Boringtime: Hawks 5, Preds 4
Thus ends one of the worst weeks in recent memory. It only seems natural that Barry Trotz and his band of miscreants would close it out. Their Sominex brand of losing hockey proved that even a high scoring game can be pretty boring.
But in honor of Pat Foley Night, I've downed a healthy combination of beer and whiskey before writing this recap, so please forgive any slkjefn lisc orange burlap.
Pat Foley Night - Was it cheesy? Yes. Were we all disappointed that Dale Tallon didn't jump out of a giant cake? Yes. Did it make any sense to have Dutchie Caray there? No. Was it a nice distraction during a meaningless late-season game against an opponent who has been eliminated from the playoffs already? Yes. I actually enjoyed listening to some Foley's old stories, and hearing from his colleagues. I was however puzzled that Foley didn't once mention Mick McGeough during his speech to the crowd prior to the game.
Toews/Saad/Hossa - This line pretty much dominated every time it was on the ice. Saad got himself a goal, and Hossa scored the game winner in overtime, although at that point he was skating with...
Patrick Kane - With the jar of mustard scratched, Joel Quenneville went with Marcus Kruger (meh) and Dan Carcillo (GUH) as Patrick Kane's linemates. Somehow Kane managed to sneak onto the ice with Bryan Bickell and Marian Hossa and grab a goal and an assist for his troubles.
Duncan Keith - Keith got 3 points including a nice power play goal in which he snuck down in front of the goal and took a nice feed from Viktor Stalberg to get the Hawks on the board. As any PP goal is notable for the Hawks at this point, Keith gets a million points for this one.
Corey Crawford - An uninspired performance from Crawford tonight, as he seemed to have trouble locating the puck. In the end, I have to judge him for giving up 4 goals to Nashville, which brings their April total to 7.
Team Defense - Let's just say that Crawford wasn't the only one to blame here. Also, I wasn't the only one who looked bored with this game.
As always, our main man Barry Trotz provided the anti-pretty. But Joel Quenneville continues his mental war against Patrick Kane, saddling him with one linemate who is basically useless on offense (Kruger) and one who is useless all-around (Carcillo). I'm going to pretend that this is a prelude to Kane being reuinted with Toews during the playoffs, with the grateful no. 88 scoring 12,000 goals in the playoffs out of gratitude.
Up Next - Tomorrow night the Hawks take on the Coyotes, with Hockeenight's sources reporting that Patrick Kane will be skating with Jim J. Bullock and a cactus.