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Hawks Keep Rolling

18 Feb

Yes it got a little frantic at the end of the game but the Hawks held on to win the game and remain unbeaten in regulation.

The Blackhawks (12-0-3) matched the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers for the league’s second-longest streak, and are one away from the tying the mark set by Anaheim in 2006-07.

Who do they play next? The much hated Vancouver Canucks. What a time for those jerk-stores to come to town. Could it get any better then beating them? Of course I’m sure they are saying something similar about being the team to beat the Hawks and keep them from making history. Should be a fun one.

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The Hawks got a good start and an early lead on the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings. Up 3-0 and that was enough. Nice to see Sharp get a goal. He went nearly a month between tallies. He was still productive and was racking up the assists but goal scorers like to get goals. Imagine if that guy heats up.

Ray Emery was solid all night. Looking like a legit number 1 goalie instead of a number 2 or a guy on his last legs….or last hip in his case.

The 2 goals that the Kings scored were power play goals that Ray Emery was screened on. Full marks to the Kings. The earned those goals and grabbed momentum off of them. Hey Blackhawks did you hear that? The Kings scored power play goals by having a man in front screening the goalie. It’s not rocket science guys.

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”What’s important to us is getting home-ice advantage, making the playoffs,” Toews said. ”Those are our goals. Once you get there, the real season starts. When you get to that point, no one really cares or remembers those streaks at the start of the season.”

”I thought we had a great first 40 minutes and they got some momentum off their power-play goal early in the third,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. ”They had a great third period. We had 40, they had a great 20, and the clock ran out, which was nice.”

”We probably didn’t play well enough to win this game,” Richards said. ”The slow start kind of cost us. We gave them a lot in the first period with penalties and some turnovers and they scored some goals, which put us behind the 8-ball pretty quick.”

Before the game, Quenneville said Crawford was ”progressing” and is day-to-day. When asked if Crawford’s condition might be long-term, Quenneville replied, ”I don’t foresee that yet.” Crawford – who has a 7-0-3 record, 1.65 goals-against average and .935 save percentage – has not skated since sustaining his injury, apparently in a 3-2 shootout loss to Anaheim last Tuesday. It’s alleged that Bobby Ryan injured Crawford when he ran into him in that game. With no penalty called for some weird reason.

TTS

Hawks are Furious Over Vicious Hit

19 Apr

“We’re all angry today, me included,” Quenneville said Wednesday.

“There’s no remorse at all with a guy like that,” Toews said of Torres. “(He) probably doesn’t feel bad about it at all. That’s not hockey to me.”

Quenneville said there is no change in Hossa’s condition and that he has been ruled out of playing in game 4.

“They lose that guy and take out one of our best players,” Toews said. “That’s a pretty good trade for them.”

The fact that the NHL has suspended Torres indefinitely “sounds like a good start,” Toews said.

He’s got a point though.  What a great win for the Coyotes.  Who would you rather have playing on your team?  Torres or Hossa?  Exactly!  The Coyotes win no matter what happens.

“Hopefully, they come up with something that’s satisfying for us but the most satisfying thing for our team and for Hossa would be to get our team back on our feet and just make sure Hossa is all right,” Toews said. “The rest is kind of out of our control.”

The Coyotes seem to have a different view of the play.  They really don’t think there was anything wrong with it.

“It’s a high-paced, contact sport,” forward Ray Whitney said. “If you don’t want to get hit, if you don’t want to get hurt, there are other sports you can play. Yes, we don’t want to injure people. But if you don’t finish your checks and you don’t play hard, you’re probably not going to play.

“We certainly don’t want the best players in the league getting injured. But there is a certain way you have to play in the playoffs and finishing your checks is one of them. It’s just kind of the nastiness of being in the playoffs. Nobody said winning the Stanley Cup was ever going to be easy. … It’s not like we’re out there trying to hurt each other. But we are out there trying to hit as hard as we can and play as hard as we can.”

I used to consider Ray Whitney a class act.  I’m not so sure anymore.  How can he say that?  You know it’s funny that he is lecturing the Blackhawks on what it takes to win the Stanley Cup.  I think they know what it takes.  You know what else I think?  I think they did it without head hunting anybody.  They didn’t seriously injury anyone nor risk a player’s career with a vicious dirty hit.

Said Hawks veteran Andrew Brunette: “It’s obviously something we don’t want to see in our game. As a hockey club, losing a player of (Hossa’s) skill level and what he means to this hockey team is tough. The way that we lost him isn’t the way the game should be played. It hits all the criteria of what we’re told not to do.”

Exactly!  Well said Andrew who is a class act.

The Hawks will take the high road.  They won’t get revenge by head hunting anyone.  Instead look for them to get revenge by winning the game and more importantly tie up the series.  You don’t want to let these goons go up 3-1 in the series and head back to Phoenix.  Where is the justice in that?

“The way the rules are set up you can’t,” Hawks forward Jamal Mayers said. “What are you going to do? There’s an instigator (penalty) so you can’t do anything. If you do a similar type of thing you run the risk of hurting your team and the next thing you know you’re down … killing a penalty for five minutes in a playoff game.”

The Hawks will have to rebound without one of their best players.

“Hossa is probably your best player all year,” Toews said. “He’s one of our most consistent players. It’s (tough) to lose him He’s a big penalty killer (and) a big guy on the power play — just an all-around solid player. (We’re) going to miss him but we have to find a way to step up and make up for that void.”

But we see last year when Torres did a dirty vicious head shot to Seabrook and the Hawks rallied around that.  They were down 3-0 to the Canucks but won the next 3 to push the series to game 7.  They went to OT before Campoli gave the game away.  He’s not here this year.

Hopefully Crawford is ready for any shot.  Especially when the puck is in the Hawks end.  No softies!

Phoenix will be ready.  They have a good coach who will make sure they are focused.

“The one thing our group is very focused on is making sure it doesn’t overshadow everything,” Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. “We’re a focused group. Today we had zero talk about what the league is doing with suspensions or this or that. Our focus is on what we have to do to play better [Thursday night] in Game 4.”

Now 2nd round pick Brandon Saad gets a chance to play.  He lit up the OHL (Ontario Hockey League) but there is a huge difference between the OHL and the NHL.  Plus this is the playoffs.  It would be a great time for an inspiring story from the rookie.  His 2011-2012 stats are:

He played for the Saginaw Spirit.  Regular Season games:  44 games 34 goals and 42 assists.  That’s 76 points in 44 games.  Not bad at all.  In the playoffs he had 8 goals and 9 assists for 17 points in 12 games.  That’s encouraging but like I said this is the NHL playoffs.  The best players on the planet.

Let’s drop the puck and see what the kid can do.  Torres won’t be there to end his career.

TTS

Hawks win wild one in Nashville

1 Apr

Whew!  After it looked like a runaway for the Blackhawks,  the Predators decided to make a game of it.

The Blackhawks got off to a 4-0 lead.  There were a lot of Hawks fans in attendance and they made a lot of noise.  In between periods Patrick Kane said it almost feels like a home game.  But then something happened.  Dave Bolland took a penalty.  The Predators scored on the power play and grabbed the momentum.

Speaking of power plays….are you sitting down?  The hockey team from Chicago scored 2 power play goals.  Go check the stats yourself if you don’t believe me.  But they did.  Sharp and Bolland both had pp tallies.  It was the first 2 goals of the game for the Hawks.

After those 2 pp goals was a gorgeous breakaway by Patrick Kane who went in for the score.  3 nothing.   Viktor Stalberg decided to join the party with his goal.  He showed his break neck speed and missed on his shot, however he followed the puck and then banked it in off the back of Pekka Rinne.  4-0 Hawks.

That’s when things changed.  That’s when the Predators joined the party.  All of a sudden it’s 4-4 and the 17,113 at Bridgestone Arena had a game to watch.

TTS favorite, Andrew Shaw, made a great play once the game was tied.  He took the puck on the boards behind the net, fired a back hand pass to Brent Seabrook crashing the side of the net and bam!  5-4 Hawks.  That would be the last score of the game.  It was 1:09 after Nashville tied it up to.  Way to answer.  That’s what you want to see out of a team.  That’s the response you’re looking for.  Oh…did you tie up the game after we had a 4-0 lead?  That’s ok, we’ll get another one.  Beauty.

Don’t forget, this was done without Toews or Keith.  Against a team that owned the Hawks so far this season.  That’s huge!  This team is rounding into form quite nicely at the right time of year.

Not much to complain about on this one.  3 of the Predators goals were because Crawford was screened.  Too much traffic in front of him.  Hawks will look at tape to see that they need to clear bodies out in front of their goalie.  The other goal was a nice breakaway by Prodigal son of the Predators, Alex Radulov.  I think Seabrook should have juked his stick but hey, things happen fast out there.  It is the National Hockey League.

Sorry Mrs. Fisher.  Maybe we will see you again in the playoffs.

Last nights win clinched a playoff spot for the Hawks.  They can finish no lower than 6th place in the Western Conference.  Who will they play?  Who the hell knows with the craziness that is the Pacific division.  The San Jose Sharks showed up last night and posted a 3-0 shutout.  Now Dallas is sitting in 9th place.  Who will end up in 3rd?  Who will end up in 7th and 8th.  Dallas, Phoenix, Los Angeles or San Jose.  One of these 4 will not make the playoffs.  One will play the Hawks.  One will get St Louis and another gets Vancouver.  What a fun time of year.

Next up for the Hawks – A battle with the Minnesota Wild tonight at the United Center.  No rest for these Hawks as they play again tonight.  Hopefully this isn’t a trap game.  Teams that have already been eliminated from the playoffs love to play spoiler this time of year.

Last game of the suspension for Keith.  Toews has been cleared for contact and hopes to get in a game before the end of the season.

TTS

You have a broom I can borrow?

21 Mar

Sweep!  The Chicago Blackhawks swept the season series against the Columbus Blue Jackets.


The Blackhawks listened to their coaching staff again and got off to a fast start.  Andrew Shaw, who is becoming a fan favorite, opened up the scoring 4 minutes in.  After that Patrick Sharp scored from the goal line, a difficult angle and a goal that Columbus goalie Steve Mason can’t let in.

“They just found a hole through my arm there,” Columbus goalie Steve Mason said.

Mason’s trouble didn’t end there.  Brent Seabrook floated a shot from the blue line that went in.  Mason swatted at it with his arm but that was useless.  3-0 Hawks up and they are not even 10 minutes into the first period.  Sure is a lot easier to play hockey with a lead instead of having to play catch up.

Bollig and Boll had a fight before the period was over and I’ll have to give it to Bollig.  He got several shots in on the veterans face.  I’m not sure I saw Boll get one in on Boll.

No scoring in the 2nd period for either team.  The shots were low too.  5 for the Hawks and 3 for Columbus.  Those low totals were assisted by a post shot by Columbus and Viktor Stalberg hit iron twice.  In the same spot!  Too bad because both times he beat Mason.

The third period brought some good news for the Hawks.  37 seconds in Patrick Sharp scored his second goal of the game on a…..you might want to sit down for this….a power play goal!!!!!

I know I can’t believe it either.  But hang on, it gets more shocking.  Marion Hossa scored another power play goal 3 minutes after that!  2 power play goals!  No I’m not lying, I promise.  The Hawks went 2-2 on the power play.  Amazing!  I was suspecting that the Hawks were allergic to power play goals.

In addition to that astonishing special teams play the Hawks went 2-2 on the penalty kill too.  Columbus is good for the Hawks.  Too bad they don’t play them anymore this year.  They out scored Columbus 31-10 in 6 games.

Sharp’s second goal got his season total to 30.  Nice job.  Marion Hossa had a 2 points which brought his career total to 900 points.  900 points is pretty spectacular.  Nice job Hoss!

Duncan Keith had a career best 4 point night with 4 helpers.

That’s the first time the Hawks have swept a division rival since the 1971-1972 season when they did that against the St Louis Blues.

Next up for the Hawks (play the music below before proceeding)

The Vancouver Canucks are in town for a battle tonight.  The rivalry heats back up this evening at the United Center.  The Canucks arrived in town a couple of days ago after their 2-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild.  They’ve been in town enjoying this incredible weather we have been having.  They practiced at the Hawks practice facility, Johnny’s Ice House west.  Alain Vigneault indicated that Roberto Luongo will start in net.  Roberto, being interviewed after practice at Johnny’s said “We love playing in this building”  and “every time we play these guys it’s a playoff like game”  “the guys are jacked up for this game”.  Vancouver is 3-5-2 in their last 10 games.  The Blackhawks are now 8-1-1 in their last 10.

Duncan Keith, being interviewed after last night’s game, was asked if he and the guys get a little more up for the Canucks.  His response “…..yeah”

Can’t wait for this one.  Drop the puck!!!

TTS