by Vince Maranto on 01/06/12 at 01:45 PM ET
The title says it all. It was a really fun game to watch for 59 minutes, but the Hawks came up empty. It was the first time back to the Wells Fargo Arena since the Cup was hoisted back in 2010, as the Hawks fell to Philly 5-4. The reasons for the loss have pretty much become a theme. Leaving guys open in front of the net and being scored on in the last minute of periods. Read back to the blogs that I have written when the Hawks lose, and you will see those same words over and over.
For the game, Chicago called up forward Andrew Shaw and d-man Dylan Olesen from Rockford. Shaw-2011, 5th round pick & Olesen—2009 ist rounder made their NHL debuts for the game. Along now with Smith, Morin, Pirri, and Hayes, Coach Q shows that he is not afraid to sit regular players to take a look at the AHL hopefuls.
The line ups looked like this; 1) Sahrp, Toews, and Shaw. 2) Stalberg, Kane, Hossa. 3) Bickell, Bolland, Brunette. 4) Frolik, Mayers, Hayes (my favorite 4th line in a couple of years, by the way) Defensively, the kid Olesen was paired with Sean O’Donnell. Emery got the start in net against the off season acquisition, Bryzgalov.
The 1st period was very fast moving, as we have seen in several Hawks games lately. Jimmy Hayes (yeah, I left off the “Big” for the first time) got his 2nd NHL goal in 2 games to start off the scoring. In the face off immediately following, just as the puck was dropped I was really taken by surprise. From opposite side of the circle, both Rinaldo and Shaw (his 2nd NHL shift) dropped the gloves and pulled off their helmets and went at it. Shaw left the game with a bleeding face and ripped up jersey. He would return after both served their 5 minute majors. Later Sharp & Toews just missed connecting on a 2 on 1. However, with 50 seconds left, surprise, surprise, Voracek put the Flyers into a tie at 1-1.
In the 2nd, the pace was fast moving again. Shaw scored on a nice backhand move to go up, 2-1. All I could think was that this kid has not even played 2 NHL periods and he is 2/3 of the way towards a Gordie How Hat Trick!! ! Then, just a mere 7 seconds later the Flyers scored to tie it up 2-2. Then with men left ALONE in front, Philly scored twice in 23 seconds to go up 4-2. The Hawks had a successful PK (good job letting them play Refs, btw) and that’s how the period ended.
In the 3rd, the P.K. did a nice job with a 4 minute high stick on Sharp. With around 5 minutes to go, a short handed, Seabrook slapper brought the Hawks to with in 1. 43 seconds later Kane FINALLY scored a goal, going top shelf. Game tied at 4-4. But then, with 1:38 left, a Kane high stick led to a Power Play goal for the Flyers, with a mere 32 seconds left.
Again, fun to watch, but that is now the 3rd time in 4 games that we have not received any points. We’ll do it again tonight against Colorado.
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