After recently defeating the New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings minus Jonathan Toews, the Toews-less Hawks were very much a threat coming into last night's home game against the league best St. Louis Blues.
Brunette scored first putting the Hawks up 1-0 early on in the game, but the Blues would answer back with 3 straight to leave it 3-1 Blues after the first. Emery would be taken out and Crawford would relieve to start the 2nd. And relieve he did! Crawford was 18-18 on saves PLUS stopped all 3 shooters in the shootout. Stalberg scored for the Hawks in the second and Seabrook shot Halak with a laser from the point that he could not defend in the 3rd, making it 3-3.
Patrick Kane would be the only Hawks player to score in the shootout and it was enough. Per Hossa's advice, Kane went backhand 5 hole on Halak. Seabrook would be the number 1 star of the game with his game-tying goal.
After a solid start on Brunette's goal, the Hawks quickly found themselves down 3-1 on just six shots. Once again, the Hawks' shaky D was a problem allowing them to shoot 50% at that point. The hawks D and O bounced back and the team showed more grit than usual. Mayers stood up to Blues Goons getting a decision against Crombeen, and Bollig also won a decision going after Reaves who tried to take Mayer's head off with what was barely a legal hit. Don't forget Reaves and the Blues have been using the cheap shot artist's advantage a lot this year and usually get away with it. Last time the Blues played the Hawks at home Reaves hit John Scott from behind twice at the end of the game then ran away from a fight with him after refusing to fight him the whole game.
The Toews-less Hawks have quickly become the team to beat and there's no telling what can happen when the captain returns.
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