Blackhawks 9, HC Davos (Swiss) 2

I’ll keep it short and sweet.  A lengthy write-up of a game Brian Bickell dominated parts of would be a waste of everyone’s time.  A few thoughts, though:

  • Patrick Kane looked like what Wayne Gretzky must’ve looked like playing Bantam hockey in Ontario.  He was easily the most talented player on the ice, and he stunned the crowd with moves on a few different occasions.  It appeared as though he was named the player of the game as he was interviewed in front of the crowd minutes after the contest ended.  Probably quite a thrill – even for someone like Kane.
  • The game could be summarized as such: The Hawks were far superior to the Swiss team, but the presence of the Hawks’ top players – Kane, Toews, Campbell and Keith – ensured it would be a blowout.  The Toews-Kane-Brouwer line dominated all its shifts.
  • Sadly, Brent Sopel looked horrendous.  He was a step too slow all game long, and he was consistently left behind the play.  Not a good sign for him to struggle against a team with “HC” in its title.
  • The Davos coach, like most Swiss coaches apparently, dressed in jeans and a long sleeve polo shirt.  He also seemed to stand in front of the players, rather than behind, and he also appeared to sit for parts of the game.  (His dress was a popular topic.)
  • Brian Campbell dominated parts of the game from the back like Kane did up front.
  • Let’s hope Dave Bolland is a better second line center than an interview.  He didn’t play, but graced the international hockey community with his insight during the second period.
  • Patrick Sharp gets a lot of attention as the team’s resident ladies’ man, but he should watch out for Antii Niemi, if Niemi makes the team.  What a looker.
  • Radek Smolenak and Brian Bickell had nice nights up front, too.  Bickell was especially impressive.  He looks like he could contribute on the third or fourth line if given the opportunity this season.
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12 Responses to Blackhawks 9, HC Davos (Swiss) 2

  1. Kelly says:

    Glad to see I wasn’t the only one that thought Sopel looked awful. He needs to go away. Like, now.

  2. Lou says:

    I agree

    Unfortunately, he costs a bunch in a buyout situation and has to clear waivers if he is sent down.

  3. Patrick says:

    Should the Blackhawks move the the Swiss league? No Scum there. And Bolland was in a functioning coma in the booth. No doubt about that one.

  4. Kelly says:

    He’ll clear waivers, and if he doesn’t, big deal. We’ve got plenty of youth chomping at the bit that will put forth a better effort.

  5. John says:

    The big deal is the million bucks the Hawks will be on the hook for. They would have to split the remainder of Sopel’s contract with the team that makes the claim on him. If Rocky was sour about having to eat three months of Samsonov’s contract, imagine what he’d feel about 24 months of Sopel.

    If he’s as bad as people are claiming, then maybe no one will make the claim on him. I’m just not sure it’s a gamble the Hawks feel like making right now.

  6. JDNoce says:

    Wait…Brent Sopel is bad?

  7. Dave Morris says:

    Geez, nobody noticed how Bruiser Brent went down to block a shot with his face to save what could have been a backbreaking goal by a swarming Davos squad?

    No respect, I tell ya. No respect.

    The Hawks better hope they can tame the Lions today. That team whipped Geno Malkin’s ex-homeys Magnitogorsk 5-zip to take the Euro Cup. And their coach is a former Hawk draft choice who was sandbagging like crazy during his interview on NHL Network.

    Wait, Cristo’s in goal. Are we worried?

  8. Frankie J says:

    I love watching goalies play the puck. I hate watching Huet play the puck….hmmmm

  9. Lou says:

    I hate watching people shoot the puck at Huet…

  10. Lou says:

    on breakaway after breakaway

  11. lee says:




  12. Lou says:

    maybe we played not to get anyone hurt for the regular season????

    sloppy game. Sopel bites

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