The Hawks managed to scrape out a win against the always enigmatic Dallas Stars it seems when they play the Hawks with a 4-3 shootout victory. Chicago managed to get back on the game of “puck possession” outshooting Dallas 24-12 after 2 periods and 40-27 after the overtime period in total.
The line of Sharp/Toews/Kane (whom I have been preaching all year should play together) were outstanding once again creating multiple opportunites almost every shift and ending with Kane getting 2 goals and Sharp 2 apples.
Versteeg was playing center which I felt a bold move by Quennville but did very well on the draws but yet was still turning the puck over time after time which Hawk fans I guess have succumb to accept is going to happen.
Niemi played quite well especially in the final 2 frames along with the OT and definitely the shootout, his 1st period he did look a tad problematic with rebound control and puck handling but that has been his weakness throughout the year.
Moreover, the Stars did bang the hawks around and they did play a pretty good game and if it were not to time running out in overtime by a mere second the Stars would have won the game on a nifty tip in by I believe Brendan Morrow ( I may be mistaken) my apologies if so. Versteeg somewhat making up for his multiple turnovers scoring the shootout winner after a brilliant display of goaltending by Turco and Niemi along with a couple posts.
I have thought about the goaltending issue a lot lately ( well all year) and for some reason I think the Hawks thoughts about getting another goaltender are still pondering yet many are writing that option off.
The concerns of Huet's ability to make big saves when needed and consistency (though he has shown both all year at times) and Niemi who has been outstanding but has poor puck handling ability and rebound control issues. I am not so sure the Hawk's brass are as confident as some may think which makes me truly believe acquring another goaltender is not out of the question.
Many of these attributes of these goaltenders can work through the regular season with a solid team in front of but with the playoffs only 23 games away and assuming the Hawks have not settled on a starter as of yet well we all know playoffs are a different story and the pressure is notably on the goaltenders more so. Many feel this year is “it's this year or bust” (which I disagree with) but we all know the player's undoubtedly feel that way along with the coaching staff etc.
Not many options out there however and of course Turco's name comes up the most. I like Turco and I believe a change of scenery and a chance at the cup would motivate him because who know's what his future holds for him next year. Many would argue saying he has gone downhill for the last couple years and not shown stability well that is notable but if you look at it when player's get dealt it really helps that player mentally and gives them a new life in a lot of cases. Yes there is no guarantee, heck there is no guarantee in any sport really. It's a decision the Hawks management may address or may not we shall see.
Dallas has money issues which causes some trouble and of course the Hawks can not carry 3 goalies so if a possilbe trade were to materialize and I stress the word “if” the Hawks may have to bury Huet in the minors. Really if you think about it anything can happen, who would have predicted the Lehtonen deal last night?
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Written by Trent Kondo
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