Well, that finish kinda reminded me of that joke where Mrs. Lincoln says, "The play was great except for the shooting". That was a really shitty way to lose the game, but it was a very entertaining contest. I'm guessing Crawford is going to take some grief for this and he probably should. On the one hand, all three goals were the result of defensive breakdowns. Hossa turned over the puck right in the middle of the neutral zone, the second one was a tip from a completely open player in front of the net, and the last one was the result of a bad pinch that created a three on one the other way. However, on that last goal, Crow had plenty of time to square to the shooter and got a piece of it. True, it was a ripped shot, but I think you gotta have that one. On the plus side, did you see Kane haul ass to get back on that play and cut off the pass option? That was impressive.
I think the Blues deserve some credit here for playing a good game. While the rivalry shit by NBC was way overblown, I think it was pretty clear the Blues saw this as a statement game and they delivered. This is the only game I've seen the Blues play this year, but I can sorta see why some people are expecting big things from them. They looked good, Halak looked really good, but it wasn't like the Hawks had problems getting shots on net and they forced a few break aways. Still, they came out on top when it counted and the Hawks gave away at least one point they should have gotten. And late to boot,.
On the good side, TWO POWER PLAY GOALS! Not shitty, lucky break goals, but honest to God, work hard and crash the net goals. That Kane sneak to the doorstop is likely gonna be shut down pretty quick by other teams, but for tonight, they were looking good. Sharp had an incredible game and overall, I really have very little to complain about from individual players. Each line had some good chances and both teams had some really good surges in what was a fast, back and forth contest.
On the flip side, all three goals happened after some bad breakdowns. Hossa had a very uncharacteristic sloppy pass in the neutral zone and though he had some good moments, I'm starting to buy into the talk that he isn't 100%. Kruger got freaking drilled again on the dot and something's gotta give there. The dude works his ass off and is fearless in the corners. But his FO losses in the defensive zone are gonna start getting costly. On the last goal, I can appreciate the Seabrook is trying to make something happen, but I'm also thinking that with a minute or so to go, you need to be thinking about at least getting the point.
As for me, I am definitely not in season form yet as I was not really keeping track of Q line juggling. I'm not happy the Hawks lost this game so late after giving up a three on one, but I don't have a lot to complain about yet.
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