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Blackhawks Shoot Down Ducks, Force Game 7

Chicago’s stars showed up in a big way and a dominant Blackhawks victory forces a Game Seven in Anaheim.

The Hawks came out and played a strong opening period, but the Ducks shot blockers had a good 20 minutes to keep the score tied at zero. Corey Crawford had a very good opening period, keeping Anaheim off the board while facing 10 shots. Chicago’s skaters in front of him were dominant at the dot and carried the puck up the ice effectively; the start was a complete reversal from Game Five.

It took eight minutes into the second period for the Blackhawks to get on the board, but once they got the puck past Frederik Andersen the flood gates were open.

Brandon Saad opened the scoring, taking a pass from Patrick Kane and depositing his fifth of the postseason. Only 2:18 later, Duncan Keith patiently waited for the Ducks to skate past him and found Marian Hossa to Andersen’s left for the second goal of the period. It was only Hossa’s third goal of the playoffs, but he now has a point in four of the last five games.

Less than two minutes after Hossa’s goal, Kane danced through the Anaheim defense and extended the lead to 3-0 with his team-leading tenth goal of the playoffs. Chicago put three goals on Andersen in less than four minutes, and Anaheim’s goaltender was clearly shaken.

But good teams don’t go away easily – as the Hawks showed in Game Five – and the Ducks climbed back into the game. Brad Richards went to the box for hooking and Patrick Maroon scored seven seconds into the power play to cut the lead to 3-1. Anaheim brought more intense offensive pressure to the end of the second period, but Crawford again played big to keep the lead at two.

The Ducks came out of the dressing room with purpose to open the third and gave the Blackhawks fits to open the final frame. After an extended period of play in the Hawks’ defensive zone, Clayton Stoner scored his first of the playoffs to cut the lead to 3-2.

And, suddenly, fingernails in Chicago were in serious danger.

Crawford and the Hawks withstood 13 minutes of pressure until, and one shot nearly beat him; thankfully, Duncan Keith flipped a loose puck away from the goal line to maintain the lead.

As the Ducks did in Game Five, the Hawks were able to generate a rare offensive chance and made it count. Andrew Shaw took a great pass from Andrew Desjardins and flipped a great shot over Andersen to push the lead back to two with 3:32 left in regulation.

Andersen went to the bench with two minutes left and Anaheim continued to put pressure on the Blackhawks but Crawford continued to make save after save. With less than one minute showing on the clock, Desjardins made another great play to find Shaw in the open ice and he scored his second of the night to put the final nail in the coffin.

Jonathan Toews finished the night without a point in exactly 19 minutes (of course), but he won 10 of 12 faceoffs and was credited with two hits. Coach Joel Quenneville mixed up his lines from the opening drop of the puck, skating Toews with Kane and Saad. Toews dominated Ryan Kesler, who finished winning just three of 13 faceoffs and was minus-two on the night.

Shaw had a monster night, leading the Blackhawks with seven hits in addition to his two goals in the third period. He also won three of six faceoffs on a fourth line that was effective all over the ice once again. Desjardins was credited with five hits with two assists, and Marcus Kruger picked up an assist and won seven of 10 faceoffs.

Keith once again skated a team-high 28:35 and was exceptional, once again proving there aren’t many – if any – defensemen in the game that rank better on the blue line. He was credited with four blocked shots and three assists in the game.

Johnny Oduya led the Hawks with seven blocked shots and skated 22:25, while Niklas Hjalmarsson was credited with two blocked shots, one hit, one takeaway and was plus-four in 26:45 in the victory. Brent Seabrook was credited with six hits and two blocked shots in 23:32.

David Rundblad was inserted into the lineup in place of Kimmo Timonen and skated only 5:53, but didn’t make a critical mistake and blocked one shot. Kyle Cumiskey only skated 7:15 and was credited with one hit.

Crawford was great all night, stopping 30 of 32 in the game and 12 of 13 against a desperate Anaheim team in the third period. Andersen only faced 22 shots (thanks to really good shot blocking by the skaters in front of him), but allowed four of Chicago’s five goals.

For only the second time since 1964, there will be two Game Sevens in the NHL semi-finals; the last time was in 2000. Saturday night, the confident Blackhawks will skate into Anaheim with a chance to return to the Stanley Cup Final.

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73 thoughts on “Blackhawks Shoot Down Ducks, Force Game 7

  1. Dunc is Conn Smythe worthy if we can just get him there.
    It was nice to not have that uneasy feeling I’ve had lately when 44 was on ice

    Since his run in with the Preds Seth Jones Shaw has stayed out of the box and has been exactly what he’s meant to be. Even invaluable at times.

    CC did well to keep his cool when he clearly was victim of a penalty on their ppg.

    Who would bet against this group? Win or lose the 7th game, you have to admire the way they have each others back and how they compete.

    Why not a 3rd Cup??

  2. W as expected…do we have any young guns to travel to LA Aves looked gased…..and Bickell should continue to hit more than his first shift 3/5 tonight,,,,Sharpie mvp game 7…..mvp series D-man Keith!

  3. Great win. Wonderful to see Hossa bag one. Even better to see that Perry was -3. Looks good on him. After his first shift Bickell was pretty much invisible. Sharp has to get going if we are going to be successful in moving on. It will be tougher on Saturday with the Ducks getting the last change. There is no need for any changes to our line-up. The extra day of rest has to be especially helpful to our D. My plans for Saturday evening are now set. In a game 7 anything can happen but let’s hope late Saturday night or Sunday morning is filled with smiles on this board.

  4. Effort from Shaw and the 4th line was awesome. I’ve run out of ways to praise Keith – no other d-man in the league could match his performance in this game and series. I kept telling everyone that Andersen would come back to earth – enormous pressure on him for game 7.

  5. …hoz ’bout dem apples!…Everyone suddenly has realized that Keith is in the Conn Smythe discussion. Likely we all thought about it before this game but now its really out there in full view. What a great game for us. We exuded confidence everywhere and this was the Blackhawk team we all know. What an effort by Shaw on that 4th goal…and Desi, thats what we need. Moarisson got it…called Kane and Hossa..and Bickell, well at least he did show some life and was visible. Got a bit scary there for a bit but somehow I knew this effort would not be wasted. Ok so Game 7..guess we have to take that ( this should have been the Ducks elimination game) and just keep doing what we did.

  6. A supremely satisfying win for the fans. The Ducks couldn’t out-Blackhawk the Hawks. Two unseasoned defensemen help the Blackhawks keep their time out until late in the game, regroup, and resume a stifling effort that gave Anaheim maybe 7 dominant minutes out of 60, all in an effort to let them to do it all over again Saturday. 29 was repossessed by goodness thanks to Chevrier’s prayer, and 65 is playing with skill, nastiness and poise all at the same time, making this a tough team to beat. Seabrook is so good right now it’s frightening. Kurri and Gretzky? Pshaw. Keith and Kane!!! Kidding of course, but these guys are showing up on the biggest stage.

    The Ducks lost their composure for the first time in the playoffs. That’s not me saying that, I just heard Bruce Boudreau say that. These Hawks will do that to ya. I don’t know if the Hawks make it out of this series, and if they lose, they lose to a team that deserves to move on. Did the Ducks take a night off to set up the Hawks, or did they leave the door open? Tune is Saturday and take your heart meds…

  7. Ducks played like a team waiting to see what is going to happen; then Saad, Hossa and Kane happened. They woke up a little too late and the Hawks were able to withstand the punch. Hawks look composed while taking that punch in the third.

    Crow was HUGE in stemming the tide. Kept his cool after not getting the call on ducks goal # two. He’s earning his paycheck. Not the most talented goalie, but man does this guy know how to bounce back. Short memory, and the guy I want starting game 7.

    Saad, Kane and Hossa. Saad played like a kid who wants to shed the moniker of “man child” and simply be known as “the Man.” Hossa simply won’t go away. He reminds you why the Hawks signed him and why he is still here. Kane, a star playing like a star. I wonder if he worried about his clavicle when he sprung Saad with that touch pass or when he jukes the Dman out of his skates before scoring.

    Keith. Keith played like a 2 time Norris Trophy winner and the current Conn Smythe front runner. Take a hit, spring a break away, swipe away the game tying goal. All in a day’s work. Keith will skate another shift, it’s all good coach.

    The Ducks are proving to be a worthy foe for sure, but the Hawks are showing why they are in the conference finals, again. What a game, what a series. Can’t wait for game 7.

  8. Amazing effort by the whole team. Hawks are 15-0 when Hoss scores a goal. Great move by Q to put Kane and Toews with Saad. Best bench coach in the NHL. On the second goal by Anaheim it emphasizes the need for one coach’s challenge per game. Why did Toronto not review that goal? Hockey is the toughest sport to referee, and they need to use the technology to help our referees out. The NHL needs to join the 21st century. Hockey will never be a major sport unless they make some necessary changes. Some say it will slow down the game. So do TV timeouts. Use some common sense Bettman. Changes need to be made. I’m tired of listening to that miserable sob brag about “having the best referees of any sport”. Brian Boucher commented that it would have been a shame for that goal to be the difference in the game. Keith Jones and Doc Emrich also pointed out that it was goaltender interference. Let’s hope that game 7 is decided by the players on the ice rather than missed calls. Go Hawks!

  9. Booman with the call, 5-2. Well done. Been a long time since I saw a d-man take control of a game like that, and on his post game interview with Pierre did not really look like he was sweating. As Hawk fans we are blessed to watch a hall of fame career from start to finish.

  10. When the Ducks matched the Kesler line up against the Toews line in the first two games in Anaheim, I figured that was smart on them to use Kesler to neutralize Toews. But I was surprised when Q kept that matchup when he had the last change in games 3 and 4. In fact I thought it was a mistake by Q. Well … now 6 games are in the books and even though Q switched the top 2 lines around in game #6, I’m starting to think it wasn’t a mistake. I mean think about it – would you rather have Saad-Toews-Hossa in the match up or Beleskey-Kesler-Silfverberg? I think the answer is obvious and that means the Hawks were a +1 is line match ups. So even if Boudreau goes Kesler vs Toews in game #7 – everyone already knows it’s advantage Hawks. It’s like the psychological edge that matching Kesler against Toews was supposed to give to the Ducks has been turned around and it’s now advantage Hawks.

    And then there is the other top line match up. Getzlaf and Perry are great players and they’re capable of making good defensive plays – but it looks to me that Getzlaf and Perry are a little worn down by the 3rd period and can be taken advantage of if their forecheck game isn’t hemming the Hawks in. Big “if” for sure, but both Getzlaf and Perry finished -3 tonight and it wasn’t because they happened to be on the ice when one of their teammates coughed up the puck in front of their net.

    I like the Hawks chances in game #7. As I’ve said many times before – if the Hawks play their best game, or darn close to it – they’ll win.

    Go Hawks ! ! ! !

  11. got a little crazy there toward the end, but I loved one key development: 11’s centering passes are going to give the Ducks one more thing to worry about as they continue to try to shut out the Hawks zone exits along the boards. It might open up the zone exits or give the hawks one more option in the neutral zone.

    In the Detroit series with the Hawks down 3-1, Babs had the Detroit forwards rushing at Chicago D as soon as they had possession at the point. That was driving the team nuts and devastating the puck possession play. Q countered with cross-ice passes and a D cycle along the blue line; it worked, and that set the stage to crack open the whole series. These passes might just be the tactical answer to the Ducks aggressive overloading / check finishing mindset. Not the whole story, obviously, but just great to see those centering passes work and maybe throw the Ducks off their game a little bit.

  12. Here come the Hawks, the mighty…

    I know we all love Duncan Keith around here. But we still dont say it enough: Duncan Keith IS a generational talent, and IMHO the single BEST defenceman of his era.

    Ironically, Duncs” national reputation may exceed his reputation in Chicago, where all too often he is taken for granted, often living in the (significant) reputational shadows of “Toews / Kane / Hossa” (…a bit like Paul Coffey of the Gretzky Oilers, another generational talent whose reputation often lurked in the shadows of Gretzky / Kurri / Messier etc).

    Punchline: we are so fortunate to have Duncan Keith on our team. And the fact that he remains locked up on a long-term contract is even better.

    Now its onto game 7. I think Kessler and Perry already have a tee time lined up for next weekend. So Let’s drop these dirty bastards like a BAD HABIT.

  13. Good game, awesome performance from our leading guys!

    Cant say enough about Keith. Norris (or conn, dont remember) candidate for sure!

    Kane and toews playing with each other feels good. I dont think #91 have the speed or the same mind as 88 to get a good chemistry going in this battle. Toews had a great night to! Wearing down kessler good!

  14. Why is it that ”anything can happen” in game 7, but apparently not during games 1-6? Weird.

    Anyway, we are going to be making things happen, which will result in 44 being more costly. Which I’m perfectly fine with!

    Duncan Effin Keith

  15. My voice is shot, but the heart beats strong. An inspiring performance by the Hawks last night, and proved again they can not only take a punch but give em back. Ducks found themselves playing against a Hawks team that was willing to take the body early and often. I think the Ducks left the ice a bit bruised and bewildered. Ducks top line was schooled. Hawks big boys showed up and how. I was laughing to hear about Hawks record when Hossa scores in playoffs, because I was thinking the same thing but had no numbers in front of me to back it up. It always feels good when Hoss pots one.

    Some real game last night from Shaw and especially Keith. These boys were not to be denied. For all the people that try and write Shaw off as some gritty replaceable role player, please watch what he does on the ice. He gives 100%, goes to the opponents crease to take abuse while providing quality screens, does the corner work with against big defensemen, and is fearless in his approach to the game. Yes, he can score goals too. Yea, he takes a dumb ass penalty now and again, but when you work that hard, the edge gets crossed now and again. The guy is worth every Dollar he get paid. Kruger too for that matter, and I really hope the Hawks retain him. Another guy with the heart of a lion(where did that phrase come from anyway?) and no quit in his game.

    Keith received due accolades last night. Hawks are blessed to have that talent, and it was on display big time last night. Duncan Keith is a true warrior. While it looked as though the window had closed it was a brilliant delay to suck d men over and pop that cross ice pass to Hossa who buried a big goal and put the gas pedal down harder on the Ducks who were reeling at the time. The UC was rockin. Stretch pass to center ice that helped Kane spring Saad was a beauty. Saad with stunning pull away speed a few times in this series. Saad will get a multi -year contract I am sure of it, and well deserved.

    Pity the Hawks PP didn’t light it up last night. Ducks took selfish dumb penalties yet again. What can these guys be thinking with the high elbows game after game? Refs took a let em play attitude last night which probably helped the Ducks more than the Hawks yet again.

    Ducks brought the house in the 3rd, but could not get the score even. It was cringe time though for that 8 minute stretch where there no whistles. You could feel the tension in the building just growing. Desi and Shaw blew the cooker lid off though with that 4th goal. Huge effort from those two, and that line was massive all night.

    Rundblad didn’t skate much but he was hardly noticeable which means he did just fine. Why did it take so long to make that change??

    Why does it appear that the wolves lie in wait for Corey Crawford? The guy just competes. It’s all media driven BS. Refs have let Ducks do intentional fly bys to make contract on Crow the entire series with few consequences. Last night, no exception.

    Ducks are tiring. Saturday night should be good theater. As I have said before, when your team is knocking on the door to make the Cup finals, it’s all you can ask of them. Let’s hope the boys can push through. I believe they are using last years crushing game 7 result as motivation. This group knows what it takes to win.

    I’m proud of these guys. Savor and enjoy victory Thursday everyone.

    Lets Go Hawks!!

  16. RD- your first post summed up what i came to say…

    Keith is easily the Smythe if we keep going.

    here we go boys, 2 of waiting and then another rodeo for all the marbles.

  17. Loved Desjardins’ game last night.
    Shaw just keeps bringing it shift after shift, and hasn’t crossed the line either.
    Keith……what they all just said.
    GO BLACKHAWKS!!!!!!!
    that is all

  18. You just can’t overpay a great goalie. Crawford has played solid throughout the series – always keeping the Hawks in the game. Last game Andersen gives up two very weak goals and last night his save percentage was only .818. Switch the two goalies and the Ducks would have swept the series.

  19. Rant on…..

    I can’t pin this one on the on ice officials, it happened fast and there is a lot of things they have to watch for but……
    The NHL reviews all goals to affirm the puck entered the net “legally” and fully crosses the goal line.
    So what’s the difference between a goal scored by a high stick, head butted in or thrown in vs. obvious goaltender interference (knocked CC’s glove out of the way as he was about to catch the puck) which directly allowed the puck to enter the net ????????
    The rule language states the puck must totally cross the goal line “legally” for the goal to count…… Clearly that did not happen…..
    This needs to be called by the video review “both ways”! It would taint the league if a team lost the biggest game of the year because the NHL didn’t have the nads to right an “obvious” wrong……
    This is akin to the police reviewing surveillance tape of a robbery when they see the robber shoot the clerk – “well we are only looking for evidence of the robbery don’t care about the shooting”……

    Rant off…..

  20. #5 and #26 did okay. I think that they are BOTH getting familiar with the territory, now. Props to Desi for making 2 excellent hustle plays and getting the puck to Shaw.

    The look on Perry’s face after the 5th goal was priceless……..”the thousand yard stare”. The Ducks are in trouble. They were not nearly as physical as the last 5 games. Speed, skill and will can beat a “heavy” game all the time.

    Freddy Anderson can’t stop a beach ball with a 2X4 right now. If we can withstand their first period push and get an early lead on Saturday, we’re playing for the Stanley Cup, again!!

  21. Ahhhh … the morning after … and life is grand :)

    Yes, it’s nice to bask for a couple days before it’s again time for nerves to fray and sphincters to clench.

    To be sure, this is the golden age and I’m enjoying every minute of it.

  22. Great effort by the Hawks! Special kudos to Desjardins and Shaw as they broke open a close game. The Hawks are in Andersen’s head now. The guy looks like he has lost some confidence. Boudreau was clearly rattled at the post game press conference. Q out coached him in the game. There is no way that 2nd Duck goal should have ever counted. I don’t think the officials missed it, I think they just let it go. I hope the Hawks sent the tape to the league.

  23. As posted earlier in the series, 88 seems to come alive as the series progresses, the stakes get higher and the opponent tires. He looked like he was feeling it last nite and that’s a GOOD thing after being a non-factor thru much of this series (Belesky is still looking for his jockstrap.) I like keeping him with 19 for game-7 as previous #2 line pairing with 29 has been an anchor.

    If Q doesn’t scratch 80/86 in game-3 my (and many others) prediction of Hawks in 6 may have been realized? Will never know.. Let’s all hope it’s trophy time Sat nite! (although no-one will touch it…)

    Finally, win or lose Sat nite, WOW, what a privilege it is to watch this team the past 6 years or so.. I was talking with my 18 year old about a lifetime of disappointments growing up in the 60’s/70’s as a Hawks fan and how I hope he really appreciates this team. Agree on comments about #2, but really- this is one of those generational TEAMS we are watching and rooting for… Thank you Rocky…

  24. To post key thought before heading out for the day- win or lose Sat nite, WOW, what a privilege it is to watch this team the past 6 years or so.. I was talking with my 18 year old about a lifetime of disappointments growing up in the 60’s/70’s as a Hawks fan and how I hope he really appreciates this team. Agree on comments about #2, but really- this is one of those generational TEAMS we are watching and rooting for… Thank you Rocky…

  25. One last thought- you have to find a way to keep guys like 11 and 16. The character and effort they show nite in and nite out is the stuff that make Champions..

  26. Doubt has crept into the minds of the Ducks… Andersen, Getzlaf, Perry and of course Kesler.

    Can they win the big game?

    Hawks have been there done that and mentally have the advantage!

  27. Hawks looked like fresher team…

    As Duncan Keith said- “I wish we were playing tomorrow”…
    I said this before… the two days off- imo- favors the Bigger players- so I think it helps guys like Kesler,Perry, Getzlaf

    Boudreau had it right… Q/Hawks seemed to change their exits a little (and/or the Ducks were tired of getting back – after taking runs at the Hawks on forecheck)…
    left a lot more time and space open in Middle of the ice for the Hawks to gather some speed…

    we will see who can make the adjustments and control the neutral zone for game 7… or who has the “will”

  28. Ducks seemed more than a little “tentative” or as they say nervous nellies.
    The extra days off will benefits the Hawks even though they are not allowed to say that out loud. Crow looked good and steady all we can ask and all we will get. When he plays the puck the Ducks get confused, simple again. No Kimmo did make a BIG difference on the back end, half of playing defense is “Showing up” just being in front to the guy with the puck ( hockey is so simple but playing it on ice makes it complex)
    hawks defensive position was excellent.

    Hawks had a 1/2 step faster and as we know that is a lot and very visible on the ice.

    While it was worry-some to see hawks go in defensive mood in the last 5 minutes it was a very smart move, pack it in, dont look up ice, keep it short and simple. THIS WAS THE SINGLE MOST BRILLIANT COACHING MOVE OF THE PLAYOFFS, period i was worried and think it weak, BUT for real hockey fans what a smart move, scorign 2 goals when a team like the Hawks or Preds or Rangers are in pure defensive mood is hard, vs the Ducks it’s easier.

    Hawks made quicker decisions with the puck, Except for Kane who can do what ever he wants, but everyone else made the DUCKS SKATE, the way to win is simple, don’t stand still and if your going to get HIT be moving, hockey 101, all Hawks hold the puck too long and are easy targets. So when they move and move their feet they are hard to beat or even HIT.

    We all saw a few “classic” move the puck plays last night, to me beating the DUCKS should not be difficult hard yes but not difficult. Keep moving, even CUMISKEY on defense when he gets a pass behind the net has a nice little side step or drop step very very effective at least your getting hit on your hip if at all. Rhundblad played okay . . . the KEY is for COACH Q like Coach Phil Jackson to tell each player exactly what he expects of them, he told both young guns to STAY AT HOME, mind our zone when we PLAY WIDE OPEN some players are not capable to get back like Hammer!

    I do not see a close game saturday . . . it will be two goals at the end again but the game will be close, ducks will come out on fire, if the score is ZERO to ZERO in the first Hawks win easy. In fact i would rope a dope these guys, play 80% defense just get stops and own the 2 and 3 rd. Crow obviously needs to be good, not great just no cheap goals.

    Go hawks and thank you hawks for a GAME SEVEN only thing a real fan can ask

  29. Brandon Saad, when a fan see how he goes north to south with that BURST of speed that put him in the NHL in the first place is the reason, i have said for years he needs his own line, where his speed is not hindered by looking for Toews or waiting for Hossa, finally we see his speed.

    Shaw as i have said, really is showing his skills, his commitment and tenacity without penalties, Amazing Amazing to see him grow so much in a short time. Shaw soon will need more M O N E Y

  30. Duncan best player in ALL of the PLAYOFFS and Seabrook right behind him. These two are the reason Hawks can cobble together a team with the salary cap. What work!

    Desjardins is not PLAYING PHYSICAL as he did when he first arrived he is getting and playing tired. He is giving effort but that line needs him to HIT and Finish checks which allows SHAW to do what I know he can do. Desjardins is replaceable and maybe someone with a little more physical presence to protect my boy Marcus.

    go hawks

    Oh Andersen is average at best

  31. In the moderation sin bin for almost 2 hours. Serenity now!

    IAWY Negzzy 100%.

    So AJ ended going to the game with me, and JS sent supportive texts during the game. AJ met me at Swig for a few pops and a burger prior to the game and I wore my Shaw shirt. Moons aligned again. Hawks win…

    Shaw shirt gets the nod again Saturday I think.

    We want the CUP!!

    Lets Go Hawks!

  32. Wow. What a game. A hail of flying pucks with thoughts from the UC…

    – Great crowd last night. Hawks fans have gotten a little spoiled with all the success but when it comes to an elimination game the regulars show up and bring it. It was LOUD in there last night.
    – Love watching Saad getting launched out of a cannon.
    – On Hossa’s goal probably 3/4 of the crowd was screaming SHOOOOOOT at Dunc due to the lack of shots on goal. Dunc being the generational talent he is (and that is the perfect encapsulation of #2, so thank you for whoever coined that here) holds, it draws in the D and then executes a perfect pass to Hossa. Just a gorgeous play by 2.
    – Beleskey is still looking for his jock after the move Kane put on him.
    – The two goals from the Ducks took a lot of wind out of the crowd. The third would have been a stunner. But then, Dunc, again, saves the day. He might as well start wearing a cape.
    – Rundblad got caught out there on a long shift where they couldn’t clear the zone followed by icing and then a time out. The collective tightening of sphincters on that
    – Shaw with a top-shelf forehand back-hand move. Wonder where he learned that from…
    – Great night, great win, on to game 7. And now I need to change my oops I crapped my pants again.

  33. Ryan Kessler: “No human can withstand that many hits.” Thumbs up.

    Felt to me like the Hawks started looking towards the center of the ice for their break outs more often. Dangerous, maybe, but it seemed to have much more success than what has been happening to them lately.

    Andrew Shaw outworked Ryan Getzlaf on the 4-2 goal. Andrew Shaw outworked Ryan Getzlaf. Andrew Shaw, the little engine that could. While I whine about Shaw quite often, that guy plays with such reckless abandon it’s impossible to not like the guy. Andrew Shaw on wing is pretty awesome. Still hope he doesn’t get overpaid when his time comes.

    I thought Patrick Kane was on his way to the Conn Smythe, but that has to be moving towards Keith. Keith has been playing the best hockey of his life, which is really saying something considering how well he’s played in the past.

    Did Lindholm get hurt? Bickell did destroy him in the first, right? He didn’t look very good the rest of the night and I don’t remember seeing him much in the third.

    I would like to just take one minute to talk about how much I love Doc Emrick. He called an incredible game last night and I love his “shout outs” to the normal broadcasters of the team. His voice was so fitting for that frantic pace last night.

  34. After watching Kooga get the best of Getzlaf it was refreshing to see him frustrate the hell out of Kesler as well. Really liked the adjustment of Kane and Toews together. Kind of takes some of the harder minutes off of Hossa and then him and Richards can bum slay while Bickell bowling balls people.

    Keith is the best overall defender in the NHL and has been since Lidstrom retired. Nice to see some fans start to recognize that.

    Refereeing as usual was an crap show that defied any logic and reason.

    Can’t help but be excited about Saturday. Big thanks again to Phil for the ticket yesterday. Was able to avoid the torture that I’m sure Albert and Micheletti were. And the UC was an absolute mad house (see what I did there). As always, brilliant place to watch a game.

    Wall — I think the two days off benefits the Hawks to a certain degree. Gives the guys on the Ducks a few days to think about their mistakes and get under each others skin. Also, the more time Anderson has to think about the 14 goals he’s leaked in the past 3 games the better.

  35. Lindholm had 29 shifts in the game. All but Stoner who had 26 shifts were between 28-30. However, Lindholm’s last shift was 15 seconds long and started with 3:59 remaining in the game. He was not on the ice for the final 3:44.

  36. Observations.

    1. Getzlaff is clearly hurt and not 100%. I wish there wasn’t a two day layoff. But the Hawks have to exploit that their number one horse and game-changer isn’t right.
    2. Ducks continue to pinch on defense. They have taken a page from the Coach Q playbook. It has worked nicely for them in this series, but it also creates exposure IF the Hawks can make the long connection pass and get guys like Saad and Kane flying up the wings.
    3. My extreme positive view of Crawford is well documented. He is supremely important to this team the last 5 years. That said, right now he is shaky and not completely confident in goal. I hope the two days off help to settle his nerves because he is critically important Saturday night.
    4. Shaw is never going anywhere. He is the Dirk Graham of his generation in the Indianhead and too many times the straw that stirs the drink in the playoffs. I’m going to gouge my eyes out with a shrimp fork if I read one more idiot on here claim that Ryan Hartman can be a suitable, cheaper and better replacement. The height of stupidity.
    5. Cumiesky and Runblad are like playing with matches on a stack of dynamite. At some point its going to blow up. It will be very interesting to see who Q goes with in game 7. Runblad is insanely and tragically awful in the defensive zone. Why he was never converted to forward to salvage a NHL future is beyond me. He has NO defensive ability. Cumiesky isn’t much better. Kimmo is fully washed up. Oh how I miss Rosival right now.
    6. Keith? A tremendous Hall of Fame player. You cannot say more about what he does for this team over the last 7 seasons.
    7. Seabrook? Sure hope he didn’t get his bell rung too hard. I sorta worry about concussion. God lets hope not.
    8. Hjalmarsson? Huge, but showing big time signs of wilting under the insane minutes. Two days off will really help him.
    9. Oduya? Stan Bowman, you best find a way to bring him back…make the money work under the cap.
    10. Game 7 can be won. Perry and Kesler will be forces of nature, and we need to be fully prepared for that the 1ST second of the 1st period. No slow start. Can’t possibly have a slow start in game 7.

  37. Getzlaf isn’t injured. He has played a lot of hard minutes and it is showing. That hard forecheck and rigid defensive structure is a lot to ask for any player. Makes you really appreciate the 1 -2 -2 that the Hawks roll out.

    Perry on the other hand is probably hurt and when that idiot tried to take out Hossa last night it looked like he ended up exacerbating what ever malady he has been stricken with.

    Crawford was anything but shaky last night. Pretty darn stoic. If anyone is panicking right now it is goaltending behemoth Freddy Anderson. 14 goals in 3 games. Light em up.

    Stretch pass has been open the last 5 periods. I do not expect that to change. In my mind Anaheim does something stupid like press for an early goal and they get caught again.

  38. While Crawford was great, I will actually agree with Rufus on the shaky part. He seemed to be fighting a lot of pucks off and his defense did an incredible job of cleaning up the rebounds he left sitting in front of him.

    And as great as it would be to bring all of these people back, the salary cap exists. If some GM wants to throw X dollars at Shaw, he’s the type of player you need to let walk. Having too expensive of a bottom 6 absolutely kills teams that invest big money in their super stars. It just isn’t possible. You don’t lose a TT or a Saad because you want to sign Shaw or even Kruger.

    In this current market, Oduya will probably be offered $5M+ a year. No way he stays in Chicago unless he wants to take a massive cut.

  39. While the crowd last night was loud and enthusiastic I must say in my section most of the regulars have sold their tickets for big bucks and the tourists are filling many of those seats. At least they root for the Hawks. I know it’s the big stage, and there is always a contingent that just wants to “be there”. Why do they always have to sit by me??? Some know what’s going on, and others(many) are there for “the show”. For example, a guy sitting just to my right has been to most of the playoff games, but has admitted he knows little about hockey. Thinks that is funny. Problem is I have to listen to him make loud, inane hockey comments and weak attempts at humor while trying to watch intense effin playoff hockey. AJ now knows this guy. Sorry, but I least I have a witness.

    Despite my growing aggravation with this guy I would welcome the chance to get even more aggravated watching the Cup Finals at the UC.

    Rant over and out. Thanks for listening.

    Lets Go Hawks!!

  40. I think the “too high or too low” axiom applies. After the win last night, it’s easy to sing the praises of the Hawks and almost be dismissive of the Ducks. I think that’s a mistake. The Ducks will be ready on Saturday night and while I’ll never bet against the Hawks, it’s going to be a heavyweight bout, maybe one for the ages. Both of these teams are worthy to fight for the Cup and as a Hawks fan all that I can ask for is that they give a good effort and let the chips fall.

    Go Hawks ! ! ! !

  41. 2 Days off favors Hammer…he looked winded a lot last night. Still played well, but missing that slight jump to his step.

    In reality what Hammer, Oduya, Seabrook, and Keith are doing is pretty amazing.

    Kane gets better as series go along, but so does Toews. The battle I saw last year between Toews and Kopitar was one of the best matchups I have ever seen and I swear the end of the Kings series, Toews was figuring it out. I see the same thing happening this year no matter if its the Getzlaf or Kesler line.

    As for Game 7, I predict a goal from the Kane/Toews/Saad line as well as the Sharp/Vermette/TT line (they have been working really hard) and inspired play from the 4th line. I simply believe that the Chicago 4 (dmen) are going to play big. I do not know if this will be enough to win, but I expect a performance we can all be proud of.

  42. JS, completely agree on your comment about Doc. He does a great job on the broadcast and can be really thoughtful with his play by play. I love his enthusiasm for the game.

  43. I made the comment in the Minnesota series I believe asking if anyone else disliked the other play by play guys NBC rolls out.

    Kenny Albert is just to slow and inaccurate. He’s a play by play guy, but when you go 30 seconds of nothing, youre failing. Doc was on 670 the other day and said Hockey is the easiest to call. That shocked me. His reasoning is all you have to do is say what you see. Other sports there is so much filler.

  44. 86 had another great game last night. His creativity with the puck opens up so much space which is critical against the physical (dirty) Ducks. I can’t belive he is only 20.

    All 6 Dmen were excellent last night given the situation. 4 is gassed but still played very well. 7 is incredibly tough. What else can be said about 2? Amazing.

  45. We have several players that deserve kudos. NeggZZ hit it right with his statement, “this is a generational team.” The core is great and then we have a very good supporting cast.

    The best thing about them is that this team stays composed. They certainly are not showing the emotional swings like we see on this board. They take one game at a time and, other than a smile or two, you really cannot tell whether they won or lost the game. They keep their emotions in check with every second of every game and every game of every series. Winning a game or series is not a time for serious celebration because they are champions with the focus on the ultimate prize…THE CUP. That mental edge is what will carry them on to victory in game 7. A bad bounce will not keep them from the finals this time.

    The mental edge is the same reason some of the players on the Ducks will wilt in the next game. The ghosts of being ousted the last two years by losing games 6 & 7 will cause some of their players to lose their composure. They are one game into them losing their third set of games 6 & 7’s.

    Go Hawks!!! Great comments everyone.

  46. Hockey is a wild ride and this series has proved to be a good matchup of good teams. As the Hawks look to win their 3rd Western Conf Championship in 5 attempts I can’t help but wonder if this team is flirting with something more. The Hawks are already a very good team but a win on Saturday puts them on another level.

    I think Saturdays game is as much about a legacy as it is about beating the Ducks one more game. Being a 3 time cup winner on the same teams puts a lot of these guys at an elite level.

    I’ve watched and played hockey for many years and win or lose this team makes me very proud. Go Hawks!

  47. One of the Ducks d men? blocked two shots and could barely get off the ice. Ducks shot blocking prowess has been very strong in this series, but I believe it has taken its toll. Both teams of course badly banged up with many players looking gassed. Others like Duncan Keith just keep bringing it. Trying to be objective having watched closely, it appears the Hawks may have a slight edge regarding life in the legs going into the deciding 7th game. This is where team speed may decide this thing. Don’t we all want Kesler to eat those words about the Hawks not being able to take the punishment?

    Lets Go Hawks!

  48. I believe it was Shaw who said that last night’s win means nothing if the Hawks don’t win on Saturday. Truer words could not have been said in all the post game hyperbole.

    Last three Blackhawks game sevens have all gone OT I believe. Van, Det, and LA. Only one good outcome in that trio. Less of a hole to climb out of in this series, however.

  49. Phil – spot on. The Ducks have been blocking a TON of shots this series. They just park themselves in the shooting lanes limiting the Hawks SOG totals. We’ve been taking a ton of shots, just very few get through and those that do often aren’t on net. I think it was Despres who took those back to back shots and had to be carried off.

    Not to pile on Bickell again. Ok, specifically to pile on Bickell again, he came out and put 3 heavy, heavy hits on the Ducks in his first shift and then disappeared the rest of the game. That guy is an enigma.

    Hossa is showing every one of his 36 years. Wondering if his pinched nerve was aggravated again like in the Boston series. He doesn’t have much spring in his step. Perry also looked completely out of gas the last 2 games after tearing it up in games 3 and 4. Sharp took a big hit from Stoner and was doubled over on the bench for awhile.

    One little bounce – like that one trickling in that Keith saved and the complexion of the game last night changes completely. These are two very evenly matched, good teams. Both teams look beat. The extra day of rest should bring some spring back into both teams’ steps and make for an exciting game 7.

  50. My eyes will be squarely focused on 2 key factors in game 7

    1st Freddy Andersen, after starting out strong in game 1 (.970 SV%)his play has slipped in the last 5 games. Here are his break downs .946, .964 .875. and last night .818. My hope is that the Hawks continue to put pucks on the net and crash down in the crease. If the Hawks get a goal or 2 early the flood gates may open up and the Hawks could chase him.

    2nd the Toews, Saad, Kane line. The Ducks have a definite strength with Getzlef and Kesler anchoring the center spots. However by Q moving Kane up it forces a huge mismatch, because both Kesler and Getzlef are centers by front loading the first line it takes the centers focus off only Toews. Now Kesler/Getzlef can no longer isolate on Toews because they needs to cheat with Kane on the ice at the same time. That cheating gives Saad alot of freedom on the other end of the ice to do his thing. Look for Saad to have a another big game if Q rolls him out their with 19 & 88.

    As long as the Hawks 2nd line continues to force play in the Ducks end and makes Perry play a 200 ft game(which is not his game), that match up should be there for the Hawks all game. What remains to be seen is how Bruce Boudreau responds with last changes in game 7.

    I said in order for the Hawks to win their stars will need to show up; they have. Crow will need to outplay Andersen; he is by a slim margin and Q will need to out coach Bruce Boudreau,…He clearly did in game 6!

  51. The Hawks can be hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup as early as Wednesday, June 10th! Or as late as Wednesday, June 17th…

    Go Hawks!

  52. Final game in Anaheim the last two seasons were game seven losses! Let’s make it three in a row!

    Let’s Go Hawks!

  53. Wall gotta agree with the thought of some that the extra day off favours the older Hawk defenceman (not #2), although I get your logic. Both sides have hurt players.
    Anyone who thinks this will be a cakewalk is dreaming-
    Still have my original Hawks in 7-one goal game which will mean I may need a hospital visit after. (or during)

  54. re: Chicago-NY being a wet dream for the NHL – disagree. The Rangers played last year (against LA, another major market) and the ratings weren’t overwhelming. Also, let’s not ignore the star power Stamkos still brings to the table. Getting a Final to Florida would be big for league revenues and would help to further cement a fan base w/ the Bolts.

  55. I’ve been harping about faceoffs in previous posts and I’m going to do it again. We absolutely crushed them on the dot last night, 33-17, and we won 5-2. Winning the face-off battle doesn’t always translate into winning a game, but it certainly plays to our greatest strength, puck possession. And it will be more crucial in Game 7 than it was in Game 6, I believe.

    So I decided to look up the numbers. For the record:
    Game 1 – Ducks won the dot 41-38 Loss 4-1
    Game 2 – Ducks won 59-53 (3OT) Win 3-2
    Game 3 – Hawks won 35-33 Loss 2-1
    Game 4 – Hawks won 48-40 (2OT) Win 5-4
    Game 5 – Ducks won 39-26 (OT) Loss 5-4
    Game 6 – Hawks won 33-17 Win 5-2

    Game 1 – Toss up at the dot. Loss. Game was closer than the score indicates.
    Game 2 – Toss up. Win. Numbers skewed by the extended OT.
    Game 3 – Toss up. Loss. Close Game.
    Game 4 – Win Win
    Game 5 – Loss Loss
    Game 6 – Win Win

    As we get deeper into the series, it seems to be taking on an even more important role in the outcome of games. We have the strength up the middle this playoff year more than in any year since ’09 that I can remember, except for perhaps 2010.

    I’d love to see someone with real statistical insight do a study of this rather than me just fooling around with a few numbers. Promise I won’t bring it up again. Except to say: Let’s win that face-off battle in Game 7 boys!!

  56. … far in this series hawks vs ducks……it has been totally unpredictable….going to stay calm and flip a coin and hope its heads……indian heads that is…..Mr.Quenville needs to pull one more rabbit out of his hat……lol….

  57. Phil, your predicament with the fellow fan seems to offer one very obvious solution. I should go in your place, relieving you of any aforementioned anguish. You can always count on me pal =)

    Hey- what if he gets wind of the watch parties and starts turning up at Swig??

  58. RD, nice to know you’ve got my back. We could do the old switcheroo, but I pray this all ends this year. He would never go to Swig, but If he ever went there we beat the w&#ker with farts in his general direction. Strange bird is all I can say. Wish he would fly away, but I can take anything if Hawks break through to Finals. May it be so.

    Lets Go Hawks

  59. Rufus ..anytime you want to invoke the name of the great Dirk Graham thats just fine with me ..the guy was all heart and soul, the definition of the Indianhead …never will forget him in game 4 in that series Cup final with the Penquins.

    The cap stinks…Bettman and his parity. Dynasties are good for business…the Davids arise and aspire to be giant killers. 1961 SC Champion Chicago Blackhawks. Now its all line up and take a turn at drinking from the Cup water fountain. I’ve stated before…pay our guys cash in a brown paper bag at a nice little doughnut shop somewhere…nobodys business how the team is run by the bosses. You put up your team…we put up our team. Rocky and company have now become the model franchise for others to emulate…and they do…but they keep tearing us down…eventually all the mediorcity will meld into a giant ball of meaningless hooey.
    We should be able to keep who we want, pay ’em what we are willing and the market will bear, based on best information and assessment as to worth for us….mistakes will be made ( Bickell $’s ) and thats on us.
    Lets win Game 7 and get to the SC Final. Hope it’s us and NY Rangers. Original Six. Tampa Bay vs, Ducks…few in Canada will watch…some moms and dads, friends and family of players. This can impact Cap even more as Rogers deal not getting what was promised.
    29th Century Limited…Broadway…La Salle St. Station….

  60. He shows up at watch party at Swig, I will fly into town.

    I ll trough in to the brown paper bag fund raiser.

  61. Thats the spirit Morrison…maybe we can get a brown paper bag crowd fund sourcing going ..and small correction, that would be the 20th Century Limited not the 29th ( guess that would be Bickells train leaving the station).

    We can beat these quacky Ducks. Perry can spend the summer parking himself at the front door of Crawfords house, out of habit, seeing as that is what he does.

  62. Happy Game7 Day, enjoy!

    May the Gods know that our boys are worthy of any favor that may be shone upon them. This day and evermore.

    puck Ferry

  63. Nice thoughts RD, and combined with the invocation of the “Chevrier Prayer” I like Hawks chances. I am experiencing some vacillating pangs of nervousness, optimism, and trepidation that sneaks in. Hawks are more than capable of moving through if they play smart road hockey. Witness Bolts last night choking off whatever the Rangers tried to throw at Bishop. I doubt Bishop broke much of a sweat in that one. Hope it’s the same for CC tonight.

    Kesler comments yesterday remain arrogant.

    Ducks will keep throwing bodies and pucks at the net and hope for deflections and some puck luck. Going to be a high traffic zone in front of Crow again. Maroon and Perry will be lurking/skulking as per usual. Will someone on the Hawks please drill Kesler, please?

    Clock is moving way to slow today…… All hands on deck!

    Lets Go Hawks!

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