By Michael Calvert
The Hawks faced a much tougher Blue Jacket team last night at the UC, but it didn’t matter, the end result was awfully familiar.
With Marian Hossa out still the Hawks had to regroup their lines some, the first line lost Sharp and gained an Andrew Shaw. That’s a minus-1 if you’re counting at home.
Michal Handzus must have gotten to the UC and thought “look what I found,” as he centered the Patricks, Sharp and Kane. The third line for the Hawks looked an awful lot like it should with Bickell and Versteeg centered by Regin. Lastly, the fourth line of Smith, Krueger and Bollig. 6th Dman was played by Brookbank tonight.
1st period: Hawks got on the scorer’s sheet early in this one. Brandon Bollig disrupted a clearing attempt and Marcus Kruger picked off said errant attempt. Kruger took the puck to the middle and sort of backhand flipped it towards the net. Johnny on the spot Bollig got a stick on it and 1-0 Hawks. The Hawks are pretty much all over the BJ’s at this point.