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Gifts For The Earth: Blackhawks 4, Islanders 1

Oct 10, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) celebrates after scoring against New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube (30) during the second period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

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Event Summary

War on Ice

The true home and home is a beautiful throwback to the days when teams would really get to know each other i.e. punch each other in the face a lot. Things must have changed because instead of putting their hockey players on a plane to Chicago for the 2nd of back to backs, the Isles charter flight showed up loaded with changelings. Useless changelings!

This was the Hawks’ third game of the season and so far all we’ve seen is teams from New York. Enough already.

Let’s get on with the business.

-Here’s the big takeaway from this game and the season so far: Artemi Panarin is amazing. Much like saying a guy sucks after just three games *casually ignores Trevor Daley*, saying a guy is a shining beacon of hockey goodness after three games is getting carried away. But Panarin is jaw dropping. The Hawks’ second line is almost unfair. We’ve all had our say on where and when Dano gets his shot, but picking up Artem Anisimov and bringing in Panarin are proving to be brilliant moves.

-For one of the 2nd line’s shifts in the 2nd period, they kept the puck away from the Isles as if it was a two man advantage. I lost track of just how long the Hawks played keep away but it seemed like just a matter of time before the puck found the back of the net. Sure enough it did.

-The defense pairings seemed to work out pretty nicely tonight. Giving Svedberg a vet like Seabrook to help him out while 2 and 4 played shutdown leaving TvR and Hizzoner Trevor Daley to terrify and delight seemed to get it done. Also, credit to TvR for his best offensive game as a pro. He scored a fantastic goal and he was a big part of the third Hawk goal when they played Globetrotters to the Islanders’ Washington Generals.

-One particular play saw Svedberg dive into the slot (hey!) to try and poke free a loose puck which he failed to do. Luckily he had two teammates covering for him as he lumbered back into the play and put a body on the puck carrier. It’ll be interesting to see how much time he gets to stick – rumors are hot and heavy like Jake Jarmel that Bowman is looking to bring in someone for the 3rd pair. That’s according to friend of the blog Jay Zawaski. I would credit Kuc but he sucks.

-The Toews-Hossa line is probably going to be saddled with some kind of asshole until we see Dano or someone steps up permanently. It can’t be Garbutt forever. He’s not actively ruining anything but there’s still time. Meanwhile, John Tavares ended up doing nothing but taking a stupid penalty. (Though the only real constants when he was on the ice was Keith and Hjalmarsson.)

-I know the Islanders are much better than whatever the hell showed up in Chicago tonight but you have to wonder how much longer the bumbling high school biology teacher from every single 80’s movie has as their head coach.

-Calvin de Haan? I think I have a pair of shoes by him.

-Scott Darling is back. I know people love to overcorrect the LOCAL GUY love he gets from many Hawks fans. Well I’m here to over-overcorrect that. I’m glad he’s the backup and I think he’s fine. He played well tonight and could have had a shutout if not for a poorly timed turnover from El Pollo de Basura.

-I find myself rooting for Viktor Tikhonov but it’s clear the 3rd line and the non-Kruger portion of the 4th line is going to be in flux for quite some time. They were nothing special tonight before the game got out of hand. Saddling my special boy Teuvo with the flea-ridden husk of Bryan Bickell just seems mean. It is something up with which I shall not put.

-Up next, a nice long break for the Blackhawks who don’t play again until Wednesday in Philadelphia which is great because by then the Cubs will have probably killed me dead.