Discussion in 'Chicago Blackhawks' started by Blackhawkswincup, Oct 15, 2013.
A win is a win
At least PK looks better. Crawford , Saad and Sharp looked great
4-1-1 start to year
Again a strong 20 minutes, pot a few goals and think they can coast to a win for the other 40. PK improved and the PP sucks, all is right with the world in that sense.
Not the best effort but at least they won. Crawford had a great game.
I wanna see Saad on the first line for a bit, Bickell hasn't done much to deserve the minutes so far beyond his contract.
St. Louis is chasing 4 after two periods. Hawks could jump in front of them.
This team needs to start bringing a more consistent effort on a more consistent basis. I hope and expect that to begin on Thursday night.
Gotta stop playing down to our opponents and seriously stop taking periods off.
But two points are two points.
Bickell definitely needs to pick up his play. His grace period is just about over as far as I'm concerned. He needs to start earning his contract.
The top two lines each have an anchor weighing them down. Handzus was a total joke out there.
Bickell's contract will be earned in the postseason.
Clearly a better option than Pirri though.
He can't be a no show during the regular season though.
Holy crap, i just got back from the store and noticed Bickell's picture was on the back of my milk carton....
Seriously, Sharp and Hossa broke out in a big way tonight. Crawford was great. We have to figure out how to extend leads instead of blowing them, teams are getting confident they will come back on us. Bottom line we have 9 points of a possible 12, that's pretty damn good. St Louis game is a big early season match Thursday so lets get our problems sorted and play a full 60 minutes.
That win is all Crawford. He was great.
Gotta give a better effort than that. Lucky to escape with 2 points. Crawford saved the day, Sharp also did well. Did Bickell even play today?
I certainly hope so. I didn't like that contract from the beginning.
Crow has saved us the last 2 games. He's been awesome.
Saad to the top line please!
So he's got Bolland Syndrome?
Blech. I believe that Bicks will pick up his play as the year chugs along, but he's looking terribad out there right now. Probably going to take mixing him up with the right lines just like last year.
Bickell has done nothing this season. Leash has to be getting pretty short as far as him being on the first line is concerned.
This is a horrible take on it. Regular season performance will dictate seeding and even if they make the playoffs. I don't buy in to waiting for the playoffs to prove yourself.
The sad thing is that I agree than Handzus was a joke despite the fact he did a few good things. He made an unbelievable play on that pass to Sharp and won a couple big draws on the PK, but his defense was horrid. The biggest example was Semin's goal.
He was ookkkaaayyy in the first, but he really seems to wear down late in games. He was very brutal in his own zone. Then again most of the team was after the first period.
Anyone with a WTF moment when Handzus was the chosen center in the 4 on 3 in overtime? He actually did okay, but I think it's ******ed to put a slew of foot forward on the ice when pursuit and covering ground is even more paramount.
Biggest positive tonight was Hossa. He was a beast defensively and looked like his old self on offense as well. Sharp finishes a breakaway (which means he'll fail on his next 20) and elevates his 2% SO% by scoring the only SO goal.
We looked good in the first period only to look completely disinterested and lazy the rest of the game. Our sticks in the defensive zone were horrid after the first and the numerous passing and clearing mistakes (Nordstrom on the last goal with the lazy clear) gave Carolina many undeserved chances. We've been very careless and lazy as the games go on, it's its something we need to solve sooner rather than later. It's early, but pissing away points will likely cost us in some way, shape, or form it it continues.
Let's keep the foot on the gas and put teams away.
If anyone thought Bryan Bickell was ever going to be a 4 million dollar player in the regular season, then I have some beachfront property in Nebraska to sell you.
The physical game he brought in the playoffs doesn't exist in the regular season. If you don't understand the difference in playoff hockey from regular season hockey, and how it relates to Bickell's game - then I don't know what to say to you.
He did not get paid 4 million dollars to perform only in the playoffs. There may be a difference in play but you're overstating it. That's great if the Hawks get booted in the 1st round and Bickell was paid for 5 or 6 games by your estimation.
I for one was not happy with the contract because I how inconsistent he has been over the years. He earned the contract on a relatively short sample size. It's a gamble but it's still way early in the season. I want to see more from him. To give him a pass until the playoffs is ridiculous. Get a couple other players on that program and you don't make the postseason.
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