Many thought that scoring would suffer while the Blackhawks were without wingers Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa but it sure doesn't look that way.
Since losing Kane on Sunday just 16 seconds into the game the Hawks have gone on to score nine goals, two of which were empty netters to clinch the victories. Since losing Hossa the Hawks are 3-1 and have scored 16 goals in those four games, one of which was a shutout loss to the Vancouver Crybabies. So in reality the defense and focus is what is lacking, not the offense.
Wednesday against the Stars, Chicago got goals from Bickell, Toews, Morin, Brouwer and the empty netter by Patrick Sharp to end the game. It was Morin's first and Sharp's 17th. Just like Calgary on Sunday the Hawks got a big lead and then lost focus. Being up 3-0, thanks to Morin's goal, goalie Corey Crawford mishandled the rebound and allowed the puck to slip through. However the Hawks responded quickly and Brouwer got his 6th of the season which was the third goal scored in just 45 seconds. But the Hawks were unable to score on two power plays which was a trend for the evening then lost focus and at the end of the second the Hawks held a slim 4-3 lead. The Hawks were out shot 11-3 in the second period.
The third period went almost without a goal until Sharp got a shot at the empty net with one second left on the clock but that play did not go without a little conversary. Before the empty netter it appeared that Brent Seabrook's stick slipped out of his hand which Dallas's head coach Marc Crwaford took as Brent throwing his stick trying to knock it away from Trevor Daley of the Stars which if true would result in a penalty shot.
"You can't miss a call like that at the end of the game," Crawford said. "There's no excuse. It's a penalty shot in every sense of the word. You've got to be focused in on that."
By several account Crawford had to be seperated by security from the refs outside of their locker room. Dallas was given one power play chance compared to the Hawks six. Several of Dallas' penalties were clear as day however Chicago was unable to take advantage only coverting on one however Morin's goal happened right after the power play ended.
After the game the Hawks sent Morin and fellow rookie Rob Klinkhammer back to Rockford for a few days since they don't play again till Saturday in San Jose. Morin will be back while Klinkhammer might be as well but could be replaced by Kyle Beach. The win gave Corey Crawford his 7th straight and might get a chance at number eight Saturday against the man who beat him out last season for the backup job, Antti Niemi. It will be interesting to see what Coach Q decides since Turco did not play well two weeks ago against the Sharks.
Hopefully by all accounts the Hawks should have both Marian Hossa and Pisani when they return to the UC on Wednesday to take on the Avs. Coach Q even sounded encouraged that Patrick Kane might be able to return to skating by the time they return from the road trip. The sooner they get the injuried stars back the better.