Blackhawks Implode In Third, Lose To Jets

The Blackhawks began a potentially season-defining five-game road trip in Winnipeg – where the trip will also end.

Chicago had points in their last three contests but had lost three of their last four, the last two coming in overtime. A game against the Jets came with playoff implications. Winnipeg was three points ahead of the Hawks coming into Sunday night’s game but Chicago had two games in-hand.

Corey Crawford was between the pipes, newly-acquired defenseman Nick Seeler dressed for the first time as a member of the Blackhawks in place of Adam Boqvist and Matthew Highmore was back in the lineup up front.

The game started perfectly for Chicago. Dominik Kubalik scored 15 seconds into the game to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.

Jonathan Toews picked up an assist on the goal, giving him 800 career regular season points. Drake Cagguila was also credited with an assist.

At almost 11 minutes into the game the Hawks extended their lead to two. Patrick Kane set up Brandon Saad.

Kane and Seeler were credited with assists on the play, giving Seeler his first point with the Blackhawks.

The Jets out-shot the Hawks 10-9 in the first but Chicago took a two-goal lead to the room.

Kyle Connor cut the lead in half at 3:44 into the second period with a short-handed goal. Alex DeBrincat whiffed on a pass as the Jets were off to the races. Winnipeg would put some more pressure on the Hawks in the second period, putting 12 shots on Crawford but only one went in. After 40 minutes of hockey the Blackhawks led 2-1.

For eight minutes to begin the third period the teams appeared to be pretty even.

Then the wheels blew off.

Blake Wheeler scored a power play goal at 9:04 to tie the game. Crawford appeared to be upset with the amount of friction he was feeling from Winnipeg skaters in front of him.

When Andrew Copp scored four minutes later, Crawford lost his mind. The Jets led 3-2 and Chicago’s goaltender turned around and shattered his stick over the crossbar. He was rightfully pissed that what had been a terrific night on his part was going to waste and quickly.

Patrik Laine and Connor scored into the empty net to make what had been a pretty good, close game a blowout loss for the Blackhawks. The final score: 5-2 Winnipeg. The Jets scored five unanswered goals in the final 40 minutes to runaway from a Blackhawks team that needed points in the standings.

And now, even though the Hawks came in only three points behind the Jets for fourth, the Blackhawks find themselves in last place in the Central Division.

Toews skated 18:55 and won 18 of 27 faceoffs but was called for two critical penalties in the third period.

Kane had two hits, two takeaways and three shots on net with one assist in 21:22.

Kubalik led the Blackhawks with four shots on net and had four more attempts miss the mark.

Kirby Dach won five of nine faceoffs in 14:26 and was credited with two hits and two shots on net.

Seeler was credited with an assist and two hits in 14:59. He also blocked two shots.

Duncan Keith was the high ice time man for Chicago, predictably. He skated 26:14 with three shots on net and two hits. He was the only Blackhawks defenseman not credited with a blocked shot, however. Slater Koekkoek led Chicago with four blocked shots.

Boqvist did not dress after leaving the Hawks’ last game with a right shoulder injury. He is on the trip with the team, however, and is considered day-to-day.

101 thoughts on “Blackhawks Implode In Third, Lose To Jets

  1. D Cat has become a major defensive liability. He’s useless 5 on 5. A complete turnover machine. Major disappointment for a player touted to be the future of this franchise. Aghhhh

  2. The fact that Coach knucklehead didn’t glue DeBrincat to the bench shows his lack of leadership. After costing your teams 2 goals in a important game, you send no message to anyone. As I stated weeks ago, if we were lucky enough to make it to the playoffs, we would be out coached out of the first round.

  3. Two thoughts on this game.
    1) Chicago – this year anyways – is incapable of winning key games, especially if they go into OT.
    2) Toews is no longer the team leader. He makes stupid blunders that hurt the team at the worst of times. This team is without a true leaded at this time.

  4. Totally agree with Demo. 12 has been brutal lately. Hate to even mention this but he needs to watch from the press box for a few. Make it uncomfortable for him. Right now, no one is pushing him for ice time

  5. The implosion really started well before the third period. The Jets outsmarted, out-hustled, were bigger and faster when it counted.
    D-Cat should have sat-I agree.
    I think this game hi-lighted the faults of the Hawks, and why the playoffs would be a major challenge if they make it.

  6. I think 12 has 3 or 4 goal 5 on 5. If he’s not scoring and costing the team goals it’s time to sit his ass.

  7. When somebody makes a mistake trying to play right, that’s ok, but Debrincat’s giveaways tonite were just not trying to hard enough to make the right play. Have to agree let him watch a game see if he wakes up.
    As for the team overall, Jekyll and Hyde strikes again.

  8. This happens when you stop skating plain and simple.
    Leadership needs to happen on the ice and behind the bench.
    You can sit DCat and his boyfriend Strome for 1-2 games to send a message to the pre-Madonna’s.
    Once Toews starts to bitch you know his game is off and he is cracking. Been bitching more and more than Crosby. The tripping call was bad but the interference/elbow was correct.
    Wheeler’s goal was soft, always count Crow for letting a softy in.

    Mark my word, this game is the nail in the coffin. No playoffs.

  9. There goes any hope of a playoff berth. This team won’t get back there as long as Bowman is GM. He could only ride Mike Smith and Dale’s coattails for so long. This downfall was easily predictable. Debrincat absolutely sucks. 4 5 on 5 goals all season. I cringed when they gave him that big extension. No way in hell he was ever gonna keep shooting 18%, and he’s always been a defensive liability. Time to start trading anyone they can. I just don’t want Bowman making the deals. He’s an absolute idiot. He obviously hasn’t been paying attention to how the league has changed the last several years. No veteran leadership on this team at all, either. Toews is the most overrated captain in the NHL. People think Crosby is a whiner? Please. Toews has him beat by a mile. We lost our true leader the day Hossa hung em up. Haven’t had one since. It’s only going to continue to get worse. Just pathetic.

  10. Change of subject gents. I got a third jersey as a present but it doesn’t have a name or number. Does anyone know where I can get a name tape and numbers, maybe sewn on also? But. I live in CO.

  11. Excellent posts so far across the board.

    Have to admit, @ least for one game minimum, scratch the Cat and slot in Nylander. Highmore doesn’t deserve to be scratched he was buzzing around all night for the 9 mins he played.

    The power play was the only saving grace last year and this year it’s an albatross. Terrible.

    Great goaltending keeps the Hawks in games. We ll see how Tuesday night goes in Edmonton.

  12. I concur Package Dcat with Gus, when theyre not scoring , they are a liability . Dcat is plain , too small ! There is only one ” Martian ” that’s Kaner ! They need a couple more big Canadian studs . Im hoping that they show up in Van. on Wednesday eve. when the Vancouver ” Pecker heads ” beat them , which has been frequent , I get teased to no end ! Go Hawks !

  13. Can we decline penalties…the PP is awful.

    Question: Has Colliton said anything to a referee all year? While I don’t think berating them does anything, a well paced rant goes a long way and there should have been one after the Toews tripping call to let the stripes now they owe the Hawks a call.

  14. A very predictable game really.Once the Jets got their legs going and started hitting the Hawks curled up into a ball and just hung on to the edge of a cliff.They stopped forechecking after the 1st period and provided very little offensively the rest of the game.When the pressure got intense the Hawks began losing structure and ran around.The problem is that the team is not dangerous at all on the bottom 2 lines.22 and 15 just do not have the talent to finish plays in the offensive zone.64 is not offensively dynamic or creative enough to play with offensive wingers.12 is terrible and I am speaking of his entire game.17 did absolutely nothing tonight being so bad that his cheerleaders doing the broadcast even pointed his lack of activity out.The leaders of this team have to get their emotions under control.Enough with the temper tantrums.PLAY HOCKEY.Fix the Powerplay!

  15. Congratulations to Toews on his 800th point, quite a milestone for workhorse 2way player his emtire career. Seeler is what they said he’d be, hopefully he brings that type of game when every time he gets in lineup. Point a game probably won’t happen but his energy, grit and strong play in D zone were a welcome sight, Tim.

  16. As someone noted, once the Jets got their legs going the game was mostly over. They had three lines going pretty good. The momentum shifted huge after the shorty, besides a moment here and there.
    Some crappy calls against the Hawks and untimely penalties to be sure.

    Copps rainbow saucer over our sliding D was a thing of beauty on that shorty. Have to give props. He killed us.

  17. Yeah DCat has been really bad turning over the puck and his muffed pass led to the shortie that turned the game around.

    The PP is not only so predictable the opposing PK know the plays and either get breakaways or clear the puck – but it is so bad it gives the opposing team momentum which is what happened tonight.

    The good news is the Hawks have moved “up” into the 8th draft position and with a little luck could move into the top-5 by the end of this road trip. There’s usually a silver lining.

  18. No problems with the Defense tonight.Thought they were sharp and in position.Gus even played responsibly.Seeler did a great job for a guy with a new defensive partner and team, who has not played a NHL game in 2 months.He will get sharper and more sure with his passing as he gets comfortable with his Team.Move 8 and 91 onto the 1st powerplay unit.Put 12 and 17 on the 2nd unit with 20.

  19. Good point by Tim. Kampf has improved leaps and bounds, faceoffs especially; I was one of his worst critics, but he’s an NHL player finally.

    He can’t, however, be playing w cat and Strome. Wasted line. Smith’s not bad all things considered, but he wouldn’t be on the team except for his $3M + salary. Kampf would be playing on that line instead. So we’re gonna have to blame Bowman on this one bc as much as I would like to blame the coach, he didn’t trade Saad for Anisimov to start the digression.

    Saad could have signed an offer sheet somewhere for all that money and it would have been draft picks galore in return instead of Anisimov and Bowman immediately signing him sight unseen for a long term cap hit. It was a bad cycle or trip Bowman went on.

    I’ll even go out on a limb and say if the Hawks don’t make the playoffs, if there is a choice (for the hierarchy, I would fire Bowman regardless) bw Bowman and his coach, the coach can stay one more year, good bye Bowman pack your bags your father is waiting for you at the airport in Florida.

  20. From the drop of the puck to start the second the Hawks stopped skating – why? I don’t know but you knew they weren’t going to score again playing that way and were just hoping to hang on – very disappointing considering that for the first period it looked like they came to play

    What they are doing is playing not to lose which usually ends up in a loss – have some courage play to win instead

    DCat has been brutal all year, not just the last few games – I know people here love to hate on Nylander but he’s way better defensively than DCat – that pass that caused WPG first goal was absolutely terrible but he does that multiple times a game

    Was watching Strome on Copp’s goal – he looked like he was out for a pleasure skate – have to agree him and DCat are a drag on the team right now

    Maybe they’re sulking because they been taken off Kane’s line

    Thought Seeler was OK – hopefully they trade Gus and then he’ll get some more TOI to see what he can do

    IMO the FWs are not doing their job consistently enough – they did for one period very well so they can do it but then they stopped forechecking and being hard on the puck letting WPG come at the D with speed – the D I think has performed pretty well lately, it’s the FWs that are letting the team down the most

  21. DeBrincat has had the yips all year long. Don’t get it.
    Seeler gave some grit the team needs, but I don’t know that it helps much at this stage.

    F*cking terrible loss.

  22. If the playoffs slip too much further away it will be a clear cell signal which makes it easier to deal Gus. I think they should shop Strome as well. I don’t think anyone would touch D-Cat’s contract.

  23. Ebony Raptor. You will be glad to know, the Hawks mgmt. knows this team has too many holes to contend. I was surprised to learn, management is not hell bent on sneaking into 8th.

  24. Ahhhh, nice to see the Board finally express and realize how dumb the coach is and how useless this GM has been for 10 years living off Kane, Toews, Crawford, Keith and Seabrook!
    – Kampf is a 4th line center! That’s all he can or should do.
    – Highmore, too small and was on his back all night, useless.
    -Strome can only play center and with his lack of speed can only play against 3rd line centers and feed Dcat on a PP. Thx Satn, where’s Nick Schmalt?
    -Dach, love his future but why is he playing on the PP which is the worst in the NHL?
    -Get Strome back on the PP, that he can do.l
    -Dcat, smallish perimeter player who disappears when the games become all about size and speed! But, he can score when his confidence returns. In his zone, awful.
    -Hawks too small, too light, too slow, and not enough skill apart from 88!
    -Cagg on any other team is on an AHLer or 4th liner but in Chicago his on the 1st line-that’s a problem, that says it all about our GM! (thx Stan…Donskoi, Connolly, Perron?)
    -Keith at his age is still the fastest skater on defence and probably in the top 5 fastest player on the team. Thx Tallon! Hall of famer!
    -Zack Smith? Why? Done years ago. Bowman could had tried for Noel Acciari!
    – With Crawford’s amazing saves in the 1st and 2nd period, this game would have been a blow out!
    -AND WHY, WHY do we have Carpenter on this Roster STAN? SOOOOO SLOW and usless! What a dumb signing!

  25. I am with you HULL.I fear that this team is about to get exposed against desperate teams that need points and have their attention.This team is not prepared for playoff wars physically or emotionally.Their forwards can not physically compete for 3+ periods.Its going to get worse.

  26. this is a sub .500, playoff fringe team as it was last year. but actually worse when you consider the huge improvement in the goal tending.

    but at least bowman shit on the cap going forward with the shaw, de haan, and maatta deals. anyone confident about a full season from the first two next year or that maatta will be anything better than a grossly over paid third pairing d-man? and not being able to dump anisimov for more than a million a year cap savings.

    those of you who think it is in the best interest of this team for bowman to generally manage in a manner to maybe slide into the playoffs don’t understand the nuance of building a team to be successful and competitive on a yearly basis for an extended period of time.

    and the shock about the performance of adb. really? did anyone expect him to shoot 18+% again this year. did anyone think adb and strome would learn to be effective defenders over the off season. anyone feel good about the adb contract going forward? or that bowman will be negotiating the next strome deal?

    this team must have new management or the same stupid shit will keep on happening.

  27. Kane played for the first 5 minutes of the game and then went for a skate.
    12 needs to be sent down to learn how to play defense.
    I lost track of how many short handed chances the Hawks gave up not counting the shortie.
    This was a total choke by the entire team.

  28. Larmer, this mess is all on Bowman, all of it. It’s not on Toews getting a tripping call or Kane going for a skate the last period or so. They have carried this team by themselves ever since Bowman started making dumb trades, unexplicable trades like Panarin, Teuvo, Johns, Danault and Joku the last 4 seasons! Dumb contracts! Like Lehner for $5 million! And having 2 new expensive dmen who are not the greatest skaters! He’s a fraud and so is Mark Kelley, Pierre Gauthier and Papa Bowman! Firing Coach Q and replacing him by a Div. 2 swedish league coach and firing Coach’ Q’s best friend shows the dumb arrogance the Bowmans have! Pathetic!

  29. Ditto with Demo!
    Shut it down midway through the third ( should have done it in second!)
    Great effort wasted on Corey! But 6 PK’s?! Really!
    Only 11 points out of “third worse” in the league… we AREN’T playoff bound so let’s cease the delusions of grandeur.
    This game was about heart, effort, leadership and coaching- and the comments from this forum confirm that ALL were lacking tonight!
    Vancouver, Edmonton,Calgary – be lucky to get 2 points?!

  30. I’m telling you – the Hawks will win the lottery and select Alexis Lafreniere.

    2020/21 Top-6
    Saad-Toews-Kubalik
    Lafreniere-Dach-Kane

  31. D cat will be making 6.4 million next year ! Pack him and Strome ,Nylander all dead wood imo .

    Let Crow go at deadline then resign him for home town special .

  32. A couple of comments-
    1-the goal by Wheeler wasn’t a soft goal-it was a perfect shot by an under-rated star.
    2-D-Cat’s been off for weeks/months and had a bad game but he was a symptom of the implosion-not the cause. This team often sits back with a lead and hopes that the hockey gods (and the goalie) give them a break/win.
    3-we hoped they would turn this around, and they have played better for a good stretch of games-oh how one game changes the climate!
    4. JT let the team down last night-he leads the culture.
    ER-good one.

  33. Transition game, Kane and or Towes are clearly a step ahead from all other forwards. Two 31 year-olds faster than the mid-20 guys. When you see Kampf or Strome take the puck up, its like they have resistance bands on. Very slow skaters. Easy for teams to catch up and back check.

    Crazy talk of Cat being shipped out. He’s had a down year. Still very talented and should be kept IMO. And agree with Hull, Towes has carried this team with his leadership. At least he has some emotion. He gives a f***. I guess he makes up for Colliton’s Lovie Smith style.

  34. Know what the Hawks can`t afford ? Top paid players having a down year .

    D cat is a movable player ,dangle him …see what you can get .

  35. Dcat has lost the ability to carry the puck and looks scared when he has lt. Jets got physical and the game was over quick. Hawks could overcome this in the past but age and talent have caught them. Sell,sell, sell or more of the same.

  36. Awful DEF from Keith and GUS. Just goes to show how good Boqvist is. The challenge for me is Dcat and strome need someone better to work with on their line. I really cant believe I am going to agree with people in this site, the Hawks are not a playoff team. Ouch that hurt.

    I would be open to trading Crawford or Lehner, Keith, Saad, Gus, Strome and Dcat if the right package came back. I will make a prediction, Nylander will score 25 goals next year. Unless the Hawks get hot, probably not, have a great rest of the hockey season.

  37. There are all these trade one goalie is get some good draft choices/ players tweets/ comments.

    I don’t follow much about NHL trades over the course of the last years.

    How many teams have traded a goalie by trade deadline and what have they gotton in return for a rental?

  38. Keith Slows whole game down…. He & gus need to go…. Focus on Keith.. SLOW… Always out of position… pfffffff

  39. This game was, yet another, common theme. Either not ready in the 1st period and strong 3rd…or strong 1st and where did they go? Let me go a different route with some of the criticisms. Toews is The Captain. He sees this. He takes it upon his shoulders and tries to do too much. Consequently, he is accruing too many penalties. Strome should be centering that 3rd line, instead of Kampf. Debrincat is another guy trying to do too much. Strome is not a wing. It’s obvious.
    That 3rd goal, on Crawford? He was interfered with…but…the D is not helping with their positioning. Where should the focal point be? Collition and his “coaching staff”. Colliton has shown no real grasp of being a head coach. The team is not mentally ready or mentally in the game. They’re endurance is not there. This is preparation. PREPARE FOR THE GAME OR YOU WILL SUFFER…and they do. This is coaching. Colliton has given too much leeway to his subordinates and the players. Q was a strong hand. Kane admitted as much. Q is a HOF coach. I don’t know Gallant’s style. This team is an obvious mess. It starts at the top.

  40. New motto for the Hawks – PALMS UP. He is our poster boy. Leadership in action.

    Game observations: Seeler is a nice physical addition – as described before playing. But answering the bell when your team is leading is when you need the knockout, not a draw so as to wake the other team up. That fight was a huge momentum help for WPG, especially when it happens right after a shorty. Dach has to take a penalty on the shorty against us. Pull the clown down if you can’t catch him. Don’t give him a free shot on a basically empty net. That would be a good penalty on a power play – especially our PP. Adjusting players on the PP1 would help sure, but everything goes through Kane and believe it or not – 30 other teams have figured that out. And as for balancing the 2 PPs – PP1 stays on the ice for 90 seconds or more almost every time. We don’t ever give PP2 a chance to be effective. And face it – we go with 2 Dmen and one of them is Keith. There is a reason he only gets 1 or 2 goals a year (current shooting % of 1.3). Heck – even Matta has 4 goals. Only Dman who plays with fewer goals is KK, and he has 19 fewer games.

    Some here – at least me – have been bitching about Dcat’s inability to play defense or handle the puck under pressure for 2.5 years. He has gotten a pass from the board because he was shooting a remarkable 18%. How you like him now? Hockey players need to be able to play at both ends. Given a choice, I would rather they be defensively responsible and offensively challenged. We can handle 1, maybe 2 top players who are offensive hits and defensively challenged, but when you have 3 or more, you are gonna get exposed.

    Quit complaining about Kampf. He will get better offensively, but currently is a VERY responsible player tied for 7th on the team in goals. Uh, we need those guys too. They are called 3rd and 4th liners.

    Kneelander will be 22 in March. He’s still a puppy.
    Been saying Dcat needs to sit for a long time. Welcome aboard. Now do it JC.
    We need to sell this TDL, for more prospects. The remainder of this year needs to be about development and making space for next year’s player development. That means clear a couple Dmen spots and a goalie.

    Move a goalie, Gus, call Tallon and get Keith down to Florida. He’s gonna be 37 this year. Move another Dman if you can’t. I admit to being a Saad fan – moving a top 2-way player would get a good return, but would also leave a hole (usually the reason you don’t move him) that we can’t fill, and already have enough problems finding capable players.

    We get creamed by anyone in this division during the playoffs. Makes no sense to buy at TDL. Longer term – it really sets us back. We need to get something for the assets we have. It is how we build teams in the NHL.

    We got an upgrade in talent last summer, but no effort or leadership in the locker room until December. It’s always easiest to blame the coach. In this case, he certainly deserves a lot of the criticism he has gotten, but his emotion doesn’t bother me. We get enough from the players every game. We don’t need the coach doing it too. 19 needs to act like a professional. He handled the post game well. I think he knows his problems, just can’t address them in the moment.

  41. Oh yeah – I hate watching our Dmen chase players into the faceoff dot and above. Gus got burned on the 3rd goal because he can’t chase and recover. Stay home and let the forwards up top do some work while you protect the fort. 10 safest feet of ice is right in front of our net. It’s not a joke – it’s sad to watch. We can handle shots from 50 feet. It’s those 5-10 footers that our goalies dread. Without their miraculous efforts this year…….

  42. Didnt see game, so that wasnt good luck on my part.

    Now were at 35% for playoffs. Still 2 wins by us and 2 loses by them/those teams and were in the 52% slot.

    Saw score a figured it was not good game and then read it was a good 3-2 game with empty netters.

    This time we didnt get the tie.

  43. I wish our players would play the right way, like your talking about.

    Is it the system, or only the players.

    We need to fix this, so when we have roster really good again, we have a legit chance to play. BOS is good but there not that good, its there system thats really good and they play it really good everyone knows where to go and goes there, and they just spin the wheel.

  44. Who ever said, Jekyll and Hyde strikes again, mths ago was how we played the first 30 games.

    Then we ‘played’ in more then 50/50% of the time for 20 games, 12-5-2.

    Now were back to 50/50%, because of 10 day layover. 1-2-2.

    Wouldnt that be the thing that keeps us out of playoffs, is the 10 day layover because before the 10 days off we were rolling, 12-5-2.

  45. Wow….you people are amazing, a player has a bad game and you all want him traded. Let me guess, if you have a bad day at work…..should you be fired ? If I was the Boss of you knuckleheads….I would walk in and say…..YOUR FIRED !!
    Get a grip people, we all know this is not a playoff team, and stop with your dumbass comments…. especially HULL65….dang you are one angry individual with Hawk derangement syndrome. Have a great day everyone…..now back to work !!!! Or you are all fired !! ?

  46. How was WIN 1-5-1 before last 3 wins, wow. We have sucked at times but never 1-5-1 territory.

    If SJ and maybe ANA gets a little going they could get to even/.500 and we lose a few here and there if we do not get rolling again we could get to near even.

    Then we could be the 5th pick.
    DET 25
    LA 14
    OTT 6
    NJ 4
    ANA 3
    SJ 3
    CHI -3

  47. HONDO68

    Colliton has given too much leeway to his subordinates and the player?

    Some of that might be true, but I think he is just over all a bad coach.

  48. Nylander 25 goals next season? No way…it will never happen. Too soft!
    Again, 2, 7, 50, 20, 19, 88 are not the problem…Problem is the GM and Coach. It’s clear this coach has no clue…I mean for God sakes he has Kampf and Carpenter penciled in as the number 3 and 4 centers? Really? That is an AHL or ECHL combination…no thanks to the GM Mr. Stan Bowman.
    If Crow does not make those miracle saves in the 1st period, the score is 5-2 Jets (Jets whon remind me with their speed, size and skill of the Hawks circa 2010-2013) after 20 minutes. And this is not on the dmen but on the system and the slow moving or smallish forwards he has in the lineup. SMITH, CARPENTER, KAMPF, CAGG, HIGHMORE, etc…(by the way no of these later names were drafted by Stan and Kelley)
    Who can backcheck best, Strome or Nick Schmaltz Stan? Poor Cagg along the boards in his own zone is useless…like his spirit but there is an obvious reason who could not make a bad Oilers team. Just like Strome playing on a 4th line in Arizona or Nylander never making a awful Sabres team. But Strome has a good hockey IQ to be a 3rd liner with Dcat thus play against weaker players. And still produce on the PP. Leave DACH on the 2nd PP Unit, please!

  49. “Top to bottom we need more. This is unacceptable to be where we are. There will be change. Change comes in many different ways… but I can promise you we need to be better. Joel is our head coach. He will continue to be our head coach. And Joel and I are going to work together to make sure this never happens again.” Stan Bowman, Chicago Tribune, April 23, 2017

    ….Lest we forget!!

  50. If the Blackhawks don’t have a terrible pp, and score a pp goal instead allowing a shorthanded goal, how much different is last night’s game.

  51. If someone is alluding to the play of Debrincat and wanting him traded,it is not 1 bad game that is bringing the criticism on.It is a bad year.He has no even strength goals since December and is a human Pez dispenser with the puck.He loses every battle for the puck and routinely screws up odd man breaks with stupid passes and that is when he is not shooting the puck high and wide or into a defenders shin pads.Save the whoa is me nonsense for him.He is being paid to be your goal scoring sniper and is not living up to that.The rest of his game is not at the NHL level either.He needs to sit and watch a couple of games.

  52. As of 11 AM this morning the Blackhawks chances of making the playoffs are now at 26.3%.Mo,Please dont buy into that stock!

  53. Yea man I am not going to talk about that anymore, it didnt bring good luck, unless we do get 5th pick. Then it did bring good luck.

    I think I am more shocked at 12 then how bad we were in preseason and first 10 games. I mean if he has an off yr and gets 20 goals fine. After scoring 30 rookie yr and 40 2nd yr he want going to score 50 though he can on some yrs during career. He should be like Sharpy in goals, right?

    How many goals did Sharpy score each yr.

  54. You have to ask yourself, is Decat a top 6/9 forward of a SC winning team. I would vote no. Even last year when he was scoring, he still was turn over machine. The only difference is that it was more tolerable when he is scoring. Sloppy puck handling and turn overs are more of a liability during playoff hockey. Trade him for the right price and move on. This season is development season.

  55. goals / games
    5 / 41
    5/ 22
    9 / 50
    20 / 80
    36 / 80
    26 / 61
    25 / 82
    34 / 74
    33 / 74
    6 / 28 2013
    34 / 82
    16 / 68
    20 / 60 DAL
    8 / 48 DAL
    10 / 70

    Always thought of Sharpy as a 30 goal scorer. You can see he scored 35 Four times and 30 none. He ahd a bunch of 20-25 goal season, 7 times.

    So Debrincat
    28 / 82
    41 / 82
    20?

    isint terrible but he needs to be in that 35 area like he was first two yr. If he does 25-35 like Shapry did thats still good I guess.

  56. HHNL, good point, it doesnt matter specifically how many goals he scores its being a top 6/9 FW on Cup deep roster.

    Its funny if anyone said, in the last 2 yrs, we might trade Strome and Debrincat people would have thought you were nuts.

  57. For all of you who haven’t figured out his schtick yet …

    Hull65 (and his alter egos Mikita21, Makita, Savoir, Totti, & Fonsi) are in love with Dale Tallon, in spite of Tallon accomplishing ZERO in his time in Florida with the Panthers.

    And why is Hull65 so in love with Tallon? Simple …

    It’s because Dale Tallon speaks “zeh French” … just like the frog Hull65.

    Lest the clueless forget, Hull65 is the moron who called Scotty Bowman a “crybaby”. The greatest coach in NHL history, highly respected, and the clown Hull65 calls him a crybaby. Hull65 holds a grudge against Stan Bowman because his boyfriend Tallon got launched by McDonough. News flash, you don’t get along with your boss, chances are you’ll get fired.

    Another Hull65 agenda item … Stan Bowman’s trades. What, pray tell, does Hull65 know about trades? NOTHING. It was Hull65’s “indigenous brothers” who traded Manhattan for $24 and a string of beads. Nice trade! Ugh. How. Drink firewater in teepee with Everett Sanipass and Fred Sasakamoose.

    Now Hull65’s new boyfriend Tim W. may be impressed, but rest assured … Stan Bowman and Jeremy Colliton have FORGOTTEN more about hockey than the moronic Hull65 (and his alter egos Mikita21/Makita, etc.) will ever know. Didn’t the goof Hull65 call Kubalik and “ECHL” and “AHL” player? Yup he did.

    Anybody who takes the comments of Hull65 seriously is brain dead.

  58. The clueless dolt Tim W. actually thinks Hockey Buzz is a credible rumor source!

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    They’re as credible as Hull65’s hockey comments. As in, flush worthy.

    And Tim W. thinks Denis Savard’s nickname is … get this … “Sabafare”.

    No you moron, it’s “Savoir Faire”. Look it up. Even your board hero Hull65 knows that. That is, because he speaks “zeh French” ribbet ribbet ribbet

  59. You can’t communicate in English.

    You are a drunk.

    No one understands or cares about your meandering stupid posts.

    You are a nut job.

    You and your seven posts in a row nonsense need a gigantic swirly.

  60. 423pm Did not know that you were appointed the spelling nazi of the site.I scan a few sites and throw out some rumors relating to the Hawks.Never said Hockey Buzz was the most credible site.Since you are shy and won’t put your name on your post why dont you illuminate us with your vast hockey knowledge.If anyone wants to know about 423pm,he is one of those anonymous souls that doesn’t add anything to a comversation.I will excitedly standby for your Hockey wisdom.

  61. I thought this blog/website added a blackball list for sock puppets. We havnt seen any in mths.

    Mayber we been playing good for 2 mths. It was night/day though, there was none at any point since like NOV.

  62. Mo ,please never compare D cat to Sharp , Sharp was a completely different player on a completely different team , D cat is a shadow of Sharp .

  63. What I don’t understand is that it doesn’t matter the sport, the location of the team etc. But this happens on every message board at point where people starting creating more than one sign ins.

    If someone is creating multiple for any given site, what kind of life must that person lead when they log off.

  64. Abe/Iceman, not sure about Ferris but I hear Sloane Peterson is still got it going on. She needs longer hair though.

    Hull, would like to see what the roster would look like your moves this deadline/draft/summer/young wave.

    I am interested, in a good way.

    Post what you would do/what players to bring in-out.

  65. Hawks15, I was only in goal scoring. I know Sharpy is a really good two way FW. HHNL had a good point about what FWs and D would be Cup deep roster worthy. So that is why I am interested in Hulls renovation.

  66. BKfan, thats why we were saying, last yr, for Tab to implement a user/nameplate attached to email address. So at least no one can use someones username.

  67. I love how people are soo negative when we play the 50/50 game and are no where to be seen the 2 mths we just played really good.

    The positive people have kept it realistic.

    ER, yea it depends on SJ and maybe ANA, those teams win some and get back to E/even and once we lose a few every once in a while/if we donot go on another run-get rolling again like we have for the last 2 mths/20 games/12-5-2, then we could get the 5th pick.

  68. Noonan, I think it was the 10 day layover that screwed us. We have problems and not good enough roster, yet. We were however rolling for 2 mths/20 games/12-5-2 until that 10 day layover.

    3-we hoped they would turn this around, and they have played better for a good stretch of games-oh how one game changes the climate!

    Think about it we havnt been the same since that break/one game before break-88 1,000.

  69. B2020, were a midtier team, we can beat any team in league when we ‘play’, we donot have anywhere near deep enough roster to win 4 games/7 game series agasint top 5 teams and that is what we need to do-get roster to.

    Good thing is we can see who should stay/go/need to add.

    BK02, not many teams have 2 top 10 goalies, let alone on ufa, at deadline. Were in a good situation here.

    I would combine on the trades so we get something of value back/or an asset-s to then get value back.

  70. @Ian – agreed Hawks PP could have changed the game in their favour – maybe it’s time to change out Dach for Strome and Kubalik for DCat

    I prefer 27 to 56 on the point as well but could live with Gus there if the other two changes were made

  71. Wow, once again, the dead wood comments come out of the closet! If you have nothing smart to say or non rascist towards my Indigenous brothers and sisters, French or English, then stay away from any intelligent banter.
    I know more about hockey than you for sure. Once again, what has Stan Bowman accomplished as a GM, meaning trades, drafts, free agent signings out of NCAA, CHL, Sweden…etc?
    Not talking about inheriting players from Mike Smith and Dale tallon? What has he done? Scotty Bowman? Owes a big part of his hockey career to Dale Tallon’s father!
    Never said he was not a great coach but his methods or people skills, as any player will tell you was old school and outdated. And he has protected Stan from the beginning! And as a GM in Buffalo? NO CUPS, ask Kane! Yes, it’s Savoir Faire if you have ever taken a French Class or sat down with Toews to discuss his mother’s cultural background, en francais. Love the way you still hold on to this ficticious Mikita blah blah stuff, wow. SAD! Again, keep your pathetic rascist comments to yourself or watch Trump speak every night! That should make you more knowledgeable?
    Talk about facts and not fiction. Like Kampf and Carpenter playing as our 3rd and 4th centers? Or about another drafted goalie, this time in New York winning his last 5 games.
    It’s okay, we have Peeters, Nalimov, Delia and Tomkins?

  72. Wrap been saying since a long time, get rid of the set plays and looking like robots out there and just let them create. That’s what 88 and 19 do best, they play with instinct, let it happen not improve it.

  73. Wow. Nice return for Zucker on Minnesota’s part from Pittsburgh.

    1st round pick and Calen Addison both nice gets. Galcheniyuk will be UFA. He’s way overpaid. But who cares. The other two pieces are solid.

    This could bode well for Stan if he decides to sell.

  74. Craig, didnt you or someelse here recently say there was a really good return for a trade recently. Thats another right tehre.

    So yea if the management crew knows and says outloud it knows were not deep enough, yet. Then we should hammer, not get carried away, hammer the deadline. Especially that we have ufa players that can come back in summer anyways.

  75. They trade away there future/assets every yr, how do they have left. There farm must suck. Once they hit the wall there done-like LA.

  76. Wise with the play that ties the game with .5 seconds left in 3rd. Keep in zone by that guy and goal by Zegrass. Wise made the pass play.

  77. Hawks may catch a break tomorrow night,McDavid may be out with a knee injury.He left the ice after 10 minutes of practice today.And in even better news,they are declining all powerplays tomorrow night.

  78. We need to keep the team together and maybe just had a piece and try to make first round playoff to give experience to the kids..
    Except maybe trade Gus .
    DCat will be a 30 goals scorer like he was all his life.
    I was looking at Teply in the whl and he will probably be the rookie of the year if he continue to play the way he does now.still a kid playing on a small rink..
    He has already 8 winning goals …best in the league.
    Hawks2010.The original… not the copy ;)

  79. Interesting game in Vancouver tonight.Nashville Coach John Hynes none too happy with his top players effort in a 4 to o game early second and proceeds to yank Rinne and staple Forsberg,Johannsen,and Duchene to the bench for the rest of the period and into the 3rd.Thats about 30 Million of your Cap sitting in front of you on the bench.Now that is old school.

  80. Even after Sundays debacle, the Blackhawks are neck and neck with a Wild team who look like they just got weaker this season, and a Preds team on a downward trend. Coyotes are 5 pts up tied with Jets for last wildcard spot. They have 3 games on hand on Coyotes and 2 on Jets with a game left against them Sunday. So really not alot has changed, still can make up deficit, then win and they still make playoffs.

  81. Ian,I have watched the Hawks next 3 opponents the last few days.They better win tonight because the Canucks,Flames,and Jets all look like they are playing their best hockey of the year.

  82. Ian, I was looking at that other day/recently about how many of the top teams in conference last decade are not good anymore and teams that have been good recently enough arnt ahead by much and got worse this yr from recent yrs/going down.

    Like right now there are only two top teams in conference, STL COL. Sure VAN EDM ARI are good young teams but I see it in playoffs when I see it. Like you said really good teams the last few yrs arnt top 10? anymore-amazing, WIN NAS SJ, didnt take ANA long to join and LA is trying there best DET impression.

    So looking ahead, we want to be Cup deep enough roster wise, not just 3 seed in conference based on other teams not being as good. Which we will with our yuong players upside.

    We need to trade some players and add those type of players you guys talked about last mth. Then bring in the young wavers and were looking good. Need to get to top 5 roster status though in a yr/2 yrs, not just top 10-because of us and other teams going down.

  83. So looking ahead-this I mean next yr and coming yrs.

    For this yr were the 7 or 8 seed or have a good chance at 5th pick-need help from ANA/SJ. Theres that many teams that close.

  84. Not sure on this yr, but EDM last couple yrs-somce they got two elite players from draft scor half/50%^ of there goals on PP.

    We score shorty and are up 2-1 and 3-2, do not get benefit like WIN did on that.
    EDM still gets 2 PP goal in 2 periods, yea.

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