by Vince Maranto on 11/09/11 at 11:35 AM ET
“This is stupid, I’m going to sleep”, were the words uttered by my son during the 3rd period of the Hawks / Blues game Tuesday night. For once, I couldn’t argue with him. The Blues, with new head coach Ken Hitchcock (Stars, Flyers, and Blue Jackets 1996-2010) beat (up) the Hawks 3-0. Oddly enough, this was the third time in a row that the Blues changed head coaches and played the Hawks for their first game. “He’s a good coach who runs a tight ship.” said Hawks standout Patrick Sharp, prior to the contest. Both Hitchcock and Coach Q have over 500 wins each, as a side note.
The Hawks, who after that debacle against the Canucks, with Vancouver scoring on 5 of 6 Power Plays, dropped from 4th to 22nd in the league on the Penalty Kill. They have, unfortunately, remained consistent on their own Power Play hanging around at 9% all season. Corey Crawford started in goal against Halak. The Blues net minder entered the game with a dismal 1-6 record, with a 3.4 goals against average.
The lines were changed as expected (see my previous blog). Defensively, Keith & Seabrook were reunited, Leddy paired up with Hjalmarsson, and Scott & Montador (that pairing makes me nervous) rounded out the match ups.
In the first period, the Blues struck first when Sabotka (loved him in Star Wars) scored off a sweet pass 9 minutes in. The only other action was a fight between Carcillo and the MUCH bigger Reeves. The “Car Bomb” dropped the gloves after Reeves sent Kane flying with a hard check. The fight lasted about 10 seconds with Reeves scoring a take down. 5 minutes each for fighting. That about sums up the boring 1st period. 8 shots on goal for each side.
The Penalty Kill was tested 20 seconds into the second period when Carcillo was called for tripping. Quickly, it was Stewart redirecting a shot by Oshie to make it 2-0. The Hawks then had a Power Play 7 minutes in, with no score. 13 minutes in another P.P. yielded nothing. Immediately after that penalty expired, the Hawks came up empty AGAIN with the one man advantage. Both sides again tied with shots on goal at 9.
The 3rd period was pretty uneventful. Another failed Power Play 4 1/2 minutes in (good night, son) and a successful Penalty Kill were put in by the Hawks. Oshie scored to make the final 3-0. There were 29 shots on goal for both teams total in the game.
The Hawks will travel to Columbus on Thursday. The Hawks, after getting only 1 point out of the last 6, should be happy to meet the Blue Jackets
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