Post-Game Review: Blackhawks @ Tampa Bay Lightning

Blackhawks lose to Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in a shootout.
Some people are upset about St. Louis shootout goal.
I’m more angry about the elbow to Bolland’s dome.

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After being down 3-1 early in the second period (the first Lightning goal was a Stamkos laser, so I’m not even mad), the Blackhawks battled back to gain a point only to lose the NHL’s version of flippy cup on a goal that some have called illegal.

(Never mind that Rule 24.2 explains that Martin St. Louis’ admittedly excellent spin-o-rama goal is perfectly fine — I guess I’m supposed to be outraged or something. I save my anger for the idea of the shooutout in general. But that’s another entry for another time.)

So, it’s a point. Hell, I’m almost tempted to call it a moral victory. But that ignores the fact that there were some huge mental lapses on defense (Seabrook was on for the first two goals against — yeah, I know). And this is where Brian Campbell, for all the teeth-gnashing there is about his contract, has proven his worth to the team (not $7.14 million/year worth — but still very important). I don’t know what he does to the rest of the defense, but our D plays better when he’s in the lineup — probably because he eats up huge minutes and provides consistency in even the most unstable of games. I’m hoping his lower-body injury isn’t serious and that he comes back soon.

In the meantime, we got to see John Scott start a rush that led to the Blackhawks’ first goal and then hit iron in an attempt for his first goal since November 15, 2009. Wait, what!? I had to make sure that swine hadn’t suddenly received the power of flight when I watched him play last night.

Another player that might not be in Sunday’s game against the Capitals: Dave Bolland, who was injured after what looked like an elbow to the head delivered from Pavol Kubina. Check it out here:

There was no call on the play (yeah, okay, refs), but there will be a disciplinary hearing. (Am I allowed to call the police on Kubina if the NHL doesn’t suspend him for a game or three, or is that a Montreal thing? I just want to know my options!)

Here’s to hoping the Blackhawks can get it together for their game against the Capitals on Sunday.

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Box Score:

1st Period
11:07: TBL Steven Stamkos (42) Snap Shot – Assists: M. St Louis (53) & B. Clark (16)
16:43: CHI Patrick Kane (23) Snap Shot – Assists: J. Toews (39) & P. Sharp (29)
19:44: TBL Martin St Louis (25) Wrist Shot – Assists: S. Stamkos (39) & A. Hall (8)

2nd Period
01:20: TBL Teddy Purcell (16) Backhand – Assists: V. Hedman (21) & S. Gagne (12)
09:39: CHI Patrick Sharp (34) Wrist Shot – Assists: J. Toews (40) & P. Kane (37)

3rd Period
03:30: CHI Jonathan Toews (28) Tip-In – Assists: N. Hjalmarsson (6) & B. Seabrook (34)

OT Period
NONE

Shootout
TBL: Vincent Lecavalier – SAVE
CHI: Jonathan Toews – SAVE
TBL: Steven Stamkos – SAVE
CHI: Patrick Kane – SAVE
TBL: Martin St Louis – GOAL
CHI: Marian Hossa – SAVE

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Captain Force of Nature watch: One goal and two assists. The first line was on fire last night, and Jonathan Toews was the match.

Duncan Keith plus/minus rating watch: -1

Coach Q face color watch: Ran the gamut from Piggy Pink to Maroon.

Post-game quotes from @TramyersCSN:

Crawford on SO goal: “I don’t know. It was pretty close. It looked like he may have stopped for a second and kept going.”

Toews on SO goal: “I saw the original play. You can still see his left foot moving forward. It looked all right to me.”

Post-game videos: Corey Crawford, Jonathan Toews, Brent Seabrook, Joel Quenneville

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