October 23, 2013 by Joe Baugnet
*Article written by: Joe Klich*
The Florida Panthers welcomed the Chicago Blackhawks to the hardly-Googled “Florida Panthers Arena” where remnant ex-Blackhawk players go to wither away.
1.) As was the case with most games this year, the Blackhawks played like the dominate team for the first two periods, controlling pace and garnering the majority of scoring chances.
2.) Florida actually could have had several odd man breaks had their hands not turned to stone (if you’re not listening to ELO’s “Turn to Stone” while reading onward, then you’ve made a grave mistake. You’re welcome). Crawford wasn’t tested much early on, but when he was he came up big.
3.) Jonathan Toews broke his four game pointless drought doing one of the many things Jonathan Toews does exceptionally well. He went hard to the net. Per usual, the captain’s play has been close to top form despite not showing up on the scoreboard.
4.) It’s great to see a successful powerplay — at the moment (As I stress about the future). It’s a far too familiar sight to see the Hawks start the year off strong on the powerplay. Anyone else waiting for the awesome crash and burn?
5.) When I think about why I’ve recently become such a big Pirri fan, I think it might be because Handzus’ play has fallen drastically short of last year’s playoffs. The second line center position looks to (once again) be a hot topic all year.
6.) I”m not sure if I’ve ever done this, but Sheldon Brookbank put together a pretty solid game, highlighted by two excellent breakups in the second that would have been prime scoring chances.
7.) On the inverse, Keith and Seabrook found themselves on the ice for both Florida goals. Disheartening, but I’ve liked Seabrook’s start to this season much more than last year’s. I’m hoping for a big rebound year from him.
8.) Yes, it was another “third period collapse”, but, if I’m drinking Chicago Blackhawks PR properly via their twitter account, the Hawks have only trailed for 4:57 this year through nine games. That’s impressive. As will be this year’s team.