by Vince Maranto on 12/21/11 at 03:43 PM ET
I don’t even know where to begin on the game between the Hawks & Penguins (in Pittsburgh) on Tuesday night. OK, the score, Pens won 3-2. This however does not even begin to tell the story. I cannot remember the last time, or if even ever for that matter, that I came away from a loss feeling so good. You know you’re watching a special game when the national announcer (Doc) says, “Wow, this is fun!” The energy that the Hawks showed during the 3rd period made the time just fly by.Not to mention the great saves by Fleury, the near misses and the shots off the post! The last couple of minutes saw the Hawks on the Power Play and an extra attacker for the pulled goalie. However, in the end, the Hawks did come up a goal short for the loss.
Within the game, and especially during the 3rd period there were different line combinations. (To note Carcillo is still out with an injury, Kruger left the game, and Jeremy Morin has been brought up from Rockford, while Ben Smith was sent back down) We saw Kane back at center again for a while with Hossa and Stalberg. Also Toews centered Sharp and Brunette for a while. Both of these are interesting lines. It was Emery, 6th straight start against the 16-7-2, Marc-Andre Fleury.
On to the the periods. In the first, the Hawks had 3 Penalty Kill (77.7% , 27th, to start the game) Kunitz scored, all alone, on one of them. The other 2 P.K.“s had the Hawks yielding 0 and 1 shots on goal. Scott was ejected after a 2 minute instigator, 5 minute fighting, (mercifully stopped by the officials after Scott drew blood on his undersized opponent) and a 10 minute misconduct. There seems to be a very grey area here. I have seen a guy go after some one after a legit hit on a team mate and nothing but coincidental fighting penalties ensue. In this case after a very questionable hit (Engelland), Scott comes to the aid and is ejected. I don’t get it. Anyway, the Hawks ended the period with a carry over Power Play They were out shot 13-10 and score remained 1-0.
The second period saw 3 more Penalty Kills, by the Hawks (6 so far). Neal scored for the Pens on a 2 on 1, 3 minutes in to go up 2-0. Kennedy put one past Emery (no chance) to make the score 3-0 as they headed for the locker room. It pretty much looked like this one was over.
Toews scored early in the 3rd period (what you needed to even have a chance. A pass to Stalberg at the side of the net went in off a skate.The Satlberg. Kane. Hossa line made it 3-2. Stalberg, again rang one off the post, but no good. I was an exciting period to watch, but as mentioned already, 0 points were to be had.
It’s the Habs tonight, we’ll see what line combos stay and who’s in goal later on.
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