Blackhawks finally win a shootout, top Blue Jackets

Cristobal Huet stopped 48 shots and made Jonathan Toews' goal in the shootout stand up to lead the Blackhawks to a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night. Full Story
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paul

Mississauga, Canada

#1 Nov 1, 2008
If it wasn't for an outstanding game by Huet we would have been blown out of the rink in the second period. He saved our bacon in all 3 periods and the shoot out. We were outworked, outplayed and out coached tonight. I know it is back to back games but that doesn't account for the lack of discipline and our continuous visits to the penalty box. I thought Nash was the best player on the ice tonight and his work on the Jackets shortie was a move Gretzki perfected, carry the puck in forcing the checker to go deep stop and turn and when then use the teammate following the play to create a 2 on 1 situation. Toews played better tonight but he is snake bitten as far as goal scoring. When he gets his first he will break out big time.
We needed a road win but I wish it had been one we really deserved because tonights win was sheer luck.

Since: Oct 08

Eau Claire, WI

#2 Nov 1, 2008
A great win! The pk looked great. I'll tell you Huet played a great game. He is a bit weak with the glove but his lateral movement was outstanding, taking away low shot after low shot. He gets an A grade from me. 48 saves and 3 in a shootout is outstanding in any hockey game. That's a lot of shots to give up. And that doesn't count all the blocked shots by the D men. The team certainly can't give up that many too often or losses are going to be the result.
MI hawk fan

Howell, MI

#3 Nov 1, 2008
Wow, talk about "winning ugly"!! I hate to be so negative but it didn't even have the feel of a win. They got outhustled the entire game. Yes I know Columbus was well rested & the Hawks just came off a big win but if I didn't know better I'd think they were a bunch of old men like me. Huet...pretty much if the puck doesn't hit him it's going in the net, is it possible he needs glasses?(or a contract year) Either way 2 points is 2 points & I know the team is happy to get out of there with that. Here's to hoping Monday night they look a little more alive!!(and Khabi starts) Let's go HAWKS!

Since: Oct 08

Eau Claire, WI

#4 Nov 1, 2008
MI hawk fan: Respectfully, that is the idea of goaltending: let the puck hit you and stop it. Seriously, I have coached high school and Junior goalies for many years and that is what the job entails. Controlling the puck after it hits a part of your body/equipment is the next thing you do Getting your body parts in front of the shot is what a good goalie does. I get what you are saying: you don't think he is very good. He played a very good game in my opinion. GO HAWKS!
Tony

Nobleton, FL

#5 Nov 1, 2008
It wasn't pretty.You take the 2 points no mater how you got it and leave town...This team is night and day between road and home..51 shots on Huet one was bound to get through the five hole..He looked great in the SO however. At least JT is scoring on his SO attempts.GO HAWKS!!
Tony

Nobleton, FL

#6 Nov 1, 2008
Chico:I don't think Huet is much more than a C+ goalie imo. He's definately not a textbook type and he's sloppy but i'll give him credit for his work tonite...
MI hawk fan

Howell, MI

#7 Nov 1, 2008
Huet did look great in the shootout & 51 shots is getting peppered I'll give him that much, but from what I see Huet has no confidence, looks extremely lost most of the time(based on all his starts this season)His positioning was suspect several times during this game, that's why he's diving from side to side(when he does decide to move that is). Columbus' tying goal he NEVER even moved his body....just sort of waved at the puck with his glove arm as it flew by him into the net....One of their tips(Columbus) that went off the post he followed the deflection perfectly with his head yet AGAIN never moved his body to react at all. On one saved shot he gloved the puck...& then dropped it right in front of him, good thing an opposing player wasn't standing there. He Lost his stick at least twice because of wild dives to the far side of the net from being out of position, plus when the puck does hits him a good percentage of the time he leaves a rebound right in the crease. I could go on bashing him but I've made my point. Don't take me wrong, I'd love him to be the 2nd reincarnation of Tony O. but I'm calling it as I see it & got to believe Khabi would of won this game without a shootout. Of course keep in mind that Khabi's pride was hurt in the offseason & it is a contract year for him also....now that's some motivation to play well.
MI hawk fan

Howell, MI

#8 Nov 1, 2008
Tony wrote:
Chico:I don't think Huet is much more than a C+ goalie imo. He's definately not a textbook type and he's sloppy but i'll give him credit for his work tonite...
Totally agreed & maybe C+ is too high.
eddie shore

United States

#9 Nov 1, 2008
Khabbi for the games and huet for shootouts. Huet has a tendendency to go down to quickly . Split the the load get to the playoffs and ride a healthy khabbi I wonder what team was working on shootouts in practice ? It works both ways because Huet shut em down as well.
Jacob

New York, NY

#10 Nov 1, 2008
I love to see Brent Seabrook with 3 goals so far this season. Scoring production out of a stay-at-home defenseman like him is such a bonus. Campbell makes the whole D more productive. The Blackhawks Big 3 on D (Seabrook, Campbell, and Keith) can compete with any other D group in the league.

“COMMIT TO THE INDIAN”

Since: Oct 08

Naperville

#11 Nov 1, 2008
Huet did play a good game, I did not like the 3rd goal that was given up. But that goal was more on the d. The overall game was sloppy. Too many penalities, too many defensive mistakes. At least after Monday nights game the Hawks will have a week of practice under coach Q and he can start to incorporate his style.

I would really like to see the D play better, Toews score, less penalities, and to continue to win. They now have 3 points less than the wings, and are tied with nashville.
paul

Mississauga, Canada

#12 Nov 2, 2008
MI hawk fan wrote:
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Totally agreed & maybe C+ is too high.
MI HAWK FAN AND TONY... when the opposing team gets 51 shots on goal and you still win the goalie has done his job. My point would be why in the heck were we so badly outplayed that we gave up 51 shots. To say we would have won the game without a shootout if Khabby played doesn't make sense, Huet had 48 saves and on one of the goals he gave up the shooter used Campbell as a screen so that goal wasn't Huet's mistake. Without Huet playing the way he did tonight we would have been buried in the second period. I thought we played a terrible game and won through plain old luck. What a letdown after the way we handled Dallas. We have some tough games coming up in the next 2 weeks and if we play like we did tonight we are going to be eaten alive. Don't misunderstand me guys I am not quitting on the team but when they lay down a clunker you got to tell it like it was.
paul

Mississauga, Canada

#13 Nov 2, 2008
Tim - Hockey Rules wrote:
Huet did play a good game, I did not like the 3rd goal that was given up. But that goal was more on the d. The overall game was sloppy. Too many penalities, too many defensive mistakes. At least after Monday nights game the Hawks will have a week of practice under coach Q and he can start to incorporate his style.
I would really like to see the D play better, Toews score, less penalities, and to continue to win. They now have 3 points less than the wings, and are tied with nashville.
My sentiments exactly. What did you think of Nash tonight? When he played his junior up here in London he dominated. The guy is a horse.
Tony

Nobleton, FL

#14 Nov 2, 2008
I didn't say it was pretty and 2 pts. is 2 pts....I don't like Huets game period. Hasek wasn't a pretty goalie and his carreer turned out alright.Look I hope the dude takes us to the promise land but it doesn't mean I have to like the way he plays.Other fans complain about Buff,Ladd,Barker,Sopel ect ect and will no matter how well they do. I did give credit where credit was due. To me his overall goalie play is a average. LA,Mont. and Wash. took a pass on him he had a great stretch run last year and I once again place that in the i'm in the last year of my contract category ...Sorry for the rant I'll get off my soap box now..
MI hawk fan

Howell, MI

#15 Nov 2, 2008
Paul, The season still has a long way to go so I guess we'll see how Huet pans out. For the love of the Hawks I hope I'm wrong.....but I got an awful bad feeling this won't be the last time I'm scared by Huet's goaltending. How many of those scary games will end up in the W column....I guess we'll see now won't we because they're not going to quit playing him.
paul

Mississauga, Canada

#16 Nov 2, 2008
MI hawk fan wrote:
Paul, The season still has a long way to go so I guess we'll see how Huet pans out. For the love of the Hawks I hope I'm wrong.....but I got an awful bad feeling this won't be the last time I'm scared by Huet's goal tending. How many of those scary games will end up in the W column....I guess we'll see now won't we because they're not going to quit playing him.
TONY AND MI: I hope that last night was the start of something good for Huet. If it was a flash in the pan and the guy tanks we are dead. The sports networks up here are calling Huet Khabby's backup and if true that ain't good. Tony he did look like he was doing some Hasek things last night, losing the stick etc. Please don't get off the soap box TONY was want fans that are passionate and that's why it is great to share a blog with you guys.
Regards
Paul.

Since: Oct 08

Eau Claire, WI

#17 Nov 2, 2008
I gave him an A for that specific game! I never said he wqas Brodeur or Luongo or Backstrom who generally bring their A game with them every night. Believe me there is a whole lot more to goaltending than we realize. I have spent over 40 years as a player in youth, HS and college and as coach and goalie coach studying the strange and generally unknown world of a hockey goalie. I have been too every clinic I could go to and read every book out there on the position from Jacques Plante to Warren Streahlow to Francois Allaire to Jim Corsi to Mitch Korn. I have read Goalie's World magazine for years published in Montreal and edited by Gilles Moffat. One goalie I coached is now in net at the Air Force Academy. I have a son who has a great chance to play Juniors if he decides to. I'm just a dumb old coach who hangs around hockey rinks for 6 months of the year. I am just learning, believe me.

Since: Oct 08

Eau Claire, WI

#18 Nov 2, 2008
And I am not saying that Huet is the answer. He sure was last night! I'm all for Khabby playing.
Tony

Nobleton, FL

#19 Nov 2, 2008
The Columbus anouncers were harpin on how bad his glove hand is...Hey, as long as he stops the puck who gives a crap.right?..Chico:Did you hang with Ken Dryden at all? Gilles Meloche? Just kidding my friend...haha.

Since: Oct 08

Eau Claire, WI

#20 Nov 2, 2008
Tony : I hung with Bill Durnan and Charlie Gardiner back in the 30's and 40's. They were great guys and they taught me a lot. Drank too much though for me. Hey Tony: Back when I played I used to always have a sun burned red looking area on the back of my neck, even in the winter. I went to the doctor and he asked me if I played hockey? I said yes. Then he asked me if I was a goalie? I said yes I was. He paused and said he had seen this mystery ailment before. He told me it was from red lights behind the goal going on constantly. It was nice that I at least gotten a diagnosis from him. I learned to then wear a turtleneck for protection from the red light heat.

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