The Blackhawks pre-season officially opened last night with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Hershey Bears, er, Washington Capitals. Patrick Sharp and Jack Skille were the goal scorers for the Hawks. A 2-0 lead became a 3-2 loss. Whatever, everyone came out of it healthy with the exception of Kris Versteeg who suffered an upper body injury. If it’s as minor as the Hawks claim, then this is all that matters. Just get everyone on the roster out of the pre-season in one piece.
The biggest news of the night, though, didn’t involve the game. It was when the Hawks announced that the November 15th game against the San Jose Sharks will now become Jeremy Roenick Heritage Night. Something tells me the UC will be filled to capacity that night with a whole bunch of ratty, old, beer-stained Roenick CCM replica jerseys littering the stands.
Back to the game for a second. If anyone could explain to me why Brian Campbell, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Kane all saw over 20 minutes of ice time, I’m all ears. Hopefully, none of them will be making the trip up to Minnesota for tonight’s game.
Sunday Night Update— The Hawks dropped their second straight pre-season game 3-0 to the Minnesota Wild. Antti Niemi played the entire game and stopped 14 of 17 shots. Martin Havlat scored two goals for the Wild. Oh yeah, and to continue the trend of the Hawks walking wounded, Adam Burish limped off the ice halfway through the first period and didn’t return to the game.