If you look at the box score, the story of the New York Islanders beating the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 was all about the Isles scoring two goals in less than one minute.
The Blackhawks view it as a matter of work ethic, though.
Both Jonathan Toews and Dan Carcillo emphasized as much after the loss, which saw the end of Chicago’s eight-game winning streak. Toews praised Scott Darling, but not the team effort, as the Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus reports.
“We just didn’t work for pucks, we didn’t generate chances, we didn’t really make them do things they didn’t want to do,” Toews said.
Carcillo echoed those thoughts:
Still, that two-goal burst also made a big difference, even surpassing a sublime Patrick Kane goal. Here’s video of that duo of goals:
One can argue that the Islanders needed this one the most, as they ended a three-game skid with this win.
The Blackhawks don’t seem too broken up about it, really.
With the Blackhawks holding a comfortable 4-1 lead on the St. Louis Blues Wednesday night, things began to get a little out of hand.
It started with Michal Rozsival delivering an elbow to the head of Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko.
Rozsival was assessed a minor penalty for elbowing on the play.
However, as play went up ice, Blues’ defenseman Barret Jackman began going after Rozsival.
While the play was going up ice, Blackhawks enforcer Dan Carcillo came onto the ice during a legal line change and stepped in for Rozsival.
Carcillo was assessed a misconduct and tossed from the game.
You can see it all unfold here:
The Chicago Blackhawks began their seven-game circus road trip with a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.
The trip is caused by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus taking over the United Center for the next 10 days.
The Blackhawks are 20-9-2 during the yearly trip since coach Joel Quenneville was hired on Oct. 16, 2008. Chicago was 6-1-0 on the trip last season.
Adam Clendening opened the scoring with his first NHL goal. Daniel Carcillo gave Chicago a 2-0 lead before Paul Byron and Dennis Wideman responded for Calgary tying it at 2-2 after one period.
Brent Seabrook and Sean Monahan exchanged second period goals.
Patrick Kane scored the eventual game-winner, his seventh of the season, at 9:12 of the third.
Corey Crawford made 24 saves in the win while Jonas Hiller stopped 18 shots in the loss.