The final spot in the playoffs will be determined by the final game between the Dallas Stars and the Phoenix Coyotes. Canada will have a lone contender in the Montreal Canadiens. So many Canadian players and only one team to vie for the Cup. My Chicago Blackhawks, who burnt up the ice in the beginning, find themselves in sixth position with the San Jose Sharks and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Time for them to take another look at their motto. The Penguins and Hawks have been a sad disappointment in the end, and should have been higher up in the ranks. Difficult for me to predict the winner. My hopes are for the Hawks to take two in a row, but St Louis, who many touted as the winner, and I said, No Way Jose! could prove me wrong, Oh how I hate to be wrong! Time will tell, and I have no prediction.
The Chicago Blackhawks’ motto says so in their dressing room. Now I am waiting for them to prove it. The Hawks were on top for quite some time, but have slipped into 6th position. I laughed at people who told me the St Louis Blues will take the Stanley Cup – - well they are - in first spot, But there is time yet, and things can change in a few games. I am a person that does not put much stalk in home game advantage, so I will not base any predictions on home game stats. It appears that the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens will make the playoffs, but that probably is it for Canadian teams. My Hawks are not playing up to standard right now, but I am still confident that they will be a big contender. Perhaps they will all read their MOTTO and play it from there.
It took 11 rounds before Ben Smith clinched a 2-1 win for the Chicago Blackhawks over the Dallas Stars on Friday night. It was the 5th straight win for the Hawks, who remain on top of the standings with 42 points. There was a lot of action in the game, but obviously not a lot of scoring and the shootout added the drama. Until this point all our Canadian teams have 31 points or less while the Hawks sit on top with 44, so I at least have My Hawks as a solid contender for Stanley.
The only thing the Toronto Maple Leafs got from holding the Buffalo Sabres was three trips to the penalty box. Toronto was leading 2-1 going into the third, but Luke Adam scored for the Sabres with 1:05 left in the second. There were no goals in the third and regulation ended 2-2. 38 seconds into OT Christian Ehrhoff settled the score at 3-2 for Buffalo. The win ended a 5 game losing streak for the Sabres.
Jets Lacked Luster by Momma Gouche The only Jet that showed any desire to win the game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night was Ondrej Pavelec. He played the best he could; while his mates gave him little backup. Scott Hartnell opened the scoring for the Flyers 48 seconds into the first period and Sean Couturier scored a shorthanded goal 5 minutes into the second. Michael Frolick put the Jets on board in the third, but that was just enough to rob Steve Mason of a shutout.
The Chicago Black Hawks had a slow start on Wednesday night, but @ 9;42 of the third the Patricks took over. Patrick Kane got 2 goals and Patrick sharp got another to lead the Hawks to a 3-2 win. Antti Raanta made 20 saves as his first start with Chicago. The Hawks take over 1st spot in the points standing. This could be a repeat performance for Chicago.
The Winnipeg Jets beat the New York Islanders 3-2 on Wednesday night. Mark Stuart, Andrew Ladd and Devin Setoguchi scored in the second before Andrew MacDonald put the Islanders on the score board. John Tavares got New York’s second goal in the third, but the Jets held off the slumping Islanders, for the win. The Islanders have lost four games in a row and have only 19 points. Winnipeg has 28 points and have 13 teams behind them. There is lots to go yet. Good luck Jets!