Category: Dallas Stars
As the self-appointed spokesmen/woman of the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, we are using the idea of “To the victors go the spoils” quite seriously. What we will do between now and the night the Stanley Cup banner is raised in the United Center is point out the shortcomings of all the teams that won’t have four crisp new banners in their rafters. We continue this series with the Dallas Stars.
I had to start over on this recap, because as of the second period this really felt like a night in which the Hawks were snakebitten. Kari Lehtonen was turning back everything the Hawks threw at him;
after 2 periods the Hawks shots-on-goal advantage was roughly 378 to 4. Then, with just over 4 minutes left in the 2nd and the Hawks on the power play, Trevor Daley helped the Hawks creep back into
the game by redirecting a Patrick Sharp pass into his own net. Even after that, the game felt horribly frustrating, with tons of great
Well at least the Hawks managed to get one point. Seems like an odd thing to say after a team takes a 3-0 lead in the first period. But after the Hawks were unable to score on a 5 on 3 power play (thanks in part to a terrible call on review) it was all Dallas the rest of the way. Chicago was out hit and out played through most of the 2nd and 3rd periods and after a series of injuries left them short 3 skaters, they WERE lucky to get out of Dallas with a point.
Cripes. The Hawks were coming off a nice win in LA, so what did they do? Completely shit the bed. I’m not sure what has to happen, but the inconsistency of this team has become maddening, and it can’t all be blamed on injuries. The defensive effort simply isn’t there each night. Joel Quenneville can keep scratching bottom 6 forwards and juggling his lines, but eventually that act is going to wear thin.
That’s what I like to see. The Hawks went into to Dallas tonight and kicked an inferior team to the curb, taking two points, as well as the Stars lunch. Chicago controlled most of the game, pausing only to surrender several power plays and seemingly letting up a bit after gaining a 4 goal lead in the third. It was another damn good defensive effort from most of the team, and a 4th liner even chipped in two more goals. What more can you ask for? Nothing, at least in the regular season.