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Hawks Fall To Stars

It was “Behind the Lens” at Comcast Sports Network last night. The camera’s were turned around to show the inside of the broadcast booth, how the telestrator works, the locker room, inside the control room, and the Jumbo-tron operator. It was actually pretty fascinating. I always like watching the “behind the scenes” operations of a television broadcast. Unfortunately, is was the only thing I liked last night.

The Hawks had a 1 - 0 lead going into the last 10 minutes of the game. They then fell apart, losing 3 - 1.  It was Crawford (22-14-1) against Bachman (6-3-1) in the net at the United Center.. The lines were slightly juggled and were further juggled as the game progressed. It started with 1) Sharp, Kane, Hossa 2) Hayes, Kruger, Brunette 3) Bickell, Bolland, Stalberg. 4) Scott, Mayers, Frolik. It’s amazing how JUST the absence of Toews really shows the lack of quality depth on this team.. On ‘D”, Keith & Olsen, Leddy & Seabrook, Lepisto and the return of Hjalmarsson.

In the 1st period, the Power Play was was given a chance 3 minutes in. Coming into the game, the Hawks were a RIDICULOUS, 0 for 32, in recent chances. They were down to 16% and 20th in the league. Again, the star of the P.P. was Crawford, who was forced to make a save on an Adam Burish breakaway. There would be no scoring there or the rest of the period for either team. The Hawks out shot the Stars 6 - 5. There wasn’t really a lot of scoring opportunities for either side.

In the 2nd period, the goal posts got a good workout for both sides. Garvin went double post, later it was Sharps turn. Hossa rounded it off by hitting it in the closing seconds. Bachman came up with a big save on Jimmy Hayes, and then Hossa broke the scoreless tie with a wrist shot through traffic. The period would end with a 1 - 0 Blackhawks lead. The Hawks out shot Dallas 16-5 that period. Now here’s some promising figures. The Hawks WERE 18-5-2 when scoring first, and 23 -0-2 when going into the 3rd period with the lead. Dallas, on the other hand, was 2 -22-0 when trailing after 2 periods. So much for those numbers.

Almost half of the 3rd period went by without a score, and then BOOM BOOM BOOM, the next thing you know it was 3 - 1. It was all Dallas for the second half of the period.  A failure to clear the zone led to a redirect by Steve Ott. 5 minutes later, another redirect by Ryder made it 2 - 1. Then Eriksson finished the scoring to make it 3 - 1, a couple of minutes later. The crowd as well as the Hawks were stunned, but that was it. Really a tough one to give up like that. This was the first time in a while I have watched them lose due to effort. Oh Captain Serious, we need your leadership…...

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