Blackhawks calm the Hurricanes with 3-2 win
The Blackhawks came into the game with a somewhat depleted force. Out of the line up with injuries were Kane, Saad, Bickell and Rozsival. As the mantra goes, the next man up which gave recently called up Jeremy Morin a chance at some United Center Ice.
The injuries also forced coach Joel Quenneville to come up with some unusual line combinations out of necessity. The constant and familiar Corey Crawford however was in net for the Hawks. Anton Khodbin was in the Carolina net.
The Blackhawks dominated the first period with good puck control and dictated the pace and play of the game yet were unable to score. The period went scoreless.
All of the scoring came in the final two stanzas. Two of the Hawks goals came on breakaways one from Patrick Sharp to opening the scoring and a shorthanded game winning goal by the red hot captain Jonathan Toews to close the scoring and give the Hawks a 3-2 win. Kris Versteeg picked up the middle goal on a nice feed from Nick Leddy.
Both of Carolina’s goals came off the stick of Alexander Semin, one of which was a power play goal that saw the Hawks go down to a five on three in the beginning of the third period. The third period saw a seemingly endless stream of Hawks to the penalty box. Still the Hawks were able to only let the Canes score once on the power play as they were given six chances.
All in all given the personnel that were missing the remaining Hawks played a solid team game and was able to pick up more points in regulation. The points loom big as the Avalanche fell to the Bruins and the Hawks were able to get a little bit of distance which is always huge given we are now in the home stretch.
The Hawks will next face the Nashville Predators Sunday at the United Center which could see the debut of Teuvo Teravainen who was at the game but in the stands not on the ice.
Three Stars of the game:
1. Jonathan Toews
2. Alexander Semin
3. Patrick Sharp
Next game Sunday, March 23, at 6:00 p.m. CDT from the United Center vs the Nashville Predators. Tune in to WGN in Chicago; or listen via WGN 720.