Blackhawks Waste Strong Effort From Lankinen, Lose In OT

If you can figure out these Blackhawks, please let us know.

After getting their tails thoroughly whipped all over their home ice by the Wild on Friday night, the Hawks went into Minnesota one night later and looked like a completely different team.

No, it wasn’t Henrik Borgstrom returning to the lineup — not totally. Or Caleb Jones taking the place of Riley Stillman on the blue line.

Kevin Lankinen had one helluva night between the pipes after coming in on a relief assignment Friday. He certainly took a few goals away from the Wild, but his counterpart — Kaapo Kahkonen — was stellar for Minnesota.

The Blackhawks just decided to show up tonight, apparently.

Borgstrom did start the scoring, redirecting an Erik Gustafsson shot into the net almost ten minutes into the first period.

A little more than seven minutes later, Alex DeBrincat scored a nice power play goal to extend the Blackhawks’ lead to two.

The Blackhawks were dominating the first period. They were out-shooting the Wild, Lankinen was playing well and everything appeared to be clicking.

But we aren’t allowed to have nice things — or comfortable periods — this year. So the Wild cut the lead in half on a Joel Eriksson Ek goal with 30 seconds left in the first.

Chicago out-shot Minnesota 17-8 in the first period and looked, again, like a completely different team than the one that failed to show up on Friday night.

Minnesota pushed back big time in the second period. And Lankinen was marvelous. Neither team scored in the second, but Lankinen was under fire the entire period. The Wild finished the middle stanza with a 20-9 shot advantage in the frame.

Early in the third, it appeared Alex DeBrincat took a high hit and was sent flying to the ice. Jonathan Toews responded by hooking Kirill Kaprizov; Chicago’s entire bench was barking at the officials over the lack of a whistle on the play with DeBrincat. Toews was so pissed he slammed the door to the penalty box and picked up a second minor for unsportsmanlike conduct.

During the power play, Minnesota was able to tie the game at two. It took more than three minutes, but Kaprizov’s 17th of the year knotted the game at two.

Less than 80 seconds later, the Blackhawks were able to take the lead back. Borgstrom was on the doorstep and slammed home a loose puck to give Chicago a 3-2 lead.

The Blackhawks were able to hang onto the lead until Minnesota emptied their net for an extra attacked with a little more than three minutes left in regulation. Kevin Fiala scored the tying goal with 2:04 remaining in regulation.

Neither side would score in those final two minutes and we headed to overtime.

Lankinen stopped 39 of 42 in 60 minutes of hockey and was absolutely awesome. Kahkonen stopped 31 of 34 for Minnesota. Both netminders were really good all night.

Dylan Strome’s hot streak at the dot continued! He won 14 of 20 faceoffs in regulation with one assist in 16:51 before overtime.

Borgstrom had the hot hand but only skated 8:06 in regulation. He scored twice and was credited with three shots on net while winning three of five faceoffs.

As Minnesota skated up the ice with the puck early in overtime, Kane took a stick to the face from Kaprisov. Four of the six skaters on the ice went after each other when the play was stopped for a penalty that appeared to be coming on Kaprisov — which did happen. But the refs also got Kane for a hook on the play, so both went off for two minutes.

From there the skating was furious back and forth on the ice. Teams were trading great chances and neither goaltender was letting anything go. Marcus Foligno got between Dominik Kubalik and Seth Jones and beat Lankinen to get Minnesota the second point and the victory.

For as much as this was a huge improvement over Friday night’s effort, the reality once again is the Blackhawks could not close the deal against a team they’re theoretically chasing for a playoff spot. Instead, the Hawks wasted an exceptional effort from Lankinen and got closer to the Columbus Blue Jackets having a top-ten pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

At least the Packers lost?

53 thoughts on “Blackhawks Waste Strong Effort From Lankinen, Lose In OT

  • January 22, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    Another point is not a big deal but to see them respond with the effort they showed tonight and especially Lankinens performance, then be rewarded with what nothing more than garbage officiating kinda sucks. Wild definitely play more like a team than the Blackhawks are right now, biggest reason they got 4 points and Blackhawks 1 in the 2 games. Borgstrom a couple of goals, maybe that starts him on a offensive run with any luck.

  • January 22, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    I rarely, if ever, complain about officiating being the difference. However, tonight was absolutely ridiculous. The officiating kept their whistles in their pockets for the Blackhawks and gave the Wild every little thing to get a Power Play. That’s not hockey. Did DeBrincat need to hemorrhage all over the ice to get the whistle? The officiating sucked. That being said, I think this game was a coaching loss. Borgstrom was the hot hand tonight. It was freakin’ obvious to everyone…except Coach King. Apparently, he was being “loyal to the vets” over giving the guy with the hot hand more opportunities to maybe get the Hat Trick. Entwistle and Borgstrom, when they were given TOI, were making things happen. They were noticeable. Not enough for Coach King.

    Let’s break it down. Offensively, the big guns were shooting the puck…for the most part. Kane 6 SOG. DeBrincat 5 SOG. Toews 4 SOG. Kubalik and Borgstrom with 3 SOG. Dach had 2 SOG. Kurashev and Hagel 1 SOG. No SOG for Strome but his FO% was huge!!! 70%!!! The kid has been putting in the work and it’s paying off. Entwistle and Carpenter had 0 SOG but their overall play was solid.
    Defensively, Murphy and de Haan had 3 SOG and the Jones Bros. had 2 SOG apiece. Everyone but C. Jones had shot Blocks. Even Gustafsson. Maybe he just got hit with the puck and the stats keeper felt bad for him.
    Lankinen actually deserves another start. He was THAT good, tonight.

    The bad. Toews had another off night at the FO. As did Dach…which isn’t surprising anyone. I just don’t know what’s going on with Toews and Kane. They’re not here. I’m not saying that they’re not trying…but something is just off. The team played their behinds off. Coach King. He has no innate ability to “feel” what players are “on their game”. Borgstrom was on his game as was Entwistle. King had no clue. He’s just not in tune with what’s going on with this team. The only other negative was that Gustafsson was on the ice instead of Kalynuk and that the officiating was just so blatantly biased and awful.

    The team deserved better. Bad coaching and bad officiating were the main culprits. C’est la vie for this season.

  • January 23, 2022 at 12:01 am

    The ending was so predictable it hurts

    First the tying goal was avoidable – Lank had a great game but when he had to close the deal he stiffened up and instead of absorbing that shot it bounced like was a board to create the goal

    Then I’m OT Kubalik gets beat wide forcing Kurashev out of position

    Again the inability to be relaxed and just take care of relatively easy plays bites the Hawks but as I say entirely predictable

    They cannot as a team close out games that are leading in – can’t do it – too many guys hit the panic button and one or two of them will cost you the game

    Lank will learn but Kubalik has always been suspect defensively and may never learn – the way Strome is playing and I mean that in a good way it may be Kubalik riding the rails out of town and not Dylan

    I’m glad that King finally admitted his error by hardly playing 82 after the halfway point – was that ‘out of respect’ ha ha – Galvas is already better – a much better skater and puck handler

    Liked Lafferty with 19 and 12

    There was a lot to like generally except as usual and predictable their inability to close out games and the fact that they only played this hard because they made complete fools of themselves 24 hours earlier – that’s not what a good team does – they bring a consistent effort and the coaches make consistent choices with their line up – both are missing on the Hawks right now

  • January 23, 2022 at 12:04 am

    Are you sure this was a great effort by the Hawks? Statistically and to the eye test, they got their asses handed to them in the second period. They gave up 20 shots! When your goalie has to be this fantastic to keep you in the game, it’s a tough case to make that they gave a great effort. If the game had ended after the first period, that would be an accurate assessment.

    The second penalty on Toews for unsportsmanlike was pathetic on his part. To melt down like that is egregious behavior on the part of a Hall of Fame player. It led to the tying goal. Hartman should have been in the box for his late and vicious hit on DeBrincat. Another example of how much the league protects its players. We have all commented about Toews’ crying over penalties in recent years. If he would have left it to palms up and whining like he usually does, maybe the outcome is different. Given that the refs blew the call against DeBrincat, maybe they could have let the unsportsmanlike slide. But it’s probably a pretty automatic call.

    The fact that the proprietor here as well as the moderator on another site think the Hawks played well tonight is surprising. The second period was a disaster, except on the scoreboard and the Hawks were on their heels for much of the third as well. You knew that one was going to go in against them at the end of the third. It would have been very surprising if one hadn’t.

    Minnesota scoring 12 goals with the goalie pulled is a time bomb. That can’t sustain. It’s like when the Hawks won 6 OT/SO contests in a row when King got here. It won’t last.

    The Hawks are not good enough to compete against teams like this. We can parse it all we want. This franchise does not have the personnel to be in a position to win. It does not look like an easy fix.

  • January 23, 2022 at 12:53 am

    I almost always cut officials slack. It’s a lot tougher job than it looks in most every sport. Having said that…

    Dan O’Dourke (O’Rourke in the box score) has always been an atrocious referee. To not be would be an exceptional night for him. He was horrid in the minors and hasn’t gotten any better. Oddly, his favorite call in the minors: Unsportsmanlike Conduct. Usually caused by his lack of officiating ability. It’s sad to watch. Hartman deserves a fine – and I believe he will get it. Cheap shots like that really pizz me off – regardless of the team offended. Except when done to Brad Marchand!

    We played a team built for the playoffs and we can now see EXACTLY how far we are from being a playoff contender.

    Tear it down. We aren’t even close. Quit pretending. King is no better than the previous boss. And just as stubborn.

    If we can’t or don’t move Fleury, it will be the biggest gaff I can remember as a Blackhawks fan, and that includes trading Phil Esposito. Lankinen can be a goalie. He needs enough games to get over the hump. You don’t get over the hump playing once every 3 or 4 weeks. We pizzed away a huge building year for him.

    Tear it down. Please.

  • January 23, 2022 at 7:31 am

    We just ain’t good enough…didn’t someone write a song about the 2022 Blackhawks with those lyrics? At this point, you just want to see the younger guys get an opportunity, play well consistently, and the FO to make a major trade or two that helps for years to come. Otherwise, we really have nothing to cheer for!

  • January 23, 2022 at 8:29 am

    If the refs aren’t calling stuff, then you have to take matters into your own hands. Whining about it does nothing. Hardmann should have gotten his arse whooped, BUT all we have is a soft, non-physical hockey team littered with a bunch of 4th liners. That’s how bad this team is. Looks like it’s time to bust out the minibus for the I-90 shuffle again. Yes, they showed up and played better (Lank played his heart out) but all of the line changing, and flip flopping isn’t doing squat here. Quit blaming the coach, quit blaming the few stars we do have and start blaming the one’s responsible for this dredge of a team: The one’s that sit in the owner’s box. It all starts at the top of the food chain here. But they are still “looking” for leadership while gladly taking your $$ for a substandard product on the ice that they allowed to happen.

  • January 23, 2022 at 9:23 am

    Oupps Again.
    my message was again there but disappeared
    Maybe because when you post the first message just vanish automatically…hahaha ( third or fourth time that my message ( when it’s the first message to arrive after the game)
    Lank had a great game and deserve to play more often
    He his the future in goal for the Hawks .
    Strome will get more attention from other teams when time come and maybe we can get more then A third rd for him .
    Officials where unprofessional and don’t do their job properly ,maybe a few woman in the league could be a good start to regain the confidence in officiating. Yes I want 25% to start or maybe change the guys who give orders to the officials and replace them with women’s. Why not ..iff it can help the league that is coming like a clowns league.
    So many friends stop looking at hockey in last 10-15 years because runs by clowns.
    I start to understand more why they quit looking at NHL but continue to look at Junior league and never miss the world junior tournament around Christmas.
    NHL is becoming a big joke .

  • January 23, 2022 at 9:55 am

    Why don’t they put forth an effort for every game that’s on the coaching

  • January 23, 2022 at 10:02 am

    the two wirtz morons preceding rocky let bobby hull leave town. they traded glenn hall, savard, larmer, roenick, eddie belfour, chelios, phil esposito. what is the problem with trading a long past his prime toews and a regressing kane? guess what? they aren’t selling seats anymore rocky. have you checked what prices are on the reseller sites? the season ticket holders know what they are. you are giving away free food and drinks to put people in the third level.

    rebuild rocky. hire real hockey people.

  • January 23, 2022 at 10:24 am

    Hawks 29 spot on Rocky better do a reality check Stan has run team into ground time to blow it up move everyone hire someone that’s knows what he’s doing the culture here stinks get a contract never play hard this team rarely puts forth an effort only when it’s time for a new contract no nhl team loaves like the hawks toews set the bar just skates around avoid contact doesn’t even try a little bit now hoping hawks are dumb enough to resign him other players see this and loafs as well

  • January 23, 2022 at 10:25 am

    They played one good period and a response after the team from Minnie tied it up at 2. Outside of that the only players that showed up were Lanks and Borgstrom.

    A really good question is why didn’t anyone go after Hartman after his cheap shot.

    Good/Great goaltending masks a teams deficiencies. Fluery and Lanks have done their part
    but the other 18 skaters not so much.

    Halfway thru another mediocre season with 37 points, but for some reason the higher
    ups believe they can make the PO’s. To make the PO’s they most likely have to play to
    25-14-2 in the second half of the season. To date they have 8 regulation wins folks, so
    it ain’t gonna happen.

    But buy a package in the 3rd level and we’ll give you $40 worth of food with the ticket.
    Rocky/Danny have now become Dollar Bill.

  • January 23, 2022 at 10:30 am

    so ya get 1 hotdog and 1 beer for $40! Big deal.

  • January 23, 2022 at 10:32 am

    Dollar Bill: Don’t forget TWO free beers to sit up in the rafters. Got to get rid of the stale beer that’s been sitting there.

  • January 23, 2022 at 10:35 am

    Anyone notice-

    Hawks went on a winning streak w/ $eth Jone$ and McCabe- OUT of lineup.
    And Galvas IN the lineup.

    I like Lafferty- plays hard- little skill

  • January 23, 2022 at 10:36 am

    Neil– spot on regarding Toews/ and Most Hawks efforts- Not named Hagel/Lafferty.

  • January 23, 2022 at 11:09 am

    Michal Teply in Rockford
    Had 5 goals 8 pts And 24 shots on goal in last 7 games ,compare to 1 pt and 23 shots on goal in previous 18 games .
    Euhhhh. WTFudge hapend ??
    Did he fall from a 2 story building and woke up ?

  • January 23, 2022 at 11:20 am

    Bluto: Perfect description of Lafferty: Plays hard, little skill. He’s a top liner now!!!

  • January 23, 2022 at 11:41 am

    Hammer time it’s a miracle to get anyone to even play hard hard to believe must be the Chicago culture country club only play hard when it’s contract time toews should have been called out 5 years ago he really set the bar not surprised if the hawks resign him living in the past fans are a lot smarter why pay top buck to watch slackers you can be bored at home and listen to there crappy announcers where did they find Colby cohen where does caley buy here clothes fits in that how out of touch this origination is one goal be the laziest team in nhl think be need a hard core coach to skate them into the ground in practice if you can’t make it here not many options trade Jones as well before stanbo contract kicks in

  • January 23, 2022 at 11:41 am

    Not sure why the ref needed to call a second penalty against JT at such a time in the game. Not stopping the play when the Cat went down is a mystery. They would have if it was a goalie. The NHL is critically lacking in TALENTED referees.
    And someone needs to teach Dach how to play like a big guy both in mind and body. Imagine if Hagel had his size or Dach had Hagel ‘s determination.

  • January 23, 2022 at 11:46 am

    Interesting factoid from the game:

    Hawks win 5 on 5 play 2-0.

    Wild’s 1st goal with the man advantage (PP)
    Wild’s 2nd goal with the man advantage (PP)
    Wild’s 3rd goal with the man advantage (goalie pulled)

  • January 23, 2022 at 11:57 am

    Toews can’t do that. Hurt his team.

  • January 23, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    “Cheap shots like that really pizz me off – regardless of the team offended. Except when done to Brad Marchand! – Silent Spot

    If Marchand was on the Hawks he’d be a fan favorite.

  • January 23, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    The NHL is critically lacking in TALENTED referees.
    And someone needs to teach Dach how to play like a big guy both in mind and body. Imagine if Hagel had his size or Dach had Hagel ‘s determination.

  • January 23, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    SS don’t like how Marchand gets in done all the time but heard Gallant make the comment when he was still with Vegas that he would put him on his team in a minute and not a Coach or Gm around the league would tell you any different. Wish opposing coaches were saying that about alot of the young Blackhawks right now.

  • January 23, 2022 at 12:50 pm

    Dickie – He probably would be. But unlike talented players that consistently beat my favorite teams, I wouldn’t be a big fan of Marchand. I respect effort and making the most of a player’s abilities, but I don’t like rule breakers, and especially the ones who turtle up and let others fight their battles.

    Why didn’t anyone retaliate? I’ll take a shot at that answer. McCabe can be seen immediately skating up to Hartman and giving his a jostle, probably ready for more when the whistle would blow. But it doesn’t blow. Now McCabe is forced to decide if he wants to be the guy in the box for extra minutes with his team up a goal late in a game, or does he bite the bullet. The play continues and the captain takes a lazy penalty and then berates O’Dourke by asking him how he could miss that call (read JT’s lips) and says it at least 3 times. The replay show O’Dourke CLEARLY with his eyes and head looking at the hit. He CHOSE not to call it, likely because the Wild are the home team down a goal (a reason that is BS, but how hockey still – too often – gets officiated). JT calls him out and O’Dourke can’t take the criticism (he never could – I’ve seen him call successive penalties on John Anderson during the same game break). So O’Dourke’s overreaction to JT for a simple swat at the penalty box door – which happens most every game by someone – gets called. Again, vintage O’Dourke. I don’t condone JT’s actions and have called him out numerous times for the palms up approach. It’s actually a running joke in our house. After the whistle and play stoppage, McCabe can be seen talking at Hartman, who knows what and to whom he just cheap shot delivered, and of course Hartman skates away. If you are down 3 goals, you beat the crap out of Hartman, yes. But Hartman also doesn’t likely do that play up 3 goals. Hockey prefers to reward the cheap shots with no calls and then retaliation penalties.

    Wasn’t Hartman also the guy everyone says cheap shot Krueger in a game? He likes to play on the edge, had it also while a Hawk player, but Q preferred to have designated guys for that stuff instead of skilled players, so Hartman learned to not cross lines when playing for Q.

    If I were JT and had to stand for an interview after that game, I would have handled it a bit differently than any Hawks player did. I would tell the Troll running the league to listen up because I am going to earn a high fine. Then I would call out that play in particular and ask where the protection for a player is, and a great player at that, and then ask how an official who is squarely watching that play can be allowed to officiate in the league if that play doesn’t qualify for AT LEAST a 2 minute interference call. I would rip that play apart right down to my childish hitting of a penalty box door and ask why I get 2 minutes for being upset at a league official who clearly doesn’t deserve to be employed at this level.

    But that’s just me.

    I think Hartman will have his head up all game on February 2nd. Maybe DeBrincat will be the guy who kicks the crap out of him.

  • January 23, 2022 at 12:54 pm

    Of course Ian. Every coach wants the player who is an angel in the eyes of the league, but a devil to all the other teams. What’s the old saying: If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying?

    That just isn’t a standard I live by. Call me weak.

    Bottom line – hockey is a business, and sometimes the money of business gets in the way of ethics and what is right. And yes, because I say it is right doesn’t mean it is right, or not.

  • January 23, 2022 at 1:23 pm

    SS agree Yeah the pro wrestling atmosphere sometimes gets too much in hockey. I was referring though to a guy who was drafted as ceiling of a fringe Nhler who worked to be that guy every team wants. Hagel similar and alot easier to like but unlikely ever has offensive prodiction to match Marchand.

  • January 23, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    Silent Spot: Your recollection of that play was correct, I had to go back to check it out. What I can refer to you thou is that last week in a game with the Wild vs Colorado: Greenway ran over the Avs goalie in the 2nd period of a 2-1 game, both teams in a playoff hunt and guess what happened?? Kurtis McDermid went right after Greenway and beat his azz. It’s not like we are in a playoff hunt or anything, Hartmann tried taking out the Cat and McCabe “talked” to him. There better be a answer to what Hartmann did and I don’t want to see The Cat doing it. Get it done and get it done quickly. Who’s stepping up here???

  • January 23, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    If only Dach could have Hagel’s intensity and determination and Hagel could have Dach’s size …..

  • January 23, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    Exactly Ian. Your point is clear and fair. Marchand has done himself well, no doubt. He brings a lot of good things to a hockey team, but also requires some clean up when he skates away. But that’s why the NHL also employs players who skate around with buckets and shovels like Raffi Torres and Eddie Shack!!

  • January 23, 2022 at 1:49 pm

    Hammer – I get the typical response to the situation, and expected it. When it didn’t happen, I just took a moment to try and explain to myself why. I can be a mile off in my reasoning through McCabe’s actions.

    The McDermid response is certainly SOP for the league, and I agree with your comments and expectations.

    The league has said they will protect the players, but the Panarin incident last year removed pretty much all of that doubt. So the players will have to figure this stuff out and we need one of those players. I don’t like that approach, but I understand it.

    We, and the league, are lucky the hit didn’t put the Cat on a stretcher. Doesn’t get much cheaper than attacking from behind.

  • January 23, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    Losing teams don’t always lose big, they just lose. The Wild are decent, but beatable. Hawks just don’t have enough of the right players. Dach needs Hagel’s determination and Hagel needs Dach’s size, to start with.

  • January 23, 2022 at 1:53 pm


  • January 23, 2022 at 2:22 pm

    Why didn’t king call out McCabe they better get a goon to go after other teams good players 2 or 3 times this stuff would stop that’s the culture here when toews was called out for what happened to beach it was obvious toews felt sorry for stanbo and other guy bet toews razzed beach in practice as well team should put toews on waviors bet no one would take him open up a roster stop and send the players a message there to chicken shit to do what it takes hope they get 6000 suckers next year serves them right rocky trusted the wrong guy stanbo bet Scotty ran the team 2010-2015 when he retired Stan was exposed amen

  • January 23, 2022 at 2:30 pm

    At least the effort was there last night vs our home game with Minny the night before. Some things to like and some things not to like. We`re obviously not a playoff team however. All the hope in the world isn`t going to change that. I agree with Silent Spot on trading Fleury. Has to happen. We“re not close at all and we need to now generate as many draft picks as possible this year and next to help a rebuild. If we`re willing to eat some salary and take some other teams dead weight at the trade deadline we might be able to get some decent ( cough ) picks for some of our UFA`s / RFA`s : Fleury, DeHaan, Carpenter, Kubalik, Strome, Gus, Khaira, and even Lafferty ( he`s a UFA as well and I like him so we could re-sign him if we really want to in the offseason so if he has any value , take it when you can ). If we don`t come away with some additional picks this year ( and next ) it would be another huge setback for us.

  • January 23, 2022 at 2:37 pm

    Silent Spot: We have one of those players, he was acquired by the “interim” GM. He was rotting in the press box of the Ice Hogs for the last 3 games and finally got in some action last night. When he was acquired, I applauded the move, got laughed at here, he played one game and was shipped off to Rockford. Doesn’t matter if he can’t skate or that he’s really not a great player(would be nice if he could thou) and it doesn’t matter if he only plays 6 minutes a game. Gabriel serves a purpose and once again I thought he was brought here to protect our players, but he can’t if he’s sitting in Rockford. Then that happens to The Cat and everybody wonders what’s up. The “enforcer” needs to be sitting on the Hawks bench and not the Press Box. I thought at least if he was in Rockford he would be watching out for players there but he can’t help nobody sitting eating popcorn.

  • January 23, 2022 at 2:57 pm

    Jim Ross: I’m all for trading our players and getting some picks for a rebuild. But until Rocky gets off his duff and makes a friggen decision on a Hockey Guy for the organization, we’ll maybe be reduced to having a video analyst making those decisions. How whacked would that be??? They’ve had chances to bring in those “Hockey Guys”, one’s that were mentioned here, and they were hired by other teams without even a sniff by our organization. Told “we are looking outside the box” for this hire. You can’t make this stuff up. I still say nothing much happens here before the TDL. Take as long as you want Rocky, the proof is that the fans are tired of this crap and all you are starting to see is empty rows of seats in the stadium.

  • January 23, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    Lankinen on IR (hand injury)
    Soderblom called up

  • January 23, 2022 at 3:47 pm

    Dach needs Hagel’s tenacity and Hagel needs Dach’s size.

  • January 23, 2022 at 4:14 pm

    Lankinen to injured reserve. Hand. Expected to be out 3 weeks.
    Soderblom up.

  • January 23, 2022 at 4:16 pm


    Gabriel was out due to covid
    Yesterday was his first day back out of protocol

  • January 23, 2022 at 5:30 pm


    No problem

  • January 23, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    @Hammer…. clean it up top to bottom, it’s way to late for a retool and Stan getting
    Jones set the rebuild back a few years.

    I highly doubt Rocky gets an outsider for Hockey Ops. I’m thinking Edzo is filibustering
    for the job or has it in the bag and KD then remains as GM. They believe in good press
    over a good team and good people running the show.

  • January 24, 2022 at 7:25 am

    The three things assured in life-death, taxes and complaining.
    This is a mid level team trying to figure things out.

    I do find the flip-flopping on this site interesting-
    He’s too soft get tougher players-then when someone shows some grit, pick apart his skill.
    This player (at 19, 20 or 21) sucks , get rid of him, then when he’s traded–why does this organization get rid of all it’s players too early. Look what he’s doing on that team.

  • January 24, 2022 at 7:51 am

    @Hawk2010 – In regards to your Teply question and why he is on such a tear right now; I can answer that for you. When I watched the two games in Texas, Teply was a non-factor, but that was because he was playing on the 2nd or 3rd line with a sub-par center. Now, he is playing 1st line with Lucas Reichel after the Nylander trade. So, he is starting to show his worth! There is such a disparity of talent with the Icehogs! We have several future NHL regulars and even potential All-Stars such as Reichel, Regula, Phillips, Kalynuk, Galvas, Slavin, Mitchell, and even Teply playing with guys who should be in the Industrial League. That is no way to have a development roster, and a big reason why we aren’t developing more kids properly.

  • January 24, 2022 at 8:13 am

    Very good post
    Yess some guys here think that because a guy was a star in Junior he will be a super in NHL 3 weeks later .
    Tommy Ivan
    Thanks for information on Teply ( i am à fan and hope he can get is chance to compete and develop like the player I think he will become .Regula Phillips,Slavin are also on my love list who I think can be good in NHL in a few years. I know just a few will go there but I like to watch them . Reichel will be in NHL but hopefully after getting enough time having fun in Rockford and gaining a 7-8 kilos . Maybe middle of next year . No rush.

  • January 24, 2022 at 8:49 am

    Tommy Ivan- agree on Teply- Grade A shot/ size… needs someone to drive play.

    Same can be said about Altybarmakyan- stats are much better of late- cuz- he is getting more chances to play up the lineup.

    Altybarmakyan- is exactly more of what Hawks need- tough/relentless- with a little skill.
    Kind of Carpenter like player- Carp is “great” on 4th line- of contending team… and just another guy- when playing for a crap team like Hawks- same exact player- Just a different “perspective” when you factor in the entire team/situation.

  • January 24, 2022 at 9:14 am

    @Bluto – What this also shows me is what a terrific centermen Lucas Reichel is turning out to be! Every guy on his line with any kind of offensive skill will get his points because that kid drives the play and forces defenses to back off of him because of his elite speed and skill. I agree that we need to get him on the Notre Dame football diet, the one where freshmen come in as 185lb TE and leave as 275 lb OT. How they do it, I don’t know; but, if we could get a week’s worth of those “supplements” for Reichel, it would be worth it. The kid is a stud – we just all saw that! It took me about two shifts as I sat behind the Icehog bench to realize that we have something special with this kid!

  • January 24, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    I have been High on Reichel since they drafted the kid. I also really am High on Galvas… I have followed him a little since Hawks drafted him. For a freakishly skinny kid to play Pro Hockey at his age and lack of weight- In Czech pro league-says something –like elite speed and or elite IQ.

    In his few games- I thought he displayed good/fluid skating and excellent understanding and anticipation skills. Thought the team moved better in general when he was on the ice.

  • January 24, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    Ok boys, sitting on the left side where the Hawks shoot twice. Wearing Michel Goulet 16 with Hawks hat.

    Go Hawks!

  • January 24, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Nordiques blue “A”

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