by Vince Maranto on 02/17/12 at 12:00 PM ET
The losing streak is over as the Hawks got 2 points for the first time in forever. What better way to end a streak, by beating a really good team. The Rangers (best team in the East by 7 points) lost on their home ice. The Hawks played aggressive in all aspects of the game. It was Crawford (18-14-5) against the VERY capable back up, Marty Biron (10-2-1) in net.
The line ups pretty much remained the same for the Hawks as last game. The effort was certainly there the last couple of games, despite the final score. John Scott was again on the fourth line, in what you knew would be a physical game. The Rangers lead all of the NHL in hits. The Hawks had had only 17 goals in their last 9 games. A scoring effort would be needed last night, and was.
In the first period, the Hawks were awarded a Penalty Shot just a minute into the game. The puck was gloved in the crease by New York. Toews took it and went 5 hole. ! - 0 Hawks. The Hawks were 17-5-2 when scoring first, entering the game. Quickly, a Leddy slap shot made it 2 - 0. On only their 4th shot of the game, Sharp made it 3 - 0 on a breakaway. This was all in the first 4 minutes!. Now this is where it gets interesting…...
A Penalty Kill; turned 5 on 4 for four minutes (the Hawks had the option of a 4 minute 5 on 4 or a 2 minute 5 on 3, due to the assessments of the penalties) was played excellently by the Hawks. Shortly after Hossa on a breakaway made it 4 - 0. This was still before the half way point of the period. There was another successful PK a few minutes later, The Hawks really attacked the puck. I have not seen that type of aggressiveness from them in a while. They should PK like this, all the time, regardless of the score. The Hawks out shot the Rangers, 10 - 5 that period.
In the second period, Staal made it 4 - 1 around 3 minutes in. The was then a goal tender interference call. I talked about this last night, I still don’t get it. Stalberg went hard to the net and was pushed from behind from the defender. WHERE is he supposed to go? Anyway, another successful PK.. Then, (I hope I got this right) a PK turned into a 4 on 4, that turned into a Hawks 4 on 3, that turned into a Hawks 5 on 3, that turned into a Hawks 5 on 4, that went to a 4 on 4, that ended up back at a PK.. All of this went on for around 7 minutes or so. No change in score. The was a review on a no goal call, for New York, that was upheld. The Rangers came on strong for the last 4 minutes or so, but they went into the locker room with it still being 4 - 1. Total shots on goal for the game so far was 19 - 12 Chicago.
Going into the third period (the Hawks 21 - 0 - 2 with the lead this year) the action remained intense. Another PK, 6 minutes in, was again successful. Hagelin made it 4 - 2 with a little over 5 minutes left. Biron was pulled with a little over 2 minutes left, but that was it. Hawks win, 4 - 2!
We got a noon start in Columbus on Saturday and then the NBC game AT HOME against the Blues on Sunday afternoon.
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