Something was very right for the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. Maybe it was the presence of Mr. T in the United Center, or maybe it was just the team they were playing. Whatever it was, the Blackhawks once again held off a third straight loss in their 2-0 win over the Calgary Flames.
The defense was on display in the game, with both goals scored by the two of the Blackhawks’ best defensemen, Nick Leddy and Brent Seabrook. They each scored their goals in the first two periods, with Leddy picking up his fifth goal of the season and Seabrook scoring the game winner. Not to be outdone was Ray Emery, who made 17 saves in the shutout. Emery recorded his first shutout not only for the season but in three years as well, and he extended his NHL record win streak to 12-0-0.
On the offense, Patrick Kane made his presence felt yet again, picking up an assist on both goals for 41 points in 32 games. Those assists also extended his personal point streak to seven games and gave him his 11th multi-point game of the season. He also made several choice passes that could’ve extended the Blackhawks’ score if they’d connected.
The big highlight of the game wasn’t the shutout or Leddy’s and Seabrook’s goals, it was the “Shoot the Puck” contest during the second intermission. Mr. T promised that the outcome of his shot would be “pain” and made good on it, sinking the puck through the middle slot on his third try. He didn’t make it in the second round, but that was the fault of those who made him take it. He told them he was done, and they should’ve listened. Needless to say, he pities both the puck and those fools for ignoring him.