There’s the Edmonton Oilers we all know and love.
After playing two well-disciplined games at the United Center against a lackluster Hawk squad, the Oilers were who we thought they were. Defensively, the Oilers played like a group of recovering alcoholics on a college campus. They were flying their zone without the puck; even the puck-carrier was leaving the rubber biscuit behind.
Meanwhile Nikolai Khabibulin was left on his own to fend off against a Blackhawk squad looking to start their 6-game road trip on the right foot.
It wasn’t pretty.
By the time the second period ended, Jonathan Toews already had a hat trick. Patrick Sharp scored the Hawks second short-handed goal of the season. And those were just the positive results as the Hawks had oodles of odd-man rushes. Without exaggeration, they had a month’s worth of 2-on-1’s in two periods. The Oilers were that bad.
–You’d like to bitch and moan about why the Hawks couldn’t do this the last two meetings against Edmonton, but the Oilers never played as bad as they did tonight. The Oilers looked like a junior B team from North Dakota. After seeing them play like this, you have to give them credit for playing as well as they did in Chicago two times. Seriously, that was just a horrible performance tonight. Have I mentioned that yet?
–Those Tony Esposito Binny’s commercials haunt my dreams. Tony O resembles the Crypt Keeper more than a former Hall-of-Fame goalie.
–It’s not many times that a goalie will pitch a shutout and not be a star of the game but tonight was one of those rare moments. Marty Turco turned away 18shots for his first shutout of the season. This was probably the type of game he had in mind when he signed his one-year deal. Toews, Kane, and Sharp were the three stars of the game by the way.
–Games like this will certainly help all those sour +/- on the Hawks side. Yeah, I think that’s all for now.