The Hawks just don't wanna make things easy this season.
After an uneventful first period against the lowly Ottawa Senators and Mr. Carrie Underwood, Mike Fisher, things picked up in the second with quick powerplay goal, 49 seconds into the period, by Daniel Alfredsson.
I few minutes later the sharp dress man himself Patrick Sharp scored his 24th of the season. If he doesn't get into the All-Star game it will be a real shame and just ruin that weekend for me because he is really the only Hawk that deserves to be there.
Things got real interesting about seven minutes into the third period when Patrick Kane finally decided to show up. He made a great steal and put on a nice little move to score his 12th of the season unassisted. It was his first goal since November. Best part he wasn't done for the night either.
Like I said at the beginning the Hawks just don't like to make things easy and let the Senators tie the game at 2 late in the third forcing overtime. The five minute overtime period came and went and the Hawks headed to the shootout for the first time in a longtime. That is when the young duo stepped up with the Hawks going first Capt Toews got one by Elliott. On the other side Crawford was able to stop the first with Patrick Kane as always following Toews. Kaner again showed up to play giving the Hawks a 2-0 lead in the shootout and then Corey Crawford did the rest giving the Hawks a much needed 2 points.
Overall I came away very impressed by the play of Jordan Hendry and rookie Nick Leddy who both played over 15 minutes. With the addition of Leddy and the improved play of Hendry since his return from playing forward it seems like the defense might finally be getting figured out. With Keith, Seabrook, Campbell, Hammer, Leddy , Hendry and Boyton the Hawks have a very good group.
With things being settled in goal with Crawford taking over from Turco and the defense finally getting aligned the real concern is among the forwards. The Hawks have been searching all season long for someone to skate on the top line with Toews and Kane. They have tried Stalberg and Brouwer both with mixed results. I think Coach Q needs to go back to someone he tried late in the year last season and that is Bryan Bickell. I think he would be the best fit with the two young guns.
Hawks play another must win Sunday as they take on the Islanders. They currently sit 8th in the Western Conference. If they fail to get things straightened out by the All-Star break we might start seeing whole sale changes to save the season.
My only real question now is how long does Jeremy Morin stay in Rockford while the likes of Jack Skille and Viktor Stalberg continue to struggle to produce.