Blackhawks 4, Avalanche 3 (SO)

It took nine shootout rounds, but the Hawks eventually took a second point against the Colorado Avalanche at the UC Saturday night.  The Hawks trailed twice in the contest (2-1 and 3-2), but managed to bring a tie into overtime.  Hawk goals were scored by Cam Barker, John Madden and Duncan Keith.

Because I’m off to the Chicago Marathon to freeze my ass off root on a friend who may or may not have done the same thing for me if the shoe was on the other frozen foot, I’ll limit this entry to points concerning the game.

— Matt Duchene is a Colorado Jonathan Toews.  In case you missed the draft in June, Duchene is not only a heck of a hockey player, he’s a huge fan.  His skill: he can describe most NHL players’ stick blades.  He also grew up a huge Avalanche fan.

— The pregame videos remained very similar, and included a new “hit the ice” video where Hawk players again skate through the city of Chicago chasing a group of blackened, vagabond hockey players.  One question: with swine flu, terrorists and other major threats to our happy existence, how concerned should Chicagoans be about rogue, faceless hockey players set on taking over the city?

— For those who missed it, Denis Savard, Tony Esposito, Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull were all introduced with the team just prior to the national anthem, and came out in full uniform and in skates.  Say what you will, but that was a fantastic idea.  Very, very cool.

— Brent Sopel played a solid game.  In a related story, Colorado had two power plays and only three shots during the game’s first 16 minutes.

— Not sure, but those were either “boos” or “Huuuuets” during yesterday night’s introductions.  If it was, in fact, the former, isn’t it just a tad too early for those ridiculous welcomes?

— I continue to be surprised that Q is not playing Patrick Kane with Patrick Sharp.  As Kane is the Hawks’ best passer and Sharp the best shooter, it seems like a marriage made in heaven.  Last night, Kane played with Dave Bolland and Dustin Byfuglien, while Toews centered Sharp and Kris Versteeg.

— Sharp is still on the power play point.  I don’t see that ending well.

— Barker’s goal came on the power play, and Keith’s tally came thanks to a beautiful play by Kris Versteeg.  Madden’s goal was his first as a Hawk.

— For those who didn’t attend yesterday night’s game, the UC received a major face lift.  Sure, two bars were added in corners of the 300 level, but much, much more was done in the concourse areas and even the rink area.  I’ll have more on that tomorrow for those of you unable to attend.

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10 Responses to Blackhawks 4, Avalanche 3 (SO)

  1. Josh says:

    Maddens goal was later credited to Ladd, unfortunately. Great game for Squiddy though, shootout winner and a tally for the former 1st rounder.

  2. Dave Morris says:

    Gentlemen, to answer your question, the threat of rogue, faceless hockey players taking over a city is a very real one.

    But the Blackhawks are equal to the task. Whew.

    In the meantime, they managed to win this hockey game even though, as Brian Campbell among others admitted, it was not one of their more consistent efforts.

    Monsieur Huet is stroking his neck today, grateful that he escaped the guillotine that would have surely been ready had he flinched in the shootout.

    But zut, zat is why ze Count of Monte Cristo is paid the big ducats, hein?

  3. CT says:

    Dave’s in Ottawa, so he knows something about rogue, faceless hockey players.

  4. Dave Morris says:

    @CT> boy, you got that right.

  5. Dave Morris says:

    @CT…oh, and Doug Wilson and Denis Savard among other Hawks, are from Ottawa and surroundings.

    Ya know, Dunc and Seabs look a lot like Pierre Pilote and Moose Vasko some nights.

    😉

  6. Frankie J says:

    Did anyone else notice the Illinois lottery ad projected on the glass like they did with the Subway Ads? As soon as I saw it it kept bugging the shit out of me.

  7. John says:

    Frankie, my best advice would be to ignore it. As long as the additional revenue prevents ticket prices from skyrocketing and/or helps the Hawks keep a high payroll, we should do our best to brush that stuff off.

  8. Lou says:

    What’s the scoop on the revolving door with Rockford

    First Bickell then Skille.

  9. Leigh says:

    Sopel didn’t suck last night. He had a nice blocked shot on the PK to stop a possible tough save for Huet.

  10. John says:

    Leigh, this is the headquarters of Brent Sopel’s fan club. No need to defend his play here.

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