Sunday, March 27, 2016

Ladd, Darling, Help Blackhawks Snuff Out Flames, 4-1

Andrew Ladd's 3 points, (2G 1A), lead the Chicago Blackhawks past the Calgary Flames, 4-1, for a much needed two points.  Scott Darling shined with 31 saves, Marcus Kruger made his

The 1st period resulted in no scoring, gritty play from both teams, 9 shots a piece, and great play by both goalies.

In the 2nd, a careless, cross-ice pass by TJ Brodie, was picked off by Andrew Ladd who skated in and beat Flames goalie, Joni Ortio, for a 1-0 Hawks lead.  Half way through the period, the Flames took advantage of two shanked shots by brothers, Freddie Hamilton and Dougie Hamilton, to get the equalizer.  Freddie shanked a shot, which went straight to Dougie, who shanked his shot, that fluttered to the the top corner of the net.  With :49 left in the period, Andrew Shaw scored on a neat deflection off of a Michal Rozsival shot to head the Hawks into the locker room with a 2-1 lead.

The 3rd period was all about Darling again as he continued to make save after save.  With the goalie pulled for Calgary, Ladd stripped the puck and got the empty-netter, his 2nd unassisted goal of the night, to make it, 3-1.  A minute later, still with the goalie pulled, Teuvo Teravainen, added an empty-net goal of his own to put the game away, 4-1.

Notable Mentions:  Marcus Kruger made his return to the Hawks lineup tonight.  He played 13:38 and won 50% of his draws.  Andrew Shaw's goal tonight gives him goals in his last 3 games played.  all 3 goals, even strength.  Patrick Kane assisted on Teravainen's empty net goal, giving him 93 points on the season.  The Blackhawks' win tonight, keeps them 2 points ahead of the Nashville Predators, for the 3rd spot in the Central Division.

Three Stars Of The Game
1st - CHI - Scott Darling - 31 Saves, .969 SV%
2nd - CAL - Joni Ortio - 23 Saves, .920 SV%
3rd - CHI - Andrew Shaw - 1G, 3 shots

Next game: Sunday, March 27th, Away vs. Vancouver Canucks, 7PM CT

Previous games between Chicago and Vancouver:
Chicago Blackhawks - 3 at Vancouver Canucks - 6, 11/21/15 
Vancouver Canucks - 0 at Chicago Blackhawks - 4, 12/13/15


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