Oilers 2, Blackhawks 1

All it took on Sunday was 14 seconds for the Edmonton Oilers to score all the goals they would need. 

In the third period with the Hawks nursing a one goal lead, the Hawks successfully killed a Viktor Stalberg penalty.  Then 15 seconds after it ended, Niklas Hjalmarsson yanked Magnus Paajarvi down on a semi-breakaway and the Oilers immediately went back on the power play. 

8 seconds later, Kurtis Foster blasted a ricocheting puck past Corey Crawford.

On the ensuing face-off, a 3-on-3 turned into a 3-on-2 when Marian Hossa was undressed at the blue line by Ales Hemsky.  Sam Gagner snuck behind the defense and all he had to was tip in a Dustin Penner dish. 

That sequence of plays was all it took to take down the Hawks on Sunday night.  

Jonathan Toews should have tied the game with about 5 minutes left when he gathered a loose puck around the crease.  Nikolai Khabibulin was out of position in his crease and all Toews needed to do was wait it out and he would have had a wide open net to bury the puck.

Instead, Toews shot the puck just as he cut across the crease and Khabibulin was able to make the kick save.  Had Toews simply waited a second longer, it would have been one of the easier goals of his career.

A mad dash at the end of the game also saw Troy Brouwer with a golden chance to tie it.  He had scooped up a rebound with Khabibulin taking away the lower portion of the net.  Brouwer couldn’t get any elevation on his shot and it turned into a fairly routine save.  

Thoughts

Half of Edmonton’s wins have come at the Hawks expense with both coming at the United Center.  Any way you slice it or dice it, that is inexcusable.

–One of the more entertaining portions of the game was John Scott beer-battering Zach Stortini.  Scott got Stortini’s jersey over his head and landed about four or five blows to the skull.  Fortunately for Stortini, he’s already a hideous human being.  Is this really what it has come to?  John Scott is now providing us with our entertainment?

–In the first period, Scott cost the Hawks a hefty bill when three of his composite shafts exploded in his hands.  That’s $600 worth of damages.  If one of my Synergy sticks snapped, I would be inconsolable for days, maybe weeks.  John Scott thought it was funny.  Such is the life when your employer fits the bill.

–This was Brian Campbell’s fourth game back.  There is absolutely no reason to still be riding Duncan Keith like a two-dollar whore.  It’s not even at the point of wearing Keith down by the end of the season; he’s simply not playing good enough to warrant 30 minutes of ice a night.  Keith had several brain farts and questionable decisions again, which is pretty much a given these days.  His worst came early in the third when he threw the puck right in front of Crawford to a wide-open Andrew Cogliano.  The sequence ended with Taylor Hall ringing the puck off the post.

–Like so many other associated with the Blackhawks these days, Pat Foley and Ed Olcyzk felt like taking the night off.  It only took them until the final 10 minutes of the game before they realized Shawn Horcoff wasn’t in the game anymore.  Horcoff left the game early in the second period.  He’s only the damn captain of the team.

–Congrats to Jim Vandermeer for successfully completing his first two checks since the Clinton Administration.      

*On The Farm*

–Rockford opened the scoring on Friday night’s tilt against Manitoba, but the Moose responded three unanswered goals.  Ben Smith scored at the six minute mark of the third with a power play goal.  Igor Makarov and Ivan Vishnevskiy had the assists.  With less than five minutes in regulation, the Moose scored three goals in the span of a minute and a half.

Hannu Toivonen stopped 18 of 21 shots.

On Sunday, they took a beating at the hands of the Peoria Rivermen 5-1.  Hugh Jessiman scored the lone goal for Rockford.  Alec Richards made 19 saves. 

Dylan Olsen had an assist in two games against North Dakota.  Dan DeLisle did not play in Saturday’s game.

–The Hayes brothers were scoreless in a 2-1 loss to New Hampshire on Friday night.

Byron Froese had five points in two games this weekend.  He has 28 points in 19 games and is 5th in the WHL in scoring.

David Pacan had a goal in two games this weekend.  He currently has 12 points in 16 games.

Phillipe Paradis had 2 goals and an assist.  He is a team best +12 for PEI Rocket.

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17 Responses to Oilers 2, Blackhawks 1

  1. Mick Durand says:

    Scott should just play with wood sticks. What difference does an S19 make for a guy who can barely snag a puck that’s rimmed around the boards, let alone create or find enough space to release a clean shot?

    Though, you could tell from his facial expression after the scrap that he didn’t really want to feed Stortini a beating, even though I’m sure he enjoyed it. That’s one of the problems with having him in as a forward, or on the ice in general. The guy is a goon magnet.

    The way things seem to be shaping up, I don’t blame Q for throwing Scott into the mix every game. If his stars are going to play their game(s) with the intensity of a late evening rat hockey tilt, why risk injuring or embarrassing a call-up from Rockford?

  2. alpo says:

    Pretty frustrating game. But at least Walking Dead raised my spirits with another outstanding episode.

  3. JM says:

    Last night was the slowest I’ve seen this team in at least 4 years.

    Hossa is the only one who looked strong on his skates most of the night. Kane, meanwhile, is nowhere near the player we saw the first quarter of the year last year.

  4. Big Tony says:

    This is getting out of hand. I’m to the point where I don’t want to leave the game on when they go down a goal….I throw in the towel before they can.

    Alpo, Walking Dead was kickass. I missed the first episode, but I’m sure they’ll rerun it soon enough or I can catch it online. Hell, the Hawks have been like zombies this season.

  5. alpo says:

    @Big Tony, I believe it still might be OnDemand if you have Comcast. That’s how I watched the 1st one

  6. Tomahawk_31 says:

    17 games played and 17 points…. It can only get better from here right?

  7. Bryan says:

    The Walking Dead > The Dead Hawks! My wife nearly threw up from last nights episode, and no I am not talking about the hockey game. That is great TV in my book.

  8. Lee says:

    Scott!!!!!!

    Where was the rest of the team?

  9. John says:

    I love that this has become the unofficial blog du jour of The Walking Dead.

    What I took from last night’s episode:

    -Hillbilly bigots don’t survive the zombie apacolypse.
    -It’s ok to hack up a zombie and drape yourself in his inner organs as long as he was an organ donor.
    -Banging your best friend’s wife is perfectly acceptable as long as you think he’s laying in a coma somewhere.

    The scene where they massacre the zombie reminded me of American Psycho. All it needed was a little Huey Lewis and the News in the background.

  10. The Big H says:

    I have to get into the conversation of what my beloved Hawks are missing. Hits, hits, hits! They aren’t finishing checks. Too easy to keep the puck. Last year this team was the “smartest” hitting team in the league. They should practice hitting each other in practice. Talent only gets you so far. They could play the dirty Philly game to win the cup. They need to get back to that style so bring on Beach. He may take a few crazy penalties but the respect will be there. The heads will be up when he is on the ice. Skille is a bum so dump him. Pisani is a bum. If Brower is out of favour, eh it happens. Get something before he is worthless. Get plyaers that have grit and can skate as the talented guys will bring them along. As always go Hawks!

  11. Otter says:

    These guys were too young to win the Cup. I don’t know what else to say. They clearly thought they could show up and beat the Oilers not once, but twice now. And this has been the case for most of the year. This Circus Trip can’t start soon enough at this point.

  12. Big Tony says:

    I found ep 1 online….great stuff!!

  13. Mike says:

    I’m baffled how anybody can say “Skille is a bum so dump him”. For my money, Skille has been one of the only Hawks consistently showing energy and a desire to be on the ice every game, every period, every shift. He flies around the ice like a wrecking ball; granted he has a lot of room for improvement on his control and I keep waiting to see him sent through the glass (sorry Kopecky!) but the thing that the Hawks are lacking most to me right now is drive, determination, and energy. You aren’t going to see many guys on the ice with more of those qualities than Jack Skille. I just don’t see how dumping him is going to do anything other than send a message to the other young guys that they might as well not try.

  14. Patrick says:

    I was watching the game last night thinking that the Hawks we’re finally looking like the team from last year, holding onto a 1-0 lead, and I go away for five freakin’ minutes and they’re down 2-1. Ugh. I hope that it’s just early, but as more games go by, I don’t think we can fall back on that one.

    Love The Walking Dead – John, you brought this upon yourself when you mentioned it last week. Going to start reading World War Z here soon (I think that’s connected somehow)…

  15. Cam says:

    Oilers down a mere 5 goals 25 minutes into their next game in Carolina.

    I can see why the Hawks struggle so much against them.

  16. John says:

    @The Big H,

    Brouwer is actually 5th in the league in hits right now, I just hope he can start scoring soon. As for Beach, I totally agree with you that it may be time to bring him up if for nothing else but to at least give the Hawks a physical presence out there and make them more of a b*tch to play against.

  17. Cam says:

    Beach’s game right now consists primarily of taking penalties and getting his ass handed to him in fights. Not sure how that would help much.

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