I haven’t watched a game fully all year. I tell my boss and dear old friend that I don’t pay attention to the NHL until playoff time, which I refer to as “preseason, next year, July, you know, when hockey is top of everyone’s mind.”

But I watched them tonight for a period and a half, and they’re playing smart, brave, confident, somewhat high-risk-but-IMO-worth-it hockey, poised all around, and they’re fun to watch. They trust each other, you can see it.

I’m glad the Hawks are good again.