Saturday, October 20, 2007

Are these Black Hawks for real?

Chicago, who has not been in the playoffs since 2002, are finally starting to like like a team that can make it somewhere. In the last few games I've seen them play, they have so much composure, even if they are down 2 goals against a favored team.
Tonight in Toronto was a shining example. The Leafs were up 3-1 at the start of the 3rd, but were down 2 men. The Hawks made them pay and then absolutely stole this game from them, scoring 5 goals in the 3rd.
Chicago was only shorthanded once all night. The Leafs: 7. Chicago bagged 4 PP goals to make them pay.
I just can't believe how impressive the Toews-Kane-Ruutu line looks. They dominate the play when on the ice. They are 19, 18 and 24 years old respectively.
Toews: drafted 3rd overall by the Hawks in 2006
Kane: drafted 1st overall by the Hawks in 2007.
Ruutu: drafted 9th overall by the Hawks in 2001.
Duncan Keith: drafted 54th overall in 2002.

Kane and Toews are on pace for 80 points or more this season. It's early.

The misery for Hawks fans having to cheer for a basement-dwelling team does have its upside: HIGH draft picking! Now those picks are paying off.

But is this team going to keep up this pace? (They are currently 5-3-0.) What happens when the hype wears off a little? When they lose a few games in a row? How much of a maturity factor is there?
Well, you have to admire Hawks' management adding a decent complimentary blend of veterans to the young roster. Kevyn Adams, Robert Lang, Yanic Perrault, Jason Williams, and even Brent Sopel were key additions for leadership. Yeah, how good was Sopel tonight? He was great. And you could see him talking to the guys on and off the ice showing them the way.
Lang has come back alive in Chicago and has 6 points in 7 games. He looks like he's having fun. So does Samsonov actually....can't imagine why.
Patrick Lalime looked solid in the backup role tonight, and The Bulin Wall is playing superb.
This is a Hawks team that is having fun playing and believes in their coach's system right now. I can't help but be excited for them and the Hawk fans, as they have been through enough grief in the past several years.
Let's just see how long this joyride lasts. I get a feeling there will be some serious highs and lows for this squad this year as they mature. The playoffs really are not out of the picture anymore in the Windy City. It's about fucking time.
And to think that Martin Havlat isn't even playing yet.......


-scores 1st NHL goal
-Toews drops the F-bomb on TV
-Toews scores what definitely will be one of the goals of the year against the Avalanche.


Kane predraft feature.

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At October 20, 2007 at 10:48 p.m. , Blogger James said...

Toews and Kane are an awesome combo. Great to watch. Much greater than watching the Leafs self-destruct like a bunch of slack-jawed morons in the 3rd period as usual.

If I had a penny for every time they start doing their keystone cops impersonation in their own end, all flustered and confused..

It was funny though, when the leafs were up 3-1, I was thinking to myself.. "Self, do we really want them to win? Do we want to have yet another year of the Leafs hanging around at the .500 mark only to miss the playoffs anyway? HELL NO! Let's hope they blow up in a spectacular fashion, each loss more embarrassing than the last. Embarrass the jackass owners/management to DO something instead of the same old patchjobs. Let's ride this bitch down in flames!"

Yeah, that's pretty much what I thought. So I guess it could be my fault the leafs gave up 4 unanswered goals. They sure as hell don't seem to make their team defense responsible for it!


At October 21, 2007 at 2:50 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

You know, I couldn't say it any better than you just did. . Amen!

At October 21, 2007 at 12:08 p.m. , Blogger Jay Cam said...

lol this is kinda random but i loved the "pain of the week" video!

At October 21, 2007 at 12:08 p.m. , Blogger Jay Cam said...

care to trade links with my humor blog?

check it out at Jay's World

At October 21, 2007 at 5:16 p.m. , Blogger James said...

I realized I sorta hijacked the post, apologies to Toews and Kane and the Blackhawks in general..

I scooped up Kane in my yahoo hockey pool, hope he kicks some ass!

At October 22, 2007 at 9:30 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

It's all good, James. I know how Leaf fans have a lot of weight that they need to get off their chest.


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