The Blackhawk best players put together the required effort in the third period and stole a point from the Blues. The Hawks were able to overcome a two goal deficit and defeat St. Louis in overtime 3-2.
After the first frame Chicago held a slight edge in play, but as the game progressed the Blues became more potent. Throughout much of the opening forty minutes the Blues were able to keep the Hawk attack on the perimeter.
Marty Turco was very good, but Jaroslav Halak was even better until the Hawks found a way to get to the St.Louis goal. Halak was not going to be scored on from long range.
The Hawks didn’t begin this game with a poor effort. Last night it was more a case of not being able to put forth an effective attack until late in the game. When the Hawks created a commotion in front of Halak, he cracked.
With John Scott in their lineup the Hawks were spotting the Blues one player. Scott skated four shifts in the first period and accomplished nothing except to draw a careless penalty. During the 1:47 which Scott was on the ice in the opening frame, the Hawks were in essence shorthanded.
Scott playing in the NHL can be compared to an NBA player who can’t run or catch. If there was any question as to the purpose of inserting Scott into the lineup by supplanting a Jack Skille, Viktor Stalberg or whomever else, there should be no doubt now.
Seldom will Scott find a dance partner, but he will often draw an unnecessary penalty. The most important point is Scott did not deter the Blues from throwing their weight around.
St. Louis still went out and played a tough, gritty game. The Blues managed to pound Marian Hossa, Tomas Kopecky, Jonathan Toews and any other Chicago player they could find. The Blues had no fear of any retribution from Scott. Actually St. Louis outhit the Hawks 20-17 and punished the Hawks near their net.
The St. Louis bench knew full well that after the first period in a close game, Joel Quenneville could not afford to put Scott on the ice. During periods two and three, Scott played one shift in each frame. During the last 40 minutes of regulation the grand total of ice time for Scott was 42 seconds.
The Blackhawks put forth a great charge and proved when their top players bring a supreme effort they will be difficult to beat. But sooner or later games will have to be won by utilizing the entire team. The most talented lineup has to be iced because at some point Hossa and Patrick Sharp will cool off.
If Scott can’t find a fight he won’t help the team in any other way. The Hawks front office made an error by signing Scott this past summer.
It’s time to realize Scott doesn’t make the team better and admit the mistake.
Audio link is from a XM interview with Jamie Shalley and Bruce Bolton last night during the second intermission. They were also interested in Scott’s role with the team.
A healthy Hossa is a treat to watch.
Duncan Keith played over 31 minutes last night….The warning bells should be blaring on West Madison.
When Brian Campbell returns Keith’s workload will reduce…Somewhat.
Unless Quenneville and company finds a third pairing they can feel comfortable with….Keith will still play over 26-27 minutes on many nights.
After the Cup run and Olympics it is only a matter of time until Keith’s play suffers because of extended ice time.
Stan Bowman is probably trying to remedy the situation. But he will have to find a bargain as the Hawks don’t have much cap space left and those in Rockford aren’t ready.
Jack Skille had a nice game, especially considering he was on the ice with Scott in the opening period.
Stalberg and Skille need to be in the lineup.
Sharp should stay on a line with Kane as they have great chemistry.
Hossa can be best be utilized with a left handed center…Toews.
A big problem with playing a very congested schedule is there is no time to practice.
Quenneville will make a few points today as the Hawks will practice.
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