Hawks trounced 7-2 by Maple Leafs look ahead to LA Kings
In an absolutely dreadful game for the Hawks nothing seemed to go right except for Patrick Kane. Every team has a stinker and the Hawks are no different from any other NHL team and this game they can chalk up to just one of those nights.
From the very start of the game, the Hawks took too many penalties as special teams were the order in the first period. Peter Holland scored on the power play for the Maple Leafs as they went 1-3 on the power play.
The Hawks got a five on three power play when Patrick Kane got the benefit of a deflection off of Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf past Jonathan Bernier to tie everything up at 1-1 and the period ended.
The second period saw the unraveling of the Hawks. In what has to be one of the worse periods for the Hawks this year, They gave up four goals and the play was just sloppy. The defense was obviously non-existent there was way too many turnovers and poor defensive positioning.
The period and the game seemed to turn when a Hawks goal was disallowed. In what the referees said was batted puck from Marian Hossa that actually was deflected off of Dion Phaneuf’s stick would have tied the game at two instead it started a Maple Leaf scoring avalanche.
Goals were scored by D’Amigo, Holland, Lupul, Kessel & Kulemin. The other Hawks goals were by Kane and Saad. Holland, Lupul and Kane all had two goals apiece.
The third period saw the first appearance in the Blackhawks net of Kent Simpson and it was not kind to him either. Simpson came in to relieve Antti Raanta with the back to back games. On his very first shot on net it got past him but that is how the night went for everyone in an Indianhead jersey.
Three Stars of the game:
1. Peter Holland
2. Joffrey Lupul
3. Mason Raymond
Luckily the Hawks don’t have long to think about this one as they need to regroup as they head back to Chicago to face the white hot LA Kings. Even without their phenom goaltender Jonathan Quick the Kings netminders Ben Scriven and Martin Jones have not missed a beat.
In what will be a real showdown for who is the best in the West this is a game the Hawks must win. The Kings are coming in off of a 5-2 thumping of the Ottawa Senators and coming into Chicago just three points in the west behind the Hawks with two games in hand on the Blackhawks.
The Kings also will come in very motivated to beat the Hawks the last time they were at the United Center they were being dethroned by the Hawks last year in the Stanley Cup Finals four games to one. They will come in wanting to prove they are still the best team in the west.
The Kings have won their last seven games and there is some debate as to which of these two teams is actually the best team. These teams are two completely different styles and it will pit the classic offence against a stingy defense. After tomorrow we will have a better idea of who actually are the Kings of the West.
Next game Sunday, December 15, at 6 p.m. CDT from the United Center vs the LA Kings. Tune in to WGN in the Chicago; or listen via WGN 720.