It was a wild one between the Chicago Blackhawks and Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, but one player emerged to take control.
Jonathan Toews, the Blackhawks’ captain, scored the natural hat trick, including two goals in the third period, as Chicago completed its comeback with a 6-5 victory over the Senators.
“If you’re a fan and you watch him play tonight, you’re gonna say, ‘Wow.’ That was a special performance,” said Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, as per Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago.
The Blackhawks fell behind by a pair of goals just after the midway point of the second period, which led to back-up Nikolai Khabibulin getting the yank. It’s the second straight game in which the veteran netminder has struggled.
That meant Corey Crawford, who played on Monday, had to come in to relieve Khabibulin.
But while Khabibulin hasn’t necessarily been the Bulin Wall he once was, pinning the Blackhawks’ deficit in this one wouldn’t be right, according to Toews.
“Corey coming in made us realize we have to be better in front of our goaltender, and putting it on Khabby is unfair,” said Toews, as per Myers.
Considering all of the controversy surrounding the 41-game suspension for Raffi Torres, some might have lost track of the guy who received that hit: Jakob Silfverberg.
The good news is that, at the moment, it seems like he’s OK.
The Anaheim Ducks announced that he skated on his own and will be involved in the team’s next practice:
That falls in line with some of the fall-out from the hit, as head coach Bruce Boudreau let out a relieved “thank goodness” at the young forward seemingly dodging a bullet.
Here’s video of the hit and the suspension decision:
Silfverberg, 24, enjoyed a nice breakout in 2014-15, especially during the playoffs.
Keep in mind that injuries can sometimes crop up later than expected, especially potential head injuries/concussions. Still, it seems like the initial reaction is that the damage was minimal.
From the Southampton Press:
Sean Avery, the former National Hockey League player, was arrested by Southampton Village Police last week on two criminal charges.
According to authorities, Mr. Avery was arrested September 30 following a routine traffic stop on Jennings Avenue in the village at about 4:09 p.m. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.
Police said the criminal mischief charge involved an incident the day before, when Mr. Avery allegedly threw objects at passing vehicles.
As for those counts of possession, according to the newspaper, Avery was found to have “two prescription drugs, acetaminophen with oxycodone and roxicodone.”
He was released on $500 bail and ordered to appear in court at a later date.
Did we mention he’s supposed to get married this weekend?