A friend had a question: Which
My answer came pretty quickly: None.
Because they've won too many games in too many different ways.
You can marvel over
But you can't pick just one win and say that's the game.
The Hawks have won when the goaltending was unconscious and unreliable. On Thursday, they won with both goalies shutting out an opponent.
They've won by ending games early with a blizzard of goals. They've won by rallying late. And they've won when blowing a lead late and then prevailing later still.
You could jump out of your seat over
There are more choices, and that's the point. The Hawks' variety of wins shows the depth and breadth of the roster, coaching and management.
They’re intimidating teams with their speed and skill. Defensemen seem to back up quickly, and Kane looks like he’s getting the
At the other end, the Hawks are frustrating opponents with their defensive coverage. They don't allow a lot of second chances, and they stop a lot of first chances because everyone is sacrificing the body to block shots.
The Hawks also are standing up to the roughhouse tactics aimed at slowing them down. Toews doesn't need to fight again this season, if that's OK with everybody, but that's a sign the game-night roster has toughness one through 20 instead of just one or two cement heads.
If there is a concern, it's that the Hawks have blown late leads at home against good teams. Vancouver scored twice in the last three minutes to erase a 3-1 advantage. A week earlier, Anaheim scored in the final three minutes to force overtime.
I'm sure there will be people who will rip me for more negative writing -- such is the life of a realist -- but if you don't think the coaches are concerned about protecting leads late against quality teams, you're nuts.
It’s especially noteworthy when it happens against the two teams chasing the Hawks for
The way the Hawks have started the season is special. Enjoy it. But remember, the streak doesn’t win the
The Hawks' stars are playing like stars, their third and fourth lines are a force, their penalty killing is remarkable, and their goaltending gives them every chance to win. Their 5-on-4 power play needs work, although it orchestrated its own little "Miracle in Motown'' on Sunday.