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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

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Jeff Carter traded from Columbus to LA

23 Feb

From Yahoo:

Reunited and it feels so good.

Exactly eight months to the day that Mike Richards and Jeff Carter were dealt from the Philadelphia Flyers, the pair are back together again, this time in Los Angeles.

With the apparent price and investment in dealing for Rick Nash too rich for Kings GM Dean Lombardi’s blood, he went out and dealt for Carter on Thursday night in exchange for defenseman Jack Johnson and a first-round pick, according to the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline.

Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider reports that the pick is a conditional one. If the Kings earn a playoff berth this season, the pick is a 2013 first-rounder. Should they miss, the Blue Jackets have the ability to decided whether to use it in 2012 or 2013.

From the Kings:

“Jeff is a proven goal scorer in our league.  He brings goal-scoring abilities, speed and at his age he is entering the prime of his career.  We also like his versatility as he can play both center and wing,” said Lombardi.  “We also want to wish Jack Johnson the best going forward.”

The deal is pending a physical, and if all goes well Carter will be in the Kings’ lineup on Saturday night against the Chicago Blackhawks.

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Carter was at a fan event Thursday night as the rumors quickly became reality.

Los Angeles, the NHL’s 30th-ranked offense, gets their scoring forward who also has another decade left on his contract with a $5.272 million cap hit per season, while Columbus gets an offensive blueliner who has six years left on his on deal at a $4.357 million cap hit, per CapGeek.

Carter was never happy in Columbus, from the moment the Blue Jackets had to send a search party to get tell him things would be alright once the deal was made over the summer to when it seemed like he’d be staying and Nash might be going (all while he’s played some his best hockey of the season of late). It’s a good move for them as they move out a disgruntled player as Howson continues “moving forward” as he put yesterday after trading Antoine Vermette to Phoenix.

So in the end, Howson dealt Jakub Voracek, Sean Couturier and prospect Nick Cousins for Jack Johnson and a late-first round pick. Huh.

As TTS discussed the possibility a couple days ago – Carter and Richards are reunited in LA.  High price to pay for LA on a player who is rumored to be locker room poison.  He sure didn’t show himself to be mature with how he handled the whole being traded to the Blue Jackets.  Now the two booze hounds are together.  There is a reason that Philly got rid of these two guys.

Seems like LA made a trade just to make a trade.  Like Lombardi is trying to save his job “hey look at me GM’ing…I made a trade”.  So he missed out on Nash and this was plan B?

For Columbus, Johnson and Wisniewski should make a good top pairing on defense.  First round pick should help out the old rebuild if the scouts are any good.  I can’t say Columbus has a very good track record of drafting guys.  Who have they drafted that was an impact player?  Nash was a no – brainer and after that…what have they done?  Not much.  Hopefully they get their act together.  That fan base isn’t happy.  Whatever is left of it that is.

TTS

Hawks beat Wings and misc NHL notes

22 Feb

The Toews less Blackhawks beat the Datsyuk less Red Wings last night at the United Center in front of 22,027 (111.7% full)  Lots of standing room only tickets were sold for this one.

Hawks were flat in the first period but really started bringing it in the 2nd.  They didn’t panic, they didn’t feel sorry for themselves they stayed the course.  Jimmy Howard was awesome, if not for him the Hawks could have won 5-1.

Patrick Kane was ELECTRIC!!!!  He didn’t end up on the score sheet but had 5 shots and was all over the ice.  He made some crazy good plays.  Skating, passing, stickhandling and shooting.  He was everywhere.  That was good to see him play with fire in his gut.

Jimmy Hayes had a strong game as the 22 year old rookie had a goal and assisted on the game winner by Kruger.  Kruger took a penalty early in the 1st which led to the first Detroit goal.  It was a forgivable penalty as he was just trying to create some room for Keith who was trying to keep the puck in the Wings zone.  He sure made up for it by having a strong game and finishing with the game winner.  He is becoming more and more dependable.

Hawks and Wings both had only 7 shots in the third period.  This was a playoff type game.  Very tight as two good teams battled.

Negatives?

How about the power play still going 0 – fer.  When was the last time the Hawks scored a power play goal?  If this keeps up we might have to petition the NHL to allow teams to decline a power play a la the NFL.

Morrison.  ok, this is not working.  I saw at least 4 very stupid plays by the veteran.  Let him watch from upstairs as a healthy scratch.  He is not the answer.

NHL Notes from last night:

Great win for Nashville over the hated Canucks.

I really shouldn’t be rooting for a division rival but when it’s the Canucks I could root for anybody to beat them.

From Paul McCann of Hockeybuzz:

An important win for Nashville as not only does the team keep pace with the rest of the Central Division, but it also sends the message that the Canucks will be in for a fight if they meet up again this spring. The way Vancouver won all three on Music City ice last spring has not set well with the team. From the final score, to the captain body slamming Alex Burrows to the ice late in the second period, messages were clearly sent. As Stu Grimson noted on the post-game show last night, keeping the Burrows/Weber encounter to offsetting minor roughing calls was a real positive for Nashville.

Now i’ll have to root for the Red Wings, which is something I would never want to do normally but…..they are playing the Canucks next so……LET’S GO RED WINGS!

Gritty win by the Flyers last night.

The Jets have owned the Flyers this year.  It looked like they were going to win another one and then Simmons ties it up with 10 seconds left in the third.  Then old man Jagr puts in the game winner with 44 seconds left in overtime.  Nice dish from Briere on that gwg.  2 former Hawks had good games as Big Buff had a nice goal and Andrew Ladd put in 2.  The Hawks sorely miss Ladd.  Letting him go in the salary purge after the Stanley Cup was a mistake.

A funny bit on TSN last night when Mike Johnson, standing in between the 2 benches as a reporter, got slashed on the wrist getting his watch broken.  He holds it up for the camera and says he is sending a bill.  Yahoo’s Puckdaddy has the video of it.

The Maple Leafs goalie “monster” had a serious 5 hole problem last night.

You won’t beat the Devils protecting the net like that.

How about the Rangers getting shut out by the Penguins last night?

How about both Sharks goalies giving up 3 goals last night to the Columbus Blue Jackets?  Jeff Carter, the subject of many trade rumors, had a hat trick.  Wouldn’t it be something if he got traded to the Kings for a reunion with Richards?

Speaking of Columbus they made a trade today.  They traded Center Antoine Vermette to the Phoenix Coyotes.  The 29-year old Vermette is signed for the next three seasons with a $3.75 million cap hit.  Columbus receives a 2nd round pick this year and a fifth rounder next year plus goaltender Curtis McElhinney.

TTS

Hawks Win! Hawks Win!!!

17 Feb

Whew!  That’s over.  Long losing streaks suck.  As TTS predicted this was the game the Hawks would break their losing streak on.  It had the perfect set up to a trap game for the New York Rangers.

Hawks came out with a purpose.  They came out with the Hawks offense we know and love, scoring 4 goals in the first 10 minutes of the first period.

That was the first win at Madison Square Garden for the Blackhawks since 12 11 2002.  It was the Hawks first win since Jan 20 of this year.  Toews had a beauty of a penalty shot early in the game to set the tone.  That’s his second penalty shot of the year.  He beat Jimmy Howard earlier.  Which is the first time the Blackhawks had 2 successful penalty shots in one year since 1936.

Huge play by Hossa to keep the puck in the zone before assisting on Leddy’s goal 62 seconds after Toews’ goal.  Then Sharpie scores 2 minutes later on a beautiful feed from Toews.  Hawks had to kill off a 4 minute penalty and seconds after Kane sends a gorgeous pass to Marion Hossa who takes it in to score.  4-0 not even 10 minutes in to the first period.  That’s more like it.

However that’s just one game.  As Patrick Sharp said after the game “we can’t go out celebrating like it’s New Years Eve we still have a long road ahead of us”.  He’s got that right.  Usually when teams hit Manhattan they like to hit the town.  I would bet not one Hawks was out partying the night before the game.  They were embarrassed.  They were not going to let the losing streak get to 10.  No chance. Even if they were in the perfect city to party like it’s nye.

Now the Blackhawks go from playing the Blue Shirts, who are maybe the best team in the league, to the Blue Jackets who are the worst team in the league.  Don’t let that stat fool you.  The Blue Jackets have played very well lately winning 3 of their last 4.  Their last win was against the St Louis Blues who are very tough this year.

Nice to see Crawford play well.  He didn’t lose his net once and the rebound control was better.  Nothing he could do about either goal he let in.  The first one he was screened and the second bounced off a Rangers skate in front of the net.  Overall, pretty good.

John Scott had a good game.  Great screen in front of the net on the Hawks 2nd goal.  Also I thought the message he sent was perfect.  Yes he received penalties on it but so what?  His teammates loved it and killed it off.  Players don’t mind those kind of penalties.  The Rangers are a tough team.  They will take liberties at you.  John Scott came out early and sent a message.  You going to rough up Toews or anyone else?  Then I’ll be on the ice.  Perfect.  These bandwagon Hawks fans who are brainwashed by idiot bloggers need to understand that the thing about Scott is – it’s not what he does it’s what the other team doesn’t do.  If you’ve ever played meaningful hockey games (ie playoffs) then you’ll know what a guy like Scott brings.  Teams will rough you up to take your will down.  Having a guy like Scott in your corner does more for your game then anything.  It’s huge.  I don’t know why so many Hawk fans don’t understand this.  Just because a guy blogs about the Blackhawks doesn’t mean he’s always right.

Yes I get the irony.

Hawks have the Blue Jackets on Saturday and then on Hockey Day in America (Sunday) they host the St Louis Blues on a nationally televised game (NBC).

Go Hawks.

TTS

Hossa, Kane at the all star game and 9 game road trip

30 Jan

Patrick Kane and Marion Hossa each had a goal helping Team Chara to victory over Team Alfredsson Sunday afternoon at the all star game.  Hossa added 2 helpers along with his goal and created magic with Gaborik and Datsyuk.  That line is in unfair.  That line is unfair to all stars.  They looked like they have played together for 20 years.  Gaborik and Hossa have played together on the Slovakian team during international play before but didn’t look like this.  The more I see Datsyuk play the more I am amazed.

Patrick Kane had a goal which I’m hoping will help his confidence in regards to his low goal output this year.  He had a lot of time and space which he won’t get in regular season games.  Hopefully that goal, and his “Superman” during the all star skills competition, will get him going.  He only needs one good game to get on a hot streak.  We’ve seen him get on hot streaks before and now would be the perfect time.  Against the hated Canucks would be even more delicious.

9 game road trip

It’s back to business for the hawks on Tuesday embarking on a historic 9 game road trip.  The Blackhawks will be the 17th team in league history to take on such a lengthy trip.  The San Jose Sharks will make it 18 next month when they take on their own 9 game trip.  Grueling.

The hawks have taken a smart approach with this trip breaking it into 3 segments.  They will play Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton and then fly back home.  This gives the players a chance to go home, sleep in their own bed, see their families and recharge the batteries.

That first trio of games is worrisome.  It’s always nasty up in Canuck-land but the hawks are usually up for it.  Edmonton and Calgary have embarrassed the hawks this year.  You would think that the hawks would have been up for the Oilers the last time they came to the United Center but they were not.  The hawks, coming off a 9-2 drubbing which had Oiler fans chanting “we want 10”, couldn’t get the hawks up for a game at home.  Now they have to play them in their building.  A building they lost 9-2 at.  After that it’s the Calgary Flames and newly acquired Brendan Morrison’s chance to play his former team.

The 2nd segment will feature games against the Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks and Phoenix Coyotes.  Colorado was playing great hockey for a few weeks up until the all star break.  San Jose is always difficult with a goalie (Niemi) who would love nothing better than to send a message to the hawks.  Then there is Phoenix who have just owned the hawks this year.

The 3rd portion of the trip features games against the Nashville Predators, New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets.  Nashville beat us in a home and away before the break.  A rare Original Six match up against one of the better teams in the east and then the lowly Blue Jackets.

The hawks need to play at least .500 hockey during this trip.  Any lower and the hawks will drop too far in the ever tightening Western Conference standings.  We don’t want to see a repeat of last year where the hawks needed help just to grab the 8th seed.

Should be a fun final 32 games.

TTS

Toews, Sharp – out!

24 Jan

As you may have heard Jonathon Toews is out for tonight’s game against Nashville.  Toews’ 27 goals is good for 2nd best in the NHL and 7 ahead of his next closest teammates – Hossa and Sharp.

His face-off winning percentage is 61.1%  best in the whole league.

“You miss his leadership and how important he is to our team,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said of Toews sitting out Tuesday night’s game against the Nashville Predators. “It changes the complexion of what our options are.”

Toews was slashed in the left hand by Florida’s Erik Gudbranson on Friday, and though Quenneville said there was no “defining blow” causing his injury, that slash is believed to have played a part in his ailment.

With Toews and Sharp out we should expect some line changes.  Apparently Dave ‘the rat” Bolland out will move up to the first line.

This puts even more pressure on GM Stan Bowman to acquire a legit number 2 center.

Nashville is always difficult to play against and lately they are on a roll.  In between beating us 5 to 2 on Saturday night they took down another Central division rival – The Columbus Blue Jackets 4 -1.

No Toews, no Sharp and facing a red hot Predators team is a real kick in the……

tts