TITANIC WIN: Blackhawks 4, Avalanche 3 (SHO)

If you ever watch the movie "Titanic", you'll see a movie that's actually pretty dull until the ending, where there's finally some action and suspense. That was tonight's home opener between the Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche, which was won by the Blackhawks, 4-3 following a 9-round shootout.

Let's get to it:

THE GOOD:

The pagentry of Opening Night can actually be pretty cool, or it can really suck. It's all in the presentation. The suck was provided with the same goddamn idiotic red-carpet nonsense as last year. These are hockey players, not movie stars. On the other hand, having Denis Savard, Tony Esposito, Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull all skate out in uniform, and Tony O was even in mask and pads, was pretty awesome.

John Madden. He's a damn fine hockey player. Every time he's on the ice, you'll see smart hockey, and is he gets an inch, he'll take that and more.

Andrew Ladd. Scored the game winner in the shootout, had a regulation goal, and was hitting well. He skated a couple fourth-line shifts before QStache moved him back onto the 3-line, and he looked damn impressive all night.

Cristobal Huet. He stopped 6/9 during the shootout, and even had some nice saves during the game, along with one predictable goal off a long rebound. But still, a good, solid effort.

THE BAD:

Patrick Sharp. He's a very handsome man. But he was stinking up the ice tonight. Since he is usually one of the Hawks' best players, having a stinker here or there is something that can be forgiven. But, boy howdy, he was brutal. Didn't look good on the shootout either.

The Hawks' power play. Once again, the Hawks went on a 5-on-3 power play and the other team had them right where they wanted them. They had a full minute with a 2-man advantage, and managed only one shot. That's unacceptable.

THE UGLY:

Giveaways. The Hawks' passing was piss-poor all night, and they never set up a box against the Avalanche. While it's always tempting to exploit the transition game that the Hawks have, you've got to play smart. They're a far better team than the Avalanche, and even though they took two points, it shouldn't have been this hard.

Still, the Hawks are now 2-1-1, and are still on a 100+ point pace. Their next game is Monday night, which is a first round rematch with the Calgary Flames. Only this time the Hawks are the banged-up team, and the Flames are healthy. We'll see.



 

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  • 10/11/2009 12:29 AM Dave Morris wrote:
    Genteelmen of The Hawkey Thong, while we no doubt agree this was the kind of game to make a Hawks fan drink an entire case of beer or chug bottles of Stoli, surely you can not have been imbibing enough to omit the massive contribution of one K. Versteeg...who *only* had two assists (including the one on Dunc's dunk)...AND the shootout winner that saved The Count of Monte Cristobal from a guillotining at the hands of the UC rabble.

    And dissing the lovely and talented Patrick Sharp who set up the first goal by Les Eperviers Noirs?

    Scandaleux, mes amis. Scandaleux.

    Ah, but as you say, the good news. Two points. Take 'em and run.
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  • 10/11/2009 1:13 AM Kevin wrote:
    Some observations from the UC tonight:

    The Good: Versteeg. He was making plays all over the ice, and his awareness on the pass to Keith was absolutely beautiul.

    The Bad: The "fans" booing Campbell and Huet during introductions. I mean, really? At the home opener? Uncalled for and lacking in all kinds of class.

    The Ugly: Brent Sopel. I had not gotten to actually see a game yet this year (we don't get CSN or WGN Chicago down in Champaign, at least @ my apartment complex), so I didn't understand the extent of his suck. Holy God he is bad. He was beaten to the puck by literally everyone, and every time he starts skating it looks as if he's going to fall over. Yes, he's a 6th defenseman, but I think Hendry may deserve a look. A veteran presence is one thing if it's in the form of Madden, but Sopel just sucks.
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    1. 10/11/2009 9:39 AM CT wrote:
      SOPEL DANCE!

      Seriously, Sope actually played a decent game last night. He's a fairly effective penalty killer, because he's willing to get his big ass in the way.
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  • 10/11/2009 6:00 PM JDNoce wrote:
    I hope that the ridiculous love for Troy Brouwer is slowly dying here. Total waste of time. Is he riding Q's stache, or what?
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    1. 10/11/2009 9:51 PM Fork wrote:
      Who the hell has love for Troy Brouwer around here? Goddamnit, CT!
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      1. 10/11/2009 10:54 PM CT wrote:
        You're just jealous because your boy Skille got sent back to Rockford again.
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        1. 10/12/2009 7:36 AM Fork wrote:
          They sent him to Rockford, and will call him back up before tonight's game. Can't have that huge Skille contract counting against the Cap for that one day.
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  • 10/12/2009 5:06 PM JDNoce wrote:
    I'm not ridiculously pro-Skille, either. I just know that when Skille's on the ice I'm going to be getting something in return.
    Brouwer was riding the first line for sometime last year. I'm really not sure what he's done to merit anything other than fourth line time.
    If I had a nickel for every dead puck in the crease that Brouwer couldn't bury....
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