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.