Freaky Friday: Hawks 4, Oilers 7
Wow. Ugly showing by the Blackhawks tonight. Chicago screwed the pooch early on this one, giving up 3 goals in two minutes during the 1st period. The Hawks tried to play catchup after that, but every time they seemed on the verge of getting back into it, they'd give up another goal. The stat lines are going to be deceptive on this one. Tomas Kopecky had a gaudy -5, but I didn't think he was nearly as bad as Duncan Keith who had 3 assists (and was named player of the game by Pat and Eddie). Just about every Blackhawk had a brutal moment on the ice tonight, and maybe it just seemed like Keith had the most of them because he played the most minutes. Chicago's goalies didn't help matters much either, as Edmonton's opening goal should have been stopped by Marty Turco (who was relieved by Corey Crawford after the 1st intermission) and Corey Crawford completely biffed Ryan Jones wrister resulting in the Oil's 6th goal. Still, I guess we can take some solace in the fact that the Blackhawks never really went away in this one, but still, this is Edmonton, a young team that you've got take points against. Ah well.
Jack Skille - Skille's going to be the only guy who appears in this spot tonight. He was fast, he was physical and he was responsible. He got off 6 shots, and checked with abandon. Despite not registering a point, he managed to finish at an even zero, quite an accomplishment on this evening.
Nick Boynton - on a night where everyone was bad, Boynton seemed to be the worst. Just when it would seem like the Hawks were on the verge of seizing the momentum in the game, Boynton would provide one of his patented terrible pinch-ins and the Oilers would take the puck and put in the back of the net.
Passing - The Hawks passing hasn't been great this year, and it was especially piss poor tonight. Nobody was hitting anyone in stride, passes were hitting guys in the skates, or hitting referees or just going straight to the Oilers. Remember when Quenneville took over from Savard two years ago and we all marveled over how the passing improved almost immediately? He needs fix that again.
11 total goals? This seemed like an Oilers' game from the 1980's.