Emery’s 1st Shutout in Chicago….and Iginla??

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -Ray Emery picked up his first shutout as a Chicago Blackhawk and his first whitewash in over three years with a 2-0 victory over Calgary. In his last start versus the Flames, Emery had a tremendous effort stopping 45 of 47 shots. On Tuesday night Emery was sharp but wasn’t heavily tested. Calgary managed only 16 shots on goal as the Blackhawks halted their two game losing streak.For whatever reason, the Hawks have more trouble with Calgary than they should. Tuesday night they should have scored more than two goals as they dominated the action but never pulled away.

Nick Leddy scored early in the opening period on a shot Miikka Kiprusoff should have saved. The Flames netminder is having a rough season but Tuesday night he kept his club in the contest. The Hawks second goal came off of a Brent Seabrook shot which was deflected and Kiprusoff couldn’t be faulted.

Patrick Kane had the puck on his stick a lot and was credited with two assists. Kane keeps plugging away and is having his finest season as a Blackhawk. Currently Kane is ranked fifth in scoring with 41 points, only two behind second place Steven Stamkos.

The Hawks controlled the puck most of the game and fired 35 shots on goal. Including 12 blocks and seven misses, Chicago got off 54 shots.

The Blackhawks power play was held scoreless in four attempts. Since Marian Hossa has been hurt the Hawks have scored only one power play goal.
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  1. Dave Morris says:

    Al, thanks for your article.

    IMHO one of the Hawks’ most pressing need looking ahead to the playoffs, would be a d-man solid enough to fill in anywhere in the lineup, especially if injuries occur. Robyn Regehr stands out among pending UFA Ds. Derek Morris has one year left, but could also be a fit if PHX chooses to shop him.

    In terms of forwards, again, an experienced, physical guy is never a bad acquisition. Given his PP and leadership quality, I have no problem with Iginla if the price is right. Ditto Jagr, Clowe, Ray Whitney, again, if the deal is reasonable.

    The Hawks have plenty of skill, but the question in my mind, is whether they can withstand the usual long-term pounding during the post-season.

    Ray Shero has accomplished those tasks for PIT, and some might say he has ‘overpaid’, but it’s all about generating playoff revenue. So, to a certain extent, the end justifies the means.

    What we do know is that the rumor mill will serve up all kinds of stuff from now through April 3.

    Keep up the excellent work!