By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks got some big games from a pair of former Ottawa Senators Friday night to get a three game road trip off to a promising start. Marian Hossa and Ray Emery figured heavily in the outcome as the Blackhawks bested a hot Senators squad by a 2-1 score.
The Hawks came up short on a golden opportunity four minutes in when Hossa took control of the puck in the Senators zone. He brought the puck behind the net and found Patrick Kane at the face off circle. Kane made a nice pass to Andrew Brunette. Despite there being plenty of open net, Brunette couldn’t get a handle on the pass, which looked like it was deflected.
Kane garnered a breakaway in the ninth minute but an active stick by Matt Gilroy prevented a shot. A Jared Cowen interference penalty at the 10:06 mark gave the Blackhawks a few shots on the power play, but as has been the case of late nothing came of it. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap
Tagged Andrew Brunette, Andrew Shaw, Bryan Bickell, Jason Spezza, Johnny Oduya, Marian Hossa, Matt Gilroy, Milan Michalek, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Ray Emery, Senators
By Brad Vandenberk
On a day when the NFL started its 2011-12 season in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the Chicago Blackhawk prospects were at it again in game 2 of the annual Prospect Tournament in Oshawa, Ontario. This time the opponents were the Ottawa Senators.
Johan Mattsson was the starter between the pipes for this match. Shawn Lalonde, Ryan Stanton, Peter Leblanc, Andrew Shaw and Rob Flick were on the ice for the opening faceoff. [Sunday's complete line up]
The teams wasted no time getting started. As in the previous contest against the Leafs, the Hawks found themselves trailing early. 5:01 into the opening frame, Ottawa’s Andre Petersson found the back of the net with a backhand over Mattsson’s pad, making it 1-0.
It didn’t take the Hawks long to get the equalizer. 39 seconds after the Sens’ opening tally, Flick won a faceoff in the Sens’ zone. Shaw got the puck and set Peter Leblanc up in the slot. With a quick shot over the blocker of the Senators netminder, Matej Machkovsky, it was 1-1.
Chicago drew the first penalty of the game when Ottawa was sent off for Interference. Although this was suppose to be the Hawks’ chance to show their power play, they were quickly fooled by a short handed goal by Ottawa’s crafty forchecker, Corey Cowick. Mattsson was out of position trying to play the puck which ended up on a Sens’ stick and then to the back of the net making it 2-1. Read more
Posted in Game recap, Prospects
Tagged Blackhawks, Brandon Saad, Jimmy Hayes, Joe Lavin, Johan Mattsson, Peter Leblanc, Philippe Paradis, Prospect tournament, Rob Flick, Senators