by Vince Maranto on 10/14/11 at 12:30 PM ET
The Winnipeg Jets, with former Hawks Cup hoisters, Ladd and Byfuglien, came to the United Center (the only time these two teams will play, regular season, this year) and fell 4 - 3. Before we get into the actual play, here’s a couple of side notes. Sean O’Donnell turned 40 years old, one of only four players currently in the NHL. He became the oldest Hawk skater to wear the sweater. Only Tony Esposito played at an older age for the Hawks. For his birthday, the players left a walker at his locker. Patrick Sharp said that he would give Sean all of the phone numbers of the parents of the players so that he would have some one to talk to.
Dan Carcillo played his first game with the Hawks after sitting out the first 2 games serving a suspension from last year with the Flyers. The “Car Bomb” started on the second line with Kane and Hossa, fitting in pretty well, while picking up his first point as a Hawk. The defensive match ups remained the same, as did the 1st and 3rd line.
The scoring began with the Jets, Slater scoring twice within the first 8 minutes of the 1st period. Both goals were on close in redirects, making it a tough start for Emery. The Hawks then bounced back in the second period scoring twice. The First goal was on a power play. Patrick Kane took the puck from deep in his own zone and stick handled down to the Jets goal drawing the tripping penalty. Brunnette scored from right in front of the crease to put the Hawks on the board.
Later in the !st the Hawks struck again. Hossa (playing in his 900th NHL game) stole the puck near the blue line and fed Kane for a one timer to tie it up. The 2nd period had the type of momentum swings usually associated with a 4 on 4 overtime period. Hossa scored early in the second. Dave Bolland followed that up with a goal, the Hawks fourths straight in the game..The Hawks, however, then squandered back to back power plat situations. The Jets, of course, then scored bringing them within one goal. The Hawks held them off to win their second straight game at home. Kane and Hossa were the number 1 & 2 stars of the game respectively.
The Hawks will take on the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins on Saturday night. Yet another tough ticket here in town.
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