NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Detroit Red Wings

Sorry for the delayed recap. Sometimes it’s just your mom’s birthday. Let’s get to it because it’s late and I’m pining to watch ‘The Walking Dead’ tonight. Somthing actually has to happen this evening after the snoozer last week, right? *Update: Solid episode.

What. A. Game. The Blackhawks were awarded two points for their efforts. The Red Wings got one. But the real winners today were anyone who watched this game and the game of hockey in general. Holy shit. While the game was largely irrelevant in the grand scheme of things for the Blackhawks, every single point these days matters for Detroit. I’m glad the ‘Hawks were able to rob them of at least one. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t depressed we’re not going to be able to witness these games six times each season anymore. Re-alignment blows. To the fun stuff.

– The Blackhawks have managed to pull out quite a few games this year where they didn’t play well (see the Columbus game Friday night) at all. Today, I had the feeling that it was going to be the exact opposite of that. It would have been quite ironic to put in a good, full 60 minutes of hockey and come out with nothing to show for it. Luckily, that didn’t happen.

– Hats off to both Jimmy Howard and Corey Crawford. These guys probably inspired a few kids out there to become goaltenders today. Spectacular save after spectacular save for each.

– This third line. This third fucking line. Who would have thought that putting Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg (two of the most frustrating Blackhawks the last few years) together would produce this? Certainly not me. While Andrew Shaw still definitely needs to see a dermatologist – he’s winning draws and creating a lot of space for Stals and Bickell. He’s raised his play significantly and it deserves to be noted.

– Can you imagine how much people in other cities must hate Patrick Kane after he pulls the kind of shit he did in the shootout? I sure can and I absolutely love it. Carry on, Kaner.

– Toews and Hossa looked a little off this afternoon. Maybe they were frustrated at all the rushes Dan Carcillo killed. Last week I sort of defended Carcillo when Twitter decided it was open season on him. It turns out that was a horrible mistake. He was dogshit against Columbus and was largely responsbile (along with Michael Rosival) for the Tomas Tatar goal today. I understand why Q would want him out there with Toews and Hossa late in games where the ‘Hawks have a comfortable lead and the opposition is someone like St. Louis or San Jose. I do. What I cannot understand is why the hell you would want him anywhere near those guys late in a game when your trailing and trying desperately to score goal.

– On the other side of the ledger for Q, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook each skated under 25 minutes in a hard fought overtime game.

– Still entirely too much standing around on the power play. I’ll continue to wish they’d go with the umbrella, but I know that’s a pipe dream.

– The seven defenseman thing is kind of weird. Sheldon Brookbank played only three and a half minutes. I’m going to assume it was Jamal Mayers who tweaked something. Let’s hope it’s not too serious.

– The people booing Marian Hossa in Detroit are just as dumb as the idiots in San Jose who continue to boo Brian Campbell. Or the Chicago fans who won’t let the Chris Chelios thing go. Ken Holland decided he wanted Johan Frazen more than Hossa. If Detroit fans have an issue, it should be with Holland, not Hossa.

– Tuesday night the ‘Hawks will face Zach Parise and the Minnesota North Stars Wild. Hopefully the Hawks will be in the home whites and the Wild will be in their greens. Remember the time they did that? Patrick Kane scored probably the coolest goal he’s ever had. Coincidence? I choose to believe it wasn’t.