Get on your Hossa

Firstly, I’d like to thank the fellas over at Hockee Night – Forklift, CT and Morph – for putting together an awesome fundraiser over at Galway Bay last night. Not only are they fun to drink and watch hockey with, they’re also fantastic people.

And because I did my share of drinking – I mean, they would have been insulted if I didn’t get my money’s worth – this probably will be the shortest recap in this site’s history.

— The last minute of regulation: Wow. Jay Bouwmeester did everything he could to ruin the night, scoring with 35 seconds remaining. The Flames outshot the ‘Hawks 24-6 in the third period and 47-19 for the game. And no, that’s not a typo.

The only shot that’s important, though, is the one Marian Hossa scored on with 3.1 seconds left with Ray Emery on the bench. Patrick Kane made a perfect cross-ice pass to Johnny Oduya, who put it to the front of the net. With Miikka Kiprusoff scrambling to cover it, Hossa lifted the loose puck into the net for the tying goal no one expected. Elation ensued.

— Hopefully Emery’s teammates did the necessary thing for him after that performance and had the world’s four most beautiful hookers waiting for him in his hotel room. Emery made 45 saves, some in stunning fashion, and three more in the shootout to help give the Blackhawks two points they probably didn’t deserve.

For all the shit the Blackhawks’ goaltending got last year – and deservedly so – Crawford and Emery seem like new men.

That’s it. That’s all I’ve got. I’m hungover. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to watch 19 hours of Super Bowl pregame. My prediction for the game? A Harbaugh will win.