Cristobal Huet, Chicago Blackhawks Have Been at Their Worst vs. Columbus

March 27th, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
On Thursday night, the Blackhawks got blown out in Columbus by a Blue Jackets team that sits at the bottom of the Central Division. On paper, the Jackets are terrible. Against the Blackhawks this year, not so much.

For a team that’s been offensively challenged all year, Columbus has given the Blackhawks fits.

On Dec. 1, the Blackhawks needed 11 rounds of a shootout to finally defeat the Jackets 4-3. In that contest, Cristobal Huet allowed three goals on 23 shots (.870 save percentage).

On Jan. 14, Huet shut out the Jackets on 24 shots. Two days later, on Jan. 16, the Blackhawks needed two late goals from Jonathan Toews to hold off the Jackets 6-5. In that game, Huet allowed five goals on 26 shots (.808 save percentage).

A month later on Feb. 14, the Hawks again needed a shootout to beat the struggling Jackets. This time, in a 5-4 victory, Antti Niemi got the start and allowed four goals on 28 shots (.857 save percentage).

Then came Thursday, when Niemi allowed one goal on five shots (.800 save percentage) and Huet allowed seven goals on 27 shots (.741 save percentage) in an awful 8-3 loss.

The Jackets are ...

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