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!