Thursday, October 14, 2010

Extremely Late Penalty Costs Hawks Against Nashville

Nashville Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks 
Final Score: 3-1 Preds 
Scoring Summary 
1st Period 
4:48-CHI-PPG-Patrick Kane [2] (Jonathan Toews [2], Patrick Sharp [2])
6:37-NSH-Steve Sullivan [2] (Cal O'Reily [1], Ryan Suter [2])
16:58-CHI-Jonathan Toews [1] (Tomas Kopecky [4], Marian Hossa [3]
2nd Period 
3rd Period
4:43-NSH-Colin Wilson [1] (Kevin Klein [1], Marcel Goc [1])
19:33-NSH-PPG-Joel Ward [1] (J.P. Dumont [2], David Legwand [1])

 After coming off of their first win of the season on Monday, the Hawks were looking to get back on track again with a victory over the Nashville Predators.

The game started out good, with the Hawks grabbing the first goal at 4:48 of the first period.
Patrick Sharp pinched in from the point while the Hawks were on a power play to keep a play alive. Jonathan Toews picked up the puck behind the net and then sent a pass over to Patrick Kane near the right circle. Kane walked up the boards a bit, then into the circle and he let a wrister fly and it beat Preds rookie goalie Anders Lindback high glove side for his second goal in two games.

Just about 2 minutes later, the Preds came back with a four on four goal by Steve Sullivan.
After Ryan Suter's shot from just inside the blue line was blocked by Brent Seabrook, he collected the puck and walked into the bottom right part of the left circle. His shot on net was denied by John Scott's sliding shot block and Colin Wilson, from his stomach, poked the puck to Sullivan in between the hash marks. He made his way into the right circle, and sent a wrist shot past Hawks goaltender Corey Crawford's left shoulder and into the back of the net.

With 3:14 left in the period, Marian Hossa came flying in out of nowhere and picked Patric Hornqvist's pocket in the neutral zone. 
He skated down the left wing boards, and then back up them and to the end of the "NHL Faceoff" logo where he tossed the puck over to Tomas Kopecky at the bottom of the right circle. 
Kopecky sent a touch pass over to Jonathan Toews at the left dot and Toews was able to sneak the puck under Lindback's right arm and into the back of the net for his first goal of the 2010-11 campaign. 

And in the words of Pat Foley: "What a passing play set up by the brilliance of Marian Hossa, who was one against five and they couldn't get it away from him! It wound up in the net!"

The second period was relatively quiet, but in the third, Nashville really came on.
Kevin Klein sent a blue line to blue line pass to Marcel Goc at the left point. Goc entered the zone and, from the top of the left circle, found Colin Wilson in the slot and passed it to him. Wilson one timed the puck from the slot and it grazed Jordan Hendry as he went down to block the shot, which allowed it to beat Crawford high blocker side. 

At 17:47, Nick Boynton took a delay of game penalty for shooting the puck into the crowd from his own zone.
The Hawks almost had it killed off, with less than 30 seconds to go in the game and with 15 seconds left in the kill, Joel Ward was waiting backdoor for a J.P. Dumont pass from the the other side of the net and he put it home into the wide open cage for the game winning goal of the game.

 "I think the puck was flat and as I went to shoot it, it rolled up, at least that's what it felt like," Boynton said after the game about his penalty, "Obviously it wasn't my intention to do what I did. But it happened.
"Stuff happens."

Even though it did cost them a chance at getting a point in overtime, they didn't play their best game.
"You can't let any team in this league hang around, they've got good players and we gotta bury teams," Boynton added, "We just didn't captialize on our chances and when you let it go down to the final two minutes anything can happen."

"Give them credit, they played hard," Kopecky said, "We can't play only 20 minutes a game. We gotta play a whole 60. It's disappointing. We gotta take 5 minutes, learn from this, and get ready against Columbus.
"They played good, but I think we beat ourselves. We stopped playing after the 1st period. Every team right now is going to take advantage of you when you stop playing. We just gotta keep playing hard and play in thier zone."

Kopecky also talked about the way they had been playing.

"Sometimes we gotta play a little bit more simpler. We try sometimes too much. That goal [that his line with Toews and Hossa scored], it was nice but it didn't help us to win. All 3 of us, we know it's our job . Obviously we would like to help more. We have to find a way to win and that's what the good teams do, they always find a way to win."

•Nashville outshot the Hawks 27-25.
-The Hawks only had one power play, but they did convert on it. Nashville's power play went 1-3.
-Both the Hawks and Nashville won 27 faceoffs.
•The Hawks' centermen's faceoff percentages were:
-Jonathan Toews: 63.6%
-Dave Bolland: 61.5%
-Patrick Sharp: 40%
-Jake Dowell: 14.3%
Troy Brouwer, Jack Skille, and Duncan Keith each had 2 hits.
Duncan Keith led the team in ice time with 32:52.
-Rookie defenseman Nick Leddy was on the ice for 19:50.
Fernando Pisani and Jake Dowell led the team in shots [3].
Nick Leddy had 5 blocked shots.
Duncan Keith led the team in shifts with 30.
Marian Hossa's 3 goals are 4th in the league. His 3 assists are 7th. His 6 points are 2nd and his +/- rating of +5 is first.
-Tomas Kopecky's 4 assists are 2nd in the league. His 4 points are 10th and his +/- rating of +4 is 4th.
•The Hawks' next game is Friday night in Columbus at 6 p.m. on Comcast Sportsnet.

Post Game Interviews 
Nick Boynton
Tomas Kopecky
 •Corey Crawford
Coach Q
Game Highlights

Patrick Kane celebrates his power play goal with Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews, and Brent Seabrook.

Jonathan Toews celebrates his goal in the first period.

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