Game 32: Blackhawks @ Flames, 7:00pm MT (SNET-W / Fan960)
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12-19-2008, 09:53 PM
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A pure Flames period. They owned that one from the opening faceoff, until the ending buzzer. They closed off the neutral zone, and were very smart defensively. Also the forwards charged back into the zone with a very very effective back check. No one on the Hawks really could get much going as the Flames were all over them every second they had the puck. Any shots that did make it through were shrugged aside by Mikka, who made it look so very easy.
The power play was fantastic. Honestly. They may not have scored, but that would be due to the Bullin Wall. They got set up quickly, passed quickly and concisely, and had great shots actually going in ON net!! Even Dion! The penalty kill was also superb. Everyone blocking shots and pressuring the Chicago special unit very solidly. They even again created offense out of thin air. I actually cheered when Lombardi shot thinking it went in.
Congratulations are in order for Iginla! With that pass of perfection to Bourque he collects his 800th NHL career point. Not only that but every time Iggy was on the ice things were happening. Bertuzzi too has been playing with a fire in his game that period. He was hitting (albeit not very hard) and making passes that could have been dangerous. And Sarich making the plays that make us love him! That diving poke check was the picture of how to pull that off without taking the tripping penalty.
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