Toews, Blackhawks Stun Avalanche In Denver

The Colorado Avalanche have owned the Hawks this season. So with the Blackhawks heading into Denver without Brandon Saad, it’s easy to understand if fans made plans that didn’t include watching the game for their Saturday evening.

After starting well in Winnipeg, the Hawks did not look as quick in the first period in Denver. Ryan Graves scored six minutes into the game to give the Avs a 1-0 lead. Robin Lehner made that hold up as Colorado had a 12-6 shot advantage through 20 minutes.

It felt like the Hawks were barely hanging on in the first period.

It felt like they had a fighter’s chance (literally) in the second.

Jonathan Toews tied the game 21 seconds into the middle period.

Patrick Kane, who assisted on three of Chicago’s goals in Winnipeg and scored the fourth, set Toews up for the goal.

Unfortunately the game was tied for just a little more than two minutes. Matt Calvert scored at 2:41 to give the Avs the lead back. Lehner got the initial shot and felt he was on top of the puck but it was loose between his legs. Calvert poked it home and Lehner wasn’t happy about it. The Hawks did not challenge the goal.

Then things started to ge physical.

Eight minutes into the second period, after Dennis Gilbert had a big hit, Gabriel Landeskog sought out the Hawks rookie defenseman and the two dropped their gloves. It was a good old fashioned heavyweight battle that Gilbert did well in.

Soon after tha fight Duncan Keith landed a huge hip check on Joonas Donskoi. And Zack Smith then laid a few big hits in the offensive zone for good measure. Things were getting chippy all over the ice.

The Blackhawks were playing physical hockey and getting the puck on net but weren’t able to tie the game at two. Inside the final minute of the second period Lehner made a terrific save on a Calvert shot. Unfortunately, Calvert retreived the puck and banked a shot into the net off Lehner’s body as he was down on the ice to extend Colorado’s lead to two.

Chicago had a 15-10 shot advantage in the second period. Colorado out-scored the Hawks 2-1 in the period, however, and led 3-1 heading to the third period.

In the previous three meetings the Blackhawks got their lunch handed to them by the Avs. On Saturday night they didn’t fold.

Kane tied the game at 11:22.

The goal is the 20th of Kane’s career, marking the 13th consecutive season to begin Kane’s career that he’s reached that benchmark.

Down only one, the Blackhawks struck again quickly. Erik Gustafsson threw the puck across the offensive zone and Kirby Dach collected it and put one home in impressive fashion to tie the game.

Dach was having a terrific night at both ends of the ice and was finally rewarded with a goal, his sixth of the season. Gustafsson and Adam Boqvist were credited with assists on the tying goal.

Adding fuel to the Blackhawks fire, Chicago got a power play 17 seconds after the Dach goal. Colorado was able to kill the penalty but the Blackhawks appeared to have legs in the third that they didn’t in the first.

With 3:17 left in regulation the Kane, Toews and Kubalik line went back to work. Toews appeared to target Kane with a pass as Kane was streaking to the front of the net. The pass missed Kane but found Kubalik who sniped home his 10th goal of the season and suddenly the Blackhawks had a 4-3 lead.

With 38 seconds left in regulation and with an empty net at the other end of the ice, Connor Murphy launched a shot from behind the circle to Lehner’s right. It found the back of the net and the Blackhawks had a two-goal lead.

When the final horn sounded, the Blackhawks had a stunning four-goal third period and skated away with a huge road victory.

Toews had a huge night. He had three points (one goal, two assists) and won 15 of 21 faceoffs. He was also credited with two takeaways, one blocked shot and one hit.

Dach had one of his better games as a professional. He led Chicago forwards with four shots on net in 14:50 and scored for the first time in what felt like an eternity.

Dylan Sikura skated for Saad. He was on the ice when Calvert scored his first goal and took only one more shift in the game; he skated only 6:57 on the night.

Kane and Kubalik had one goal and one assist each.

Lehner stopped 28 of 31 in the win.

97 thoughts on “Toews, Blackhawks Stun Avalanche In Denver

  1. Whats wrong with that.

    What I wil say is after wks of everyone here saying do 20 19 8 since game 5.

    It was that 3 min last part of that game that collitan had 20 19 8 then and we got 2 good shots.

    Since then that line 10 19 8 has scored.

    I know 20 is out now, which could be good other things.

    For now its tha start of good things.

  2. This is 7, SEVEN, games in a row against top 10 teams. We went 3-3 with ‘playing’ in 50% of the games like we have the entire season.

    Have we turned the corner, with this system anchor.

    Not even TB could do that in the last 4 yrs, since Blackhawks dynasty.

  3. The coach made his first good move of the season when he placed Kane on the line w Toews & Kubalik.

    Speaking of Kubalik, Bowman should solely be a scout. He has an eye for spotting talented players like this, gotta give him credit. The problem is he has no idea whatsoever how to generally manage the team. Next thing Bowman will do is trade Kubalik to Montreal, Arizona or Florida.

    The Hawks have enough talent to make the playoffs. 7-1 in back to backs, wins in Boston, Winnipeg & now Colorado, and nearly St Louis. Solid goaltending. What this shows is the players don’t give a shit more often than not bc they don’t respect the coach. For good reason.

    Joy in Mudville for the second night in three. We ll take it.

  4. Outstanding job Hawks.Pride made a visit to their locker room and hopefully here to stay.The feel of this game right from the start,when they did not have the legs,was very different.There was an intensity and urgency to their play which has not been seen.As I said earlier in the week,there is a way to play the Avalanche and that requires physicality and taking away time and space from Mackinnon.That team does not like to be hit and besides 49 their defense is not mobile in the d zone.Credit to Coach Colliton on putting 19 and 88 together and for letting 77 and 36 play and earn their ice time.Also for making the adjustment on the 2nd powerplay unit by putting 2 d men out.Nice job.

  5. Not only a fun game to watch but probably the most impressive win of the season.
    We have the nasty in Gilbert, now just need a true talented power forward with a mean streak.
    Dach elevated his game by a wide margin tonight.
    Lehner really played well, two weird goals against.

  6. The negative for tonight goes to 17 and 95.17 was standing doing nothing on 2 of the goals.95 was rightfully benched for losing his man on the 2nd period goal.With as sharp and intense as this team was tonight to give the effort that they gave is pathetic.Also 12 has to start putting the puck in the net and become more dangerous.I would say put him back with 17 but 77 seems to enjoy playing with him and 22.

  7. Another amazing accomplishment from Kane. Ageax of some big names there on that list.

    That was a fun game to watch. Guess Sikura back to Rfd. when freeze over. Really liked Dach’s game, really stood out tonight. Boqvist considering he playing top pair and against top lines of Avs and Jets last 2 games has looked just fine. At least was tying his man up on the Avs 3rd goal, alot of confusion all around there.
    From now until all star break schedule is more favourable than the last month wonder what that brings. That kind effort can win alot of games, where was it and will it be there, find out how they come out against Devils.

  8. During the last 2 minutes we up standing in front the tv enjoying the game.

    This team was fun to watch last night. They looked like they gave a damn.

    Happy Holidays everyones

  9. Tim give a negative 92, gotta stop the lazy icings, just a matter of time, they get burnt on it. Agree with Edso his hockey IQ is lacking.

  10. Great team effort – fun to watch. Dach looked really good, getting better every game. Gilbert has been a huge addition – teammates gotta be loving him. Will be interesting to see if we can keep up the intensity going forward.

  11. Iceman, I have liked Kubalik from the start and have said so of Bowman and Kahun was get Maatta for free. Whatever the shake, good moves.

    Cant be perfect when your trying to add a 4th and 5th, to The Only dynasty in salary cap era. Book end doesnt count, thats not even Nj worthy.

  12. You are right Ian.I blocked a couple of his lazy and plain dumb plays out of my mind.The not gaining the center line on the dump in after a difficult shift should have earned him a period on the bench right next to 95.Boy,if you replace those 2 in the lineup with a couple of big legit physical forwards.You really have a solid looking team.

  13. Why is Sikura in the NHL? How does he not have one goal in 3 years of opportunities, yet he is called up? Quenneville deserves a shot not a 160lbs Sikura!
    Nice win for the vets but please guys, don’t get excited about the bandwagon! No playoffs for the Hawks for the 3rd straight season.
    Another goal by DUCLAIR tonight! And we still have Carpenter (barely a 4th line player with San Jose and Vegas) playing on this roster for the next 3 seasons? Kampf , Nylander, Sikura, Smith, Cagg, Strome….Murphy? Need a serious upgrade, Bowman has had 4 years to do it and has failed.
    Happy Dach had a good game but I still believe the World Juniors would be a great tournament for him. He’d be playing with Elite Canadian players for a month! Then he returns in full form.

  14. Easily best win of the season and for two games in a row they brought it in the third – playing hard, going to the net, not afraid of contact and playing smart – it seems like forever since I’ve felt that way about this team

    Definitely kudos to JC for 8 – 19 – 88 line although I as many here did thought it should of happened a couple of games ago

    Strong games from all 6 rookies – Dach and Boquist stood out IMO but also 8, 36, 39, and 92 with impressive efforts

    No way 39 or 27 should be sitting to get 7 back in the line up when he’s ready – their upward progression is visible from game to game – keep them in the line up

    Amazing to see the Hawks step up physically – I feel like Gilbert is a big factor in making other Hawk players play bigger and more intense

  15. Finally Hawk playing positional hockey… and hammering other teams players more on entry… First time I saw Keith check someone instead of using the lumber…
    Was a good game to watch again as Hawks “kept playing” for 60 minutes…
    Always knew they could play this way if they were interested to…
    GO HAWKS !!!!!!!!!
    ?

  16. Agreed Sikura looked out of his depth – hopefully they give someone else a shot

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Wedin back but also wouldn’t mind seeing what Quennville has either

  17. Once again a big game from 88 which most of the time means a win for the Hawks. Apart from the game saving save at the end, Lehner was soft and out of position all game.

  18. Wrap hnic desk tonight said Seabrook played through nagging injuries and never got them looked after. Now he is and maybe out for extended period.

  19. Landeskog is such a tool. Glad Gilbert fed him a “how’s your father.” Smith was knocking guys around too. Colorado started playing sloppy and can’t help to think those forechecks were a part it. And Keith was solid. Great game by Kane and Kubalik.

    And Sikura, we need to have Bill Lumbergh give him a, “yeaaa, were going to need you to go ahead and find your way back to Rockford, mkay”?

  20. I give Bowman credit as well for Smith & Carpenter on the lower lines; they re NHL players that add something to the mix. Once again, the main problem w this team is the coach. Who Bowman hand-picked. Carefully. Sneakily. To give himself cover.

    Maybe the veterans (Toews Keith Kane etc) said to Rocky “listen, we re gonna start playing hard consistently from now on if you get rid of Colliton after the holidays and let Crawford coach the team”. Who knows. Regardless, Bowman & Colliton should still both be discharged.

    Good evening.

  21. Wrap agree Sikura seems a waste of time up with Blackhawks, know your high on Nylander but until he learns to play in his own end he should be in Rfd learnung too. On the ice for 2 of 3 goals tonight, maybe not his man per se but certainly offering any support either.
    Like to see him put Dach Debrincat and Strome together and have Carpenter with Quenneville and Wedin, maybe Cagguila. Freeze on now to 28th so won’t until then anybody goes down.

  22. I’ve been tough on the core most of the season. Tonight I give credit to 3 guys wearing letters for doing an outstanding job of being leaders. 88 was again noticeable on the back check, with an impact. 2 was much better in position and smarter pinches, and 19 working hard and making a difference. 3 guys leading by example opens the ice for the others to grow and play. We are seeing a tone set by 39, who looks like he wants to stay in the NHL. He is earning it. dare I say we are starting to look like a team.

    Are we developing an identity? Did we actually help a goalie who struggled a bit more than usual, but came up big when needed? I can learn to enjoy this kind of hockey, win or lose. This kind of effort allows everyone to be evaluated for a more true sense of their talents, which can allow us to see the coaching changes made during the game (if any). JC can be better evaluated when 20 guys are working on the ice. We can learn what we need and HOPEFULLY fill those needs, be they a coaching change or a 3rd liner. 27 and 77 looked better the last 2 games. I like slowly ramping ice time for Dach, and with Saad out, Dach should get the extra ice time. Hopefully people get off the Kubalik bitching. That kid has game and will be a scorer in the league. He is settling in. It takes time – the kid came from a different country. He can snipe it.

    Let’s see what NJ does again Crow, and if we play intense or like there is a vacation coming their way. A third (or actually a fourth) solid game in a row would be great to see.

  23. Like Silent says its not the coach, only the coach. I feel bad and shouldnt judge the coaches too much. Just its easy to say, hey its the system. Even though prob it is, but thats half the players, haleeffoert 50% of the time? No.

    Just the time were in and who ever in certain positions are in, We are in together. 19 didnt say ohh I am a 42nd cente in the league. Nah. Came out and stuck it to them with a line mate like 20 or 8. hey since that 3min stint. Holy Shit. 19 88 can still play have a door way.

    Gilbert, who is that. Suck on that 92, you cant get all the call like Ohio St did, in this game. Thats going to come back to haunt you. You got to earn it in the tournament.

    Energy grit, OSU your not getting any better. Kentucky is and wont have deal with the calls anyworse then that. Fukking terrible.

    Sorry Silent, when they suck they suck.

    And I hear ya and agree for the most part. I can hold myslef when its that bad.. A 4 step travel. Off the head, out of bounds. Almost, almost fixed/all the calls.

    But that is a different sport.

  24. Trip, thats the kind of pansy footing I was talking about. We need to nail them, defend the honor of the Cheaerlston Chief and then play hockey.

    Or otherwise were just some pups in the woods old man.

    I will shine her shoes for you, shes pretty shes under something in some country.

  25. I am not going against what anyone is saying, just adding to it. or what I see and to share good vibes.

    Ups and downs. So at some point were going to say hey were better then 50% of the time. girls I want more time then that.

  26. Whats Tazer, when we Need to bring up stats by the way, about 72 pt in 82 games kind of thing. With a 14 for 28 start. Yea, you try playing checking line or without 20 or 8 for 25 games. 64 should have the pts of a top 15 1st line center when playing with top 6 FWs. Ohh? wait that wasnt 19 playng the entire 30 games, Nah.

    Nah.

    Suck on thaaaaat! ya fukking gflatlanders.

    19 is good no matter how you spin it. Release

    take HER easy or she will complain on everything.

  27. Strome skating away from contact and pressure on Calvert’s goal deserves notice of how bad this player is, how just as soft as Nylander he is considering he’s over 6 feet tall! This player needs to be traded away or the Hawks will be stuck with a bust long term. Nick Schmaltz!

  28. I would make a call to the Rangers after the holiday week to see if they would be interested in reuniting 17 with his brother for Lias Anderson who just requested to be traded.Take Kreider off their hands too.

  29. That was pretty sweet considering the opponent’s recent success against us. 39 is a keeper. 77 will surely be a terrific long time Blackhawk. Things go better with Dunc playing well

    It takes a bench full of players, but honestly….where would this team/franchise be without 88? He’s on a 102 pt pace and hasn’t missed a game in about 5 years. He seems plenty damn tough to me

    great win!

  30. @ Iceman-

    I’m convinced after reading your posts this season you know absolutely nothing about hockey.

  31. Landeskog has been a tough guy to play against since his Kitchener Ranger days -the fans and team mates loved him then, and they love him now. (he is the kind of guy-a little younger maybe, that Chicago needs-you hate him when he plays against you)

    Hull 65 Bah Hum Bug-enjoy a couple days around the Holidays to relax and think positive thoughts-lol

    I do agree than Quenneville should get a few games this year, and that there are still important holes to fix. But enjoy some egg nog!

  32. The coach doesn’t play the game….true enough. But the coach is supposed to be the leader…..on the bench and in the locker room. He is supposed to put together a system that motivates the players play as a team and make them accountable when they fail. In these respects, JC comes up short. JC does not own the locker room and at times does not own the bench. He may be a great coach given time. But now he is a coach in training. An experiment of Bowman’s making.

    We may never know the real reason Q rushed out of Chicago and JC was rushed in. It is hard to imagine that Rocky is good with the situation.

    The Hawks have many good pieces. I would even say, if just barely, they have playoff making talent. The last couple of games shows some of that. But, management changes are needed. Just as Q’s time was up (although the way it was done was bush league) IT IS TIME FOR CHANGES IN THE FRONT OFFICE. My guess is that will come in June.

    Win or lose, efforts like last night will great to see and fun to watch.

  33. “yeaaa, were going to need you to go ahead and find your way back to Rockford, mkay”?

    Thanks Trip, for the Lumbergh reference; started my Sunday with a smile!

  34. Morrison were you drinking last night? You’re more unintelligible than usual this morning. Nice to see a full effort for once, game of the year so far

  35. Ok boys, I’m going to get some push back on this but here goes………….Fighting in the NHL is a necessary evil. You need it to protect yourself, protect your team mates and change momentum. Dennis Gilbert changed the momentum of the game. Period.

    The last 4 years the Hawks have been pushed around and bullied to the point of basically not being able to withstand the bigger, more skilled teams. Gilbert brings a snarl that we have lacked for years. Plus, he gets other players on the bench to believe in the “one for all and all for one” mentality.

    Caggiula and Shaw have to be chomping at the bitt to get back, now. They love the physical game. Believe me when I tell you that Colliton is NOT behind this type of play. A team “morphs” into the way the leaders play on the ice. All Colliton cares about is the “W” and that’s all he should care about. How they get the “W” is all on the players on the ice.

    Last night you saw a fast, highly skilled team in the AV’s get punched in the face, literally, and have no answer. Even the big defenseman, Fedorov, was backing off the wall. Intimidation in pro sports comes in many forms, but the truth is that when you can play as a group, when you can stand up for each other as a group and when you hold each other accountable AS A GROUP, winning will come!

    Nice job Dennis Gilbert. It took a 23 year old rookie out of a small college in South Bend Indiana to show the Hawks how to play the game the right way.

  36. Reg – no push back from me – I completely agree. When Gilbert takes on a Simmonds or Landeskog he is showing huge leadership. Everyone else should be embarrassed if they can’t give maximum effort after he steps up. We don’t have the size and speed of the top teams but if we play a more physical game we can compete and, as you say, it changes the dynamic for the other team. Using a baseball analogy, the big hitter doesn’t hang over the plate when he knows a pitcher throws hard inside. This is also why I would send Sikura back down and bring up either Quenneville or Cramorossa. They would fit in with more physical guys like Carpenter and Smith (who were nice cheap acquisitions).

  37. Echo the thought son 88, 19 and 2 being leaders last night – excellent games from all three

    It seems Toews has stopped taking stupid penalties and bitching and whining to the refs and since then his play has dramatically improved

    That’s all great but why did that take so long? What’s with this Toews is always a slow starter narrative – maybe it’s true but it’s not an excuse for not playing this way from game 1 – he is the captain after all and very well paid at that

    The Hawks would likely have a few more wins if he’d found his game from the start

  38. Reg – no push back from me either – in fact I credited Gilbert in an earlier post for allowing the Hawks to play bigger

    He should stay in the line up

  39. Great win by the hawks. Happy Christmas to everyone here.

    Also enjoy a damn win. Enjoy it all. Quit bitching about certain players and the gm/coach. We just won against Colorado 5-3.

  40. Missed most of this best game of the season. This team is way too dependent on 88 and 19. One or both must have a great game for us to win. Good teams have more depth.

    Strome can only contribute when surrounded by better talent. Trade him for
    a mid-second rounder and be done with it. Send Nylander to RFD and hope for the best.

    Want to help Dach become a great player? Send him to the WJC for some unmatched
    learning.

  41. MRFENN92

    I agree. I saw a tweet I loved last night. Something like this.

    There are many things wrong w/ Hawks this year. But that was sure a damn fun game to watch.

  42. I thoroughly enjoyed the Hawks coming together as a team last night.The backchecking and picking up men in the danger zones in the slots has dramatically improved.As they get more time playing together I believe that fire drill that occurs when they get in trouble or tired will dissipate too.We all saw the negatives.95 can not play in the Nhl.92 has skills but at times is unaware or just lazy.As I have stated before,17 is not a #2 center.On top of his slow skating and inability to win faceoffs he now has added laziness in the defensive zone.I would hope that the Hawks are not even thinking about paying him the reported 5 to 6 million a year.

  43. Well said Reg! When the Hawks are willing to play with a physical edge they up the intensity AND play better as a team. It’s contagious. Gilbert again brought that element last night. That kid is a keeper. Smith did it too. Duncs bangin’ Donskoi was a thing of beauty and had to jack up Hawks bench last night. They made sure Girard paid a price for drilling D cat as well. To SB’s credit, Smith was brought in along with Shaw for that precise purpose. Keiths hit brought over Graves(?) and Duncs I’m sure had a few choice words for that kid. End of story. Duncan Keith is not well known for having a heavy game, but once his brain goes into launch mode he is all in. Ask Daniel Sedin. Carter. Burrows the hair puller? Guys on the Wild? Seems to me that Keith comments this past week served to motivate this Hawks team that was skidding badly. That’s leadership. Kane and Toews were very good last night. The whole team skated hard.

    While I believe this Hawks team is still lacking experienced talent, they have shown some good stuff when they commit to playing 60 minutes with an edge. JC gets some credit for switching Kubalik up with Kane and Toews. Those guys seemed to have some positive chemistry. Keep em together.

    I still believe playoffs are a long shot. Too many times this year we see a good game or two, especially on the road. Then they come back to the UC and stink the joint out to start games and then remain inconsistent on the effort side of the ledger. If they can start home games with the type of intensity we saw develop last night it could get interesting. If they play the way they did last night they should beat NJ. Isles game Friday will be a good test.

    Let’s Go Hawks!!

  44. MS……I agree, let’s send down the smaller, less physical young kids and bring up some boys that wanna play a “big boy” game. We can blend them in with D-cat and Dach and a couple of the more skilled kids.

    Again, at the lower levels of hockey there is no place for fighting. But in the pro game you have to make sure everyone plays on the same equal plain. Sometimes a punch in the face or a solid, clean hit(Duncan Keith) makes a bench full of speedy, skilled forwards say, “oh crap, we’re in trouble”.

    Boys, thanks for your support. Fighting should not be banned at the pro level, it should just be “part of the game” like the inside fastball.

    Oh, I almost forgot……..Highmore played a nice physical game, too. A good 4th line addition.

  45. Still fun to watch the Hawks when they are playing all out. Seabrook out is a big plus for this defense.
    I loved watching the play of Gilbert, Duncs, Kubby, Dach and 88 &19 last night.
    This team is still dangerous if they can solidify blueline, which is possible if they coax Seabs into a post concussion type retirement.
    Hawks have to show up tonight, that would be fun. Colliton system looked fine last night and finally maybe he is getting a clue and a smidge of respect. Bowman still has screwed this team up with several miserable moves and picks the last 5 years, but credit due on Gilbert and Dach and Kubby and Lenny.
    Go Hawks, it was fun watching some hockey last night. And what’s your drink(s) of choice Morrisson?

  46. Had a random thought about the Pepsi Center last night.Why are they allowed to blast that audible computerized tone when they kill off a penalty and their man is exiting the penalty box?Seems like a benefit to the Avalanche.

  47. WIN at 20-11 says top 10 team to me.

    For that matter, I would say every team that is +15 or more over .500 would top 10 team area. Each yr theres about 10 teams that are 15 or better, right?

    Mike R, I think the same good post.
    AJ, we did get a little tipsy last night, thats for sure. Celebrating a good win against COL after the other games against them. Defenitly rejoicing with that win.

  48. Never knew Matta was slower than Seabrook… He can sit to “rest up” too any time…
    Last game don’t mean shi* if they lay an egg against NJ.. moving forward….
    Let see if they finally woke up for good!
    Go Hawks….
    Now, “wheres my wine bottle opener”.
    ??

  49. ORIGINAL6HAWKEY I totally agree with you that Dach would be better served playing in the WJC…Why not?

    I didn’t realize that Dachs goal last night was his first point in fifteen games.

    Kirby should be playing in all situations playing 25-30 minutes a game in Jr.
    Or if he is going to be in the NHL play him at least 15 minutes a game.
    It all comes back to the hawks going all in to try to make the playoffs and absolutely nothing to do what is best for Dach. If Dach was getting 15-20 minutes a game in the NHL I would be okay that. Less than 15 minuites a game makes no sense to me.

    ORIGINAL how is the Shaw trade looking now?

  50. Reg, Lehner and Gilbert are the start of the resurgence.

    Guys, some good ufa there that play the style we need.

  51. Good move today recalling John Quenville.More NHL forwards doing the right thing is a welcome sight.Agree with the MAATA observation.Slow and a little shaky.Wonder what Mc Coshen would look like.I think the running at the Hawk forwards would slow down.,Hey,did anyone see Landeskog do anything remotely noticeable or physical after his seeking out Gilbert for that fight?Also McKinnon did not seem like his self after that tumble into the boards in the 1st and a few subsequent body checks.It reminded me of a game he played in Edmonton last month where Kassian knocked him onto his ass 2 minutes into the game and he was tentative the rest of the night.

  52. Mrfrenn, we did. Ohh boy did we ever.

    Tim, Jordy said it first and many times do not do the high caphit that Schmaltz wanted. Do a bridge. I am for whatever make the roster better. That is a Wirtz refresh and roster adjustments.

    We see what Lenher and Gilbert bring to the fight. Now lets get the right kind of mix and better players/when availbe like thos ufas you guys just mentioned.

    Lets build this roster again and have identity.

  53. STAPE, I still believe a large part of the reason for keeping Dach here is to save the GM’s and coach’s jobs. It makes me sad to see him being used like that.

    I received flak for knocking the trade for Shaw immediately after it was made. He was always injury-prone with several concussions. We traded 2nd and 3rd round picks, desperately needed for a system with few blue-chip prospects. His $3.9M cap hit for the next two years doesn’t help either. Shaw, when healthy, is a very good bottom six. Hopefully, he comes back from his latest concussion. But another one … don’t even want to say it.

  54. Tim, yea that is crap. I also think every rink should have to have the same color on top of the boards and between glass, just like the blue lines and center line and circles.

    That way every rink is same and sounds are same. Your right there should be no noises/sounds from rink arena, during play. Only between whisltes.

    STL might have shown the blueprints in how to beat BOS and COL.

  55. Unless we cant trade, straight up, those ufas we got this summer. There yrs left shouldnt matter.

    I always thought after we got those 4 ufa players this summer that we only keep 2 of them after this season. Didnt know which 2. Thought Haan and one other. Now with Haan injuries being that many times, I do not know.

    Between thr 4 of them thats 16m right there for ufas and resigns. Plus another 5 m keeping one of the goalies.

  56. Another thing with Tazer is, how many faceoffs has he won in the last so many games. Seems like off the charts.

    Wonder if he was playing through something for wks, when faceoffs were lower then his usual and those penaltys and just stuff. Then the last so many games hes ‘playing’ and doing, What?, with faceoffs.

    Did someone talk to him or he talked to someone. Maybe a good friend from home.

  57. ORIGINAL6HAWKEY, I couldn’t agree more with you. I think that you have common sense and that you don’t let being a hawks fan cloud your vision.

  58. I don’t know if this does much to change the Blackhawks situation in the standings, but it was a great team effort. Toews had a terrific game and Dach with his best game yet. Don’t lay an egg against lowly NJ and they go into Christmas at.500.

  59. Boys, I agree that Seabs and Maatta are slow of foot, but there is something to be said for being able to play your position and NOT run around in your own defensive end. There is no substitute for experience. Even a guy that can skate fast is often caught out of position and in a panic when he needs to settle down.

    Seabs and Maatta have 5-6 Cups between them? I want them on the ice when the shit hits the fan!

  60. Very interesting situation developing in New York. Top 10 draft pick in 2017, Center Lias Andersson wants out and has left their AHL team.

    Hmmm. Bowman’s affinity to acquire Swedes, hire them as Coaches and Bowmans trend of acquiring former highly drafted players such as Strome, Kookoo, Perlini, Nylander make this very interesting.

    Secondly, a bit of irony after the Rangers were able sign K. Hayes, J. Vesey and Adam Fox, because they stiffed the team(s) that drafted them.

  61. @Mo: Jonny was 3o-6 in the dot last weekend not to mention last night. He is 3rd in the league in wins and sitting at 57%. He even dominated O’Reilly (7 for 8) even though he has struggled against him historically.

  62. Dach is not overwhelmed at the NHL level and we see him steadily improving week after week – do people think that his rate of improvement is going to accelerate at the WJC? – I don’t and I’m fine with the desicion to keep him in CHI

    And the same for Boquist – they’re both ready to learn the men’s game and that’s what they’re doing and doing fine at it – the WJC isn’t a men’s game

    If they suddenly send Boquist back to RKF then it’s fair to wonder why they didn’t send him to the WJC but I think the plan is to keep him with the Hawks unless he completely gets overwhelmed and based on the last few games I don’t see that happening – he’s adjusting well

  63. Maybe Seabs and Maatta could rotate in and out of the line up but I don’t want them both in at the same time

    One slow but solid positionaly D man is enough

    A lot of ifs but next year’s D could be Mitchell, Boquist, Keith, Murphy, DeHaan and Gilbert

    not too bad – some physicality and mobility

  64. 30-6.
    I got 15-6 this game.

    Thats 45-12 those 3? games. Wonder when he started to do that good again, and what his win loses at faceoffs totals since.

    45-12
    79%

    Holy Schnikes.

  65. Agree Dach and Boqvist are Nhl players now, not juniors any more, that is in the past, this is the present.

    Try Dach with Debrincat and Strome, when Saad and Cagguila return or possibly Shaw, have a viable 3rd line. Could add a guy like Anderson that Craig mentioned for there too or maybe Quenneville or somebody else in Rfd steps up as year goes on. If Strome shopped Saad with Dach Debrincat be a fine line.

  66. Wrap, yea I see the group of Defensemen getting better each yr, for coming yrs. Then when Gilbert BoQ Mitch get to 100/200 games are taking it to another level.

    Need to round off the FWs with the Wirtz refresh.

  67. Good to get a look at some of the forward depth in Rfd. See who will be vying for a spot next year, along with Highmore, Quenneville, Sikura and Wedin players like Kurashev, Entwistle, Hagel and Johnson in first year as pros and adapting nicely it seems, may not see much time this season. They can bring size and grit, strong pk, 2way play abilities, plus possible top6 help too. Obviously all don’t likely make roster but a couple could be a big part of next season. A healthy Fortin, Nilsson faces from last year could still be up again too. The ones that i’m expecting for sure are Kurashev to be in mix for a offensive line role and Entwistle in Smiths role and save cap.

  68. Kurachev Barratt looked good when all the top players in world juniors last yr. Enwhitsle good to. Those are the players I like the most.

    We need some of them to be good.

    Need to do roster adjustment this deadline draft summer ufas, to fit the system. Need a good system.

  69. Yeah Mo thinking Barrett may need some time in Rfd., gravy if he is ready. Johnson the type of player everybody wanting to acquire here on posts, read his junior coach Brent Sutters take on him, plus may be answer for fos too. Saying Kayumov maybe coming over too, interesting to see what he brings, supposedly lots of skill, small side though. Saw a quote from Powers saying he may have top 6 potential after watching him.

  70. Watched the wild pond hockey game between Leafs and Canes-but what stood out for me, other than lack of defense was just how talented T.T. (86) is for Carolina. His hands are top 5 in the league. Amazing.
    Marner’s not bad as well.

  71. Yea, I like King of the roads. When I saw him in Lake Placid those two summers, other teams GMs and ass GMs said to me, yea thats exactly what Chicago needs, another Kaner. I said I ll take it.

    The Finland guys were cool, but man did I party with the Sweden scouts/coaches those summers.

    At the scrimmages that summer, I heard a lot of chatter, from other teams GMs and ass GMs and scouts, saying Teravainen was best playing at Worlds since Kane.

  72. O do not think its matters, when people say after we beat BOS means nothing if you do not follow it up and beat NJ, we did.

    Then they say same thing herem afetr beating COL if we do not follow it up it means nothing, we did not this time.

    I do no think it matters, we literaly show up and ‘play’ for about half the games and the other had we do not.

    No team is catching DET or NJ in standings for top pick.

  73. We did just string together 4 good games out of 6 games, against top 10 teams. Just 50/50 ovrall though for when we ‘play’.

    Might get lucky since Central is as hard as all other division combined and pascific is weak, those teams in pacific can get free wins against each other and we could stay close to those teams for top 5 skill draft pick.

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