Happy 100th Post!: Blackhawks @ Red Wings Review

Blackhawks defeat the Red Wings 3-2 in overtime.

How fitting that the 100th post on here would be a review of a win over the dreaded Wings.

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I’m so…

So…

HAPPY!

This game was probably one of the best hockey games I’ve watched all year — and I’m not just saying that because the Blackhawks won (though that helps, definitely). There was great action on both sides of the ice, a strong defensive showing, and both goalies were on fire, keeping this a close game right up until the end. It would have been nice if the Blackhawks could have stayed out of the box during their five-minute power play after Todd Bertuzzi delivered a questionable attempted elbow hit to Ryan Johnson’s head (fortunately, he ended up getting hit with Bertuzzi’s underarm, which is obviously much less dangerous). Other than that failure, however, the Blackhawks managed to go 2-for-5 on the power play — including Hossa’s game-winning goal.

Rookie goaltender Corey Crawford now has his 30th win in his 50th game of the season and his 20th consecutive start.

All in all, it was a good night. And the Blackhawks got two points, which keeps the team in the playoff hunt. Who can ask for anything more, really?

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Box Score:

1st Period
02:54 CHI Jonathan Toews (31) Wrist Shot – Assists: T. Brouwer (18) & C. Campoli (15)
07:36 DET Nicklas Lidstrom (15) Slap Shot – Assists: V. Filppula (21) & B. Rafalski (38)
13:18 CHI PPG – Brent Seabrook (6) Wrist Shot – Assists: P. Kane (41) & M. Hossa (29)

2nd Period
NONE.

3rd Period
02:35 DET PPG – Henrik Zetterberg (23) Tip-In – Assists: J. Hudler (26) & B. Rafalski (39)

OT Period
00:51 CHI PPG – Marian Hossa (23) Slap Shot – Assists: P. Kane (42) & D. Keith (35)

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Captain Force of Nature watch: One goal and a +1 on the night. Ho-hum, another good game for Captain Serious.

Duncan Keith plus/minus rating watch: Even. He also notched an assist on Hossa’s game-winner.

Post-game quotes from @TramyersCSN:

Toews on Hossa: “We love the celebration after the goal, kind of his trademark thing right now.”

Hossa on double shifting: “I had a lot of confidence tonight and good things happened at the end.”

Keith on Hossa: “He played great and he’s such a strong guy, strong on the puck. He had a lot of chances tonight.”

Kane: “For the fans watching that game, I’m sure they weren’t disappointed.”

Post-game videos: Joel Quenneville, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Corey Crawford

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