Al Cimaglia | Apr 10, 2013 | Comments 1
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -Ray Emery picked up his third shutout in his last five games and the Blackhawks recorded their 30th win by defeating Minnesota 1-0.This was a very efficient effort by the Hawks but they had a few missteps early in the third period. Emery wasn’t tested often but he was solid and stood tall when there was a lack of focus by his teammates. For the most part the Wild chased the Hawks and couldn’t sustain much pressure.It’s not easy to score in the NHL, especially so when there isn’t any power play success. It took an awful turnover by defenseman Clayton Stoner which led to a low hard slap shot from the top of the slot by Marian Hossa. That was all the scoring as the Blackhawks continue to play with a purpose.
Patrick Sharp returned after missing 14 games with a shoulder injury. Sharp looked good and was credited with five shots on goal. Sharp’s five shots were the most by any player in the game except for Jonathan Toews who matched the same total.
Without Sharp, the Chicago power play has gone cold and even with him in the lineup the Hawks were 0-2 with the man advantage. What has saved the day is some outstanding penalty killing. The PK unit has gone on a long successful run dating back to a March 16 game versus Dallas.
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