Chicago Blackhawks Win — Again?
Posted by sportsmaven on February 2, 2007
Don’t look now, but the surging Chicago Blackhawks have won two games in a row. The Blackhawks started a 7 game road trip of their own with a 3-2 win over the equally hapless Los Angeles Kings tonight in a battle of the Western Conference cellar dwellers. The Blackhawks moved 5 points ahead of the Kings in the battle for last place in the conference…..how pathetic is that?
The Hawks power play struggled yet again tonight, getting 7 power play opportunities before cashing in on their 8th power play of the game with a Jeff Hamilton goal. Martin Havlat also scored (shock) and Lasse Kukkonen scored the winning goal in OT.
I like Denis Savard as the Blackhawks coach. I believe he is a guy the Blackhawk players can relate to and he is a strong fundamental coach. He has put his time in as an assistant and knows the game well. The Blackhawks lack consistent scoring punch, with Martin Havlat as the only real threat to score at any time. Having the worst power play in the league is indicitive of the scoring problems, but this problem has got to be fixed for next season. Do whatever it takes to find another good goal scorer. Bringing in a Peter Bondra doesn’t cut it. He would be a great addition if you had some other goal scorers, but obviously Bondra’s best days as a scorer are behind him.
The Hawks also need to work on finding good defensive pairings in front of G Nikolai Khabibulin. Too many turnovers in front of the goal, uncontested shots, and what seems to be lacksidasical play in front of the goal have really killed the Blackhawks.
GM Dale Tallon is really on the hook at this point……