Antti Niemi, Blackhawks Win Final Four Heading To Olympic Break

February 14th, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
If players had stock like companies, Troy Brouwer's is at an all-time high.

Brouwer recorded an unofficial Gordie Howe hat trick on Sunday afternoon: he had an assist on Jake Dowell's goal in the second period and scored the game-winner in the fourth round of the shootout after being hit for 19 penalty minutes after beating poor Anton Stralman to a pulp. He now has 31 points on the season, already a career high.

Brouwer was issued 19 penalty minutes after Stralman took a (clean) shot at Patrick Kane in open ice. It appeared that the two players knocked knees, and Kane was slow to get up. Just one night after watching Marian Hossa go down to a hard hit in traffic, Brouwer stepped up for his teammate and dropped the gloves. He earned all 19 minutes.

Kane would return and scored the Hawks' first goal in the shootout. He appeared to be OK after the hit.

Dowell, who replaced Hossa in the line-up, had both an assist and his first NHL goal this season to earn the game's third star. His stock, if there was any before the game on Sunday, is clearly up.

On the opposite end of the spectrum was Kris Versteeg. He played only 4:54 in th ...

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