Usually when a goaltender makes over $6 million dollars a year, he gives his team at least a couple shutouts per season. That expectation is gone when you’re the starting goalie for the Blackhawks.

Patrick Sharp had two goals and Rene Bourque scored once last night as the Hawks beat one of only two teams in the Western conference worse than them, the Los Angeles Kings. In yet another season of small victories, the Hawks were excited for Khabibulin after earning his first shutout as a Blackhawk.

“This is great for him,” head coach Denis Savard said. “Maybe now he will return to the form of his old self when he won TampaBay the Stanley Cup. Or, failing that, at least maybe he’ll stop sucking so bad.”

Khabibulin was excited too.

“It feel good to stop all opposing shots from evil team we play against,” said Khabibulin. “Khabby only hope that fans stop writing nasty letters. Maybe now Khabby get nice letters. Please send nice letters. No emails though. Khabby no get along with computers.”

Number of the Night: 23
People in the United Center stands who didn’t get their ticket for free.

heckler editorial staff