Happy Days: Hawks 5, Stars 2
So, after a Friday night of Malort and DOOM, the Hawks come back on Saturday and get their first win of the season in fairly easy fashion. Which they should, because for some reason the Stars started Andrew Raycroft in this game, and he sucks. I mean really sucks. Maybe this decision has something to do with a nefarious plan that Glen Gulutzan concocted during his days as an evil henchman in Die Hard. Anyway, the Hawks played a little better than last night, but they managed to get their shots on net and actually convert on the power play, and that made the difference.
Let's get to it:
Bickell-Bolland-Frolik: After missing the opener, Dave Bolland played tonight, and made an immediate impact. He scored two goals - one an empty netter and the other against Raycroft, (I'm still not sure which was more challenging) and this entire line was the best the Hawks had tonight. Bickell seems intent on using his size this year, making some good hits and getting to the net. Frolik still has a penchant for some terrible shots (several times he received the puck coming across the blue line with speed and elected to shoot from above the circle) but he played well otherwise and made an unselfish pass to set up Bolland for his empty netter.
Marion Hossa: the Slovakian Beast was all over the ice, and did everything but score. But if he keeps playing like this, the goals are going to come.
Dumbass Miller Lite Commercials: Four guys are sitting in a fishing boat, and only one of them actually has a fishing pole. Why the fuck would be scared of the fish he catches?!? DON'T FISH IF YOU'RE AFRAID OF THE GODDAMN FISH.
Andrew Raycroft - I could go on forever about how bad Raycroft is, but instead, I'm going to provide you with this link to every post Down Goes Brown has ever made involving Raycroft. It gets the point across while being much funnier than I could ever be.
John Scott - Scott dressed as a defenseman tonight and played 3 minutes. There was one fight and he had no part in it. Just reacquire Matt Walker for Q and get it over with.
On Friday and Galway Bay, I was minding my own business when The Third Man In's Chris Block asked me what I thought of the Hawks putting numbers on the front of their helmets. To that point I hadn't noticed it, AND NOW IT'S ALL I CAN SEE.
I'm not a fan.