San Jose’s Joe Thornton netted an overtime goal less than a minute into the overtime period to defeat Cristobal Huet and the Blackhawks. This came after the Sharks outshot the ‘Hawks 16-2 in the first frame. But, the ‘Hawks recovered in the second and even lead at one point thanks to two goals from Jonathon Toews.
The big stories, however, were injuries. First, Adam Burish was a last minute scratch, and did not play. Rather, the ‘Hawks dressed seven defenseman, including some guy named Brent Sopel. (We don’t know who this unusual looking man is. Haven’t seen him recently.) That turned out to be a blessing as San Jose’s Mike Grier attempted to decapitate the ‘Hawks’ Aaron Johnson. While Johnson managed to keep his head – literally – his wrist may not have been so lucky. He left and didn’t return. Worse yet, Glenn Hall – er, Nik Khabibulin – left after an apparent groin injury late in the second period. On in relief, Huet (and his new, odd red and yellow pads) let in two, one of which being the aforementioned overtime winner.
Aside from the injuries, including the potentially devastating injury (for many reasons) to goalie Khabibulin, a point in San Jose during the “circus trip” is surely something to give thanks for this evening. Let’s hope all applicable x-rays and MRI’s come out as well.
Finally, please check out the Fifth Feather’s quarter pole review of Dale Tallon, listed below. By way of a quick preview, let this sink in: three of the Blackhawks’ current top-six forwards were acquired for players now in the AHL or Russia’s KHL (Sharp (Matt Ellison), Havlat (Mark Bell), Versteeg (Bochenski).
And, of course, have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Remember to thank a soldier.