Post-Game Review: Blackhawks @ Columbus Blue Jackets

Blackhawks defeat Columbus Blue Jackets 7-4

Well. That was a hot mess. Thank God we won.

Despite the fact that they were outshot 33-27, and despite the fact that they lost more face-off battles than they won, the Blackhawks managed to pull a win out of their collective behinds. How did they manage that?

  1. Turco looked pretty darn good tonight, stopping 29 of 33 shots. The first goal was the only softie he gave up on the night, as far as I could tell. Even though he looked shaky at times, some of the stops he made on point-blank shots and breakaways gave the Blackhawks confidence.
  2. 5 out of 5 penalties killed, including a 5-on-3. For a team that came into the game 27th in penalty killing, this was HUGE.
  3. 7 different goal scorers: Leddy, Keith, Stalberg, Kane, Toews, Bolland, and Hossa with the empty-netter.
  4. Toews with this beautiful short-handed goal, which was definitely the back-breaker. After that, Steve Mason was chased from net, and the Blue Jackets were never much of a threat.

What was bad about this game, besides what I noted above? The puck bounced around like a SuperBall, and the defense seemed to take micro-naps, as usual. Boynton continues to defy reason with his terrible play. (Poor little Nick Leddy being paired with that guy — talk about a trial by fire.) It was a sloppy game, but the Blackhawks come away with two points and denied a division rival any points. Pretty much what they needed to start off this road trip.

Duncan Keith plus/minus rating watch: +1.

Coach Q face color watch: After reaching Violet Red when the Blue Jackets pulled ahead 3-2, he then settled into his natural Piggy Pink.

Postgame Video: Jonathan Toews, Brent Seabrook

Bonus video: Blue Jackets fan mocks Coach Q

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6 thoughts on “Post-Game Review: Blackhawks @ Columbus Blue Jackets

    1. Kat Velez Post author

      The fan was pretty hilarious. Better than the two idiots in ref sweaters who were banging on the glass behind the goalies. UGH.

      Reply

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