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Second impressions: A look at the Hawks' second games in Vancouver

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Here is my Hawk Watch from Friday's Sun-Times with a little bit extra here and there:

PATRICK KANE, USA

Line: Scored his first goal and had four shots in 16:34 of ice time in a 6-1 win against Norway.

Back check: Showed off his speed and hands, scoring on a rebound of Zach Parise's shot after a nice give-and-go. Paired with Parise and Paul Stastny early but later saw time with Ryan Kesler and Bobby Ryan as coach Ron Wilson looked for chemistry.

Quick thought: Kane setting up Ryan, a natural power forward, can be scary good. Kesler is the Vancouver Canucks center who called Andrew Ladd "a coward" after a fight.


DUNCAN KEITH, CANADA

Line: Played 19:48 in 3-2 shootout win vs. Switzerland.

Back check: The Hawks' leader in average ice time continued to log effective minutes for Team Canada and also saw time with teammate Brent Seabrook. His ice time trailed only Sidney Crosby, Dan Boyle, Scott Niedermayer and Shea Weber.

Quick thought:
He's very noticeable on the ice, and still very reliable.


JONATHAN TOEWS, CANADA

Line: Had an assist and a plus-1 rating in 13:13 against Switzerland.

Back check: Toews continued to see time with different linemates, including fellow center Mike Richards and winger Brenden Morrow. He was Canada's second shooter but was stopped by Jonas Hiller, who turned in an amazing game for the Swiss.

Quick thought: I wouldn't have been surprised if Toews got another crack at the shootout if Crosby would have missed his second chance that won the game.


BRENT SEABROOK, CANADA

Line: Had two shots and a minus-1 rating in 8:28 vs. Switzerland.

Back check: Played the fewest minutes of Canada's seven defensemen. Was one of seven players with a minus-rating against the Swiss.

Quick thought: Despite speculation from fans that Seabrook was hurt, Team Canada coach Mike Babcock said it was his decision for Seabrook's lack of playing time and not the result of an injury.


MARIAN HOSSA, SLOVAKIA

Line: Scored game-tying goal and had five shots and a plus-1 rating in 18:58 of ice time in a 2-1 shootout victory over Russia.

Back check:
Hossa stood out in all facets of the upset over Russia. He tied the game with a one-timer and helped kill a late penalty in the third period. Hossa was the third shooter for Slovakia, but was stopped by Ilya Bryzgalov.

Quick thought: He's a star. What more is there to say.


TOMAS KOPECKY, SLOVAKIA

Line: Had two penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating in 8:54 vs. Russia.

Back check: Logged more minutes after playing a team-low 4:38 against the Czech Republic a day earlier. Had a good start, but his playing time decreased later in the game.

Quick thought: He just hasn't played much. It's as simple as that.

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Adam L. Jahns is a native Chicagoan hailing from the Far Northwest Side. Jahns has been with the Sun-Times for more than four years, covering the Hawks, Bears, Cubs, Sox and high schools.

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