A quiet night in the NHL from a schedule stand point didn’t translate into a slow night on the ice. With only four games last night the majority of the focus was on the Chicago Blackhawks who played host to the Colorado Avalanche. With the Madhouse on Madison rocking again, the hometown boys did not disappoint, extending their unbelievable streak to 24 games without a regulation loss. And they did in dramatic fashion with a 3-2 win.
With under a minute left in the third period and the game tied, Daniel Carcillo picked the perfect time to score his first goal of the season, potting the winner and keeping the streak alive. No one better say the Hawks’ players don’t care about the streak if you watched their reaction to Carcillo’s goal. It was like winning a playoff game in overtime. As I’ve said, the longer the Hawks keep this streak going, the greater the pressure is going to mount. The goofy schedule make has the Hawks in Colorado tomorrow night to try and make it 25 games.
Another big story from around the league took place in Calgary last night when Miikka Kiprusoff made his return to the crease. After missing the last 13 games with a knee sprain, the man they call Kipper looked like he didn’t miss a beat, making 32 saves to lead the Calgary Flames to a 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks. With a rested Kiprusoff, the Flames could be poised to make a push for the playoffs and we all know what happens when Kipper gets hot in the second season. Does anyone remember 2004?
Meanwhile, the battle of Ontario added another chapter to it’s historic story and this game won’t be remembered for it’s electric ending. Despite the Maple Leafs taking the decision 5-4, it was a scrap that took place just 26 seconds into the contest that marred the game. Frazer Mclaren of the Leafs and Dave Dziurzynski of the Sens dropped the mitts and after Mclaren caught Dziurzynski with a vicious right, the fight was over. Dziurzynski was out cold before he hit the ice in what was a scary sight. While I am all for having fighting in hockey, watching another man get knocked out is difficult to stomach. Don’t get me wrong, fighting should always be in hockey, you just hate to see anyone get hurt to that degree.
Finally, out west it was the Anaheim Ducks shutting out the Phoenix Coyotes, 2-0. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry both scored for the Ducks proving that neither player wants to be moved at the trade deadline. As if the decision on what to do with both potential free agents is difficult enough, both players decide to score in the same game to pace the club to victory.
From four games to eleven, it’s another busy night in the NHL tonight including an original six matchup that’ll see the Maple Leafs head to Boston to take on the Bruins.