99 Degrees and a Bitch Ain’t One: Blackhawks 5, Coyotes 2

Perhaps the most prudent place to start is where we left off: the Blackhawks power play.  After their last performance which saw the Hawks blow two power plays at the beginning and the end of the third period, they picked up with a chance to correct the errors of their way:  2 minutes into the game.

On their first power play, the Hawks entry into the Coyote zone was so much cleaner than the previous game, it looked like a completely different team.  They put the puck in the hands of their best puck carrier, Patrick Kane, and simply let him work his magic.  They didn’t score on the power play but the Hawks generated a few chances that at least let the Coyotes know what was in store.

And hey what do you know, their next power play ended up with a goal.  And hey, it was a 5-on-3 no less, their first goal of such kind since the Reagan administration.  Their next two power plays weren’t as snappy, but it’s progress.

It just amazes me when I watch a team like Florida whip the puck around with such ease and then a team like the Hawks with world class talent on their unit can’t complete two passes tape-to-tape.  Anyone who missed it, the Panthers put on an absolute power play clinic in Tampa Bay Monday night to the tune of five power play goals.  The passing and movement of the whole unit was the stuff that gives Pierre MacGuire wet dreams.

–So long as everyone is cool with it, every time Duncan Keith makes a mistake, it’s going to end up in the back of the Hawks net.  It seems like Keith can’t buy a break to start the season.  Tonight, he blew an edge just outside the Hawks blue line which rolled out the red carpet for Ryan Whitney to score yet another of his patented annoying goals.  Good thing the Hawks completely outclassed the Yotes tonight for it not to matter one iota.

–In all, this game wasn’t even as close as the score indicated.  The Coyotes’ two goals were both flunky and the Hawks were all over them from the outset.  Even the Coyotes power play which has been dynamite to start the season could do nothing.  This should bode well for the future.

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5 Responses to 99 Degrees and a Bitch Ain’t One: Blackhawks 5, Coyotes 2

  1. feyer says:

    The last thing Pierre MacGuire needs is another wet dream. Great observation about Keith’s miss cues – I always anticipate the inevitable when it happens.

  2. Otter says:

    Nice game from the Hawks. Lot’s of positives to take away… etc… etc… blah… blurg…

    Five games into the year, four things:
    –Kane looks awesome and this should be a lot of fun this year. Totally dominate so far and let’s hope it continues all year and people are talking ‘Hart’ for him in March.

    –I don’t think the Hawks are as good as we all sort of thought they were and if Kane (or Toews) gets hurt, they’re in big trouble.

    –The Hawks aren’t as good because I’m very unimpressed with the blue line. I do like the third paring. But Hamsandwich and Seabrook don’t complement each other well imo. Leddy probably isn’t even one of the six best D men in the organization and I’m not sure if he’s bringing Keith down or if Keith just had a career year in 2009-2010. I don’t understand why they don’t reunite Seabrook and Keith, they complement each other perfectly, it’s probably the best pairing in the NHL and if that means less ice time for Leddy (or no Leddy at all) then what’s the down side?

    –However, the Hawks do have three lines, unlike last year. I’m going to take a wait and see approach with the 4th line. I have no clue if there is something there or if they’re just ‘guys’.

  3. SouthSideHawkMan says:

    Otter I completely agree with you on the D pairing. I’d like to see Dunk and Seabs paired up again. Also, I’m starting to wonder if Leddy is a top 6 d-man, I don’t think he is a top 4 d-man and personally I like Lepisto and would like to see him in the lineup more often.

    However, I disagree on the overall talent level. I think you would be hard pressed to find 3 lines on any roster as talented as the Hawks. The Bolland line has created huge matchup problems for the opposition. That’s a talented bunch and Bickell is an elite shooter. He reminds me alot of Eric Daze from a shot standpoint

    Has the Rusty Olesz experiment already ended 5 games into the season?

  4. BobbyJet says:

    Hawks seem intent on rushing Leddy to the top 4. I would have much preferred they sign Campoli for another year at an inflated salary and let Leddy progress at his own pace. It’s too late for that now, but they haven’t given Lepisto much of a look so far either. Though the depth is better at the backend with him around. Meanwhile, Keith and Seabs are not playing as well as they are capable (to put it mildly) and most Hawk fans are calling for 2 and 7 to be re-united. Count me as one of them.

    As for Olesz, he hasn’t had much of a shot either … not sure where that situation is headed..

  5. SouthSideHawkMan says:

    How come every year the Hawks seem to play the Avs is the rare part of the season when they actually play good. 2 wins would be nice but a split seems more realistic.

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