This was a tough one.
I don’t really have the stomach to re-live this game, so here are some brief after thoughts from this abortion:
–The angry mob has just finished lighting their torches and sharpening their pitchforks, so watch out Brian Campbell. His blunder at the blue line in overtime will probably bring back the idiotic boo birds to the United Center for Game 3 but still, he probably should have just made the safe play and dumped it deep.
—Nikolai Khabibulin allowed three goals where he had about a -34% chance to stop them. Tomas Holmstrom screened him on the first. Dan Cleary was the recipient of an incredibly fortuitous bounce on the second. Brian Campbell gift wrapped the third goal for Mikael Samuelsson. This is a huge reason why it was such a tough one especially Cleary’s goal.
–So now that everyone doesn’t have Kane or Toews to blame for all the Hawks’ woes, maybe it’s time we take a look at Dave Bolland, who has been invisible for the first two games. Ladd has had a couple of big hits thus far; Havlat is creating opportunities, and Bolland is running around blowing his defensive assignment over and over. He is a big reason why they’ve made it this far and unless he picks it up, he’ll be a big reason why they’re eliminated.
Someone should also probably tell him he’s not Gunner Stahl, the infamous Icelandic sniper from Mighty Ducks 2. When he picked Zetterberg’s pocket in the second to give himself a breakaway, he should have driven hard to the net and at least drawn a penalty, instead of teeing it up from 65 feet out.
–Amazing, all year, the Hawks were ragged on for their inability to win face-offs. This series, three of Detroit’s goals have come off the Hawks winning a face-off in the Wings’ zone. I’d love to know if this has ever happened before.