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Shaw-Zam! Diggin for Oil!



A "Shaw-Zam" goes out to Andrew Shaw who scored his 4th goal of the season (his first GWG) that was set up by gritty play by both O-du-ya and Bicks. But it wasn't all good for Shaw. He wasn't feeling too good on the bench after taking a spear right to the family jewels from James Wisniewski. Shaw, who has a reputation growing of being pesky was in a tussel with Wisniewski in the Blue Jackets' goal crease. It was at that point that Shaw delivered a cross-check right to Wisniewski's back, certainly enough to upset anybody. So Wisniewski's repsonse was to jab Shaw in the family jewels. (I suppose that's one way to clear the crease.) It's going to be interesting to see if the league wants to look at this one. Wisniewski has a history with the league office and no, I don't buy that it was an accident. Wisniewski seems to give a pretty hard jab with his stick, not just an accidental shot. Whether or not there is any more punishment for Wisniewski, there was plenty of punishment for Shaw. But a game-winning goal will probably help take away some of the sting. Here is a link to the video of theattack on the Shaw's family jewels:

Now for tonight's action!

Tonight, marks the last game of a seven game homestand for the Mighty Blackhawks and is the beginning of a nine-game, 17-day road trip for the Edmonton Oilers as they come into the Madhouse on Madison. For the spectators of the game, tonight's game promises to be a game of speed and talent as the Oilers are branding themselves similar to the Hawks. The Oilers are a team built on speed and their puck movement and their power play are exceptional. The Hawks can't afford to make the same mistakes made against Columbus last night (e.g. Kaner turnovers and penalties (5)). Additionally, both the Crow and Razor have struggled versus the Oilers, with Crow compiling a 5.75 gaa over the past three meetings, losing two starts and Razor has surrendered 10 goals on 40 shots over his two appearances, losing his only start against the Oilers. On the positive, the beloved Blackhawks have momentum and I truly believe that this Blackhawk team is faster than perhaps any Hawk team in years, including the slightly bigger, more physical 2010 Cup Team. The Blackhawks will have to skate hard for 60 minutes and play smater tonight if they want to keep the streak alive.

Below are the NHL Rankings of the two teams:

Oilers 7-7-3 17pts:

Goals for: 2.24 (27)

Goals against: 2.65 (16)

PP%: 23.7 (7)

PK%: 87.5 (4)

Blackhawks 15-0-3 33pts:

Goals for: 3.11 (4)

Goals against : 1.78 (1)

PP%: 17.3 (14)

PK%: 89.6 (2)

Did you know:

1) The Blackhawks have lost the last three meetings with the Oilers.

2) With last night's shuout, his secon of the season, The Crow is Crawford is 8-0-3 with a 1.50 gaa.

3) Hammer was very good last night against Columbus and was credited with six blocked shots.

Tonight's expected Hawks lineup


Saad Tazer Hossa

Sharpie Krugs Kaner

Bicks Shaw Stalberg

Carbomb Meyer Frolik


Seabs Keith

Hammer O-do-ya

Rozsival Leddy


The Crow


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