Before You Accuse Me: Blackhawks 2 – Flames 3 (OT)

NHL: Calgary Flames at Chicago BlackhawksIn a game facing a goalie starting in his first NHL game, the Hawks certainly did their best to throw everything, including the kitchen sink, at him. They put 18 shots on him in the first and finished out with 44 total, the most of the year thus far. It seems to be a common theme that a back up goalie comes up huge against the Hawks and comes out with a win. It seems that trend holds true for rookie debuts. While Reto Berra didn’t have to make too many spectacular saves, he was solid in his first start while the Hawks showed some tired legs. It still ends up with 3 points in back to backs… I’m not pissed.

BULLETS:

  • McClure spent pretty much half the preview talking about Khabi’s need to step up his game in order to save his job. Didn’t really work out that way did it? The fact that Crawford played back to backs this early in the season means we may be seeing a call down to Rockford way earlier than expected. Things don’t look good for our old Russian friend at the moment. The first two weeks of this month are pretty light but it’s going to end heavy for the Hawks. I won’t be shocked to see Raanta make his debut soon.
  • Speaking of Khabi, Fels and I were at the game on Tuesday and after the Hawks opening goal I said “They’re going to need more than one to win this game”. After watching the first period, I actually thought 1 might be enough tonight.
  • In the post game press conference, Q said the Flames have “good sticks”. Maybe the Hawks should look into some of those if that’s an issue.
  • Here’s the part of the wrap where we complain about the ice time of top players. Feel free to skip it if it’s getting redundant. Toews, Kane, Sharp and Hossa all were over 20 minutes tonight. On their second game in two days. Against a team that’s not going to be a threat late in the year. Whatever.
  • Hey, at least Leddy got a pretty long leash tonight. He had almost as much TOI as Keith and Seabs. That has a lot to do with Q feeling like he can shelter him with the home ice advantage but it’s still nice to see Leddy getting more time. Especially when he continues to have a great year.
  • Christ, I don’t know what more to say about this game. It was just a bit boring. The Hawks did everything right (or just about everything anyway) but they couldn’t come up with the extra point. It’s not the end of the world. It’s also just not that exciting to write about.

  • bizarrohairhelmet

    This is the point where we freak out and condemn the Hawks to a poor season because they can’t beat a newbie goalie and everything’s fucked, right?
    – Trollaban’d

    • Why

      Just about to hunt through the highlight package and stats sheet. Missed the two weekend games.

      Just wondering something because the shots look good. Killion mentioned tired legs above. Team have trouble creating solid chances in the game or was it a “He stood on his head, good for him” type game?

      • DesertHawk

        Both. We were getting boxed out from getting rebounds by the Flames’ D, which is weird for this team. He also played really well.

        • Why

          Thanks man.

          I’ll admit I’m ignorant on the game flow when I only caught highlights but those highlights showed a pretty back and forth game. And when a guy hunts through the stats sheet, I start seeing that shots were 9-0 on the powerplay, the Hawks basically got 1:45 of 5-3 on time.

          And if I’m reading the stats right, they somehow blocked 26 fucking shots and 24 of those were 5×5? That sounds like a pesky fucking team.

          • DesertHawk

            The 5×3 was frustrating as hell. Classic no motion Hawks’ clown shoes PP. Keith and Hossa played hot potato for almost the entire 1:45. Then Kane made 1 cut across the middle, and we scored. I don’t understand how they haven’t put 2 and 2 together on the moving plus PP thing yet.

          • Why

            I get that. I mean, I only saw the one chance and the goal but in one goal game in third, not getting much for chances on a long 5-3 is tough to watch. Good for Hoss and Kane, I guess.

          • DesertHawk

            I may have yelled not nice things at them during that 5×3. I think almost everyone on the thread typed in some variation of “MOVE!!” before they actually did so and scored. Was generally just a frustrating game. Plus our favorite person showed up. I do have to say, I’d like our top scorer dudes, to actually start being top scorer dudes like we know they can be/are. I think our highest ranked player right now is Toews at like 25th in the league, and then the next one is at like 59th (I believe that’s Kaner), which for this team… is just bizarre.

          • Jim

            The goal 81 finally scored on that 5 on 3 was a real seeing eye goal too. Found the tiny bit of space on the short side, otherwise the goalie was well positioned and left only that one little sliver open. Credit to Hossa also.

          • Joe Banks

            It was tear your face off maddening! Keith and Hossa nearly killed the penalty for them!
            Zero movement – How can the coaching staff not change this?

          • birdhead

            Especially since for the most part this year they *have* been moving – and scoring! – on the PP. But the 5-on-3, my god.

          • zacked

            The not moving wouldn’t be so bad if they would friggin’ switch sides to set up the one-timers. The combination of the two is absurd.

          • the shocker

            Yup, that was driving me crazy. How many of Keith’s passes to Hoss were in his skates or slightly behind him, too? It almost looked like Kane was saying “look, this is what you need to do.”

          • lizmcneill

            Kaner basically is our first unit PP.

      • https://twitter.com/robondacob CitizenKaner

        The rook swallowed up a lot of shots, which prevented the hawks from sustained offensive pressure. Add in the fact that the calgary skaters were blocking any quality chances we got, and it was clear that today was going to be a low scoring game no matter what. A possible reason for having 26 shots blocked is that the hawks were skating slow, but I think we have to give credit to the flames for being in the right position all night

        • Why

          Thanks as well man.

    • 10thMountainFire

      I was at the game last night so I wasn’t on the thread. Did he show up to angst all over everyone after the goal in OT?

      • Z-man19

        do trees grow in forests?

  • berkley

    Glad to hear that I wasn’t the only one who found this one a snoozer, fell asleep twice during

    • VanDorp’sMullet

      Yes, it was one of those games that reminded me of playing against the 90′s Devils teams. All credit due to Calgary for their discipline and hard-work, but holy crap is that ugly fucking hockey to watch.

      • raditzzzz

        of course thats the one game i get to go to this season.

        • VanDorp’sMullet

          I am truly sorry about that.

  • justforkicks

    Kane-shaw 4×4 OT needs to die in a fucking fire and should never have happened to begin with what the fuck

    • lizmcneill

      Agree. Q, they might be manchildren but they don’t need playdates. Or if they do, Amanda and Shaunette can arrange them.

      • justforkicks

        Q talks about Kane’s +/- but at least 2 or 3 goals against were in OT and cost us the game and were because of shaw and Kane. Kane-toews-sharp-Hossa, any combo of those 4 would be gold. I love saad but put him with fucking shaw and stop messing with what already fucking works good god.

        • lizmcneill

          Or Saad/Kane would be better than Shaw/Kane.

          • justforkicks

            Yeah it that would mean sharp-shaw or something. I love the mutt but q needs to stop playing him every-fucking-where

  • cliffkoroll

    Hawks dominate, lose. Their goalie was a lot better than ours. Moving on.

    • Jim

      I thought the Hawks were lucky to get a point and score the tying goal late in the 3rd on the 5 on 3. Calgary was very active, plus a goalie win.
      Plus they thread the needle at the beginning of overtime and sneak one past Crawford from long range. Calgary never wins a series against this Hawks team, but they had enough luck to win one in OT tonight.
      I’m happy with the one point.

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      At least two against Crow were deflections that no goalie would have more than a blown-eyelash chance at saving.

      • cliffkoroll

        At least? Count with me. Three! I see three unstoppable shots! A ha ha.

        /sesamestreet’d

        • Z-man19

          where’s the one and two?

    • Z-man19

      a song I’ll share

      http://youtu.be/MMR5JVo21wQ

      • VanDorp’sMullet

        That song is the bomb, yo. And exactly what the Hawks should do.

    • zacked

      Two of the three goals on Crawford were off the pipe and in, and the other was a deflection up to the top corner. I don’t know that any goalie in the world could save anything other than maybe the Glencross goal.

      I think the more accurate narrative would be that they played well defensively (basically parked the bus), blocked an absurd number of shots, their goalie was good and they were fortunate to pot 3.

      • cliffkoroll

        Nah. My narrative is better.

        ‘Their goalie was good’? Classic understatement. I really hope Crow has a game as good as that at some point this year- he hasn’t yet. I suspect when that day comes we will reach for adjectives better than ‘good’.

        • Preacher

          I just wish he’d get a shutout already. Would like to see him get some credit for how well he plays.

      • 2883

        Atlanta?

        • DesertHawk

          They were the Atlanta Flames before moving to Calgary.

          • 2883

            ah before my time I think. That sucks Atlanta has lost two teams to (mid) western Canada.

          • DesertHawk

            Yep. Atlanta blows, but I do feel for their hockey fans.

          • 2883

            I just moved here… it sucks

          • DesertHawk

            I’m sorry. If I never end up back in Georgia again, it’ll be too soon. The only city I sorta liked was Savannah.

  • Preacher

    I’m guessing Crow got the start because it was at home. Khabi will get killed at the UC for ANY goal he lets in right now.
    How much TOI did Shaw have? It seemed like he was out there a LOT.
    No mention of the line blender? Q changed ‘em up quite a bit, and with some combos I haven’t seen before. Don’t know if it was fatigue with certain players, wanting to force some scoring, or sending a message–but it almost looked as if Q was simply experimenting against a team he knew his boys could beat.
    Lots of shots on the new goalie, but not a lot of traffic. And how many “extra” passes will our guys make instead of just taking the shot? There was a lot of delayed shots–looking for the perfect seam, I guess–and then the shot was blocked as the Flames had time to get in front of it.
    Speed and movement, boys. Speed and movement.

    • Accipiter

      Shaw TOI 17:23

    • lizmcneill

      Khabi for the @Dallas part of the next back to back?

      Well, Seguin’s points total should look good.

      • bizarrohairhelmet

        The hell you say. In other news, I may have a ticket available to anyone wanting to go to this on Saturday…

  • 334Rules

    Hard to be too disappointed in Crow. As I recall, all 3 goals were off the pipe.