Adjourned: Hawks 5, Blue Jackets 4 (SO)

See you in two weeks 

So, we made it to the Olympic break. We're battered, bruised, tired and drunk, but we made it. The Hawks played a ragged game against Columbus today, sending a clear message in the first period that they really, really just wanted to get this over with. Columbus managed a couple of goals off lucky breaks, and then Hawks decided maybe they did want these two points after all.

THE GOOD

The I-90 Connection:  Brian Bickell and Jake Dowell were both suited up for this one, and each of them got a well deserved goal.  While the other Hawks seemed to be content to shoot from the perimeter, these two played like guys who wanted to make an impression, throwing body checks and going hard to the front of the Columbus net.  Eventually their mates took the hint, but these were the guys who gave a full 60 minutes.

Troy Brouwer:  The Tower of Brouwer assisted on Dowell's goal and then in the third period reminded the Hawks fans that while they don't have an "enforcer", there are guys on this team who can handle themselves.  After Anton Stralman caught Patrick Kane with his head down and nailed him with a knee-to-knee hit, Brouwer took exception, and pummelled Starlman good.  Of course, Brouwer received 19 minutes in penalties and the Blue Jackets tied the game on the resulting power play, but Troy returned to the ice for the shootout and scored the game winning goal.

THE BAD

I'm not going to pick on any single Hawk here.  I think most guys were looking forward to getting this game overwith.  The Hawks played like it in the first period, playing shit defense, lazy offense and nearly waiting too long to snap out of it.  But they did recover and got two more points.  This one's over, so let's all enjoy the jingoism that is the Winter Olympics and then we'll see what happens after the Blackhawks are rested (somewhat) and (hopefully) healthy.

THE UGLY

The Line Combinations:  Not faulting Quenneville for this, as he had 3 newer guys in the lineup again today and he was constantly shuffling the lines to try and find some chemistry.  My only real issue with this is that the Hawks were wearing their 3rd jersey and I could barely read the damn numbers on them, let alone the names.

Up Next:  OLYMPICS OLYMPICS OLYMPICS

Here's some things to do to occupy yourself during the Olympics:

1. Watch ice dancing.
2. Download and listen to every Hockeenight Puckcast
3. Check Hockeenight for the "Looking Back" Series we'll be running during the games
4. Live in sweat-drenched fear that every Hawk participating in the games will get injured except Kopecky.
5. Profit.

 

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  • 2/14/2010 10:14 PM Fork wrote:
    At least the Hawks will have two rested goalies...

    The best case scenario is that Niemi was just tired. The wrst case if the league is starting to figure him out.
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    1. 2/14/2010 10:23 PM Dave Morris wrote:
      Antti probably had meatballs for his pregame lunch.

      Sure looks like that there Finnish fella's the starting goalie now...especially seeing Cristo's face as he walked through the tunnel to the dressing room between the second and third frames.
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      1. 2/14/2010 10:47 PM Slak wrote:
        Over at SCH they suggested that this was Q trying to get Huet into Fuck You mode. Hopefully it works. I don't care for the Huet Haters and I'd rather not see a 5.6 million dollar backup goalie.

        Also, Niemi isn't that good.
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        1. 2/14/2010 11:10 PM Dave Morris wrote:
          "The pressure is unreal. Most of the goalkeepers, they feel the pressure. The only ones that don't worry are the ones too dumb to understand what's happening to them." ~ Tony Esposito

          Watched Tony pitch a 1-0 shutout against the Leafs today. Actually, it was a 1970 game on the NHL Network...but Tony looked like he was Antti's inspiration. 
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      2. 2/14/2010 10:50 PM Slak wrote:
        Question: what exactly does Ladd do? I like him and all, but he's making it a lot easier to swallow the prospect of letting him walk after this season.

        Also, Versteeg sucks.
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        1. 2/15/2010 8:28 AM Mark Giangreco Roman Wrestler wrote:
          Ladd is an OUTSTANDING defensive forward.
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    2. 2/15/2010 12:35 AM Johnson wrote:
      If Niemi is the #1 now should I start saying he sucks and how Huet needs to get some starts?
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  • 2/14/2010 10:37 PM Fro Dog wrote:
    I was shocked Niemi started this game. You figure the second game of a back-to-back, he would get this one off. He was just good enough to win (Although he made some pretty good saves) and he had yet another good shootout.

    Nice to see the young guys step up and score some goals. Very positive to see that their players from their minor league team are ready to go if they are called up.
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    1. 2/14/2010 10:45 PM Dave Morris wrote:
      So is Truck Brouwer the Hawks' new Robocop?

      Is The Nieminator the new Numero Uno?

      Does The Hoss Man have more than just a Tylenol headache?

      Will Da Steeg be going from the doghouse to the outhouse?

      All this and much, much more, after the Olympic break.
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      1. 2/15/2010 8:35 AM Mark Giangreco Roman Wrestler wrote:
        Q was pretty frank with the Versteeg situation.

        "Kris Versteeg played just 4 minutes, 54 seconds, earning six shifts and none after the second period. "I didn't like the way he was playing," Quennville said."
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        1. 2/15/2010 9:47 AM Fork wrote:
          When you get out-played by Jake Dowell, you deserve to sit.
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      2. 2/15/2010 8:35 AM Fork wrote:
        Also, does HOCKEENIGHT need to send our Salary Cap Expert to the Olympics to show them the proper way to light a bowl?
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        1. 2/15/2010 9:01 AM Dave Morris wrote:
          I'm shocked that HockeeNight, with its massive travel budget, doesn't have a correspondent on site in Vancouver already.

          BTW, Georges Laraque is still waiting for CT to return his tweet.
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