by Vince Maranto on 01/03/12 at 03:41 PM ET
The Hawks dropped their second game out of the last three at the United center after losing to Edmonton 4-3. Crawford and his less than impressive 2.77 goals against average (pre game) was in net against Dubnyk (4-9-0). The third defensive coupling was Scott and Lepisto, or the YIKES!!! match up as I like to call it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice match up if you like to practice holding your breath. Once again, Big Jimmy Hayes remained with the club after being called up from Rockford. The Hawks were looking for some revenge after the last meeting with the Oilers, in which they suffered their worst loss in 4 years, 9-2. Both goalies were in and out of that game.It was, however, the only really bad performance by Emery all season.
In the first period, the Hawks were tested on the Penalty Kill (79% - 27th STILL in the league) with a 4 minute double minor. They prevailed. An unsuccessful power Play (slipping these days to 18% & 12th in the league) later ensued. The Hawks Captain, Toews started the scoring to make it 1-0 on a pass from Carcillo. The Hawks, WERE 14-0-4 when scoring first, up until this game. With around a minute left, Crawford came up with a big save on Jones, on a break away. I always worry about these guys during the first & last minutes of periods. I don’t know whether it is a lack of focus or what, but they have problems during thoses times every here and again. Either way, both teams headed into the locker room with 10 shots on goal apiece.
The second period had another unsuccessful Power Play early. Then Carcillo got a 5 minute major on an obvious, stupid, push into the boards. He left the game with what looked like a nasty knee injury, oh, I’m sorry, lower body injury. Between the injury and the suspension that is sure to follow, I don’t think that we are going to be seeing #13 for a little while. The Oilers scored twice during the 5 minutes, to go up 2-1. this was truly the turning point in the game, I thought. When a team is struggling on the P.K.. it could go either way. Continue to struggle or have that great kill that turns things around. Later, Brunette in front of the net, had a nice redirect off of a Hjalmarsson blast. However, a wide open Sutton (with the YIKES Boys out there) made it 3-2.
In the third, former Hawk Ben Eager scored on a backhander. This was a pretty soft goal, probably the worst that I’ve seen Cro give up this year.I thought that we would see Emery, for if anything, jump start reasons. We did not. A 4 minute high stick Power Play - a must score situation- yielded nothing Big Jimmy Hayes scored his first NHL goal to close it to 4-3. Another Power Play, on a goalie interference, got nothing as well as the extra attacker with the empty net. 4-3 final.
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