Blackhawks Sink Sharks In OT

Without Marian Hossa and in their second overtime game in as many days, the Blackhawks were able to overcome a good San Jose Sharks team and earn another strong home victory.

Artem Anisimov got the party started in the first period with his 12th of the season, and the opening 20 minutes would prove to be a wide open affair.

Joonas Donskoi would tie the game – and add his name to most spellchecks in Chicago – a little more than three minutes later. He received a long outlet pass from Marc-Edouard Vlasic and beat Duncan Keith to the front of the net, where he put a nice move on Corey Crawford to score his fourth of the season.

Donskoi added an assist six minutes later when Tommy Wingels scored a power play goal to give the Sharks a 2-1 lead.

That lead wouldn’t last two minutes; Patrick Kane continued his ridiculous play, tying the game with his 21st of the season. Rookie Dennis Rasmussen picked up an assist on the goal to continue his surprising offensive impact.

The second period saw the teams tighten up, and only one goal was scored in the middle stanza. Joe Pavelski made a nice play on a bouncing puck in front of the net and tapped home his 16th of the season. It appeared Joe Thornton redirected a shot/pass between Rasmussen’s legs, where it found Pavelski.

Chicago headed to the final 20 minutes trailing for the second time in 30 hours.

In the third, the Hawks put themselves short-handed twice in the opening five minutes of the period. And, with both Hossa and Marcus Kruger missing from the lineup, we saw coach Joel Quenneville mix things up on his penalty kill unit.

Andrew Desjardins, who has spent most of his penalty killing time with Kruger since being acquired from San Jose late last year, worked with Jonathan Toews while Teuvo Teravainen skated with Artem Anisimov.

Chicago handled both penalty kills well, and 16 seconds after the second penalty expired with Patrick Kane flying out of the box the Hawks tied the game. Phillip Danault, who was impressive again in his second NHL contest of the season, found Andrew Shaw who made a special play to get the puck to the front of the net and past Martin Jones.

The assist was the first point of Danault’s NHL career.

The final 13 minutes came and went without anything impacting the scoreboard, and the Hawks headed back to overtime.

Fittingly, in his 600th NHL game, it was Toews who scored the game winner.

Keith found Kane up the ice with momentum for a 2-on-1 and Kane found his career-long teammate in Toews for the finishing touch.

Kane led the Hawks with seven shots on net and two points, while Keith collected two assists. Kane also finished the night plus-four. Toews won ten of 20 faceoffs and was credited with two hits with his GWG. Brent Seabrook and Shaw finished tied for the team lead with five hits each.

Brandon Mashinter had a remarkable evening. He got into a worthless fight with Mike Brown in the first period and was limited to only 4:38 on the ice, but somehow managed to be minus-two while skating only ten shifts. Certainly there has to be a better option in Rockford than what we’ve seen from Mashinter.

Rasmussen was limited to only 6:59 in the game but won five of eight faceoffs and picked up an assist on Kane’s goal. Bryan Bickell had one hit in 7:12 as the Hawks rolled only three lines in spite of both Hossa and Kruger being out.

Crawford had another strong performance, stopping 33 of 36 in another victory. The last month has been the best stretch of play from the Hawks’ primary netminder since the 2013 Cup playoffs, and arguably the strongest of his career.

Quenneville indicated Hossa will not travel with the team for Tuesday night’s game, but said the upper-body injury is not serious.

Chicago will play once more before the Christmas break, heading to visit Patrick Sharp and the division-leading Dallas Stars.

56 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sink Sharks In OT

  1. Kane a +4 on the night…wow! That’s pretty darn good. Heck of a save by Crawford in the third…highlight reel stuff. That’s 2 come from behind wins in a row which is very impressive. Other than that I thought the game was pretty even and the Sharks played very good. 2 points for Kane keeps him ahead of Benn and Seguin…hope our guys shut those 2 down Tuesday night and Kane gets a point or 2, or 3…being so close to Christmas and the last game before the break I hope our guys come out with some real game on..I would really like to see a big push and a good victory for us in that game..we could leapfrog St. Louis and be only 4 points behind the Stars. That would be something for sure.

  2. Gutsy win. They didn’t have their A game but kept at it. Veterans Kane, Keith, toews, shaw, and Crawford are teaching the young pups how to win in the NHL.

  3. In relevant portion, Tab is correct. Certainly there are far better options in Rockford — the usual suspects — Dowell is 6-12-18 & +17, kills penalties well and same w/ faceoffs. How about Morin? 8-11-19 & +8, 2 goals 2 assists and +2 over the weekend. Of course Hartman as well. Garrett Ross. Hinostroza. My grandma.

    Dallas plays free wheeling, high-paced game — dressing Mashinter is in essence dressing eleven forwards. Rundblad at forward is a better option than Mashinter.

  4. Dowell – NOT a better option. Morin – NEVER gonna happen. Pay attention kids… but I did chuckle at the idea that Runblad is a better forward option than Mashinter. Perhaps there’s something to that…

    I’m thinking specifically about Dano and Hartman.

  5. Outstanding third period by Crawford. Another game won by the goalie. The third line was terrible tonight. I will give 70 credit for continually crashing the net. He is painfully slow but seems to have an excellent hockey IQ and work ethic. Bickell was lost as usual and was rewarded with 7 minutes of ice time. Hurry back Hoss, can’t stand to see 53 on the ice. The fourth line played well again and Garbutt seems to have the fire back after his benching. 3rd d pairing struggled to keep up with the speed of the game. They will be a liability come playoff time.

  6. Morin is blackballed — that’s a fact. He is a far better player than Mashinter, there’s no comparison. As for Dowell, you can’t state one fact in Mashinter’s favor v Dowell. Dowell kills penalties — Mashinter? Ahhhh, no. Dowell is a center and is good at faceoff — Mashinter? Ahhhh, no. Dowell is a better skater than Mashinter. Mashinter looked like my sister in his “fight” tonight — explain to us how Mashinter is more useful than Dowell for four to seven minutes a night? Thank you.

  7. Just wait until after the roster freeze. Mashinter will be placed on waivers to call up some higher dollar prospects in order to maximize the LTIR relief they’d get from Kruger. Fingers crossed someone takes him. Hopes aren’t up. As it looks now the Hawks won’t be able to take full advantage of Kruger salary. Looks like the best they could do would be about 1.25.

    List of people currently more useful than Brandon Mashinter. In no particular order;

    Garret Ross, Jeremy Morin, Ryan Hartman, Marko Dano, PC Labrie, Jake Dowell, Vinnie Hinostroza, Mark McNeil,Tanner Kero, Yogi Bear, any commenter here, Kyle Beach, Bruce and Catelyn Jenner….you get the picture.
    I had the thought of using Rundblad as a forward a few weeks ago. Here’s a thought, rather than use him as a forward or a defenseman. Use him strictly on the power play. Keep your 6 d-men. Put Rundblad on the point on the pp. He doesn’t skate a regular forward shift. And doesn’t skate a regular defensive shift.

  8. Dowell is on an AHL contract. He recently got tested for Huntington’s, something he said he didn’t want to know when he was with the Hawks a few years ago. Came back clean. What a weight off his shoulders that must be.

  9. Ernie/ER, are we banking cap space until 16 goes on ltir. We might as well since the min is only 10 games/21 days, etc. then do the ltir. Bank space until we need an extra on the 23man.

  10. A few thoughts. When the discussion is about who is the 13th best forward or the 6th best defensemen then you are looking at a pretty good team. A few of the younger players have looked good in their new spots this year… most notably TT with Toews and Hossa, and TVR in the top 4 defense pairings. Personally I like TVR better there than Odula. A few other points.. no one is complaining about Bickell any more as it looks like he is playing a lot more consistantly and Shaw is playing incredibly well. The addition of Rasmussen has energized the third line. So far Denault hasn’t looked half bad on the 4th line and it will be interesting to see how he plays. And lets not forget with the Kane line you have one of the top lines in the league and the leading Calder Trophy candidate. Last but not least Crawford with his recent play has moved into the top 10 goalies with his goals against average. This team is not perfect… I doubt there are any perfect teams out there, but there is a lot to like about this team and I think they will be fun to watch the rest of the season and hopefully far into the playoffs.

  11. We can type all we want about Mashinter being a “men’s league” hockey player, but the truth is this……………Q is comfortable with him in the roll that he is playing on this team. As the 12th forward, he is supposed to skate 2-3 (40 second) shifts a period, play the body, keep the puck on the boards and go to the net, HARD. He does that and Q is happy with his effort.

    So we can complain and say how most of us have better solutions than Mashinter, but the truth is that until Q says, “no mash, no mash”, he will continue to be on the NHL roster.

    I see where some guys want Rundblad as a forward, but here is a thought……….how about Scott Darling as a 3rd line winger? He can go to the net and stand in front of the goalie and screen him. The goalie will never see the puck! For the record……….you don’t ask a player to do something that he has never done AT THE NHL LEVEL. Rundblad has never played and will never play a forward position at the NHL level unless he goes down to the minors and learns the position. I was kidding about Scott Darling, too.

    Jake Dowell is at Rockford to teach these young players how to be good pro players. It takes a certain person that can teach players, lead by example, play consistently every night, and show younger players how to do the “little things” the right way. Jake Dowell is one of those guys who can do it. Class guy for sure.

    Lastly, if the Hawks were not winning, Panarin would be sitting in the press box for a game, or two. He had three terrible turnovers last night. One in our zone that Crow had to make a left leg save in the third period. I love his skill and his passion, but sometimes you just have to get the puck out of your zone and live to fight another day.

  12. Last night was one of the handful of games I attend. Great game in terms of overall excitement.
    I don’t think the stats show it, but it “looked” like we really lost a lot of faceoffs. Man, Joe Thornton is a punk!
    Sat in the upper deck, but pulled up the binoculars a few times to get close up views of what was going on in the corners, etc. Let me tell you, while some guys looked tired HJALMARSSON was the MAN! Talk about getting on his horse the whole game, chasing down pucks, battling ……. that guy was a definite unsung hero of last night’s victory. Love that guy.
    Go Blackhawks!!!

  13. With Hossa and Kruger being out yesterday they didn’t scratch a forward. Only scratch was Rundblad. With 13 forwards (14th being Kruger) There’s more risk only having one extra body. Hawks weren’t banking space prior to the Kruger injury.

    Roster freeze starts at 11;59 tonight and goes through 12;01 am december 28th. I’d be willing to bet no moves are made as the Hawks play tuesday after the freeze. I think we see moves being made between the game against the Avalanche on the 31st and the january 3rd game against the Senators. That would give you the time to waive Mashinter, send down Danualt and Rasmussen. Recall Pokka, Haggerty, Dano. Place Kruger on LTIR and gain 1.25 in a higher ceiling, send those players down and recall whoever they want. Hawks will have about 2.5 in space at the deadline with the roster they have now once Kruger is on LTIR. I dont think they can take full advantage of his salary.

  14. Not sure who it was that was involved in the brutal change for the Sharks, but it cost them the game in OT. What should have been a two on two ended up a two on one as a result of the players committing to a change on the play by Keith. Had the Shark player jumping the bench just jumped back off the ice right away they could have avoided it. Split second decisions can make or break you in this league.
    Go Hawks!

  15. I thought the Shaw goal was really inspiring to watch last night. Team seemed really to fire up after that. It was a fantastic skill/desire play that rewarded Shaw for his efforts. Puck kicked skate to stick in the corner and off he went, hell bent in going hard to the front of the net. Very exciting, and I love it when Shaw elevates his game. That energy is infectious. More please.

    Pretty evenly played last night. Sharks desperate for points and Hawks on a back to back. Crow made the difference again and he really is on quite a roll. One of these days soon Panarin is going to start burying the 1 timer rockets.

    Suderi has very much passed the audition and while he and Rozy aren’t the most fleet of foot, they are capable defenders. Scuderi may be slow, but he is nowhere, and I mean nowhere close to the Kimmo skating in sand exhibition we saw from last year. That bar is likely never to be tested again. Speaking of new guys Danault looks just fine, and Moose can play too. Mashinter dance at center ice last night was hopefully his ticket back to anywhere but in a Hawks uniform. Still, a waste of space
    Anyone see what happened to Hossa? We need him back asap.

    Post game interviews with players all point to the team being highly motivated to play Dallas tomorrow night. Let’s hope the Hawks bring their A level road game mentality. The Stars will come out flying no doubt. I watched the Stars take apart Montreal Sat night thanks to much loved NHL Center Ice subscription. I still believe Dallas being much improved will come back to earth making the Central a battle for playoff spots down the end of the regular season. Stars though have plenty of giddy up so the Hawks should have their hands full tomorrow. Points are precious and the Hawks picked up some big ones this week coming back from behind in the 3rd 2 games in a row.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  16. Q is comfortable with Mashinter. I’ll take his assessment over the idiot brigade on this blog. Morin blackballed? That’s rich. Would this be the same Morin who couldn’t crack the forward ranks of the vaunted Columbus Blue Jackets? Crikey give it a rest. Meanwhile Hartman has been largely unimpressive at Rockford and McNeil is a pile o’ nothin at this point. Dano already proved he isn’t ready for the NHL with this team.

    Great win. Hawks are slow on the ice these days. Rasmussen has been fine, but skates with a piano on his back. And again last night Toews just doesn’t have the same kick in his skating. He cannot possibly be 100%.

  17. Great win by our guys. This schedule is grueling. Think about it. The played Vancouver, Colorado, Edmonton, Buffalo and San Jose. All within a Sunday to Sunday time frame. That’s insane in a high speed, contact sport. Credit to the Hawks for winning 4 of them.

    I really like Ernie’s suggestion of dressing Rundblad for the power play. If Q is only going to play 10 forwards then there is no value or need to have a guy play 4 minutes and be a -2.

    As for converting Rundblad to forward that will never happen. The hawks contenders and trying to “teach” a guy a new position at the NHL level is crazy. They tried it with Danny Richmond in 2007. He stayed after practice every day for like 45 minutes to try to learn positioning. After roughly 3 games on the 4th line, they sent him back to rockford and put him back on defense.

  18. I’m not sure how much of these games some of you are watching but Rassmussen is not that slow. Any of you critics catch his goal in Buffalo? Blew by Evander Kane on that one. And while on the subject of overplayed themes, I’ve got to say Bickell has done a nice job since being recalled. He hasn’t scored but he’s doing everything but. He’s finishing checks, hanging out in front of the net, creating space for his linemates. I get the dislike for this guy but an objective observer would think you’re crazy for the over-the-top criticism of his play since being recalled.

  19. Tab, even though I thought Rasmussen tipped the before Kane scored too, the assists were given to Keith and Bickell, and while I would have liked to see Rasmussen get rewarded for crashing the net and being a part of the play, I’m also happy Bickell got the assist because without his back check that play never happens.

    As for taking Yogi Bear in a fight over Mashinter – I’ll go further and take Boo Boo in the fight. :)

  20. RTF, the condescending and arrogant comments you make on this board mix strangely with some astute observations. I disagree with much of what you write, but of course respect your right to post those opinions.

    I must take issue regarding Rasmussen and Toews skating. I believe you also said TT is not a good skater recently, which I also disagree with. To my eyes 19 still has a powerful stride when it is called for and Rasmussen is still finding his way in the lightning fast pace that is NHL hockey. At least Rasmussen for a young guy seems to know how to got to the right places during a game. For sure he and other guys are skating the rough schedule too. It is even more likely that the team edging closer to mid season is feeling the burden of huge ice time logged in recent years. Much like over played soccer players in Europe, the human body just doesn’t get enough time to rest and strengthen. It’s all about the money. This also points to how good this Hawks team has actually been since the Cup run began 2009-2010. While I don’t have numbers to back it up they have likely played way more minutes than any team in the NHL since that run began. At least Q is as good as any in getting his top horses the rest they need over the course of a long season so that they can perform strong in the playoffs.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  21. Bickell is a possession killer. Most of the time when the puck is on his stick he fumbles it or makes a bad pass. He tries to use his body on the boards but more often than not he misses his check. Very few of his board battles result in him actually getting possession of the puck. I am sure is is a nice guy but he is most certainly not a third line NHL talent.

  22. Craig, the sch makers piss me off every yr. Not only is there this 8 in 13 nights your talking about but the first game back after a long road trip is a top 5 type of team and the four we started this with was against big and physical teams to wear on us, then they sch faster and higher scoring type teams in the later games of these 8. WTF is that.

    Rufus, I think your right Tazer does seem less 100%.
    Phil, I would add the ’09 season to that as well.
    Ernie, having even 1.25 of Krugs caphit and another 1.25 to have 2.5m at deadline is big (because we can be 1.5 or the 1.25 you have over the cap for the playoffs) 2.5 could be a 3m player at 50% retained and a 1.0m depth player. Krugs injury, like Kaners, allows us to get two instead of one at deadline.

  23. Pathetic choice of the stars of the game. Donskoi should have been the 2nd star of the game…at least. Monster game with stats to show it to even the most clueless spectator.

    They were very poor at the dot last night. Teows being 50% is the proof. That was the most negative thing last night. The Sharks are an elite face-off team and they badly dominated the Hawks last night. That’s the one and only area where the Hawks need extended improvement.

    I have no problem with Mashinter and his play. He fought because the Sharks came in hitting everything in sight including Seabrook getting leveled. He fought back fighting the other team’s fighter. It’s what he has to do. He did his job. Better him than Teows or this hot version of Shaw.

    About him being -2 … that has nothing to do with Mashinter.
    Actually one’s on Keith who gifted the middle of the ice to Donskoi and the 2nd goal was a combination of Rozival & Coach Q’s fault with his line choices.
    After an icing Coach Q comes in with Rasmussen’s line and the 3rd D pairing against Hertl. The Sharks finally gain the puck, dump it, change with the Thorton line and Pavelsky scores.

    ON THAT SHIFT THAT ENDS UP IN THE SHARK’S 3rd GOAL ROZIVAL TURNS IT OVER 3 TIMES. First in the offensive zone after the icing, then he recovers the dump in, turns it over in the neutral zone, then again in the Hawks zone. Thorton recovers-point pass- point shot- Thorton redirect -Pavelsky magic move- goal.

    Absolutely gruesome showing b Rozival. All night really. Which tells you everything about what Coach Q thinks about Rundbland. He prefers somebody who’s got nothing left in a back to back situation rather than him.

  24. DUMDUM, you’re absolutely right about Rozsival on that sequence of plays. All players have bad plays but to have a sequence of bad plays within 10-15 seconds that results in a goal against is evidence that Rozy shouldn’t be playing B2B games. One of those three times he misplayed the puck was something I see him do at least 2-3 times per game and sometimes he gets away with it and other times he doesn’t, like last night. It’s where he gets to the puck first along the end boards and then hesitates as if he’s going to absorb the impact of the opponent and then make the play. He has an opportunity to move the puck left or right but for some reason chooses to leave the puck at his feet. I don’t know if he doesn’t feel comfortable peeking back over both shoulders to see his options before getting to the puck but he doesn’t do that it it often results in a board scrum which the Hawks lose more times than they win.

    And – what also should be mentioned regarding the play that resulted in the Sharks 3rd goal was Bickell’s inability to play the puck on the boards. The puck went right through him to Martin at the point who took the shot that Pavelski scored on. Not only is Bickell useless when the puck is close to the boards, but he also had a chance to layout and block the shot and all he did was wave his stick at the puck as the shot was taken. I would think with all the time Bickell spends on his ass on the ice that he would know how to fall down in front of a shot … but apparently that’s not something he’s willing to do.

  25. Can we please learn to spell the captain’s name?

    Also, Brandon Mashinter…

    Last on team in corsi- Kane leads with 196, Mashinter last at 13. Gustafsson is second to last at 20.

    Last on team in shots(5). Played 23 more minutes than Gustafson who is 2nd to last with 8…nearly double.

    Been on the ice for 2 goals scored by the Hawks.
    Doesn’t play the PK.
    11 games played without a shot.

    Also, there was 71 draws last night. Hawks went 36 for 71. I dont think that’s “poor”.

  26. Thanks Ernie. I thought there were more face offs last night than normal, but 71? Wow, that is huge. Speaking of face offs, while I was watching the Stars-Habs game Sat night the Hockey Night in Canada announcers were saying that Dallas and especially Fiddler has been dropping to one knee on face offs and that the linesman were ordered to crack down on this. Interesting, in that when they were talking about it Fiddler did indeed drop down to one knee and got away with it. It will be something to watch for tomorrow night. Not sure of the legality there.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  27. Ernie – Hawks record with Mashinter playing is 8-4-3. I guess Coach Q likes the results.

    Yeah… I have a problem writing Toews name, but not because I don’t know how to spell it. It’s a brain-hand connection fart. English is not my language, so I have quite a number of these farts by thinking ahead. When you write a foreign language you first have to translate your thoughts, then how to enunciate them, then the spelling. For example I always screw up ‘then’ & ‘than’. Basic stuff, but i screw them almost every time.

  28. Danault got 7 more at the dot and clean none of this Scrum stuff and confident enough to stop the game call the guy over and say “the puck is coming to you.”With that he’ll be around for a long time. Like this kid 2 games in a row now, well see how well vs, Dallas. But he can play! Also Toews for as good as he is at the dot i can remember when we have a one timer or set quick shot off his win?

    Mashinter is horrible and shows those who watch the AHL (hogs) how little we have left down on the farm, he is dreadful even in the fight! If this is “next guy up” then i’m ready to drop 12 pounds and get my 55 year old ass to the rink! Yikes!
    Shaw continues to play well, I like him down 3rd or 4th line but nice to have a player with that flexibility to move up to the top. Loving Garbutt’s effort last night again to the net with authority. Smart kid again un-drafted what a story! Dezi too.

    Ansimov scored but looked winded? Putting a lot of pressure on the ARTIST, need Ansimov to forecheck a wee bit more, that line needs him.

    Sharks looked tired? Hawks where quicker to the puck and just waited them out, patience. Burns was a non-factor offensively but what a beast on d.
    “Raz- Moose” is playing very well still . . . really like to see “kids” develop!

    Hawks will have to be MUCH MORE PHYSICAL vs STARS!
    Seems Hawks has like over 30 hits vs Sharks? Sound high? We’ll need 40 to beat Dallas! Look for SHAW to have a big game and Garbutt HAS TO GET ONE!

  29. Ernie – The Hawks started winning faceoffs later in the game. I also have to say that if they won a faceoff while shorthanded I don’t remember it. Some faceoffs are more important than others.

    Toews 50%
    Anisimov 45%
    Rasmussen 62 % (!!!)
    Danaut 47%

    Pavelski 53 %
    Thornton 73 % (!!!)
    Marleau 50 %
    Tierney 47 %

    Thank God for Desjardins & Shaw who went 4-1, while Hertl & Ben Smith went 2-8.

    EbonyRaptor – Not only did Rozival lose the puck there on the boards, but he stayed there. He was no were near Thourton who’s free to redirect that shot. He barely reaches the hash marks when Pavelsky scores.

    It seems harsh to criticize Bickell for that play. You don’t see how the puck passes him and he can’t possibly understand wtf Rozival is doing there. I also think he’s peaking to see what the point man is doing.

  30. Phil
    I don’t believe what Dallas is doing is against the rules, however the league doesn’t like it and wants to eliminate it asap. Not sure how they are going to police it until they write a clear rule against it. Maybe there is some clause they will use in the meantime.

  31. Some of you always have to bellyache about Q. The new fascination is why he plays Mashinter. Guess what, Quenneville doesn’t owe you idiots any answer that’s what. Hawks have been winning hockey games despite a roster that is arguably the weakest overall it has been in 8 seasons. Mashinter serves a role and I’ll defer to a coach with 750 fu(k!ng wins and 3 Cups to his credit, thank you very much. And honestly, I’m sick of everything on here devolving into discussion of Mashinter. It’s a tumbleweed that has blown into this blog town and is fu(k!ng up traffic. Enough. Cease and desist.

  32. Wasn’t necessarily directing it at you dumdum. I see it a lot. The English language is a fucked up one so no worries there. I catch myself having to think if Im using the right their/there/they’re. But names are the same no matter language.

  33. I just read or tried to re-read (skimmed) the rulebook on faceoff and I don’t see anything about dropping to a knee. Can’t use a hand anymore, but I don’t believe the knee thing is an infraction.

  34. Rufus, our beef with Mashinter is he plays 4-6 minutes a night. He’s not an enforcer. He doesn’t hit. Doesn’t shoot. Doesn’t kill penalties. Doesn’t take faceoffs. And can’t skate. While it’s true Q has forgotten far more than I’ll ever know. That doesn’t mean he’s immune to criticism. I guarantee he’d fess up and tell you he can make mistakes. Perhaps me not having his résumé is why I don’t know what Mashinter brings to the table. Perhaps they can lure Daniel Carcillo out of retirement. At least he could skate.

  35. Mashinter skated 2 shifts in the 3rd. One shift was for 3 seconds. The other for 35. If q trusts him, that isn’t a ringing endorsement.

  36. Ernie, great stats and points. This is exactly why for 4-6 minutes a night (if that’s the job qualification), Dowell fits the bill. Carcillo would be a huge upgrade as well. My grandma too; she has been a healthy scratch lately on Toledo roster.

  37. Weve always had a guy like this 55-Eager/37Burr (09/10) 13-Carcillo (13/15) 52-Bollig (13/14) 53-Mashinter in (16/) and cant remember 11 and 12 since those were the only yrs we didn’t have a full roster. There has to be something to it, more then how good an overall player the guy is. Fighting would be my guess. Not sure.

    Speaking of 55-Eager remember that wicked wrist shot within 20sec. of Hoss goal against Philadelphia in 2010. That was a thing of beauty.

  38. Eager & Burish — in their time w/ the Hawks — were like Mike Bossy & Guy Lafleur compared to Bollig & Mashinter. I would take Eager right now over Mashinter, now that you mention him. Burish too, fly him back from Europe wherever he is.

  39. You gentleman has brought up a good point on face-offs. If you can remember Brad Richards was doing it for the Hawks in the play offs. He was winning the face off, but was down on a knee in the direction of the opponents net. If his wing got the puck, he was blocking the shooting lane for a quick shot. I would like to hear more from all of you out there.

  40. Thanks guys for the input re face offs. I had never seen a specific rule regarding putting down a knee to gain leverage/stability/advantage, but it was interesting to hear these guys on HNC Sat evening talk about it. Also recent discussion about guys leading in with the head to knock an opponent away. Bottom line is players take whatever edge they can get until someone tells them not to.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  41. So RTF it is ok for you to bash Daley and TT night after night but it is not ok to bash Mashinter. Double standards my friend.

  42. The one concern about Rosy playing so much is that he has very little left in the tank come late April when it becomes that much faster and more intense in the playoffs.

    But as Q always says “we are in the business of winning “. He truly takes one game at a time.

    For those who think Rundblad should play, he is obviously an “emergency replacement/defenseman”. Q is not going to rotate him in just to keep him game ready. He’s just going to sit him until he absolutely has to play him, like with Daley out. If another defenseman gets dinged or wakes up with the flu he would go in. But he is clearly not in any type of rotation.

  43. Was it Lapointe or Rene Borque that was really good at face offs for us…embarrassing that I can’t seem to remember which one but whichever it was he was damn near horizontal with the ice about 1/2 ” above it..really got down there. There is no rule about a knee on the ice but the league wants the players to knock it off so for now it’s just trying to get everyone to comply by simply asking…look for a rule coming down from above pretty soon.

  44. Guys… Bickell still sucks (especially for $4M)…

    But hawks dont have many options on hogs… and he is pretty much untradeable…

    He is still ” handcuffs “!!!

    And when someone mishandles the puck… it is still known as ” he Bickelled it”….

    So nothing has really changed! !!

    Let’s not pretend he is playing well!

  45. We are going to need a big defensive effort for the full 60 minutes against Dallas. Shut down Seguin and Benn …very offensive minded team that can score a whole lot of goals real quick when you least expect it. I’m hoping they are cocky and overconfident and overlook the fact that we can also be offensively minded and defensively minded at the same time. This game should be a big deal but will it be so close to the Christmas break. Stay focused and shut ’em down.

  46. Ernie – yeah names are the same, but if you don’t concentrate on some names you’ll write them the wrong way. Toews is one of those names. If I write it without focusing on the right spelling I write it the wrong way …Teows. It’s a brain fart.

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