Jonathan Toews once again showed why he has the “C” on the chest of his sweater, netting a goal and a pair of assists tonight against the Blue Jackets. Once again a brief lapse from the Hawks lead to multiple goals in a short period of time as the Jackets put in two goals in less than a minute early in the second period. Fortunately the Blue Jackets aren’t talented enough to make the Hawks pay, and as Coach Q often says whoever wins the 5 on 3s will win the game. On to the bullets.
- Nick Boynton is finding new and inventive ways to hurt the Hawks. Already having injured Marian Hossa for a stretch earlier this year, Boynton deflected a puck off his face into the Hawks net. He also hung Nick Leddy out to dry on the Blue Jackets final goal.
- Turco gave up 4 goals on 33 shots, but made several big saves when the Hawks needed them. This game probably didn’t do much to earn him the coaching staffs trust but it also shouldn’t hurt him either.
- Patrick Sharp’s line, was -3 and he took a penalty to put the Hawks shorthanded for the final 1:32 of the game. His lone point came as the secondary assist on Duncan Keith’s 5 on 3 goal. Shape is a -13 on the season, including -7 over the last 3 games. The poor defensive play of the second line can not continue if the Hawks are going to make a playoff run.
- Leddy scored his second of the season to tie the game at 1 midway through the first. His overall game was solid, he did get beat on Matt Calvert’s goal, but Nick Boynton did help out all with a poor play at the blue line.
- Toews short handed goal was a thing of beauty, but more exciting is that the Hawks killed all 6 minors they took including a 1:23 of 5 on 3. The Hawks pk is ranked 24th right now and needs to get better. Assistant coach Mike Haviland has reportedly taken over the unit, if the progress continues so should the wins.
- Patrick Kane played like he cares again; the result a goal and an assist. Keep it up.
- The fourth line played well too. Jack Skille assisted Leddy’s goal, and Viktor Stalberg scored on a nice give and go play with Toews. If these players play to their potential they may be able to replace some of the secondary scoring this team misses from last season.
- The first period was forced to end early due to power issues at Nationwide Arena. It is the second time the Hawks have had a period ended prematurely and carried over after an intermission. A recent game at the United Center saw some carryover time due to a broken piece of glass behind the east goal.
- The weather will keep the Hawks in Ohio for the night. They will practice at Nationwide in the morning before heading back to Chicago, and then continuing on to Vancouver for their game Friday night.