Hawks Beat Dawgs, Possibly Losing Sharp

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The two points we needed. The injury we didn’t.

As is frequently the case, Blackhawks’ fans are faced with a good news/bad news headline following an important game against a Conference rival. The Blackhawks played a tight game, allowing only 23 shots on Corey Crawford in a 2 – 1 victory over Phoenix, but suffered what may be a back-breaking loss in Patrick Sharp if his injury proves to be serious.

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Blackhawks Visit Hamil— Uhh, Winnip— Err, Phoenix

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With the bulk of the hockey headlines coming out of southern Arizona being about legal battles and ownership changes and Gary Bettman stomping his feet like a child being told he can’t have candy at the supermarket, it’s easy to forget that there’s actually a hockey team there.

A team that is in fourth in the Western Conference, nipping at the heels of Division leader San Jose. A team on a five-game winning streak. A team that has scored the seventh-most goals in the league, yet has not one single 20-goal  scorer. Although with two of their players named Lauri and Adrian, I’m not sure how seriously we’re supposed to take them.

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They Had Our Number, And Our Number Was Odd

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Corey Crawford was pulled less than half-way through the game against Dallas, giving up 3 goals on 10 shots. And it wasn’t his fault.

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The Daily Phil Esposito (3/18/11)

"Get ready for me Chicago, because I can take a game over!"

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Last night twenty seven former Indian-head sweater wearers took the ice. Of the twenty seven there were three goalies that ended the day 1-1-1. The skaters produced five goals and four assists for nine points. There were three guys who recorded a goal as well as an assist.

Last nights game sucked, end of story, today is a new day and this weekend is a new weekend, forget about it and move on. Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Click the jump for updates from the m/d/11 games

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Among The Contenders: Blackhawks Visit Dallas

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I wish there was more time to celebrate these wins. After handing the San Jose Sharks their jock straps and a bus ticket on Monday night, it would have been great to sit back and savor the moment a little longer than just two days. But alas, there’s business to attend to, and tonight that business is in Dallas.

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The Daily Phil Esposito (3/17/11)

"I know... I'm worthless."

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Very busy night for the former ‘Hawks last night, there was a total of three who took the ice. Of the three, only one scored a point, Tim Brent, which was an assist. He has had a nice little run over the last couple of games. I have included an update on Christobal Huet’s season overseas.

Stick around for Tim’s preview of tonight’s game against the Stars. We win we are golden, we lose, ehhh I don’t even want to think about that. He should have that up this afternoon. Enjoy your day and root on your boy’s in the Indian Head Sweaters Tonight in a “Must-Win” game.

Click the jump for the updates from the 3/16/11

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The Daily Phil Esposito (3/16/11)

"I don't do this often but I decided to score some points this game"

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Twenty two former featherheads took the ice last night. Three were net-minders who had a record of 2-1-0 on the night. The one loss came from the goalie playing in Ottawa. The other nineteen skaters scored nine points including three goals and six assists. Couple of guys who normally don’t tally goals scored the goals to get their fifteen second celebrations in. Enjoy.

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STATS Game: Rest Corey Crawford

What’s the best thing about Corey Crawford starting every game for the past month? The meatballs haven’t been able to voice their blind hatred for Marty Turco.

OK, OK … it’s not the best thing. Crawford’s 10-2-3 record and 2.66 goals-against average takes that title. But despite those numbers, I’m still going to lobby for him to don the baseball cap Thursday in Dallas.

Here’s part of the reason why:

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The Daily Phil Esposito (3/15/11)

"That Hossa guy gives me the hibbi-jibbies... The Smoke Monster..."

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Five former ‘Hawks were in action last night notching just one point on the board which was an assist by Tim Brent. The one goaltender was SHELLED, to say the least, in the 2nd period and didn’t even make it halfway through the game. Very good night for the men in the Red Sweaters.

Oh and at the game last night I counted and the ice crew had a total of 13:36 TOI, which is almost 4x if not 3x the amount of time David Koci averages every night. Haha. So it looks like we has sorted out that ordeal. Hope you enjoy todays edition!

 


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It’s not show friends, it’s show business: Boxing with ‘Hawks/Sharks

"Have a seat, please." (Chicago Tribune)

Finally, the Blackhawks got to Antti Niemi.

The 6-3 win Monday night boosted the ‘Hawks up to the 4th spot again in the West and ended a three-game losing streak which had many talking “Must Win” against San Jose. I don’t care how bad ass or bleak things look, every game is “Must Win.” Get used to it.

Patrick Sharp had four assists in the second period alone, tying Jim Pappin’s franchise record set in 1973 – with two of them coming on the power play to Marian Hossa, who put both through Niemi’s five-hole. Hossa’s goals gave him at least 20 for the 11th straight season. Boom.

And who better than Jonathan Toews to provide the goal which ran Niemi. The Captain seems to have his hand in everything, setting a career-high with 71 points in the victory.

Seeing Niemi trudge toward the bench was bittersweet, in a way. Him getting the hook tonight gave me little satisfaction. Yes, it was nice to get back at him for the three defeats earlier this season. However, I would’ve felt the same way if it was Antero Niittymaki getting pulled. Going out for revenge at this point in the season is senseless. Sharp admitted it was nice to get to Niemi, but everyone made a point to say the win is what matters. There’s just always going to be a soft spot for a guy who really, truly wanted to stay in Chicago.

Speaking of goaltenders, Corey Crawford gets yet another win despite pretty much everyone lobbying for him to get a rest. Though he got the W tonight, he’s given up 16 goals in the last five games. And if he lost to Niemi, wouldn’t you believe Crawford’s confidence would have been completely shot, especially heading into the playoffs? Well, David Haugh sure as hell believes it.

Here’s what sent me into a rage:

Yet of all the Hawks, rookie goaltender Corey Crawfordperhaps can benefit most from having success on a night defined by Niemi’s failure. Crawford was coming off one of his roughest weeks mentally. Had Niemileft town with a 4-0 record against the Hawks, Crawford could have spent the next month awaiting the playoffs suffering by comparison.

(Begin rant)Want to talk about suffering? How about seeing Haugh’s byline next to anything Blackhawks-related. When you’re being read simply so people can laugh at whatever loads of bullshit you want to make up that day, that’s when you need to stop writing about a sport you know nothing about. (End rant)

Patrick Kane hit a milestone with his 100th career goal, Viktor Stalberg even got in a nice whack in to contribute.

And with that … BOXING:

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