It’s never too early to start collecting points on the road.
Especially when your opponent is playing with the tenacity of a playoff game. The Hawks were outplayed in the first half of the game for long stretches and were able to stay close courtesy of big stops from Marty Turco.
After trailing 3-1 through almost two periods, the Hawks caught a break when an apparent icing was waved off. Patrick Sharp gathered the loose puck and hit Marian Hossa’s stick who was standing right in front.
On their seventh power play halfway through the third, Sharp tied it when he banged home a bouncing puck. The Hawks started swarming after that but only Craig Anderson stood in their way and he made sure the game stayed tied.
In overtime, both teams looked extremely gassed and that tends to happen when their top lines see well over 20 minutes of ice time. Neither team was generating much in the first couple minutes but Colorado capitalized on what appeared to be a harmless dump-in. It ended when Nick Leddy got twisted around on a give-and-go between Paul Stastny and Matt Duchene. Stastny escaped Leddy’s stick and fired a shot towards the net that Turco would probably like to have back.
Dem’s the breaks and another season is underway.
—Nick Leddy appeared very shaky early on. He had a classic “Welcome to the Show” moment in the first period on Colorado’s first goal. Ham Sandwich fired a bouncing cross-ice pass to him. A difficult pass, for sure, but one he has to handle. Before he even knew what was going on as he was looking for the puck, Chris Stewart was heading the other way on a 2-on-1 and he made an awesome hesitation move to deke Turco out of his pads.
Leddy seemed more comfortable as the game progressed, even making some pretty impressive plays. But mistakes like the one at the end of the game are going to happen.
–Let’s put it this way: The Hawks can’t give up 41 shots and expect good things to happen. Marty Turco was brilliant for much of the game, but the more shots he sees, the less effective he’ll become. Unfortunately, it’s probably going to end up taking a while for everything to gel up front for the Hawks and more nights like this may be in our future. At least in the first couple months.
–I think it’s safe to say Fernando Pisani’s greatest strength is not found on a scoring line.
–It will be interesting to see which defenseman visits the pressbox once Nick Boynton returns. John Scott and Jordan Hendry didn’t crack the 14 minute mark….with their ice times combined. Maybe now would be a good time for resident genius Stan Bowman to start shopping for something -anything- that can play over 10 minutes a night. Because having Keith and Seabrook play that many minutes in Game 1 does not bode well for the long haul.
–Ok, who the hell is T.J. Galiardi and who possessed him with spirit of Mike Bossy for tonight’s affair?
–The last time the Hawks won a season opener was in the 2006-2007 campaign when they beat the Predators 8-6 in Nashville. You may recall that game as Martin Havlat reminded Blackhawk nation what an actual NHL top line player looks like. Havlat had two goals and two assists and was an absolute monster in that game. That seems like a lifetime ago.
–That’s probably enough for one game. The Hawks face a huge test on Saturday night as the Wings are almost as deep as a couple years ago and will be looking to make a statement on the Hawks banner night.