Blackhawks Comeback Bid Earns Overtime, Not A Win

Remember when Jeremy Colliton emphatically said the team needed to be — and would be — better to start their second game after getting run out of the barn in Denver on Wednesday night?

It took the Devils 17 seconds to score on Friday night.

Dougie Hamilton’s first goal as a Devil ended Kevin Lankinen’s shutout bid early and received a collective groan from the Blackhawks’ fanbase. It looked like a young, fast team the Blackhawks should be able to beat if they want to be a playoff contender was going to run them out of the rink just as the Avs did two nights earlier.

The 19 minutes and change that followed did see the Hawks settle down and skate, but to limited offensive opportunities. Hamilton went to the box at 7:33 into the first but the Hawks did nothing with the advantage. The Blackhawks got a second powerplay in the closing seconds of the first period that carried over to start the second period.

After 20 minutes of hockey, both teams had six shots on net showing on the board. Alex DeBrincat skated 9:04 in the first period, easily the highest total among Chicago skaters. Tyler Johnson, back at center because we learned nothing on Wednesday, won five of six faceoffs in the first period. Jonathan Toews won one of three faceoffs in the first; the troubling part of that stat is Toews and Johnson were the only Blackhawks to win a faceoff in the first period. New Jersey won 63 percent of the draws in the first.

The powerplay time carrying over to start the second period paid off. Toews tied up Dougie Hamilton in front of the net and Patrick Kane found DeBrincat for the easy snipe. It took 51 seconds for the Blackhawks to tie the game in the second period.

Johnson and Kane were credited with the assists. The powerplay goal brought DeBrincat into some elite company in Blackhawks history. (Note: your regular reminder that Steve Larmer’s number should be retired by the Blackhawks.)

The Blackhawks were short-handed with Johnson in the box three minutes into the second and again with Connor Murphy in the box 14 minutes into the period. Both teams were doing a nice job of getting their cardio in during the second period but neither netminder was getting tested much. That changed late in the period for Chicago’s netminder.

With 2:02 left in the period, Jack Hughes made a nice play in traffic, spinning and throwing the puck on net through traffic and beating Lankinen to give the Devils a 2-1 lead.

Lankinen made a huge save with about 10 seconds left in the middle period to keep the score at 2-1, which is where it stayed as the two teams headed to the intermission.

The Devils out-shot the Hawks 13-11 in the second period. Kane was credited with four of the Hawks’ 17 shots on net through two periods. And Seth Jones, who was having a much better second game in the Indian head, skated 16:23 of the first 40 minutes.

Chicago got the first power play of the third period but did nothing with it. At 6:34 into the third, Andreas Johnsson extended Jersey’s lead to 3-1. Dawson Mercer picked up his first career NHL point with an assist on the goal. And the Blackhawks were chasing in the third period for the second time in as many games.

The third period was sloppy has hell for the Blackhawks and Colliton threw his lines back in the blender. The Blackhawks were showing absolutely no ability to keep the puck in the zone or sustain any pressure whatsoever against a young New Jersey team. On the blue line, Jake McCabe and Connor Murphy were having an especially rough night, which got the attention of a favorite analytics account of ours on Twitter.

With seven minutes left in regulation and the Blackhawks still chasing two, Chicago got four minutes of power play time as Mercer went to the box. The Devils killed 1:55 of the first penalty and Lankinen started making his way to the bench for an extra attacker but Jonathan Bernier was able to make a save and hold the puck. After Chicago won the faceoff, Lankinen went to the bench with five minutes left in regulation and the second penalty beginning as Colliton got desperate for any offense.

With 3:53 left in regulation and the net empty, a Johnson shot that didn’t make it all the way to the net found Dach on the doorstep and he cut the lead to one with his first goal of the season. Dach was having another strong night and it was good to see his work rewarded with a goal.

Lankinen went back to the bench at even strength with two minutes left in regulation as the Hawks continued chasing a goal. In the final 30 seconds of regulation, Jones made a great play to keep the puck in the zone and Brandon Hagel made a great pass to Dominik Kubalik who sniped home a game-tying goal.

Regulation came to a close with the score tied at three. Lankinen made some huge saves in the third period to keep his team alive and the desperation offense in the final four minutes paid off with two late goals to earn the Blackhawks their first point in the standings of the 2021-22 season.

In overtime, for some unknown reason Erik Gustafsson was on the ice so of course the Devils got a 2-on-1 break. Gustafsson looked bad, Lankinen got left hanging and Hughes scored his second of the night to earn the OT win for the Devils.

Lankinen stopped 26 of 30 in the loss.

Jones (26:08) was the only Chicago defenseman over 20 minutes in the game. He was credited with two shots on net, two takeaways, one hit and picked up an assist in the game. He played well offensively late in the third period. Jones skated 6:26 on the power play in the game.

When the going got tough, Dach was between Kane and DeBrincat. Which begs the question: why not start the game with him there so the offense that line generates doesn’t wait to appear until they’re put together in the third period? Dach only won three of 10 faceoffs in 20:34 but scored a big power play goal late and was credited with two takeaways.

Toews skated 19:17 and won 11 of 18 faceoffs.

Johnson was credited with two assists and won seven of 10 faceoffs in 17:58.

Kane also picked up two assists in 22:15 but was minus-three in the game. He led Chicago with seven shots on net.

Gaudette skated only 8:16 in his season debut. Again, Colliton wasting a roster spot on a guy he refuses to play. So much for balance, eh?

On a somber note, before the game the Blackhawks and Devils teamed up to honor a player who played for both organizations, Jimmy Hayes, who sadly passed away this summer.

63 thoughts on “Blackhawks Comeback Bid Earns Overtime, Not A Win

  • October 15, 2021 at 8:51 pm
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    Doesn’t matter who we bring in. It still looks like a Chinese fire drill out there. Colliton needs to be fired before this season becomes unsalvageable.

  • October 15, 2021 at 8:53 pm
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    Excuses from the Kool Aid drinking fans in 3……2…..1…… GUS on the 3 vs 3??? WHY????

  • October 15, 2021 at 9:09 pm
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    The cool aid goes down better with some vodka, fyi.

  • October 15, 2021 at 9:24 pm
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    Goaltending solid, winning the special team battles, wins will come. Gotta like the compete to hang in and tie it up, showing their never out of a game at least. McCabe needs to clean up his passes in own zone big time, among other things that the team will get worked out.

    Just knew when Dach and Toews started with Jones in ot, Gus and Kane going to be out there next, thought Cat be with them and maybe was about to be. Obvious it had potential to be very bad if they lost the puck before they scored, unfortunately they did. Toews and Kane both looked fine out there tonite, wonder if Toews gets back to back games or gets night off, with Strome in for him Pittsburgh.

  • October 15, 2021 at 9:32 pm
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    these weak slow starts to the season reminds me of the following coaches
    Dirk Graham, Lorne, Dog Food Alpo, and Trent. how long is JC leash?
    players will just skate, but players will play for a real coach.

  • October 15, 2021 at 9:35 pm
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    It seams to me that the Hawks had no direction and sometimes looks completely lost
    Why put Gus on the 3 on 3 ? ? Not a good move from Colliton .
    Still early but ……

  • October 15, 2021 at 9:49 pm
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    Could not see the game because of not having NHL Network, but watched the highlight package. I sure hope Weideman gets the TV gig. That guy is one splendid announcer.

    When your best players have horrible games, you are probably going to lose. Murphy had a terrible game.

    These bad starts are discouraging, but the Hawks played hard at the end to salvage a point. They play hard for Colliton at the end of games, but not the beginning.

    People are bitching about Gus being out in OT but I have not seen anyone on this site roasting Dach over the pathetic “pass” he made that resulted in the 2 on 1. It was terrible. I am a Kirby fan and think he is going to live up to potential. It was great to see him get one tonight after the frustration from Wednesday. Gus tried to take away the passing lane, but with 3 on 3, there is just too much room and Hughes was outstanding on that goal. Trying to place importance on what happens 3 on 3 is futile. It is gimmicky, but FAR better than shootouts, so we have to live with it. It’s always fun when the Hawks are on the right side of the gimmick.

    We need Tyler Johnson’s face-off prowess. Glad to see him get the assists tonight too after his tough game Wednesday. Now we need Murphy/McCabe to bounce back tomorrow.

    It is getting annoying seeing players with potential get no time. This would be Gaudette and Mitchell. But we don’t know what goes on behind the scenes. Maybe they are doing things they are told not to do. Of course, maybe the coach is mishandling them, just like Q did with some players.

    I was disappointed to see Douglas Hamilton get a goal but enjoyed seeing him victimized on the Hawks PP. Is there a more annoying name on the planet than Dougie?

    Lots of new players. It is going to take a while, but like everyone else, I would like some immediate gratification.

  • October 15, 2021 at 9:51 pm
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    So we confirmed tonight that nothing has changed from this ridiculously stupid defensive zone coverage. McCabe is awkward and bad. 2 full games and 37 Minutes of ice time and our #1 Center has 1 yes 1 shot on net and is of no offensive consequence whatsoever. Anyone catch the scene on the Hawks bench in the 2nd period with a certain Captain waving off going on the ice to take the initial draw on a penalty kill. Out of shape or disinterested? Murphy was bad all night putting up a -3 . Overtime was a joke with Toews drifting for 25 seconds and asking off the ice. Why Gus in O.T. ? You have Seth flicking Jones. On the plus side T.Johnson was much better,Dach was solid,Hagel was great,Kurashev and Entwistle are each getting better by the shift. Lots of problems already. Going to be a long season.

  • October 15, 2021 at 9:52 pm
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    Hagel has great mitts and Kube is a pure sniper. I hope they both stay for a long time. They’ve become my two favorite players to watch.

  • October 15, 2021 at 9:59 pm
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    Yes Dach,s pass in O.T. was bad and should never be made. Especially when Gus is the lone man back. I agree with Ian,s thinking. Maybe give a tired Captain a night off in Pittsburgh. Look at me pushing for Strome or Carps to hit the ice. The apocalypse is truly upon us!

  • October 15, 2021 at 10:13 pm
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    Yeah there is a more annoying name than Dougie …it`s ROBS .

  • October 15, 2021 at 10:21 pm
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    Tim W., unfortunately, it sounds to me like Toews reached his physical limits near the end of the game and did the responsible thing to get off the ice. Whether the reason for that is his conditioning or the looming presence of his autoimmune disorder is unknown. My personal experience with a similar auto-immune disorder is that I recovered after about 18 months to the point I needed no meds, but I have never had the same energy. I am not an athlete, so, actually the disorder helped me sleep better and chill out generally. Not sure that helps a hockey player (but it might). I imagine Toews has been working tirelessly to get back to par, but I fully expect him to need some days off, such as tomorrow in Pittsburgh.

  • October 15, 2021 at 11:17 pm
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    Rundbladder, if that is the case then he becomes at best the 4th line center/Faceoff Specialist who skates about 9 minutes a game and gets off the ice after most of his faceoffs. We will find out soon enough but those couple of scenes that were caught on camera were not encouraging

  • October 15, 2021 at 11:38 pm
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    Tim W., I need a slap on the wrist for rushing out to the ledge already. The thing I learned about the autoimmune diseases is that there are infinite variations and most of them, apparently, are unnamed (such as the one I had about 10 years ago). So, I don’t mean to speculate that Toews will have symptoms like mine. But I will be watching him with a close eye to see how he is managing.

  • October 15, 2021 at 11:48 pm
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    Agree that Toews has been pedestrian but I’ll give him time to get it going

    Lots of blame to go around on the OT winner – Dach can’t throw the puck out front blindly Gus can’t take himself out the way play with a sad sprawling slide and Kane ends up leaving Hughes all by himself while he ends up behind the goal line – at least Gus tried

    Enough with TJ and Cat and Kane – they’re a defensive liability and they don’t generate much offensively

    Agree with Tab start Dach there

    I would also put Strome in somewhere probably in place of Kurashev

    TJ Hagel Borgstrom looked alright

    4th line Khaira Entwistle Kurashev

    Seth Jones best game as a Hawk

  • October 15, 2021 at 11:51 pm
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    Runbladder, hoping you feel better and get your strength back. Same for the Captain. We need to accept that he will not be his old self but that he can still contribute, making up for the lack of physical with his high hockey IQ.

    I expect the Hawks to make the playoffs. This is the best team in years being put together. But they need more to make a deep run.

  • October 16, 2021 at 12:33 am
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    2 games played

    Positives:
    1. Faceoffs: 54%
    2. PK: Perfect 6 kills
    3. PP: 37%. 3 for 8
    4. Goaltending

    Negatives:
    1. Out shot each game
    2. Number of quality shots given up
    3. Poor game starts
    4. Poor Offensive Zone entries
    5. Inability to break out of defensive zone
    6. Has not had a lead yet

  • October 16, 2021 at 12:55 am
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    Can we petition the league to consider these 1st. 3 games as pre season & start the regular season next week @ home ???????

  • October 16, 2021 at 6:25 am
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    Robs- Dach pass was awful… but even before pass– I was swearing at TV- that Dach should have been skating to the bench- prior to 88 carrying puck in… 19 skated off- But Dach – stayed on- WAY too long of 1st shift in OT– I new he had no GAS- but stayed on ice and made Tired/lazy play to lose game

    Kid- has to big ego- u can see it in the Panarin type stick handling attemptsz
    kid is good- BUT

    Hagel- what a brilliant pass
    Hagel is opposite of Dach- Understands his abilities/time/space and right play

  • October 16, 2021 at 6:52 am
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    Tim W: Seen that on the bench, Toews looked gassed. Also noticed something at the end of OT, Seth Jones was hot sitting on the bench talking to Murph. I don’t know what that was, he wasn’t hot at Murph but he was upset at something. Kid Coach?? Also noticed that on the Power Plays, Toews wasn’t playing in front of the net, he’s not 100% yet. Kaner?? I think he’s OK but to me he looks disinterested but that’s just my opinion. Miroslav: Great point on the vodka, I’ll try some tonight and see if the team looks any better!!!

  • October 16, 2021 at 8:28 am
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    I suppose we can be happy we scooped a point with the comeback and only two games into the season but just so frustrating to watch this team in their own end…Murphy was awful. Devils are a team they have to beat if they want to sniff the playoffs

    What is the over/under on games before Colliton gets fired? As mentioned in the write up, why is Gustafson on the ice for the OT…and it didn’t mention Kane just standing there and watched my Hughes undress Lankinen

  • October 16, 2021 at 9:23 am
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    Guess it depends what flavour of kool-aid you want to drink. Certainly some flavours getting lots of mileage in first couple of games and usual suspects running amok. Conversations on the bench being made into conspiracy theories, lol. Toews ofc too quick because he was gassed, Dach stays out and makes bad pass because he’s gassed, nothing against Dach but pretty obvious to me which is the better way.

    Actually this team played well enough at times they coulda won both games or at least had points in both. Far sooner see that than winning games you shouldn’t be winning, both matter of time before things turn around. Anyways let the sky fall for now and when wins come, things always quiet down until a couple of losses happen again.

  • October 16, 2021 at 10:25 am
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    Ian, The Hawks should of or could of won the Avalanche game???? Yikes. You must have gotten into Miro,s Vodka. My view is that they deservedly lost both games and were very fortunate to get the consolation point. This team is structurally in extreme disarray and is in dire need of an entire different coaching staff and general hockey philosophy. Just one hockey fanatic,s opinion.

  • October 16, 2021 at 10:32 am
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    Agree Ian that 2 games is not enough to define this team but the fact that they are getting out chanced drastically 5 on 5 is a concern

    I say give it to the 20 game mark and if there’s not significant improvement all around then Stan has to look at a coaching change IMO

    I’m hoping some of these mishaps we’re seeing are due to players not yet familiar with each other (like McCabe and Murphy who were horrible last night) but there’s the lingering notion for me that JC is not able to teach a coherent structure

    As far as I can tell Tampa plays the same system and won 2 Cups doing it so it’s not the system IMO it’s a question of can the coach teach the system to NHL players?

  • October 16, 2021 at 10:37 am
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    Here we are again, or I should say “still”. The “blame Colliton” continuum marches on. Lest I risk the accusation of being a Colliton apologist, which I’m really not, I’ll simply point out some inconvenient facts for those of you who would rather take the easy way out and run with the mob.

    Devils’ goal #1 – McCabe made a bad play and it resulted in the chaos that led to the Devils’ goal. The play wasn’t taught by Colliton, nor was it a systemic failure – it was simply a bad play by a veteran d-man.

    Devils’ goal #2 – Murphy got out muscled and out hussled by losing the puck behind the net and then was slow to get the the front of the net and be in a position to prevent the shot that went in. Again, this wasn’t a systemic failure – it was a bad/lazy play by a veteran d-man.

    Devils’ goal #3 – Murphy was slow afoot and slow to react. This time the play started in the corner but it was again Murphy beaten in a one on one battle and then was slow to react and ended up trailing the play and wasn’t in a position to prevent the Devils’ player from tapping in the puck. And once again it wasn’t a systemic failure – it was a veteran d-man being slow and just beaten to maintain inside position.

    Devils’ goal #4 – Gustafsson took over for Jones when the Hawks had possession so Colliton played aggressive and put the offensively gifted Gustafsson on with Dach and Kane. The problem started with Kane trying to shoot through a defender who deflected the shot. Dach got the puck and made a poor play to throw it out into the slot where Gustafsson hadn’t gotten there yet after coming off the bench and Kane didn’t anticipate the pass to the front of the net. That turnover led to Gustafsson having to play defense which he did fairly well but Kane flew past the front of the net and wasn’t in position to challenge Hughes and Lankinen overplayed it and lost his net.

    The only one of those goals that could legitimately be pinned on Colliton was the 4th goal because he put Gustafsson on the ice – but it wasn’t Gustafsson who made a bad play – it was Kane, Dach and Lankinen who played poorly which resulted in the play that lost them the game.

    Or … we could just blame Colliton. The “blame Colliton” choo-choo keep chugging along.

  • October 16, 2021 at 10:39 am
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    Damage control lines for tonight- Dach,Kane,Debrincat-1st. Johnson,Hagel,Kubalik-2nd . Strome,Kurashev,Entwistle-3rd . Borgstrom,Gaudette,Khaira-4th Line. Jones-Dehàan. Stillman-Murphy. McCabe-Mitchell. Fleury.

  • October 16, 2021 at 10:43 am
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    Forgot another positive.

    Not living in Chicago anymore (left in ’71) I had never heard John Wiedeman call a game. He was excellent and I hope he gets the job to replace Foley.

  • October 16, 2021 at 10:44 am
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    Jeremy Colliton was hired to be a “teacher” and a “mentor” to these young players. However, the only thing that a professional athlete responds to is “benching”. Making one mistake deserves a stare down from a coach. Making 2 mistakes deserves a talk in the office. Making mistake after mistake deserves a benching. These guys make bad read, bad pass, bad pinch and bad play one after another. Sorry boys………that’s coaching.

    Give the coach 20 games this season. If we still look like a men’s league team then it’s time to go.

  • October 16, 2021 at 10:50 am
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    Wrap, Boy that’s alot of itemized excuses for a team that is continuously not ready to play at puck drop and plays a system that relies on players playing on an island with no layers or backup to support them should they lose the occasional battle for the puck or position in the danger areas. I quickly switch over to other games during the intermissions and on the off nights and I have yet to see a team that is regularly exposed in their system as the Hawks. I also have rarely if ever seen players vehemently shake their heads on separate occasions waving off going on the ice at key times. Coaches and their staffs have been fired for much less.

  • October 16, 2021 at 10:56 am
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    ER – there’s a line between any mistake being on the player and it being on the coach for not teaching the player to not consistently make similar mistakes

    Whether that’s accomplished through building them up or punishing them for mistakes is up to the coach

    I’m beginning to wonder if Murphy were playing for Barry Trotz if he’d be making those same mistakes all game long

    I like Murphy and hopefully it was just a bad game but the coincidences are piling up to the point where I wonder if it’s not a coincidence and the common thread connecting all these bad individual decisions by players ( not just Murphy) is JC

    Like I said I’ll give it 20 games but colour me concerned- hope my concern is ill founded

  • October 16, 2021 at 10:58 am
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    TW – I think you meant to refer to ER with the itemized list of excuses not me

    No worries

  • October 16, 2021 at 12:07 pm
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    Sorry Wrap. I’m all discombobulated with what I have seen in these 1st 2 games.

  • October 16, 2021 at 12:22 pm
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    Gus is great in OT as long as we have the puck, but once we lose it – Oy!!
    I like the Borgstrom kid and the Entwhistle kid and the Gaudette kid too. I want to see Strome play tonight. I think that chip on his shoulder is Quasi-moto-ish in size after sitting 2 games. Jhaira – meh! I’d rather see Hardman!
    Gus was fine in regulation. McCabe – WTF?? Murphy – we need more. Seth – better! Stillman – keeps improving, much better than Zadarov! Toews – tired! Kane – is he hurt? He plays like it! Dach – you mean Duhhhh-ch! Johnson – Nice!

  • October 16, 2021 at 12:24 pm
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    I don’t give JC 20 games, I give him 10. By the time 20 rolls around and we’re 4-12-4, it will be too late to salvage the season. Just too many good teams in the league right now. Ebony, I get your points, but the fact that we have looked unprepared to begin the first two games of a season after all of the off season moves and positivity, tells me something is amiss. Let’s see what happens tonight but I expect the same outcome.

  • October 16, 2021 at 12:31 pm
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    the emperor has no clothes
    the emperor is Colliton
    his fire by date is long ago
    start here now but keep sleeves rolled up as there is way more to do

    best part of last night was color by John Wideman, (sp?) who certainly has earned and deserves the permanent color job

  • October 16, 2021 at 12:37 pm
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    TONY, Great post! I was thinking the same thing about the coaching staff. 10 games at the most. Which means the 4 game homestand should be critical to them. I have accepted that they are going to be last in their division after watching what is going on. Seth looks like he has a little edge and honesty to him after watching a couple of interviews. I don’t think the current state of this team is going to last long without vocal revolt. We will see very soon.

  • October 16, 2021 at 12:44 pm
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    Call them excuses if you want but the details I presented are, to the best of my recollection, factual. Maybe I forgot something or got remembered incorrectly – entirely possible – but if I got the facts correct – then please explain how any of that is Colliton’s fault. None of the errors committed by veteran players were the result of Colliton teaching them to play that way.

  • October 16, 2021 at 12:55 pm
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    is Kane hurt? skating is sub-par for kane… no more water-bug shifts/speed changes/acceleration

    something is wrong? report was- he played w nagging injury last year- and decided not to “address it?”

    Smells like a HIP- would explain why it was not addressed– cause HIPS really don’t respond well – long term to surgeries.

    Just speculation…
    but I was the guy who several years ago- mentioned there was something wrong with Steve Montador… by watching his skating issues.

    same story w/ Seabrook’s skating… we later find out- guy need multiple surgeries, including HIPS

  • October 16, 2021 at 12:58 pm
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    Tommy Ivan, good write up. Borg/Whistle/Gaud should be playing more. Hardman over Khaira any
    day of the week.

    Mitchell against the Av’s had the best numbers and Stillman showed he wants to play. Why Mitchell
    sat to play Gus is a total head scratcher to me.

    I haven’t been impressed w/Kurashevs play as of yet. Maybe a 4th line w/Whistle and Hardman would be nice to see.

    12-77-88
    19-8-38
    90-13-11

    Let em play and gain some chemistry, a good head coach lets that happen and JC isn’t that HC.

  • October 16, 2021 at 1:22 pm
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    Hi everyone. Good to be back and great to have hockey back..as I watched these first two games of the season and tried to determine what, if anything, could be taken away, I noticed at least one fact that is definitive..this is a better group of players than we had opening night last season..for a quick comparison, here is the opening night roster for the 20-21 season compared to this season:
    20-21 21-22
    F F
    Ryan Carpenter Ryan Carpenter
    Alex DeBrincat Alex DeBrincat
    Matthew Highmore Jujhar Khaira
    Mattias Janmark Henrik Borgstrom
    David Kampf Tyler Johnson
    Patrick Kane Patrick Kane
    Dominik Kubalik Dominik Kubalik
    Brandon Pirri Brandon Hagel
    Andrew Shaw Adam Gaudette
    Dylan Strome Dylan Strome
    Pius Suter Jonathan Toews
    Lucas Wallmark Kirby Dach
    Mackenzie Entwistle
    Philipp Kurashev

    D-Adam Boqvist Seth Jones
    Calvin de Haan Calvin De Haan
    Duncan Keith Jake McCabe
    Ian Mitchell Ian Mitchell
    Connor Murphy Connor Murphy
    Nikita Zadorov Riley Stillman

    So, what does that say about our team? Well, as others correctly pointed out, if you have a more talented team that still tends to look collectively lost for long stretches of time(especially 5v5, both offensively and defensively), then at some point don’t you have to look at the coaching staff? We know, definitively, that Seth Jones, Jonathan Toews, Connor Murphy, etc know how to play hockey..putting aside the fact the Toews isn’t 100 percent yet (but even so, his presence has already helped to greatly solve our faceoff woes) ,why are we already seeing the same problems as last year even with a more talented roster(at least, that’s how I view this roster)..If coach Q can be let go after 15 games, I’m not sure I would give Colliton any longer of a leash..this is a very young roster..there needs to be an adult in the room in order to get the best out of each player..do we really think Colliton gets the most out of his rosters? I’m really trying to think of examples where Colliton made a change mid game or even mid losing streak to get this team back on track..I’m open to examples but I’m really having difficulty thinking of any..I know it’s incredibly reactionary to look to the coach after two games, but over the past 3 years, have we seen anything out of Collition that makes you think the lightbulb is about to get turned on? Regardless of the outcomes of these first two games, I’m more interested in what the next eighty games hold with him at the helm and that very thought is troubling..

  • October 16, 2021 at 1:31 pm
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    @timw..I like those lines for tonight if they’re going to give Tazer the night off..this might be the night to do it too since I believe Crosby and Malkin are both still out..so besides Jeff Carter, the Hawks should be able to match up well down the middle with Dach, Johnson, Strome, and Borgstrom..

  • October 16, 2021 at 1:40 pm
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    @agreed wrap..Murphy has been the Hawks best defender for the last couple of seasons..I’ve having a hard time believing that he immediately regressed, especially since he still has a competent blueliner on his pairing.. I’m beginning to think that whatever system is being coached, it isn’t allowing for our defensemen to simply play and react..there seems to still be too much overthinking while on the ice- and it’s during those split seconds that players find themselves out of position..to me, this seems to be a symptom of the system and the coaches that are implementing it rather than the players..

  • October 16, 2021 at 1:42 pm
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    Slayer – good post

    If it isn’t the coach’s job to get the most out of his roster then I don’t know what his job is

    My concern is that players are making bad decisions because they’re trying to do things the JC way instead of the instinctual way – that they’re overthinking – again I hope I’m wrong

  • October 16, 2021 at 2:01 pm
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    @ebonyraptor..very true that sometimes mistakes are simply made by a player, regardless of how long they’ve been in the league and those mistakes definitely shouldn’t be laid at the foot of the coach-but I do think that his ”system” has a massive amount of bleed-through and I’m more inclined to lean towards his coaching being ineffective after three years of watching his coaching be ineffective..but I’m also speaking more to a general concern I have for this team moving forward with Colliton as the coach..in the same way that when looking at an NHL roster, you look for an elite number one center, and elite winger or two, and an elite number one defenseman, shouldn’t we also be looking for a difference maker at coach? The Hawks won playoff games during our cup runs specifically because of Q..there’s a reason the Hawks were 44-44 in games 1-4 in playoff series coached by Q, but 32-8 in games 5-7..besides having some very talented rosters, he was able to make adjustments as we got deeper into a series..is Colliton a difference maker for this team? Is he really indispensable? If he has the flu tonight, would we even notice that he wasn’t coaching? I highly suspect we wouldn’t even be aware until the broadcast pointed it out..and that’s concerning to me..

  • October 16, 2021 at 2:38 pm
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    over under is 20 losses before 10 wins. Got him at 7-20, He gone!

  • October 16, 2021 at 2:53 pm
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    J.R. God, I hope Stan or whoever is in charge doesn’t let it get that far. I just don’t like what is going on on that bench along with the 1000 mile stares after he talks to them. Last night was the 1st time I have seen such disgusti and confusion. When your players aren’t chomping at the bit to jump over those boards for a shift,you have major problems.

  • October 16, 2021 at 2:58 pm
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    Ebony for the sake of accuracy your description of the Devils goals were not exactly as you put it: Devils #1 goal: It was Murphy with the bad pass to McCabe which then started the chaos. Devils #2 goal: Murphy didn’t get outmuscled he just missed it, then got outhustled. Also Lankinen was down on the ice and never got to his feet plus Johnson who was in front of the net just let the scorer do his “spin-a-rama” Devils goal #3: Correct. Devils goal #4 Gus was near the top of the left circle when Dach was coming around the net and instead of just drifting right towards the front of the net, he started backing up and was almost near the blue line when Dach’s pass came out. Gus shouldn’t have been out there in the 1st place because I doubt Kid Coach even practiced the 3 on 3 with Gus in it. He just got signed.

  • October 16, 2021 at 3:23 pm
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    Sign me up for Kid Coach’s 10 game tryout only under one condition: If Kid Coach goes so does StanBo because you never give a GM two bites at the apple. Kid Coach(I do feel bad for him but he’s in over his head) was StanBo’s pick, he can’t whine that he wasn’t “his guy” which he did when Q was there.

  • October 16, 2021 at 3:40 pm
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    All cool aid jokes aside (I really prefer rum to vodka in my cocktails) my biggest source of optimism is that two games is not enough of a sample size to discern patterns. I really hoped the team would be more cohesive than they are right now, but I am not surprised by their play to be honest.

    I expect it will take some time for Toews to get his conditioning, which is going to be complicated by the fact that we have no clue how his medical condition is going to affect his conditioning. If he can’t recover enough to practice/skate/play to get in game condition then where does that leave him? Let’s assume his medical condition is in remission and he can put a full effort in to get his wind, how long would we reasonably expect him to be in game time conditioning? 5 games? 10? 20? 40?

    Regarding Johnson on the Kane line, I am not nearly as concerned with that as most here are for the simple fact that it always took time for new players to get acclimated to Kane. My favorite example was Brad Richards, it took almost 20 games for them to click and by the end of the season, the Hawks had a Cup and Kaner wanted Richards back next year and was visibly disappointed that Bowman couldn’t or wouldn’t make that happen.

    Regarding Dach, I still believe that Dach finds his offense quicker if he is not paired with Kane, which seems counter intuitive, but hear me out. I think Dachs problem is that he can’t get what is in his head to his hands fast enough right now. The game on offense is simply too fast. And Kane thinks and acts on a different level than most. Someone who is not acclimated to NHL speed is not going to thrive with Kane.

    I love the third line of Borgstrom/Dach/Hagel right now because that line can play defense but also has an offensive mentality and it has young guys who would do well to learn to play together as the hope is that they are the foundation of a new core. I also expect Reichel will be up before the middle of the season and I think he slots in nicely on that third line in place of either Brogstrom or Hagel (if hopefully one of them maybe get moved up in the lineup.) Having Reichel and Dach learn to play NHL offense with each other will benefit this team this season as well as every season going forward.

    Dach isn’t a top six forward, yet. He probably will be one by the end of the year, but he needs to be able to show he can generate offense and production on the third line for a while, not unlike DeBrincat was required to do with coach Q in his rookie year…

    I think the first 10-15 games are going to be a little bumpy for the Hawks as they get used to each other, but I think the only thing holding this team back from being good is just that, familiarity.

    Maybe it turns out the Johnson really can’t hang with Kane, I am not saying I know for a fact that he will, all I am saying is that it took almost every other center who played with Kane more than two games to figure it out, so let’s be a little more patient is all I am saying.

  • October 16, 2021 at 4:06 pm
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    They lose to the Penquins it will be a lost season. The game plan is nonexistent and there’s no player chemistry. Nice job Bowman and Danny.

  • October 16, 2021 at 5:13 pm
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    My prediction is that If JC plays TJ with Cat/Kane for more than 1/2 the game the result will be similar to the last two games – again I hope I’m wrong but that’s what I’m expecting JC to do

  • October 16, 2021 at 5:27 pm
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    No Crosby, no Malkin, no Byran Rust. Should be no excuses tonight but then again …………….There’s still plenty of seats available for Tuesday’s home opener with 1/2 price beers in the Atrium before the game. Should be very interesting especially if they resemble the last 2 games.

  • October 16, 2021 at 6:26 pm
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    @ER, Couch dopey doesn’t make the plays but he is responsible for holding players accountable, designing the system and sticking the lines together. All of those three are fails. He is over his skis, end of story. 10 games and he is out. Bum

  • October 16, 2021 at 6:30 pm
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    I think the Blackhawks are trolling me.

  • October 16, 2021 at 6:31 pm
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    UFB….

    Maybe JC will get Gallanted and have to make his own way home

  • October 16, 2021 at 6:46 pm
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    Paging the ghost of Orval Tessier,this entire organization needs a HEART TRANSPLANT! This is embarrassing. Bring in the wrecking ball. Ron Francis and the Kracken organization have to be chuckling as they say this building an organization stuff really aint that tough.

  • October 16, 2021 at 6:51 pm
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    Make a phone call to Rockford and get Reichel,Hardman,R.Johnson and anybody else with a pulse to the United Center for Tuesday night. Bring in a clone of Mike Keenan and staff to coach and sit Toews and Kane opening night. They are both hurt so it could be presented that way without upsetting the fan base. Lets get this rebuild into motion boys.

  • October 16, 2021 at 7:01 pm
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    A successful season depended on several things. At the top of the list was Toews returning to play and playing at a high enough level to be a difference maker. Through 2.3 games I haven’t seen the Toews we need to be successful. He hasn’t been bad and he’s won faceoffs but he hasn’t been a difference maker either. Couple that with Kane’s degraded play and the Hawks are going to be hard pressed to be in the playoff conversation. Now, it is only one period into the 3rd game so it’s too soon to make any firm assessments – but so far it doesn’t look good.

  • October 16, 2021 at 7:11 pm
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    Colliton needs to go. So does Stan. It’s more than past time.

  • October 16, 2021 at 7:22 pm
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    Tim W. 2-12-1 he gone.

    (Clicking heels)
    There’s no place like home.
    There’s no place like home.
    There’s no place like home.

    (Still clicking heels)
    There’s no one but Torts!
    There’s no one but Torts!
    There’s no one but Torts!

  • October 16, 2021 at 7:59 pm
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    Through 2 periods Toews is a MINUS 3 with no shots on goal. His line is a collective -9 with 4 shots on goal and no points. Who is the #1 Pick in the June Draft?

  • October 16, 2021 at 8:24 pm
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    Hawks are a basement dweller this season, Jones is overpaid worth nothing, Toews beings nothing to the table, Colliton sucks as a coach and his staff is just as bad. Nothing more needs to be said. This team is a dumpster fire at best. Going to be an extremely long season, then again, it will be over by Thanksgiving. Strine better ask for a trade, I certainly would not want to be part of this shit show.

  • October 16, 2021 at 9:45 pm
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    Toews is rotting & Kane looks to be playing hurt… Murphy is Rotting too…Coaches fault. Hawks should throw in the towel for the season since only 79 games are left…lol
    How many goals are the kids scoring?
    thought so….
    Go Hawks !

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