Hawks fall short in shoot out 3-2 to Sharks
In another game against a Western Conference foe the Blackhawks had problems getting going which should not have been the case. The Sharks should have been the team with no legs since they just came into town from a Colorado game just the afternoon before. This was not one of the Hawks better games but they did manage to squeeze a point out of it.
Corey Crawford kept the Hawks in the game early. In the first period Jason Demers was able to get one past the Hawks as they could not clear their zone and the score was 1-0 Sharks which stood up until the third period.
In the third the Blackhawks defenseman provided all the scoring on this night first by Niklas Hjalmarsson then a goal by Michal Rozsival which had the Hawks up 2-1. However this was not to last as Brent Burns scored into an open net on a beauty of a pass from Joe Thornton which tied everything at two apiece.
Regulation ended tied and overtime did not settle anything either so we had a shoot out. The Hawks shooter were Toews and Sharp which neither scored on Stalock. The Sharks got scores from Couture and Pavelski.
While it is good that the Hawks are still managing to get points in these tight contests they must also keep in mind that their division foe the St.Louis Blues have games in hand on them so their top divisional ranking is sort of a mirage. The Hawks get back to it on Wednesday Night Rivalry Night in a national broadcast.
Three Stars of the game:
1. A. Stalock
2. L. Couture
3. C. Crawford
Next game Wednesday, January 8, at 7 p.m. CDT from the United Center vs the NY Rangers. Tune in to NBCSN in the Chicago; or listen via WGN 720.