COLUMBUS CURBSTOMP: Blackhawks 6, Blue Jackets 3
Nothing is good for what ails you like seeing the Columbus Blue Jackets on your schedule.
The Chicago Blackhawks saw some life in their almost flatline power play, got some scoring from their top players, and came out of Nationwide Arena in Columbus with a 6-3 win that resembled a scrimmage between the Varsity and JV more than it did an NHL game.
Let's get to this:
Steve Montador. Looks like he'll get some more time in the slot on the power play. He assisted on Andrew Brunette's PPG, and scored one of his own. Oh, and he also had a scrap with Derek Dorsett to complete the Gordie Howe Hat Trick. Slowly but surely, he's starting to sort his game out.
The Hawks' Power Play. First time all year we could say that. Two-for-three. A big part of that was the second unit, which is where Montador was down low. A solid second PP unit can make a lot of good things happen.
Jonathan Toews. He got an early goal for the Hawks to get things going, then added another goal and assist. Now we'll see if we've seen the last of his annual slow start.
Marian Hossa. Geez, this guy is good at the hockey.
The Penalty Kill still didn't really look all that staunch. They allowed 2 PPG on 5 kills, one was only 12 seconds in. Of course, not having Dave Bolland in the lineup after taking a shot off the foot Tuesday night will have a negative effect on the kill.
The Columbus organization. Albatross contracts? Check. Bad coaching? Check. Empty arena? Check. This is an organization that is hemorrhaging money, and can't possibly sustain itself by looking like the 2006 Blackhawks.
Dan Carcillo took a puck to the face that resulted in a lot of blood on the ice, as well as stitches to the fact for Carbomb. For everyone who thought he couldn't possibly get uglier...Surprise!
Next up is a game in the United Center tomorrow night, the middle game of 3-in-4 nights, against Iggy and the Stooges. Join us in the Shoutbox, and make sure to write in John Scott on your All-Star ballot.