It didn't look good early.
Ray Emery was shaky, and the Winnipeg Jets got out to a quick two goal lead. Moments later, Joel Quenneville would call time out and give it to the Hawks skaters for a minute or so. Q's face turned crimson, and the Hawks turned it on.
From that point forward, it was all Hawks. When all was said and done, Emery and the Hawks left the United Center with a 4-3 win.
Many Hawks impressed last night, including Daniel Carcillo, who made his Hawks debut. Skating on a line with Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa, Carcillo made his presence known early. He delivered four or five solid checks in his first shift alone, and showed the offensive ability as well.
Carcillo's reputation as a goon who can't play is completely untrue. He spent time on the top lines in his time in Philly and Phoenix, and fit right in last night. He opened up space for Kane and Hossa, and while they got the bulk of the points, Carcillo was the one getting the Jets' attention.
While the Hawks "2nd" line was the most dominant, the 3rd line of David Bolland, Michael Frolik, and Brian Bickell continued their impressive play. Frolik continues to grow and improve seemingly every game. If there's one knock, it's that he needs to SCORE on the numerous chances he creates. He's been snake bit goal wise since last season. For him to realize his full potential, those pucks need to hit twine, instead of crossbar or goalie.
It wasn't all seashells and balloons, however. Emery, who was largely out performed in the preseason by Alexander Salak, continued to struggle. He was fighting the puck all night, and never looked confident or secure. I've said it many times before...all you need from a backup goaltender is for him to make the routine saves. At this point, I don't trust Emery to do that. Yes, it's one game, but his play in the Hawks sweater so far has been concerning.