Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Kiitos, Niemi, for being a rockin' goalie

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Antti Niemi racked up another shutout tonight as the Blackhawks took down the Phoenix Coyotes, 2-0, at the United Center.

It was a solid game - not the Blackhawks' best, but far from their worst. They came out and put the pressure on early, although the score remained 0-0 at the end of the first and the only goals were scored in the second. As Coach Q said in the post-game interviews, "It was a goalie win tonight. He had three or four chances that looked like empty nets, but his quickness... led to amazing saves."

Amazing is right. Niemi not only showed off his hot goalie moves, but Seabrook was back, and made good plays - especially WTG, Seabrook, for putting your stick in the goal and keeping that one puck from turning into a goal! Great to see you back on the ice.

The win tonight puts them in the lead of the Western Conference - now hold on to that, guys!! We want that home-ice advantage. (Heck, it's needed, based on the last ten away vs. home games.)

I managed to nail a last-minute ticket that was pure nosebleed, but at least it wasn't standing room. Plus I paid face value, not Ticket Exchange markups. (As it turns out, I ran into the guy who'd been sitting next to me at the last game I'd bought a TixEx ticket for. He asked me if I'd bought an overpriced ticket again, to which I was able to answer "Nope!")

Since I rarely go anywhere without my camera, here's a look inside the United Center - a.k.a. the "Madhouse on Madison".

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Phoenix Coyotes, 3/23/10

The signage inside the arena. One of these days I'll look up the legend behind the nickname.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Phoenix Coyotes, 3/23/10

Pre-game light show. It's not the Wolves pyrotechnics show, but since I would hate to be sitting under the resulting clouds in my nosebleed seats, I'm ok with it being lasers and whatnot instead.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Phoenix Coyotes, 3/23/10

A little pre-game warmup.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Phoenix Coyotes, 3/23/10

The team mascot, Tommy Hawk (get it? tomahawk, Tommy Hawk? harrr...) warms up the crowd.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Phoenix Coyotes, 3/23/10

Antti Niemi in goal.

Yes, my seats sucked, so I had to choose from many pictures, all with the safety nets in the way. Some day, when I am feeling wildly indulgent, I will manage to get a seat down near the glass. I love sports photography. Just think what I could do on the glass vs. up in the rafters.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Phoenix Coyotes, 3/23/10

Niemi kickin' butt and takin' names. Oh, wait, let me correct that - using his butt to make a save. Or, as the Fonz would've said, "Sit on it."

The official Blackhawks Twitter poster has dubbed him "The Finnish Fortress", "The Finnisher", and "King of the Tush Save". Hey, whatever it takes to keep that puck out of the goal.
Niemi, olet suuri maalivahti! Olen iloinen, että olet Blackhawk!

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Phoenix Coyotes, 3/23/10

Game over. 2-0. Huzzah!

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