Corey Crawford, Blackhawks Handle Canadiens

After getting completely outplayed over the final 40 minutes of regulation and overtime in Toronto on Monday night, the Blackhawks made a couple lineup changes. Corey Crawford stepped back between the pipes to face his hometown Canadiens, and Cody Franson dressed for Connor Murphy.

Unfortunately, the first 15 minutes of regulation in Montreal felt a lot like the final 45 in Toronto. The Habs dominated the Hawks up and down the ice and a Tomas Plekanec goal 75 seconds into the game gave the home team a 1-0 lead early.

Franson went to the box at 5:28 for tripping and was joined by John Hayden 85 seconds later. Chicago was able to kill off both penalties and the brief two-man advantage, but continued to struggle to put any kind of sustained pressure together.

At 17:53 into the first, Patrick Sharp set up Alex DeBrincat and the young sniper scored his first career NHL goal.

The celebration was short-lived, however. Brandon Saad continued his red-hot start to the season, scoring his fifth of the year 19 seconds later. Jonathan Toews and Richard Panik picked up the assists on the Saad goal as the new-look top line continues to pile up points.

When the dust settled from the first 20 minutes, the Habs held a 16-7 shot advantage but the Hawks had a 2-1 lead on the scoreboard.

At 10:44 into the second, DeBrincat picked up his second point of the night with an assist on a power play goal for Artem Anisimov to extend the Chicago lead to 3-1.

Franson picked up his first point in the Indian head sweater on the play as well.

However, the Blackhawks had to kill two more penalties in the second period – including a second from Franson. Gustav Forsling had a rough first two periods and also went to the box in the second, but Chicago stayed perfect against four short-handed situations.

The Blackhawks out-shot the Canadiens 12-10 in the second and carried a two-goal lead to the third.

Montreal dominated the third period again, but Crawford simply refused to allow another goal. The Habs outshot the Hawks 16-6 in the final period and 42-25 in the game, but Crawford stood on his head and Chicago escaped with a 3-1 victory.

Toews won 16 of 30 faceoffs to lead the Blackhawks and continued his point streak to open the season with an assist. He was also credited three shots on net and one takeaway in the game.

Tanner Kero was credited with only one blocked shot but had a terrific defensive night. He won six of 13 faceoffs and was credited with two hits and one takeaway while taking away passing and shooting lanes throughout the night.

Panik, Hayden and Michal Kempny led Chicago with three hits each. After a couple bad turnovers in the first period – including one that led to the Plekanec goal – Ryan Hartman was limited to 15 shifts and 8:46 on the ice. He tried to set up Patrick Kane for an empty net goal late in regulation but Plekanec was able to tip Kane’s shot out of the air and redirect it away from the net.

Chicago was perfect against five Montreal power plays in the game.

59 thoughts on “Corey Crawford, Blackhawks Handle Canadiens

  1. Thanks, Crow. Great game for #50. And let’s talk DeBrincat. Congrats to the kid. He’s going to be a special player for this team. Sorry to tell you, Marx Bro wannabee, but you were wrong, which is really not surprising to those of us who’ve frequented this board. The kid belongs in the NHL. Sometimes ugly wins are the best.

  2. Ahh vicious slashing penalty by 11. Slashing penaltys and faceoff kickouts, any takers on one million by each team.

    Crow.

    Decat.

    88 isint having fun without Schmaltzy. Common back baby.

  3. Crawford definitely save the Game (againJfor the Hawks . Dcat ,Rutta,Toews had really good games ….Franson was good buut Seabrook was soo slow sometime that i tought he was hurt . I really like to see Forsling getting some good games even iff he does small mistake regularly…he is still young and need more time …Q is quite patient compare to 3-4 years ago.

  4. Reactions:

    1. Crow was phenomenal.

    2. Wingels opened-up my eyes. Was very active defensively.

    3.Unless DeBrincat can learn to stop coughing up pucks his career will be short-lived, no matter how good he is otherwise.

    4. What’s the deal with Murphy? Was he a healthy scratch, or was he dinged-up?

    5. The Habs deserved better. Ran into a hot goaltender.

    6. Kero was solid defensively. Don’t miss Krueger.

    7. Without Schmaltz, Hartman looked lost. For that matter, so did Kane.

    8. Hawks lucky to come away with three points on this trip. Need to play 60 minutes. Goalies can’t save them every night.

  5. I am not sure how far this team can go but if they stay healthy they will be a blast to watch in the regular season & in the mix come cup time: the increases in speed, net front presence, scoring and relentless commitment to defense are all in stark contrast to the last couple years. kero was fabulous tonight in MTL chasing back to block/prevent prime scoring chances from the slot.

    it appears that the coaching changes and bowman personnel moves are all paying large dividends. if the new backup can win some games and spell crow 25-30 games, we could be in great shape in the spring. crow looks different and better: more grounded and calmer likely in no small part to being a new father for the first time…

    planarin for saad looks brilliant: the bread man is a great player but saad does so much more that AP can’t or won’t do and the cost certainty of saad for four years going forward is a massive cap and talent retention improvement…

    panik for jeremy morin looks like a federal offense at this point. I am not a big fan of fighting, but if panik fought now and then and got confident in his scoring as he should, he could remind us of an all time great, al secord.

    goforfour!!!

  6. Crawford star of the game, big night for Debrincat first nhl goal on Price, a memory for sure. Top line keeping it going, need 2nd line again and maybe 3rd line start getting it going offensively now too. Franson nice heads up play to set up pp goal but 2 penalties trying to keep up and at least one brutal turnover. Still like the 42/44 pairing although Forsling struggled early came up big in the 3rd a few times.

  7. Wingels was solid on both games of the trip. I have been slow to the Rutta bandwagon but he was very good in the 3rd period. I have no idea how Dcat’s career will play out but he clearly has high-end offensive skills and instincts. The pass to Anisimov may have been more impressive than the goal. I have to believe he will quickly learn that he can’t turn the puck over at the blue line. Crow saved his ass tonight. Also thought Franson looked decent for a 6/7 d-man.

  8. Corey … Corey … Corey! Wow, CC was outstanding. I say give him all three stars for the game.

    Passing was much better than last night. Thankfully.

    What is it with opponents ability to intercept clearing attempts by the Hawks? Do the Hawks telegraph their clearing passes so the opposing players have a better chance to knock it out of the air. Way too much trouble clearing the puck tonight … and I’ve about pulled the last of my hair out watching Seabrook try the ring-around up the right boards to clear the puck that gets picked off time after time – Seabs, try something different.

    I’m liking Kero more and more. I’m liking Bouma less and less. Wingels isn’t bad for a 4th line guy. When Schmaltz returns – let’s go with Wingels-Kero-Hayden for the 4th line.

    Speaking of Schmaltz – Kane says hurry back.

    Maybe the 3rd line will find some chemistry sooner than later. Sharp and DCat have been on the same page a few times with DCat finally cashing in, and DCat has setup Anisimov at least 3 times in the first 4 games with him finally finishing one tonight, albeit on the PP. Still, it’s nice to see the line mates starting to find each other.

  9. Tab, can you bring back the game chart?

    Murphy was a healthy scratch. Franson needed to get in a game and youre not taking out 7 and not taking out Rutta.

  10. Rutta and Kero had very good games!!!

    Hawks2010- Thanks for Mentioning how SLOW Seabs has become… He Is Huge liability on PP point (as I mentioned on earlier posts)… but he was walked around a few times… Keith covered up once and Crow another!!!

    No One gonna be dumb enough to take on that Huge SB mistake (#7 contract)…
    But wondering if Murphy ( who is becoming Q’s Daley) – could be a trade chip for a younger/faster player??? Even If SB has to package another (say Forsling) young guy… I think Snuggy will be better than Forsling some day soon… Forsling has been playing very well (after a horrible preseason),,, Hawks would shed a ton of Cap space.

    Wonder how long SB waits to try to extend Rutta- Guy is a stud so far…

    Liked Wingels tonite… still don’t care for Bouma

    yes- DCat- needs to take care of that little drop pass (to the wrong team)…
    But that touch pass on the AA ,PP Goal… showed ELITE hands!!!!!

  11. A lot of people will point out speed or faceoffs as the hawks downfall last year which is true, but to me it was also board battles. When a puck got behind the net in the playoffs the hawks almost never came away with it. I’m still seeing this to be an issue…better, but still not good.

    As others have mentioned, kero looked solid. I love that the hawks can train players for these defensive roles and understand how important it is. denault, Kruger, etc.

  12. Wall >>>>>> REALLY?!?! Murphy is done after three games…? (“becoming Q’s Daley”)

    “…package another (say Forsling)” >>>>> have you been watching the first four games?

  13. There’s several things different between this team and the 2016/17 Hawks, and so far none of the differences have been bad. One difference that should go a long way toward having playoff success is the Hawks dedication to crashing the net and scoring from in close. Saad has 5 goals and I believe all of them were scored with him standing in the blue paint or darn close to it. Q’s rationale for putting Hartman on Kane’s line was because he goes to the net, which is where he scored the first goal of the season. The Hawks have been too much or a perimeter team – that looks to be different this season and that’s a good thing.

  14. Great post ER. Hawks playing North/South hockey, pushing everything forward. Hence, the trade of a perimeter player like Panerin for a straight ahead bull like Saad.
    Toews looks much quicker. Sharp looks quicker than I remember. Even Wingels and Hayden seem to push the pace.

    As we’ve seen though, fire wagon hockey means we better have excellent goaltending when the opponent turns and comes the other way. Crawford gave us $6 million a year goaltending tonight.

    And my nightly, love Ruuta comment. The guy is completely unfazed by this level of hockey, which to me is pretty remarkable. Q gushes about him, which is saying something.

  15. The truth? Would the HAMMER have been seated in he stands game four of the season? The answer is no. Murphy is already slow to react to plays and often out of position. Franson is not any better. A horrible trade. Just imagine Hammer in our lineup today. Why that trade? Murphy will get traded soon and hopefully we try to snag Shea Theodore from the Knights. SAAD MVP so far.

    CROW loves playing in Montreal. Stole this game. Hawks struggled again in their zone against a low scoring team. I agree, no one cares about Bouma, except for Bowman and the brilliant dinosaur Pierre Gauthier??? Any update on Snuggerud?

  16. Good to see DCat score his first goal and assist. Watching the replay it looked like Sharp could have scored but elected to give the kid a shot. That shows leadership and building up a young players confidence. Remember you were all dumping on #10.
    Glad to hear that Kero had a good game. I like the kid, he was lights out scoring until he came up, thought he would be 2C.
    Guys, when you settle down and review the first three games.
    1. Hawks are taking the lead in the first period and not waiting for the third.
    2. Hawks are being heavily out shot, is anyone blocking shots or is it because the other team is playing catch-up? Both goalies are having to face tooo many shots!
    3. Before game two (Saturday) Hawks listed # 87 & # 19 DTD and no mention of #8. That is 3/4ths of your starting centers DTD, not good.
    4. The pounding of # 8 has neutralized Kane, taking second line out.
    5. I have seen Saad being repeatedly hard shoved into the net (pipe corner) too much. If this keeps up he will join # 8 DTD and the first line will be in trouble.
    6. Is # 19’s face off efficiency drop off related to the new rule? I remember seeing Brad Richards winning face offs, but rolling to the ice in the process.
    7. Interesting that you have not seen the1-4 defense that Nashville used. It was the same defense that the NHL came up with to try to stop the Red Army Team that was excellent on passing. I wonder if the NHL quietly asked the teams to stop it, along with the high lobs, as it was boring to watch,

    Where is Mountain Man?

  17. Maybe Bowman can bring back the HAMMER like he did with Saad and trade Connor Murphy back to the YOTES!!!

  18. Apart from the truly cringe worthy 1st period that somehow saw the Hawks pop in two late quick ones to take the lead to the dressing room, they came through and won because Corey Crawford gave them a chance. I call last nights game a goalie win. Crow plays magnificently in the Bell Centre. Hawks took what the Habs gave them and a puck off the refs butt to help setup Dcat goal.

    What a lightning release by DeBrincat on his first NHl marker, and a fabulous pass to get an assist. The kid is showing he belongs in the show. I also like what Wingels has been been bringing.

    Speaking of cringe worthy anyone else catch Foley blow call saves by Price as A SAVE BY CRAWFORD!! He did it twice….Yikes. BTW I like Burrish on the between periods analysis.

    Hawks giving up way to many scoring chances the past 2 games, and were outplayed for the most part. They(2nd line) clearly miss Schmaltz. Q said Murphy sat to get Franzen some game time. I think Murphy has been fine to start the season. Yes Seabs is/has been slowing down, but still makes some fine plays. He just won’t catch anyone if the puck get turned over and it goes the other way.

    Refs gave last nights game to Preds on a platter with some bad late penalty’s called on Flyers. Some real minor stuff getting called late in close games around the league doesn’t cut it with me. Unless it is flagrant let em play.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  19. Murphy is still young and He will be a good dman in the next years ….we just need time with him because he is still learning .
    Rockford had a good start with a 4-0 win on their first game.We will have a diffirent team this year …many new faces and new Coaches thatwill help the kids

  20. On the blocked shots issue by dmen Seabrook-9 , Keith & Forsling-6 , Rutta-5, Kempny-4 , Franson and Murphy 2 apiece. Maybe more the reason why why Murphy sat last night.
    Forwards with blocked shots are Panik-5, Sharp, AA, Saad and Bouma-4, Kero-3,

  21. Dickie D– Yes- I have been watching…. The TOI says- Murphy is getting near bottom of charts for D men/TOI… Is he as SLOW as Seabrook- No!

    But – Murphy contract is tradeable… 7’s is not
    Perhaps- Murphy learns Q’s system- and Q learns to like Him… so far Not

    Forsling- I have actually been impressed with his play so far- seems way better than last year… so far -( and 42 was pretty bad in preseason- but no harm there)… I only mention Forsling- as a potential Win/Win trade with another team, like 72/20 trade… and Murphy being the (shed cap part) + I really think Snuggy has more upside over Forsling

    In tiny sample of games-
    with-
    Schmaltz gives this team another dimension of speed- and 2 Stud lines

    No Schmaltz-
    This team resembles last year’s “Fool’s Gold” team-
    One fantastic line
    and 3 imperfect lines… with the Other team dominating possessions/shots.
    Yes- like last year- Hawks were able to out-smart/skill the other team for a win…
    But that won’t play out in long run…

    If you are counting/banking on a 21 year old kid/smallish to stay healthy-playing fast paced versus Top D guys all year long… then- Hawks are fine…

    If he goes down- as mentioned- u pretty much have last year’s team …

    Only real difference- there MIGHT be some Hogs – that can step up and make strong additions by mid-season… Last year – Rockford was Garbage!!!

    IF- Q warms to Murphy/and or Murphy learns what Q wants- then- I guess it’s all good!!! This Rant– is only a suggestion If Q/Murphy don’t see things the same way. (like Daley/Q didn’t)

  22. After 3 games were giving up on a guy new to the system. Yep makes sense. He may not pan out. But why exactly do you think we can get Shea Theodore? A cost controlled asset for a player making 4 million youve deemed a bum…to a team that wants to get rid of salary…

    I’m curious what that trade would look like.

  23. Yet another example of Carey Price being well overpaid and Crawford underpaid. Two more Stanley Cups for Crawford and he has to be in the Hall of Fame discussion, maybe even one more Cup. His level of consistency is to be commended. He is one of the most underappreciated players in the NHL, particularly goalies. The day Crawford is no longer the Hawks’ goalie is the day the security blanket behind the “D” is no longer secure.

  24. P.S. Whoever commented re: the officiating in the Philly-Nashville game agree, that was a disgrace. Speaking of overrated goalies, Rinne is on the medal stand for sure. Nashville won’t come anywhere close to the Cup Finals this year, they will struggle to make the playoffs.

  25. Wall I think Murphy will be back in the lineup. If you look at shot blocks Franson got as many in one game as he did previous 3. After last 2 periods Monday that may have become an issue. Mistakes and growing pains one thing but you don’t need to know a system to block shots when your goalie under fire.
    As for Theodore MscPhee made it quite clear he was not available and that other dmen on their roster would be moved.

  26. THEODORE is a left handed skilled dman with good size. Anaheim could not rotect him and they draft well especially on the back end. AFTER keith, we do not have a fast skating, up tempo dman who can rush the puck. I think he would be a great fit OGIE!

  27. re: Wall’s latest – Connor Murphy sat because Franson hadn’t played yet and it was the second half of back-to-backs. He’s been fine. Forsling has been fine for 3 of the 4 games imo.

    Also, it’s funny to me that Toews has a point in all 4 games and Wall is stone cold silent on that front but is still complaining about Seabrook’s wheels. Maybe someone needs some new material?

  28. Tab- Toews speed has been fine… and yes – Can’t complain- cuz he is scoring…

    BUT- I can be realistic… in saying Saad/Panik are driving play… and don’t really think a $10.5M player should NEED 2 Large studs who are physical/Fast/skilled to “help”… cuz- My eyes say they are the reason…. and Not the other way.

    Tab- did you watch the game??? Please tell me you didn’t see Seabrook get torched and look slow… with a straight face???

    Or perhaps- you watched the game and see things differently– Like when you saw Schmaltz go down favoring his leg in Jackets game… and I saw him go down favoring his Arm/shoulder… I guess we do see things differently!!!

  29. Tab is correct. Wall continues to be a broken record. What a joke. Seabs is still a very good dman who is a great leader in the dressing room. Anyone with a brain would understand that.

    Stan got rid of Hammer because it’s better to trade him a year too early then a year too late. He got a young dman with a high upside.

  30. Wall…so Toews is being carried now? So let’s see every 1C in the league shouldn’t get other skilled players to play with? I guess Bergeron doesn’t need Marchand and Pastrnak or Schiefle doesn’t need Laine and Ehlers or Backstrom doesn’t need Ovie and Oshie, Seguin doesn’t need Benn and Radulov

  31. G-bladz- your point is taken… only difference is those guys all make less $$$ than Toews

    and Most of their wingers less money than 20 + 14 combined…

    And- I didn’t use the word Carry… driving play has a slightly less meaning (to me ) versus carry…

    Just like – I don’t pretend that Schmaltz was carrying Kane… but 8 was forcing/pushing the pace for sure allowing Hartman to look decent… w/o Schmaltz forcing pace… Hartman has been — meh!

    Look at last year- Hartman seemed to have some good games with Hoss/Hino/and or Kero… all guys with ++ wheels

    Re: Toews- seems like he has lost a lot more battles on walls in last 2 years versus prior years… now he is paired with 2 guys- who WIN a lot of battles on boards…
    Big reason 19 looks so much better– It doesn’t hurt that both 14 and 20 are also Very fast!!! Toews- said it- he worked more on speed versus strength this summer… But having 2 Beasts to win boards is a key!!! cuz- No longer 19’s strength – as it used to be-

    Part of reason Q separated Kane from AA/38… cuz they couldn’t win battles and get puck out of their own end!!! And don’t have elite speed either to make the other team pay for being so aggressive on pinching/forecheck… at least Schmaltz is faster/more skilled- that when Puck does get out… it’s gonna be an odd-man for the Hawks.

    So Q forced to using 88/40/Wingels- who can at least win some battles and get puck out of zone

  32. Richard Panik was traded for Jeremy Morin in an all-time throwaway deal and has become a 20-goal scorer and a force on the top line but he’s carrying Toews… okay. Gotcha. Glad we’re watching the same game.

    Also, please note that nowhere have I ever claimed that Brent Seabrook is a speedskater. I just think we need some fresh material. Reposting the same tired comments after every game about how he’s slow and that only points matter from Toews is old. You don’t need to watch a game to know what Wall will comment about.

  33. Wall did you see Seabrook slide and break up the 2 on 1 last night and Kempny slide out of the play while Matthews had a 2 on none. No knock on Kempny for trying and hope someday the shoe is on the other foot but thats what Seabrook can bring. How many big goals has he scored or big blocked shots, how many times has his leadership helped teammates. The last few years trying to help young dmen become solid nhl players at the expense of his own stats without complaining. Would McDavid be worried in one on one foot race no but if he’s along the boards behind the net he’s damn well thinking Backus if he sees no.7 coming. There is just whole lot more than fast and slow to Seabrook.
    The topline has become maybe the best complete line in the league. Their production speaks for itself, possession nos. are positive for all 3 every game. They score the dirty goals in the crease or the snipes from slot. All 3 are part of the power play units. Defensively they win the board battles block shots all have multiple blocks shutting down the toplines they have faced. Toews one of the best faceoff centers in the league again and 20 and 19 form no. 1 pk unit. Bowman had the foresight to see the chemistry between 14 and 19 was there and got the missing link. Thank god he didn’t think to ltir Toews for an unproven rookie who currently in ahl because he couldn’t make team out of camp.

  34. 7 out of 8 points what’s not to like.
    Liking how everyone is looking.
    No issue playing franson for murphy just to get him game action. I’m assuming Oesterle will be in against Edmonton for Kempny. Hopefully schmaltz can play and wingels moves to 4th line left winger. Love watching Rutta and Forsling play together.

  35. Im not doubting that Theodore wouldnt be a great add. I’m asking what you think a fair trade would be. Remember a trade has to make at least some sense for both parties interested.

    Theodore is cost controlled, young, and a very high ceiling.

    -Vegas has too many D now.
    -Vegas wants to dump salary.
    -Vegas has said the 2 guys they won’t trade are Theodore and Schmidt.

    So, how does one pry the best asset Vegas has (in talent, and being cheap) away?
    Put your GM hat on and throw something out. I’m dying to hear it.

    To add to Gbladz- how many cups do those guys he mentioned have?

    It’s funny how many of us have flip flopped on Tommy Wingels.

  36. I’ve liked the play of the bottom guys like Hayden, Wingels, and yes, Bouma. Providing some physicality and battling. There has been great backchecking by just about everybody, too. I’ve seen a couple of times where turnovers were taken back by the guy that gave it up in the first place.

    I hope somebody offered to buy Crawford a soda after the game!

    Go Blackhawks!!!!

  37. Don’t forget, Tab—Wall would’ve been a seller at the deadline last year had he been GM (thank goodness he’s not. Pulford would’ve been better than him). And I think I know who he would’ve sold, even though the Hawks were in 1st.

  38. Actually all those wingers make more than Saad and Panik, except Laine but his money is coming.

    Watched the Leafs tonight and they were owned by the Devils. It’s going take more than one win against the Blackhawks in OT to be a SC champ and looks like they plan on playing Anderson 82 games. Let’s see how they deal with the Cap when Matthews wants 11 million and Marner, Nylander and Reilly want to get paid

  39. Based upon the average to poor goaltending through out the league, there are very few teams capable of winning the Cup. Crawford, Quick, Murray 2 Cups each; I don’t see Pitt winning 3 in a row, and the Kings don’t have the horses. The Leafs’ goalie is no great shakes. Edmonton goalie hasn’t proven anything. The list goes on and on…

    The Hawks got unexpectedly run over last yr, everything happens for a reason. They took those jamokes lightly. If the Hawks remain healthy, start planning the parade in the spring.

  40. SAN and MIN were good teams and they were more terrible then we were. We should have won game 3, makes it 2-1 and diff. story. TOR and EDM prob have higher caphits and not keep their depth like TAM.

    Anyways we are better in the important ways this yr and for the coming yrs. Plus we already paid our dues salary cap wise. Going to be a good time again for the coming yrs. Long ways to go season wise. Upside of the prospects is good and some of these guys are still young 21/19.

  41. Wall lets not forget that Toews and Kane are being paid for what they did, are doing and what they can do. (Won 3 Cups, always playoff contention, more cups). Just getting tired of “not worth 10.5 mil.” First three years was at 2.8 next five at 6.3 these last three 10.5. You really had Toews and Kane for 6.49 for the last 11 years. I’ll take that above anyone else in the league for now. Let’s see how these new young super $$ pan out. going to be tough to beat for the same $$.

  42. So yes, it now seems somewhat obvious that Schmaltz was concussed by Johnson against the Jackets, with no call for roughing, and no call for interference. In the same game he just missed putting Saad’s face into the post following a the goal he scored. While it sucks that Schmaltz has missed some serious ice time, the fact that Johnson left Kane(who scored) wide open to go over to tattoo a guy(Schmaltz) already covered is something I’m sure Torts pointed out during the film review.

    Considering the love tap slash calls being made, how do both refs miss that heavy shot Schmaltz took?

    Lets Go Hawks!

  43. The refs didnt miss it, they deliberately didnt call it because they didnt want to.

    Thats why I have been saying for yrs the league is a disgrace with rules and order.

    To focus on the weak shit,
    even though that guy got hurt from that slash/by who,
    slashing/faceoffs/penalty on reviews (which should should help refs, so they donot have to worry about getting call right everytime and go out there and do as good as they can. If their wrong/it happens review makes correct call. Problem is review fucks up/or dare I say on purpose sometimes because they can word it anyway they want with the diff options they have to use/say)

    When in the mean time head shots, targeting the head arnt even called sometimes and when they should be way more then 5 games suspensions, there always 2-5 games basically. There should always be retroactive reviews/suspensions for any head contact by a real pro person, not who ever they have because it still happens. Have it be 1 or 2 games for contact, even incidental. Tuff shit, if theres contact its 1 or 2 games. 2-5 games for deliberate head contact is a joke, needs to be 20-80/2yrs with pay depending on person history (which should be retro as well from past).

    We talked about this longer suspensions 4/5 yrs ago. Where is the league now with head contact and suspensions. The same. Though there focused on slashing crap and faceoffs. Which is great, if they addressed all head contact/retro suspensions.

    Also the hooks holds and interferences are not called/enough. You guessed it they pretty much get every slash (of old), high stick, trip calls.

    I know its more simple to call every high stick, slash and trips. Except to let the hooks, holds and interferences go every game (exp playoffs) is a joke.

    Its not about consistency, its about calling every kind of penalty not only slash, high stick, trip. On purpose head contact 2-5 games is joke. Should be 2-5 games for incidental head contact.

  44. Look who the league has/had at the DoPS.

    Shanahan, George Parros, Stephane Quintal, Chris Pronger, Rob Blake, Bryan Leetch, and Patrick Burke.

    George Parros is the current head. He went to Princeton and is regarded as one of the smartest guys in hockey. Despite being an enforcer he was oddly enough never suspended. He said he wants longer suspensions for non hockey plays…the retaliatory ones. And to cut down on slashing.

    “We used to be worried about headhunting and major things like that,” Parros said. “Now we’re worried about slashing and some more minor infractions, you might say.”

    Since they can review plays retroactively, I’d like them to be given the power to review hits retroactively. Maybe not issue a 2 min penalty. But anything more, like if a player takes a stick to the face and is bleeding. Allow the guy upstairs power to do something. Even head hits where a match or a misconduct are needed. Get that guy out of the game… for both parties sake.

    In the Schmaltz/Johnson case. I’m not sure if the head was targeted. It was probably only a 2 minute penalty. But they clearly missed it.

  45. Thats another thing they can do. They can do better, then pushing/skirting it under the carpet. Your right it wasn’t dirty or target, I meant in general when it is. Tried not to ramble, you know what I mean though.

  46. Hawks miss Schmaltz tonight, especially Kane.
    Not impressed by Connor Murphy. Hjarmarsson was such an important player.

  47. Q spoke about Kero today, wanting him to show some offence. Watching him closely, I think it will not happen. Hinostroza at centre can push the pace.

  48. Well there it is. We talk about instant replay officials screwing us everytime they can. Unless they absolutely cant, the instant replay refs will screw us on every replay. They word it how they want to it goes against us.

    That guy had possession and control of puck the entire way across the blue line. On sides.

  49. I am not talking about instant replay again, because everytime we do the other team gets a bullshit review their way.

    This one gave them the game, that we prob get at least a tie.

    How in the world can they fuck up every instant replay against us. Theres no excuse, its deliberate.

  50. Rule 83.1 Mo if the momentum of defending player is deemed to carry puck in offside ignored. Seabrook sliding bumped puck in with his right skate. Probably correct call

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