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Shots on Goal: Crawford vs Luongo Olympic Showdown

Shots on Goal: Crawford vs Luongo Olympic Showdown

So this whole writing thing is not easy. Saturday night brought the Stanley Cup Champs into town, filled with a lineup of all stars, and left me drawing a blank on what to say …

Rogers arena before the NHL game featuring the Vancouver Canucks against the Chicago Blackhawks on November 23, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Clint Trahan/InGoal Magazine)

Rogers arena before the NHL game featuring the Vancouver Canucks against the Chicago Blackhawks on November 23, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Clint Trahan/InGoal Magazine)

… The thing with shooting sports for me, is that while I am in tune with the specific moments of action, the running game stories elude me.  My brain is constantly evaluating the frames I am creating; What I like and dislike about the way I am currently shooting, what worked and isn’t working, WHY, and how to improve for the next one. Oh, without missing anything that is currently happening. I still cannot believe how fast the NHL moves at times.

Teams like the Blackhawks with the depth of skill and experience they have, magnify this entire experience. Since this was my first chance shooting Chicago, I was excited to say the least. Crawford, Toews, Kane, Sharp, Keith. There are a lot of Olympic hopefuls pushing for an invitation to Sochi.

Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the NHL game featuring the Vancouver Canucks against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Rogers Arena on November 23, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Clint Trahan/InGoal Magazine)

Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the NHL game featuring the Vancouver Canucks against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Rogers Arena on November 23, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Clint Trahan/InGoal Magazine)

Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the NHL game featuring the Vancouver Canucks against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Rogers Arena on November 23, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Clint Trahan/InGoal Magazine)

Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the NHL game featuring the Vancouver Canucks against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Rogers Arena on November 23, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Clint Trahan/InGoal Magazine)

It was a solid performance by both teams, minus a critical nine second gap which cost the Canucks the game. Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger scored moments apart in the second period on a double whammy of Canuck miscues. That is all it took. Seriously. Ask Boston.

Marcus Kruger #16 of the Chicago Blackhawks  scores on Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo #1, during the NHL game featuring the Vancouver Canucks against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Rogers Arena on November 23, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Clint Trahan/InGoal Magazine)

Marcus Kruger #16 of the Chicago Blackhawks scores on Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo #1, during the NHL game featuring the Vancouver Canucks against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Rogers Arena on November 23, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Clint Trahan/InGoal Magazine)

Henrik Sedin #33 of the Vancouver Canucks faces off against Marcus Kruger #16 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the NHL game featuring the Vancouver Canucks against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Rogers Arena on November 23, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Clint Trahan/InGoal Magazine)

Henrik Sedin #33 of the Vancouver Canucks faces off against Marcus Kruger #16 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the NHL game featuring the Vancouver Canucks against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Rogers Arena on November 23, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Clint Trahan/InGoal Magazine)

Kesler knocked in his tenth of the campaign.  Corey Crawford made 36 saves, Roberto Luongo knocked away 27.

Ryan Kesler #17 of the Vancouver Canucks during the NHL game featuring the Vancouver Canucks against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Rogers Arena on November 23, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Clint Trahan/InGoal Magazine)

Ryan Kesler #17 of the Vancouver Canucks during the NHL game featuring the Vancouver Canucks against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Rogers Arena on November 23, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Clint Trahan/InGoal Magazine)

Final Score – 2 -1 Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 during the NHL game featuring the Vancouver Canucks against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Rogers Arena on November 23, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Clint Trahan/InGoal Magazine)

The Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 during the NHL game featuring the Vancouver Canucks against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Rogers Arena on November 23, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Clint Trahan/InGoal Magazine)

Bring on the Kings Monday night!

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  1. Warren Shapiro

    It’s too bad we can’t give GOLD Medals to both of them . When they both play their “A” game it’s a enjoyable game. Let’s see who brings home the GOLD. This years Olympics could be an interesting showcase for the world. The games are going to be very special this year. So fans stay tuned and watch these great games.