Blackhawks Honor Pat Foley, Defeat Preds In OT

Blackhawks fans loved both the broadcast and the outcome on Friday night as the organization honored one of the best play-by-play men in the business and won another hockey game.

Pat Foley has been known for his calls when the Hawks score goals, and he had five opportunities to get excited on Friday night. After a nice pregame ceremony, Foley made his way to the booth and handled a game that was anything but the norm for this year’s Blackhawks.

The Hawks needed all five of their goals to win a game that went into overtime against a Nashville team that hasn’t been very good offensively this year. Corey Crawford allowed four goals against 27 shots; after the game, Joel Quenneville said the team hadn’t decided if Crawford would start again on Saturday night or if Carter Hutton will get the nod between the pipes.

On the other end of the ice, Pekka Rinne struggled just as much as his counterpart. Rinne faced 30 shots in the game, of which only three came in the third period and overtime.

After hearing plenty about their struggling “power” play, the Hawks scored twice in three opportunities on Friday night. The first came off the stick of Duncan Keith, who received a pretty pass from Viktor Stalberg and put it home. Keith added two assists and two blocked shots on the night.

Two other Hawks had multi-point games. Jonathan Toews had two assists, two takeaways and won 14 of 23 faceoffs. Patrick Kane scored his 21st goal of the season in the second period and was credited with the primary assist on Marian Hossa’s overtime, game-winning powerplay goal.

The goal was Hossa’s 17th of the season and his team-leading sixth game-winner.

Chicago once again received contributions from their youngsters. Nick Leddy led the Blackhawks with five hits on Friday night (though he was minus-two), and Brandon Saad was credited with two hits, two takeaways and scored his 10th goal of the season in the first period.

And Michal Handzus scored his first goal with the Hawks as well.

If there is any momentum to carry over from Friday night’s game – especially on the powerplay – we’ll see quickly as the Phoenix Coyotes visit the United Center on Saturday.

On a personal note, Pat Foley has been the voice of the Blackhawks since the year I was born. His voice has represented the Blackhawks to fans that jumped on the bandwagon… whether that bandwagon was with Savard and Larmer, Roenick and Belfour or Toews and Kane. During his comments before the game, Foley thanked Rocky Wirtz for giving him his job back. And, indeed, calling play-by-play for the Chicago Blackhawks is his job. There aren’t many that do it better than Pat Foley, and Hawks fans are lucky to have him in the booth.

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26 Responses to Blackhawks Honor Pat Foley, Defeat Preds In OT

  1. Omar says:

    I always tell my friends how great he is. Sometimes I think he’s drinking in the booth. If he is it’s even cooler! God love that man! Here’s to Pat Foley!!

  2. Sr. Brad says:

    Nice thoughts on Foley Tab…

    A lethargic effort by a team that doesn’t really have much to play for, but as usual, they buckled down and pulled out the win. My only concern really is the the continued up and down play from Crawford. He was NOT a Stanley Cup champ goalie again last night. You look around the Western conference and you see Niemi put his team on his back…”Bob” in Columbus…Quick in LA, both Ana goalies…the kid in Vancouver…other than the Emery game in Calgary, we don’t have that…we won a Cup with Niemi (and then let him go) who wasn’t an elite goalie at that time, so we can do it again, but it would be nice to get better goaltending…and I know that can sound like a funny statement when you look at CC and Emery’s stats…but stats are deceiving. The Hawks game is based on our puck control and our forwards coming back and checking. This makes a Blackhawk’s goalies job a lot easier than most others. If we had Niemi in goal this season, I doubt we would even have an OT loss to blemish our record. But we don’t…so here’s to Emery’s hip getting better, because as we have approached the playoffs, CC’s game has gotten worse, and his mental makeup has been up and down on most nights.

    The only 2 Blackhawk players that are MINUS players are Bolland and Brookbank…if you watched last night’s game, you can sure tell why? IMO it is dangerous going into the playoff having Bolland and Kane on the same line…and not a good dangerous. Kane is lackadaisical on the back check, and for some reason now Bolland is. They were a minus 2 last night, and directly responsible for the last Columbus goal to tie up the game…in the playoffs, against say ANA, and on the ice versus Getzlaf and Ryan, that line (even with Sharp) is going to be in trouble. I would much rather see Q move Kane to the top line and bring Hossa down to balance defensively…or give Kruger the job of centring the 2nd line. Bolland is NOT going to get it this season and turn things around (it appears), what’s wrong with Dave I don’t know, but he is struggling.

    Last night Rockford kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 9-4 win in Texas. Ben Smith had 2 more goals (that’s 25 in 53 games and is a +14), Jimmy Hayes had 2 goals to get to 25 as well, Jeremy Morin continued his great season with a goal and 2 assists (he, Pirri and Smith are all essentially PPG players), Pirri had yet another big game and now leads the AHL in points. Clendening, Stanton and Dahlbeck were all +2 and now sit at +16, +16 and +12 respectively. Garret Ross played his 2nd game, and looked pretty good. There is a lot of talent in Rockford and it’s abundantly clear that the players mentioned above need to move up next season. So keep that in mind when thinking about our CAP situation and who we will resign…the Hawks have to make room for these guys…a good problem to have.

  3. RyanDale says:

    Thanks Tab, Pat was a brilliant radio man, unparallelled in my opinion. TV is much different and I don’t think he really gets a chance to fully show his capabilities but he is still far better than most around the league. I love having him on board with the Hawks and it was a dark day for me when he was let go. Thankfully a wrong was righted and we have him back for as long as he wants, I imagine. Thanks Pat!

    And an OT game winner last night was perfect for him….what a night. Hawks Win!

  4. Dave says:

    Pat Foley is a fine announcer and his passion for the Hawks is right there to see .

    But the man for me is the golden throated man behind the mike Lloyd Pettit my memories of his describing the action from the old barn on Madison st. is the gold standard also the Hamms bear skating on the pond with a stick and in the backround the song from the land of sky blue waters Hamms beer television at its finest Hobby Bull

  5. wall says:

    Brad, Agree- Crow was/is weak… getting old watching him struggle w/ losing the puck and focus on the soft shots…

    I also agree w/ trying to balance “D” side of our lines – that was part of my issue all year w/ 20-19-81… all are great Defensive forwards… chemistry has improved- but makes for a soft “D” 2nd line (especially if they can’t win face-off)- I guess if 10 takes faceoffs and Q trys to match them against weaker opposing offensive lines- its ok… but against a quality scoring line… weak.

    IMO- Pirri is invisible on D side… the only way he works is if you put him in between great D wingers… Like 81-20-10… if not trade him while he is top scorer in AHL.

  6. Sr. Brad says:

    Wall, I agree completely…next year put Pirri with Hoss and Sharp, and move Kane up with Toews and Saad. Then you have Shaw with Stahlberg and say Morin, and then Kruger with Hayes and Smith…now that’s a lineup IMO.

    On D keep Leddy with Sebs, Keith with Hammer, and rotate Brookbank between Clendening and Stanton.

    Likely we will see Karlsson with CC in net.

    This is a great lineup because it promotes EVERYONE who needs to be promoted from Rockford, freeing the pipeline for Danault, McNeil, Ross, Nordstrom, Rensfeldt, TT, the Broadhurst brothers, Hino, Holl, Johns, Paliotta, and others to fill that void, gives us CAP freedom with the Hawks…a youthful team that is tenacious, will hit, and all 4 lines can score and be responsible defensively.

  7. IceHogst says:

    Gotta amplify Dave’s remembrance of Lloyd Petit. Dave nailed it. Those were my formative days and I became passionate about hockey listening to Lloyd call the games on radio. He was passionate about all things Blackhawks, the stars, the role guys, the fans. He was a homer’s homer. His passion perfectly matched the intensity of Chicago Stadium, the roar. Not a cliche like the “madhouse on madison”. Just a bunch of hockey fans getting loaded on a winter night watching the original six go at it.

    When I finally made it to the Stadium to watch a game, I couldn’t believe how small the rink looked. While the Stadium rink was smaller than standard, it looked that much smaller because of the larger than life images Lloyd Pettit conjured up in my head. Foley is cool to recognize him. He learned from the best!

  8. Dickie Dunn says:

    Pat Foley is one of the best calling a game and making the play sound exciting – when he is actually doing the play-by-play. Personally, I find “the shtick” (- the “tree-terdy-tree”, the “EEE-mediately”, the forced laughter at Olczyk’s attempts at humor and reciprocation, etc.) fairly annoying. Was “tree-terdy-tree” or “EEE-mediately” funny even the first time? How about the 142nd? But, this must be part of that “amazing chemistry” they enjoy.

    I think a lot of the fault is on Olcyzk – Lloyd Pettit didn’t work with a sidekick. Times change, I guess? I don’t remember Jim Gordon and Dan Kelly deploying “the shtick” . Just my opinion.

    GO HAWKS!!

  9. ZebraGreg says:

    Tab,
    Are you hearing any rumblings about #14 getting into the lineup?
    GO HAWKS!

  10. Sr. Brad says:

    We all hear you Dickie…there is some stuff there that is bizarre to say the least…a lot of it is Eddie trying to coach midget hockey and selling girl guide cookies on air.

  11. EbonyRaptor says:

    @Sr. Brad – I’m pretty sure Rensfeldt is no longer with the Hawks. I think his contract was up and they chose to not resign him. Can anyone confirm this?

    Pittsburgh beat Boston this afternoon, so they now are 4 points behind the Hawks with the Hawks having one game in hand. I was hoping Boston would beat them so the Hawks can tie up the best record and be care free to play Leblanc and some Hogs players (if they don’t make the playoffs). Maybe Q will elect to not be concerned about the President’s Trophy and play the kids anyway? In any case, it sure is nice to have the Hawks sitting in the catbird’s seat with a handful of games to play.

    Just stay healthy.

  12. 'hawks58 says:

    Brad, swap Hayes for Frolik (he’s still under contract) and I really like those lines going forward! I’d still rather Shaw and Kruger were swapped, but there just seems to be no way that Q will put Shaw on the 4th line for any length of time, despite his style of play being a perfect fit for it. He’s explosive (both good and bad), flies all over the ice, but also out of control at times. Kruger flies all over the ice, but he’s seems to be in better position defensively. I actually think a 3rd line of Stalberg (or Bickell)-Kruger-Frolik could be very good defensively

  13. Pete says:

    If there is some much talent in Rockford compared to so many other franchises why are they trying to “keep their slim playoff hopes alive”. Wouldn’t they be dominating if they are so talented. I don’t know, but there seems to be an inconsistency there.

  14. wall says:

    Agree Pete-

    CROW BLOWS!!! Hawks will not win in Playoffs w/Crow… unless they play like the last 6 games- control puck, great D- limiting shots, D clears net-

    My theory- Emery is not hurt- just wants to let Crow choke up the starting goalie job all on his own!!! He just did! 2 stinkers in a row!

    And to anyone who thinks or compares 2010 to this 2013 team- you are DRUNK!
    Ladd, Versteeg, Buff, Brouwer- these guys can score 25-30 goals in a year… only Stalberg has chance of that… and none of the 2013 can hit or bring Physical side!!!

    Goalies 2010- way better…

    the only thing 2013 has over 2010- D is faster- not better, just faster…

    Sorry, had to vent- My wife thought Crow looked drunk or concussed out there!!!

  15. Tab Bamford says:

    “Goalies 2010-way better…”

    If you’re writing that and you honestly believe it, you need to go back and watch some tape of Huet. Crow had a bad game on Saturday night, no doubt. But if you’re response to a bad game is that you’d rather have Huet you reeeeally need to reconsider your drinking habits.

  16. wall says:

    Did Huet play in the Playoffs???

    Tab, Honestly who is better Niemi or Crow or Emery???

    I rest my case!!!!!!

  17. JS says:

    Wall, I’m going to assume you don’t watch much hockey outside of Chicago games.

  18. JS says:

    Wall you definitely are drunk on memories of 2010. Niemi was not very good at goaltending and the ENTIRE SEASON people doubted the Hawks chances because of him.

    Brouwer had 33 points in 82 games last year, he’s on a slightly better pace this year. Bryan Bickell has 24 points with 0 on the PP. Out of all of the guys you listed, Andrew Ladd is probably the only guy you would like to have on this team. He still would be getting third line minutes though.

    Team defense/goalies better in 2010? That’s why their GAA is almost a half a point lower this year, right? This teams scores just as much and lets in a lot less goals than the 2010 team.

    I’m sure you’ll talk about the power play now… 17.5% this year, 17.7% in 2010. HUGE DIFFERENCE RIGHT!???! But they need Byfuglien to have a good power play, right?

    This team is scoring just as much goals (without Patrick Sharp for a good portion of the year, mind you), letting in a lot less, just as effective on the power play, even better on the penalty kill, and they have 5 F’ING LOSSES DURING REAL HOCKEY. I don’t know what the hell is your obsession with the guys that played on the 2010 team, but this 2013 team is better and your constant crying with no facts to support your tears is getting annoying.

    Oh look Wall! Your hero, Niemi, gave up 4 goals on 22 shots to the BLUE JACKETS tonight. No way San Jose can win the cup with a guy like Niemi. He SUCKS.

  19. wall says:

    JS- Do I watch other teams play?

    Do you know how to Add??? Do you understand Math???

    “Brouwer had 33 points in 82 games last year, and is on ONLY slightly better pace this year”!!!! Yes, 19 goals, 12 A =31 pts. equates to about 60 points in 82 game season…
    That IS about the same as 33 points last year… you ARE completely right!

    The 2010 PP- correct on Regular season %… Good job- But do you know what the 2010 Playoffs PP % was??? I didn’t think so… ya don’t know Math- so I will assist you- I believe it was a respectable 22%

    I never said San Jose is better than the Hawks… I said Niemi is better than Crow… yet you turn the statement into “no way San Jose wins Cup with Niemi”… Once again, this statement shows your BASIC Mis-Understanding of logic… San Jose wouldn’t win the cup with ANY goalie this year!!! Therefore Crow is better than Niemi???

    Most everyone on this blog concurs – You would rather have Frolik , Mayers, Bollig over Brouwer, Buff, Versteeg, and Ladd!!!!!
    I know it isn’t CAP plausible- this is only a discussion of which Team is better 2010 or 2013.

    My facts to support the 2010 team was better- they have a cup…

    Keep drinking the Kool-aid!!!

  20. JS says:

    Fact reamains, Brouwer, Versteeg, Byfuglien have never had a season with 25 goals, yet according to you they can definitely score 25-30.

    Bollig and Mayers don’t dress on a healthy Hawks team, so throwing their names out their is just ignorant.

    I’m glad you know what the Hawks PP% is going to be in the playoffs this year before they even start. Obviously a team has never figured out how to go up 5% from regular season to playoffs… oh wait.

    Obviously I don’t think the Sharks can win a Cup no matter who was in goal. My point was that every goalie in the league has bad games. Somehow, Crawford still has some of the best numbers in the league even though he is a terrible goalie that can’t win a cup. He has 4 losses in actual hockey, one of which was him coming in to try to bail out Emery. But you’re right, definitely can’t win with him.

    Let me turn the argument on you. You’d rather have John Madden, Tomas Kopecky, Jordan Hendry, Nick Boyton, Brent Sopel and Ben Eager than Marcus Kruger, Brandon Saad, Nick Leddy, Johnny Odyua, Rozival, and Stalberg? Pretty obvious to me you only remember the good parts of 2010.

  21. Stinky says:

    Saad > Brouwer and cheaper….

    Playoff buff probably missed. Mail it in during the regular season and show up out of shape probably not so much.

    Versteeg has been meh and injured a lot. I would rather have Stalberg anyways.

    Ladd probably missed. But the third line isn’t the problem and hasn’t been the problem anyways so that is kind of irrelevant.

    They have the deepest defensive core in the league by a pretty wide margin. Goaltending is average but no different from 2010.

    Realistically speaking any team can pick up a series in the playoffs. From either conference. I would say there are 4 teams in the West (Hawks, Ducks, Nucks and Kings) who can come out and any of those 8 can win a series with timely goals and great goaltending. There are 2 teams in the East (Pittsburgh and Boston) who will probably come out of there but again any of those teams can do something goofy to win a series.

    The way the salary cap is structured there is no longer a such thing as a definite favorite since the talent pool is so diluted. Unfortunately teams cant hang on to everyone and decisions need to be made. Looking at this season it looks like they made a lot of correct decisions. It is ridiculous to think they could have done better this season at this point. Obviously anything can happen in May but this team as it stands has a very good chance of hoisting the Cup again. To think otherwise, for lack of a better word, is stupid.

  22. Mike says:

    Everybody has a point of view, no need to get nasty. In some respects all of you make good points. Wall makes a great point that the the 2010 team raised the Cup while the 13 team still needs to prove itself. JS and Stinky, you are right to say some of SB’s Cap moves have proved vital to the teams success.

    There was no way to keep these guys even without a Cap. 8 of SB’s salary dumps now have Cap hits that total $37mm if you include Havlet. No team could afford a $100mm payroll, not even the Hawks.

    In the end If Hawks win the Cup, you can argue all you want. But if they do not win the Cup……………

  23. Tab Bamford says:

    Wall: the fact that the 2010 team won the Cup is really the only fact in your argument that holds weight; commenting about a player’s performance in a different city/situation is great, but holds little weight with me. We need to appreciate how good the 2010 team was because of what those players have done since leaving, but if we look at the players on this roster, in the roles they’re playing NOW, in comparison to the roster that won the Cup in 2010 IN THE ROLES THEY PLAYED THEN, there are some strong comparisons.

    Handzus and Madden could be considered break-even. The bottom-six scoring this year compares favorably to what the team received in 2009-10 as well, and the PK is as good as it was back then. And to your comment about “how many playoff games did Huet play in?” – we’ll never have to know what might have happened if Niemi crapped the bed or got hurt, but I like the ability to “fall back” on a back-up that’s top-5 in the NHL this year more than I did Huet in 2010. You can love Niemi now for what he’s become, but let’s have a little (read: any) perspective, wall. He was an unknown going into that postseason.

    Also, I would take this year’s blue line over the 2010 blue line as a group. Leddy isn’t Campbell (yet), but I would take Oduya-Rozsival-Brookbank over Boynton-Sopel any day of the week.

    What Troy Brouwer may have done in Chicago is not guaranteed to be identical to his performance in Washington; different circumstances with different players. Andrew Ladd was never going to be captain in Chicago; Dustin Byfuglien was never going to be a $5M “defenseman” in Chicago.

    I honestly can’t believe we’re having this discussion AGAIN. It’s been 3 years since the Cup break-up, and the Hawks are on the verge of a Presidents Trophy. Will there ever be a day that fans in Chicago aren’t bitching about the players that were moved out in 2010?

  24. wall says:

    Tab, I am not Bitching… and I agree the only thing clearly better this year is D-speed over 2010… I completely understand Cap reality… MY WHOLE point is only that this year’s team is short in too many areas to win Cup this year… A TRUE cup contender needs to be able to play/Win against ALL types/styles… average goaltending, lite in physicality, and Net presence (especially on PP). And by physicality- I mean take a hit as well as Give one. I love 81- but if the refs “let them play”- 81 seems to get a little nervous… 88 stops skating (especially if there is nobody on his line to win a board battle)- Oduya seems to cough it up and looks more like Monty…

    Now let me back peddle a bit… can we win cup Of course we can… BUT- we will need to avoid CC’s inability to play the “change-up” or puck laying in front of him…
    we will need to avoid the Back-to-back possibility of Blues/Ducks/Kings in 2nd-3rd rounds- Injuries.

    Perfect scenario- Wings/Stars 1st– SJ/Wild 2nd– Canucks/Kings 3rd-
    End of the Day- 2010 could play more “styles” of hockey… so we need a little luck to avoid the Styles we can’t play

    Looking ahead- SB- has done a great job controlling Cap-
    next year- Bruins/Kings/Pens will most likely be weaker cuz of cap-

  25. Stinky says:

    Well I surely won’t win the Cup. I’m not on the roster or part of the organization in any capacity. The Blackhawks may win the Cup though.

    This team is sooooo short it leads the league in GAA. They lead the league in 5v5 goal differential by a wide margin. Are second in goals / game with a garbage power play. Emery and Crawford are top ten GAA and top ten save % (minimum 20 games) in the league.

    Really think their shortcomings are blown out of proportion.

    81 and 88 are two of the toughest players in the league and take an absurd amount of abuse. Disagree 100% with that criticism.

    Every single team has flaws, some significantly more glaring than the Hawks perceived deficiencies. LA has a bunch of head cases, a goalie with a wonky back and a crazy coach. Vancouver are mental midgets and have a weak back line and a terrible coach. Anaheim is old as hell defensively and less than deep past their second line. Up and down, on paper and in the standings the Hawks are a better team unless they are knocked out of the playoffs.

  26. wall says:

    Stinky- 81 and 88 are two of the toughest players in the league????

    You must be kidding!!! That was a JOKE right? While they are 2 of the most skilled players… and Hossa is one of the smartest players in the league-
    81 is smart to the point where is gets rid of the puck very early when he “smells a Hard hitting bounty is in effect”-

    Did anyone watch Canuck game last nite- 27,88, 81 were very nervous!!! Most of the Hawk’s losses – were similar – other team played the body- all nite.

    This is PLAYOFF hockey!!!

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