Hockeenight in Evanston: Hawks 5, Thrashers 4 (SO)
On Saturday, the 2009-10 Blackhawks staged a reunion of sorts, getting together with several of their old mates in Atlanta. In the spirit of the thing, the always generous Forklift hosted a gathering of hockey fans at his palatial estate in the northern suburbs of Chicago. And so gathered some of the finest Hockeenight readers and Shoutboxers (as well as some damn fine dancers) for an evening of table hockey, Italian beef, pulled pork sandwiches, and all the Hamm's and Malört a man can drink*.
Oh, and there was Blackhawks game too. I almost forgot about that. And it was something. While the Blackhawks came out showing quite a bit more energy and urgency than they have of late, the game was still pretty sloppy. Luckily tonight, the Hawks star players answered the bell, and they were able to survive their mistakes.
Toews and Kane - the money men showed up tonight. Perhaps they were inspired by something they read on the internet? Regardless of the reason, Toews and Kane each scored a pair of goals and 7 points total. Toews also beat Ondrej Pavelec in the shootout.
Jeremy Morin - I liked what the kid brought tonight. Seeing his first NHL action, he wasn't intimidated, taking the body and getting a few shots on goal. He needs to work on that shot blocking technique though.
Old Hawks - Byfuglien, Ladd and Eager each had a point, and Brent Sopel was a +1.
Forklift and LFork - The Forklifts know how to throw a party.
Penalty Kill - Wow, what a fucking mess that was. The Hawks gave up 3 power play goals in 5 chances for Atlanta. We'll consider that an anomaly at this point, but let's not see that again.
John Scott - As Fork said, the one good thing about John Scott is, he isn't Derek Boogard.
Morin blocked a second period shot that ended up somehow hitting him right behind the knee which sent him down in a heap. Morin managed to play a few short shifts in the 3rd period, but let's hope he works on that technique in future.
DID YOU KNOW? -
"Most first-time drinkers of Jeppson Malort reject our liquor. Its strong, sharp taste is not for everyone. Our liquor is rugged and unrelenting (even brutal) to the palate. During almost 60 years of American distribution, we found only 1 out of 49 men will drink Jeppson Malort. During the lifetime of our founder, Carl Jeppson was apt to say, 'My Malort is produced for that unique group of drinkers who disdain light flavor or neutral spirits.'
It is not possible to forget our two-fisted liquor. The taste just lingers and lasts - seemingly forever. The first shot is hard to swallow! PERSERVERE [sic]. Make it past two 'shock-glasses' and with the third you could be ours...forever"
—-Jeppson's Malört Label
*which isn't that much, really