Crapfest: Hawks 2, Ducks 3 (SO)
What a freakin' mess that was. But, the Hawks got a point out of it...great?
Seriously though, watching this game was fucking horrible. Horrible. It's hard to believe I watched 2 of the top teams in the Western Conference play to a 2-2 tie and it was this boring. There were roughly 400 stoppages in play, a shit ton of sloppy mistakes and a shootout. That's not a recipe for fun.
I didn't like much of this. The Red Wedding Line had a few of its usual jaw-dropping shifts, but none that resulted in goals. I did like that Q came out with some different lines in what I thought was an effort to spread out the playing time, but in the end, he just played Kane and Toews 20 minutes each. So, if I had to pick something good, I guess it's that the building didn't burn down.
Well, let's see...
In the second game of back to backs, Q relied heavily on his regulars, despite doing so the night before. Smith, Nordstrom and Morin all played less than 10 minutes. Toews and Kane were over 20 and Hossa right there at 19. Inexplicably, the youngest of all these guys, Brandon Saad, only played 11:33.
Johnny Oduya - every season, Oduya has a stretch of games where he plays like he's got explosive diarrhea. This is one of those stretches.
Joakim Nordstrom sure does fall down a lot.
Antti Raanta's Five Hole - Well, at least we know what Raanta needs to work on.
Kris Versteeg had a goal, an assist, fell down 3 times, like 5 turnovers and 2 unnecessarily fancy passes. A classic GODDAMMIT Versteeg game if ever there was one.
Anyway, games like this happen during the course of a season. Time to move on.
Up Next: The Hawks welcome the Florida Panthers on Sunday, along with all the guys they've traded there in the last several years.