Mark Letestu #10 of the Pittsburgh Penguins battles for the puck against Nick Leddy #8 and Sami Lepisto #20 of the Chicago Blackhawks during a preseason game at Consol Energy Center on Sept. 22 in Pittsburgh. The Penguins defeated the Blackhawks 4-1.
While it's nice to see the Indian Head on players skating in actual anger (because it's been an awfully long summer, sporting-wise, in our fair city) you can't ignore the fact that preseason hockey is something akin to high school detention.
Thursday's game was a prime example, with a bunch of players who probably couldn't pick each other out of a police lineup failing to string two passes together on an ice surface that was probably more suited for the Dakar Rally. (Note: I don't really know what the Dakar Rally is.)
And the Penguins had the same problem.
This was far from their best lineup. Evgeni Malkin sat, while Sidney Crosby continued to slay the demons that only he can see at the moment. They had more stars dressed than the Hawks did, as Coach Quenneville only brought Michael Frolik, Bryan Bickell, Daniel Carcillo, Nick Leddy and Sami Lepisto as those who are sure to see regular playing time this season.
So now you know why I find it odd when people in the stands cheer so wildly at a goal.
Anyway, not much to learn tonight, as the Hawks took the lead but melted down in the 3rd under some intense Penguins pressure.
But considering the Pens were much closer to a full lineup and the Hawks had a boatload of players who won't sniff the NHL this year, and some the AHL, that's not a big of a surprise. What might matter?
Sam Fels is the proprietor of The Committed Indian, an unofficial program for the Blackhawks. You may have seen him hocking the magazine outside the United Center at Gate 3. The program is also available for purchase online. Fels is a lifelong 'Hawks fan and he also writes for Second City Hockey .