Fly on the Wall: March 31, 2009
Kane wants a do-over
Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane knew that when his coach drew up the game plan for Tuesday night, scoring early was definitely at the top of his list. After seeing Alex Kovalev light the lamp just 25 seconds into the contest, Kane would have loved to call a mulligan on the play.
“They have a pretty good crowd here and we wanted to come in here tonight and take them out of it right away, so having them score on us on the first shift wasn’t exactly the start we wanted. Price played pretty well and made some big saves for them but I thought Huet was good for us, too. We just couldn’t pull out the win.”
Huet likes Carey Price, dislikes goals
After allowing four goals on 29 shots in his first game back at the Bell Centre since being traded to the Capitals in February 2008, Cristobal Huet couldn’t believe his luck. According to Huet, Guillaume Latendresse’s airborne knuckle-puck sealed the deal for his former team just six minutes into the second period.
“They were desperate for points and they scored early again. Price played well and they forechecked hard. We need to avoid those goals – fluke or not fluke – because it seems to happen to us every game lately that there’s a bad bounce or deflection and everything is going against us. That second goal changed the game right there.”
The Blackhawks should unionize
After feeling underwhelmed by the fruits of his labor, Chicago captain Jonathan Toews just wanted a little more reward for his team’s blue-collar effort.
“That’s a puck control team. They like to have it and once you give it up, they’re going to keep it for a while and it’s tough to get it back. It’s frustrating that we’re overworking for nothing and we’ve got to play a smarter game in a lot of ways. We just wasted a lot of energy on the forecheck and not getting anything out of it.”
Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com
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