by Vince Maranto on 12/17/11 at 02:15 PM ET
Ray Emery continued being the hot goalie that he has been of late. With the Hawks win over the Ducks on Friday (4-1), he now moves to 5-0-1 in his last 6 games. He entered the game with a 1.84 goals against average, and a .934 save percentage in his previous 5 appearances. Now, for those who like to stir up problems, there is no goalie controversy. Coach Q has, and always will play the goalie who is getting it done. Should Emery start to falter, we will see Crawford again. End of discussion. Jonas Hiller (8-12-5) was between the pipes for Anaheim.
The first period began with an early Hawks Penalty Kill. The Hawks P.K, slowly starting to get better, 27th in the league @ 78%, got out unscathed. John Scott played wing on the fourth line, replacing the ailing Carcillo, with Mayers and Brunette. It would be that line that would strike first. Mayers, on a nifty little back hand, wrap around flip shot, put it in off Hiller. Both Brunette and Scott were credited with an assist. As a side note, that goal equaled the entire 4th line goal production of the Ducks all year long! The Hawks, by the way, entered the game at 11-0-1 when scoring first. The Hawks Power Play (19.5%, 7th in the league) got a chance with 1:14 left. It would carry over into the second frame, still 1-0. Hawks out shot the Ducks 8-6 in the period.
The second began with the Power Play for another 46seconds, but came up empty. However, on a turnover moments later, Sharp to Hossa (that combo again) who backhanded one in that dribbled passed Hiller. 2-0. Hossa, a little later, somehow sneaked passed every one but missed short side on the breakaway. Scott and Brookbank dropped the gloves in a mismatch that was quickly stopped by the officials as they neared the boards. The Hawks appeared to score when a puck went in off Bolland’s. It was called no goal on the play, kicked in. After the review it was announced that there was contact with the goaltender, prior to the puck crossing the net. Neither situation was correct, but the call on the ice stood. It was later described as an illegal goal. Huh? Anyway, still 2-0. A goal saving move by Leddy then led to a Hawks P.K., no change in score Then with 3:00 left in the second, on a Hawks P.P., Leddy went goal line to goal line (I’d like to see him do that more) and passed to Bolland. He was then vindicated on that last call, score, 3-0. Emery picked up an assist on that one too. 8-8 shots on goal for the period.
In the third, the Hawks entered being 12-0-1 when leading, while the Ducks were 0-14-1. That pretty much tells the story. Sharp, on a nice play, basically stick handled around 4 Ducks to go up 4-0. There was a fight then with Mayers who didn’t like a hit on a teammate. Edzo came up with a good point, saying that the league needs to clamp down on a player attacking another player after a good, clean hit on his teammate. Anyway, the shut out remained.intact until 1:47 left when Selanne scored right in front off a nice pass. 4-1 final.
The Hawks play Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, coming up next. I’m sure we’ll see Crawford somewhere in there.
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