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Chicago Blackhawks Need A Taste Of Home

Posted by sportsmaven on February 15, 2007

The Chicago Blackhawks are desperate for some home cooking. Ending a 7 game road trip, the Hawks rolled in to Pittsburgh to play perhaps the hottest team in the NHL, the Pittsburgh Penguins and came away with a shootout loss tonight, 5-4 at Mellon Arena. The Hawks fought and battled, but Pittsburgh was a bit too tough tonight. Pittsburgh is the hottest team in the NHL right now. They won yet again without any goal scoring from the NHL’s leading scorer, Sidney Crosby.

Blackhawks Lose to Penguins 5-4
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

For the Blackhawks, it’s good to see guys like Patrick Sharp and Martin St. Pierre get on the board. They will need strong play from players like that to move to the next level. I would love to see Patrick Sharp get more playing time. If Sharp gets ice time, I feel he will play more aggressive and start to realize some of his massive potential. I believe one player that hasn’t stepped up this season is Tuomo Ruutu. Ruutu was expected to have a breakout season, but was sidelined early once again with an injury and is fighting to get back to form. If the Hawks are to show drastic improvement, Ruutu will need to fulfill his potential as a player. Does Tuomo have what it takes? Only time will tell…..

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