by Vince Maranto on 12/03/11 at 11:45 AM ET
The Hawks beat the Islanders in a shootout on Friday night, 5-4. Yes, the 2 points are welcome and needed. However, ROW (regulation, overtime wins) took another hit. The game itself skated a fine line between exciting and frustrating. New York, with the WORST goals for average in the game at 1.95 scored twice in the first period. Again, it was not all Crawford’s fault. Cro did come up with some pretty big saves. The defense, however still needs to get tougher around the net.There have been too many uncontested, tap-in goals so far this season.
As for the lines, they went like this; 1) Stalberg-Toews-Kane. 2) Sharp-Kruger-Hossa. 3) Frolik-Bolland- Ben Smith (my man). 4) Carcillo-Mayers-Brunette. Defense wise, we seem to be settling in with Keith & Seabrook, and, Hlalmarsson & Leddy, first and second. In the revolving 3rd match up, last night it was Montador & O’Donnel.
In the net for New York was the Chicago are kid, Al Montoya (4-3-1). I had, by the way, another “Geez. Am I getting old” moment when they showed his family. I thought, wow his wife is pretty good looking and it turned out to be his mom…...
In the first peirod, the tone was set with the Hawks hitting the post and missing open nets. It’s hard to beat anyone when you don’t take advantage of your opportunities. A Penalty Kill, from a Too Many Men situation, led to the first goal. An earlier mentioned, tap-in goal by Okposo. The boys are still worst in the league with a 74%. On their first Power Play, the Hawks had at least 3 great chances to score, but nothing went in. Later in the period, a bang-bang Carcillo - O’Donnel - Brunette tied the game 1-1. Hawks outshot the Islanders 14-13.
A successful (Yay!) Penalty Kill was put in early. Then, Ben Smith, (please keep this kid up) scored on his own rebound to go up 2-1. it then went, Power Play - nada, Power Play into a 4 on 4 (4 minute high stick) into a short handed goal by Toews. 3-2. That’s how the period would end. Shots on goal again favored the Hawks, a ridiculous 15-2.
The third started with a carry over penalty, which New York cashed in on with 6 seconds left. Tied again, 3-3. The Hawks again on a Power Play needed a score and Sharp on a sweet pass from Kane, did just that. Crawford came up HUGE on a Penalty Kill later on. But then, on a costly turnover it was tied 4-4. It ended in overtime. The Hawks were WAY out shot by New York this period.
In the OT, some great chances by both teams, but no scoring. On to the shootout. Coach Q chose to shoot last. It then went like this, Cro - save, Toews - score, Cro - save, Hossa - miss, Cro save. Hawks win.
The Blues, in St. Louis, later on tonight .
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