Saturday, January 17, 2009

Rangers Vs. Black Hawks 1/16/2009

So, as many hockey fans know, the New York Rangers and the Chicago Black Hawks played last night in Chicago. This was probably one of the most annoying games in the season. The game was interrupted constantly. The referees kept making calls for hooking, slashing, fighting, misconduct and many more. Most of these calls, upon review of the take, were not noticeable even. The Rangers played with a penalty for a total of about 32 minutes. That means, the Black Hawks had more than half the game as at least a power play. The Black Hawks racked up about 21 minutes of penalties. It is unbelievable that the Rangers pulled off a win.
Drury (23) and Dubinsky (17) scored the goals of the game for the rangers. Jonathan Toews (19) scored the first goal of the game for Chicago. Kris Versteeg (32) and Brian Campbell (51) got the assist on that goal. It was a tip in. This put the rangers down one for the rest of the period and some of the second. Drury scored on a power play at 06:24 in the 2nd period and tied up the game. Michal Roszival (3) and Scott Gomez (19) got the assists on that goal. In the 3rd period, Brandon Dubinsky scored an amazing goal thanks to Lauri Korpikoski (29) and Nikolai Zherdev (13) at 07:58. This goal was truly unbelievable, Korpikoski is heading down the right side of Nikolai Khabibulin (39) and ends up falling while faking the shot so that he passes it latterally to Dubinsky who takes the shot on the empty space scoring the goal. Chicago tied it up after a power play goal by Brent Seabrook (7) assisted by Cam Barker (25) and Johnathan Toews. There were no other goals in regulation. The tied game went into overtime and led to a power play goal by non other than Chris Drury. At 02:23 in to OT, Drury scored on a power play assisted by Wade Redden and Michal Roszival. This ended the game.
Another good thing about the game, besides the win for the New York Rangers, was that the stadium recorded 22,624 people in attendance. That is the highest number in attendance at a Black Hawks game for a long time. It is great to see that a great sport like hockey could still attract so many fans. Lately, these numbers have been falling, but seeing this just brings hope to fans that hockey still has a chance.

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