Saturday, December 22, 2007
Blackhawks chop down Senators in OT!
Tonight offered a rare look at the Chicago Blackhawks as they paid a visit to the capital city of Canada for a duel with the Ottawa Senators.
Calder favorite Jonathan Towes (13) took a pass from Patrick Sharp and slid the puck past Ray Emery in overtime to give Chicago the 4-3 decision.
The winning shot was set by a Chris Phillips miscue,as Phillips misplayed a pass and basically put the puck on Sharp's stick to set the scene for the game winner.
The Towes goal was one of his three points of the evening and showed why he is the current favorite for Rookie of the year in a all around excellent outing for the Winnipeg native.
Chicago scored a goal in every period of the game with Martin LaPointe (2) doing the honors in the 1st,while the second and third goals each were scored on the power play with Brent Seabrook (3) and Patrick Sharp (17) lighting the lamp.
All and all,this was a fun game to watch and the Blackhawks seem to have things finally on the right path to developing a power in the future.................
The Cleveland Browns can clinch a playoff berth today in Cincinnati with a win over the Bengals.
On paper,the Browns look like the are in pretty good shape against the porous Bengal defense,but think back 14 weeks ago to the first encounter between these teams.
The Bengals were the favorite and the highly thought of team and the Browns win was considered an upset.
That game was the turning point for Cincinnati in a disappointing season that was expected to be a playoff year for them,so I think they could come ready to play and attempt to spoil the Browns playoff hopes.
Cleveland could clinch even with a loss,if Tennessee would lose to the Jets.
Our Pick:Browns 31-21
The Seattle Seahawks return home after a disheartening road loss to the Carolina Panthers.
The Hawks don't really have much to play for as they cannot get a first round bye,yet cannot lose their already clinched first round home game.
The visitors from Baltimore will be starting rookie QB Troy Smith,have injuries on defense and judging by their efforts the last few weeks,may have already mailed their season in.
Our Pick:Seahawks 24-10
Hawks-Sean Kilpatrick-Canadian Press