Patrick Kane is congratulated by teammates Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp after scoring the game-winning goal against the Anaheim Ducks at the United Center on Oct. 25.
Yeah, it's only eight games. There's so much further to go, but seeing as how it never happened last season, the fact that the Hawks put their head to the pillow Tuesday night as first in the division, well, we'll just let that put a smile on our face. If only for a second or two.
Anyway, weird game against Anaheim. Some good, some bad. But the problems of Saturday night were seemingly fixed.
Both Anaheim goals were results of things that can't really be corrected. The first was Sean O'Donnell getting outraced on a power play, which will happen because O'Donnell is basically the hockey version of a Ugo.
The second goal against the Hawks will cause some to harangue Patrick Kane for his suicide pass to Duncan Keith. However, at the time of making it, Teemu Selanne was just about to come off the bench, and there's no way that Kane could have seen that coming. Merde happens.
As for the rest of the game, the Hawks were solid enough, and when they weren't Corey Crawford was there to save the day. Oh, and the lottery of the shootout came up with their number this time. Doesn't really have anything to do with practicing it.
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 .