Resilient Blackhawks Blast Blues, Force Game 7

The first period left Blackhawks fans wondering about the offseason.

The final 40 minutes left the Blues wondering what it takes to beat the best.

Saturday night at the United Center was an epic roller coaster of emotion. Andrew Ladd scored 3:47 into the game and the Hawks were bringing it. Moments later, Andrew Desjardins had a great look at a wide open net… and whiffed.

In the five minutes that followed, St. Louis put in three goals and Desjardins was set up on social media to join the likes of Chris Campoli as a postseason scapegoat that lives on in infamy. Scottie Upshall, Alex Pietrangelo and Blackhawks killer Vladimir Tarasenko scored in a 4:42 window and stole the excitement out of the packed house on West Madison.

On Twitter, the season was over. Desjardins was a goat, coach Joel Quenneville was an idiot, and Corey Crawford was a dog.

Thankfully, hockey games are more than 20 minutes.

After getting man-handled for 15 minutes in the first, the Hawks poured it on in the second. Chicago out-shot St. Louis 19-6 in the second and dominated every inch of the ice.

Artem Anisimov scored a power play goal at 4:13 to give the Hawks hope, cutting the lead to 3-2. When Trevor van Riemsdyk tied the game at 12:21, the roof just about blew off the United Center.

Then Dale Weise gave the Blackhawks the lead.

The missile of a one-timer completed a comeback that felt impossible only 16 minutes of game time prior, and the faces of the Blues players told the story.

Chicago had the lead, and the visiting Blues were wondering how they let a two-goal lead on the road in an elimination game slip away.

In the third, Andrew Shaw – returning from his one game suspension – scored a power play goal at 16:53 to give the Hawks a little more cushion. When Marian Hossa scored into an empty net at 17:40, the game was effectively over.

Crawford finished the night with 25 saves against 28 shots and another incredible playoff victory. He took a shot to the throat area late in the second period but stayed in the game to make some big saves in the third period as the Hawks hung on to a one-goal lead.

Richard Panik had only one assist but was rightfully named the game’s number one star. He was a human wrecking ball all over the ice, collecting a team-high six hits and adding two blocked shots in 16:13.

Hossa (one goal, one assist), Ladd (one goal, one assist), Artemi Panarin (two assists) and Jonathan Toews (two assists) had multi-point nights for Chicago. Toews also won 12 of 20 faceoffs while Marcus Kruger won 11 of 16 at the dot. Hossa led the Hawks with five shots on net.

On the blue line, van Riemsdyk had another improved outing. He added one blocked shot, one hit and one takeaway to his game-tying goal. He skated 22:17 in the victory.

Brent Seabrook led the Hawks with five blocked shots and also picked up six hits in 24:43. Duncan Keith was credited with three hits and one blocked shot in 30:54 and Niklas Hjalmarsson blocked three shots in 24:05 as the Blackhawks did a much better job of shutting down the Blues attack after the first period.

Patrick Kane led Chicago forwards in ice time again, skating 22:02 with one assist, one takeaway and three shots on net.

Weise had four hits with his game-winning goal in only 8:44 but stayed in the lineup with Shaw returning. Brandon Mashinter was scratched to make room for Shaw.

Game 7 is Monday night at 7:30 pm CT in St. Louis. Like Anaheim last year, the Blues will have all of the pressure on them to not complete blowing a 3-1 series lead against a team that has a history of closing the deal.

92 thoughts on “Resilient Blackhawks Blast Blues, Force Game 7

  1. Other than giving up too many odd man chances in the 1st period, that was a very solid game by the Hawks. They were aggressive all game long and didn’t try to nurse the one goal lead across the finish line.

    No predictions for Monday. Both teams are good enough to win

  2. I’ll admit I was a fan who thought they were done. What a response from the guys the past few days, hearts of champions. The blues have to be $h*tting themselves right now, they had the Hawks on the canvas and let the champs back up. Monday can’t get here soon enough.

  3. Panik played a great game. Anisimov has also been a pleasant surprise, I don’t know why it is surprising to me but I didn’t think he’d standout so much during this series. He has been solid for the Hawks and seems to quietly get into position in front of the net. Love the new lines. So glad Q bumped Shaw down and Panik up. Could Panik be Saad’s replacement?
    Go and get game 7 boys!!!

  4. Wow. Great to see everyone contributing to the play. As Tab and the CBC announcer stayed “Panic was a one man wrecking ball”. Have to admit I was real nervous going into the 3rd but the Lion came through. Crawford went from goat to hero real quick. Quick or Lundqvist got nuthin on Corey.

    Gotta get a kick out of the Tarasenko/ Hitchcock war. Tarasenko won’t even listen to his fellow teammates, as they pointed out on the CBC, with a take on him and Shattenkirk. Not good! If they lose game 7 maybe Hitch and Tarashenko will both be gone. Can you imagine Panarin disrespecting Q on the bench and then telling his Captain and let’s say, Seabrook, to go screw themselves. Wow.

    That power play with Shaw scoring was a thing of beauty. Win or lose Game 7 we have shown great resolve and determination and are true warriors deserving of our respect. The Lion is the King, reigns over his territory. Woe to the Vanguished.

  5. “The final 40 minutes left the Blues wondering what it takes to beat the best.”

    Great summary, Tab — thanks.

    “Richard Panik was rightfully named the game’s number one star.” — he’s made the most of the opportunity he’s gotten. (He’s not Morin…and Snidely Firefly seems to be wrong (again).)

    “On the blue line, van Riemsdyk had another improved outing.” — he’s much better when he’s not covering for/hindered by Rozsival.

    I’m glad that Weise scored — he’s been playing better lately. (Like Vermette last season, maybe it’s just taken a little longer for him to play his game in the Hawks system?)

    ER “No predictions for Monday. Both teams are good enough to win.” — you “really captred the spirit of the thing.” — GO HAWKS!!

  6. I do not know if my American brothers can get the CBC, perhaps as a cable option or if you live near the border. Did not watch any of the NBC broadcast, although I recieve it as well, (along with WGN) so I’m curious as to whether or not there was any bias or favouritism.

    By the way Don Cherry had super high praise for Trevor Daley on his Coaches Corner segment and also mentioned Garbutt. He loves the Blackhawks and has nothing but respect for Q and his team.

    Didn’t see any fatigue in the team tonight. Keith looked like a million bucks. Crawford pulled it together real nice. What a great team we have.

  7. What an amazing game. It is 2:00Am and I am still so pumped up that I cannot sleep. I would love to hear a recording of what was said in the locker room in between the first and second periods. What amazing leadership and heart this team has. The championship pedigree showed up in force in the second and third periods. Kudos to Q for figuring out the matchup necessary to stop Tarasenko. Q put the Ladd, Hossa, Desi line and Ladd was a BEAST limiting Tarasenko to one shot on goal the last 2 periods and it was not a grade A chance. The backchecking in the 2nd and 3rd periods absolutely stifled the Blues. Beautiful shot by Ladd for the first goal. Anisimov is a BEAST around the net and huge kudos to SB for getting him. He, like Shaw, are the type of players a team HAS to have in order to win a SC. The pass from JT to TVR was a thing of beauty and TVR finished well. TVR had a helluva game. Amazing free agent pickup by SB. Dale Weise was a BEAST also. Beautiful forecheck to get the puck to Panarin and then gets in position to put a laser past Elliott that went in and out in a flash. Andrew Shaw showed us again why he is a major part of the core. Kudos to SB for finding him in the 5th round. He is a keeper. And finally I am ecstatic when Hoss scores. We are 18-0 in playoff games where Hoss scores. What a thrill to watch this team play. Bring your A game for 60 minutes on Monday and we will have a good result. Victory has to be earned and we have the team that can get it done. Go Hawks!

  8. ……amazing comeback….the Blackhawks have the heart of a true champion….to MiningMan….yep…caught the unravelling of star forward Tarasenko and coach Hitchcock on CBC….looks like there is light at the end of the tunnel for the Blackhawks….lol….Go Hawks!….

  9. MM, The national media in the US hates the Blackhawks. As of late, Good ol Eddie Olczyk has been the wet blanket for Blackhawks fans. Doc Emric isn’t much better, he was still talking up the great Dennis Seidenberg from 2013 well into the third period. I’m exaggerating, but not much.

    Every good blues possession gets “the blues are really turning it on right now” and 10 minutes of Blackhawks dominance receives crickets. Whatever. Love hearing it, frankly. Means business as usual. I’ll be concerned when they start talking up the Hawks.

    The ice tilted in the Blues’ favor, until this game. Does this bode well for game 7? Nope, game 7 will go to the team that scores more goals in that game. CAN’T WAIT!!!! In my fantasy world, 19 is sitting in his fortress of solitude, relaxing with his feet up on an ottoman of ice, drumming his fingers on an end table, staring contentedly at peaceful bucolic landscapes, then every couple minutes averting his gaze to a giant holographic countdown clock until he has to leave for game 7.

    Costco put handles of Crown Royal on the shelves, sorry boys.

  10. @Mining Man –
    After the first period, Mike Millbury was very hard on the Blackhawks on NBC, pointing out their defensive lapses (which were not too good) and said they deserved to have any and all bad luck they got. Kind of harsh in his tone, but you couldn’t really argue his point.
    After the second he didn’t say much. After the third he had nothing but high praise about the Blackhawks and their talent and championship mettle.
    Keith Jones was less “high and low”. Jones made a call that the Blues would put Allen in net in Game 7, and Millbury returned by saying that Jones had been drinking and there was no way Elliot would not be in net for the Blues.
    During the second intermission and after the game Keith Jones gave kudos to the Blackhawks front office (Bowman) for the moves at or near the trade deadline, bringing in Panik and Weise (Good Lord did they have big games!)
    So, all in all I would say there was no particular bias …. some harsh tone that was perhaps deserved and some high praise that was incredibly deserved by this Blackhawks team that showed a championship heart.

    I will add that this Blackhawks team humbled this lowly poster who picked the Blues in 5 games at the end of game 2. They proved me wrong. Dead wrong. I don’t know how game 7 will turn out, but I WILL respect this team for how they have battled and shown what championship organizations are made of.

  11. Hawks finally found the ‘on’ switch to their usual playoff level in the 1st intermission, hopefully it will stay like this till Monday.
    Forwards are OK, now it is necessary to find the correct mix of 3rd pairing, can’t imagine they would win it again with just 4 D-men. As I wrote after game 4 – it is not over yet!

  12. some wise guy here suggested”

    1.) Panik should play on 1st line (and NEVER sit behind Mash)
    2.) 72/AA/88 should be split up
    3.) Hossa on 3rd

    – still say Hawks lose ( But more Probable 2nd round to Stars- Oduya/Johns)

    Can Hitchcock- Figure out how to stop the Hawk’s “Bomb/Stretch pass”???

    Ladd- dogged it on Taresnko goal!!! That can’t/shouldn’t EVER happen !!!

    I guess we ALL had Runblad figured out wrong… He is a TOP 2 Pairing guy!!!
    Q finally figured him out!!!

  13. I can tell you unequivocally that the fan volume in the UC was as loud as I could ever remember it last night when the Hawks mounted that comeback in the 2nd. There was a TV timeout with the full attendance on their feet screaming and clapping with numerous refrains of LETS GO HAWKS. It was a stunning display of fan support. I don’t know if the tv feed picked up on any of that, but it was really something special and clearly the Hawks fed off of that energy, and kept running with into the 3rd. My ears were ringing jubilantly while leaving the UC. The roar was there.

    A steamroller of emotions for me at the game last night. The dreadful Hawks defensive lapses in the 1st left me begging for the boys to get the next goal after the Blues struck for 3 quick ones. A 3 goal lead might have been too tough a mountain to climb, but with so much hockey left I thought the Hawks were still in provided that next goal be to the home team.

    That 3 goal outburst and the Hawks keeping the gas pedal down in the 2nd was amazing. They didn’t let up in the 3rd, but of course everyone thinking don’t let the Blues get back within one.

    As stated already the SB newbies finally had their day in the sun. Panik was in beast mode, Weise, Ladd as well all played heavy games. Ladd finally finding the back of the net after proving adept at ringing posts. Huge. By the way mid to deep in a series Q appears to have found his 4 line combos. I like this lineup going into game 7 up front. The D side is still kind of patchwork imo.

    Rundblad actually had a decent game and didn’t make numerous bad turnovers. . Duncan Keith playing with great emotion as was the entire d corp last night. Some big shot blocks spread around. Seabrook bounced back and to my memory only played Santa Seabs once last night. His skating though still looks labored. Good for TVR jumping in and getting a cookie.

    Crow magnificent again, and I think the Hawks might have finally put some doubt into Elliot.

    So WTF happened to Tarasenko’s minutes? Was the guy hurt? How could Hitch not more frequently unleash the biggest weapon in his arsenal during a clinch game? Talk of some Blues bench discord? Hope Pietrangelo had some fun last night.

    Win or lose Monday this Hawks team has a big heart, and in a salary cap turnover year they are still hungry for more hardware. Proud of the boys.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  14. Mike “Doc” Eric is annoying to listen to. Eddie is better when the Hawks are not involved.
    Panik’s game has steadily improved. His heart is big as a house. Our 2016 Vermette.
    I like Flash but good move by Q inserting Weise.

  15. While my first comments are in moderation, I will say I was surprised to see ice time for Tarasenko was actually 16:48? It seemed he had less, but numbers say Hitch played him more than other Blues forwards with the exception of Backes and Steen in the 3rd. Bad blood due to 91 not getting much pp time?

    Lets Go Hawks!

  16. Post game blues interviews had a deer in the headlights tone from Hitchcock on down. They are stunned that they are in a game 7. Not guaranteeing a victory but it sets up the right way. It’s also time for TT to finally contribute. Whether he’s playing with skilled players or bottom six his lack of productivity is apparent. Can’t play big boy hockey. Needs the Canucks in February to showcase his talent.

  17. Eddie needs to either be a national broadcaster or strickly a Hawk color man. Frankly I wish he would go national and take is buddy Foley with him. Tree,Tree,Tree.

  18. In his press conference Hitchcock stated, “in the second period we couldn’t keep up with their pace”. I am not sure that I saw ANY solid hits by the Blues. What happened to “70” hits?

    This has turned into a track meet and the Blues still cannot skate with the Hawks. When the Hawks win on Monday Hitch won’t be able to poop for a month!!

    Go HAWKS!!

  19. Not sure if this was mentioned (I haven’t read all the comments but certainly will) – on the stretch pass by 4 to 14 in which TVR scored: 4 and 57 were playing on the natural sides allowing that play to evolve. I wonder if Scotty Bowman chirped into Q’s ear that enough is enough already- i.e. put the best players on the ice, get the band 2-7 back together and put 4-57 on their natural sides. Just a shame that it has taken 85+ games. At least we’ve given ourselves a fighting chance to win this series. Thanks again Tab for all your updates and summaries.

  20. The Hawks now have their top 12 forwards on the ice. Putting Panik on line 1 with Kane and Toews was huge because now the second line is still dangerous with TT moving up and the Hawks have the advantage on lines 3 and 4 with Hossa, Ladd, Kruger, Weise and Shaw. Panik had just a huge, huge game. A couple of those hits were bone crushing NFL type hits where the other player’s forward momentum immediately stopped on impact and he absolutely buried Pietrangelo on the endboards right in front of the camera. Lastly he set up Toews with a great move and pass that ended up with TVR’s goal. Panik has to stay on line 1. Weise also has to play. He’s a big boy with some skill and toughness. He gives the Hawks the advantage on the 4th line with shaw. I am very excited about this team. The scary thing is it comes down to a game 7. Go Hawks.

  21. Reg, agree on track meet…

    That’s why …
    Can hitchcock solve the Q/stretch???
    If he can …. blues should win… if he can’t… hawks should win…

    Broker- 72/15/86 has also been good…
    TT- could have had 3 goals last nite…
    Grade A shots the Elliot struggled with or never saw.

  22. This has been an amazing series between two great teams. The difference is the Hawks have the will of a champion and the Blues don’t. The issue between Hitchcock and Tarasenko could bode ill for the Blues. Game 7 will be a battle…maybe the highlight of all the games played in this first round of the playoffs.

  23. Panik was good last night, but his best play was the back check where he disrupted a blues player with a good look. It looked like a high quality shot attempt was coming until he got there with a last second dive to hit the players stick.

  24. Another incredible game. Another great series. Love the speed in the second period. Somehow the Hawks finally got some time and space. Not sure if it was the Hawks flying or the Blues forgetting what got them there. Probably both.

    Ladd and Hossa all of a sudden look 5 years younger. Fantastic to see.

    Is it just me? In years past, as soon as the puck went in the net I was off the couch rejoicing. Now, with all the video replays my first thought is…will it stand up or be called back. The exception last night was the Shaw goal. Jumped off the couch. No doubt about that one!

    I too loved the lines. Would prefer Fleischmann over both TT and Desjardins but what can you do.

    Go Hawks Go. Have intensity but patience in game 7 and let the Blues shoot themselves in the foot (skate).

  25. Tick- 14 also made great sliding block on a Grade A – one-timer from the slot that had a great Chance of Going in!!!

    Had several hits… that were as hard AND clean as any Hits by the Hawk team this year…

    Q- playing Mash over him??? The ONLY logical reason… perhaps- the Coaches – literally work him out/Train him on those days (Off)… to play and work on “Hawk’s/System”??? doubt it- but???

    Can Hitchcock -counter Hawk’s easy exits???

  26. I personally like Emrick. His voice may be tough on the ears. However, his actual game calls are the best around. He’s usually pretty accurate with his calls and pretty unbiased. I don’t pay attention to Millbury. How he has a job after assaulting a child is beyond me.

    NBC’s coverage is lacking in general. Did anyone else notice their (insert sponsor) 3 stars of the game didn’t match up with the actual 3 stars. While Pierre (talking penis with glasses) was interviewing Ladd they announced the actual 3 stars. It’s like they’re guessing. As far as hating the Hawks… I don’t really see that. Just a lackluster broadcast overall. And game without Emrick and I’m turning on the radio, John Weideman is fantastic! Troy Murray I think has taken too many hits to the head. I like him. But he gets lost in his words and thoughts sometimes.

    NBC’S other play by play guys are intolerable. I’ve read about non Hawks fans and they can’t stand Foley or Olcyzk. I’ve never heard anyone saying they like Kenny Albert or Dave Strader called games. Gord Miller and John Forslund are actually pretty good. The problem is the Hawks seem to get stuck with Albert and Strader who are both really slow and not descriptive. Strader was NBC’s number 2 so the Hawks got him a lot when Emrick was doing an Eastern conference game.

  27. The Hawks are surprising everyone once again. Fantastic. Best game of the year. And the biggest plus is that Toew, Kane, Keith, & Seabs are not carrying us. This was a team effort. Special kudos to Panik, Anisimov, Weise, TVR, & Crawford. The Hawks took it to the Blues the majority of the game. Watching them attack the net all game like the second period of game five. That’s a thing of beauty. In the last half of the game, it was the Panik, Weise, Ladd, & Shawzy throwing their bodies around hitting the deflated Blues. Gotta love it.

    Q has great line combos going now. Such media praise about the p/u’s of Panik and Weise. Really? Why has it taken Q so long to give Weise more time? And, how many times has Panik sat in favor of Mashinter? WTF!!! That’s on Q. However, kudos to Q for the line combos he has right now. Honestly, he needs to read this board. We had Hossa on the 3rd line in November. Hahaha! Regardless, it looks like we have a good formula right now with the moves Q has made. Kudos to Q on this formula.

    It was a 7:20 start!!! Foley may be onto something. Maybe there is a correlation between the Hawks poor play in the first round going back several years and the scheduling. They struggle and get better as the rounds progress. Just throwing that out there.

    “Gotta get a kick out of the Tarasenko/ Hitchcock war. Tarasenko won’t even listen to his fellow teammates, as they pointed out on the CBC, with a take on him and Shattenkirk.” What happened?

    Reg, you got it wrong. Hitch has been crapping his pants the last two games.

    Go Hawks!!!!

  28. One more thing, the Blues got many lucky bounces when the Hawks just missed about 6-8 more goals!!!

  29. Hawks Panik causes Blues panic! Also nice to see the real Brian Elliott. TVR is going to become a solid 4D. He has had to learn by fire this year and it has been painful at times but his instincts are outstanding. As he gets stronger I am confident he will only get better and better. Game 7 will be epic – Go Hawks!

  30. Solid 10 minute contribution by Runblad. He kept his game simple by staying at home and making short, quick passes. His speed is an upgrade over 32. Great game by TVR. His quick stick and positioning was outstanding. Panik may be the fastest skater on the team. Those bone crushing hits were a thing of beauty.

  31. Booman- First there were two clips of Tarashenko complaining to Hitchcock and being totally pissed about his ice time, once on the bench and again as they went off the ice to the dressing room. They mentioned the assistant coach tried to talk to him but he flipped him off too. Then they showed 2 more clips with Tarashenko on the ice, a long sequence with Shattenkirk skating up to him during the period…they skated together, trying to calm him down and the CBC commentator stated ( not exact quote) that Shattenkirk was “showing some leadership and attempting to help the team, but look at this reaction from Tarashenko” and then another Blues player also tried his best to talk to him earlier.
    They also pointed out that Hitchcock has a structured system that is unwavering and implemented to a fault, regardless of who is hot and may contribute the best at that moment.
    Tarashenko obviously doesn’t agree with that in the least.
    Could you imagine a Blackhawk player going off on Q? In public during the game yet. There isn’t a doghouse big enough.

  32. Schadenfreude. Glad it’s them and not us, and actually taking delight in their misfortunes.
    Well you gotta luv the drama. The Blues have received high praise all year long and got this far. You would think Hithcocks structured system had a lot to do with that. So does your superstar power forward pull rank on the coach. Either bend the structure a bit and accommodate, bench the player, fire the coach, or my schadenfreude choice (d) all of the above!
    It’s kind of rare to see this acted out in full viewing though.

  33. Lest he me missed in all the glowing post game reports, I want to mention Panarin who has been having a very good series. He’s tied with Kane for most points (2g/5a) and his overall play has not dropped one bit from the regular season – if anything he is playing even better. His compete level is outstanding.

  34. If the Hawks can withstand the first 10 minutes of the first period Monday night they will have a good chance to win. St.Louis will come out guns a-blazing.

  35. Captain Serious came to play and inspired the team; watched him congratulating each Blackhawk after the game and showing real emotion. Hossa came to play.Can’t say enough about Kane or Crow. Blues have to go back to half- court, down-low hockey ala Kings. Hawks have to keep it open with stretch passes. Power play was beautiful. Extra space behind the net is being used as launch point if you can get defender to move away from goal which Hawks could not induce in earlier game.

  36. Good point Ebony…if this keeps up can you imagine Panarin in the early running for the Conn Smythe..holy molee.

    Nick in San Diego- luv that descitpitive writing of Toews in his fortress. Thinking you are right on with that.

  37. Impressive win. Still watching 25 deposit Dman on his butt and calmly making the shot of the night!

    I have to say the series has been grand but I still wonder about the format/seeding. I have yet to hear a solid argument in favor of the current system. The focus within the divisions can be/is gained throughout the regular season isn’t it? Wouldn’t the League be better served by having this series be a WCF? Now THAT would be worthy of some promotion.

    I like the 1-8 where you had a sense of building drama round by round. Again, not to knock this matchup, it’s an obvious hit..and I’m glad we have it to enjoy. I understand I am questioning the NHL decision makers, which makes me appear somewhat suspect mentally. I also picture the league office being the ugliest building in NYC, with Bettman faced gargoyles lining the upper edges.. so maybe it’s me?

    LGH! G7!!

  38. It’s always interesting to me to hear the complaints of Q playing one player over another. With certain players Q seems to use the healthy scratches as motivation to get them to improve their play, or play within the system. I always thought that Panik was a more effective player than Mashinter but he didn’t always play that way. His game the last two nights were the best I have seen, so the question is for the fans who complain about him not always being in the lineup is, would he have played this way if he had a guaranteed spot in the lineup? How much of his play was specifically because he was benched earlier?

  39. Re-watched game on TV replay this morning. Intensity of what it felt like in the UC last night really not conveyed. My initial comments remain locked in the 7 hour “moderation room”.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  40. Phil-Your comments from an eyewitness view and long time Blackhawk fan perspective are very much appreciated and I eagerly await them getting out of jail. Seems you have been in moderation quite a bit lately, occasionally we all get banned there…are they just selected at random or are there key words that raise a flag? I don’t know. Seems like a lot of trolls get through or dumb hurtful stuff.

    Ryandale- Count me in with your suggested playoff format. If that were the case we would be playing the Sharks in the first round. They would also have box office boffo with Tampa Bay v Florida and New York Isles v New York Rangers. The built up and drama would be far more intense as the series progressed, as you mentioned. I’ve read that Bettman is surrounded by bodyguards wherever he goes so the gargoyle thing is probably right! I’m sure after our win last night he intertwined his fingers and mumbled “Excellent” just like Mr. Burns.

  41. @RYANDALE, couldn’t disagree more on the playoff format. I love this format – it makes the early round match ups more exciting when they are all rivalry games. The later rounds will be exciting regardless. Plus, it’s not like seeding is all that important in the NHL playoffs anyway. Upsets are gonna happen, they might as well happen in games where the teams have more of a history.

  42. Thanks Mining Man. No, there is nothing to me that was written that would suggest extra scrutiny. Paragraphs are not long and nothing over the top profane imo. Me thinks it could have something to do with the time of day the post is submitted which is early in the morning Central time. I will bring a different strategy next time and see if I sneak through.

    Good comments guys. Back to hand washing cars for the first time this Spring.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  43. Wow. Washington versus Pittsburgh. That will be a great series. Almost as good as the upcoming Hawks versus Stars series.

    I too have a post in the moderation room. No swear words or links. Who knows. I did use the phrase…”let the Blues shoot themselves in the foot”. Lol…you never know with software.

  44. Panik was a beast! And so many other fabulous efforts! Finish it off boys so I can (joyously) open mouth and insert entire foot after my disparaging comments earlier on.

  45. I’m still in moderation? I’m complimentary of Mashinter, is that why? Panik is modern day Guy Lafleur ompared to Morin; regardless of what happens tomorrow, like trading bag of pucks for Panik. Who was that guy always posting about Morin anyway? (lol)

  46. Just rewatched the game again with clearer head. Eddie O is a disaster with his constant biased anti hawk observations. My favorite from last night was in the third period where bortuzzo tries to go knee to knee with TT and gets a penalty for tripping. As bortuzzo is skating to the box, Eddy O brilliantly chimes in that “TT put himself in that position by trying to avoid bortuzzo”. No mention of the blues getting a break when TT is blatantly high sticked in front of the blues net in the 2nd. According to eddy, his stick just got caught under his visor. One could put together a greatest hits of his revisionist observations. Please can we get a new “partner”

  47. Usually long posts or recently borderline talk will have post in moderation. Links and videos seem to be ok as long as not too aften kind of thing. Thinking he had the force field on to keep the enemy as least as possible, which has more filters. It doesnt normal take this long though. Phils posts are scripture like Sr. Brads.

  48. Dallas moves on. It looked like that was as close as you can get without getting a goal late in the 3rd.

  49. Everyone’s said everything…but how did the officials miss the high stick to Kruger’s face; wasn’t the Blues players stick lodged inside of Kruger’s eye shield for a brief time? What am I missing?

  50. Poor old Snidley is so sad that the Hawks with their “just guys” beat the mighty Blues not a word from him. No trade Teuvo, no Hossa to old or lets run Kane out of town its just not as much fun. Some of us are still Hawks fans

  51. That was Teravainen with the stick in the visor. But I agree, not really sure how that’s missed.

  52. Phil-6:12 am finally got posted. Certainly nothing controversial in that statement. I can only imagine the level of intensity from the crowd. Was at the old Stadium once and at the UC once…memorable events for me but from your description this one was for the ages. So that’s leaves one question…were you just getting home at 6:12 am or your a real early bird for a Sunday! Great account in any case.

    Just saw Leddy stop an empty goal with 3 Panthers lurking then take it up the ice and develops a great play at the net resulting in Tavares scoring with under a minute to go and tie it up. Good game to watch. Minny/Dallas was totally crazy.

  53. Four Feathers, I agree with you, the game was won by “just the guys”. I hope ALL the big money men show up BIG time Monday night.
    I hope:
    1. Hitch did not really fire up the Russkie for Monday night.
    2. The high priced LW rental moves his shot over and down a fraction. Hitting the iron does not count.
    3. Crow plays the whole game at his best, they will need it.
    4. Q brings O2 to the bench on Monday. The fast game is really great and the Hawks make it work. Do they have enough gas left in the tank? They will not be on Madison Ave. (fans) Monday night.
    Question was that the Hawks wearing green and white in Sundays game?

  54. Miroslav… your point is taken Re: some guys need Q to “crack” the whip to push them to play better… but imo- 14 playing at 70% effort- still yields more than Mash…
    14 would still be faster, and hit more/harder…

    To your point- Perhaps Q… saw and wanted even more from 14…
    I would have liked to see more “learning time and Chemistry Ice time for 14” during the season… Mash doesn’t even enter the picture screen during most possessions…

  55. Whether you like the current playoff format or not, it was a must for the Western Conf. first round. The WC is a HUGE geographic. Four cross country trips in the first round is brutal. IMO keeping the 2-2-1-1-1 format is a must.

  56. The goals may have been scored by “just the guys” but all the setups were by the stars. Hossa’s steal led to Ladd’s goal. TVR was set up by 19’s drive to the net, Panarin with the wicked pass to Weiss and Kane’s assist to Shaw was a thing of beauty.

    To echo Phil’s comments about the crowd, I’ve been to every possible type of game at the UC. This was something different. I don’t think you can quite put into words how long and loud of an ovation it was. I think my ears are still ringing.

  57. “Some of us are still Hawks fans.” Couldn’t put it better myself. I just don’t understand why some people have the mentality that compels them to bash their team constantly and abandon all hope every time we have our backs to the wall. Especially since our boys have come from behind on the winning side time and again. I don’t know why you would root for a team and call yourself a fan unless you believed in your players and held hope till the bitter end. Our team has shown us that putting faith in them is reasonable thinking, this Game 6 a perfect example. These guy’s have what it takes, and do what is necessary with every chance they have. And in regards to Pat and Eddy, I’ve always preferred them to a national broadcast, Doc and Pierre or whoever annoy me (call it hometown bias.) But due to my work schedule I’ve had to follow games listening to WGN radio, and I can attest to how great a job Troy and Co. do. The games make sense and are always exciting throughout. It’s the next best thing to watching the magic the Blackhawks put on the ice through a TV screen. But nothing will ever compare to being at the Madhouse, and a true fan will never feel anything like it.

  58. There are probably a few on here that are not true fans. No doubt about that.

    However, I wouldn’t confuse criticism of your team with not being a fan. Speaking for myself, I love the Hawks and can’t wait for each game. Perhaps that is why I feel so disappointed when they don’t appear to be playing their best.

    As an example, I’ve been a big fan of TT. Hoping he does well and becomes a star. However, when it appears that he can’t get it done in tight checking games I criticize playing him.

    To make my point, it’s not that I’m not a fan. It’s because I am a fan and want them to do all they can to win. Perhaps we all just express ourselves differently.

    Go Hawks Go!

  59. if you can watch the Canadian feed (CBC) and team it will be refreshingly good-the two that did the last game did a wonderful job.

  60. Ye I agree Noonan the Canadian televised games are great. Please no Pierre McGuire (he is so annoying), Darren Pang is so bad and Mike Milbury mere words cannot can not express.

    Loved the lines from last game. One more game Hawks and off to play former Hawks in Dallas. I hope Toews gets the game winner.

    Go Hawks!!

  61. Why I’m confident for tonight:

    Quenneville > Hitchcock
    Toews > Backes
    Kane > Terasenko
    Keith > Pietrangelo
    Seabrook > Shattenkirk
    Hammer > Bowmeester
    Hossa > Steen
    Ladd > Brouwer
    Panarin > Parayko
    Crawford > Elliot
    3 cups > 3 first round exits

    Our best players are better than their best players. I’d rather have this Game 7 on the road than at home. All the pressure is on the Blues. This team’s been through 4 of these games.

    Go Hawks!

  62. Mining Man, I tend to wake early hence my posts tend to reflect that timing following a game. I certainly had a few generous whiskeys following the thriller Sat night once I got back from the UC, but out by 11:30. Emotionally spent, but no I didn’t get in at 6:15. Would take 2 days to recover.

    Lets all hope there is much to celebrate following the big showdown tonight. It will likely be a titanic test of who wants it most and (cringing will I say it) the bounces. Hawks need to score early and often, and win the battle of the special teams. Question begs is how will this game get called? Let em play or numerous trips to the box? Hawks want to stay out of the sin bin, and avoid retaliation urges. The Blues will likely be taking no prisoners. Hawks need to shoot upstairs on Elliot who dangles that open space often. Make em pay.

    Beat the Blues!!!!
    Lets GO Hawks!

  63. Chicago gets the Pat and Eddie show tonight CSN Chicago which in the playoffs is way better than the regular season. They don’t bring nearly as much schtick, and stay more focused on the game at hand. Would love to get the CBC feed though. Those guys are pro’s and bring a great perspective.

    I hope to enjoy the broadcast and the outcome…

    Lets Go Hawks!

  64. Mark Lazerus on Twitter is bringing lots of info. Rundblad to play. TT didn’t skate but Q says Teuvo is playing. Recommended reading.

    Lets GO Hawks!

  65. My Montana license plate reads “19&88” You will see why these two are so key to the Blackhawks on Monday night in St. Louis!


  66. Thanks Phil and Mining Man for your posts, their is something to be said for those who do not loose the faith that this team has proven themselves worthy of. I still believe, as stated months ago, Hawks go deep into this years playoffs. If not, will admit my mistake, hope all the doom and gloom squad from last week will do the same. GO HAWKS!

  67. Screw the late starts, drop that puck right now!! Showtime boys and girls. Big stage tonight.

    Beat the hated Blues!


  68. Watch Q bring back rosenberg for game 7 to redeem himself…. Maybe Bickel (the pickel) too!!!!!! Pfffffffff ! GO Hawks!

  69. Curious what y’all think about having Hossa in that 3rd line checking role for next year. I like Teuvo playing right wing. Teuvo and Panarin were just a little off passing wise. But it’s not like when Teuvo would set up Desjardins and he couldn’t finish. Find a 1LW. Find a 3LW (Motte?). Kruger is being paid more than just 4c money. Motte, Kruger,Hossa.

    Quite a few options for Left wing. Ladd, Staal,Eriksson,Perron. Ladd and Staal would probably be the only two attainable.

    Could also try and trade Shaw with Bickell. Edmonton wants to make a splash. They want Defense and the Hawks don’t have it. But a top six of Hall-Toews-Kane and Panarin-Anisimov-Teravainen…yes please.

  70. Ernie, I like Hossa on the 3rd line. He brings his great 200 ft. game to any line he’s on and that’s a huge plus for me. Not as much pressure as being on the top line, not as many minutes, though he’s still be on the PP, and batter match ups. Man, if we’re deep enough to have Hossa on our 3rd line, that’s okay by me.

  71. Great series everyone. Could have went either way. Double post says it all. Proud of the teams effort! Hey, we prefer to win every second year anyway.

  72. “Yaaaaaaaaaaay!” –
    My liver

    Really close. No fairy tale this year. Wasn’t looking forward to Dallas in the next series either. No sour grapes, the Hawks got beat by a better all around team. Stan did a nice job with the forwards this past year but their D were the difference in this series, hope that gets shored up in the offseason. Thanks for the blog as always, Tab. It’s a dark night in San Diego.

  73. Gutsy effort the last three games-running on fumes and a really good team beat them-
    Thanks for the run

  74. This Hawks team just never had “it” minus the franchise best winning streak this team was flawed. Good effort tonight but not enough. Very curious to see how Stan reloads. This team has an aging core and will need some new horses. Go Hawks congrats on a good season.

    This year is a real changing of the guard with normal contenders Kings, Hawks and Rags all bowing out in the 1st round plus no canadian teams. The league office wont be happy.

  75. My hat is off to the Blues. The kids played good but made a couple of mistakes. This was great experience for TVR, Panarin and Gustofson. Noonan is right, we were running on fumes and this team could really use an extra 6 weeks to recover.
    Seabrook got hurt. Hossa has been on a bad leg for 3 months. Shaw has a shoulder problem.

    No shame in this loss. The Hawks will be back next year and they will be rested, more experienced and with a better D core. The future looks good!!

    Thank you HAWKS!!

  76. Southside…

    Can’t agreen more. Fun season to watch but something will need to change. Hope the next month and a half goes by quickly I’m not used to May with out the Hawks in contention.

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