In what is in all likelihood their penultimate visit to Joe Louis Arena, the Hawks were able to take care of business with a revamped and still evolving forward group against a team that plays right into their strengths.
Though perennial Cock Adams Finalist Mike Babjack has moved on to (innumerable) new challenges in Toronto, the Wings are still interested in playing an uptempo style of game very similar to the Hawks. And that showed itself during the first period where the teams traded chances, but a bad change allowed Our Special Boy ™ to gain clean entry into the zone to survey the landscape and initiate a nice touch passing play that culminated with Porkins hammering home yet another goal on top of an ever increasing career high, complete with a total fat kid strength wipeout of a celebration.
Taking a lead into the second, the Hawks were able to capitalize on a couple of ticky-tack penalty calls in their favor after having a couple go against them, and managed to convert both on the ensuing two man advantage as well as the the remainder of 5-on-4 time. The Wings would eventually make things momentarily interesting early in the third cutting the score to 3-1, but two late goals from Ladd and Panarin would extend the lead to 5-1 before another garbage time goal. 5-2 Hawks and onward to Boston tomorrow night.
- If this is the Christian Ehrhoff the Hawks are going to get even 50% of the time, then Stan Bowman pulled off a steal of a trade. Even on the road and paired with TVR, Ehrhoff was active, noticeable, and a +7 in possession.
- Brent Sbarro had a goal and two assists and was a +2, and was still far and away the worst Hawk in terms of possession at -11.
- Jonathan Toews looks invigorated by Andrew Ladd’s presence, but Ladd and Shaw are redundant playing opposite one another as wings on the same line.
- Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou are absolutely blindingly fast, and Athanasiou might have the best nickname in the league already with “Greece Lightning”
- Andrew Desjardins had every right to be pissed after the hit Jonathan Ericsson put on his numbers about two feet away from the boards. His response wasn’t ideal, but the fact that he took matters into his own hands is understandable, and that’s the type of penalty that one’s teammates will gladly kill off.
- Scott Darling will obviously go tomorrow in Boston, so hopefully the Hawks will be invigorated by Dale Weise’s arrival, which figures to displace Richard Panik from the lineup and push Desjardins down.