by Vince Maranto on 10/09/11 at 02:00 PM ET
The Hawks rose to 1 - 1 on the season with a 5 - 2 victory over the Dallas Stars, completing the home and home series. It’s great to start off win a win since the team had a pathetic home record last year. The Hawks were ranked 17th in total points, at home last season. More on the actual game in a minute.
Before the game, in the usual grand fashion of the organization, the team arrived via “Red Carpet”. As each player arrived, they were announced by radio play by play man John Weideman. The carpet was located in front of the United Center and the players walked in flanked by the fans on each side.The most noticeable player was Dave Bolland in his bow tie. The team was introduced on the ice, player at a time, in numerical order. The only exception was the captain, Jonathan Toews, who was introduced last. This was immediately followed by the usual, enthusiastic National Anthem.
Now, to the game. Crawford started in goal against Raycroft, a surprise to me since Kari Lehtonen played magnificent on Friday. The first goal for the Hawks was scored by Andrew Brunnette right in front of the crease. Bolland had 2 goals (keep the bow tie?) including an empty netter from an unselfish pass by Frolik. Toews scored coming out of the penalty box (on a suspect slashing call) on an excellent 100 foot pass by Seabrook. Sharp also added a goal on a delayed penalty.
Overall, the Hawks out shot the Stars 31 - 21. at one point, at the end of the second period, the Hawks had out shot them 25 - 9. I’ve noticed Hossa shooting a lot more in the first 2 games. My knock on him, in the past, has been passing up a good shot opportunity to try a cute pass. As for the lines, Coach Q started with these,
Line 1: Brunnette, Toews, and Sharp
Line 2: Saad, Kane, Hossa
Line 3: Bickell, Bolland, Frolik
Line 4: Scott, Kruger (Brandon Pirri sent down, Marcus Kruger brought up) Mayers
The defensive pairings were Seabrook / Halmarsson, Keith / Leddy—these two match ups appear to be set for a while, and O’Donnel / Montador.
A couple of side notes here. The Hawks are a dismal one out of seven on the power play so far this year. Last year they started out slow, then led the league for a long time and finished 3rd if I recall. The next game will be Thursday against the Jets (a hot ticket around here) at the United Center, 7:30 usual start.
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