Close, But Not Quite - Hawks 2, Coyotes 2 (Coyotes win forensics competition)
Sincere apologies for not getting the wrap up sooner, but as is frequently the case when we have Bottom Lounge events on a Saturday, last night's fun precluded me from getting up any time before well...an hour ago. Let's get right to the bullets, shall we?
- Nice to see the Hawks salvage a point after entering the third period down a goal, but the fact remains that they still needed two points, and least of all to allow it to get to a three point game.
- Patrick Kane had the game on his stick effectively twice with chances in alone on Bryzgalov, once on a breakaway in OT, and the other in the shootout, and came away empty. He's got to get the feel back of ripping the opponent's heart out if this team is going to go anywhere.
- Oh, so that's what a John Scott breakaway looks like.
- Marian Hossa actually was a factor tonight, shockingly enough. His pass to set up Troy Brouwer on the first goal was subtly excellent, shaking the Phoenix defender with a slight deke to then find Brouw who had floated to an open space and buried his chance.
- Corey Crawford can't let that Taylor Pyatt goal in, plain and simple.
- These D-pairings aren't working, particularly Duncan Keith and Nick Leddy. Both want to jump into the play, and that's what resulted in in Radim Vrbata's breakway goal. Stan Bowman claims the Hawks are working to acquire another defensemen, and one would hope that it's soon, because Leddy has been mauled on this trip.
- Frolik centering Hossa and Kopecky - not good. Not good at all.
- Last but not least, we'd like to thank the Bottom Lounge and everyone that came out to support Chicago Pucks Cancer, put together by Courtney Beckham of ChicksWhoGiveAPuck, and organized by SCH/CI's marketing department of Nadyja and Meghan (who walked away with a Seabrook autographed stick from the silent auction). It was a great time and a great turnout, and the early reports are that $2494 was raised from the event alone, not including any items up for bid on the site. Great work by everyone involved, and we were happy to be a part of it.