Friday, November 14, 2008

Blackhawks Week in Review

Two games so far this week for the Blackhawks, with another couple coming over the weekend.

Kane and Havlat got the action started Sunday night against the Flames with a goal and an assist each. Captain Jonathan Toews finally got his first goal of the season in the 6-1 win. Hopefully this will spark a scoring spree that will ease fears of a sophomore slump. Four penalty kills in the first period were gigantic for Chicago, who had Cristobal Huet in net. Calgary's lone goal late in the second cut the lead to 3-1, but Toews and Versteeg scored goals early in the third to put the game away.

After the offensive outburst against Calgary, it was the goaltending that should have gotten Chicago a win against Boston Wednesday night. The Bruins outshot and outchanced the Hawks, but Khabibulin was fantastic, making 38 saves and giving up only one goal. Toews scored his second goal of the year to tie the game midway through the third and the game went to overtime. In the extra period, Patrick Sharp was stopped by Tim Thomas on a penalty shot and it went to a shootout. Patrick Kane was the only Hawk to connect as Boston took the 2-1 win in the shootout. Tough to waste an amazing performance like the one Khabibulin put on with a loss. This was the goaltender the Hawks thought they were getting.

Looking Ahead:

Tonight the Hawks host St. Louis, then it's San Jose at the UC Sunday, followed by trips to Phoenix and Dallas.

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