Sorry, but I just don't see it. I still see a guy that shys away from the boards. And a guy that "coasts" after he passes, shoots, or makes an ill-advised pass (turnover). I appreciate that Kane has the scoring touch. But c'mon.
Patrick Kane is 6th in the NHL in takeaways. 1 behind Marian Hossa. He may not be as big or as strong as other players, but his work on the defensive end is vastly improved. I've seen a guy who has really made an effort at both ends of the ice, and the work along the boards they are talking about is his stick checking ability. Watch closely and you'll see a few times every night where Kane lifts a guys stick to break up an offensive opportunity.
Got his bell wrung good by a Peter Stastny elbow
I can't recall the last time I've seen the Hawks this positionally sound on the ice for such an extended period of time.I agree, Lucid. There have been games where they weren't as crisp, yet still won, but most of the time they look like a well-disciplined team.
Jimmy Hayes skated like Jon Scott for first few shifts then parked his large frame in front of the net.