The John Scott experiment for the Chicago Blackhawks was nothing but one huge colossal failure. NHL experts around the league kept heralding it as a desperate move and it was exactly that.
Sure, Scott, brought size to the ice but he was just too slow to really be of much use to the Blackhawks as they ended up losing 3-2 and giving the Canucks a 3-0 lead in round 1.
Chicago had plenty of chances though to take this game. Mainly due to the seven power play opportunities they were given. But, of course, Roberto Luongo stepped up when he needed to and made 30 of 32 saves, allowing only two power play goals from Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp. Going 2-7 on the power play hurt the Blackhawks more than anything.
Luongo, as usual, played his performance off as no big deal: “It’s my job, obviously, to make the save at key times. Usually you get an adrenaline boost off that and obviously we were able to turn the tables and get two goals in the second. I was into the game early and into the crowd.”
After Keith started the scoring off in the fist period, Vancouver responded with two back-to-back goals in the second by Christian Ehrhoff and Daniel Sedin. Sharp would later tie it up at 2-2 going into third where Mikael Samuelsson would eventually score the game winner.
Perhaps the biggest story coming from game 3 other than the Canucks being on the verge of sweeping the defending Stanley Cup champions is the hit recently returned from suspension Raffi Torres laid out on Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook. It was almost an exact duplicate of the hit to the head he put on Jordan Eberle that netted him a suspension in the first place.
Most people will argue that Torres deserves another suspension for last night’s hit and I won’t argue with you. Just don’t be surprised if he doesn’t get one. According to Bob McKenzie players are given more leeway in situations that take place behind the net because of the tight space they’re in. It may seem like a loophole but those are the rules.
The Canucks look to complete the four game sweep Tuesday night in Chicago.