There are two reasons and two reasons alone that Henrik Lundqvist didn’t steal his team two points from the Blackhawks on Wednesday night.
- Despite playing a mostly ‘meh’ game, Marian Hossa used his ‘savvy veteran’ card during the Blackhawks fifth and final power play. Receiving the puck to the right of Lundqvist and just above the goal line, Hossa bulled his way toward the net. He established inside position and let the Ranger defensemen push him towards their goalie while he got a couple free whacks at the net. Hossa did nothing but carry their momentum right into Lundqvist’s crease. The play forced a mad scramble in front of the net and it ended when Jonathan Toews poked a loose puck into the net to tie the score at 1.
- Last year’s Hobey Baker winner, Matt Gilroy, is not a NHL defenseman. If Dustin Byfuglien blows your door off in a 1-on-1 situation, you’re probably in the wrong line of work. Bobby and I spent a good 15 minutes following the game trying to figure out what Gilroy was thinking during that sequence, but whatever it was, he chose….poorly.
Our apologies for the unorthodox recap, but with both of us attending tonight’s action, it was destined to be a little different. Check back during the mid-day for an update from Bob.
*On the Farm*
–Shawn Lalonde was held scoreless in Belleville’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Peterborough Petes.