This is going to be really short as I am about to fall over in exhaustion. Long, early day tomorrow for me, so it might be a while till I get to some big, more important points on the game, as there was ample excitement in this one.
Not a night to lose. The Preds scored 4 goals in the 3rd period to win their game, and the Wings cruised to a win as well. 2 points was needed to start this long as hell road trip off, but we all have to settle for 1.
Crawford was good, especially good in OT when he out-right robbed the sisters of making the Hawks look silly for a bit. Schneider was unfortunately better, and eventually the Sedins got their game winning goal. Bummer, cause the Hawks were actually the better team for the majority of the game. Most definitely not in the 1st period though.
Before Vancouver won the game, Toews and Stalberg absolutely exploded into the Nuck's zone on two different rushes that had game winning breakaway all over them. Toews' move to get in on Schneider was absolutely sick and took everyone to school, including all of the Vancouver fans in the building. Stalberg was slashed on his hands just as he was about to shoot, surprise, no call. Can we all agree that speedy von speederson is a giant asset to this team? He exploded between those traffic cones (Oh wait, they were actually moving) to get that opportunity to win it. He is going to get better, and better. Mark my words.
But, the Hawks should have never even gone to OT with the Nucks. Too many Hawks had goals written all over their chances, and somehow Schneider was there. Morrison was robbed of his first Hawks goal. Shaw had a few near misses, and the 1st line of Stalberg/Toews/Kaner had as many looks as one could hope to have as they continue to be just too much for anyone to handle.
Stalberg would have been the player of the game had he scored more than 1 goal on his plethora of chances and credited 7 shots on net. He was a beast out there, and earning every minute of his ice-time, save for his giveaway that ended in the Hawks net because the Hawks were all caught between the center line and Nucks blue line. Yeah, but lets trade Stalberg, I am sure we can find someone better and at only about 5 times his asking price.
The Hawks looked good. The D was mostly solid, and aggressive. Funny how those 2 things go together. The forwards were helping out, back-checking and I liked what I saw of Morrison with the 2nd line. Placing Kruger on Bolland's wing had me scratching my head, but how often does Q not make me do that?
For whatever reason, we saw Scott tonight, and I'll be darned, Keith skated for over 30 minutes. His buddy Seabrook was right up there with him and I am kinda pissed about it. It is down right negligent to play someone that much, and the Hawks didn't even win. That just goes to show you how bad the Hawks wanted this one.
I have more to say, but no more energy to say it. More at some point tomorrow. Bummer of a game.
I have thought it over: I am impressed with Kruger this year, but Frolik is better suited for the 3rd line. Neither of them are scoring goals, but Fro is a better skater. Move that around, Sharp will start feeling better soon, and I like the way all of the lines look. Morrison looked pretty good for a first game with a team. My 2 cents anyway.