Of course after talking shit in the preview, Mike Smith would turn in a 44 save performance, with the Hawks’ only two goals coming on the power play. But two points is two points.
Tobias Rieder would tighten sphincters early in the first with a shot from the right faceoff circle that would solve Corey Crawford’s five hole. But just over three minutes later, Andrew Shaw would return the favor with the advantage.
The Hawks would keep coming controlling the play as they damn well should have against this lot, and it would take a Brad Richards goal in the third to break the tie. Despite a stupid penalty from Joakim Nordstrom late, the Hawks would hold on with little threat from the Coyotes. Onward with the dads to San Jose.
- The only Hawks in the red possession wise were Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews (-2 and -1 respectively) on a night that the Hawks had a 62% share. Hockey is weird.
- Meanwhile the fourth line only saw 2 attempts against, one of which went in. Whatever.
- Johnny Oduya played 21 minutes (19:32 at evens) and was a +8 in shot attempts. That’s fine.
- The Hawks’ even strength shooting percentage continues to plummet. There has to be a market correction coming soon, doesn’t there?
- Joakim Nordstrom is probably suspended. And deservedly so. If OEL is out for any extended period of time, the Yotes just might beat the Oilers in the race to the bottom in the west.
- Shane Doan is still a fuck.
- St. Louis won in a shootout and the Preds got shut out by Saturday night’s opponent, the Sharks, and have games in hand on both. Home ice in the first round is not out of anyone’s grasp yet.