The Hawks have spent this season with a record that at times was better than the performance. They've hung around in gamesin which they've had no business, too. They've gotten cuffed around the ears by teams they should kick in the shins. They've had special teams not livng up to the talent on them, and players outplaying their stats.
Last night, they added a new wrinkle. They absolutely dominated a game, and still had to fight off a 6-on-4 for a minute to not have to go to the coin-flip of overtime or a shootout. These are neat tricks they are pulling.
While the scoreline reads only 4-3, every other number in the boxscore shows the Hawks thumping Shark skull. The most impressive is that San Jose, which leads the league in shots per game with 35, only attempted 34! That's not shots on net, that's all of the ones on net, blocked, or missed. The Sharks can routinely double that. Such was the suffocating D the Hawks displayed.
A bigger boost was that even after Corey Crawford let in a ...