Short and Sweet: Hawks 5, Sharks 3
I am tired and want to go to bed. So, ladies and gentlemen...THERE WILL BE NO INTRODUCTION!
Fine, a quick one. The first 12 minutes of this game were an absolute clusterfuck. The Sharks ran around trying to hit everything that moved, the Hawks panicked and when the dust settled it was 3-33 with none of the goals being works of art. Things finally settled down and the Hawks took some semblance of control after Duncan Keith decided to fight (!) in defense of his teammate Jamal Mayers (!!!).
Brandon Saad: Saad continued to bust his ass and finally got his first NHL game on a sweet pass from Brent Seabrook. Saad seemed to gain some confidence from this, as he definitely seemed more eager to shoot as the game went on.
Corey Crawford: no, 3 goals in 10 minutes isn't good, and the 3rd one was particularly soft, but Q to his credit stuck with Crawford and Corey rewarded his coach for his faith. Craw made several good saves after settling down and earned this win.
Jonathan Toews: It almost goes without saying, but it can't. Toews was awesome tonight, getting several good chances and picking Douglas Murray's pocket to setup Patrick Kane for the deciding goal.
Patrick Sharp - Sharp just doesn't look right out there. He's misfiring on offense and completely indifferent on defense. This is leading to short shifts in the offensive zone and long shifts in the defensive zone for THE BOLLAND LINE.
Douglas Murray - I just can't stand this fucking ox.
Sheldon Brookbank - I don't want to spend all season picking on The Accountant, but seriously, you can actually see him go through the process of having a nervous breakdown every time he receives the puck. This sequence usually ends with him waiving his stick like he's trying to shake gum off the blade and hoping this results in a pass to a teammate.
Pat and Eddie will tell you this is the pinnacle of leadership, but do we really need to have Duncan Keith jump in and fight Andrew Desjardins over what appeared to be a legal hit to Jamal Mayers? Granted the refs assessed a match penalty to Desjardins for a hit to the head, but on the replay it looked like shoulder contact. But seriously, was there nobody else on the ice who could have done this?
Up Next: The Hawks go to Phoenix to take on the Coyotes and try not to make eye contact with Greg Jamison as he begs for spare change outside the arena.