Thursday, March 3, 2016

Blackhawks at Boston
4-2 Loss Recap
GoldieHawks and the 3 Bears

by AtomicFroster

Gather 'round children while I tell you a tale. The story of GoldieHawks and the 3 Bears.

Our story begins with Goldiehawks after a victorious battle in the badlands know as "Detroit" arriving late in the night, 3 a.m. I am told, in a land that has not seen magic since June 24 2013; Boston, home of the bears. For the purposes of our story we will call GoldieHawks the Hawks and the antagonists (the bears) Bruins.

Patrice Bergeron and the Bruins take advantage of the tired Hawks early, 1:18 into the first period Bergeron scores, set up by 'the nose' Brad Marchand.  This goal should have never happened as Bergeron was on all fours behind the net and still somehow managed to gain possession of the puck and carry it out front before wristing it short-side. Just over 6 minutes into the period the Blackhawks are put on the PP courtesy of a hooking call against the Bruins Acciari. It only took the Blackhawks 35 seconds to capitalize. Ehrhoff blasts one from the top of the zone that bounces off of Rask's pads to Ladd in front who bats it over to an open Toews who buries it.  The Bruins take their lead back with 21 seconds left in the period, when Marchand beats Darling with a  shot from the left circle. Bruins lead 2-1.

Chicago 5; Boston 12.

The second period starts much like the first with misfortune for the Hawks. A high-sticking call against Ladd sends the Bruins to an early power play. The Bruins, not to be outdone on the PP, score only 6 seconds in. Bergeron won the offensive zone face-off resulting in a slapshot goal by Spooner. Boston would score it's third unanswered goal 15:24 into the period with a redirection by Eriksson. The Blackhawks would score a late period goal of their own; Tomas Fleischmann is set up with a sweet dish by Teravainen. Unfortunately this would be the last goal the Hawks would score. Bruins lead 4-2.

Chicago 11; Boston 11.

While Chicago ends up outshooting Boston 11-2 in the third, Rask and the Bruins prove to be too much for the tuckered Hawks. Quenneville pulls Darling with over 3.5 minutes left to play, but the Hawks can't deliver. Time runs out and the score is unchanged - Bruins win 4-2.

Chicago 11; Boston 2.

Total Shots:
Chicago 27; Boston 25.

The Good:

  • Dale Weise made it over the wall to play almost 13 minutes;
  • Sitting out tonight's game, Crawford gets 3 days off; and
  • ...That's all I've got -- there isn't anything else in this lacklustre performance.
The Bad:
  • The Blackhawks prove that getting your 8 hours is a must;
  • Scott Darling's lack of starts shows; and
  • You'll never win a game with Patrick Kane being a -3.
The Ugly:
  • Scott Darling was handing out rebounds like they were ten for a Loonie;
  • Almost 4 minutes with an extra attacker and no real solid scoring chances; and
  • Atomic Froster now being 0-2-1 on recap nights.

The Lineblender

Ladd - Toews - Shaw
Planarian - Anisimov - Kane
Desjardins - Teravainen - Fleischmann
Mashinter - Rasmussen - Weise

Keith - Hjarlmarsson
Gustafsson - Seabrook 
van  Riemsdyk - Ehrhoff

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