After the Hawks lost game 82 I said if people want something to blame look at that 0-3 power play. After two games into the playoffs I'm still blaming the power play unit.
Many said the Hawks power play has played well all year so I shouldn't blame them but what have they done lately is my point. The Hawks are 0-8 in their last three games and they have lost them by a combined 4 goals. And who plays on the powerplay? Your stars, your best offensive players, right?
Well that brings me to my next point, where are the stars for the Hawks? Where is this talented core that they have invested so much money in? The Hawks have scored 3 goals in this series all by rookies seeing their first playoff action. Out of the core they have one single point thanks to Patrick Kane assisting on Ben Smith's second goal in game 2. If you wanna add Brian Campbell in as part of the core since he does make a lot of money then they have 2 points.
Toews, Sharp, Hossa, Keith, Seabrook have ZERO POINTS. Duncan Keith who won the Norris Trophy last season is a -4 in the last 3 games.
The only time the Hawks looked good last night was when the 3rd and 4th lines were on the ice. Ben Smith and Marcus Kruger were trying to make things happen and it worked. Color man Steve Konroyd, who I'm not a fan of when he is in the booth, said the Hawks passing was a bit off during the game. Really? The Hawks have been passing like shit. How many turnovers have our blueliners had?
Chicago now finds themselves down 0-2 and have to win 4 of the next 5 games to avoid losing in the first round after winning Lord Stanley's Cup last season. As of right now and the way they have been playing I honestly can't see a way for the Hawks to win even a game in this series let alone four.
I mean come on the Canucks have had more shots shorthanded then we have had on our power plays. Patrick Kane isn't even getting the puck on the power play. Coach Q finally decided to stick Troy Brouwer in front of the net but they couldn't even fire off shots for it to matter.
Many people all season have questioned the secondary scoring throughout the season but now it is time to wonder where are the primary scorers.
We won't have to wait long to see how this one turns out. Game 3 is Sunday at the Madhouse. Let's hope the Hawks show up