by Vince Maranto on 02/26/12 at 05:35 PM ET
The Hawks fell to the Kings at the Staple center by a score of 4 - 0. Quick (24-17-11) got the shutout, his 7th this season . He is now tied for most shutouts in the NHL, with Lundqvist from the Rangers. Quick entered the game with both a league 3rd best 1.96 goals against average & .931 save percentage. I can only wonder what the Hawks record would be this year with a quality goalie of that caliber. Crawford (22 -15-5) started the game and was pulled after the 4th goal in the second period. He was replaced by Emery, who played well. I would be shocked not to see him in net, tonight, against the Ducks in Anaheim.
It was the same old story on the Power Play for the Hawks. They entered the game, a BEYOND ridiculous 0 for 31in their last 12 games. You can now add 6 more o-fers to that stat, from last night’s game. There was even a 30 second 5 on 3 in the Hawks favor. The shots on goal (zero in their first attempt) were limited. The only scoring during their PP was a short handed goal by the team captain, Brown. This was his 3rd goal of the night and his 3rd career hat trick. If it seems like I’m writing more about the Kings than the Hawks, I am. I have no other choice. The Hawks had only 6 shots on goal in the first period, despite 4 L.A. penalties.The last Hawks PP goal, by the way, was on January 24th.
The Penalty Kill (78 5, 26th in the league) was no better. The Hawks had 3 PK,‘s and the Kings converted on the first 2. Their first 2 goals of the game were both of the PP, and both by Brown, the second one coming off the face off to start the PP.
There were several missed opportunities for the Hawks. The two most noticeable were by Viktor Stalberg. He missed the net on a backhand breakaway and again off a great pass from Kane on a 2 on 1. He literally found the puck on his stick, at the open side of the net and could not convert. I’ve seen him do this, what can now be called, MANY times this season. No player has failed to connect on more scoring opportunities than this guy for the Hawks, this season.
The game also featured a fight with Mayers & Green. Mayers, trying to get some sort of a spark going, dropped the gloves, but all we got was 5 minute fighting penalties for both squads. There was also a nasty collision between Bolland and Kopitar. The stunned and bleeding Kings player left the ice, but did return.
This was the first time in a while that I could not wait for the 3rd period to be over. I should have turned it off, like the players did.
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