Hawks' Skyscraper Line Has Unlimited Potential
Sassone, Time, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Time Sassone Daily Herald Sports Writer
BOSTON - As far as first outings go, Chad Kilger showed a lot of promise Thursday in the Blackhawks' 2-2 tie at Pittsburgh.
Kilger had 2 assists in his Hawks' debut playing on a line with Eric Daze and Ethan Moreau, showing good hands and a fluid skating ability.
Call it the Hawks' Skyscraper Line, and it has a world of potential. Both Kilger and Daze stand 6-foot-4 while Moreau checks in at 6-2. Now all coach Craig Hartsburg has to do is keep the three 22-year-olds together for more than a game or two.
"They're three young guys and they've all got some size and skill," Hartsburg said. "They worked hard, but there's still a lot more the three can do."
Kilger ran out of gas in the third period against the Penguins in his first NHL game since early in the season.
"He did a good job," Hartsburg said. "He hasn't played at this level in a while and the more comfortable he gets the better he'll be. But it's a lot for him to build on."
Kilger was excited after the game even though the Hawks failed to hold a 2-1 lead in the last six minutes.
"I'm excited just to get the chance to come back here to the NHL," said Kilger, who was playing for Phoenix's American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass. At the time of Wednesday's trade. "Maybe I was a little nervous, but I was more excited. I really want to step in and play at this level and help this team."
Kilger's only mistake was getting caught in the crease on an apparent goal by Daze early in the third period that would have made it 3-1. The goal was nullified by a video review. …