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‘10 VS. ‘11

The 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins beat the 2010 Cup Champs in a shoot out at the United Center. It is the only time (regular season) that the two clubs will see each other this year. A couple of interesting notes before we get to the scoring.

Hossa was out for the game. I originally heard upper body injury - here we go again with this guy missing games with an injury. However, during the TV broadcast, they said there was no official word on why, so we’ll see. Viktor Stalberg, back from his injury, replaced Hoss on the Kane line with Carcillo. I have liked what I’ve seen from Carcillo so far this year It’s nice to see a guy finishing checks, something I RARELY saw anyone do last year. I (unofficially) had him for about 8 hits in the game. John Scott played wing on the 4th line. With the NBA being in lock out mode, it was good to see a couple of 6 ft. 8 in. guys (Chara) at the U.C. One other side note, the CBOE seats (the Hawks auction off the area between the 2 benches, with 2 seats, on every home game) have undergone a change. The glass (speaking of Zdeno) is now rounded off between the two benches. There are no longer any corners, it is almost bubble shaped, if you can picture that.

Anyway, on to the game. If you bet the over on off sides and icings, you won last night. It seemed like there was a whistle every couple of minutes. The first period was a chess match between the two coaches, changing the match ups constantly. There was also a real playoff atmosphere in the first couple of periods. Brian Bickell started the scoring in the first period. He took away the puck and went 5 hole on Thomas.

In the second period, the Bruins scored while being shorthanded. Boston had a very aggressive approach to the penalty kill in the game. However, shortly after the Hawks power play expired, Kane (5 hole again) scored to put the Hawks back up 2 - 1.

The third period was basically all Boston. At one point they had out shot the Hawks 11 - 3. I was thinking that if the NHL had a “time of possession” stat, the the Hawks would be getting killed. The Bruins made it 2 - 2 at the 12 minute mark. Quite frankly, I was amazed that it didn’t happen sooner. The Hawks some how managed to hang on (with some outstanding saves by Crawford), to force the game into overtime. The 4 on 4 produced nothing for either team, so it went to the shoot out. Toews, as usual went first, but failed to elevate the puck and was denied. Seguin scored for Boston, which was all they needed as Kane and Sharp also came up empty. The good news is that the Hawks have taken 5 out of 6 points at home this year, coming off a lousy home record last year.

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