Judging from the penalty summary, it wasn't that hard for the Blackhawks to powerplay their way to a win in Sunday's game against the Flames. The Blackhawks scored all four goals on the PP. However, the 4-2 win was overshadowed by bad news in the first period. Kane left the game in his first shift, after he limped off the ice. He went to the dressing room with out putting weight on his leg and with help from the trainers. The first thing that came to mind was Kane never gets hurt. Kane can't be hurt. Kane's not hurt. Kane limped off the ice. Kane might be hurt. Kane, please don't be hurt. Of course all we know is that it's a lower body injury. Coach Q labeled his injury as "nothing serious", but will not return right away. We'll see.
My theory is that, like Hossa, Kane's injury is a fake. Hossa is Santa, while Kane was called up to be the head elf. Yes, this is my brain during the holiday season.
Kane's issue might steal the headlines, but there was more to the game. It was a night for the letter B players. Bolland scored his first goal in forever or 17 games and sealed the Flames' fate with a late empty netter. Bickell started the scoring in the first, while Brent Seabrook had three assists. As for the rest of the alphabet, Toews finished off an eventful first with the Blackhawks' third goal. He added an assist to his list of achievements for the night too.
The beginning was crowded, the middle was less crowded, and the end was nerve racking. The Blackhawks piled on the penalties and escaped a scoring opportunity by Iginla, who had already scored for the Flames. It may have been ugly, but the Blackhawks eventually got out of it and won the game with the help of another solid outing by Crawford.
The Stars come into town on Wednesday! It will be Burish's first game back, since he left. And it will be my first game back, since November.
(I realize Viktor Stalberg had nothing to do with the Hawks winning, but I have chosen to forever spell Victory as Viktory)
Also, I swear I haven't forgot about those Holiday posts I'm suppose to be doing.