The following is my column which ran in Wednesday night’s Committed Indian.
One thing struck me going back and watching last Friday nightâs broadcast of the Hawks-Senators game that I felt shined a spotlight on whatâs 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 Alfredssonâs 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 Pisaniâs 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 wouldnât be so quick to take Olczykâs 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 Olczykâs hockey acumen. Read more