Blackhawks In Action At World Championships

The World Championships have started in Moscow, and the Blackhawks have six players representing their countries.

Friday, May 6

  • Blackhawks defenseman Erik Gustafsson – one of two Erik Gustafssons on the roster for Sweden – skated 18:06 with two shots on net as Sweden beat Latvia 2-1. For those watching at home, the Blackhawks’ Gustafsson is wearing number 56 for Sweden.
  • Against Canada on Friday, Blackhawks prospect Vince Hinostroza started the game on a line with Dylan Larkin and Nick Foligno, while Hawks prospect Tyler Motte started with JT Compher and Steve Santini. Motte skated 14:03 and Hinostroza skated 8:21 in the loss; neither collected a point.┬áCanada defeated the United States 5-1.
  • Hawks forward and Calder Trophy finalist Artemi Panarin led all Russian forwards, skating 19:42 in a 3-0 loss to the Czech Republic.
  • Defenseman Ville Pokka skated 19:13 as Finland defeated Belarus 6-2.

Saturday, May 7

  • Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff skated 28:25 as Germany lost to France 3-2.
  • Tyler Motte was credited with one assists and Vince Hinostroza collected assists on Miles Wood’s first period goal and another on a Noah Hanifin second period goal as the United States defeated Belarus 6-3.

Russia, Sweden and Finland are in action on Sunday.

33 thoughts on “Blackhawks In Action At World Championships

  1. Why i the world didn’t we play Christian Ehrhoff down the stretch and in the playoffs?

  2. Because Q did not like Erhoff same as he didn’t like Daley. Q is a great coach but he is so stubborn ! It’s a shame .

  3. Opposition was all over Toews. He still created many good chances but the puck simply was not bouncing the right way for him. He had a slightly off year but still gave good account.

    One would think Erhoff and Daley on the back end for the playoffs would have been a really really good thing but that universe never came to be. They were never in uniform at the same time. A wee twink here and there resulting in fandom revisionist history gives us 4 in a row.

    As in Hamlet…sorrows come not as single spies, but in battalions.

  4. I love it. Quoting Shakespeare to describe our dismay over he Hawks. Great one, Mining Man.

  5. Thanks Tony…

    Nyquist wins Kentucky Derby..Eddie Olczyk called it. Guess it’s great if your a Detroit fan but as we all well know Detroit Sucks..what does it all mean? I dunno.

  6. I have a question for Chicago residents. Both the Cubs and the White Sox are having a great season so far and are each all alone by quite a bit in their respective leagues. What exactly happens, fan wise, if a World Series comes down to Chicago vs. Chicago. Is everyone just really happy and every run is celebrated or is there a civil war?

  7. @Mining Man – I don’t know about Civil War, but I can tell you that there will be a rivalry without much love. Drinks will flow and some blood will spill. There are lots of families who are split on their allegiances, and there won’t be bitterness there, just good rivalry. But there would be enough mild thuggery that it could make for a few good fights in bars and on the train.

    Also ……. as to others repeated comments about Daley with the Blackhawks ……. he just didn’t work out. He got lots of ice time but was sort of a dud. Chicago didn’t need a D-man to jump up into the offense during the playoffs, they needed someone who could handle the puck well and not turn it over. Daley’s worked out okay for the Pens. But so has Carl Hagelin. He was busto with Anaheim and didn’t fit and now he’s working out really well with the Pens as well. Go figure.

    Go Blackhawks!!!!

  8. Thanks Big Indian…so the folks identify with one or the other. Wonder how the media and sportwiters handle it.

    Daley and Hagelin doing well in the playoffs. As for Erhoff, well Germany just does not have that many NHLers. He always seemed ok to me out there, and others have stated the same, but Q saw something that scared him. I thought we had a really great team this year, even better than before. The magic did tend to fade in and out though.

    The Blackhawks have a terrific future yet and the story is far from over.

  9. Well well well. Daley, sharp, oduya and johns on the cusp of being eliminated.

    For all the cavetching about Jim Nill fleecing our man Stan, his team might meet the samefate our boys did, beaten in a very close series by St. Louis.

    It’s not over yet, but interesting that Lindy Ruff was pouting about “puck luck” after the game today. Much like Ladds double deflection in game 2 and Seabrooks double post In game 7, it’s a bounce here or there. Tight tight hockey.

    Think about it, hawks lost in 2011 by a burrows goal in game 7 in vancouver; lost in 2014 on a crazy bounce against LA in game 7; lost in game 7 in 2016 on a goal by Brouwer and st. Louis.

    The margins seem to be so razor thin. Dallas made some really good trades and might not even get close to the Cup. Wow.

  10. That can happen when a team gets a rare lucky bounce and more of the regular bounces and breaks. Overall though it really is top5 teams in DAL/STL and CHI playing in first and second rounds. Look at TAM they got two byes.

    We had done what we had done in 3 previous yrs, playing 2mths of playoff hockey and those teams were as hungry as they could ever be. How about the ANA, did they lose again after being up 3-2. It really shows how much harder the division/conference is then the east. I think Ryan Dale was right, 1-8 is better for the deserving but were in this shit because of C. Dracula.

    Will they keep on giving STL sch. mid-day games, they know they won everyone of those.

  11. Why is Lightning playing Islanders every 3 days? Is the league trying to help them bring Stamkos back.

  12. Watching some hockey between Russia vs Kazakhstan. Not any good news………

    Latest (unconfirmed) reports is that Artemi Panarin has left the game after the second period.

    Crossed fingers that this is not a serious injury.

  13. According to HFBoards that follows the game:

    Is that Artemi Panarin has crashed into the boards what looked like shoulder first.

    And he has not returned for the third period. Bleep!…bleep!…bleep! I apologize for the swearing…..

  14. I was working for st. Louis until Hitchcock said the Dallas is simply a better team than the Blackhawks. Blow me

  15. World Games World Cups Olympics whatever should be played by amateurs. Professionals are paid and invested in by their teams. 100% of their focus belong to those who are actually paying them.

  16. About 25% of the NHL rosters will be playing in the World Cups this September. That means all those people paying for preseason tickets will not be able to see the best players. We will see how many players Miss games at the beginning of the season because of the World Cup.

  17. Hawks gonna sign Lars Johansson Goalie??? seems kinda old… perhaps Leighton backup… or Opens door for Possible Crow trade this summer…

    Crow and Shaw to Oilers
    Draistl and Nurse to Hawks + Cap $$$ to sign more Players!!!

    I can only dream!!!

  18. Laine- w/ another g and a in 1st period… kid is tearing it up in IIHF

    Oilers gonna have best 2 under 20 U in the game!!!! YIKES!!!!

  19. Mike I couldn’t agree more the Pros need to leave the other stuff for the ones trying to get to the NHL. Morrison you nailed it with Count Dracula but I was thinking Count Chocula!

  20. FWIW-

    Kempny – 2 games leads Czech D in minutes
    Pokka- 2nd in Minutes for Swede D– 1 game

  21. Dale Tallon no longer GM in Florida…got booted “upstairs”

    Boudreau now coach of the Wild…ya ok good luck with that.

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

  22. I can’t believe it. Demo is still bringing up Stephen Johns. Some other comments made about Q not liking Daley and Ehrhoff. We have Svedberg, why in Gods green earth would we need those three players. Q is hell bent on giving Sveddy all the NHL ice time in the world so he can prove Sveddy isn’t an NHL’er.

    In actuality, I agree with everyone’s comments about those guys. I am still heartbroken about losing Johns and actually do have a pit in my stomach when I think about the fact that we lost him. I just can’t let that go even though it is water under the bridge. I have no issue with the other two not being here other than the fact the Q pisses me off with his obvious stubbornness about certain players.

    Go Cubs & Sox. If they meet in the World Series, it is a win win!!! All I know is that I’d be going to a parade. It is amazing that they are both leading their respective leagues. Awesome.

  23. Wall – I saw that also. You’re dreaming about Crawford leaving? Blasphemy! I read that Scotty Bowman has the same philosophy and then I remembered that they tried in the past what you have been advocating. Remember Marty Turco? I still think it’s easier said than done and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. We’ll probably always disagree on this one but you’re still cooler than Rufus Whiplash.

  24. You would think that the next 7 weeks will be key in Stan and company deciding how to proceed with the cap.

    Last year, it was reported that Stan did not want take draft picks back or his players, as the edict from McDonough was to do everything possible to repeat.

    This year with the hawks not having a first or second round pick, you would think Stan would be willing to take picks back for players and thus salary cap relief.

    For instance, if Stan decides to move Shaw at the draft, I would rather he get picks as opposed to guys like Ryan Garbutt.

    If Stan decides to go bigger like Wall suggested above, I would imagine they would get two picks and a top prospect back. Again, immense salary cap relief.
    I would not dismiss this out of hand, the Hawks might “sell high” on Crawford.
    I’m 50/50 on this. I agree with Eddie Olczyk when he says if you don’t have goaltending you have no chance. But at the same time, you could make the argument that St. Louis beat our Hawks, with a hot goalie and as fantastic as Crawford played, the bottom line still is, the Hawks lost in the 1 st round.

  25. Wall, no way Laine drops to 4. Matthews to Leafs. Laine to Jets. Puljujarvi to Jackets. I could see the Jackets and Oilers wanting out of those spots. Those teams have forwards and need defense.

  26. Craig, McDonagh needs to let Stan and company work on hockey stuff. If that’s true they handicapped themselves. McDonagh is a marketing genius. However, and this isnt just because hes not from a hockey background i think he gets a little too much credit for the construction of the the team. McDonagh seems to get all the praise, and Bowman still gets the this is Dale’s team treatment. And unfairly criticized. Stan has had his bad moments. But I’m sure McDonagh has them as well. They’re just more insulated. A side question, when does Mark Kelley get an interview for a GM or another higher up job? He was elevated to VP of amateur scouting this spring.

    I mentioned and showed in a previous post how the Hawks have been trying to get bigger through the draft the last few years. Other than the First round they’ve gone after guys 6’2 and up. There’s only a couple guys the last few years drafted after round one that buck that trend.

  27. “…you could make the argument that St. Louis beat our Hawks, with a hot goalie and as fantastic as Crawford played, the bottom line still is, the Hawks lost in the 1 st round.” — you could make the argument that Toews and Kane had just one goal between them, and that Keith turnovers gave St. Louis two goals in game seven.

    On the other hand, Panik possibly earned a spot for next season, and Shaw’s trade return value will likely never be higher. (I really would like to see him return, but like douche Foley says, (imagine his growl voice) “Something’s got to give.”)

  28. Ernie my bad… read an older Mock draft that had Oilers with 2nd Pick…

    thank goodness

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