VACATION MODE: Predators 3, Blackhawks 1

deThe All-Star break couldn't get here fast enough.

The Chicago Blackhawks spent the first 40 minutes of tonight's game against the Nashville Predators showing less life than Joe Paterno before finally deciding to put their foot on the gas in the final period. As has happened several times this season, it was a simple case of too little, too late. They looked like they were coming off a game the night before instead of the Preds, coming up on the short end of a 3-1 decision in the United Center.

The All-Star break may now commence, with Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa heading to the seductive glitter and glamour of Ottawa, while the rest of the team will be somewhere that will undoubtedly be better.

Let's get to this:


Marian Hossa. Tonight he wore an "A" on the front of his sweater, and he decided it stood for "Awesome". He set up the Hawks' lone goal tonight with a beautiful pass to Dave Bolland in the high slot after drawing coverage off Bolland. He was doing everything he could to make this game his own.

A glimpse at the future. 5 rookie forwards (Brandon Pirri, Ben Smith, Marcus Kruger, Jimmy Hayes and Andrew Shaw) dressed tonight. Smith and Hayes once again played as if one bad shift would land them each in Rockford. Kruger has been steady. Pirri and Smith really didn't make impacts, but you can see each of these 5 playing in the NHL for a few years.

The break. Jonathan Toews sat out tonight healing a sore wrist/hand. Patrick Sharp has been out a couple weeks. Having a week with no games means these stars can recuperate for another week without the Hawks having to play without them. I'm guessing they both dress in Vancouver next Tuesday.


Corey Crawford. At least in the first. 2 goals that really should have been stopped, a couple piss-poor decisions with the puck could have easily led to a couple more. I'm sure he'll welcome the week off. He still needs to get the bugaboos out of his head.

B y n Bi k ll. That's what a disappearing player looks like. He dressed tonight and did absolutely nothing to vindicate QStache's decision.

Taint Nugget once again rocked us like a tropical depression. Their new gimmick is to play "Back In Black" while the guitarist and bassist mingle among their adoring (?) public. I think I saw someone ask the guitarist if he had a mustard packet for a pretzel. Oh, and that asshole Ronnie Woo Dio made an appearance.


This is the life of a meme. Started on Wednesday, running hot on Thursday, reaching critical mass on Friday, forgotten on Monday. Such is #ShawFacts. Yep, by Monday, Comcast Sports Net was definitely walking back their enthusiasm about meeting the brilliant mind who created it. A better guess is that someone either read the site or the Twitter feed. The other sure-fire way of knowing it's over is that the Heckler started printing shirts. Once they get ahold of it, you know the horse is dead, beaten, and sold as dog food.

So this weekend is the All-Star game. Watch it. Or don't.

See You Next Tuesday.


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