Flat, bored, slow, disinterested… whatever you want to call it, the Hawks simply weren’t in this one pretty much from the national anthems (and I really love hearing “Oh, Canada” sung in French). Taking two back-to-back penalties for tripping Daniel Briere leading to pretty much a full four minutes short handed throws off the entire game, especially since Q had hit the blender to try and spark a team that has hit a slump in the last few games. Instead of settling in with their new teammates, they were running around on the kill and saw the Habs outshoot the Hawks 10-7 in the first.
Things didn’t improve in the later frames as the Hawks gave up 12 shots in each frame without breaking double digits for themselves. This wastes a pretty phenomenal effort from Crawford as he returned to his hometown and stood on his head. It’s not terribly often that you’ll see the losing goalie get a higher star than the winner in a low scoring game.
So while the Hawks have definitely hit a rough patch lately, it’s nothing to get too worked up about at this point. The Hawks had one of their sloppiest games but still managed to squeak out a point off one beautiful rush up the ice from the Red Wedding line. I don’t remember seeing a game where the Hawks gave up so many uncontested pucks or had so many lazy icing calls but the season goes on and they’re still one of the best teams in the league. Don’t rest on this too long though, the Blues are pretty much even with games in hand… yikes.
- Well lets just get right to it. I have no clue what the fuck that was in OT. There was so much silliness there it’s hard to believe it was real life. More failed clears, bringing it back into the zone, screening your own goalie and even Toews with a giveaway. Woof. The extra time losing streak continues.
- The Hawks lost the faceoff battle 24 to 29 but it certainly seemed a lot worse. Toews was one under 50% but the eye test made it seem like the Habs won just about every draw. Just another small detail that adds up to the overall loss.
- Bickell once again is your Corsi team leader, tied with Andrew Shaw. That’s a nice sign from him it also shows a bit of a problem for the rest of the team. Even though he led the team in SOG, Hossa actually had the team’s worst Corsi% for all forwards.
- Speaking of Bickell, he got jumbled around a bit in Q’s attempt to get the team going. Saad spent some time in his place with Bicks shifting to a line with Shaw and Smith. I like that spot for him a bit more as Bickell will get more chances against the competition they’ll face over other teams sending out their best to shut down Kaner.
- Steeger had a couple nice give and go passes and other sequences to start the game but seemed to really settle out after his fight with Gallagher. Nice uppercut though.
- Tomas Plekanec somehow had 11 SOG.. wow.
- A goalie making a save with the blade of his skate is most likely one of the cooler ways to prevent a goal. There’s a lot of luck involved but it’s still pretty badass.
- Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who was able to support me in my attempt to raise money for Project Rescue. They were able to raise well over their goal and it was a really fun time. If you’ve got a slight hangover, I highly suggest jumping into a frozen lake… suddenly a headache really isn’t that big of a deal anymore. Thanks again!