If there's one thing Hawks fans want to take out of this mini-road trip to encourage them about the rest of the season -- and it's probably too early to do that but let's have some fun -- it's how they closed out both games.
On Tuesday, with a lead entering the 3rd, the Hawks were able to kill a team off and make things easy on themselves. On Thursday, they tied with the hottest team in the league in their den, and the Hawks found a way to gain two points and held onto them.
These were two things the Hawks couldn't do last year, and any sign of not having to deal with the angina-kickings they gave us last year is a welcome one. How did it happen?
The Hawks got a dominant game from Duncan Keith, which they require to be elite. Can't remember the last time that happened, but it's good to have it back. The Avs play the game that Leddy and Keith can deal with, they don't just put the puck behind the d-men and then try and grind their boards for their bread into the end boards. But st...