Patrick Kane scored at 14:40 in the 3rd period to tie up the game.
He then took a high-sticking penalty late in the game, which led to James van Riemsdyk‘s game-winning goal. Sigh.
Not that the Blackhawks really deserved to win this game. Let’s take a look at what went wrong.
- Ray Emery is one of those goalies that tends to play better the more he plays. However, as the backup, he won’t get the ice time he needs to play better, leading to games where he’s thrown out cold and doesn’t do well at all. His lateral movement was like watching the Tin Man play goalie — all rusted limbs crying out for an oil can. However, he wouldn’t have looked so bad if…
- …He wasn’t called upon to try to stop 46 shots on goal. For the second straight game, the defense looked as if it was about to fall into a coma at any second — and sometimes, it did. Not even the addition of Dylan Olsen on the blue line seemed to perk up the sleepy D. It would be easy to point the finger at any one person, but the fact is that every defenseman on the team was on the ice for at least one Flyers goal. That is unacceptable.
However, there were some bright spots in the game.
- Jimmy Hayes scored his second goal in three games to open up the scoring. (Steve Konroyd referred to Hayes and Jamal Mayers as “Hall and Oates” in his first intermission report due to their great play together, but I can’t go for that, Konroyd. No can do.) I’m not saying that Hayes could be on his way to replacing Bryan Bickell or anything. I’m just sayin’ that Bickell might want to start looking for rental units down in Florida…
- Andrew Shaw was one assist away from a Gordie Howe hat trick. First, he got into a fight with Zac Rinaldo…
- He lost, but you have to admire his chutzpah. Then, after getting stitched up, he scored a goal on his first shot to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead… a lead that lasted all of 17 seconds.
The Blackhawks take on the Colorado Avalanche tonight. Here’s to hoping the defense wakes up in time.