Hawks Stomp on Detroit and the Difficult Trade Scene

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -It was awhile ago, but not so long ago when the Detroit Red Wings were the team the Chicago Blackhawks wanted to emulate. Well for the last few years the student has become the teacher as was the case on Sunday.The Hawks jumped on the Wings and raced out to an early 3-0 lead and never looked back. The 7-1 torching of Detroit was a case of Chicago being much better and the Red Wings not being able to do anything right.In what could be considered an oddity, the Blackhawks scored three unassisted goals. It’s unusual to see three unassisted goals by the same team in one game, but the way the Wings played it wasn’t shocking. Unassisted goals are normally the direct result of poor goaltending, weak coverage or defensive miscues and Detroit was guilty of all.

The Hawks young guys shined as Brandon Saad had two goals and Nick Leddy scored as did recent call-up Jeremy Morin. Dave Bolland broke a long draught with two goals, one of which was put in mistakenly by Detroit defender Jakub Kindle.

Corey Crawford was sharper than in his previous starts and should have been rewarded with a shutout. The Wings scored with 33 seconds left in the game on a goal that probably should not have counted.

Justin Abdelkader slashed Crawford’s stick out of his hands which took any chance away from stopping the shot from Cory Emmerton. The officiating was no better than usual and with the score 7-0 maybe they were lax. So no whistle and a goal resulted for Detroit. Crawford deserved to post a shutout, but his 33 save performance was a nice improvement over recent efforts.

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  1. Dave Morris says:

    Al, thanks for this recap.

    If anything, yesterday’s game showed young players like Saad, Morin, Hayes (who made a very smart play on Kindl leading to the ‘own goal’) are on their way to becoming valuable components for the Hawks.

    Morin demonstrated a lot of promise when he was up last time, and he looks just as hungry and determined now.

    Hayes gets criticized but he’s a big, strong guy who will improve as he gets more time in the NHL.

    Based on what’s he done, IMHO Saad is proving himself as a quality forward. He’s humble, he’s skilled, he drives the net and he knows how to score.

    The Hawks are under no pressure to rush Hossa and Sharp back into the lineup.

    There are still areas of Chicago’s game that need work, of course, and a smart deadline pickup would be desirable.

    Who would you like to see Stan Bowman trade for (if anyone), and what would you offer in exchange?