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Vulgar Display Of Power – Hawks 5, Stars 2

While things didn’t get off to the most ideal start in Big D, the Hawks would come roaring back in a fashion very similar to that of last Saturday afternoon in The Peg, however even more opportunistic.

After a Ginger Ninja goal just after the second Hawks’ penalty of the first 10 minutes of the game expired, the top line of Toews, Hossa, and Sharp responded quickly with some work down low after a faceoff win that just couldn’t be dealt with.

The Stars would regain the lead mid way through the second on a beautiful setup from Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. More on them in a little bit. But it would once again be short lived, as Toews would lance home a loose puck underneath Kari Lehtonen’s pads three and a half minutes later. After killing off their fifth penalty of the night, the Hawks would finally get a chance of their own on a Trevor Daley holding call, and Sharp, Shawk, and Kane would connect on a relay across the width of the ice that Kane would hammer home on a one timer, giving the Hawks a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

In the final frame, the Stars would surge, helped with a few urpy and wandery moments from Corey Crawford, but Marian Hossa would provide the Death Blow (for different reasons altogether) as a prelude to Hammer’s 190 foot empty netter. Hawks 5, Stars 2, bullets purchased from a 7-Eleven because it’s Texas.

Observations

  • Have a night, 10. While Sam has been predicting a Sharp scoring binge coming soon, I don’t think this is what was expected, though 6 points in two games will certainly do. Sharp is currently only shooting 6.2%. When that corrects itself (and it will, playing with Toews and Hossa), arguably the best line in hockey will become even more stupid.
  • While Kane had two well-earned points tonight himself, he’d do well to heed Sharp’s example on the Hossa goal, where he didn’t leave the zone late, and engaged the Stars defenseman to chip the puck out where Hossa was steaming ahead. Kane’s back checking has come a long ways in now his sixth season, but flying the zone early, particularly with Pirri still finding himself in that department will lead to trouble against teams with more than one line.
  • Speaking of which, Seguin and Benn are not going to be fun to deal with for about the next decade. And with Lindy Ruff’s fun and gun style imported from Buffalo, they’re going to have every opportunity to devour some of the also-rans in the conference and at least keep this team entertaining and spiky to play against.
  • Ruff also did a good job of coaching his face-less (mostly because Stephane Robidas face has been battered into hash browns over the years) defensive corps to stand up the Hawks at the attacking blue line, which shorted out much of the Hawks’ attack in the first two frames. But by halfway through the second, the Hawks were utilizing a soft chip at the line to keep them honest.
  • Brandon Bollig on the PK? It didn’t go balls up, so consider that a victory. With every game that passes, Bollig is showing fewer and fewer turd like tendencies and is at least showing he wants to play actual hockey, which is admirable. Still doesn’t mean he should be skating in favor of Jeremy Morin, however.
  • Aside from his couple walkabouts in the third, it was another strong effort from Corey Crawford, with no save more impressive than robbing Tyler Seguin glove side, and bailing out a swimming Johnny Oduya.
  • The ice times tonight were far more in line with what we’ve been calling for, with Niklas Hjalmarsson drawing a team-high 24:49, likely due to the 5 penalties in the early going. Though everyone can openly question the point of having Brookbank at forward and only giving him 5:50, all at even strength. Looks like Hammer could have used a break on D, so he could have been put to use. But overall this was smart allotment by Q with The Oil coming in tomorrow and the way they’ve kept pace with the Hawks in recent years, even though they’re coming off a loss in Philly, which is impressive.

Player of The Game

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This was a pretty easy choice to make, even if the Sharp family basset hound is less than thrilled about it.

 

  • Bob Lanz

    Fun game tonight! Pretty good hockey and even though we took way too many penalties it was a good pk effort. Ok I know this is getting old but for the love of all things SAAD stop using d-men as forwards and play the Morin or send him down and give someone else a shot on the third line. Because its also hurting the chemistry that shaw & bicks had last year to be a pretty formidable 3rd line!

    • 10thMountainFire

      I think the handwriting is on Q’s wall. And I will cop to Bollig being very improved. But like McClure stated, no way in hell does he belong on the ice in place of Jeremy Morin. It’s maddening.

      • Z-man19

        I can almost accept the argument that Bollig should stay, but Moonpie at F instead of Morin? Hard to swallow that one

        • 10thMountainFire

          I won’t even try to swallow that.

          • Bob Lanz

            Your both right. This is the kind of move I just don’t understand as a fan. Especially this time of a season. Let the kid prove himself. If he can’t get it done then we need to promote from rockvegas or look for a trade. What really gets me is Morin is about the only thing we got in return for the 2010 roster blowout. I believe we acquired him from Atlanta now Winnipeg jets.

          • Accipiter

            Usually you are up for anything.

      • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

        I could live with Bollig playing wing over Morin (from time to time), but Moonpie? Come on, Q, not you’re just fucking with us cuz you can.

        • 10thMountainFire

          I agree. Pushing Brookbank to forward sends a signal to the forwards not suiting up that they’re especially not getting the job done.

  • Bullitt315

    That dog is ecstatic. Bassets are always happy even if they look mopey.

    • BestPredsForward

      I mean who wouldn’t be ecstatic to be held by Patrick Sharp.

      • bizarrohairhelmet

        You might think hetero males wouldn’t, but you’d be wrong.

        • BestPredsForward

          There are three gags that The Committed Indian does that always make me laugh. One of them is “Patrick Sharp is that one guy” joke.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            What are the other two?

          • BestPredsForward

            Simpsons references and Drew Leblanc/Bob Loblaw jokes.

        • Bob Lanz

          It’s true it’s true!

  • AMR

    I am impressed with the time management of the players. I can’t believe Leddy was on the ice for 16:26. Its not usual for him to get the much time when on the road.

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    This team can turn it on in a hurry. If they start deciding to play 60:00 a night, the rest of the central will be left in the dust, even the Av’s, once their alarm clock goes off and they stop dreaming.

  • Toews still makes funny faces!

    FTFY,
    ” they’re going to have every opportunity to devour some of the also-rans in the conference, and eat the Eastern Conference’s Lunch like the rest of the West”

    Wow, EIGHT West teams have records that would at least earn a tie for the #1 seed in the East. Only 1 West Team (EDM) has lost more games (L and OTL combined) then they have won vs the East, with seven teams having 1 or fewer regulation losses vs the East, while only two East teams have Won more then they have lost vs the West (TAM and TOR) while seven East teams have 1 or less wins vs the West. That is some domination, now I am just waiting for Lamebert to once again write how the Eastern Conference is easily and obvisouly the best conference.

    • birdhead

      When did Lambert write that the first time?

      • Toews still makes funny faces!

        At least once a year he spews some sort of Eastern Conference is all Gods blah blah blah or some other Homer shit, like Toronto was going to be basically a bye for the Bruins in the first round (went OT in 7 game) and NYI was for the Penguins (went 6 games). He can’t see West of the Eastern time Zone.

        • birdhead

          But he’s a Calgary Flames fan so I don’t see how being pro-Eastern Conference would make him a homer. Also, NOT to be argumentative because after all I never am, but Toronto sucks and I was shocked that they took the Bs to game 7. (Plus I don’t really think “the Leafs and the Isles aren’t as good as the Bruins and the Pens” counts as a pro-Eastern-conference mentality. I think it basically constitutes a Science Fact. Doesn’t it?)

          Lambert can be a giant douche but IDK that he’s a Bestern Conference hater.

    • Jim

      My roomate had one in college, they are droolers. Plus they make 5 tracks in the snow.

      • bizarrohairhelmet

        Waylon’s make 5 tracks in the snow?

  • Toews still makes funny faces!

    So Barry Melrose is surprised that River Scum beat the Flightless birds in the City that is or should be on fire, despite STL had as many points in fewer game 10-2-2 (22 points) vs PIT 11-5-0 (22 points) and Scum jr was 6-1-1 at home vs PIT being 4-3-0 on the road.

    Yes, very surprising the team with a higher point per game average, on home ice where they have dominated vs a team that is so-so on the road actually won?????

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      East coast bias, even though 7 of the top ten teams in the league are in the western conference, and one of the three EC teams in the top ten is Scum, who just came over from the west.

  • Bannerman

    Are you sure it was Hjalmarsson that had that much ice time? Because the Stars announcers kept mentioning some guys named Y’all merson, Jalmerson and Germanson so maybe they all played like 6 minutes a piece.

    • Toews still makes funny faces!

      Silent H’s are very hard to pronounce you know!

      • Accipiter

        Not for the French.

  • cliffkoroll

    I guess, “holy crap, this is one helluva hockey team” gets repetitive.

    Here we are, on a fine November morn, riding atop a Juggernaut, a team that hasn’t quite got out of second gear, yet has assumed its rightful position at the top of the standings, with a string of excellent games. Hangover? Not this time, apparently.

    Another month like this, and the Hawks start to realistically think about 3 in 5 years. Dafuq?

    This, of course, is all shameless meatballery, though. I happily return the mic to Serious Fans, Ever of Furrowed Brow and Grave Countenance, for your fascinating Q nitpickings.

    • guest

      One more win like this and I think we have to seriously talk about Q’s continued employment.

    • Z-man19

      I think you are spot on Cliff. As evidenced in the last week, we need to spend a lot more time talking about anything but hockey, oh wait….. OR Sam could rename the place The Committed Stache. We could all grow mustaches and write poems to praise the infallible stache. Then we’d be Serious Fans, Ever of Smiling Mug and Rose Colored Glasses

      • cliffkoroll

        Weak effort, my frent. Criticism of any aspect of this team at any point is absolutely legit.

        I’m talking about tone and perspective. This is Chicago- this Thing That Might Be Happening Here is unprecedented (sorry, Bulls fans, distant fourth…)

        We are the long-suffering fans of all-time. Look what’s happened to Red Sox in the past decade- dignified long-suffering fans become the most insufferable fans in the world. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY! Not here.

        So if I gotta be all Barney Fyfe in my bud-nipping, so be it.

        Poor McClure- he sounds forever miserable and ticked-off.

        But oh, look, apparently some of the Best Hockey In The World will be rearing its head on the West side in just over 8 hours. Should be fun.

        • 10thMountainFire

          I agree with your post on the nattering nabobs 100% and I upboated it. Where I diverge from your statement is on the issue of critiquing Q simply based on results. I don’t think being a juggernaut should insulate a coach from criticism on specific points when thoughtful analysis is provided. Sure, the meatballing is suffocating but I wouldn’t conflate criticism of Q on lines and personnel management with pining for the return of Ladd, Byfuglien, etc. In fact, I think simply coasting along on the Q train would be meatballing in and of itself.

          • cliffkoroll

            Not criticism per se, it’s the ritualistic Q-bashing that is increasingly silly. At this point, as far as I can tell it’s “we’re 17 games in, but Morin has only played in 5 games. But somehow, Q hangs on to his job.”

          • 10thMountainFire

            Maybe it’s the fact that there are so few things worth criticizing that the few legitimate weak spots are accentuated. That seems to be a logical possibility. But I do grasp your comments from above. In particular, the Red Sox analogy is applicable. There is no fan base more worth despising for meatballing and insufferable whining than Boston fans. But I don’t think we rate with them. In fact, if we didn’t criticize Q, Stan, and the players we likely resemble those fans more for voluntarily giving up our motivation to find areas that need improvement.

          • zacked

            The ‘hawks are the only Chicago team I root for, so I will say that I do sometimes get annoyed at the “woe is us, sky is falling” mentality that sometimes bleeds through to ‘hawks fans from other Chicago sports. When you literally could not ask for a better situation than what we have had the last few years.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Having a great situation is certainly something to be enjoyed. But this IS a blog… if we spent all of our time fawning over our love for the team we’d be insufferable, too. McClure, Sam, and Killion provide analysis… that is both sides of the coin and the criticisms go hand-in-hand with the noting of positives. Obviously, often critiquing down below in the comments section goes into whining territory with certain people but I think most of the criticisms here by the regular posting members are supported by logical and thoughtful references to valid points. We all know who the commenters are that just moan and complain but I don’t think in any way is criticism of Q or the franchise in and of itself inapplicable.

          • zacked

            Sure, I agree. 17 skating 5 mins as a RW annoys me too, and if we all stopped complaining there wouldn’t be much to talk about.

            It’s just that harping on the same thing over and over starts to become ritualistic mutilation eventually.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Agreed. And sarcasm is often indiscernible on the internet which makes for the site-specific memes and themes being a bit more difficult to identify.

          • Z-man19

            I get your point and yes maybe some of us convey the idea that Q should go simply because Morin hasn’t played enough, but I don’t think anyone here honestly believes that.

            It would be nice if someone could explain the logic of sitting Morin and playing Moonpie at F. What great sin has Morin committed to lead Q to this roster decision? Obviously we aren’t getting that answer straight from Q but can’t someone else provide some insight? I suppose we should cut Q some slack on this but then again what else would we discuss?

        • bizarrohairhelmet

          To bring some perspective to this, I sat next to a Leaves fan that moved to Dallas 3 years ago. he works for the Stars so he has to be a Stars fan, but in the end he’s a Leaves fan and I had nothing to complain to him about. Nothing.

          We had a good time roasting Vancouver, though. Even Canadia hates them.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      There is always the Bears to bring you back to reality.

      • 10thMountainFire

        Damn it, you ruined my day.

  • Paul the Fossil

    I’m curious and a quick google didn’t turn this up: anyone know who the last Hawk was to have 4 assists in one game?

    • zacked

      Hockey Reference knows. It was Keith vs. Columbus in March 2012. Oddly enough, Sharp was the last before that.

      • Paul the Fossil

        Cool, thanks. I forget about the excellent searching options on that site.

        Also cool that our newest Hall of Famer, in 8 seasons here and while playing D, collected 4 assists in a game three times and 5 (!) another time. What an all-around player Cheli was in his prime! [Yea I consider him our HOFer: his prime years were here and he didn't trade himself to Detroit.]

  • 10thMountainFire

    It appears that we have a down-boating Crisis. Someone go check the Woods for a cure.

    • https://twitter.com/robondacob CitizenKaner

      upvoting to balance things out

    • Z-man19

      I thought you cleared those woods?

      • 10thMountainFire

        I did. Check the rubble…

        • bizarrohairhelmet

          where do i go for the full story?

          • 10thMountainFire

            I left no story to tell.

          • 1benmenno

            You will know XMF by the trail of dead . . .

          • 10thMountainFire

            …on the game day threads.

  • Waylon

    After watching that game with the Star’s announcers, I wish they did the NBC national broadcasts – they have fun and really enjoy the game itself, even when their team is losing.

    • Bannerman

      Their between periods guys were brutal though. “The Stars could have taken this game over if they had scored on those back to back power plays.” um.. didn’t they score about 1 second after the second penalty ended?

  • birdhead

    Via twitter, Crow starting. I mean good I guess, but surely Khabibulin has to start SOMETIME. If not why keep him on the roster at all?

    • Accipiter

      They are using him strictly as a backup.

    • AMR

      I agree if there is a game to start him this is the game. It also sounds like Brookbank may be in at wing once again

    • 10thMountainFire

      Q’s way of telling Stan to fix it?

      • AMR

        I’m not sure the hawks have the cap space to fix it

        • 10thMountainFire

          Yeah, gonna be tricky.

      • birdhead

        What’s even out there for Stan to do? Sigh.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      It makes some sense given how hot Crow is, how few and far between the games are right now, and in sending a message to Khabi…

      But we can’t keep this up. Just like we can’t keep dressing Moonpie as a forward. I mean, it was cute, but Halloween is over.