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Desert Brush Fire – Hawks 6, Coyotes 4

There were lots and lots of goals scored and it’s late on a school night, so hit the jump for our characteristically brilliant insight.

Observations

  • Before the season started, I wondered whether we’d get to see “beginning of the season, house on fire” Patrick Sharp, or “hibernating through January and February” Patrick Sharp. Through the first four periods it smelled like it was the former, but if Dave Bolland is going to play like this, it might be the latter. It’ll take a larger sample size to be sure about it, but hopefully tonight was a good omen.
  • Oh yeah, that Bolland guy. So far putting him between Kane and Sharp has worked very well, even if he got thoroughly serviced at the dot (5 for 17). For having two wingers who need the puck, starting things off without possession isn’t a sustainable model. Hopefully Sharp can step in and take a draw or 100. Even though Sharp is a slightly below 50% guy for his career, it’s still better than Bolland.
  • There’s really nothing better than the Dave Bolland death stare after he scores, unless it’s him laughing at Mike Smith breaking his stick.
  • Brent Seabrook had some serious cement legs tonight, hopefully it’s just a temporary thing coming off the long layoff.
  • On the other hand, the other two d-pairs have been exceptional, with Johnny Oduya leading all Hawks in 22:01 TOI. Niklas Hjalmarsson’s patience has returned from the dead, Nick Leddy looks very solid on his skates, and Michal Rozsival put Sheldon Brookbank in the pressbox for the foreseeable future.
  • If this is what Ray Emery is going to provide spelling Crawford, then the Hawks need to look long and hard at other options. His rebounds were everywhere, and he was glacially slow getting up and down and across. Fix this.
  • Though a Phoenix goal came shortly after a penalty expired, the Hawks’ kill is still untarnished this season, and the power play has two key early goals under its belt in 10 chances. This is the correct side of the special teams ledger, let’s keep it this way boys.
  • That pass from Kane on the first power play was just simply unfair.
  • Speaking of the kill, Bolland made a seriously veteran move to sneakily drag Sharp’s broken stick right into the passing lane between the rings, which invariably led to breaking up a Phoenix cross ice pass. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty could have been conceivably called, but that’s some grade-A filth from the Rat.
  • Brandon Bollig with 5:40 TOI, 7PIM. That’s all.
  • He’s Marian Hossa and you’re not.

Player of the Game

Two goals, one assist, jawing at Doan all night, and a couple death stares. Way to fill the score sheet.

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