Hawks fall in shootout 3-2 to Duck

In their first meeting of the year that had two of the best teams in the Western Conference squaring off round one went to the Anaheim Ducks in a very closely contested game. Even though the Hawks lost the game they did pick up a point and somehow it seems were lucky to skate away with the point. The Hawks never led in the game and were always playing catch up again.

The Ducks scoring was by their big stars Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf.  The Perry goal was scored early in the first period even strength and the Getzlaf goal was a power play goal in the second period.

The Hawks immediately answered the Perry goal when less than one minute later Ben Smith beat Duck’s goalie Jonas Hiller on the stick side to tie the game up five on five. In the second period the Hawks countered the power play Getzlaf goal with a power play goal of their own from Kris Versteeg from the second power play unit to tie the game at 2-2.

The third period was scoreless and somewhat uneventful. The neutral zone was very clogged up and there was no ice to be had. For how tight and congested the third period was Overtime was wild and wide open but neither team was able to get anything past the goalies. The Hawks caught a break when the puck did go in the Hawks net when Brent Seabrook pushed Ducks’ Koivu into netminder Antti Raanta but the goal was immediately disallowed due to goalie interference. Antti Raanta played very well in the game against a very good team.

The Shootout saw Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp & Patrick Kane shoot for the Hawks with only Toews scoring and Anaheim had Nick Bonino and Kyle Palmieri both scoring and clinching the win for Ducks.

Observations – Again the penalty kill failed the Hawks and they need to tighten this up especially against good teams.

Not the best game defensively for the Hawks who should have been more than aware of the Ducks’ big starts Perry and captain Getzlaf so they should not have let them score.

With the loss the Ducks gained a point on the Hawks but they were lucky it was only one point. The Hawks can also take consolation in that the San Jose Sharks and Minnesota Wild both lost so they picked up a point on those powerhouse Western teams. The Hawks now face the lowly Florida Panthers and can hopefully get back to winning ways.

Three Stars of the game:

1.      Ryan Getzlaf

2.      Kris Versteeg

3.      Corey Perry

Next game Sunday, December 9, at 6 p.m. CDT from the United Center vs the Florida Panthers.  Tune in to WGN in the Chicago; or listen via WGN 720.

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