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Blackhawks Drop Season Finale In Colorado

Two power play goals against sunk the Blackhawks, as the Avs were able to hold off the Hawks 3-2 in Denver.

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The Hawks scratched Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith with their playoff position secured, and hung around until a (questionable) late penalty opened the door for the Avs to finish their season with a win.

Mike Paliotta made his NHL debut and picked up an assist in Patrick Sharp’s 16th goal of the season in the second period. Paliotta played 12:45 and was credited with two shots and two blocked shots in his first NHL game.

Brandon Saad picked up his 23rd goal of the season in the third period, and led the team with two takeaways.

Kyle Baun looked good again, getting 13:08 in his final game of the season. He was credited with one hit and two shots on net in the loss, but continues to look comfortable at the NHL level.

Bryan Bickell played another good game, picking up the primary assist on Sharp’s goal. He skated exactly 16 minutes in the game, and while he wasn’t credited with a hit he was more active again.

Andrew Shaw led the Hawks with five shots on net, while Brent Seabrook and Paliotta finished tied for the team lead with two blocked shots. Chicago was only credited with three hits as a team in the game.

Scott Darling made 21 saves in the loss.

The Blackhawks will start the playoffs later this week in Nashville.

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25 thoughts on “Blackhawks Drop Season Finale In Colorado

  1. Sucks to lose 4 straight but Nashville is doing even worse lately. Luckily no one got hurt in another meaningless game. Glad Shaw could pick himself up after the collision

    Hossa is still a beast.

    Paliotta was juked out of his skates by Barrie on the Avs’ first goal. Baun looked good again.

    Now, Richards and perhaps Timonen can return this week. That should be the end of Nordstrom and Rundblad for this year.



  2. That was a really nice goal by Sharp. Hope that “crashing the net/greasy goal” by Saad satisfies the “we don’t do enough of that” folks. We will see more of both in the days and weeks to come. Real chincey penalty call at the end. Don’t know about you guys but I get real spooked when we lose 4 in a row. Bad Karma. Going to have to burn some extra sage tonite to straighten that out and get rid of that nastiness. Good on Paliotta and good on Benn from Dallas picking up 4 points to win the scoring title. Wow…no LA, no Boston..who would have thought no Quick, no Rask. Yikes. There will be hell to pay in Boston. Jets vs. Ducks going to be a killa series. Go Calgary…sink the Canucks. Rangers Blackhawks final, original six. Crawford!

  3. Mo, what do you mean? Did they actually tie? I don’t know the exact rules, like if SO losses add a goal or not?

  4. That was a really nice goal by Sharp. Hope that “crashing the net/greasy goal” by Saad satisfies the “we don’t do enough of that” folks. We will see more of both in the days and weeks to come. Real chincey penalty call at the end. Don’t know about you guys but I get real freaked out when we lose 4 in a row. Bad Karma. Will have to burn some extra sage to purify the air and get rid of that nastiness. Good on Paliotta and good on Benn picking up 4 points to win the scoring title. Wow…no LA, no Boston. …who would have thought no Quick, no Rask. A lot of good players missing this time. Yikes. There will be hell to pay in Boston. Jets/Ducks will be a killa series, Go Calgary, sink Vancouver. Rangers Blackhawks final, original six. Crawford!

  5. Two PP goals against? PK’s been in the tank since Smith left at the trade deadline. Three real nice trades by Bowman the idiot. Not one will help this team go deeper in the playoffs than they would have.

  6. Morrison…What the? Montreal wins the Jennings because they are in the East? What the heck is that? Silly ref gives us a last minute penalty and the Avs score with 30 sec. left in the game…that cost us the Jennings! Sheesh….that really sucks. Besides 2 winners with identical Goals Against ..189..

  7. Regarding the Jennings Trophy: teams are charged with a goal against for a shootout loss, but they’re not a real hockey goal and therefore do not count in determining the Jennings Trophy winner. Montreal finished the season with 189 GA, but 5 of those “goals” were from shootout losses, so they had only 184 “real” goals against. The Hawks also finished with 189 GA, but they lost only 3 shootouts this season so they had 186 “real” goals against. Montreal win the Jennings with 184 GA, Hawks second with 186 GA, one better than the Rangers who finished with 187 (192 – 5).

  8. Entertaining game. Hossa and Saad looked energized and ready to go. Hopefully Q reunites the 20-19-81 line, if not immediately, then when Kane gets back.

    Paliotta had a couple miscues early but settled down and played pretty well the last half of the game.

    Baun – yeah. I like a guy who has the knack to time hits for maximum power and Baun seems to have that. Good speed and knows what he’s doing. Probably never going to be a top-6 type talent, but shows he can play and be effective in the NHL.

    Darling didn’t look his best today, but not bad either.

    Is it just me of does it look like TT is faster/quicker lately than he was a few weeks ago. He looked pretty good between 20 and 81. Still no points, but seemed to fit well with them. The optimism I have for TT is certainly not waning.

    Bring on the Preds and let’s get this party started.

    Go Hawks ! ! ! !

  9. ER>>>Thanks for clearing up the Jennings mystery. The NHL does some strange things thats for sure. Real goals! Ha hahahaha

  10. First time seeing Baun-the kid’s hockey smarts are really strong, knows when to hit-a future piece?
    Can’t wait for the real games-it will be tight.

  11. Baun looked good

    Paliotta- did not look good… (1st game)
    and for those who said Paliotta is strong!!! NOT NHL strong!!!! skinny- needs about 15 lbs. and then will be Seabs/Johns strong

  12. Paliotta looked very comfortable which is great and his size is very visible. Paliotta has one thing I noticed, he has very very quick feet, turns, and transitions. Very “smooth” unlike some d-men in the NHL, who are slow to go from skates forward to backwards and at the same time pick up his man, Seabrook (love him) comes to mind as a comparison! Plus he’s got long arms like DESJARDINS which is 1/2 the game for Hawks who use sticks like Bruce Lee. If Rundblad had those transitional skating skills he’d be BOBBY ORR or at least Doug Wilson! Good to see a big body back there, ALL D-MEN make MISTAKES this blog is full of “finger pointing” the game is all about who makes the least mistake and the last mistake. So yes he made a few small mistakes but based on “chemistry and knowledge of system” not a lack of skill or iq.

    Sasquatch looked very good much more upper body control, more steady? With his size he tends to drift at times between the post sometimes but he seemed ready!

    Hawks will Beat Pred’s a very luck draw for us! Hawks will have “little” problem moving to second round as this Pred’s team first real test in playoffs and Hawks despite what many say Hawks really can “Adapt and are Resilient ” in the playoffs. While their Power play and offense does not adapt easily is it a team built on a TEAM DEFENSE approach that does “Adjust” in a series, we have solid 4 men on d but it is really built on back checking and transition which is why lots of extremely talented “players” have been sent packing with little to show for it. Perri and Hayes come to mind.

  13. Paliotta has the size to “become physical” but that is also something you can “teach” but his skates if I was watching the same guy, is what will keep him in the NHL. TVR is so light on his skates and not physical but does have other skills I think TVR will struggle as his “injuries” pile up. Size matters.

    Hawks do need some 200 pound PLUS defenders and even Forwards, Baun is there for that reason! Baun and Seabrook and Bick are 200+ but we have few who are. You don’t draft or trade by the pound like ground beef, but it does matter. Car-bomb Carcillo, has been in the NHL this long only because of that little added weight at about 200 pounds plus at times, in hockey that hit delivered by 200 plus is BIGGER, it does hurt and yo do begin to look up when ya got the puck and make bad passes to avoid it!

  14. MtM… I saw some good things from 47 too… in my mind- he looked way better than Clendening… and 47 has had ZERO games w/ Hawks/Hogs….

    wts- 47 doesn’t seem to have the “natural” IQ/instincts that TvR has…
    But I did see some positives- the BIG question is- 47’s IQ/desire…

    Runbad has improved w Hawks… and I see flashes of brilliance/O/skating… But then he makes the Bone-head Versteeg type pass… and that is Frustrating!!!

  15. Another point on 47… kinda reminds me of JHayes when he 1st started…
    skinny lower half… looks pretty solid upper body… 47- should work on improving his lower body strength/size…

    Baun hits/skates from a Low center of gravity… Paliotta will need to learn that as well

  16. I would like to see a little more out of 80 and 11 come playoff time. Desjardins has been looking better the last few games. I miss Ben Smith a little bit. I don’t think that Nordstrom was that strong down the stretch run. Maybe Smith had to go eventually, but personally I’d like to see him in the lineup at playoff time. He was pretty good on the PK. Of course this is hindsight. Go Blackhawks!

  17. I liked Paliotta considering it was his first game seems to be a quick learner. I like Baun knows how and when to throw a check. I’m not sure what Timonen has shown that would make me think his return is going to help. Another thing I don’t understand is the Versteeg love maybe if Kane returns he might show something but right now he’s nothing but a liability passing stinks, shots are usually one and done and often puts the team out of position. Nordstrom is at least aware of his positioning and can actually use his body on occasion. If you have a defense pairing of Timonen and Rosival God help the goalie.

  18. As someone else said, the game came to Paliotta a little fast at the beginning, but he settled right in. There was nothing wrong with the 2nd half of his game and he’s not small at all, he can certainly add more bulk, but I wouldn’t want him to add to much, I like his quickness for a big man.

  19. DaveManson you right about the Hawks third pairing. The Hawks can ride their top 4 Dmen for awhile before their legs give out, but that still means that Rozy, Timonen or Runbad will still be on the ice for 12 to 15 minutes a game. On the road, which we are going to see a lot of, this is going to be a problem. And even if Q protects them with the Toews line, that will minimize our top line’s ability to score goals, and no one else is scoring much right now.

  20. If/when 88 comes back it may be time to sit 23. His turnover at the blue line that led to the first goal was pathetic. I think he thought he was going to dangle around 2 guys. 29 has showed some life lately and 11 looks like the best of the three recent additions. As many have said 47 looked decent the 2nd half of the game. The passing and stick quickness of TT is a thing of beauty. He even won a few board battles last night with his quickness. His ability to create his own space is amazing. With those skills and hockey IQ he will be a star some day. He needs to be lined up with finishers. Whenever 32/44 are on the ice I reach for an extra drink. Those two guys are hazardous to my health.

  21. Time of the year when balancing work, home life and first round playoffs becomes somewhat of a problem-o. Do not know what you guys do but for me its frozen pizza, thats all I have time for. So here are some quick helpful tips: 1) Turn oven on to about 500deg. 2) put in pizza…don’t forget to take off the wrap 3) watch hockey..after about 5 whistles or 10 minutes take out pizza. 4) sometimes the cardboard thingie on the bottom gets overlooked and gets cooked along with pizza…if so peel it off or start over with new pizza ,,,ditto if you get absorbed by the game and forget to take it out and it burns. There is generally more time after the first round. Blackhawks!

  22. Mo, I got it, very clever about Jennings. Paliotta looks like a year at rockford would help, love Baun, really packs a punch, and he looks like a better skater than I was led to believe. Probably already answered but is Baun eligible for the playoffs, I hope so. And yes I would take Nordstrom over Versteeg right now, 23 is killing me, way too much risk for reward. And I was happy when we traded for him, kept hoping for 2010 Steeger. And agree with whoever mentioned finger pointing issue, nobody plays a perfect game.

  23. I was just joking. Didn’t mean to sound serious by saying it that way. Their should be red font for such east conf. bias media talk, which is why/what I meant by saying that.

  24. Chatted with a friend from Arizona who is big YOTES fan and he reminded me that VERMETTE played on the number one line with Shane Done, who is of course a rock star, hard checking hall of famer, so Vermette is used to having someone big do the “dirty work”in the corners as he find his space around to track lose pucks and score. He needs to be on a line where he can “float” and drift into open spaces to shot, he can score with the best of them. We do need him to score and PLAY at a high level.

    Pred’s will be easy but the next round is tuff.

  25. Wall agree with your observation around Paliotta (instincts)-time will tell if his obvious God given positives will translate into a future with the Hawks-
    I believe the speed that the game caught him off guard.

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