In game of chances, Viktor Stalberg needs to capitalize
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org November 5, 2011 9:12PM
Updated: December 7, 2011 8:35AM
Viktor Stalberg knows what’s expected of him when he’s on a line with Jonathan Toews. He needs to produce or he’ll be moved down the lineup.
So Stalberg was a tad frustrated after he and his linemates failed to capitalize on their many chances Friday in the 5-4 overtime loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The high-powered line of Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa shouldn’t have to carry the bulk of the offensive load.
“I feel like I took some good shots, and [Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson] made some good saves when we created a lot,” Stalberg said. “But as one of our top lines, we have to score, too.”
Stalberg, though, was noticeable again in the bigger role. He fired a game-high seven shots but also missed on four more and had four blocked by the Lightning.
“I’ve got to find a way to bury it,” he said. “I could and should have won the game for us with all those chances. It’s frustrating not to get them. But at the same time, if I keep getting those chances . . . I feel a little more confident in there.”
A bloody chin
Toews needed stitches to repair a gash on his chin. He was cut after getting hit by the puck along the boards.
“I don’t know [how many stitches]; I can’t see it,” said Toews, who played 18:17 in the overtime loss. “It kind of jammed my jaw up.”
It’s a good thing the Hawks barely see Lightning star Steven Stamkos. His hat trick Friday was the second of his career against the Hawks. He had his first career hat trick against the Hawks on Feb. 17, 2009.