Originally posted on NBC Chicago  |  Last updated 12/6/11
If you want a lesson in why I hate the shootout and why any self-respecting hockey fan hates it, then Monday night was the perfect one. The NHL seems to think that everyone needs a result. That everything has to have closure, and it can't have that without a "defined" winner or loser. But that's total bull roar. The Hawks fell into the same bear trap they did last week against Phoenix. They tried to be too cute through the neutral zone, were sloppy in their own end and paid for it. Oh, and they got some more comedic goaltending. One goal came off Steve Montador blowing a tire and Sean O'Donnell misplaying a 2-on-1. The second came off the simply never-before-seen blind drop pass into your own corner by Duncan Keith. That looked like a video game glitch. Yes, Crawford was too easily skated around, but he never should have been in that position. This nonsense was capped off early in the 2nd with a turnover compounded by Corey Crawford moving side to side about as well as Chief Wiggum,...
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