The Chicago Blackhawks came up with the powerful performance they needed after laying an egg in Dallas, defeating the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale 2-1 on Sunday night.
Corey Crawford stood tall between the pipes, having his best game in a couple weeks. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks got two special teams goals from the blue line; Duncan Keith started the scoring and Chris Campoli’s first goal in a Hawks sweater was the game-winner.
The game was well played by everyone in the road whites on Sunday night. But the victory may ultimately be an epic loss for the Blackhawks.
Patrick Sharp went down in the first period when a defenseman, sliding to block a shot, hit his left knee. The hit didn’t immediately look bad, but Sharp was clearly in a lot of pain. He was helped off the ice by a trainer and Brent Seabrook.
Further review of the play did show his left knee bending in a way that usually isn’t good (read: torn ACL), and his reaction was immediately negative. When coach Joel Quenneville used his long-term worst-case-scenario language (“he’ll be re-evaluated tomorrow”), it became apparent that the Hawks might be in some trouble moving forward.
Ben Smith, who was recalled just prior to the game in case Bryan Bickell was still sick, was demoted immediately following the game.
We’ll find out more on Sharp’s injury today.