How many times are we going to have to watch this story play out in front of us? The Blackhawks dominate for 2 periods and completely serve the game on a platter for 1 period of play. When you are pretty much expecting it heading into the 3rd, you know there is a problem. The Hawks outshot the Preds 27-11 after 40 minutes. They were then outshot 13-3 for the next 15 minutes of play. Both stats are very descriptive to the manhandling going on by both respective teams during that time.
I understand that the Hawks had just played the night before, and the loss of Bolland early didn't help matters, but the time has to come when we begin to not only question what is going on in the heads of these players, but the physical condition of the team as well. Can we be putting some of this on the training staff? I am getting to the point where I want to know their diets and exercise plans.
There is some obvious guilt directed at Crawford for practically throwing the puck in his own net for no reason. I did find it surprising that Crow was starting in back to back nights. It might have been a statement by Q who his main guy is, and it might have blown up in his face a wee bit. It is no mystery how bad Crow's puck control abilities are, and last night it gave the Preds a much needed point. You are welcome Nashville.
This was the moment that woke the Preds up, and they realized that a 2 goal game is very winnable. The Hawks were apparently not convinced until it was 2-2, and they all decided to play hockey again. Cut to the SO, and where Rozsival netted the extra point.
- Stalberg had a strong game, which reminded me how long it had been since I saw that. Unfortunately, Bickell wasn't making the best decisions out there, which maybe cost the Hawks a goal or 2 from that 3rd line. Still, nice to see it doing what it does best again.
- Kane once again showed his deathly power. I would have liked to see Morin given a few extra minutes with his line, especially after Bolland went out.
- Oh yeah, Bolland leaves a game early after deciding he wanted to play hockey again. I guess we should have expected it. Whatever, he will come back and be a beast in the playoffs like he often is.
- Jeremy Morin was again impressive, with and without the puck. I am telling you, we should get more looks of this kid before his time runs out and Shossa come back.
- Speaking off, I am really excited to see what happens when Sharp and Hossa come back.
- Nick Leddy once again made going coast to coast look easy.
- And Saad continues to rack up some important points later in the season.
If you missed it, then you missed watching the Hawks show how strong of a team they are without 3 key players, and then how bad they can be at playing with leads. In the end, there are more reasons to get excited, and I am hopeful that the issues are worked out by May.
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