Sausage Fest.

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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hair.helmet Hair Helmet

    Is there video of Bolland laughing at Smith???

    • KingTalkyTiki

      I’d love to see that…

    • Waylon

      Smith is just regressing to the mean – meaning he’s probably going back to being a mediocre goalie. Hope to hell that doesn’t happen to Corey…

      • birdhead

        other goaltenders who’ve been really bad in the last 48 hours: Henrik Lundqvist, Jonathan Quick, Cory Schneider (GOALIE CONTROVERSY PLEASE AND THANK YOU). As much as I want to pick on Mike Smith I feel like the lockout was just unusually rough on goalies. Or, you know, small sample size.

        • MySpoonIsTooBig

          You’re not wrong about the lockout being rough on goalies who need to shake the rust off, but you also cannot put Smith in the same category as guys like Lundqvist and Quick. Lundqvist and Quick have shown themselves to be world-class goalies for the last several years; Smith, on the other hand, played out of his mind and was other-worldly good last season but in his entire career before that was never more than mediocre at best. So while it’s pretty universally agreed that Lundqvist and Quick will be just fine once they shake off the rust, it’s eminently possible that Smith captured lightning in a bottle last season and will regress to the mean this year

  • Toews still makes funny faces!

    YES!!!

  • mightymikeD

    Are we apportioning any blame for the first Yotes goal to Bolland? Or was it all on razor?

    • 10thMountainFire

      Seabs turnover, if memory serves.

      • Z-man19

        Yes

        • Waylon

          Doesn’t matter to me – our goaltender cannot let that kind of goal occur so early in a big game.

          • DesertHawk

            He had it, but didn’t get the pads together. I’m pretty sure that’s goalie 101, Raditz am I off base on that?

          • ahnfire

            I believe he didn’t get his stick down to cover the five-hole, at least from my viewing of it.

          • Accipiter

            That is what I saw. Actually looked like his stick was down, then he lifted it (to adjust position I guess) and the puck found its way in.

    • 334Rules

      Seabs turned it over, but Rat could/should have gotten a body on the goal-scorer. All that said, Emery has to stop that and probably knows it. I’m in the “rust” category (although you wouldn’t have known it if you were sitting in my living room last night listening to me rant).

  • 10thMountainFire

    Marian fucking Hossa.

    Seriously, holy shit. Every time I think we’ve seen an extraordinary performance- the fundamentals, the zone play, the stickwork, the scoring- he one-ups himself. Honestly, he may be the most sound all-around player I’ve watched play in a decade or more.

    • Accipiter

      He’s that good.

      • 10thMountainFire

        Hossa may be the first player that I cannot describe to a kid learning hockey… I would just say, ‘do not take your eyes off of Hoss. Do what he does. Don’t hurt yourself.’

        • Accipiter

          Agreed. I would also allow that child to watch Toews and Datsyuk.

          • Z-man19

            Too bad Kaner is PG-13

          • Accipiter

            He might get rated – R soon.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Good cop, bad cop.

          • Accipiter

            Cops isn’t on until 4:00 !!

          • 334Rules

            If by PG-13 you mean the utter obscenity that was the pass back through traffic for Rat’s goal, I agree. Young children should not watch shit that sick.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Agree on both of those.

    • http://twitter.com/LBlissettUSA Luther Blissett

      When you then factor in faceoffs… I’ll take Toews. Hossa’s bigger and nearly impossible to stop, but Toews plays center and never seems to lose a draw. However, GREAT problem to have.

    • 334Rules

      That slight hesitation and slip to the left in traffic before he buried that second goal was subtly awesome.

  • Z-man19

    Aye

  • http://www.facebook.com/derlemke Mark Lemke

    amen

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Faker/558555424 John Faker

    We knew this season was going to be sloppy and it seems to me the players who didnt play overseas or in the minors are starting off very slow.

    But i think the most important thing this season is to get off to a good start so you can build on it.

    look at the Coyotes, went to the WCF last year and they have dug themselves a hole already with 2 straight losses.

    This season is going to be batshit crazy.

    • MySpoonIsTooBig

      I don’t think that’s so universally true – Hossa didn’t play overseas or in the minors and I don’t think he’s starting off very slow…

  • KingTalkyTiki

    *Cues up Smith gif. Watches it over and over and over….*

    • Joe Banks

      Please share smith gif…

      • 334Rules

        it’s in the recap above

  • W

    Kaner is in some serious FU mode so far this season, not to mention obviously Hoss and now Bolly. They stop Hossa on the breakaway? No problem, he just comes right back and scores anyway – knife to their hearts. I was screaming at Emery right after he let in that first ridiculous goal of the evening – I don’t care who they call up, they cannot be that bad, they just can’t. And what about Hjalmarsson’s play so far? Are we in the time machine, back during his first season again? He just laid out Sullivan with a perfect hit in mid – ice, just an awesome play. Leddy also made some terrific plays, there were two instances where he broke up passes at the last minute to save our geriartric netminder.

    • Waylon

      That one was from me.

      • QCBlackhawk

        Is this the new Waylon’d?

    • Joe Banks

      I don’t want to pick on Ray Ray, but which goal was the “first ridiculous” goal? (that damn voice in my head said that, not me)
      Also, Kaner looked like a miniature “I’m Marian Hossa, and you’re not”, especially on the first ridiculous Bolland goal.

      • MySpoonIsTooBig

        I think he’s talking about the very first goal, the one that was traveling 2 miles per hour but still found its way through Emery’s legs

        • Waylon

          You are correct, sir.

  • dB

    fuck Shane Doan

    • The_FFF

      Ew, no thanks.

  • ahnfire

    Watching Bolly drag Sharp’s broken stick along the ice during that PK – I was laughing so hard. I love it. I love it so much.

    • The_FFF

      I live for moments like that.

    • Accipiter

      I wasn’t laughing. I thought it was beautiful. I will say that Bolland must have been snickering to himself mid stick drag.

    • MySpoonIsTooBig

      I was smiling huge watching him slyly move the stick, and laughing maniacally 30 seconds later when the broken stick served its purpose by breaking up a cross-ice pass attempt

  • QCBlackhawk

    I am seriously unimpressed with Bollig, as is everyone I know. Seems like he gets to be our latest Q “Why the fuck is he playing!?” adventure.

    • Joe Banks

      But he has “Skillz”…

    • Gozer the Traveler

      you know a player is bad when he’s having a good beginning to the game and you think, “wow, he’s not a blatant liability on the ice tonight!”

    • MySpoonIsTooBig

      I am greatly struggling to understand what value he brings to the lineup that cannot be achieved (and then some) by Mayers or possibly Jimmy Hayes if he gets called up to fill Carcillo’s temporarily-vacated roster spot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Faker/558555424 John Faker

    If anyone wants to get mad, check out that first PPG by Bolland and watch Derek Morris sweep Stalbergs legs and throw him at the ice. In an age of concussions thats really close to having his head scrambled if he doesnt tuck his head up.

    The second replay from behind really pisses me off. definite leg sweep and he just High-lows him.

    • activestick

      yep after he saw it was a goal.

    • MySpoonIsTooBig

      Add on to that the fact that immediately after the goal Morris was chirping at and complaining to the ref about something. So he pulls a dangerous leg-sweep on Stalberg that does absolutely nothing to prevent the ‘Hawks from scoring, then complains to the ref that Stals was somehow interfering with HIM. What a douchenozzle

  • PainSt

    The second Bolland goal,
    the one that bounces up over him, it looks on the replay Lombardi interfered with his glove … probably why Smith was so pissed

    At first i thought it was Kane but on replay its clearly Lombardi

    • Joe Banks

      Bawahaha!!!

  • Toews still makes funny faces!

    So, I guess this Marian Hossa guy is good at hockey. Good thing Dollar Bill is gone.

  • sc33

    I’d guess it’s been said, but I’ll go ahead and reiterate that Foley REALLY has to stop with the “tree-tirty-tree in the tird period” bit. It was never funny or clever and is just cringe-worthy at this point. Gah.

    I grew up listening to you, Pat, and I want to still like you, but you are making it very difficult.

    • frictionjane

      No, no, no, no. We’re going to look back at that dribble with the same affection as Harry’s post-stroke broadcasts. Or Stacy King’s………..post-stroke broadcasts.

    • Joe Banks

      So TSMFF can make Irony jokes, but Foley can’t make tree jokes? As long as he stays away from golf stories, I’ll live.

  • DesertHawk

    I have no voice now, game was good. Phoenix is full of shoot/hit ‘em fans now. which I guess is better than no fans, but it sure is more annoying. The Yotes fan next to me, was shit faced by the start of the second, and ended up exploding his beer in the third all over himself and the people around him, including me, and then fell down on the steps as his buddy was ushering him out. As best as I could tell he’d had 3 coors lights… The crowd hostility was greatly decreased from the playoffs which was nice. During the banner raising Raffi was on ice in inform, did any of you home viewers notice if he played? I thought he was still suspended. Emery was bad… Smith was worse. We won in spite of the goalie, but if we can continue to put up 5-6 goals a night… I don’t think we’ll have any real reason to worry about a goalie issue. Finally, I’m pretty sure Hossa set a goal scoring… goal? for himself and he’s gonna be damned if he lets the shortened season keep him from hitting it.

    • ballyb

      We have a reason to worry about a goalie issue.

      • Joe Banks

        Now, now… although I would love to tell myself we are a well balanced scoring machine and we fixed our special teams brilliantly, and that’s why we rained 11 goals onto two top goalies…
        The reality is probably goalie rust. If your last name is Quick, or Smith, or Schneider, they may cut you some slack, but if you play for Chicago, you’re fucked. As for Crawford, I’m cool. As for Emery, I’m worried. We’ll see.
        If they bring up Carter Hutton, I’m taking my credit card to Binny’s.

      • DesertHawk

        Because our goalies have respectively let in less goals than the two “high” quality goalies we’ve played against? Lighten up *verdict still pending on this*

        • Z-man19

          We watched this goalie show all last year. Yes it’s too small a sample size to get too excited this year, but this team is only missing good goaltending to be a legit Cup contender. I’m not willing to watch this movie turn out just like the last one because we don’t have the option to change the charachters or the script

      • cliffkoroll

        a bit worryd meself.

    • 334Rules

      They didn’ t show the pregame here. But Torres remains suspended (5 or 6 to go, I think).

      • MySpoonIsTooBig

        Yeah, he had 8 games left on his suspension after the playoffs (and subsequent inexplicable shortening of the suspension from 25 to 21). After last night Torres has to sit out 6 more games before he’s allowed to try to end someone’s career again

    • ahnfire

      Fuckhead Torres was on ice for the ceremony, but he’s still suspended.

  • ballyb

    Does Ray Emery belong in the NHL?
    AHL?
    Competitive hockey?

    • mightymikeD

      I’m going to be charitable and call it rust for now.. because that’s what it looked like. The man hasn’t seen enough pucks coming his way for a few months.

      • Joe Banks

        Anyone that knows me knows that I tend to defend the goalies to the death… I pray to god it’s rust but… the voice in my head had no sooner said, “hey, he seems to be settling down into a groove” then bang – boom, 5-4.

        C’mon, Ray, you can do this… right?

        • mightymikeD

          yeah, can see that line of reasoning too.. but from the way both Razor and Smith were fighting the puck (rebounds.. yeesh!) I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. Just hope that he and Crow are spending entire practice sessions getting shelled

      • ballyb

        Was he much better at any point last season?

  • frictionjane

    It’s not like the boys are getting 40 SOG so far, but it seems like they’re getting the puck on net more this year. Maybe just shooting when they should.

    Kaner looks like fuck you mode is in full effect. Thank you.

    Kruger seems to be pretty damn solid right now.

    And, I’m all for looking at a new goalie, too. Or two. Sorry Crow, don’t trust you w/this team.

  • laaarmer

    Emery

    So Quick lets in 5, Smith lets in 6 and is now 0-2, and Ludquist lets in a bunch (all 5 hole) gets pulled, and we are bitching about our back up letting in 4 in his 1st game? I’ll take 10 – 15 W’s from Emery. He can let in 4 per night as long as he doesn’t lose.

    It was his 1st game since his last game (like that?). Lighten up.

    • Z-man19

      so we are comparing Emery to 3 of the best goalies in the league the last couple of years? I’m pretty sure Quick, Henry and Smith are all capable of much better. You confident Emery is capabale of better?

      • laaarmer

        I’m confident he is capable of better and also worse. Like a backup goalie.

        • cliffkoroll

          Dude, Emery sucks and Crow is a coin flip. Deal.

          Oh, and Vokoun surfaces in Pittsburgh? WTF Stan? Get on that shit.

      • laaarmer

        I am not comparing either. Do you think Rangers fans want to get rid of Henrick. LA Quick? or PHO Smith? Emery has played 1 fucking game this season and the Hawks won that game. Do I think the hawks can ride Emery for 35 games? No. But for jeebus sake he played one fucking game.

        • Z-man19

          Ok, I’ll give him a pass for one game and I realize he is the backup. The problem is your starter isn’t exactly awe inspiring either and god forbid Crow gets hurt. I think all any hawks fan wants is a decent goalie tandem. I’m ok giving Crow a chance to be the starter again this year, but I’d feel a lot better if we had a viable option beyond Crow and Emery isn’t it.

          • Accipiter

            I hear that Ben Bishop is the odd man out in Ottawa, only because Anderson and Lehner have played so well. I wonder what it would take to get him.

          • Z-man19

            If Stan doesn’t know already, he’s not doing his job

          • Accipiter

            I’m just thinking who we could get for relatively little. The Sens got Bishop for a 2nd round pick. I’m just dreaming Zed.

          • Z-man19

            Keep dreaming, maybe Stan will hear them

          • laaarmer

            Crawford has a GAA of 2. That ain’t bad. Again 1 game

    • DesertHawk

      Agreed Laarms can we call people Francis? Is that allowed?

      • laaarmer

        No, it is not allowed. Oh, and any of assholes touch my stuff……….

        • MySpoonIsTooBig

          lighten up Francis

    • 334Rules

      Thanks for firing up the great goalie debate, Laaarms. Feels like mid-season!

      • laaarmer

        Me? I did not start this BS. However, I am right.

  • cliffkoroll

    I know I wanted the Hawks to go after Doan, and they do need one more guy of about those physical dimensions, snarl, and skill, but I gotta get on the Doan douchebag bandwagon after last night. Twice in the third period, he stuck out an elbow or shoulder to initiate ‘incidental’ collisions with a guy who never saw it coming- first with Shaw, then with Oduya.

    I don’t care if Oduya hammed it up, I’m really glad this bullshit got called on Doan. Guys can get hurt bad on these freaky plays that have nothing to do with the game.

    In general, less tolerance for the ‘creeping interference’ we’ve seen seep into the game the past couple years is great news for speed and skill teams like the Hawks, and, IMO, great for the game. The Kings got called for interference twice against the Hawks on dump-ins. Keep it up, refs.

    • laaarmer

      I agree regarding Doan. Been doing it for 1200 games. Good player though, just a douche.

    • Hawkeytalk

      Agree with that last paragraph especially.

  • laaarmer

    Anybody else watch the Summit series show before the game? Phil Esposito is a classic. I love him.

    • Z-man19

      About the 3rd time I’ve seen it but yeah pretty good stuff

  • justforkicks

    Not happy with Emery and Crow’s play these past two days, but so happy our offensive was enough to overcome the games played. However, I’m going to attribute it to rust for now given even Lundqvist got pulled yesterday and did not have a good past 2 games

    • justforkicks

      and so happy with how all the guys have been playing. now to keep it up. but question – what are the line assignments – is the 3rd line taking the other teams top line still or is toews line doing that?

  • skankmartin

    I’m an Emery, but control those FUCKING rebounds already!!!

    • laaarmer

      Woudn’t you like to be an Emery too?

      • skankmartin

        Emery (fan), alcohol apparently not totally out of the system yet!!

  • Hawkeytalk

    With the play of the goalies aside, I don’t think we could have scripted these first two games better than how they turned out.

    • MySpoonIsTooBig

      Crawford was fine in LA, he made plenty of very nice stops and neither of the 2 he let in (particularly the 1st) were bad goals or really his fault. Emery last night though, talk about heart attack-inducing…

  • MNHawkFan

    Gotta love that relatively even TOI distribution for our d-men! Hopefully the second and third pairing can keep playing this way. Seeing Hammer not freak out with the puck has been a shock and seeing little Leddy grow up a bit has been refreshing too. It’s fun having what appears to be a deep d corps. Keep it up!

  • http://twitter.com/LBlissettUSA Luther Blissett

    It’s one game… but Hawks might need a back up goalie really soon. I thought the Hawks played really well and a 6-2 score line was more fitting to the play on the ice. But Emery… yikes. Really yikes.

    • MySpoonIsTooBig

      I get the feeling that Carter Hutton is going to get the called up to play back-up to Crawford sooner rather than later based on what I saw from Emery last night…

  • joedl42

    best game Hammer’s played in 2 years!

  • 334Rules

    All in all, I have to say it was a pretty entertaining game to watch.

  • 2883

    Cap wise, I’m not sure the Hawks have a better option than Ray Emery. Since buried players count towards the cap, the Hawks would have to find a way to send him overseas instead of to Rockford. Trading him is an option but who would want them and what kind of bad contract or additional value would we haev to give up?

    • MySpoonIsTooBig

      You seem to have a few misunderstandings with respect to this new CBA. First of all, it does not matter whether a player is sent to the minors or loaned to a European team, any player on an NHL SPC still counts against the cap. If Huet’s contract had not ended the ‘Hawks would have to deal with his cap hit even if he was still on loan to his Swiss team. Secondly, while every player on an NHL SPC counts against the salary cap regardless of whether or not they’re actually in the NHL, the first $900K in salary for a player in the minors does NOT count against the cap. Emery’s on a 1-year contract for $1.15M, if he’s waived and sent to Rockford he’ll only count as $250K against the cap for the ‘Hawks which is pretty much nothing.

      • laaarmer

        Nice! Can I get some of that nothing?

        • Z-man19

          since that nothing is something to you, the answer is no

      • 2883

        ah I thought I read otherwise… that sucks for the Hawks…

        • MySpoonIsTooBig

          Well it sucks I suppose that the ‘Hakws can’t entirely remove his cap hit if they do indeed waive him and call up either Carter Hutton or the newly-acquired Henrik Karlsson, but considering that the ‘Hawks have more than $3M in cap space currently and Emery in the minors would only cost $250K against the cap it’s really not a big deal in this case IMO.

  • laaarmer

    Look at that picture! Bolland never sleeps!

    • Accipiter

      No, that’s what he looks like when he’s sleeping.

  • Sparky_The_Barbarian

    Back up goalie issues aside, it was a great weekend for the Hawks. They proved they can win the Pacific division, now to come home Tuesday and prove they can win the Central.