Gist on Ice: Blackhawk Playoffs Game 1: Hawks 3 Flames 2

April 16, 2009 | Comments (0) | by Arcturus

Let me preface this post by saying that if gay marriage were legal in Illinois, I'd probably be Mrs. Marty Havlat right now.

After a sluggish first period in which the Blackhawks were clearly dominated by the Calgary Flames, the youngsters turned their game up a notch and started returning some of the punishment the more experienced Flames were dishing out. The Hawks also began using their superior speed, evening up the playing field.

Calgary got on the board in the first period with a goal from David Moss. The Blackhawks would tie the score on a long shot from Cam Barker in the second. Calgary scored again early in the third period, with Mike Cammalleri pushing one past Russian studnik Nikolai Khabibulan. Things were looking dicey as the third period wound down when Martin Havlat scored the Hawks' second goal off of Calagary keeper Mikka Kiprusoff to send the game to overtime. 12 seconds into overtime, Havlat would score again, securing the Blackhawks first postseason win since 2002.

If Marty Havlat could pitch effective lefty relief for the Cubs, I would marry his scruffy ass.