by Vince Maranto on 12/19/11 at 01:52 PM ET
A slightly embarrassed (by all the attention), Coach Q, stuck around after the game for an extra minute while his milestone was announced. The crowd cheered as the single spotlight zeroed in on the coach, behind the bench. Congratulations coach, quite a feat. This, of course, was made possible by the 4-2 victory over Calgary at the United center, Sunday night. The Hawks made it 5 straight wins and have taken 15 out of the last 16 points. Ray Emery (8-1-2) again was in net against Kiprusoff (!4-10-2). As as side note, Jeremy Morin was brought up from Rockford for the game. He was placed on the first line with Toews and Kane. The Hawks are having a hard time solidifying that wing spot. They have used Stalberg, Carcillo, Ben Smith, and Brunette (off the top of my head) so far this year. There was also a bit of line juggling, as always, through the game.
In the 1st period, the fourth line again struck first, after an unsuccessful Power Play. Montador got the goal while on the ice with Scott, Stalberg, Nayers and Brunette. The Hawks Seabrook was knocked out of the game after being boarded by Borque.. He was ejected and I’m sure a suspension will follow. Nothing became of the penalties that ensued by both teams after the incident. The period ended 1-0. The Flames managed only 3 shots on goal for the period. Emery is playing great, don’t get me wrong. But I think Crawford was put more in a position of bad timing through poor defensive play rather than lousy goal tending. Either way, it’s good to know wr have 2 solid goalies.
The 2nd period started off with half a minute of leftover P.P. was the first. Almost immediately following that end of that one, the Hawks went on the Power Play again. Unfortunately, same result, no change in score. After Hossa hustled into the corner to get the puck, Hjalmarsson let a slap hot rip to make the score 2-0. Later in the period Keith rang one off the post which was smothered by Kiprusoff. After that, the face off, which was won by league leading Toews, Kane scored. There was another successful Penalty Kill, and they went into the locker room up 3-0.
The 3rd period saw Emery lose the shut out on a Jokinen goal. Emery was heavily screened (as were many of the Crawford goals I was talking about earlier). Later in the period the Hawks had a 5 on 3 Power Play for 1:35. The old saying from coach Q always comes to mind, “Whoever wins the 5 on 3 usually wins the game.” Hossa did just that and the score was 4-1. The Flames scored a goal later to make it 4-2. There were a couple more P.K.‘s and P.P.‘s but noting came from them 4-2 was the final.
The Hawks have back to back games Tuesday and Wednesday. We’ll see what game Crawford gets..
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