By Michael Calvert
A day after crushing the East’s 2nd place NY Islanders in Chicago, the Hawks took to Broadway to take on the Metropolitan division-leading NY Rangers.
Cam Talbot, who’s been exceptional in King Henrik’s absence, was again in goal for the Blueshirts. Scott Darling, who has been great in spot starts for the mighty Blackhawks, has been every bit his equal. Darling’s numbers suggest he’s been better.
Martin St. Louis was out for the Rangers Wednesday as he’s been shelved for 10-14 days with a “lower body injury”
On paper the first thing that really jumps out to me is how nice these forward lines look even without the greatness that is Patrick Kane. [See lines at bottom of this recap]
Duncan Keith played 27 + minutes in a game that Q deemed worth sitting Crawford, that’s somewhat interesting. I don’t disagree with resting Crow, but why is Timonen playing fewer than 8 minutes? Timonen skated 7:30 against the Rangers, fewest of any Blackhawks by nearly three full minutes.
In a game of near misses, it was the ex Ranger Brad Richards who broke the 0-0 tie in the 3rd, tallying the game’s lone goal in a 1-0 Blackhawks victory.