The Chicago Blackhawks may not be at peak-level right now, but they’re still a tough team to finish off.
For most of Friday’s game, it seemed like the story would be about John Gibson possibly elbowing into the Anaheim Ducks’ No. 1 role, continuing that franchise carousel.
Instead, it was about yet another tremendous comeback for Chicago, as the Blackhawks scored two goals in the final two minutes of the third period to erase a 2-0 deficit. Artem Anisimov than scored the OT GWG.
Stunning stuff … though definitely not unprecedented.
For the Ducks, it’s yet another gut punch, one that makes you wonder how they’d fare in another playoff series against Chicago (if they can even get there … a big if).
The gloom only seems to lift from the Tampa Bay Lightning’s cloudy season in small drizzles.
Sure, they’re on a three-game winning streak, but the Washington Capitals seem to be on the verge of ending that with a thud (they’re currently up 3-0 going into the third period).
Update: Washington managed a 4-2 win, giving the Capitals a four-game winning streak.
That’s the least of the Bolts’ concerns right now, really, as Tyler Johnson left Friday’s game seemingly injured.
The word seemingly comes into play because details are scarce, as reporters note.
/ominous music plays
If you look at Tampa Bay’s upcoming schedule, things could get downright stormy.
They face the Islanders at home, but they do so tomorrow so they won’t be well-rested. It gets worse from there.
Dec. 2 – 6: Three-game road trip against the California teams
Dec. 10 – 12: Two home games (one vs. Ottawa, one vs. Washington)
Dec. 14-18: Another three-game road trip
Long story short, they close up a back-to-back set at home tomorrow and then play six of eight on the road.
/even more ominous music
The end of 2015 looks friendlier, but for a team that seems to be cratering here and there … things look a bit morbid.
We’ll see if they can keep fighting, perhaps with a comeback tonight?
Here’s an easy way to remember how to spell Shayne Gostisbehere’s maddening last name (and even his first name can trip you up).
Ghost-is-be-here, without the h.
Not too bad, right?
If you’re more of the slogan type, it’s getting to be the point where “Tough to spell, tougher to stop” may be a pretty good one-liner.
The Philadelphia Flyers phenom has made a habit of scoring overtime game-winning goals on the power play lately. Friday’s version was the decisive tally in a 3-2 OT win against the Nashville Predators, which you can watch up top.
As you can see in comparing that goal with the one below (which made the difference against the Carolina Hurricanes), opposing coaches may want to make it a point to emphasize stopping this setup, even if it means writing “Don’t let that Ghost kid free.”
All three of his goals are on the power play so far.
Will he breathe life back into the Flyers’ man advantage at this rate?
The goalie interference penalty called on Brad Marchand late in Friday’s Thanksgiving Showdown didn’t sit well with the Bruins.
Marchand, whistled after making contact with New York’s Henrik Lundqvist midway through the third, said he thought “it was a bit of a weak call,” adding “[Lundvqist’s] out of the crease, and he lightly gets touched.”
While Marchand took issue with the call, his head coach took issue with King Henrik.
(In Julien’s defense, Lundqvist does have a pretty lengthy IMDB page.)
The interference penalty was nearly disastrous for the Bruins, as J.T. Miller scored on the ensuing power play to given the Blueshirts a 3-2 edge.
So, to recap: Today’s game had the Beleskey hit on Stepan, the Marchand-Lundqvist theatrics and a dramatic come-from-behind victory for Boston.
And so, to answer your next question:
These two teams next meet on Monday, Jan. 11, at MSG.