by Vince Maranto on 11/12/11 at 12:31 PM ET
After the Hawks recent 3 game skid, (1 out of 6 points) things seem to be back on track, picking up another win at the United Center.The Blackhawks have now taken 14 out of 18 points at home this year, a much better record so far from last years woes. It was the 6-7-1 (win one, lose one this season) Calgary Flames who lost tho the Hawks 4-1. Mikka Kiprusoff was in the net against the Hawks, Ray Emery. More on them in a moment.
The National Anthem is always special at the United Center, but on this Veteran’s Day, as in the past, it was even more electric. The Hawks, btw, wore their camouflage jersey’s during the pregame skate. They will be signed and auctioned off, again this year. Proceeds to go to the Vet’s, as expected.
Ray Emery, who as a back up goalie, has now led the Hawks to get 7 out of 8 points, was outstanding from the start. In the first 3 minutes he was tested several times and came up with big saves. Duncan Keith led off the scoring in the first period with a rebound blast off a Sharp shot. Keith was plying in his 500th NHL game. Later in the period, Stalberg missed a wide open net (AGAIN). I thought for sure that this would come back to haunt us. There were a couple of failed Power Plays for the boys in the period (Hey, we moved all the way up to double digits @ 11.7%!!!). and the period ended at 1-0.
The second period had only 2 whistles in the first 11 minutes, so it was a very fast paced back and forth effort by both teams. On a Hawks Power Play, 12 minutes in, Seabrook cranked a slap shot from the blue line, through traffic, to go up 2-0. Ray Emery again came up big in the game. He stopped a breakaway after a turnover at the blue line, to keep the shut out in tact.
In the third period, there were more big saves by Emery. (“This guy is a beast”, to quote my son) More back and forth hockey, by both teams, kept the score the same. Then Jokinen screamed one past a fully screened Emery to make it 2-1. He we go, that missed open net by Stalberg, I thought. Another Hawks Power Play came about in the 3rd. The Hawks never got set up once in the entire 2 minutes and I started to get worried. Too many missed opportunities. Hossa, however, threaded the needle on a pass to Stalberg in front of the net to make it 3-1. Viktor redeems himself for the earlier miss. Kane then adeed a last minute empty netter on a pass from Sharp 4-1 final.
I will be at the United Center on Sunday to catch the Oilers. Should be a great game.
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