The only thing that stands between the Chicago Blackhawks and a perfect record is not being able to perform in the shootout. To be honest, the Blackhawks had no business letting the game get into a shootout, but more on that later. The Hawks returned home from their very successful road trip and got to wear their red sweaters for the first time in 16 days. Only getting one point is disappointing but 23 points in 13 games is pretty damn amazing!
The first 20 minutes of play was pretty even. Both teams had a couple of descent scoring chances but both starting goalies, Corey Crawford and Viktor Fasth, made the key saves when needed. Crawford's biggest save of the period, and probably the game, came at the 13:49 mark of the opening period. With Michal Rozsival in the penalty box, Brent Seabrook tried to clear the puck around the boards, from behind his own net, but the puck hit referee Don VanMassenhoven and went straight to Corey Perry. Crawford was able to make a fabulous glove save to rob the former Hart Trophy winner.
The Ducks were able to open up the scoring with a power play goal at 3:33 of the 2nd period. Ryan Getzlaf tried to fire a pass across the crease to Perry but Seabrook had his stick on the ice to block the pass. The only problem was he deflected the pass directly into the back of his own net. Nick Bonino and Ben Lovejoy assisted of Getzlaf's 4th goal of the season.
Observations From Section 321 : Damn The Shootouts
Second City Hockey | Feb 13