Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Sloppy Joes and Sloppy Play

"Have some more sloppy joes. I made 'em extra sloppy for yous. I know how yous kids like 'em sloppy." -Billy Madison (lunch lady)

Have some more sloppy play. We made it extra sloppy for yous. I know how yous fans like it sloppy. -Blackhawks Translation

But you know what? Sloppy joes are still delicious even when they're extra sloppy. Same goes for wins. Wins are still awesome even when they're extra sloppy.

That's my brilliant analogy for the day. Now on to the game.

Starters: Bickell, Bolland, Pisani, and Soupy/Hammer
Goalie: Turco
Scratches: Scott, Johnson, and Hendry (yup, Boynton graced us with his presence, but left his hockey skills somewhere else)

Six seconds. Boom. The Blackhawks were on the powerplay. Yay. Boom. 1-0 Blue Jackets. Boo. The Jackets caught Keith and Turco in the wrong position, which ended being Turco's only hiccup in the game. Mason, the Jackets' goalie, had a sliding stop on Sharp. I usually would say Mr. Handsome, but now you have to say Mr. All-Star MVP Handsome. It just ends up being too long. Seabrook couldn't control the puck, which led to a pretty sweet glove save by Turco. Youngblood Leddy tied the game 1-1. Skip ahead and the Blackhawks had a 5on3. It looked as if it was going to be a disappointment, but number 2 scored number 2. Duncs' hard shot came from a nice pass by Kane. The first was cut short due to the lights going out. I personally think they should've kept the lights off and brought out the glow in the dark laces.

They finished up the remaining 40 seconds and went straight into the second with the lights on. Gotta give credit to Nash for his beauty to tie it up 2-2. Shortly after that, about 40 seconds to be exact, the Jackets took the lead 3-2. That one went off of Boynton's face, but Coach Q's face was the one that was purple. The box got a visit from Stalberg, who was called for roughing. The Blackhawks killed the penalty and the Swedish Rocket came rocketing out of the box to tie the game 3-3. Toews was all over the ice tonight in the best way possible with help on Stalberg's goal. The Hawks went on another powerplay, but it was the Jackets with the opportunity. Turco kept them in the game with a big save on the Jackets' breakaway. Toews and Kane showed us a preview of thunder snow 4-3. The real thunder snow came when the game was over and it was terrifying. Damn Toews! He added a short handed goal to his game 5-3, while Skille was in the box. Oh, and the penalty was killed.

Mason was replaced in the net by Garon. Kane was hit by the snow storm or Methot and Toews was there to defend him. Toews went to the box. Penalty killed. Dowell went to bench hurt after blocking a shot, but returned later in the game. Seabrook destroyed by Umberger. Thank god I was listening to the radio and not watching. An important moment came for the Hawks with a 5on3 for the Jackets. The Hawks are all about killing penalties lately. It's a beautiful thing. Brouwer and Methot went at it. Another sign of a teammate sticking up for Kane. Also, a beautiful thing to see. Bolland scored 6-3, then the Jackets got one on a breakaway. Hossa got an empty netter and Chicago was hit with a record breaking one inch of snow in the amount of time in took Hossa to score 7-4. The powers of Hossa.

The Blackhawks win! Good game for Turco, Toews, and penalty killing. And the six game road trip begins...

Photo Source: Blackhawks website (Kopecky did nothing in the game, but he did contribute with that face. To scare the Blue Jackets)

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