Morning Box Score: Blackhawks Win A Thrilling Game 1
By Chuck Sudo in News on May 1, 2013 2:50PM
Way to put a scare into the city, Blackhawks. Actually, Tuesday night's Stanley Cup playoff opener played out the way many of the team's regular season contests did. Corey Crawford allowed a weak early goal in the first period before steeling down. Marian Hossa knotted the game in the second period on a power play goal and Bryan Bickell was in the right spot at the right time and won the game for Chicago in overtime. The game ultimately became a wonderful contest of goalies between Crawford and Minnesota's Josh Harding, who was pressed into a start and only played in five games since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last November. With echoes of the last time the Blackhawks left the playoffs early after winning the Presidents' Trophy in fans' minds, Game 1 at least is over and the Hawks hold a 1-0 edge. Game 2 is set for Friday at the United Center.
At least both of Our Town's baseball teams had the bright idea to fall behind early so we could focus on the Blackhawks game.
Maybe the White Sox should stop looking for inspiration from Hawk Harrelson's folkisms and actually put forth some effort, because The Will to Win (TWTW) isn't enough. Rangers ace Yu Darvish struck out nine Sox hitters in six innings of work, but was uncharacteristically wild while still earning the win. Darvish walked three and allowed four runs to score. But the Sox' inability to drive in runs cost them again. They were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight runners on base.Dewayne Wise and Adam Dunn homered for the South Siders.
The problem for the Cubs, once again, was pitching and fielding. Edwin Jackson looked as bad as we've ever seen him Tuesday night. he allowed eight runs in 4.2 innings to fall to 0-4 on the season. Carlos Quentin drove in three for the Padres and didn't charge the mound. With the wind blowing out, Luis Valbuena, Starlin Castro, Cody Ransom and David DeJesus homered for the Cubs.