Hawks fall 3-2 to the Isles; prepare for the Flames at the UC

In a game that had so many story lines coming in, perhaps the biggest storyline is that the Hawks finally get to come home after a west coast swing and then an east coast swing.

Scott Darling saw his fourth consecutive start in the Hawks net having won the prior three, Darling kept the Hawks in this game especially in the middle frame.

Jonathan Toews was able to play despite a scary hit in the Boston game. Toews fortunately looked to be alight. The Hawks were looking to win their 9th consecutive game which coming in to the game the Hawks have the largest winning steak so far this season but the streak ended at eight.

The game also so the first time the Hawks faced an old friend Nick Leddy, who has really been an impact player for the Islanders.

The first period was a well played, fast paced period that saw the Hawks dominated but the period ended scoreless.

The second period was a completely different story as the Islanders dominated the period with 17-7 SOG and dictated most of the play in the Hawks zone. The scoring however got started when Daniel Carcillo got one past Halak for a surprising Hawks 1-0 lead that only lasted six seconds when Cal Clutterbuck tied it up after an uncharacteristic Keith bobble with the puck.

For how Keith cost the Clutterbuck goal he later also saved a goal. The period ended tied at one goal apiece and the Hawks were lucky to get out of the period tied.

The third period was like the 2nd it was all Islanders as it appeared the Hawks just ran out of steam and maybe need to get home to rest up.

Patrick Kane briefly gave the Hawks a 2-1 lead when on a partial breakaway he scored a sick backhander high glove side that only Patrick Kane can score.

The Islanders were able to tie it up on a powerplay goal by Kyle Okposo and then just seconds later take the lead for good on a goal by Lubomir Visnovsky for a 3-2 decision.

The Hawks can finally return home for a couple of games and get some rest and heal up.


Three Stars of the game:

1.    L. Visnovsky

2.    K. Okposo

3.    P. Kane



Hawks to face Flames preview

The Hawks finally come home to the United Center to face a waiting rested Flames team. The Flames are coming in off of four consecutive losses and will be an angry team looking for a win. The Hawks are coming off of a road loss in NY to the Islanders and have less than 24 hrs to get ready for the always tenacious Flames.

Look for Antti Raanta or possibly Corey Crawford to man the Hawks nets as Scott Darling has just had four consecutive starts in the Blackhawks net.

For the Flames Mikael Backlund is on LTIR with undisclosed injury for an indefinite period of time.


Next game Sunday, December 14, at 7:00 p.m. CDT vs the Calgary Flames watch on CSN Chicago or NHLN in US; or listen via radio on WGN AM720.

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