This pleases me. I know it shouldn’t , but it does.
Wheres the deliberate elbow to head suspension. What a joke this league is. Plus the guy whos skates left the ice to hit 65. I do not care, but what a joke. I find it funny that the league lets the other teams get away with suspension hits/things but everytime we do something its automatic. Like theres different rules for certain teams.
If someone didn’t watch all of our 82games every year, they would think were a dirty team (not STL/LOS/BOS/orpik/cooke/brown repeat offenders) based on highlights shows. Whatever who cares about this, it will actually help us.
Blessing in disguise. Not sure how well disguised though…
This takes the Bollig off the table for Q and should put Regin in the lineup. There is virtually no chance we lose this series on strength of the talent differential between Bollig and Regin.
First, I am not kidding when I say this, but this is a blessing for the Hawks. This should get Versteeg back into the lineup, and potentially Regin as well to settle down that 4th line…it should also put Morin on the 3rd. Hopefully Q wakes up and goes back to Smith with Kane and Sharp, and Toews with Bickell and Hossa.
Also Mo, you are right…the retaliatory hit on Kruger which was knee on knee and an elbow was clearly in retaliation and the league did nothing about it…
Unrelated post, but related to many of RTF’s observations (declarations?) over the last six to eight weeks of the season.
While driving home from work Friday evening I was listening to a Wild beat writer discuss the upcoming Game 4 with a local (Minneapolis) sports talk radio host. The beat writer had lunch earlier in the day with a couple of the Chicago media members and offered the observation that his Chicago companions felt most of the Blackhawks players were worn out and looking forward to a longer off-season.
At the time I took that to mean that there is still a hunger to play into June. Rather, the statement was a reference to the shortened off-season after last year’s Stanley Cup (due to the strike). After watching Game 4 I am less certain.
The Bollig suspension was my warped cynical view of the play last night when it happened, having remarked to those around me that this was a possible suspension and a forced lineup change that should have never had to happen!! Bollig was a serviceable player through the year. I was a bit surprised to see him rewarded with a handsome raise and extension. Bollig is kind of a strange project. Came into the league as a rough and ready guy. Good fighter with a sneaky left that had some potential, yet lacked skating and basic NHL skills. The guy this year becomes a better skater, player, not good, loses tough guy quality which is why I think he was retained, and then seems to be less valuable to a team that lacks “toughness”. In playoffs he has been pretty much invisible this year. No loss to Hawks in this series with Bollig gone for a few.
Brad I am in complete agreement of what went down with Kruger last night. It was knee on knee, and and an elbow to boot. Attempt to injure. Wild got away with lots of slow down type plays that could have been easily called as trips, holding, interference, roughing. Anyone else think Suter slashed Sharp in the left hand on the breakaway? The Wild won’t get that call tomorrow night, I would say 100%.
As pissed off as I was with last nights deplorable Hawks effort, I’m going out there and say we smoke the Wild tomorrow, and we are all going to wonder where the hell this Hawks team has been hiding. These boys know what it takes it to win, and it it’s all even after 4. Tomorrows game turns the series. Please let me be right…
Lastly, how bout those Ducks! Bus series alive in LA. How nice would that be for those players????
Lets Go Hawks!!
Q’s gonna insert Brookbank into Bollig’s spot. Or maybe Raanta.
Then call up Simpson as back-up. Because Q.
I would say that if the slash was anywhere but the hands on Sharpy then its ok, its weak and not enough for a penalty (like dunks little hook on a guy going in…) but it was right on his hands and that’s another one they let the other team get away with. We do not get away with anywhere near as much…
There shouldn’t have to be a 5min penalty called for a suspension to be made. Fucking stupid.
In defense of Bollig…he had a good legal goal the other day called back because ref was too far away from the play. Did yeoman duty all year. Difference between a hero and a zero is a fine line. He’s a Blackhawk therefore deserves more than trash talk all the time. Handzus is exceptional and key on penalty kill and he scored one to get us back into the game, (at least for a minute), last game. Q has what, 700, 800 wins and as pointed out many times, 2 Rings, plus Stan and Scotty have something to say behind closed doors. I trust all of these guys 100% to make the best and most optimum decisions. You do not get to wear a Blackhawk sweater unless you have the right stuff. Respect all around. Not sure what to expect going forward but I’m not assuming anything…just hope to heck we can dig deep ( as Miners do) and repeat. If anyone can its these players ,their coach’s and GM’s.
One more quick comment…now Thornton, Boston Bruins, throwing water on Subban during play…and nothing…I would throw the guy out for the rest of the playoffs….that is beyond the beyond. Worst yet he thought it was funny. Sad state of affairs. Shaw out for game 5…not good news. Should see Versteeg.
Phil, implore the faithful at G5 to new highs in home ice advantage. Seems the media have taken the 19k at Xcel on as dependents. Great LA drama going on out there. Hey, at least we didn’t go a whole pd. with zero shots!!
The 2 coaches have shown alot of balls too. They dont come across as being reckless or grasping at straws. They just seem to be trying to guide their guys to win, with some pretty astute and timely hunches. 4 roadie Ws, fun to watch
What about Spurgeon knee on knee to Krueger. No 1-2 game suspension? I´d love to see Regin, he has a good chemistry with Morin.
Correct comments about some of the crap going on and never gets called. That Montreal – Boston series is ridiculous in what Boston get away with. Bollig being out will not hurt the Hawks and it will force Q hand. Rossival should be sat for Brookbank. Although Handzus got a goal he also was the reason for the first Minny goal. Come on let’s go Hawks!!
I think Yeo has his players believing in him and his structure of play. I think this is what creates the look of depth-all his players are on the same page. The hawks rely on talent and star players rising when needed. The bottom six (and they aren’t sure game to game where they fit into this) do their job on most nights.
The Hawks have been hit and miss this year–and this is scary in the playoffs. I hope they can play one of their inspired games tonight, but they do look tired and frustrated by a really good TEAM.
The Hawks are physically and mentally wore out. THAT is the issue at hand. Toews, Kane, Sharp and Keith in particular look to be playing in fumes. And Minnesota knows it… Their strategy for miraculously pulling out this series is to let their superior energy reserve and puppy dog enthusiasm prevail over a very tired Hawks team that wants nothing more than to take the skates off for a few months. This is physical. This is psychological. And it’s no more damned complicated than that. Q and his staff know it too.
If it’s me, then Brookbank is playing forward tonight. Nordstrom and (gulp) Morin too. No Versteeg and no Regin.
I want to see some physical pressure put on Wild tonight, especially their d men. Those guys were given a free pass last game. If Cooke can run around playing a human torpedo we better get some hitting from the Hawks in return. Wish Shaw was back, but the other guys have to bring more intensity.
Why on Earth would you want / suggest that Brookbank play forward?
The whole “the Hawks are tired and worn down” meme has some merit but I’m not ready to buy it yet. If they play Game 5 like they did Games 3 & 4, then yeah, I”ll buy the tired excuse, but if they play like they did in Games 1 & 2, then I’ll give credit to the Wild for the way the Hawks played in Games 3 & 4. The Wild deserve credit either way, but they deserve even more if the Hawks weren’t “tired”.
Having said that, I still believe the Hawks are a better team than the Wild. The Wild, because of their speed, present a more difficult challenge for the Hawks than the Blues did or the King or Ducks will. This is the series that is testing the mettle of the Hawks, especially mentally. There was Nashville in 2010 and Detroit last year, and no run to the Cup would be complete without at least one of these challenges. It’s one of the things that makes winning the Cup the most difficult championship to win in professional sports, and the most rewarding.
Many fans, including myself, have felt that Q has been hurting the team by dressing Bollig and skating him about 5 minutes per game. Now that destructive option is no longer available to Q at least for the next two games. Please skate the best 12 forwards and don’t worry about the hit totals. The better skilled team, the Hawks, should win. On a side note, I can take Handzus as the 12 forward and on pk, as they can double shift someone else with the 4th line in his place for 5 on 5 action as needed. GO HAWKS.
That the Hawks are more tired than any other team left in the playoffs is ridiculous, and spoken by those who aren’t athletes. When you are playing for a championship (16 wins), and you have 6 down with 10 to go, ADRENALINE kicks in…passion, the desire to win, to be a champion. So we don’t have to worry about the Hawks not having the energy or strength to win it all…
LISTEN to Wall…the wild have been the better team because they are fielding a BETTER lineup. Hard to believe, I know, as we have all convinced ourselves that the Hawks have the most talent in the league…but the reality is that the difference between the remaining teams left in the playoffs is VERY little…and we no longer have the room for coaching mistakes. We MUST play our best lineup game in and game out to win playoff series, and we aren’t doing this.
And with the Bollig suspension, listen to the lines this morning…Q isn’t even remembering what worked as recent as 2 games ago…check this out…
Bickell-Toews-Versteeg (perfect, because he’s full of confidence right now)
Saad-Kruger-Kane (Wow, just wow)
Sharp-Zus-Hossa (Once again Handuseless is our 2nd line Centre)
Nordstrom-Regin-Smith (WTF? Ben Smith is our 2nd line Centre!!!)
Nordstrom is in over his head…great kid, nice speed, but too “weak” to play against the physical wild lineup and is making more mistakes…Regin in is great, but hasn’t played with these guys…Regin had f$cking chemistry with Morin…remember that anyone? You know, our best line for the last 2 weeks of the season??? Anyone? And Ben Smith banished to the 4th line…now if Q does this so that the 4th line can play 8-10 minutes, then its something, but why does he saddle Sharp and Hossa (2 guys we need to score goals) with Zus and not Ben Smith? And why no Kaner with Smith…they had immediate chemistry and Kaner was flying with Smith at centre…again, what gives? How does he forget what worked to close out STL and go up 2-0 on the wild?
So dipsh$t, STFU, the problem is Q panicking when there was no reason for him to panic…again, Regin, great…but with Morin and Versteeg…CHEMISTRY and puck possession!
Also BB is in for Rozy…small miracle…now Sheldon just needs to remember to keep it simple and stay out of the box.
Thornton fined $2820.52 for throwing water, from the bench while he was sitting, onto Subban, while he was engaged in play on the ice. This occurred while Montreal’s goalie was pulled for an extra attacker. Now just for a second transpose that scene onto our guys. We have the goalie pulled and some knob on the bench throws water in Kane’s face, or Keith or Seabrook at the point. We would all go beserk for sure. Boston is a horrible bunch of dirty hockey players. There is every possibility we could face these clowns again in the final…if we get there. Not a huge fan of Bollig, or Handzus, but they are Blackhawks and therefore get my respect. As do decisions made by Q. Counterbalancing the opponents may not be the most glamorous optics but these guys have stood us well, many times from an unseen perspective. Pressure is on us tonight because we got to win. Seabrook will be huge, Toews will lead, Hammer will sacrifice even more, lets hope Kane comes up for “showtime”.
Hawks are physically and mentally wore out. Brawkk!
Hawks ready to take the skates off for summer. Brawkk!
Hawks running on fumes since before Olympics. Brawkk!
Hawks first round losers because of the above. Brawkk!
Hawks cook soul of Blues.
Hawks toy with Wild at UC.
Hawks run into stupefying buzz saw trap rewarding mediocre talent and pleasing hanky waving patrons.
Hawks physically and mentally wore out. Brawkk!
Agreed all the way, Sr. Brad. This is about coaching decisions now, and Two Rings has lost his moorings.
Can someone give a good reason why he won’t play Morin? Wouldn’t a physical scorer who can go to the net be ideal right now, since we’re not generating much offense and have lost our gritty out-front guy (Shaw)? I’m glad he’s putting Regin in finally, but that worked best when he was with Morin.
Spurgeon skating tonight is a joke. He did injure Kruger, 16’s just playing through the concussion he got since you can do that in the NHL, which is exceedingly stupid and dangerous. That will be changed in the next few years. Yes the Hawks are being outplayed, but it’s hard not to say that almost every single puck bounce and call went the Wild’s way last 2 games. The bounce off the board through Crow’s reverse 5 hole goal? Jeez. I think I disagree with most posters, I have no problem with Q benching players that are sucking and going with veterans. I like Handzus and Roszival, they are fine role players and were hired as such; the young talent would be playing if they didn’t suck. “Did he really just shoot that into my glove?”- Ilya Bryzgalov after Morin’s failed attempt(s). If a kid could carry ONE damn puck in or beat the the trap with ONE damn pass we might see more of them, I’ve seen almost nothing encouraging, and Leddy has to stop playing like a damn p and carry the damn puck in when needed and hold the damn point when needed. Am I wrong? He’s not our stay at home guy. He’s not doing what the Hawks need him to do to win. Hence scratched and benched. Q has zero history of benching any young player who pushes the puck, holds a puck for more than a millisecond, or wins a puck battle on the boards, and always benches them when they’re not ready, and morin, nordstrom have shown almost no evidence of being ready. Can our top 10 beat their 12? Yes, but it won’t be easy. Just a little fired up :) LETS GO HAWKS!
Thornton fines $2,820.52 for throwing water, while on the bench sitting, onto Subban who was on the ice and engaged in play. This occurred while Montreal’s goalie was pulled for an extra attacker. Now just for a second transpose that scene onto our guys. We have the goalie pulled and knob throws water onto Kane’s face, or at Seabrook or Keith on the point. We would all go berserk for sure. There is every possibility we could face these dudes again in the final….if we get there. Not my favourite players in Bollig or Handzus but they are Blackhawks and get my utmost respect. As do decisions by Q. Counterbalancing the opposition may not be the most glamorous optics but these guys have stood us well and many times from an unseen perspective. Pressure is on us tonight as we must win. Seabrook will be huge, Toews will lead, Hammer will sacrifice even more, lets hope Kane comes up for “showtime”. Agree with Nick in San Diego…not much shown from the rookies, Q going with the experience and less errors.
Rob, have u met rufus? Wee bit misguided. Enjoy the game tonight!
Happy Mothers Day rufus, you mother of a fan you!
Brad, you had me till ”listen to wall”….j/k walleye! Those morning lines are ugly. What is so hard about filling 6 spots with the 6 best?
29 needs to be ‘sizable’ tonight !!
10 will be flying tonight, he needs 28
I hope 65 is getting close
50 should be out for redemption
We have a bogey on our tail.
With Ben & Jerrys on 4th, Roll 4lines!
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