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Blackhawks Squander Opportunity, Blues Move Into First

The Blackhawks and Blues had a chance to make the final week of the Central Division race more interesting on Sunday night. Unfortunately, it was the Blues who moved into first place with a big 2-1 victory at the United Center.

Chicago got on the board first, as Marian Hossa made a magnificent play to set up Kris Versteeg for the opening goal. Versteeg’s 14th of the season was his first goal since Feb. 24, but would be the only offense the Blackhawks would generate on the night.

Kimmo Timonen was hit from behind by Ryan Reaves in the first period and left the game; he skated three shifts in the first period but did not return after the hit. With Timonen out, the Blackhawks were down to five defensemen… including Michal Rozsival. It was another tough evening for Rozsival, who was in the penalty box when St. Louis took the lead. His play, coupled with a potential injury for Timonen, could push Michael Paliotta into action soon.

In the second period, the Blackhawks came out hitting and their more physical approach appeared to only play into what the Blues were trying to accomplish. The Hawks were out-hit 50-27 in the game, but one hit specifically could force another roster decision for coach Joel Quenneville.

At 2:16 into the second – while the Hawks were on the power play with Alex Pietrangelo in the box – Andrew Shaw launched himself into Barret Jackman. Shaw served only a two-minute minor penalty for charging on the play, but could get a call from the Department of Player Safety as a repeat offender for a high, hard, illegal hit.

Jake Allen stood tall between the pipes for the Blues all night, stopping 38 of 39. The Hawks put 27 shots on net in the final two periods, but weren’t able to get one past Allen. He got a lot of help from the skaters in front of him; the Blues blocked 24 shots in the game, 13 of which came in the third period.

For the Hawks, Corey Crawford made 31 saves and kept the game close. Crawford has allowed two goals or less in nine of 13 games since the start of March, but only has an 8-4-1 record for his efforts. He allowed 14 goals in his four regulations losses over that stretch.

Bryan Bickell was credited with a team-leading two blocked shots and he finished tied with Brent Seabrook with a team-high four hits, but was once again the recipient of the least ice time among Hawks forwards (10:20). Andrew Desjardins skated 14:04, including 1:13 on the penalty kill.

What’s more frustrating about the loss is that the Blues were able to come into the United Center and take away two points in regulation without Alex Steen (knee) or Vladimir Tarasenko (leg) in the lineup.

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63 thoughts on “Blackhawks Squander Opportunity, Blues Move Into First

  1. Really good game to watch, too bad, we were on such a roll. Save the wins for the playoffs I guess. Next 2 are just as competitive…for all the crabbing about Timonen its not good to lose out on him now. Still think we go into the playoffs in full beast mode and are even more fearsome when Kane gets back. Goaltending is what gets you through the playoffs and Crawford has been both stellar and magnificent..Corey will carry us a long way and the guys know it. Guys up front have a ton of experience in playoff hockey and the D will step up huge. Prognosis is better than good. Looking at the other teams I’m really liking our chances.

  2. Teeing up STL to play MIN.

    CAL and WIN have the tie breaker over LA, so those teams need to match them.

  3. RD/Mining, that’s what is important these 4 games and really the 4 before this. Play at a high level preparing for playoffs with speed/intensity and we get however many pts and get whatever seed. These 8, etc games are to warm up the engines. Plus we have a turbo button coming back that no other team has, Kaner.

  4. It is laughable that the NHL lets that go (Shaw’s attempted flying decapitation) when the intent was clearly there to run the player because there was no resulting injury on the play. Super dangerous play and good thing he bailed, yikes.

    Moderately frustrating game. Tough one to drop but entertaining enough to watch until realizing it was STL. Oops.

    Oh and remember that one time Vermette played center and was good at it? Richards still looks alive for whatever that’s worth. Who wuddathunk

  5. It was a good game ashame the Hawks had to lose. If I’m the Blues I’m really scared with my goalie tandem of Elliot and Jane Allen. Allen looked good tonight but he’s had up and downs.

    Im really scared going into the playoffs with this defensive rotation. Kimmo has looked very weak since being acquired and Rosy has looked like he really lost a step.

  6. On the bright side, I would definitely rather face Nashville 1st round than st louis or minnesota. Not a bad spot to be in

  7. Mo-
    this morning they said Winnipeg was in trouble with the tie breaker
    Can you or someone else confirm?

  8. I begrudgingly give the Blues credit for playing effective shut down hockey in the 3rd. They blocked many shots and their defensive structure made it very difficult for the Hawks to create scoring chances. So many shots last night, and both goalies earned their pay. Allen stood tall and did a great job of setting himself as well as taking away shooters angles. Considering the Blues were without Steen and Tarasenko, their game plan was a good one.

    If there is a glaring issue that doesn’t seem to want to go away, its the Hawks giving up some many shots/scoring chances. At least they seem to be giving up less quality scoring chances right up the middle which was a huge problem in my eyes a month ago. On a positive note they the Hawks have cut down on giving up so many odd man breaks.

    After taking a solid check Timonen didn’t come back did he? Depleted d corps look even thinner. Not sure where they get some help which means more minutes likely to be spread through the first 2 groups of 2,7,4,27.

    If Jackman hadn’t ducked, Shaw would probably have a meeting scheduled. While at the game though I noticed that it was Jackman that Shaw took a run at, so hey in his case, you give, you get. Same true for Reaves in my book. I thought boarding call on Rozy was lame, but maybe a makeup for what Seabs should have got for drilling Reaves. I am happy to see Hawks play physical and God knows the Blues have kicked us around physically for years, but the Blues made us pay for one too many hard hits last night. Those 2 points would have been nice as home ice is on the line here with a week to go.

    Anyone else notice season ticket prices for next year? I didn’t do the percentage calculation, but I bet its close to a 13-15% increase. I love going to the games, and I am fortunate to be able to afford it, but man they are really extracting some serious cash out of us with this recent gouge. One would think they might soft shoe us through next year through with just a 5-7% increase. I think prices are up almost 40% since 2008-2009 season, but again I don’t have actual figures. Yikes!

    So the Wild game tomorrow should be a good one as well. Lets hope the guys can stay healthy and finish season out on a positive note. Very hard to know where final standings will be.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  9. noonan- I heard same thing… LA beats Jets in tie… Flames beat both…

    Wild vs. Blues- is best for Hawks… But I still stand by… Hawks won’t beat either…
    Did Blues have 6 skaters on the ice in 3rd… never seen so many shots get blocked…

    Who would have thought Desjardins… would be better of the 3 TDL pickups?

    Bickell- Bickelled the 2 on 1!!! and has bad hands…

  10. Good game. Hawks generally played well. Blues are a very solid team, and let’s face it there is tons of pressure on them to win a Cup this season. Of all the Western Conference contenders they are the ones with the biggest expectations and pressure heaped on. And they played without Tarasenko last night.

    Should make for a great 7 game series when/if they meet in Lord Stanley’s playoff thing.

  11. As I personally stated the Home Ice Advantage in Chi is literally zero. Yes at rare time “after the anthem” it get’s but no real impact on on-ice play. Over rated big time but always good to play at home but no advantage you can count on. zero!
    Crow now has two back to back “incredible” performances, played well enough to win, great game vs blues and a few “off the hook” saves! He needs a little rest here!
    No second shots and not too much traffic in- front of “average goaltending” goaltending no matter what the stats say will exit the Blues early due to lame inconsistent goal tending, you can count on that. Hawks take the BAIT of going glove side 90% of the time, and ALLEN saw “Everything” tonight. I hat glove side it’s the sucker shot . . .to me.
    Hawks will face teams in playoffs that do two things that will CHALLENGE the HAWKS,
    1 -Blues (and others) will set up in front of CROW and be hard to move, Back-us just pushed Keith out of the way and scored, easy peasy, wow, Back-us even chuckled on the bench on how easy it was, more of that net front traffic coming from all teams vs. hawks in playoffs.
    2 -Hawks don’t funnel to the net on offense, they go wide all perimeter looking for gaps for wide passes so NOT MANY SECOND SHOTS last night or all season long also no steady NET FRONT PRESENCE, Shaw maybe but that is literally it and no one by system moves to the front of the net. Most goals this week on ODD TIPS from 20 feet away. Some call it a cheapy but it counts, but NOT net front presence.
    3- Hawks D-men who are playign very well on both ends, need to get the SHOT FROM the POINT off faster, yes I am talking a second or two max, but they first are aLL looking to pass and that second to scan, look and turn your head means MOST ALL SHOTS BLOCKED LIKE LAST NIGHT, comical actually, or skate around them, move in close, we got that skills in Keith and Oh-do-ya . .. and fools look at the lame stat PUCK POSSESSION but is meaningless, when the result is wide shots, blocked shots or shots that are not screened.

    Hawks are fine, they don’t need to be number one, in FACT the closer to the bottom the better it is the only thing that will MOTIVATE THEM. Otherwise they fall in the Hawks Conundrum of “gee golly we can just turn it on when we want and teams will roll over” NOT going to happen. Even last night one goal lead and sort of played like it was a 3 goal lead?

    GO hawks

  12. Shaws hit like the Head Butt is borderline “cray cray” and ye ole Mr. Bowman sort of kind of does never builds teams with that type of play making those type of mindless plays. Shaw who is really disciplined BUT is called upon to do TO MUCH that others need to pick it up, even DA CAPTAIN , two goals vs sabers who cares, two goals vs Blues then I will listen! So indeed SHAW will crack at times and make a mistake while the guys who should be in front of the net or finishing checks are playing like it’s the ice follies and a passing competition.

    DESJARDINS is playing very well and I like that line very well balanced. He is really a good steayd pick up, size and skill and really delivers the hit clean and hard and stays on his skates and in the play, he seems to begin to funnel to the net more too, he’ll score some in playoffs

    VERMETTE does NOT FIT with Richards and Sharp who both are playing Great. When VERMETTE was shifted to the third line he found space and took a leadership role on that line and looked like he had momentum, Sharp and Richards work well they just need a big body to get into the corners for them. Still hope VERMETTE works out.

    Shaw has exceeded expectations consistently and in a trade would draw a big name in return, but then sadly hawks are left more Thin, Poke Checking and Avoiding Contact more than ever, ye ole catch 22.

  13. Vermette has been disappointing. Let’s see what he does in the playoffs. Richards playing well? You’ll have to explain that one to me. He’s been generally bad all season and in hindsight a mistake addition. Sharp is looking better, but he was so ineffective for so long that it isn’t hard to be better. And he was useless in last year’s playoffs.

  14. Phil: season ticket prices went up an average of 8% next season, which is roughly the norm for the Hawks over the last 5 years. Mine have gone from $32 to $95 in 7 years – the price of 19 & 88

  15. Can somebody please explain what “interference” is when taking place in front of the net? The Backes cross-check on Keith’s back to clear the net seconds before he scored was right in front of the ref in the corner (on 32’s penalty kill.) Backes was even laughing about it on the bench. I guess that’s no longer a penalty in this league. Pathetic.

    Saw a recent stat that this year has been fewest total penalties called since 1968! (per Stats LLC.) Going to be an ugly playoffs.

  16. Another thought…

    TT should coach the PP… He seems to be the only Hawk who understands… when PK’er attacks you from “position A”… that you should be able to simply/quickly move the puck to the vacated spot- and burn them…

    just like in Basketball- guard dribble drives down the lane- weak side post defender helps… a simple/quick pass to the low block (it’s an automatic)… and it’s a DUNK!!!

    TT has made the “right pass” quickly and avoided the Mucking of the Puck- all of the other Hawks seem to get caught in… yet TT- isn’t rewarded more time on the PP???

    Lastly- it will be interesting to see when these “newbies/ Baun/Paliotta” get a shot…
    if Hawks are trying to maintain a certain position in the Standings.

  17. Playoff atmosphere in the UC last night but the Hawks just couldn’t quite find the next gear to put serious pressure on Allen. Crawford was a force last night, earned some well-deserved “Cor-ey! Cor-ey!” Chants last night.

    The biggest concern was CC having to make a number of standing-on-head-style saves against the Blues while Allen faced far fewer A+ chances. Aside from a few stuff attempts and Hossa’s shot off the post, the Hawks didn’t have many great looks at the net. And even though they were firing, it seemed like just about every other shot was blocked. For the most part, the Blues looked better than the Hawks and that was without Tarasenko and Steen. 88, get well soon!

    Great patience by Hossa on the assist to Versteeg. Hoss did all the work, all Versteeg had to do was stand there.

  18. I made a comment the other game about how it was funny to me that the Hawks had 2 Centers on the second line, 3 Centers on the 4th line, and 0 Centers on the third line. Sure enough, Shaw has to take a defensive zone draw because Rozsival ices the puck (Rozi has been BRUTAL and Q still defends him), gets beat cleanly, and then the puck is in the back of the net because Rozsival is watching Olli Jokinen rather than trying to cover anyone. And we all know the first goal was on a dumbass penalty by Rozsival. Even if you want to argue that it wasn’t a “boarding” it was at the very least a crosscheck which Rozsival is basically forced to do at this point of his career because he can’t move his feet.

    I can’t believe career center Antoine Vermette is struggling while playing out of position. I actually think he’s been playing really well, just learning how to play with his linemates.

    Andrew Shaw. Human torpedo. Should probably check how many penalties he’s taken while on the power play. But for him to argue about it after was just laughable.

    Wall – Bickell got the shot off, but it really wasn’t a well executed 2-0. Shaw made it obvious that he was going to pass from his positioning and really fed it to him too late. Was easy for Allen to get in position and make himself big.

  19. With the effort we had last night I am comfortable that we will win way more than we lose. Blues are a very solid team and they got some puck luck and we didn’t. Continue to be very pleased with the 4th line – thought 11 was really good last night.

  20. Understood Tab, but as you have illustrated the price hikes are steep when one looks back just 5-6 years ago. At least we are paying for a quality product. Poor Leafs pay big bucks and their team kinda sucks. Having seats in Club level at UC we also pay for the “Premium package” which included parking and access to Stadium Club which has a nice bar and one can get decent sit down food. Still at $1000 per seat extra….I think 2015-2016 though may be the largest increase we have seen in recent years. I have tried to switch my Club Level seats to 300 level, but no one wants to trade. I was a 2nd balcony guy from 1979 until the they closed the Stadium. I liked the view up there. Meanwhile my present location in 231 top row is just fine.

    Pesky Wild in tomorrow should be a good tilt. Waiting for Dubnyk to crack and crash.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  21. C’mon Chevy don’t forget the thank you very much turnover assist from Oshie to Hossa to Versteeg!

  22. Noonan/Wall, my mistake I must have looked at CAL/MIN wins in regulation by accident then thought I was reading CAL/WIN. WIN has a much harder sch. then LA by playing STL and MIN when LA gets to play VAN/EDM but if WIN can match them in those two games then they have a shot, winning the last 2 and LA going 1-0-1 would do it. Big Buff really ruined that teams chance of getting into the playoffs for the first time in decades with a stupid suspension. They would have tied that game or got 2 pts and would still be a game up on LA and then would only need to match.

  23. Phil, I too thought that weak cross check for that big of a player to be knocked down so easy to be a penalty that gave them the tie, really the game because otherwise its a 1-1 tie.

  24. I had attempted to post these stats but had some connection issues. The numbers may have changed slightly. The Hawks rank 21st in the league in shots against. Of the 9 teams below them only Montreal is also aplayoff team(assuming the Sens don’t make it). STL is top 3 behind the Kings. The shots against is a very concerning stat without a doubt.

  25. As much as I hope I’m wrong. LA is going to sneak in and give the Ducks hell, count on it.

  26. Hawks are giving up too many hi quality shots. It’s been a problem. But we essentially go to war with 3 1/2 capable defensemen on a nightily basis and it’s inevitable as well that Keith, Seabs, Hammer and to lesser degree Oduya are going to wear down given the extreme reliance of having them out on the ice.

    Our Cup chances are very simple. We go as far as Crawford can take us just like last season. And we get Kane back at some decent form of quality on the ice. We simply aren’t as good enough or deep enough in front of Crow to have it turn out any other way. I have a ton of faith in Crow.

  27. Phil – you are correct. There were two great assists on the Versteeg goal.

    Q said yesterday that Roszival is his guy and his position is not in jeopardy. But he, more than just about anyone else on the team has been the culprit behind giving up goals and high quality chances. Horrible turnovers, bad penalties. While I enjoyed him knocking one of Reave’s teeth out, he just doesn’t seem to bring anything to the table. Couldn’t you throw Paliotta out there and tell him “don’t do anything stupid” and have that be an upgrade over 32?

  28. Wall, I think that if we beat NAS and MIN beats STL, MIN will be more worn out by STL like we were last yr and will have less energy then they did last we and we will have more energy then we did last yr to play MIN then we did after beating STL. That’s when we get Kaner back as well.

    They played without their top playmaker and so did we.

    Chevy, I think that was Seabs.

    Mook, what about Bicks playing like playoff Bicks with 10/91, then you could have 20 with 19/81 if 23/88 work with 65 when Kaner comes back, which would have another really good checking line with 80/16/11-86.

  29. Morrison – From da Mook – I believe Saad should not have the comfort/ safety of playing with 19/81 too easy and will retard development. I have preached that Saad should be the top goal scorer for Hawks but never if he develops the pass first, looking up and out for Toews and acting as support for 19/81, just a mistake to me, let him “own” a line, have the responsibility and see him grow, anyone (me) Versteeg & Shaw do well with 19/81. Vermette is falling into the same PROBLEM, he needs to own a line not look for Sharp and Richards, Vermette needs to lead a line and he loves the middle of the ice unlike Sharp who loves the boards. And YES BICKS with 19/81 really helps Toews out a lot, Bick sort of watches Toews back and gets more open space as defense rush defend to Hossa and Toews. Bick with Toews I have said for years is a sure thing. With The Captain, Bick is more “responsible” because he cant fall asleep playing next to Toews, on the third of fourth line he can hide at times.

    I say Vermette with Shaw and Versteeg would do very very well, 80 likes the room he has in the middle of the ice, corners of the net and in front of the net at times, V is more comfortable like 86 in the middle. Versteeg loves the wing and for his size can maintian puck possession. Anyway, Vermette needs the responsibility and he can play, just not in shadows and guessing when he crashes the boards, skate ahead or draws a defender, he just needs the puck on his stick very much like Saad. I really really like Desjardins with Marcus together and love the protection that gives Marcus.

    here is how I would line up the hawks


    Not many teams are this deep hence all of our frustration at times on OUT PUT ie. goals scored!

    go hawks

  30. MOOK: No TT on your lines? Why not keep him on the 4th line with 16 and 11, where he’s looked good and has made the line more dangerous? Given the choice of 86 or 23 there, I’d take 86 in a heartbeat.

    I applaud the idea of Vermetter playing center–which is his natural position and where he can best help us. Seems like a no-brainer.

  31. Roszival and Timonen are a big problem. Q is stubborn, You can NOT have too aging, slower defensemen that are do not play overly physical. They will cost Hawks more than a game or two in the playoffs, If your going to have an aging D-men he better be big, physical and clear the crease for Crow. In fact my “guy” would never leave the blue line, i would tie his skates to Crows! Just layback like a big ass FREE SAFTY, Once Rozy and Tim try to play offense we lose! We do not need age and slow, they both are stellar in the day, but this system in brutal on d-men playing hard both ways. Runblad gives us speed and certainty with the stick and what a great shot, what he may lack on pure defense he makes up for on offense. Again I compare Runblad to TOREY KRUG out east here, Bigger than Krug but same offensive skill set, speed and confidence at a young age. Runblad must be in the playoffs for development purpose only, plus add in Paliatta who has the size 6 -3? Get him in there too, forget catching the blues or preds get these guys ice time in playoffs when it really matters.

  32. 88 is injured,81 does not play center, 91 does not play wing, and you want 80,65, and 23 together without Saad on 1st line. 29 is barely worth dressing.Who needs a good 1st line,right?

  33. Mook – Agree wholeheartedly. Vermette needs to be the center he is, not on a wing with Richards and Sharp. And your instinct on Saad is also on the money IMHO. He’s the best power forward/scorer we have aside from Hoss and his potential is limitless. And I like TT on the 4th line, he’s been effective there. Also agree, unfortunately, with SouthSide about the Kings sneaking in and giving the Ducks hell. I’ve lived in enemy territory out here for many years and have watched the Kings and Ducks (and Sharks) a lot. This is the time of year for the Ducks and Sharks to buckle and the Kings to find their luck…I mean, their game. This year has been different in a lot of ways to the past two or three in that the Ducks are so much better with Kessler anchoring the second line, but I still can’t count the Kings out. We’ll see how they handle Vancouver on the road tonight. Could be a good indication of what’s to come. And we need to win out last home game against Mini! Over and out.

  34. jax > woowzer . . . kane will be back for playoffs . . . and if YOU don’t dress Bick who do YOU dress? Hawks have plenty of offensive talent on Defense we are just one “good player short” Hawks have depth.
    Basically you place players on lines that will produce chemistry, confidence and consistency, pretty simple? Often if we pay attention our 4th line out plays all the other lines, that is depth. anyway . ..
    I know who plays center, these are the four centers on the lines I like.
    Those are centers, fill in wings around them or not.

  35. Paliotta is eligible for playoffs! I just like his size and no matter what they do in canada ahl or college you just never know in hockey of all sports, but his size and pure defensive skills are needed.

  36. Kessler is off the hook brilliant love that guy, wish we had him, and in playoffs his size and physical play is impressive, I love FREDERIK ANDERSEN in the nets for Ducks a lot, just do!

  37. The reason why Paliotta is eligible for the playoffs is because he was on the Blackhawks reserve list as of the trade deadline. Baun, on the other hand was not, so he’s not playoff eligible.

  38. I even been out of town so excuse my ignorance but has Paliotta been skating with the Hawks?

  39. Wall, 47 can play in playoffs since we drafted him.

    Mook, I like those lines as well and think the same ideas/views of the makeup of those lines thoughts too about 20 and 80.

  40. I dont know why anyone would want to call out 19 for not doing enough. I suppose it’s just the nature of fans wanting more than they are getting. 18 games without 88 and 19 is 10-7-17 (+12) 58% FO – 21% ShP 4pim. Downplaying his 2g in Buff seems harsh considering they won us the game for crissake. 2pts IS the main objective. Everyone can do more but, many others are worse off than 19 imo

    Kimm0…to me we kinda mishandled 44 from the get go…..first game he was close to 19 minutes! That’s real smart. His toi is all over the place. This is getting him ready??
    all the modern day stuff available to monitor a players health and we throw him into a game thinking he can go a good 20 after sitting a year…funny

  41. flatliner> I agree on TnT . . . I like him for what he CAN DO not for what he CAN NOT DO. Yes he can actually float on all 4 lines in my opinion and even as suggested on 2nd line power play. So yes fit in 86 when we can . . I agree! TnT has an upside and again like Saad wont develop if we don’t play him. TnT like Vermette is comfortable in the middle of the ice, I love his skip and jump in his skating, best pure passer we got, he places that god damn puck on the tape like no one else, i can score with his pass. He is not afraid in the corners but not his comfort zone. The only DOWN SIDE to me from re-watching him as I said too many times is his shot, it is a little weak, (soft) his wrist shot is quick but just not prime time to beat ya glove side easily and his slap shot is also weak so his ability to put the puck in the net is limited but his Ability to set players up and maintain puck control and use his stick and skates on the back check is impressive. I am not saying he will never score 30 goals it’s just his wrist shot is not like Bicks and his slap shot is not like Sharps. There is room for TnT and Kane in an odd way has learned to play undersized and also doesn’t have the heavy slap shot of Kane did he’d have 50 goals by now.

  42. Toews is a superstar in the NHL, period. No need to down play but no need to over celebrate 2 goals vs. Sabres sleeping in 8th place BUT just a minor observation we need him big time this year in playoffs, nothing else matters now. He’s BIG is size 6′ 2 and 200 pounds vs. Zach Parise is 5 -11 who plays soo damn hard my big screen vibrate off the wall! Not a wild fan but Zach is a playa! I watch too much hockey and know when I see a BIG GOAL, or big face off win, watch Toews on those BIG FACE OFFS late in the game, and even last night we lost one and the other was a rugby scrum to get the puck as is the way Hawks win draws as do a lot of teams, often not a clean win. I hate bloated regular season stats. But only one Datsyuk in the NHL for now, man when Detroit need a draw Datsy dominates.

    Towes does a lot little thing with perfection and does everything right! Deserves to be Captain but with no one to CARRY them often a little more pressure is on the Captain and the salary they are paid. I would not trade Towes for anyone!

  43. Toews is a superstar in the NHL, period. No need to down play but no need to over celebrate 2 goals vs. Sabres sleeping in 8th place BUT just a minor observation we need him big time this year in playoffs, nothing else matters now. He’s BIG is size 6′ 2 and 200 pounds vs. Zach Parise is 5 -11 who plays soo damn hard my big screen vibrate off the wall! Not a wild fan but Zach is a playa! I watch too much hockey and know when I see a BIG GOAL, or big face off win, watch Toews on those BIG FACE OFFS late in the game, and even last night we lost one and the other was a rugby scrum to get the puck as is the way Hawks win draws as do a lot of teams, often not a clean win. I hate bloated regular season stats. But only one Datsyuk in the NHL for now, man when Detroit need a draw Datsy dominates.

    Toews does a lot little thing with perfection and does everything right! Deserves to be Captain but with no one to CARRY them often a little more pressure is on the Captain and the salary they are paid. I would not trade Toews for anyone!

  44. Sorry for the lame double posting Toews type o! Tab will kill me! I was born with 4 thumbs like a chimp on a keyboard.


  45. Watching the game last night I never got the feeling that the Hawks would tie it in the third. It could have happened, but you didn’t sense that it would. When 88 is in the lineup, the confidence that something special could happen is always there. He’s the X factor.

    That’s why the Blues as a playoff opponent this year would be a bigger challenge than in the past – if we have to play them without 88. Whereas I think we can knock out Nashville without him. So maybe finishing 3rd with the Blues winning the division is actually a good thing for the Hawks – I want 88 in the lineup when we face them, i.e. 2nd or 3rd round.

  46. Can anyone tell me why there is no netting at the ends of the rink in Minnesota? Noticed it last year in the playoffs and watching Minny play Winnipeg right now…there is no netting!

  47. Yah let Minny and St Louis duke it out and demolish each other…St. Louis should take ’em but if Minny wins it then it just about the right time for Dubnyk to come crashing back down to earth. Either way we will have Kane back for round 2. I agree with most that Nashville is preferable 1st go. Rinne vulnerable. Crawford will have a banner playoff.

  48. Round 3 …likely the Ducks. They have had soooo many 1 goal game wins its crazy. Their karma in that department will end …107 point team and a + 13 goal differential…running on horseshoes. Then everyone can whine about how we should have picked up Kesler, blah, blah, that is until we wipe them out in relatively short order. Then its the Rangers…bring it on! ( my crystal ball sees Washington as a dark horse ).

  49. Not going anywhere with this team as long as the Q is In love with Rosinval. (frankenstein on skates)…. Lets see — he cause a goal because he can’t skate as is outta position on 1st goal… AND THEN he takes needless dumb penalty in tight game…. People in the box when team scored upon should count on +\-….. AND Q KEEPS PLAYING THE OAF…….. Lmao…….Stop drinking koolaid guys—- Its over…… Oh yeah— game before Frankenstein on skates ruins the shutout……pffffffffff…. SMH…. Later.

  50. With VAN keeping LA to a tie. Now CAL and WIN have the match (tie) breaker over LA, so those teams need to match them.

  51. Go Calgary and Winnipeg. LA “out” would be very desirable. Calgary very exciting team to watch and Winnipeg is subsidiary “Blackhawks North”. Winnipeg would crossover to the Pacific and play the Ducks. That has all the makings of a Shakespeare drama.

  52. April 6, 1:30 pm (Central Standard Time), Mr. Rufus, in relevant portion: “We go as far as Crawford can take us like last season… I have a ton of faith in Crow.” We have confirmed this Mr. Rufus (I happen to agree w/ you wholeheartedly, except I have consistently maintained this opinion). So if Crawford has a bad game, let’s not see any posts from you disparaging him, or any one-night stand posts re: Rinne, Jake Allen, Jake from State Farm, or any other fly-by-night Western Conf. goalie (other than Quick).

  53. That made my day a bit brighter. Thanks Mo! With Richards shut down looks like 80 goes back to being a center on some line.

    Wild on a back to back. Let’s hope the Hawks have some jump and can keep the gas pedal down for 60 min tonight.

    Mantra for us all should be BEAT LA, BEAT LA! Like the rest of you, I just want playoffs to start already.

    Lets Go Hawks!

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