Only means we are due for another 9-game losing streak. Anyone even remember that??
Do I remember the time they broke an NHL record and a franchise record and went on a 9 game losing streak? No...no I don't. Losses will happen, but the undying pessimism that some people have against the Hawks right now is just silliness. Will they win the cup? Maybe...hopefully. But either way, this has been a great year. So much so, that I've long since forgotten about the lockout.
Saad was great, Bickell was good and Stalberg had his moments as well. Toews and Hossa also had good games and Kane had a clutch goal, but after Crawford, the rest of the team was pretty mediocre at best. I thought this was one of the worst games from our back end (as a collective group) we've had all year. Hammer was late reacting on the first goal and had another misplay that lead to the penalty. Then Keith, who can't seem to clear a puck to save his life, bungled a clear on the Hammer penalty that lead to the goal. We were awful around our own net in general after the first. Not a pretty game for 40 minutes.
Aside from the bad breakdown that led to the first goal, the first period was very dominant. Saad was a man amongst boys (easily the best player on the ice tonight) and our puck possession, forecheck, and zone penetration were phenomenal. Thankfully we held on and claimed another victory.
It says a lot about this team with how they are able to pull games out versus the last couple of seasons. Those years? We have a very good chance at losing this game. Our defense tried to, but Crawford wouldn't let them give it away.
In 14 games, Crawford has given up 3 goals only twice.
When he has given up goals, most of them have been on shots he has little chance to stop. A lot of goalies would have given up 5 goals easy over the last 2 periods with the chances the Wild had. Crawford bailed us out big time.