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.