4 Point Weekend: Hawks beat Ducks and Flames Easily

Two of the Western Conference bottom feeders came to the United Center this weekend and they came away as they should, empty-handed.  Let’s get right to it.

–Steve Montador’s shot is an absolute bomb.  That’s the second goal he’s scored this year where his shot was already past the goalie by the time they reacted to it.  He’s usually pretty accurate with it and there’s no doubt, it’s the hardest slap shot on the team.

Therefore, maybe this just makes too much sense, but perhaps it would be more conducive to put him on the point on the second power play unit than wasting his efforts in front of the net.  Giving that howitzer at least a few more opportunities is far greater than whatever Dave Bolland magically possesses from the blue line.  Besides, Bolland is far better down low than Montador so this almost seems way too logical for it to happen.

–My guess for Rene Bourque will be three games.  While it looked very bad, I don’t think there was any intent to maim like Rene Torres or James Wisniewski did.  Bourque never struck me as the sharpest tool in the wood shed and just be judging his reaction afterwards, he seemed like a guy who just wasn’t thinking when he shoved Brent Seabrook’s skull into the plexiglass.

As a quick aside, four years ago I was sitting in my company seats in the 100 level.  The Hawks played the Lightning, it was Marty Havlat’s first game back from injury, and I was at the game with 3,400 of my best friends.  The Hawks won going away 5-1, thanks to Havlat’s two goals and two points from Patrick Kane.  Anyways, in the third period, James Wisniewski and Rene Bourque came down and sat two rows behind us.  Wisniewski was out with some limb that detached and Bourque had a broken thumb.

This story has nothing to do with anything other than I think it’s funny that two people who attempted to murder Brent Seabrook are actually somewhat good friends and both are dumber than a box of rocks.

–Jeremy Morin made his Hawks debut on Sunday.  He skated with Kane and Toews.  I imagine he’ll at least get a week’s worth of action with the group.  Morin looks significantly thicker than the last time he wore an Indian head.  In fact, as I watched him, I envisioned what Dale Tallon probably thought Kyle Beach would look like skating with them when he drated Beach three years ago.

Morin has every bit of a chance to become a solid power forward in the league.  Whether his body can sustain that type of abuse remains to be seen.

–The Hawks finally get a break from the Western Conference this week with a back-to-back against the Penguins and Canadiens.  It will be interesting to see how Joel Quenneville splits up the goaltending duties.  I’d imagine Emery will get the nod in Pittsburgh and Crawford will get the chance to take on his hometown team in the United Center.  Either way, it will be a huge start for Crawford who needs to find his confidence very quickly.

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12 Responses to 4 Point Weekend: Hawks beat Ducks and Flames Easily

  1. feyer says:

    Q tried to downplay the Seabrook injury in comments after the game. He has downplayed Seabrook “upper body” injuries before, so I’m not buying it. 11:32 of ice for John Scott seems like a recipe for disaster. With the trade freeze on, do you expect a call up?

  2. Patrick says:

    While I agree with you that Monty should be added to the point on the 5-4 PP, I really like the “five forward” 5-3 PP with Sharp and Hossa up high (that one-timer is awesome), Toews around the net, Kane at the half-boards and Bolland trolling down low. It puts them all in areas where they have individual strengths and they move the puck so quickly – the puck is in the net before the goalie can react.

  3. John says:

    He’s travelling with the club to Pittsburgh so I’d be relatively surprised if he’s out for a long stretch.

  4. ArlingtonRob says:

    The fact that Seabs is flying is great news. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe flying is a nono when concussed. But then again, concussion symptoms are odd and seem to come and go. Let’s hope for the best.

  5. BobbyJet says:

    Nice streak going on. Let’s keep it up. About the only thing thing that bothered me about the game was the lack of physical play from Hawks, but then, what else is new.

    That said, John Scott still makes me nervous when he plays on the back end. I’m getting better at accepting him on the 4th line however.

  6. Jim says:

    I’ve watched John Scott closely. The man just can’t play that well. He doesn’t clear the puck from the zone. His skating is like something I see at the Darien SportsPlex. And when he’s pressured on defense, his feeble clearing attempts are random, and many times right to an opponent’s tape. Clearly, he’s the deterrent against any flagrant stuff against our skill guys.

  7. Deborah says:

    Love the Wisniewski and Bourque story; they are the Beavis and Butt-Head of the NHL.

  8. BobbyJet says:

    Seabrook is apparently on the ice this morning! Great news.

  9. SouthSideHawkMan says:

    I like Morin on the top line, I’d much rather see him up there instead of Stalhberg who I’ve given up on as anything more than a 3rd such 4th line role player. Kyle Beech,….wow whatever happened to that kid, he’s Rusty Oleaz 2.0

  10. Cam says:

    Beach got off to a nice start before suffering a shoulder injury that required surgery.

    I’ve always been excited over Morin’s potential but I think he’s been near invisible since being called up. Don’t know if the concussion has set him back or what. He’s still only 20, so he has time to develop.

  11. BobbyJet says:

    I know he’s still young but Morin hasn’t improved his foot speed over last season and that seems to be his biggest stumbling block. Right now, he looks more like a 3rd line player.

  12. rich Lindbloom says:

    both are dumber than a box of rocks – ha!

    Back in the Bob Murray/Keith Brown days, my brother and I stumbled across those two sitting up in the Northeastcorner of the second balcony. Murray was drinking a beer, not especially friendly and Brown was wound pretty tight. I remember Brown was out because some flyer cheap shotted his knee with the puck already way past them.

    Just brought it up because it’s pretty unusual to see players sitting in the stands.

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