Whatever that was, it doesn’t really matter. In a game that was a damned if they do; damned if they don’t-type situation, the Hawks did what they were supposed to. And that was dominate their lesser opponent for 45 minutes. Take the two points and let’s not try to think about this game ever again.
–As my partner said after their first meeting, the Blue Jackets are a complete mess. They will surely hit a hot patch at some point and make their record a little bit more respectable but until that time comes, the Hawks can’t let any chance to pound them go past.
I imagine head coach Scott Arniel has a reason but it was sure curious to see a team scratch their third highest scorer as well as their best prospect in Ryan Johansen. Not to mention, they’re already playing for next year so I’m not sure how much sense it makes to not let him get as much as ice time as possible. Good for them, though, to pick up Mark Letestu for a 4th round pick.
–The Hawks second power play unit put up their most productive game of the season. I’m not sure it means a whole lot because of who it came against but nice to see, nevertheless. Andrew Brunette scored an Andrew Brunette type goal and amazingly, Steve Montador found a soft spot in the slot to score his first goal of the season. That area Montador found, by the way, has been there all year for the Hawks to take advantage of. It just so happened that a defenseman turned forward had to find it.
–Does this make any sense, Dave Bolland was healthy enough to finish the game on Tuesday night but not good enough to play tonight. Now it’s being reported he was seen in a walking boot. How in the name of science was he allowed to come back in that game? The Hawks have a long history of misdiagnosing injuries and this isn’t helping one bit.