Blackhawks Fall To Wings In Shootout

Ben Smith DET

Because the Blackhawks hadn’t played an overtime game since Sunday, they played an extra few minutes against the Red Wings in Detroit on Wednesday night.

The game went deep into a shootout, and when the dust settled the Red Wings escaped with the second point.

Marian Hossa started the scoring for Chicago, putting his 21st of the year past Jonas Gustavsson at 8:41 into the first period. Less than two minutes later, Brandon Saad crashed the net and a bouncing puck found Andrew Shaw who tapped the puck past Gustavsson for his 14th of the season.

Once they established the two-goal lead, though, the Hawks defense fell asleep.

Tomas Tatar cut the lead in half only 48 seconds after Shaw’s goal, and Patrick Eaves tied the game with less than three minutes remaining in the opening period.

Patrick Sharp gave the lead back to the Blackhawks four seconds into a power play at 5:03 into the second, but that lead once again didn’t last long; Kyle Quincey scored 77 seconds later to bring the score back to even.

Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya were on the ice for each of the Red Wings first three goals. Hjalmarsson finished with a team-high four blocked shots and played well short-handed, but the first 40 minutes were rough for the Hawks second defensive pair.

Gustav Nyqvist put Detroit ahead 4-3 later in the second, scoring while Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook were on the ice rather than Hjalmarsson and Oduya. The Wings, once trailing 2-0, took a 4-3 lead into the dressing rooms after two periods.

Marcus Kruger had a strong game, scoring the game-tying goal in the third period and winning his first 11 faceoffs of the game. He finished the night winning 12 of 14 faceoffs with one takeaway and one blocked shot.

On the fourth line with Kruger, Brandon Bollig continued his stretch of strong play. He was credited with three more hits and one takeaway in 10:18, and once again stayed out of the penalty box. Seabrook and Shaw were also credited with three hits in the loss, while Shaw won seven of 13 faceoffs in over 19 minutes on the ice.

Jonathan Toews won 14 of 22 faceoffs and was credited with one assist in the game for Chicago. Patrick Kane added two assists while Oduya, Keith and Saad were credited with one assist each.

Corey Crawford stopped 27 of 31 shots through 65 minutes, while Gustavsson made 31 saves against 35 shots on the night.

The Blackhawks successfully killed all four Wings power plays, and have been good on their last nine short-handed situations over three games.

Meanwhile, the Hawks did convert on a power play but they have struggled in the new calendar year while skating with the advantage. In 10 games in 2014, the Hawks are now only 4 for 29 (13.8 percent) on the power play.

Chicago will be back in action on Thursday night in Minnesota against the Wild, who expect to have Zach Parise back on the ice.

38 thoughts on “Blackhawks Fall To Wings In Shootout

  • January 22, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Detroit is a well coached team, and chalk up 2 points for their coach…he schooled his players well on the Hawks weaknesses, and the Wings exploited them…Q on the other hand, stopped his recent trend of rolling 4 lines, and went more to 3 lines in an attempt to claim a point…but the bottom line in this loosely played game was Corey Crawford…to often the apologists here go over the top when CC has a good game and try to sluff his “not so great” performances under the table…not going to happen again…

    Its time for Crawford to earn his keep…he allowed 4 goals on the first 17 shots he faced, and helped to give up leads of 2-0 and 3-2…when the Hawks scored on their first 2 Shootout attempts, we should have been collecting 2 points…but Crawford then allowed 3 goals on the next 4 shootout shots…just NOT good enough…1 point for the Hawks because once again, our goaltending was less than stellar…

    Its a long season, and it is still too early to categorize CC’s year, but if we tried to describe it thus far, disappointing would be an effective way. Again, a loosely played game where the Hawks should have been a lot better, but that’s a game where Crawford has to ensure we come away with 2 points…he didn’t and its becoming way too common.

    Saad is a stud and Shaw sure looks good as the 2nd line centre…Hossa still on fire…the 4th line was good again, but Handzus’ 3rd line was once again a disappointment…and not enough ice time…

  • January 22, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    At least it was an entertaining “pace”… compared to what we will most likely see vs. Wild. PP was good for ONLY 6 seconds!!! The Hawks had more zone time shorthanded!!! REALLY! NO JOKE!!!

    Oduya – needs a rest… he has struggled in several games of late… hope he misses his flight to the Olympics…

    Hossa was great again.
    Saad is a beast!!!
    29 looked a “little quicker” to me… (Or did he just look faster skating with 26???)
    To bad Kostka can’t skate… he has good offensive instincts/gets his shot off… but too slow in D zone!!!

  • January 22, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Brad- Ya know I don’t like CC’s contract… and I think he is average… I thought CC had a decent game!!! He is a positional goalie.

    BUT- those 1st two goals in shoot out… over his glove… He had the glove high and dropped the glove-when the shooter-shot (only to have both shots go over them)… He is either guessing or…. Guessing!!! I always laughed last year in SC finals- when Rask made a glove save it was calm, steady, looked easy… when CC made a glove save- it was like he was doing a cartwheel…

    Let’s start Raanta vs. Wild and Win in 60 min.!!!

  • January 23, 2014 at 12:19 am

    I hate losing to Detroit. You would have to go back to Qs first year here to find such a poor game at the Joe by us during regular season . A washed up Bertuzzi too, that was hard to take in s/out. I couldn’t believe I saw 6 on ice in ot, until the next shift when 4/27 seemed determine to let Det have a few more chances than necessary, which in turn made 6 look all world. Thought 19 was gonna win it in ot on that rebound, so close

    PP had four chances and provided about 5 good seconds, PK fared well.

    I thought Saad was great, even with the 2 minors, he was a major force. Kruger was strong too, was really rooting hard for him to win it in Rd 5. Kane came in hot on his attempt, which looked kinda odd, and it looked like it was gonna trickle in but….just short

    Pretty bummed when I heard J Howard was hurt again and out for the game. He’s usually a big help to us!

    Brad, I think CC let in shots 2,3,6 in the s/o. Wasn’t at his best, and had a hand in the loss. But if you are asking him to save the teams ass every time they aren’t firing on all cylinders you’re asking more of him than he has ever delivered. He’s a good goalie and a Cup winner, but he’s not ever going to lead the league in shutouts. I dont expect any more from Crow than what Ive seen before. If Bowman wants to pay him 6m a year, that’s on him. I didn’t have a say in it, so I don’t feel the need for Crow to ‘live up to anything’. Sure I wish he would have stopped one more shot, but i can just as easily say, “damn, Kane shoulda scored in the s/out, we coulda won…his numbers suck this year….no wonder we can’t win.” To me it’s not fair to the player in either case, so I don’t blame either one after the game. Just the way I see it, doesn’t make it a universal fit, for sure. Always enjoy your input!

  • January 23, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Detroit came into the game with something to prove and they did just that by proving they can outwork the Hawks. Their forecheck was causing our d-men fits right from the drop of the puck. Yeah the Hawks took a 2-0 lead but that’s only becuase the Wings D and goalie wern’t too good either. Both teams had trouble in their end tonight and it was fitting the score was tied after 65.

    The Hawks are now 5-7 in shootouts this season, not good enough considering all the high end shooters the Hawks can throw out there. Which is what makes it odd that the Hawks have a combined 12 OT and Shootout losses – 4 on 4 and shootouts are supposed to be an advantage for the more skilled team. But then the Hawks have a disadvantage between the pipes in because none of the Hawks goalies have distinguished themselves in shootouts. Another oddity is that every shooter going against Crawford in the shootout doesn’t simply go high glove – why mess around with dipsy doodle backhands when you can just shoot it in straight over his glove?

    But I still have faith in Crawford. He can and will play better than he did tonight. I still have faith in the team too. They can and will play better than tonight. They still are only 3 points behind the best record in the league. They still are the highest scoring team i nthe league. All in all – things are pretty darn good for us Hawks fans.

  • January 23, 2014 at 7:50 am

    In regard to Crawford….. He’s a serviceable goalie. In regard to his contract….. $6 mil a year, okay. 6 years….. Argh

  • January 23, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Pure and simple, Babcock’s game plan was better than Qs game plan last night. Listening to the announcers you might believe that the Hawks lost to the GR Griffins. Of course that is not true. And some of the Wings rookies are 24-25 years old. However, the Wings played with far more passion than the Hawks and I think the Hawks were stunned a little by the Wings game style last night. The Hawks were chasing the puck way too much last night.

    One of you guys probably knows. Do the Hawks ever win with Kostka in the line up. And Zues…..I think I heard his name twice last night. Versteeg really needs to make better decisions with the puck and Bickell’s improvement needs to pick up some steam.

  • January 23, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Most of our Dmen looked tired. 27 was awful. We don’t need to win the presidents cup. We need to have a well rested strong defense to win in the playoffs. Why oh why can’t we rest each of our top 4 D to give one of the up and coming kids a chance to play a few games. 6 has to go elsewhere. I liked him early on but he keeps proving why he couldn’t make an NHL roster. Hopefully the plan is to give the Olympians a rest after the Olympics.

  • January 23, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Speaking of the announcers – How is Doc Emrick the best announcer NBC can find for hockey broadcasts. My wife asked if he was Detroit’s announcer? His little antidotes are as annoying as is his screeching tone!

  • January 23, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Doc Emrick is a typical national announcer of any sport. National baseball broadcasts are even worse. The guys do not know the tendencies or back rounds of the players. The worst part is, whichever team is leading or scored the last goal or hit the last home run…etc….is the best on earth. And sorry, I know a lot of you like Edzo, but he should stick to local broadcasts or should analyze only when needed. If I hear, “good stick by….” one more time I might throw something at the TV. I watched the 3d period last night with no sound.

    I would ALWAYS rather listen to the local broadcast even if it is the other team’s local guys.

  • January 23, 2014 at 8:39 am

    I don’t mind Doc and I think he calls it straight down the middle and is a very good play by play guy, although he does get a bit screetchy.

    Pierre on the other hand … yeesh … “what do ya think of my comment Eddie, is it a good one, did I sound good?”

  • January 23, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Ryan, that was a great post…Crawford is Crawford and if Bowman wants to pay him that kind of money, that’s on Stan…I really feel the same way…very well said…

    ER, I agree that CC is better than this and will get better, but when we score on our first 2 shots in the SO, we have to win that game…inexcusable…

    The Wings are a VERY well coached team…and yes, to a large extent we were beaten by the Grand Rapids Griffins…what would last night have looked like with Datsyuk in the lineup…yikes.

    And very astute observations by everyone on Oduya…he’s just flat out tired and needs a rest…he shouldn’t play tonight against the Wild…this is where I wish Q would be more like Babcock and NOT hesitate to rotate in his AHL players…last night we could have used Morin and Clendening in that game…the Wings played a ton of young players and took it to us for a lot of the game…

    The season is far too long to try and ride Handzus every night…far too often he is ghost out there and contributes little besides his PK, on which he is usually very slow moving about…rotate in some of our young talent who can spark this team…it simply can’t be Toews every night having to light a fire…

    I am concerned about the game tonight in Minny….

  • January 23, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Wall, watching the game last night, I thought that an infusion of say Morin and Ross, or Nordstrom would have done the Hawks some good…the Wings were flying with all of that youth on the ice with lots of energy.

  • January 23, 2014 at 8:51 am

    I actually think it might do some good to switch Oduya and Leddy for 5 games. The Hawks are going to have to figure out what to do with him with Clenending and the other youngsters waiting. Is Leddy a top 4 D-Man? More specifically, is Leddy a top 4 D-Man for the Hawks? I think the majority of us feels Oduya is gone in the summer or when his contract runs out next year…as in the Hawks know what they are doing with him. Give Leddy a shot at the top 4 and see what happens.

    FWIW, I did not think Bickell played a bad game last night and he probably deserved more time. While Steeger didn’t do anything special, I counted at least 3 times where he passed behind the net to where his centerman should have been, with said centerman no where to be found.

    I thought the officiating was pretty uneven both ways last night. I thought they let it go for long stretches and then called a tight game and then reverted back. In no way am I blaming the officials for the loss, but I think being down a linesman was tough on the crew.

    Finally on Crawford, he should have been able to have one more stop and get the Blackhawks the 2 points last night. He is good enough to do that…and he didn’t. I really wonder if Raanta won’t start to get a more even split of the starts.

  • January 23, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Steve Mason just signed a 3 year, 12.3 million dollar deal. I would have liked to get Crawford for 4/20, but that just isn’t the market. Hawks had no back up plan if Crawford walked away in free agency, that’s why he got what he got. Not exatly sure how many of those goals were his fault, but I sure know he’s a great scape goat when things go poorly!

    I watched the game from a bar and was lost in a debate over how to say “peculiar” so my attention was half split off the game, but the Hawks sure seemed to struggle against that forecheck. Probably mostly Babcock related and him being able to find flaws in the Blackhawks strategy. Which is weird since Q has two rings so he’s the best coach ever and can’t be outcoached.

    So, from half attention and statistics, my observations! (you need to tell me if I’m close)

    The fourth line was god awful… which makes no sense since Kruger won 12 of 14 draws.

    Handzus/Bickell/Versteeg were, once again, above water in possession but given less than 10 minutes of ice time. Why?

    Why did Leddy and Kostka start almost all of the defensive zone draws? They did a good job of flipping the ice… just seems weird that your weakest defense pairing starts most of their shifts in the D zone.

  • January 23, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Any line with Zus struggles. That’s no way to get Bickell and Versteeg going, or anyone else for that matter.

  • January 23, 2014 at 9:07 am

    @Brad, good to know we aren’t as far apart on it as much as i had feared. Made me uneasy feeling so!! tnx. go hawks! need a W tonight.

  • January 23, 2014 at 9:57 am

    I wonder if the Wings have a blog like Tab’s and wonder if they want some of the guys up from the AHL to stay. The Wings are ultra patient with their prospects. Some of these guys have been in the AHL a long time. Tatar is 23 and Nyquist is 24 and both started the year in GR. Glendening and Smith are also 24. Hell, just seems like Helm started his career and he is 27.

    My point is that with injuries to slower players like Alferdson, Franzen and Wiess these “youngsters” are providing energy to a veteran lineup. Maybe Q should take note with guys like Zues and Kostka.

    But there is no way the Hawks should EVERY be out energized in a game. We have to remember that Saad, Shaw and Leddy were the 3 of the 4 youngest players on the ice last night, and 10 of 18 the Hawk skaters last night are 27 or younger. Like I said earlier, Babcock had a better game plan and the Wings wanted it more that we did.

  • January 23, 2014 at 10:05 am

    In my humble, arm chair GM position it’s time to deal or waive Kostka. I don’t have anything against him, in fact he is a fine 8th defenseman – but therein lies the problem. If his roster space and cap hit were removed the Rockford Shuttle could restart full throttle. Which would mean: additional looks at Pirri, or Nordstrom (Read: Handzus in the stands) or brief looks at Clendening or Dalbeck when both Brookbank AND Rosival need to sit (which I believe has only happened 7/8 times this year). Point being, there is a chance that losing Kostka could improve the club while at the same time potentially grabbing a late round pick and seeing some kids.

  • January 23, 2014 at 10:42 am

    There is a reason Babcock is coaching team Canada and not Joel. Babcock is an excellent coach and does more w less. Look at this Wings roster. Even last year the Hawks were much better and Detroit took them down to the wire. If the Wings can somehow make the playoffs they will be a tough out for any Eastern team.

    As for the game Detroit wanted it more plan and simple. They out hit the Hawks and out played them along the boards. I really felt like yesterday would have been a nice day to start some kids. I really wish Joel would work some of these kids in. Last year the Hawks 3rd line was amazing, this year they have been less then stellar.

  • January 23, 2014 at 11:13 am

    agree that a switch of Leddy and Oduya would help the energy. (Oduya looks gassed). Remember, Leddy played a lot of 2nd line pair last year.

    Tab, that 4th line was not good by any stat despite Kruger’s goal. And Shaw & Saad are too redundant as players. Kane needs somebody to finish his plays. Both Shaw and Saad go to the net great but are not nifty enough to play with Kane. Either trade prospects or use prospects but take some risks!

    This conservative approach to fielding a team will leave the key players tired and provide a easy blueprint for teams in the playoffs to shut down the Hawks. Babcock just proved that. (Clutch and grab the first line , forecheck hard on the defense and don’t worry about the next 3 lines hurting you.) And there are several teams in the West that do that better than the Red Wings.

  • January 23, 2014 at 11:41 am

    CC didn’t play his best nor was it his worst game, either. Don’t forget we scored the first 3 goals last night. Oduya is on the score sheet for Detroit: watch that replay and you’ll see Crow makes initial save and was moving into sure-stopping position for the rebound. That shot was coming high and Corey would have had it until 27 redirects low it into our net. That was the turning point, allowing Det back into the game. Just prior to that 27 had a bad giveaway, too, which prompted Edzo to say (understate) what a rough start 27 was having in this game.

    And another thing…nothing against Shawsie, but why not Hossa taking that last shoot-out? We go 19, 10, 88….65?

  • January 23, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Hossa did shoot. He tried a slap shop that was stopped.

  • January 23, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Hawks had some real jump early last night and came away with a 2 goal lead. Wings then turned on a good forecheck and started creating turnovers in our end. Even though the Wings had more push as the game progressed it was just another lost point to a team we should have beaten if the push back had been there. It wasn’t for the Hawks who always seem to play to the competition.

    27 and 4 are really struggling right now. Opposition just sends d men to pinch the boards for the clearing bail out passes the Swedes are coughing up. Oduya is not a big guy and he has taken a beating from opposing forwards. He is clearly worn out right now. The Olympics will not help the situation. Opposing teams have also figured out the Hammer through the legs backwards clearing pass lately too. The suggestion to split these guys up is certainly a good idea.

    I thought Saad had a very strong game except for the 2fer he took. You don’t see those very often? Saad’s game keeps growing. He has such strength on the puck, and his speed is improving as well. He is indeed a little Hossa, who by the way is playing some fantastic hockey this last few weeks. Bicks IS looking better, and more importantly he is gaining back his confidence IMO.

    It is almost funny to look at the points lost due to OT and the hated shootouts. I wish we had ties where both teams get a point and go home. I don’t think extra concessions are sold in these time frames, players dislike the format as well as many of us fans. Bettman probably thinks it sells tickets. Moron. I believe the Hawks will start to prevail in some of these extra time tilts in the 2nd half of the year simply because the odds say it is likely, and we also have the talent that should produce better results. Get the extra point in 1/3 of all our extra time games and we are coasting in 1st place.

    Like RD I hate to lose ANY points to the Wings. Yes, Babcock gets the most out of his guys. Yes PD wasn’t playing for the Scum last night. Yes, they brought more intensity to the game. Yes, they hold, hook, and interfere as good as any team in the NHL as per the Babcock school of hockey. Do it often and they won’t call it on you.

    Wings home record this year is abysmal, yet they get up to play the Hawks and get the extra point. Wish they were still in our division. They are not a good team. Some promising younger guys, but older horses have lots of mileage. Anyone see that insane goal Wings scored against LA earlier this week off the net on top of the glass that fell back and hit the keep in the back and went in. Yep, it counted! How could this be, with replays and extra officials on the ice?? One of the more screwed up calls of all time.

    How about all the empty seats at the Joe last night? Hockeytown has lost some residents it would appear. Then again their home record blows.

    Let’s get one back tonight. Only one more home game left and then we shutter up the UC rink for a month.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • January 23, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Thanks for clarification, Wangsauce. It was a long game and my recorder cut it off at the critical time of shoot out, later seeing highlites of Shaw’s miss I somehow assumed he followed Kane.

  • January 23, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I love the Hawks and have no complaints, but I am worried

    The issue that scares me most about the Hawks the past couple of years is defense in general. I think it is time for the Hawks to rework their entire defensive approach. Its interesting because without our league leading offense the team would be middle of the pack. The Hawks have given up 144 goals in 52 games. That is 2.8 goals per game. The BEST team who’s goals against are higher than 144 or 2.8 has 57 points. A testament to our offense (188 goals, a 44 goal difference)

    I am worried because the Icehogs have also given up 144 goals and are DEAD LAST in the league in goals against. The Hogs have given up 3.4 goals per game, ouch. Rannta’s GAA is better on the Hawks than it was on the Hogs.

    We say the Hawks have NHL ready or near ready D prospects. They talk Norris trophy about Kieth. I think we have 5 solid defense men and 2 serviceable 6th D man. So if the caliber of player is there, why so many goals against? What has changed from the best defense in the league last year (2.13 GAA) to a bottom half defensethis year. What has changed from last year?

    All anybody talks about is a 2C or how 29 and 50 need to get better. How about the D system getting better. Lower the GAA to 2.3 like all the other teams that have 65 or more points and the Hawks will be very very tough to beat. Stay at 2.8 GAA and we will be out in the 1st or 2cd round.

  • January 23, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I was only able to catch about the first period before i had to get some stuff done, so between that and checking espn, i wanted to add my 2 cents.

    We need to be done with this 8 d-man thing. Leddy has potential but this could be killing him longterm. He could be a solid 2nd pairing man on any other team. Rosy is a great #5 vet dman for Leddy to develop with so no harm there, but if Rosy is going to need to be out every few games Leddy should get to play with the same guy in his place. Kostka and BB are both good #7’s… but we dont need both and It is a complete disservice to Leddy’s development to have to play with 3 guys. Yes, you can make the arguement that by playing with all 3 he is showing is “adaptability” but if Kostka and BB are both on this roster after the deadline i will be upset.

    I’ve backed Zus’ spot on this roster and continue to do so… he is vet who can bring an intangable, but given the current make up, its hard to fit him into a line. You dont touch the Top 6, and there is no pair of wings that REALLY works for him. If Bicks was 100% i think it would be different. I liked what the 29/23/26 line had early in the game… but i dont remember seeing them a whole lot. And if Zus is not going to be on the ice enough to make it worth it, then I think Pirri needs to be showcased (either for trading or to see if he can be a longterm 3/4C).

    Lastly, Shaw shouldn’t be a true 2C but WOW! he is making it work on this team. Saad is a workhorse and Kane is about as great as it gets. That a perfect fit for 65. A guy like Shaw SHOULD thirve with these guys (and he is). Keep it up!

  • January 23, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Great posts everyone…Peter, how good did Leddy/Sebs look last night? I thought that switching Sebs to Leddy improved his game…and I agree, move Leddy up and send Oduya down to the 3rd pairing and control his minutes…Nick can easily handle 20+ minutes a night, Oduya is struggling with it…

    John, I hate to say it, but Handzus is killing every line he skates on this year…I still think Zus can help us in micro situations during the playoffs, but he just isn’t an NHL calibre centreman for 82 games. Someone else needs to be given a shot at his spot…Bickell and Versteeg are getting no favours playing with Zus…and for Versteeg, he’s played the longest with Zus and since he has, his production has stopped.

    Mike, wonderful posts as always…and I know you have talked about the Wings program in Grand Rapids for a long time…and as you know, I agree…its an effective way of developing your system…and I no a lot of people here, and around the league, downgrade the Hawks system because we lack the triple A prospects, but they don’t win you championships…certainly it takes Toews and Kane, but its the Shaws, Saads, Bollands that win you those tough games…

  • January 23, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Oduya was awful last night. like some guys said, he needs some time off, but hey so do other Hawks players. Plus, other teams bring their A-game against SC Blackhawks night in, night out. CC is inconsistent, and schedule planners of NHL make it even tougher on us: Hawks 13! Blues 8 back-to-back. Great if the Blues had to play more back-to-back we would get a clearer picture of how GREAT a hockey club they really are: HERE are the FACTS:
    After the Minnesota game Chicago will have played in 13!! back-to-back games (the stats look very good though for game 2: 9-0-3 record). Where are the Blues? They just played 8 back-to-backs and their record is 2-5-1 for game 2, which is amazing, right? That 9-0-3 record shows us what the Hawks are made of: they’re a championship calibre team, don’t need much rest to shine in game 2 of back to back!
    Good for Blues and Ducks that they’re playing well, but postseason is a whole different story. Didn’t have time to look into Colorado, but they have some very skilled players plus their goalie has been lights out. I think they can do some damage in the playoffs.

    On another note: I will support the Czechs at the Olympics as I have Czech roots and got their jersey. Was going to support the US boys as well, but since Saad and Big Buff won’t be on the team, I am indifferent to them. David Poile and the rest of his donkey stuff can’t think outside the box. They did not consider playing Big Buff as a forward! Are you kidding me? Needless to say, Buff sucks as a d-man on big ice, but they should have selected him as a forward next to Kaner. Big Buff is the right guy to park in front of goalies (too bad Luongo does not have to worry about Buffmeister) and cause havoc. He’s a winner and great for the big games. Saader is a winner as well, but hey Poile prefers hard workers to actual difference makers. If you hand over the fate of a whole country to losers like Burke and Poile, it can only end in disappointment. But at least Vodka won’t be far in Russia! Nastrovie US hockey executives!

  • January 23, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    We played hard & really good for those games against other top10/elite teams and smoked col 7-2, tied stl & shutout los 1-0 in 3in4 nights, then the game after those we didn’t play good (for us) and we were still able to get a tie.

    Same thing, we just played hard & really good against other elite teams and took it too ana and bos (for 5/6 periods) in 2in2.5 nights (breakfast). Then the game after those, same thing we didn’t play good (for us) and we were still able to get a tie.

    No excuse, its a long season but it does make a difference. We are the only team in how many years? that played a condensed sch., playing on a short summer after winning the Stanley Cup, then another condensed sch. (oylm) and we still have done what we have done. Getting ties in games we were down in/playing from behind & threw penalty’s. 32-8 is very impressive considering the much more competitive sch. (cambell/central) regardless of how may ‘ties’ we have. That just shows how hard we are to beat in actual hockey, but hey the shootout is a joke, Right? I meant exciting.

    We should be given/getting 75% of shootouts with our people. I will take a playoff game or series & a getting better consistent pk than a reg. season game any day.

  • January 23, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    ‘How is Doc Emrick the best announcer NBC can find for hockey broadcasts. His little antidotes are as annoying as is his screeching tone!’

    There is ‘hidden’ protection to them in their contracts, so this country is blessed with their nonbiased quality play calling.

    What they (nhl) to do is cut out the 3rd world announcers from those canals & have the home team play calling be broadcast with the tv/video feed. Home teams gets all the calls.

  • January 23, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Why did God create wgn720. To shut up Pierre.

  • January 23, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    ‘Handzus/Bickell/Versteeg were, once again, above water in possession but given less than 10 minutes of ice time. Why?’

    That’s why, because it was less then 10min. They play more min., then there corsi isn’t as high…

    Its time to get Bicks some of his favorite Sushi.

  • January 23, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Didn’t someone here refer to Pierre last playoffs as looking like a giant penis ? Something to that effect. Damn funny whatever it was

  • January 23, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    That was me RD! I called him a penis with ears.

    Morrison- your math there doesn’t make sense. Why would their corsi go down if they played more? They are still getting a lot of defensive zone starts and flipping the ice. Not sure what would make them less effective with more minutes.

    As far as Doc goes, I think he’s great. He reminds me of Foley before Foley decided to just tell bad jokes the entire time instead of actually calling the games. I think Konroyd is a pretty bad color guy, but at least Foley pays more attention to the game when it’s Konroyd versus Eddie.

  • January 23, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    lol JS , it just hit me about the ears, so logged on to see any updates…thats crazy funny

    I stil LOVE Foley but he lost his greatest asset when he went strictly tv. I don’t think people realize how different the call has to be.Pat was an absolute genius on radio. Few years ago i was watching a game, and there was some kind of technical problems, so Pat informed the viewers he was going to switch to his ‘radio call’ til issues were resolved. He just flipped the switch and it was soooo cool. He was right back into it. Words just flowing out like it was scripted and edited 5x over. Never forget that.

  • January 23, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Mike is correct in his assessment of the defense. Why is this statistic so out of sync with what we have in quality players. What has changed so dramatically and why is no one talking about this glaringly obvvious issue. This is a weakness that seems hard to detect, its lethal and does not bode well for the future unlkess its fixed. Thankfully our offensive capability has kept us ahead of this mysterious malaise… far.

  • January 24, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Yea, JS I wasn’t disagreeing about ‘numbers’. What I meant was that if they played more min. they probably wouldn’t have as good a rating. (Im not sure how corsi even works…)

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