I fear what the reaction will be after this game. The important thing to remember is that the Canucks have made it a habit of coming into the United Center and kicking the Hawks teeth in at least once a season. It started with the 4-0 hair pulling incident from the 2008-2009 season and it’s pretty much continued until now. Nothing more to see.
–One thing I don’t want to hear about anymore is incessant bitching about Duncan Keith. If we’ve learned one thing from his absence, it’s that the Hawks are a completely different team without him. Even though they gained 3 out of 4 points in Florida without him, there were long stretches where the Hawks desperately missed him. And we can probably say the same thing about tonight.
Simply put, with him the Hawks are a top Western Conference contender. Without him, they are just another team in the blob.
–Since we didn’t really have anything to say about the Tampa game and really what was there to say, it was quite amusing to see the Blackhawks penalty kill unit completely forget that Steven Stamkos loves setting up on the left hash mark for a one-timer. Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson, for some reason, thought Ryan Malone was much more dangerous than a guy who’s scored more goals from that spot than Brett Hull.
I suppose if the Hawks saw a little more of them, they would anticipate that a little better. The same way Tampa would have been ready for Patrick Sharp’s backdoor pass on the Hawks power play.
–Since we were the official home of ’The Walking Dead’ last year, I’d be remiss if I didn’t take a little time to discuss some thoughts from this excellent season. I have heard some complaints that the show is moving a little slower. Well, that’s kind of what happens when a show goes from 6 episodes to 12. I thought tonight’s episode was by far the slowest, however, it was also setting the scene for what is one of the biggest revelations of the series.
I still think things are really going to pick up in the last few episodes and if the comics are any indicator, there’s going to be a pretty big reason why Hershel didn’t want Rick and company to stay in the barn. Also, I refuse to believe they’re dragging this search for Sophia out for the fun of it. There has to be a major plot point in there.