CHICAGO — He did it once. Then he did it a second time. After the Chicago goaltender made a save Friday night, Pat Foley, the Blackhawks’ beloved broadcaster, said the name Antti Niemi. He meant Ray Emery, of course. Niemi was at the other end of the ice, playing for the San Jose Sharks.
To be fair, they weren’t Foley-ian slips. They were Freudian slips. These Blackhawks look like the 2009-10 Blackhawks, the ones who brought the Stanley Cup back to Chicago for the first time since 1961. They are atop the NHL again – 14-0-3 after their 2-1 victory over San Jose, setting a record by starting the season with points in 17 straight games.
More important, they are a complete team again. What these 17 games have shown is that, for the first time since blowing up half the roster because of a salary-cap crunch after winning the Cup, the ’Hawks have stars and a strong supporting cast – four lines, seven ‘D,’ good goaltending, sharp penalty killing. If there is a nit to pick, it’s thatRead More »from Chicago's spectacular start conjures up comparisons to 2010 Stanley Cup-winning squad