The following is my column which ran in Wednesday night’s Committed Indian.
One thing struck me going back and watching last Friday nightâ€™s broadcast of the Hawks-Senators game that I felt shined a spotlight on whatâ€™s wrong with the Blackhawks this season.
In breaking down and assessing blame for the Senatorsâ€™ power play goal at the start of the first period, Eddie Olczyk put Fernando Pisani under the bus for doing the very thing that has been missing since June 9th – being aggressive.
On Daniel Alfredssonâ€™s goal, 49 seconds into the middle stanza, Olczyk ranted on and on over Pisani putting too much pressure on Sergei Gonchar as the top pointman quarterbacking the Sensâ€™ power play.Â How soon we forget how these things were done for the last three years.Â Olczyk tried to make the point that Pisaniâ€™s over-pursuit of Gonchar disassembled the Hawksâ€™ zone coverage.Â If Joel Quenneville and his staff have instructed their penalty killers to sit back in a passive box, then Olczyk is factually correct in this case.
But I wouldnâ€™t be so quick to take Olczykâ€™s word for it.Â After all, what experience did he ever have playing in his defensive zone?Â And ask Mark Recchi how much he thinks of Olczykâ€™s hockey acumen. Read more