That Was Easy: Hawks 5, Stars 2
That's what I like to see. The Hawks went into to Dallas tonight and kicked an inferior team to the curb, taking two points, as well as the Stars lunch. Chicago controlled most of the game, pausing only to surrender several power plays and seemingly letting up a bit after gaining a 4 goal lead in the third. It was another damn good defensive effort from most of the team, and a 4th liner even chipped in two more goals. What more can you ask for? Nothing, at least in the regular season.
Also, the Hawks got their 50th win of the season, the first time in franchise history they've won 50 in a season. Which is nice.
Colin Fraser - Fraser scored two goals tonight, while putting in his usual solid effort on the 4th line. Colin's definitely making a push to be on the ice come playoff time.
Toews & Hossa - these guys each scored a goal, including another shortie by Toews. Is there anything better than watching these two kill penalties? You know they're going to generate scoring chances.
Patrick Kane - Due to a Troy Brouwer being scratched for personal reasons, Kane skated with Dave Bolland and Adam Burish, and still managed to tally his 30th goal of the year tonight. This is a goal that only be described as having been scored while I had flipped over to "Justified" to watch Marshall Raylon Givens perforate a couple of guys with bullets.
Justified - Awesome show on FX. If you're not watching this, I'm banning you from the site.
The Power Play - I'd really like to see this fixed for the playoffs. Or at least looking somewhat competent. That'd be nice.
Dumb Penalties - As much as I like watching Toews and Hossa kill penalties, I'd rather they not be a series of delay of game (puck over the glass) minors, followed by the classic bench penalty for too many men on the ice. Shit like this VERY preventable, and it could have allowed the Stars back into the game.
Dustin Byfuglien - It's official, Buff is now comfortable playing defense. He was throwing pucks away left and right tonight, seemingly thinking up new and creative ways to turn the puck over at every shift. Time to move him back to forward for 3 games.
Up Next: The Hawks play St. Louis tomorrow. Who are you to resist it, ah?