he will ever score. Dumb penalties, boys...
  • Twenty seconds after the Stalberg goal the Hawks got caught napping on the defensive side of the rink, letting Setogutchi streak in, and then letting Stoner pick up the rebound for the goal. Sloppy, sloppy mess of a goal.
  • Brodziak continued to be an absolute Hawks killer scoring forty one seconds after the Stoner goal, to put the Wild up 4-2. Just when everyone thought the Hawks had some momentum, they give up two pretty weak goals. Brodziak worked Olsen, and Kaner wasn't much help either.

The Ugly

  • Right after Jimmy Hayes went to battle with Falk, Brandon Bollig got under the skin of the little bitch Dany Heatley who, of course, can't take care of himself. So, Clint Stoner had to come to the aid of his mouthy little girlfriend. After all that action, Shaw earned himself an instigator for doing a whole bunch of nothing with Powe. What a complete cluster fuck.
  • This just in, Dany Heatley is a little sissy bitch.
  • Dylan Olsen took a run at Powe late in the first period. It looked like it might get a look from the league, though. I honestly don't think it deserves a suspension, but who really knows, these days.
  • Nick Johnson was a minus three in 10 minutes of playing time. Atta boy!

The Shootout

  • Kaner beat Harding with a slick backhand
  • Christensen pulled the Datsyuk/Forsberg on Emery
  • Harding got a piece of Sharpies glove hander
  • Koivu lost the puck
  • Bolland couldn't lift the puck over Harding's leg
  • Setoguchi beat Razor through the 5-hole.

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