Why is it that you hate Patrick Kane so much? In your top 10 countdown of the most memorable moments from the Hawks postseason, there is no mention of Kane’s 4 point performance against Vancouver or Kane’s goal against Detroit or even that Kane proved his worth by finishing second on the team in points. Nope, the only time you brought him up was to compare his +/- to Andrew Ladd.
Seems rather silly because I can say that Kane finished the postseason with 14 points while Ladd only finished with 4. I would also say that without Kane’s Game 6 performance, there is a fairly good chance the Hawks go back to Vancouver and drop Game 7.
Either way, you probably don’t want to believe me because it’s easier for you to hate someone for no real good reason. Maybe the rumors are true that last year at training camp, Kane floated in an angel outfit with butt-less chaps and landed 3 millimeters from your nose. That would probably tick me off too.
John from The Fifth Feather
After having a full week to digest the Hawks elimination from Detroit, here are a couple of things that have been rattling around my brain:
Knowing the final outcome from Game 5, I think I would have rather seen Johan Franzen end the game in regulation instead of Cristobal Huet making that ridiculous save. If only, so I could see what Hawk fans reaction would have been to Duncan Keith committing the cardinal sin of letting someone get behind him with less than minute in the game.
I do know that if Brian Campbell made that same mistake, there would be an outcry from here to Saskatoon with people calling for his head, his family’s heads, and any one he has ever come in contact with.
Duncan Keith played a perfectly ‘meh’ playoffs. Many times, his turnovers and sloppy play were covered up by Brent Seabrook or the goalies. Not exactly the type of play we should expect from a guy who’s supposed to win a Norris someday and be the anchor of this defensive unit.
–Since no one is sure what kind of experience points the Hawks racked up in this playoff run and people have wondered on here for awhile if it means a hill of beans, here are a few things I came up with that they may have learned:
The regular season is not that important. Towards the end of the year, the Hawks approached games against Columbus and Nashville with the urgency of a Game 7 playoff game. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it will certainly start taxing teams the longer they play. I think that happened in the Hawks case. They went through their dry spell in March and started to panic. Now they know, eventually, they’ll get through it and in the end, they can leave something extra in the tank for when the playoffs start.
Back-checking is pretty important. The Hawks got a first glace look at what it’s all about when they played a 5 game set with Detroit. Patrick Kane even admitted as much. A coach can preach about back-checking and it’s importance until he’s blue in the face but until a team sees it up close and personal, that’s when it really starts to hit home. Now it’s only up to the Hawks to practice what they learned.
They’ve won on the road. As a team, they’ve gone on the road and won big games. Next year, getting home ice advantage will simply be a nice luxury, not a necessity. Stealing a game on the road won’t seem like such an impossible task.
Of course, all these things won’t make a lick of a difference if their team is not that good enough, but that’s a debate we can have 9 months from now.
–And finally, Brent Seabrook, Canada’s next great porn star.