Scott Darling, Blackhawks Dominate Kings

After stunning the Jets in Winnipeg with two third period goals, the Blackhawks stormed past the Kings at the United Center on Monday night.

The first period ended with the Hawks and Kings tied at one, but there was some concern for Chicago forward Brandon Saad. He was leveled in front of the net late in the period and it appeared his head bounced off the ice. He went to the room, but was able to return for the second period.

Chicago picked up a goal from Bryan Bickell in the first period, his 13th of the season. Saad and Andrew Shaw were credited with the assists, giving Shaw five points in his last five contests. Jake Muzzin scored for the Kings at 19:28 to bring the score even at the end of one.

In the second period, the Blackhawks took control and never let go. Duncan Keith scored a power play goal at 1:37 and Niklas Hjalmarsson added another only 64 seconds later to blow the game open. Even with a two-goal lead, the Blackhawks continued to put pressure on Jonathan Quick; both teams put 13 shots on net in the second, but Scott Darling was perfect in period.

Johnny Oduya played perhaps his most physical game of the year and his best since returning from injury. He led the Blackhawks with four blocked shots and was also credited with three hits in the contest while skating more than 23 minutes. Oduya failed to pick up a point but he was plus-three and was named the game’s second star.

Marian Hossa made a Marian Hossa play at 13 minutes into the third, taking the puck away and extending the Hawks lead to 4-1 with his 22nd of the season. From there, the Hawks defense put the game on lock-down and Darling continued turning the Kings away.

Darling finished the night with 31 saves for his eighth win in 12 appearances in the NHL. In March, Darling has allowed only one goal in more than 160 minutes of action.

Skating in a bottom-six role, Teuvo Teravainen led the Blackhawks with eight shots on net in only 21 shifts (13:29). Bickell and Andrew Desjardins led the Hawks with four hits each, and Hossa had a team-high three takeaways.

The Canucks beat the Blues 4-1 in St. Louis, meaning the win pulls the Hawks within one point of the Blues for second place in the Central Division. Here are the up-to-date playoff races in the Western Conference.

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69 thoughts on “Scott Darling, Blackhawks Dominate Kings

  1. What the hell has Johnny Oduya been doing lately. He played out of his mind tonight. Nice to see him dishing it out instead of being on the receiving end of all the abuse.

    Really hate the Kings, glad the Hawks made their chances that much slimmer.

    If this is what they mean by turning on the switch, I guess I will stop panicking when they play 2 or 3 stinkers. The switch is on… Here come the Hawks, the mighty Blackhawks,

  2. Wow thats the way I remember the Blackhawks play. Great game for us. Too bad Darling whiffed on that shot from Muzzin. Despite our dominate play, all the time it was 3-1 I thought those SOBs were going to score and then the gates come crashing down but Hossa put that fear to rest. Kings were in a real need to win game ..they just didnt look that good. Great effort from everyone. We sure gave Quick a workout!

  3. Get your butts above the hard deck and return to base. Yes sir.

    Sorry, Goose, but it’s time to buzz a tower.

    Yee ha. Haha, great balls of fire.

  4. Although I’m not suggesting that the Hawks are as good or deep as in ’10 and ’13-the we’re doomed talk just didn’t seem right to me-
    They are again a 100 point team and have the second best last 10 games of any West team in playoff contention-they deserve more respect and less negativity. Being critical is easy-when your right you say “I told you so-they aren’t very good” and when wrong it’s OK to eat those words because they’re your team–
    4, 2, 7 and 27 (even 32) looked good tonight and that’s a heavy, skilled team. 4 is one of the bravest dudes in hockey. Darling looked very poised.

  5. Solid 60 minute effort tonight. No passengers. Played fast as a team. Took the hits and kept pushing forward. Not close to perfection – clearing attempts need some work, eliminating shorthanded chances against while on the PP, to name a couple areas needing improvement – but they played with energy and passion and hence were able to play their fast game. The “played the right way” for a second game in a row. Now they need to do it again in the next game and keep building as they hit the playoffs.

    Very encouraging.

  6. If Nik Hjalmarsson continues to develop his offensive aspect of his game, the sky is the limit with him.

    I can remember when he scored a goal against Ottawa last year and the Sens announcer Dean Brown said ” man Nik Hjalmarsson has an absolute bomb from the point. ” and I thought why doesn’t he play the left point on the power play and fire that thing.

    The last 2 games his offensive instincts have been fabulous.

  7. I hate to be Dr. Negative but the Kings were coming off a 5 game road trip and a back to back too. Either way glad the Hawks won

  8. That was a fun one, hopefully tempering the absolute gloom and doom from two games ago (my post from after that game was as drunken as it was sarcastic, I thought it was pretty funny at least :) ). The Blackhawks are not done, I don’t know about elite offense, but their defense can be, and a return from 88 would certainly be welcome. Desjardins is really fitting in nicely. I have faith that Vermette can one of these days put more shots on net than onto the tape of defender’s sticks. 44 looked confident and sharp in his decision making and passing, hopefully eating up some meaningful minutes at some point in the very near future. And 27 and 4 and the 4th line are really fun to watch. Is this a Championship team? I don’t know, but I do know that they aren’t Not a championship team.

  9. SouthSide, the Kings were not coming off a back to back as the Hawks were. Sunday night Keith Jones on NBCSports was going on how the Kings would win since they had a day off while Hawks had a tough game in Winnipeg and the Kings need wins to make the playoffs. Troy Murray on radio said this game was mostly about the Hawks playing well and frustrating the Kings. Anyways, Hawks won and played with energy and desire.

  10. no more ‘not big enough’ nonsense. that was a heavy b2b 4pts

    LA and Quick got female dog slapped.

    current 27 29 might be all we need to push on and meet the East

    Next

  11. Hoss didn’t like that hit on the pk. So in the 3rd Hoss stops at last second and dodges to the right and that guy eats the glass. Was that the same guy that hit him on the pk.

  12. Oduya, Hjalmarsson, DesJardins, Darling, Saad all played well. An actual Bickell sighting too.

  13. Best EFFORT from the Hawks in a looong time. Loved to see the physical aspect of their game return as it made a difference in attitude and mood of the team and their fans. Don’t need to “outhit” the opponent, just need to make your presence known- and they did in a meaningful way.

    As had been said, 27 was terrific and most physical I may have ever seen him. More please. Team pace of play was up. 29 and 11 played well, I thought 10 had a good game. and the big man Darling continues to look strong (albeit with the trickler that squirted thru.) As another poster said after the Jets game, maybe that fluky ref tangled goal was the jump start the team needed to feel the puck was starting to go their way.

  14. 1 -Hawks won as predicted.
    2- Sasquatch was okay in the net, Hawks play much better defense in front of him than for Crow, maybe they feel more lose and confident with Crow, but Sasquatch did what he needed to do, nothing fantastic but solid.
    3 – All four lines played good, all of them, as said before the Hawks win or lose as a team of 4 lines and often 6 defensemen. they dont need to play “over thier heads or hard or great” but just be consistent and solid as they ALL did last night . . . no weak links.
    4- Oh-Do-Ya? played text book defensemen last night, what I teach 5th graders, but finally they get it, move the puck up and to the net. Be part of the rush make a pass or quick shot on net and get to the net and when you pinch the point, pinch it square and often hard and physical. He played awesome complete game and they covered his back!
    5- Hawks offense got back, every time our d-man went in one man shifted back to cover, every time no clean breaks for kings. simple hockey. real simple wonder why they struggle?
    6 -Hammers goal was yet another example of pinching and using our d-men to draw in their d-men to cover him, he got in a seam 10 feet away not the usual 30 foot slap shoot but in the green zone. Perfect. No walking it in, come in with speed, do not settle for the 30 foot slap shot, get in for a 10 foot or pass or take it behind the net and force “them’ to collapse.
    7- Perfect game but Kings are big and tuff but the slowest team in the best of the west. They need to generate speed out of their zone which hawks slowed and the middle ice was all Hawks Sticks and Skates and long arms. Kings no speed compared to Blues or Jet or those teams out east.

    Go hawks such a simple game of transitions!

  15. Mo- Good catch on Hoss

    20,27 were very good

    Maybe Q is that smart… skate TT w/ 16/11… which will force the kid to Shoot!!!

  16. Oh-do-ya once more WAS RESTED, this is a long season, very long and physical they ALL play hurt. That’s why most guys are easy for bloggers to slam, eventually in a long season they will look really good and then health and the grind catched up and your walking dead.

    So REST is what got into Oh-do-ya and REST is what will get into KANE as REST is why HOSSA played so well last year. Not sure many get the GRIND of the GAME?

    QUICK LAST NIGHT WAS EXHAUSTED he played thru it . . . never saw him sit soo much during breaks and his effort was amazing. SO if QUICK had 3 days rest well different game.

  17. Kings had sunday off . . . they where rested just got out skated. Even CARTER was a non factor, happens maybe that way maybe 5 times a year and they are fighting for playoff LIFE!

    Big win no mater how you spin it

  18. wall Good point, I keep thinking why waste TT on the 4th line but you are right, he shots all the time now. He’s gonna get one soon and hope they let 11 keep playing, like his game.

  19. The 86/11/16 line looked pretty good. I think it was also Konroyd who made the point during one of the intermissions that saad tends to defer to 81 and 19 when she plays with them but with the line he had last night (bicks and versteeg maybe) he had to take charge and boy did he. Probably also had some easier matchups too.

    After Oduya forced those back to back turnovers at the blue line in the offensive zone I thought “Rufus must be hating this game right now.” I know I enjoyed it. Let keep this rolling boys.

  20. Great team effort. Maybe their best game since December. The Hawks did a great job of clogging up the neutral zone. LA. Had no room to move in the game. The Hawk forechecking was the best I have seen in a while, especially the 4rth line. The high point was when Sharpie picked hotshot Daughtey’s pocket. Too bad he didn’t score. With all those LA turnovers in their own zone Quick is the only reason the score wasn’t 7-1. Maybe the Kings had a real bad game but I kept thinking to myself these Kings are slow. No way is LA winning the Cup this year.

  21. Great game for the Hawks, Shaw has been playing great lately and even Bickell has shown signs of life and Hossa has been a beast as usual. I guess that ultra fast game with the Jets fired the Hawks up and the Kings just can’t keep up with that pace.

  22. Absolutely huge 4 points against 2 very hungry and desperate teams. Clearly, this was the best 4 line, 60 minute effort we have witnessed in many months last night. Total dedication to playing team defense. Hawks matched LA physicality and really stepped up concentration. All of this after a very tough physical game the night before and a late arrival back in Chicago. I am very proud of this team, as they got up off the mat and showed huge character. Rest of the league no doubt was watching all of this, and the feeling they have taken away from these past 2 games is the Hawks will be there come playoff time and ready to go.

    How good were first 2 Hawks d pairing last night? 27 and 4 came ready to rumble. Oduya has been re-energized since coming back from injury and playing at a consistently high level. Hjalmarsson has real upside offensively and we are seeing that FINALLY from him. Good stick handler, keeps his head up and he has a great shot.

    Mike Richards is a dumb ass and still reverts to his Philly form. Can’t believe a slew foot wasn’t called on him last night towards the end of the 3rd period. It was blatant. As usual the refs last night let LA get away with interfering on almost every shift. Funny we were talking about how great it would be if Saad started taking the body and finishing checks. Sure enough last night it happened. Bicks had a pretty good game and made his presence felt. Even Tazer and Hossa were hitting guys last night! Hawks can dish it when they think its the right time, but they definitively keep that trick in their pocket most of the season probably because big hitting teams have longer injury reports. I thought it amusing to watch Kings react with amazement when they were taking some big hits last night. It was like they were thinking, who are these guys??

    Pity Darling didn’t get the shut out, but good for him in not letting that 1st period softy get to him. Darling is a quality keeper in my book and backing up CC they make a formidable pair and one of the best combos in the league imo.

    The roof would have come off the UC last night if TT had buried that breakaway. Would have given Hawks a 3 goal lead and would have sapped Kings resolve. I still like
    Teravainen’s game alot. I stood next to him in Winnipeg and he is easily 6 ft. because I am and he looked taller than me. Once that kid adds some muscle he will. I still marvel at how good his hands are. he was doing some sick stuff shot wise at the morning skate before the Peg game let me tell you.

    Wore my good luck Shaw shirt last 2 games but it only comes out for some choice games. Shaw is back in a big way. Love how the little guy just brings it and shows no fear.

    Blues lose woohoo!! LA slips closer to the golf course.

    Lets Go Hawks!!

  23. Also nice to see the Hawks are “mixing it up”… slowly Morphing from “Let’s cycle the Puck every possession” to … let’s get to the net, and shoot puck – play for deflections/give n go’s/rebounds…

    this team- as built – (and w/o Kane)- isn’t the same “Puck cycling power it used to be” excluding 19/81 and a little 20…

  24. Keeping LA out of the Playoffs makes the Hawks trip to the SCF much easier. I am absolutely terrified of that team in a 7 game series, as I’m sure every Western Conference team is. You’ll never see more people rooting for the Calgary Flames than there is right now.

    Not sure what happened to Oduya while he was hurt, but he’s significantly better than he was to start the year. Maybe he remembered it’s a contract year?

    Regher tried to absolutely murder Hossa at some point in the third when he went face first into the glass. I didn’t know he could still skate the fast, especially after watching the Hawks walk around him all night.

    This Hawks team is going to give me some form of cancer by the end of the year. A week ago I was convinced they were done. I wasn’t even feeling too good after the Jets game. But after last night against a desperate Kings team? So odd.

    8 shots for TT in 13.5 minutes. Hah

  25. More rationalization and wishful thinking on Teuvo by some of you. From my seat he has two bad and inexcusable turnovers and otherwise was a non-factor. He’s never going to be a player who can play against teams like the Kings, Blues, Jets, Ducks, Stars. I try hard to understand the love some of you have for his game or how he will ever fit in Chicago.

  26. We all see what we want to see I guess RTF. That defines rationalization. Teuvo’s game is improving. He is not afraid to engage larger players to win puck battles. He plays imo a credible defensive game, and he not only creates scoring chances, but is getting increasing shots on goal against good teams. All of this in just his first look at playing regular in the NHL. Not sure what you want from this kid, but clearly you appear to have a negative agenda with this young player that does have elite skills. If you deny that, so be it, but your arguments are thin imo as it relates to 86, and the quality of his recent play which is trending up.

    Rufus, after a solid quality team effort last night I guess someone has to rain on the parade. Hawks glass is still half full plus for me, and Teravainen is a bright spot for the Hawks future.

    Anyone see what the status of Tarasenko is? He got hurt last night in the 3rd and didn’t return. If that guy goes down Blues are cooked.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  27. Great win by the good guys!! The key for the Hawks is playing a responsible defensive style. There is plenty of skilled offensive players to naturally provide scoring from their defensive baseline. Still seeing a few too many turnovers in the D-zone, especially the variety where a puck is backhanded, almost no-look up the boards to a waiting opponent. Work is needed to clean this up, but this last game against an opponent that sends a serious and scary forecheck at you, gives me reason to believe.

    27 is revitalized and playing great, 2, 7 and 4 are very dependable. The one thing I want to see the Hawks do, and I feel this was missing during the recent mini-slump, was to be less tentative without the puck. When the Hawks are anticipating and jumping passing lanes, getting sticks on passes, taking good angles and all together playing as a unit, it is a thing of beauty to watch. And once again they are moving in the right direction, with this leadership group I absolutely believe they can ‘turn the switch’, which attests to their complete hockey team skill set, this team has intelligence and skills, don’t count them out. I guarantee there are 29 other professional NHL clubs that will not dare count out the Chicago Blackhawks. This team is well respected not just in the NHL, but also around the sporting world, so let’s get behind them all the way – Go Hawks.

  28. Interesting to see the Hawks employ the same strategy that Caps used to beat the Kings in their last game; very agressive forecheck, hit the defensmen enough, and dump in. Don’t need to trade hit for hit, let them know you are there. Lots of jump in their game, Hawks were up for this one, lots of incentive. Wild are gaining, keep the Kings out, and at least maintain play-off position. Was impressed with Hossa’s physical game,always impressed with his two-way skill.; Saad is a major contributor .

  29. I think the game against the Jets was a wake up call for the Hawks. It prepared them well for LA. They carried over that aggressiveness and LA was not ready.

    Unfortunately, I am not sure the Hawks are built to sustain that type of play over the long hall. To win a 7 game series, our skilled players must play their skilled game. Our role players must maintain the physical play. Bicks, this means you too.

    Versteeg needs to change it up. GET RID OF THE PUCK before it is stolen from you please. Darling is showing that he is not just a legit backup, but is insurance is Crow goes down.

    Our next 6 games are gonna be fun. There is nothing I would like better than opening at the UC.

    Not sure yet about the new playoff format. It will be a shame if the 4th seed has fewer points than the 5th seed AND wild card teams.

  30. Outstanding effort. When the guys play with discipline on the forecheck and back check, clog the neutral zone and contest every play – this is how good the Hawks can really be. The Kings were suffocated. I don’t think they expected the Hawks to come at them like they did. Hopefully we can all understand how this compete level takes it out of a team. It is not easy to do this night in and night out, though we all expect it and criticize when it’s not there, but I think we sometimes take for granted how talented this squad is – even without Kane. I was a naysayer a couple of posts ago, but I’m happy to eat crow after watching the last two huge victories. Another note on last night: I thought Vermette looked great. It’s only a matter of time before he starts getting on the score sheet, IMO. And the 4th line looked terrific, too. If we can get that kind of play out of those guys on a consistent basis, we’re going to be awfully tough to contain. And Teuvo is looking like he’s figuring it out. He had 8 shots on net and looked more aggressive than I’ve seen him. He’s a mild mannered kid, for lack of a better way to say it, but I think games like last night will get him to realize that guys in this league hit first and ask questions later. The sooner he learns to toughen up his game, the better. Also, Darling is a winner. Love the way he plays. The only negative I saw from last night was Versteeg. He was sleepwalking. What’s up with him? Where did the jump in his game go?

  31. I think Oduya may finally be healthy. And/or perhaps he finally realized its a contract year. Keep it up 27. Wow! Teuvo also had a nice game on the 4th line. Hell, that whole 4th line was doing good. If Boston and LA miss the playoffs, all I can say is wow.

  32. Why do any one of get baited into caring what one angry person says, and in the case of RTF that’s all the time, he is a loud mouth that shouts when he types…when he is actually right about something its because he lists 2o different things and hits on one of them…and he’s flat out wrong most of the time! Anyone who watched that game last night KNOWS that TT played very well, especially for a 170 lb. rookie playing against the SC champions with everything on the line…even Q raved about TT…just ignore what you know to be crap…

    Share YOUR own insights into each game which we can all enjoy!

    The Hawks are what they are…a flawed hockey team yes, but they possess four good lines, depth, some toughness, four good Defencemen and two good goalies. Teams have won the SC with less! The best thing that Bowman did this season was to finally give in to Q’s coaching style and give him the players he wants…right or wrong, Q is the coach and wins with certain types of players.

    As for our playoff chances, Crawford is a proven playoff performer and Toews is the best leader in professional sports…he almost willed us to a Cup last season and he can do it again this year. From all reports, Kane will be back sooner than expected, so the Hawks are actually looking as good as ANY OTHER NHL TEAM right now!

    And while Timonen hasn’t panned out (yet), Vermette has finally done so and makes us that much better as a team, especially when Kane comes back! Plus Shaw, Oduya and Sharp have found their games just in the nick of time! And Versteeg plays his best hockey on the same line as Kane, so there’s hope there as well!

    The NHL playoffs are a marathon, not a sprint, and there’s a long way still to go!

  33. Teuvo played okay, not sure of this blog’s expectation of him.
    1- Teuvo does not need much space to create gaps in defense, so think of him as a great point guard. He’s smart and is finding his “skill set” it will come.
    2- Teuvo has a very average shot (old news) when comes to heat, accurate yes, and even more accurate of a passer, A shot is the hardest to craft and teach. If Teuvo had Bick’s wrist shot the Teuvo doubters would shut up, but that is his downside. He will create space like last night but his shoot wont beat most good goaltenders. That is okay!
    3 -No real heat on his shot plus he is small is size means he has to get shots off quick before contact. So sadly teams can play him for the pass, like Kings did Hossa all night until Hossa surprised everyone with the GOALLLL!
    4- Teuvo will be a passer first. But that is okay and he does add a nice dilemma for defenses when he’s in the offensive end, PLUS he has been back checking very well he does not dog it.
    5- In our zone he is too light to have any real impact but he’s a NHL player for sure.
    6- Teuvo needs a body guards on his line plus some complementary speed and he’ll develop just fine.

  34. Mike, probably the only thing that’s makes sense about the realignment is that which ever team has a higher 82 game rec. gets home ice. For example if WIN has a higher 82 game rec. then VAN, even though VAN is a 2 seed and WIN is a 5 seed, WIN has home ice if those teams played in 2nd rd.

  35. Some guys just have a hard on for a certain player – be it TT or CC or Bickell or whomever. They will stubbornly hold their ground no matter what the ever changing evidence shows. So be it. It doen’t matter a hill of beans what any of us think about a certain player.

    And just for the record: I think TT is an NHL player that is improving and very much fits in with the Hawks team; I think CC is a top-15 goalie, if not a top-10, and is worth $6M in today’s NHL and the Hawks should keep him; and I think that as long as Bickell shows up in the playoffs he was worth keeping for this “go for it” season but is too expensive to have on the roster next season.

  36. 4 has been doing great lately not just defending but scoring! I am not going to try to spell his name, I cannot spell as good as Tab can.

    Much better defenses last night. Great goal tending at a great price.

    I thought TT played a great game, I cannot wait to see more from him in the future. I disagree with Rufus on this one. TT fits in well with Chicago, if you want a good example of someone who was just not going to “fit in”, look at Kevin Hayes, big difference there. I saw TT turn over the puck in the first but it was far from being unacceptable, nothing came of it and while it did turn over, it also escaped the hawks zone in doing so and everyone got a change up. So no biggie there. Rufus just made some huge claims about TT and now Rufus’s heels are dug in and he will continue to refuse to give TT the chance he deserves in an attempt to save face from said earlier comments.

    But it’s fun regardless, I always respected Rufus’s opinion, we can’t all just agree with each other all the time. That would be no fun at all.

    :D

  37. Thought the Hawks got contributions from everyone in the lineup last night and can’t remember the last game where I made that statement. The playoffs sure look to be wide open as everyone has potential issues. For those who were contemplating jumping off the ledge last week how would you like to be a Blues fan! Appears they caught what the Hawks had (gave up 3 breakaways last night) and don’t have a playoff ready goalie.

    Another great part of last night was seeing all the Hawks surround referee Paul Devorski at the end of the game as it was his last game in the UC after something like 30 years. A real class act to see Sharp, Hossa, Kimmo and many others shaking his hand and wishing him well.

  38. for the record – great game by the hawks last night. Oduya reminded me of the time shortly after we got him from the Jets. Hossssssss. And Darling shut them down when he needed to. Huge frickin goalie.

    Always nice to get a win against LA.

    Thanks Hawks.

  39. RTF- while I mostly agreed with you regarding the Morin/Pirri kids (both were less than average skaters at best)… and poor fits – long term for Hawk’s bottom lines…

    TT- Can skate, TT can play D… TT IS making hurried TO’s in his own zone (kind of like 42 did last year… and 42 improved 110% since last year in that department)…
    And while TT’s shot isn’t “Hard”… the fact is — he can dance and jitter his way into getting the shots on net is a great sign… IF there is traffic… some will go in!!!

    the Only concern is – can he keep his skates along boards… he has all ready improved a lot in this…. But could be a lot better….

    Another gift TT seems to have… the puck seems to find him,,, and he actually goes to the net a lot for a small guy- Kinda like Kane in that regard… he jitters around the outside of the scrums- and finds the loose change.

  40. Re: Hammer

    Tied for 2nd in the league in + / – among defensemen at 24 with Kevin Klein of the Rangers. Jason Garrsion from Florida leads at 28.

  41. ZebraGreg, who do you think is the better of the 3 players mentioned? For me, Nick is the man no question.

  42. I would take Hammer without a doubt. While he may not have quite the offensive game of the other two, especially Garrison, he has elite defensive skills the other two don’t possess.

  43. To Zebra and Phil-
    little known fact-I taught Kevin Klein in Grade 6 in Kitchener, St. Paul–way back when (coached him in soccer and hockey as well)
    His sister ended up as a 6 foot power hitter in volleyball and was probably the best athlete in the family.

  44. Actually taught Gerry Skrypec at the same school and he was drafted by the Hawks while Klein played with Rockford for a short time. (Yes I’m old)

  45. For those still jerking it to Byfuglien, check out his crosscheck on J.T. Miller last night. SHOULD get suspended for the rest of the season. It was also poetic justice that he got burned for the GWG. Bad news is this opens up the chance for the Kings to get in the playoffs if he does indeed get the suspension he deserves.

  46. As talented as Buff is I believe he has always been a selfish player with a big ego. He was on ice for all Hawks goals or in the box . Last night that donkey play hurt Jets chances of making playoffs. He should get 2-3 games for that bonehead play. Absolute attempt to injure.

    Let’s Go Hawks!

  47. Jets are running out of chances and I would hate to see LA sneak in cuz Jets can’t finish. Both are big tough teams to play against

  48. The emergence of Hammer as an elite defenseman is certainly a feather in SB’s cap. He had to make a big decision between Niemi and Hammer and he definitely made the correct one.

    “Bannerman & Belfour” – Nice assessment all the way around. I don’t even bother with the RTF rants anymore, there will always be one in the crowd. These rants have progressed from amusing to annoying and now they are just plain predictable and boring.

  49. One things for sure with WIN and the other teams playing for the 4 or 5 seeds is ANA is going to get the higher 1 seed (unless they lose a couple and are around 25) so the 5 seed plays ANA.

  50. Barry, that’s why more people need to relax when it comes to some of the decions our organizations makes with young players. W know what we are doing. Trust the Bowmans.

  51. Just saw the Buff hit-wow! Usually the coach is over-dramatic to protect his player or get an important player that they play often off the ice but his comment-“he could have broken his neck” was bang on.
    A 260 lb. man using a composite stick could have done significant damage.
    I see that as 4 or 5 games.

    That said it would be nice to have that game changer back on the Hawks for the playoffs.

  52. Noonan- 260 for Buff is a little… light. Although I guess he is in better shape than years past.

  53. I think Buff is still overweight which makes him an even larger load. The Teuvo bouncings in Winnipeg were scary yet funny at the same time to watch. If Byfuglien played with controlled intensity more than 50% of the time he would be all world.

    Let’s see how long the NHL sits the big guy down today. Isn’t a phone in meeting limit suspensions to something like 4-5 games?

    Nice to see Kaner skating with the guys yesterday.

    Lets Go Hawks!!

  54. Very ugly hit to watch…it can all happen so fast …good point about the composite sticks…modern day gladiators. My thinking on what a great asset Buff is has certainly gone down. Well they let Bertuzzi continue on …I would have thrown him out of the league altogether. Buff likely got caught up in the moment and was careless, not thinking, Bertuzzi assault was well thought out and deliberate. Greater minds than me will decide what is to come. It does foreshadow what is to come in the playoffs. Lets hope they control the ugliness, running the goalies and such. Game 6 double OT vs LA last year great example of a great game.

    Lets play hockey and beat Vancouver tonight.

  55. “That said it would be nice to have that game changer back on the Hawks for the playoffs”……..

    As long as fans feel this way, we’ll always have that type of hockey play out there!

  56. Brokerwayne-your kidding right?
    Duncan Keith had done a couple of dangerous things in his time in the NHL-do we want him on the Hawks?

    It was a stupid, potentially dangerous play that needs to be addressed.

  57. I watched what Keith did to Sedin and wasn’t supportive of that either. But, I don’t equate the two. Buff was misusing his stick vs. us as well. Totally unnecessary. He has been using it as a weapon and deserves a stiff suspension. Totally thug like. No longer a fan.

  58. If the NHL allows raffi torres (no capitols in his name for a reason) to stay in the NHL, then nobody will be thrown out. Want to stop the thug tactic? Any player that is hurt by a cheap/illegal/suspendeble hit, his team can choose anyone from their team to sit out until their own player returns. After 3 suspentions you are out of a job. If Buff does that out on the street he is arrested, pure and simple. I love hockey but some of this shit is only done to take a star player out.(torres/HOSSA.)

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