Thursday, November 30, 2006

Savard gets his win

Well, new coach Denis Savard and the Chicago Blackhawks pulled out a win in his first game behind the bench, a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over the Dallas Stars last night in the Windy City.

What does that mean?

Well, for one, it shows that Savard successfully taught his club the Savardian spin-o-rama in the two short days he's had to lead practices. That signature move alone should be good enough to guide his team through those lean scoring droughts, which in Chicago are known as the 'regular season.'

I've almost always got one ear on sportstalk radio throughout the day, and yesterday I was listening in to broadcasts in both Toronto and Vancouver. And the funny thing is, both spent some considerable time talking about Savard and the 'Hawks — something I'm willing to bet good money isn't even happening in the city where the team is based.

Sure, there are extenuating circumstances — Bill Wirtz being a curmudgeonly, fan-hating owner and all — but it's more than just a little bizarre that NHL minutia finds such an audience in major Canadian news markets but doesn't even register a blip at home.

Maybe we are the crazy ones.

Check in later this morning at Globe on Hockey, where I'm taking a look at how the goaltending position has been changing in the NHL the past few years — complete with charts!


At 10:32 a.m., November 30, 2006, Anonymous John Bigenwald said...

Being a hockey fan in Chicago (not quite an oxymoron, but it helps to be from somewhere else -- Go Sabres), there was more hockey talk on sports radio than usual.

Thats to say they talked about the Hawks for 5 minutes AND interviewed Savard for another 5-10 minutes.

I don't think that happens if the Hawks hire the ghost of Lester Patrick. Savard has more name recognition in Chicago than anyone else the Hawks could have hired.

So Bill Wirtz will sell a few dozen more tickets for the next month, then it will go back to family and friends come January.

BTW - 13,164 last night. More people saw the game in Dallas last night than Chicago... There were probably more people in Toronto watching it on the Center (sorry, Centre) Ice Package.


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