Hawks fall to Flames
One game after Jonathan Toews got his third hat trick of his career the Hawks decided to let another captain have his fun as the Hawks allowed 7 goals to the lowly Calgary Flames, 3 to Inginia, as they lost 7-2.
The Flames were without the recently traded Brent Sutter and the suspeneded Olii Jokinen. Calgary came into the game with 14 point through their first 17 games of the season (7-10-0). Inginla had only 3 goals coming into the game and doubled that total while 4 different players scored the other 4 goals which were all given up by goalie Marty Turco.
Birthday boy Patrick Kane, 22, was held off the score sheet except for a penalty about half way through the third period.
The loss snapped a 7 game winning streak by the Hawks in Calgary, which included the last 2 seasons as well as the playoffs in 2009.
Looking at the box score the shots on goal were pretty even 36-33 with the edge going to the Flames, who went 2-5 on the power play while the Hawks went 0-2. Jack Skille and Troy Brouwer scored the 2 goals for the Hawks. Skille's goal was just a little over 6 minutes into the game which gave the Hawks a 1-0 while Troy's came with just 20 seconds left in the game and looked like it was going to get overturned due to a high stick but the refs let it stand.
I'm not going to sit here and say that Turco was to blame for all 7 goals because the defense did play sloppy and their were some bad turnovers but a good goalie every now and then has to step up and cover up for the defense. Turco faced only 18 shots Wednesday while getting his first shutout of the season vs Edmonton and this is how he follows that up. It is time to see more of Corey Crawford because it is becoming clear if the Hawks have any chances to repeat it will not be with Turco in net.
The loss leaves Coach Q & Co. with a 10-10-2 record and 22 points which puts them in a third place tie with Columbus in the Central Division. However Columbus has played 5 less games as has Detroit which leads the division with 26 points.
Thankfully after an anwful game the best thing to do is get back on the ice and that is exactly what is happeneing as the Hawks take on rival Vancouver Saturday night. Let's hope for a better outcome at a place where the Hawks have had a lot of success at over the past few years.