Hockey crime and punishment time for Hawks-Blues

  • Jonathan Toews celebrates his first-period goal with Patrick Kane on Monday.
Jonathan Toews celebrates his first-period goal with Patrick Kane on Monday. (Scott Strazzante / Chicago…)
April 21, 2014|By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi

Could the Blackhawks-Blues series be any more tense? No, we're seriously asking. Between St. Louis captain David Backes getting his head pounded like a pinata and Brent Seabrook's suspension, these teams won't be best friends anytime soon.

Jonathan Toews' early goal stood up Monday thanks to Corey Crawford's 34 saves in a 2-0 shutout at the United Center. Marcus Kruger tacked on an empty-netter, and the Hawks head into Wednesday's game at home trailing the series just two games to one.

In the meantime, several players earned punishments of their own in Game 3 on Monday. 


Crime: Blues defenseman Roman Polak jacks Brandon Bollig in the ribs half a dozen times during a scrum in the corner. Not cool man.
Punishment: Polak must ride a Divvy all the way back to St. Louis. In January.

Crime: Jonathan Toews whips a shot through Ryan Miller’s legs to put the Hawks up 1-0.
Punishment: Next time, he at least has to call the goaltender’s mother after humiliating him like that.

Score: Blackhawks 1, Blues 0


Crime: Blues center Maxim Lapierre goes to the box after shoving Sheldon Brookbank into the corner boards. As soon as he’s out, Polak delivers a cross check.
Punishment: A round each against Brandon Bollig with their hands tied behind their backs ought to knock some sense into them.

Crime: Miller stops Ben Smith’s backhand attempt from in close. Ditto on Toews’ stuff attempt from point-blank range. Then a terrific stop on Hossa at the tail end of a Hawks power play.
Punishment: Miller must volunteer at a homeless shelter for three months. You steal like that, he must learn how it feels to give back.

Score: Blackhawks 1, Blues 0


Crime: Hawks forward Brandon Saad kicks the puck down the ice because he broke was broken and he had to leave it behind.
Punishment: He gets an A for effort, but he’s sentenced to watch 50 hours of World Cup soccer this summer. See how the real pros do it.

Crime: Corey Crawford with the shutout.
Punishment: The Hawks goaltender must go to his room and think about what he’s done. So he can do that the next time. 

Final score: Blackhawks 2, Blues 0

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