by Vince Maranto on 02/11/12 at 05:00 PM ET
These games are really frustrating to watch, and even more difficult to write about. The Hawks lose again, on the road, 5 - 3 to San Jose, Friday night. The fact that it was more of the same thing that I have been talking about for the last 4 weeks (or more) makes me dread writing this. Defense, goaltending, lack of Penalty Kill, missed opportunities. I have run out of ways to say the same thing.
As if there weren’t enough problems defensively, both Montador & Hjalmarsson were sent home due to injuries. Sammy Lepisto (remember him) and Rockford call up Dylan Olsen were the replacements. They were the 3rd pairing.
Line wise, it was 1) Hossa, Toews, Frolik 2) Kane, Sharp, Kruger 3) Shaw, Bolland, Bickell 4) Mayers, Brunette, Stalberg. Crawford (18-13-5) was in net against former Hawk Cup hoister, Niemi (22-12-5).
The sad part was not even registering a point, with what was a determined team effort all game. But no matter how hard you try, you are not going to get any where by shooting yourself in the foot and giving away goals.
In the first, a 4 minute high stick penalty in the opening seconds, led to the Sharks 1st goal. As you would guess, it was just early enough for the Penaly Kill to continue for the full 4 minutes. Boyle made it 2-0 on another Power Play goal. There were 3 P.P. opps for the Hawks, all unsuccessful. Mayers & Clowe scrapped it out, but that was it after one period, 2-0 Sharks.
In the second, Marcus Kruger, yes, you read that right, scored twice to tie it. It was all Hawks, again, no lack of effort in this game, just outcome. Thonrton scored—a shot knocked in by a sweeping Olsen stick. 3-2, Sharks. Hawks out shot them 17 - 3 that period.
Bickell tied it at 3 - 3, with a great pass from a hustling Bollnad. But, Crawford, way out of his crease and failing to freeze the puck, led to a 4 - 3 Sharks lead. Another Power Play goal by San Jose made it 5 -3, which was the final.
The one bright spot was seeing Frolik & Bickell put up points. It takes a 4 line effort to be successful down the stretch. Tonight, the Coyotes in Phoenix…...Yotes, Yikes.
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