This game had to be coming for the Hawks. Maybe it was the Oil for once who took this game for granted. Maybe the Hawks finally got tired of chasing a young team around that really isn't that good. Whatever the reason, I kinda felt like this one was never in question. I mean, you always have to assume a 30% chance they just fall apart and give the game away, but shift after shift, the Hawks took care of business this entire game. Even on busted plays the Hawks managed to score twice and the Oil just didn't have any answers for the team effort the Hawks turned in. On to the goals.
First one, Hawks are short handed and Saad tries to clear the puck up the middle but his stick breaks. As the puck trickles up, Yakupov is on the blue line and either misjudged the speed or just mishandled it. Either way, Toews was right there, picked up the puck and skated all the way down ice unmolsted and made the funny face seen up top as he scored. Second goal, Hawks went from PK to PP and after a scrum at the net that involved Shaw, the puck squirts out to Kane to the right of Dubnyk and Kane buried it.
Third goal was early in the second when Oduya threw one on net from the blue line (Never a bad idea per Edzo) and the puck was deflected in by Potter on his own goalie. Four a half minutes later, Smith and Shaw bust up ice on a two on one and Smith fed a really sweat pass past the defender right on to Shaw's stick and right into the net. A few minutes later the Oil got one back when the puck bounced out to Justin Schultz to the left of Crawford and he hammered an absolute perfect shot that rang off the post on the way in. Handzus was sorta in the area looking a little dazed, but give Schultz credit, the puck clean to him and he just drilled it past Crawford who never had a chance. From here, I thought the Hawks pretty much just shut it down. Late late in the 3rd, Leddy just shot one quick toward the net and Shaw, once again was in the right place at the right time and tipped it home.
While this was a good win, I could have done without Handzus out there. It's his first game back so it's probably to be expected, but he looked even slower than usual out there. Morin looked good and I'm hoping that Q makes some good decisions here. Bollig, IMO, hasn't done anything worth getting sat for, but if Handzus must play, I'd rather see Bollig sit than Morin. Not much else to say here. Solid team win.
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