Crawford Looks Good While Blackhawks Get Out of Loosing Rut

Did the trade spark the Hawks already and Frolik hasn’t even joined team yet? Well find out for sure on Friday when the Turco and the Hawks go to visit his former team in Dallas.

But for the time being they showed signs of improvement and showed some of their true colors.  The Hawks came into this game with a recent slump in their record and game play.

Wednesday’s game started off slow for both teams with good defense and goal tending stopping any chances, until Chicago’s Toews wins a battle against the boards and feeds his teammate and All-Star MVP Patrick Sharp his twenty seventh goal on the season.  Chicago came into this game with a horrible special teams stat with them only scoring one goal in their last thirteen power play opportunities. Things didn’t turn around for them only capitalizing on one of their six chances. Patrick Kane said after the game, “Absolutely embarrassing on our power plays.”

The Blackhawks did get goals on nice passes and hustling for tipped pucks, Chicago’s Bickell got a breakaway and with some nice stick handling and patience pushing the puck backhanded past Dubnyk. In the third Kane got his sixteenth goal on a heads up pass from Toews to put the Hawks up by three. After the goal Edmonton was handed two game misconduct penalties sitting two players for ten minutes after barking at the refs. Chicago gave the Oilers a chance when Toews was called for holding and another tripping penalty by Johnson setting up Edmonton with two power plays, but they couldn’t convert.  Not much longer after that J. Eberle ruined Crawford’s shutout with just under four left in the game as he scored on the rebound of Jim Vandermeer’s point shot.

With the score at three to one the Oilers tried to get the game back by pulling their goalie and getting an extra attacker on the ice, which was ruined by Kane’s seventeenth on the year, with an unassisted goal on the empty net ending the game at four to one.  “It was a weird day,” Toews said. “Especially coming right before the game like that. Jack (Skille) was getting ready just like everybody else. We’re getting warmed up and the next thing you know he isn’t in the locker room. He’s a good guy and a good teammate and we wish him the best. At the same time we are excited to see what we are getting.”

We will see what they are getting soon with Frolik joining the club, the Hawks next game is in Dallas where Marty Turco will go up against his former team the Stars on Friday at 7:30pm on CSN.