Monday, December 8, 2008

Hawks Let Win Slip Away vs. Wings; Rebound vs. Coyotes

Chicago was frustratingly close to winning back-to-back games against the last two Stanley Cup Champions, but let a 4-2 lead slip away in the third period in a loss to Detroit.

After the Red Wings built a 2-0 first period lead in the first five minutes, the Blackhawks came back with three goals of their own, including a pair from Jonathan Toews in the last five minutes of the period to take a 3-2 lead into the intermission. Toews' first goal was, well it was...

Yeah, so it was 3-2 after Toews added a power play goal with four seconds left in the first period. Then in the second, the Hawks extended their lead to 4-2 with an Andrew Ladd tally. The thing about the Wings is that they will keep coming at you for 60 minutes and they can pile up goals as fast as anyone in the league.

In the third, Detroit got a power play goal from Zetterberg and the game-tying goal from Marian Hossa with just under 10 minutes remaining. As the time was winding down, every Chicago fan was thinking the same thing: "please not a shootout."

Well, that's how it went and when Pavel Datsyuk put in a backhander with the first shot, the Wings had all they needed and took the shootout 1-0.

So it was a tough loss on the back end of a huge test for the Blackhawks where the young team actually did pretty well. Three points from two games with the Ducks and Wings is all you can ask.

As if that wasn't enough, the Blackhawks came back to the United Center the next night to face the Phoenix Coyotes. Would the Hawks respond after the disappointing loss to Detroit?

Something like that. Chicago scored on 7 of their first 11 shots (see other teams can do shameless convenience store promos too) and built a touchdown lead midway through the second period. Ben Eager had two goals and managed to get in a fight as well. After the game Eager said, "Score two, beat a guy up? If could do that every night I would." Me too Ben, me too.

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