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Crawford is Hurt – Concussion

15 Feb

According to Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald:

Corey Crawford is day-to-day with an upper body injury, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after his No. 1 goalie missed Friday’s morning skate.

Henrik Karlsson was recalled from Rockford to be Ray Emery’s backup on Friday against San Jose. The 6-foot-6, 209-pound Karlsson was acquired from Calgary on Jan. 21 for a seventh-round draft pick in 2013.

Crawford is believed to have been hurt late in Tuesday’s shootout loss to Anaheim when he was run over by Bobby Ryan. It’s believed he suffered a concussion.

“He didn’t feel great after practice (on Thursday),” Quenneville said. “I don’t know if that was it or (if it happened in) practice. I don’t know if there was a defining blow.”

The 29-year-old Karlsson appeared in 26 games in his Flames career, going 5-9-8 with a .905 save percentage. He was 2-2 at Rockford with a 2.23 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.

“It’s always a little bit weird when a guy gets injured, but this is where I want to be,” Karlsson said. “Obviously I’m a pretty big guy so I just want play a modern style of goaltending, try to block as many shots as possible and be square to the puck.

“I’m just happy Chicago wanted me (because) I needed to move from Calgary. I had two great learning years there. I’m just glad to get a fresh start here. I don’t want to be no bad excuses or open any bad doors, but it was a tough situation (sitting behind Miikka Kiprusoff). I learned a lot and came out of it a better goalie.”

Quenneville wouldn’t say if Crawford would be available to play Sunday afternoon against Los Angeles at the United Center.

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Hawks Badly Outplayed but Still Won

4 Feb

The Hawks had no business coming away with 2 points from the Scotiabank Saddledome but they did. They were badly outplayed. You could see the fatigue from playing 3 games in 4 days. The game against the Canucks the night took a lot out of them. Coming from behind before losing in the shootout. Remember the game before that was a shootout loss to the Minneasota Wild. The Hawks legs were tired. But good teams find a way to win. Even when they shouldn’t.

That’s what the Hawks did. Hats off to Ray Emery. Wow what a performance. 45 saves and 30 of them were good scoring chances. That’s the kind of performance Hawks fans have been begging Corey Crawford to give them. We’re still waiting. Crawford is good but is he I can steal you a game in a 7 game playoff series good? No. Or at least the jury is still out because we have yet to see that happen. Remember last year Crawford was the only starting goalie in the NHL without a shut out. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

Patrick Kane continued his red hot offensive play by scoring early in the third. The start of the third came with the Flames coming at the Hawks like an out of control locomotive. The Hawks weathered the storm and even got the games first goal. Despite being badly outplayed and outshot.

The Flames tied it up and even took a 2-1 lead with 35 seconds left in the third. It didn’t look good at all. But these never say die hawks did just that. They didn’t die. With 3 seconds left Marion Hossa tied the game up. Crazy! Then after 5 minutes of 4-4 over time Ray Emery stoned all 3 Flames shooters and the Hawks won. Kane scored in the shootout, the guy is just red hot, and Emery stopped all 3 shooters. Just fantastic.

So do you give Emery another start? He is the back up and this is Crawfords net. However when a guy plays that red hot, don’t you have to give him the net for another game? It is a short season and you want to ride the hot hand don’t you?

Isn’t that what San Francisco did with Kapernack? He got in because of injury but a golden rule in football is that no one loses their job to injury. But that’s exactly what happened there. Now it looks like this is the kids football team and the original starter is going to get traded in the offseason.

Also don’t ever ask me who to pick. I did well in the regular season but I was just terrible in the playoffs and super bowl. For example I picked against the Ravens every week in the post season including yesterdays game. Shows what I know. My next door neighbor was begging me to make a 20 dollar bet with him taking the 49ers and the points. So there you go, I could have an extra 20 bucks in my pocket today but I’m a dummy. Oh well.

NOTES: Tanguay earned his 500th career assist. … Going back to last season, Calgary’s Jarome Iginla has gone nine games without a goal. He has only one in 17 games. … Chicago C Dave Bolland (lower body) didn’t play after getting hurt Friday in Vancouver. … Calgary D Cory Sarich was a healthy scratch for the first time. … The game’s only fight featured Tim Jackman and Brandon Bollig in the first period. The Flames entered the night as the only NHL team without a fight.

Next up for the Hawks is a battle tomorrow night against the San Jose Sharks who are all kinds of red hot this year. Should be a great game.

Oh and since my girlfriend loves when I put pictures of hot chicks up on my blog let me just put Marissa Miller up in a nod to the Super Bowl.

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Go Hawks.

TTS

Hawks on Brink of Elimination

20 Apr

Corey Crawford let in another soft one.  Another weak goal in over time.  Can’t happen.  Can’t happen in the playoffs and it most certainly can’t happen in the playoffs.  You certainly can’t let the same guy, Boedker, do it 2 games in a row.

Yes Leddy missed on a pinch but that’s what goalies are there for.  To cover up a mistake like that.  It wasn’t the worst mistake in the world either, he was trying to recover possession of the puck.  It happened at mid ice, enough time for crow to get ready for it.  The worst part is Boedker didn’t even shoot it.  It just trickled underneath Crawford.  Terrible goal.  Terrible way to lose.  The team is down 2-0 in the third and rally yet again to go in to OT.  Then crow lets one in 2:15 into the extra frame.

Not even with 22,111 Hawks fans chanting “Hossa, Hossa”  could fire up their team.

Where is Patrick Kane, Johnathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Viktor Stalberg?  Any time you guys want to deliver an impact play is fine by me.

“We played well enough to win but it never really felt like we took control of that game at any point,” Toews said.

The Coyotes only had 19 shots on goal and yet they won.  The Hawks out shot the Coyotes 32-19.  But how many shots were good scoring chances?  The Coyotes give you the perimeter and close in on you when you approach the net.  They smother the life out of offense.  Remember when the New Jersey Devils played like that and won a few cups?  Interest in the league faded and ratings plummeted.  Part of the reason the NHL has the worst TV contract in the major sports.  Let’s hope that doesn’t happen again.  Only the 12 Coyote fans out there would be happy with them winning the cup.

“I have no clue,” Crawford responded when asked how the puck squeaked in. “Once I see the replay I’ll figure out how that went in.”

“It seems like we get more motivated when we get down a goal or two and we see how well we can play and how much pressure we can put on them,” Toews said. “And we seem to be less afraid to make mistakes.”

“Tough break again,” Quenneville said. “Kind of comparable to the last game. Brutal ending…Both games ended on a tough note for us. We didn’t give up many chances tonight.”

“For 40 minutes I didn’t mind the way we played,” Quenneville said. “Certain guys I think need to be better in our team game.”

This was the 6th straight Hawks playoff game to go into overtime going back to last year.

The two teams tied an NHL record.  No series had the first 4 games to go into overtime since the Canadians and Maple Leafs did it in 1952.

Now the Hawks are on the brink of elimination.  History is not on their side concerning teams that are down 3-1.  They only hope for Hawks fans is that they have played their best hockey when they are desperate.  When they are losing in the third period they start playing “Blackhawk Hockey”.  Maybe being down 3-1 will bring that out of them at the start of game 5.

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Justice Prevails – Hawks win and the crybabies lose

22 Mar

“That’s a hockey game” said Patrick Kane being interviewed after the game.

A beautiful site, the Hawks mobbed Andrew Shaw after he scored the game winning goal.  How can you not love this guy?  He will never razzle dazzle you with the puck.   That’s not his game.  He plays hard-nosed, face first, grind it out hockey.  He goes to the front of the net.  Just like coaches and analysts will tell you – go to the front of the net…good things happen.  Shaw did and Johnny Oduya’s shot in over time went off Shaw’s pads past Roberto Luongo and into the net.  Game winner, game over…sorry Canucks.

This game had a playoff feel.  The hate between these teams is genuine.   Plenty of standing room only in this one as 21,715 (110.1% full) saw a great hockey game.  It was intense.

“We have a love hate relationship with those guys”  “You love to play in those games, fans in both cities get up for them and it’s good for the game….at the same time…we hate them.”  Said Brent Seabrook being interviewed in the locker room afterwards.

This game was chippy throughout.

The Canucks scored early, Jannik Hansen scored 27 seconds in on a shot Corey Crawford would love to have back.  To his credit though he buckled down and played great the rest of the way making several key saves to keep the Canucks at 1.  They would not score again.

The Canucks were awarded 3 power plays in the first period but the Hawks penalty killers played great.  Despite have the man advantage 3 times the first period ended 12-6 shots in favor of the Blackhawks.  The Hawks would not give Vancouver another power play.

That’s great special teams.  The frustrating part is still the Hawks power play.  They went 0-5.  Every time the dirty goon squad from Vancouver took cheap shots (and they took many), the Hawks could not make them pay for it.  Give some credit to the Canucks as the Hawks had a hard time generating shots in close and give some credit to Roberto Luongo who played great.  He had many great saves in the game.  He kept the Canucks in the game.

So let’s talk about the hit.  Duncan Keith’s elbow to Daniel Sedin.  Duncan gave Daniel a taste of his own medicine.  Daniel checked Keith in the head, watch the replays and he can see Daniel move upward as he came into contact with Keith, this caused Keith to take a hit to the head.  Specifically the chin area which is a great way to give a guy a concussion.  Funny how the Canucks players, coaches and management had no problem with that.

Then a puck goes near Sedin and bounces off the glass.  Keith saw his opportunity for payback and did exactly that.  Eye for an eye.  I’m sure the league is going to look at this.  You have to with the crybabies.  Alain Vigneault went right to the microphones after the game to demand it.  “Deliberate, principal point of contact, everything you are trying to take out of the game,” Vigneault said. “I expected a major, I got a minor. So we’ll let the league deal with it.”

They had no problem with the head shot on Keith, that’s perfectly acceptable.  They had no problem with the hit that knocked Marcus Kruger out of the game.  That was perfectly acceptable to them.  But when you give it back to them….then they cry like crybabies.  Remember last year in the playoffs when the GM, Mike Gillis, held a press conference to say that the Canucks were not getting the calls and the refs were giving preferential treatment to other teams?  Are you kidding me?  How can this organization consider themselves professionals?  This is the team after all that ended a mans careers.  Remember when Todd Bertuzzi went after an avs player and broke his neck?  Yeah, that’s what they do.  When things don’t go their way they play dirty.  They also cry and whine and pout.  Like little babies.  They pull hair.  Remember when Alex Burrows got into it with Keith a couple of years ago in the playoffs.  What did he do?  He pulled Keith’s hair instead of fighting him like a man.  He pulled hair like a little girl.  God I hate that team.  They represent everything that is wrong in professional sports.  They are a travesty to good sportsmanship.

Defenceman Kevin Bieksa, like so many of his teammates, claimed not have seen the hit. But he took umbrage with a suggestion by a Chicago reporter that the hit was out of character for Keith.

“You don’t watch him too often, do you,” Bieksa said. “I don’t know, I wouldn’t call him a Lady Byng candidate, that’s for sure. You have to watch him a little closer.”

Bieksa said Keith is also known to do a lot of talking on the ice.

“Yeah, I’m not surprised,” he said. “I didn’t hear it obviously, but I’ve heard him say things before. Again, the league will do their investigation and they will deal with it.”

Are you kidding?  This guy?  Talk about the Kettle calling the pot black.  The only guy I hate more than Bieksa is Burrows.  At least Bieksa will fight like a man instead of pulling hair like a little girl.  Bieksa went after Keith the entire game and gave him several face washes during one of the wrestling matches that broke out.  No penalties called on him for that.  I didn’t hear Vigneault complain about that.  They went after Keith the whole game and when he pushes back they cry like crybabies.

“He didn’t continue playing and that’s usually when it’s bad because he likes to play hockey,” Henrik said

That’s not accurate.  His brother came right back out after the hit and finished the period.  He didn’t come back after that.  I wouldn’t be surprised if the Canucks held him out just to make the hit seem worse.  Would you?
So Keith will probably sit for a couple of games.  Maybe the rest will do him good with the playoffs right around the corner?
The NHL Tonight guys were saying after the game “let’s hope they meet in the playoffs”.  I hope so too.
Kane was named the number 1 star, he also had the Hawks only goal in regulation.  That was Kane’s 20th of the season.  He becomes the third player in franchise history to have 20 goals in his first 5 seasons.  The other two are Jonathan Toews and Denis Savard.
Hossa had a strong game as well.  So did Crawford. Crawford has stopped 102 of 105 shots in his last 5 games.
Andrew Shaw kept doing what Andrew Shaw does.
“It hit me in the shin, lucky left foot, I guess,” Shaw said. “They’re going to go off me and in. I just go to the net and work hard.”

Shaw, who has been earning added ice time, has 4 goals and 3 assists in his last three games. In 30 games this season he has 11 goals—including two game winners—and seven assists.

Offensively (Shaw’s) got some nice play recognition and a nice set of hands as well, even if he uses his pads (to score),” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. “Whether you use a term (like) fearless or gutsy—you could add some more terms to that—but you appreciate the way he competes for either himself, or his teammates, or his team.

“You seem to use him as the game gets even more important. I don’t think I’ve used him that much in the past in four-on-four but he did a good job tonight.”

After the game some of the Hawks joked that they need to find out what kind of pads he wears.

Let’s also talk about Johnny Oduya.  Sometimes a player and a system are just a good fit.  That seems to be the case here.  The Hawks are 9-1-1 since the trade deadline acquisition of the defencemen.  Hard to argue with that.  He also took the shot in OT that went in off of Shaw’s pads.  He doesn’t give you a ton of offense so when he does it’s a great bonus.  However he sure does solidify things on the back-end.   More importantly he takes pressure off of Keith and Seabrook.  Now they don’t have to do everything.  I think it’s no coincidence that both of their games have picked up since Johnny joined the team.

With the win the Hawks are now tied with the Nashville Predators who sit in 5th place in the Western Conference.  The Red Wings lost in OT but the 1 point earned put them in 4th place.  1 point ahead of the Hawks.  The Nashville Predators have 2 games in hand on the Hawks.  They play tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Good luck with that.  This game will be shown, in the US, on the NHL network.  Tonight should also mark the season debut of Alex Radulov back from the KHL.  His addition should make the Predators, who are already a solid team, even more dangerous in these upcoming playoffs.

Nashville is next for the Hawks as they come to town on Sunday.  By then, both of their games in hand will have been played.  Hopefully they lose both in regulation.  They Hawks don’t play again until then.

TTS


Blackhawks come out flying, take down Stars in Dallas

17 Mar

“We’ve had poor starts the last three or four games,” Quenneville said. “It’s something we’ve been talking about and it was nice to see the results.”

It sure was nice.  Dave Bolland scored 10 seconds into the game as the Blackhawks came out flying against the Stars in Dallas.  Queneville has been preaching the mantra of getting off to a fast start to his club and for whatever reason it hasn’t been happening.  But not last night.

After Bolland scored 10 seconds in, Patrick Sharp ripped a wrist shot over Lehtonen’s shoulder at 1:42 of the game.

Hawks up 2-0 less then 2 minutes in.  This against a team that the Hawks have struggled against.  This against a goalie who was coming off back to back shut outs!

Sharp and Marion Hossa added goals in the opening two minutes of the third period to put the game out of reach.  Chicago is now 6-1-1 in its last eight games.

Jamie Benn ended Crawford’s bid for his sixth career shutout with 5:50 remaining for his 22nd goal of the season.  Normally that might make me upset especially considering that the Hawks are the only team in the NHL this season without a shut out and this was a good chance to finally get one.  But, I have Benn on my fantasy team so for selfish reasons I’ll not complain.

Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 shots for the Stars before a crowd of 19,099, the largest since the team moved to Dallas in 1993. The count was swelled by about 600 standing-room tickets and a loud contingent of Blackhawks fans.  You gotta love Hawks fans, unless maybe you’re a Stars fan.

With the loss, Dallas remains at 83 points which is only 2 ahead of Phoenix.  They wanted that win.  This could have been considered a trap game for the Stars as it’s the first game of a home stand coming off a road trip.  Those can be tricky for the home team for some reason.

Nice to see that effort from the Hawks against a very possible playoff opponent.  “Anytime you play a team with a potential playoff matchup, you want to make sure you give your best effort,” Sharp said. “But that’s so far down the line. We just want to get as many points as we can to secure a playoff spot and then worry about who we’re playing.”

This team is playing as a team without their leader.  With the win the Hawks split the season series with the Stars.

Patrick Kane, doing an impression of a pink flamingo, took a shot off the inside of his knee.  He was down on the ice, a scary sight for Hawks fans, for several minutes.  He did get up and skate off on his own.  Taking a shot there hurts bad.  You have a lot of nerves down there.  Anybody that has played can tell you how much that hurts.  It hurts even when you take a shot right off the shin guard.  I’ve had huge painful bruises on my leg, even with protection.  A puck is hard, it’s a vulcanized rubber disk flying at speeds up to 100 mph!  Even with protection it hurts.  Kane got it in a spot that doesn’t have great protection.  He’ll be sore but should be fine.  With Toews out, the Hawks can’t afford to lose Kane too.

Nice game from Crawford.  He only had to face 22 shots but he looked good again.  It can be tough when a goalie doesn’t see too many shots.  They can get cold.  He didn’t, he looked pretty good.  The Hawks recalled a goalie from Rockford, Carter Hutton,  since Emery was out with the flu.  Good thing Crawford didn’t need to be pulled.  Also interesting is that Salak was not the goalie recalled.  If you remember in preseason Hawk nation was calling for Salak to get the back up position instead of the experienced Emery.  Good thing Hawks brass didn’t listen.  He was just passed up by a goalie you’ve never heard of.  Apparently he’s been playing really well so remember his name.  This probably won’t be the last we ever see of him.

Good game from Andrew Shaw too.  He got an assist on the opening score and had 4 blocked shots.  He’s quickly becoming a favorite around here.

Next up for the Hawks – Sunday evening on a nationally televised game (NBCSports) when Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals come to town.

TTS

Stars – Blackhawks preview

16 Mar

The Chicago Blackhawks visit big D to take on the Dallas Stars tonight at the American Airlines Arena.

This is a huge game.  Points are at a premium this time of year and both teams want the 2 that are available.

Something for you to digest is that this is a very possible first round match up.  If the season ended today Dallas would host Chicago in the first round.  Both teams have played 71 games so far this season and the Hawks have 84 points and the Stars have 83.  Yet Dallas is in 3rd place and the Hawks are in 6th.

The Stars have given the Hawks fits this year.  They like to play the kind of physical hockey that has troubled the Hawks throughout the season.  The Hawks will need to bring the kind of game they brought the last two games if they want a chance to win.

They also need to play at the start of the game.  Something they haven’t done a whole lot.  They like to start playing in the second period, usually down a goal or two.  The Hawks will have to do without Toews and Hjalmarsson again.

It’s a double edge sword having that kind of talent on your team.  They know they can come back.  Just think if they could come out and play a whole 60 minutes.

The Stars are 8-1-1 in their last ten games and the Hawks are 5-4-1.  Goalies for tonight should be Lehtonen and Crawford.  Lehtonen is coming off back to back shutouts.  Crawford has struggled lately but sure looked good in relief of Emery in the last game.

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Blackhawks rally, beat Blues in shootout

14 Mar

Quite a change of pace from last week when the Hawks got manhandled by the Blues in St Louis.  Last night the Hawks didn’t allow themselves to get dominated.  Even though the first period ended 3-1 Blues the Hawks never quit.  They fought back.

That actually dominated most of the game and stat totals.  In the first period the Hawks scored first and out shot the Blues 13 to 6.  Problem was the Blues left the period up 3 to 1.  That was all for Ray Emery.  In comes Corey Crawford to start the second period.  The Blues would not score again.  It wasn’t that Ray played that bad.  I would say only 1 goal was really his fault but the Hawks sure played better in the 2nd, 3rd, OT and shootout.  Shot totals were 46 to 24.  When was the last time the Hawks out shot someone by that far of a margin?  When was the last time the Blues gave up that many shots?

The best stat from last night was in the hit totals.  The hits were 29-29.  A far cry from last week when they were out hit 27-11.  They also lost that game 5-1.

Not this time.  The Hawks, as they’ve shown in the last few games, have some fight in them.  They were not going to get pushed around by the Blues again.  They were not going to allow the Blues to have their way.

The biggest hit, as far as momentum, must have come from Patrick Kane.  Yes…number 88 delivered a huge hit on David Backes.  Backes is usually the one knocking the Hawks around.  But the Hawks, playing as a team, had everyone contributing.  When Patrick Kane is joining in the hit parade you know this team is all pulling on the rope at the same time in the same direction.

Kane has really picked up the mantel of Leader on this team in Toews’ absence. Oh yeah, and Kane was the only skater who scored in the shootout for both clubs.

“I was talking to (Marian) Hossa on the bench and said, `I think I’m going to go backhand top shelf.’ He said, `No, go backhand, five-hole,”’ Kane said. “I listened to Hoss. He knows a thing or two.”

You guys still want to trade him for a past his prime goalie?

At this time of year points are at a premium and to take two points from the league leading Blues is H U G E.  The Blackhawks passed a huge test last night and this team is rounding into form.  Good time of year for that to be happening.  There are still holes on this team but at least we’re seeing some fight from them.  That’s encouraging.

Even when down by a couple of goals against the best defensive team in the league they fought back and won.  That’s not easily accomplished against teams coached by Ken Hitchcock.

The Blues were going for a record of 53 consecutive kills of a power play.  The Hawks scored a power play goal leaving the Blues 2 short of the NHL record.  Sorry.  That will make any Hawks fan warm and fuzzy inside.  Want another fact to make you feel better?  The Blues have now lost in their last 6 visits to Chicago.

I’ll tell you what.  Back in the old Norris division days this was a pretty nasty rivalry.  The last few games have indicated that this feud might be back on boil.  Nothing wrong with that.

Next up for the Hawks – a trip to American Airlines Arena to face the red hot Dallas Stars.  Even if the Stars weren’t red hot right now (they have won 6 in a row and are 9-0-1 in their last 10 games) they have given the Hawks fits this year.  Tough match up but the Hawks have shown a lot of fight recently.  Hopefully the bring their A game at the start of the game.

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