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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

There’s a-doings a-transpiring

27 Jun

well well well.  Look at all the things that have happened since our last post.

First up was the NHL draft.  Not too many surprises go as far as the actual draft picks themselves, we’ll see how those pan out in a few years.  The real news was the trades.  It’s time for brotherly love in the NHL.

Jordan Stall now joins big brother Eric with the Carolina Hurricanes.  That should be fun when the Hurricanes next play the Rangers since there is another Staal brother (Marc) playing defense over there.  The Canes gave up a lot for this trade.  Penguins fans are going to love Sutter.

Next came a reunion of the Shenn brothers in Philadelphia.  Philly made the trade because they wanted to shore up their defense.  It appears that Chris Pronger is still nowhere near ready to return.  If he does at all.

What is the deal in Philly if you sign a long term  deal.  Seems like as soon as you do, you are gone!

Mike Richards signs a long-term deal and then is shipped off to the Kings.  Jeff Carter too, same thing except he is traded to the Blue Jackets before being brought over to the Kings.  That sure worked out great for them.  But then JVR signs a 6 year deal and he is promptly shipped out-of-town.  How does that make Claude Giroux feel?

So Luke gets to play with his brother in Philly and James Van Reimsdyk had this to say:

“To go to a place like Toronto is unbelievably exciting for me,” van Riemsdyk said, citing the team’s tradition and fan base. “It’s basically like playing for the New York Yankees of the NHL.”

Except that the Yankees are always contenders and have many many championships to back it up.  For those of you still counting at home the Leafs have not won since 1967.

You know who must love this trade?  Don Cherry.  That’s right Don…there’s another American born player on your beloved leafs.  Since you believe your team can’t win with so many American players I guess you’re doomed to have another poor season this year.

Cheer up Don, it’s not so bad.

Next up the Hall of Fame inductees.

Yes it’s puzzling that Shanahan was left off.  He certainly deserves to be in there, however I don’t think you can really argue with the 4 that went in.

Sundin was a stud, the all time leading scorer for ANY original 6 team.  Think about that statement for a minute.  No cups for Mats but he did win the Gold medal in the olympics and was a 9 time all-star.

Pavel Bure was called the Russian Rocket for a reason.  It’s too bad his career was cut short due to those pesky knee injuries because that guy was a thrill to watch.  Total game changer.  He won the Calder for best rookie in 1992 and won the Maurice Richard trophy twice.

Joe Sakic.  What can you say about this guy.  Consummate pro and one of the best leaders the game has ever seen.  This guy is the definition of complete player. He won 2 Stanley Cups and was an all-star 13 times!

Then you have Adam Oates.  What a day for Oates.  In the morning he gets inducted into the Hall of Fame.  That’s a pretty good day right there right?  But then moments later the Washington Capitals announce that he will be their new coach taking the reigns from Dale Hunter.  Wow!  Did he buy a lottery ticket yesterday too?  I remember Oates all too well.  He played in the same division as my beloved Blackhawks for a long time.  The St. Louis Blues featured him playing on a line with super sniper Brett Hull.  Son of Chicago’s favorite left wing….Bobby Hull the Golden Jet.  Adam Oates was a 5 time all-star and is 6th all time in the league for assists with 1079.  Nobody had vision like this guy.  Actually you know who reminds me a bit of Oates?  Patrick Kane.  He has vision like Adam and can pass like Adam.  What Kane doesn’t have is a sniper like Brett Hull to feed his beautiful passes to.

CBA

Doom and Gloom time.  Yeah Vegas recently put the odds of a lockout at 1 in 5.  I don’t buy it.  The players met in Chicago recently for 3 days of meetings to prepare for negotiations with the league.  Look at this quote from the Gestapo – Don Fehr.

“From our standpoint, the starting place is the players made enormous concessions the last time around,” union head Donald Fehr said. “The second item that comes to mind is the game generates a lot more revenue than it did before. And you put those two things together, it ought to point you in the direction as to where this negotiation should go.”

What does that tell you?  It tells me that the players aren’t budging and that this will get ugly.  You think Don gives a shit if there’s a work stoppage?  Did you see what he did with baseball?  I think that tells you all you need to know.  This will get ugly.  A damn shame too with all the progress hockey has made in the last 7 years.  Now this guy wants to flush it all down the toilet.  Negotiations are set for Friday.

The owners want to lower the percentage of revenue that the players get.  Right now it’s 57% goes to the players.  The NFL and NBA, two leagues that make way more money then hockey are more like 50-50 split.  Hockey players under Don Fehr believe a 50-50 split is unfair and unreasonable.

What can we expect?  More of the same.  Don has these idiots believing that getting 57 percent of all hockey revenue isn’t enough.  So they will sit tight, show solidarity with each other and hold out.  Then it’s a waiting game. A game of who caves first between 700 millionaires and 30 billionaires.  Who do think can hold out longer?  Yeah, just like last time.  My fear is that this lockout will last longer then the last one.  The players are sheep that have the wool over their eyes by puppet master Don.

The owners don’t want a lockout and they certainly don’t want to miss the Winter Classic between Detroit and Toronto at the big house.  Once the players force the owners to miss that game then it’s game on.  Let those greedy players sit for 10 fucking years.  Ok so that won’t happen but after the players force the owners to miss the Winter Classic the owners will happily let them sit until they don’t think 50% is unfair anymore.

I hope you like watching NCAA and AHL hockey.

TTS

Fehr and Bettman at tonight’s NY-Chicago game.

16 Feb

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Bettman said talks between the league and the players’ association regarding a new collective bargaining agreement have not begun and there is no timetable for talks to start.

“We’re going to accomodate their timetable,” Bettman said. “When the players’ association is ready we’ll begin. That’s fine. We have plenty of time. When the union’s ready we’ll get to it.”

Bettman said he and NHLPA head Donald Fehr will attend Thursday night’s game between the Hawks and Rangers at Madison Square Garden together but there will be no negotiations.

“I promise you we’re not bargaining (Thursday night),” Bettman said. “We may be sharing some popcorn but that’s the whole extent of it.”

All Star Games News:

NEW YORK — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday that the Chicago Blackhawks are being considered to host a future NHL All-Star Game.

Chicago hasn’t hosted the event since 1991 and Bettman said during a meeting at the NHL offices in New York that Hawks President John McDonough has been in contact about bringing the showcase to the United Center.

“Chicago has been pushing us,” Bettman said. “John McDonough, as he pushed us very hard on the Winter Classic (in 2009) — and we’re glad he did — (has) expressed interest certainly in another All-Star Game. Generally don’t go all that far out but they’re on the radar screen. We’re not ready to fix dates. The good news is, we have a ton of interest for our events. That makes for good problems in trying to decide where, but Chicago has expressed an interest.”

The 2012 game was recently held in Ottawa and the 2013 event is scheduled to be played in Columbus.