Most discussion of the game action went out the window when this happened:
It was worth a 5min boarding major and a game misconduct for Niklas Hjalmarsson. Definitely warranted that, and I believe it’s worthy of suspension. If you watch the video, especially the angle from behind 29, you can see Hjalmarsson’s elbow/shoulder land straight in Pominville’s back, between the numbers. He had plenty of time to adjust his route, go for the puck, or just not give the upward thrust with his shoulder (a la the Drury hit). As a first time offender, I don’t see the 5-10 game suspension happening, not for a Blackhawk fresh off the Cup win, but there WILL be a consequence. One game off, three if Colin Campbell’s wheel of justice spins a bit more wildly. That said, this has completely removed any positive feelings I used to have for the Blackhawks, the first time I ever rooted for, before I moved up here.
As for the rest of the game, the power play faltered, especially when they had a 5 minute long one. Vanek is still snakebit, Derek Roy is a beast (?!), and Miller was stuck in no-man’s land on the Hossa breakaway. After the mess in the first period, I’m inclined to just toss the rest of this one aside and retry things on Wednesday.