Road Victories: How Do They Work? - Avalanche 5, Blackhawks 2
It's safe to say this game was built on tension, what with Blackhawks beat writers spending the three day break incessantly re-tweeting moronic trade ideas from every drooling, meth-mouthed armchair GM in the Chicago area - suggestions ranging from the improbable return of Cristobal Huet (MAH GAWD KING! THAT'S HUET'S MUSIC!) to the reacquisition of game seven goat Chris Campoli to the name of any oversized, overpaid, lumbering defenseman one could imagine. What this team really needs right now is to figure out how to use their talents with the aim of winning a goddamn game. Just one game. Please. We're tired of this road trip and it's basically still in diapers. With Ray Emery taking the reins from the beleaguered Corey Crawford the Hawks looked to snap a nauseating road losing streak and start the task of turning their fortunes around.
Their opponent would be the Colorado Avalanche, or as in the know folk say, the 'Rado 'Lanche who have beaten the Hawks two of three times this season so far. Also of note, Jean-Sebastian Giguere has some ridiculous numbers so far this year and so we're using another Morph creation: Jean-Sebastian Juggalo and his Faygo brand stick. With that let's talk a bunch of stuff I mostly hated.
- Patrick Kane finally scored a goal and it was a pretty one. Heading toward the net, Patrick Sharp found him with a nice pass which Kane backhanded past our backyard wrestling loving friend Giguere.
- Look, I just can't think of anything else right now.
- This is getting tiresome but there's really not much else I can say about this defense that hasn't been said before. And yes, it's a team issue not just a defenseman issue. The forwards had about sixty neutral zone turnovers tonight and it didn't matter whether they were even strength or on the power play, the Avs found themselves in on Ray Emery with more skaters than the Hawks had defenders too often. Hell, they had more odd man rushes in this game than the Hawks should probably allow in an entire road trip. It's disgusting to watch this continue and right now the only answer is for the players in that locker room to figure it out and fast because the rest of the teams in the Central Division simply do not lose anymore unless they play each other.
- Marian Hossa and Dave Bolland are having terrible trips so far. Hossa has had a few chances and hasn't looked particularly bad and the only time I really even noticed Bolland was when he went in for the puck in the neutral zone which led to a fumbled Duncan Keith clear attempt which then led directly to a Colorado goal. Rationally speaking - you have to figure there a few players that most would consider "the core" that aren't playing up to snuff right now. That'll change. It has to. Because if it doesn't "the core" will look a little different next season.
- I mentioned the odd man rushes. Just miserable to watch. I'm sure the dressing room was really pleasant after this one.
- Steve Montador apparently went in for x-rays and never returned after leaving in the second period. So a pretty sad defense corps just got sadder if anything's seriously wrong with Monty.
- Sean O'Donnell...I don't know. It seems like whenever he's on the ice something shitty happens. He's old and seems like a cool guy but maybe it's time to hit the glue factory, old boy.
Next up on the never-ending tour of Dante's nine circles, it's the fifth circle which is aptly the anger circle. The angry fight each other on the surface while the sad and pitiful drown under the swampy waters of the River Styx. I'd prefer the Hawks come out like the former on Friday in San Jose. See you then, sports fans.