Incredible Fleury Effort Not Enough, Blackhawks Lose To Kraken In SO

Marc-André Fleury got yet another start in net for the Blackhawks in a matinee start in Seattle on Monday. Mike Hardman was welcomed back into the NHL lineup as well. And, though he wasn’t able to join the team in Seattle in time for the game, Seth Jones cleared COVID protocol.

Meanwhile, the Kraken came in riding a six-game losing streak.

The first period was slower and more methodical than the game against Anaheim the other night. The Kraken out-shot the Hawks 8-5 in the first period and there were plenty of shot blocks and deflections as well.

Inside the final two minutes of the first, Hardman hammered Jared McCann with a clean hit in the neutral zone. Will Borgen dropped the gloves with Hardman, who tripped on McCann’s stick and took a couple shots to the head as a result before the officials could break up the fight. Borgen got two extra minutes in the box, giving the Blackhawks a power play that resulted in nothing.

It took 12 minutes of the second period for either team to finally get on the board. Erik Gustafsson dressed in place of Jakub Galvas, a move that head coach Derek King said was out of respect to the veteran. Gustafsson showed a flash of the offensive ability that keeps getting him NHL paychecks with a nice pass to Dominik Kubalik for the game’s first goal.

The Blackhawks held the lead for less than three minutes. Vince Dunn scored to tie the game at one at 15:01 into the third.

Dunn did the Hawks a favor and went to the penalty box 48 seconds after scoring and Chicago took advantage. Brandon Hagel knocked in a loose puck to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead late in the second.

Hagel’s powerplay goal came off assists from Patrick Kane and Kubalik.

Chicago out-shot Seattle 16-10 in the second period and took a one-goal lead to the third period.

Unfortunately, an ugly defensive effort from both Jake McCabe and Caleb Jones opened the door for Ryan Donato to score an unassisted goal two minutes into the third to tie the game at two. McCabe was caught completely flat and Jones left his feet in an effort to block a shot but ended up taking out Fleury instead of the puck.

The first half of the third period was more physical and the Hawks kept chasing instead of dictating the flow. Fleury made a save-of-the-week caliber play about nine minutes into the period that had Jordan Eberle’s knees buckled in disbelief behind the net.

With seven minutes left in regulation the Blackhawks were called for a penalty but the Kraken kept the puck for more than 30 more seconds. Riley Stillman took out Jared McCann’s legs and McCann was given a penalty shot after the extended period of Kraken advantage. Thankfully, Fleury slammed the door on McCann to keep the game tied.

Fleury was the only player on the Blackhawks trying to win this game in the final four minutes. Everyone in front of him looked like they desperately needed to get at least one point for overtime. This against a Seattle team that’s playing terrible hockey and had lost six straight coming in. Fleury finished regulation with 31 saves against 33 shots but the skaters in front of him generated almost no offense in the third period; Seattle out-shot Chicago 15-6 in the final period of regulation.

Here’s your reality after 60 minutes of hockey:

Seattle held the puck for the first 79 seconds of overtime but only attempted one shot on Fleury, which he handled easily. Kane, Gustafsson and Alex DeBrincat were stuck on the ice for the entire long shift.

Fleury made a couple more ridiculous saves and it appeared Eberle hit the post inside the final two seconds of OT. Somehow, some way, the game went to a shootout.

The first shooter for each team was shut down. Donato then was able to beat Fleury and Kane shot wide. Joonas Donskoi beat Fleury to win it for Seattle.

Fleury deserved better than the effort he got from the skaters in front of him in the final 25 minutes of this one.

During both the radio and television broadcasts, the Blackhawks and their media partners paid tribute to Les Grobstein who passed away on Sunday.

33 thoughts on “Incredible Fleury Effort Not Enough, Blackhawks Lose To Kraken In SO

  • January 17, 2022 at 6:53 pm
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    Sell MAF high…..without him it’s over in regualtion

    #FreeLanks!

    Hardman 5 minutes, Entwhistle 9 minutes, Borg 9 minutes, why unless they are trying to
    make the PO’s

  • January 17, 2022 at 6:59 pm
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    Can’t understand the love affair with Gus, must have photos of somebody in the organization. Fleury got that point for the Hawks. Sad news about the “Grobber”. Worked many a midnight shift having him keep me awake at night. RIP!!!

  • January 17, 2022 at 7:10 pm
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    This stupidity of starting OT with Kane, Cat and Gus has got to stop. Lose the fo and chase for 90sec. That overtime was pathetic by the Hawks, shows just how vulnerable this team really is.

  • January 17, 2022 at 7:36 pm
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    Weren’t at all ready for that game, i think King out of respect for MAF should dress his best team. That involve Galvas playing and C. Jones not from play lately. Fleury deserved 2 points rest of team and King deserved no points. Tough stretch coming.

  • January 17, 2022 at 8:05 pm
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    Lousy effort standing around watching need a hard nose coach team was not ready to play clean house start over no hustle as usual lauffert only guy with jump this team is supper bad talk to toews Kane move them no untouchables trade Jones for mariner

  • January 17, 2022 at 8:45 pm
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    a shout out to scott powers for confirming what our eyes told us about this game. sometimes stats do tell the entire story.

    @ neil ….. agree totally. there isn’t a guy on this team i wouldn’t trade except for hagel. no way they get value for the intangibles he brings to the team. wonder if his personality and status in “the room” matches what he delivers on the ice in terms of being the next team captain.

    keeping my outrage for the play of certain players and king’s coaching close to the vest until after the tdl. if gus and de haan are still with this team after the tdl and are playing instead of mitchell, kalynuk, and galvas i am going to have to seriously reconsider my 65+ years love affair with the blackhawks. i am not a frontrunner and have stayed loyal through thick and thin, but decisions need to be implemented that the product on the ice is one geared to the future. and at least half of this roster does not fall into that description.

  • January 17, 2022 at 9:10 pm
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    Hawks 29 totally agree if they give dach more than 1.5 there totally nuts hagel was a total bargain shows you what hustle can do to bad rest of team didn’t go to school on hagel toews has been dogging it for 5 years what a mess Stan has cultured overpay don’t play hard he was the worst gm in the nhl maybe a Ryan pace prodigy how low can we go

  • January 17, 2022 at 9:47 pm
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    @Ian

    The problem is they don’t know what the best team is. The Hawks evaluation of talent during
    the Bowman era and now is pretty pathetic.

    @Neil forget about Dach his paycheck won’t matter as long as it’s under $3mil. I’m hoping they don’t re-up Kane at anything over $6mil and Toews at anything over $3mil. Should they sign Kane for $9-10mil it
    will be a disaster.

  • January 17, 2022 at 10:29 pm
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    Totally dominated in the 3rd and OT.

    Pathetic effort.

    I hope 2 frontline goalies on separate playoff bound teams have a problem, so they can bid against each other for MAF.

  • January 17, 2022 at 10:35 pm
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    Fleury was spectacular and a joy to watch. The rest of the team besides Lafferty and Hagel, we’re lethargic and disinterested for the most part. I don’t know which was worse, the coaching of Interim King or the play of the human Pez Dispenser Caleb Jones? Jones should have been benched in the 2nd period. King is quickly living up to Milbury,s assessment of him. He has no business being behind an NHL Bench even as an assistant. Why don’t we start rolling some active players who want to actually go get the puck in overtime. I would have continually rolled Lafferty,Hagel,Entwistle, and Hardman out there. Better 5han the statues that were out there. Pathetic effort all the way around.

  • January 17, 2022 at 10:49 pm
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    Well if King was playing Caleb out of respect Caleb didn’t show him any respect back

    The players know when the coach doesn’t dress the best players and Galvas definitely is playing better than C Jones who has been horrific the last 3 or so games and somewhere they rebel by checking out just a little k

    I put this loss on King for scratching Galvas and KD for not giving Reichel one more game – no Dach no Strome no Jones so they send their speedy skilled prospect who was generating chances and meshing with Kane back down

    Again the players know – they don’t let up on purpose but when management is not putting the best team out there…

    The lack of speed and puck skills was apparent and both Galvas and Reichel would have helped immensely there

    If Gus and Caleb aren’t replaced next game by Seth and Galvas the Hawks are gonna continue to struggle

    And as others said Fleury deserved better

    Kane has really struggled in shootouts this year – something is going on with him

  • January 17, 2022 at 10:58 pm
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    I now hate the 12 and 88 line up to start OT – it worked briefly but it’s no longer working and King keeps rolling with it despite the obvious

    I know their weren’t many D options (except for Galvas who wasn’t allowed to play) but having DeHaan and Murphy playing in OT could only be worse if it were McCabe

    That’s the level of skating and puck skills of the Hawks D – embarrassing low but out of respect Caleb has to play not Galvas

  • January 17, 2022 at 11:12 pm
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    I don’t know who will be the winner to get MAF but the winner will need to pay the price to get him .
    Then the Hawks will get him back next year after the playoff…yeaa…I am allowed to dream
    Reichel tonight 1 goal 2 points in a 5-3 loss in Rockford
    Yess Regula got another assist .
    Hawks can’t win all the games specially without 2 top Dmen and Dach.

  • January 18, 2022 at 12:30 am
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    I listened to the game, at work. This was an absolutely horrible line-up. Defensively? King was trying to lose the game. Now, not really, but he wasn’t thinking one iota with that defense. Look at that defense and all you see is slow or inept. I like Murphy and de Haan, McCabe, and Stillman. C. Jones, as a few of you have pointed out, has been bad, as of late. Gustafsson should never see the damn ice. Not in the Indian Head Sweater. Sitting Galvas was, in a microcosm, everything that is wrong with this organ-I-zation. The kid was producing. He was making the right plays. He is head and shoulders better than Gustafsson. Yet…Galvas sat. King had lines that were odd and his distillation of TOI was mind numbingly foolish. Look at how many players had NO SOG!!! Toews, Kurashev, Entwisle, Borgstrom, and Hardman. Only DeBrincat, Kane, and Kubalik were peppering the net. Oddly enough, Kane and DeBrincat, at least on the radio, had a quiet night. Someone already said it and I have been thinking it. Kane is not right. Something is going on there.
    Look, MAF deserved better. He should have broken his stick over the crossbar and demanded that the players in front of him play like they had a pair.
    Coach King owes no one on that team anything. You put out the best players. If they play poorly, Then NO…you don’t!!! Galvas should have been out there. When S. Jones and Dach come back, Dach needs to be on the wing, C. Jones and Gustafsson need to sit and suit up Galvas and either Mitchell, Kalynuk, or Regula.
    Lastly, based on tonight’s game, I now know why I am not a fan of Khaira or Kurashev and you can now add Borgstrom to the list. They are not every day guys. They don’t bring it every day. That’s fine in the AHL. Not up here. They could learn from Lafferty, Hagel, and Slavin. There’s a fire there. Elite guys like DeBrincat. I hate to just bitch up a storm, but this team and this coach are just so maddeningly sub par. If there was an effort…an honest…hustle I would be satisfied. If King would put out the best guys that would be great. MAF deserved better than what he got. Toews should look in the mirror and ask himself if the fire is still there. I love the guy, but he’s not doing what needs to be done. If he asked to be traded to, let’s just say Winnipeg, I would still think of him as the best Captain this team has had since Stan Mikita. Same with Kane. If they are not content with this club, if the fire to be here isn’t there. I don’t blame them. Everyone else is gone and the team, as it currently is, is a doggone clusterf#ck.

  • January 18, 2022 at 6:49 am
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    The biggest takeaway I saw from last night’s game was that we are really weak up the middle. We do not have a playmaker, and Reichel is the closest thing we have to one. We need to trade for one! All of our guys are mudders, including Toews!

  • January 18, 2022 at 7:16 am
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    After seeing King’s post game comments, sounds like he realized the players sent him a message. Look at 3rd and Ot, tells you that. I mean for a professional coach to say he is playing a lesser play out of respect and disrespecting the team as a whole, doesn’t get any more unprofessional or divide the team any more than that. Players want to win, if the organization isn’t giving them best chance to then the players give up too. Players only meeting turned things around then, the message from above is make it bad again, not good. Hoped King would good for this group, but he is losing credibility now.

  • January 18, 2022 at 7:27 am
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    Hockey 101 Most important thing in overtime win the face off. Hawks have Toews still one of the best dot men in the NHL Put him out with Kane and Jones(when he is out of protocol) After winning draw Toews off the ice the Cat comes on and game over. Even Colliton knew this. For this reason alone King should go at the end of the season

  • January 18, 2022 at 7:28 am
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    This is echoing what some have said.
    Lafferty is a nice surprise and it’s too bad his make up wasn’t inside Nylander.
    Borgstrom was a spare part in Florida for reason.
    Caleb isn’t ‘keeping up with the Jones’. You probably have to be over 40 to get this one.
    As Kane’s play diminishes-either thru injury, desire or time-it’s getting harder and harder to stomach his kinda/sorta trying to come back and maybe pretend to care about a developing scoring chance.
    D-Cat needs a east west player on his line (Kane and Strome–someday perhaps Reichel) 5 on 5 to score some goals. He will get more assists because he has an actual goal scorer on his line now-Kubalik
    It’s amazing how many of the elite, long lasting goalies of the last 30 to 40 years are from Quebec and French speaking-Fleury, Roy, Luongo, Brodeur-also Crawford

  • January 18, 2022 at 8:16 am
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    Also, I think it’s time to cut bait with Borgstrom. This guy is not a grinder – 3rd or 4th liner. And, he is not a top-6 line talent. What a terrible trade this turned out! We gave up a decent defensemen in Lucas Carlsson for Connelly and Borgstrom. What a pile of steaming poop!

  • January 18, 2022 at 8:35 am
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    I watched the game last night. We won the faceoff to start overtime. Maybe I’m wrong – be right back. I’ll check the start of OT again.

    Okay – either I’m blind (some days this is obvious to me) or I got a rerun of a different game, but Dcat won the faceoff, tapped the puck to Gus, and Gus went EEEEmediately behind Fleury and his net. I’m not understanding the disgust with that start. Hey – we win more than we lose with that starting lineup in overtime. Stupid lineup? I can understand the thought!!

    Interesting to me – the team quit on Coach Q. He got fired. The team quit on JC – he got fired. The team quits on King – he likely will get fired.

    I guess there are no good coaches that can get Blackhawks players capable of playing hockey. We all know it can’t be the players. We on this board expect a coach to give an ass-kicking to the players or a speech that motivates the laziness out of them each and every game.

    I seem to remember that the cup winning teams did this all the time. The difference with them – they knew how to flip the switch and win the game. Why? Cuz they had talent everywhere.

    That’s the difference I see.

    Oh yeah – I’m all for replacing King. It’s been kind of comical to watch in some sad ways. JC needed to go. This is what you get with a talentless bunch of lazy minds. It is what it is. Until we get some talent, we can’t overcome the obvious lack of work ethic among many players, including the highest paid on the team.

    Toews is playing the best hockey since he’s been back by the way. Again, I must be watching the wrong hockey games. But even Timmy has been cutting him slack, and there has been NOBODY on the board tougher of Toews than Tim.

  • January 18, 2022 at 9:09 am
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    SS – yes I noticed that Cat won the opening FO in OT for what must have been the first time then the Hawks immediately gave the puck back without generating a chance and then floundered around because none of 12 88 and 56 (with occasional exception of 12) are any good at playing defense

    So I’m done with that OT starting line up – it worked when the other other team tried to score right away and 12 and 88 could counter attack but other teams have caught on now and don’t give the puck up by trying to score yet King still rolls them out there

    We’ve seen it recently more than once where other teams once they get the puck at the start of OT which is usually off the opening FO play keep away until 12 and 88 go off on a change

    Is it that hard to put 19 out there for the opening FO? – the fact that Cat won it last night doesn’t excuse this as a poor coaching decision

    I do agree however that Toews is playing well so again why isn’t he out there to start OT?

    A good coach anticipates the other teams moves and at least tries to be one step ahead – King just reacts when the hammer on his head is too loud to ignore

    Next OT I think we’ll see a change to the starting line up and if next game we don’t see Caleb taking a seat in the press box then King’s head is impervious to the hammer

  • January 18, 2022 at 9:31 am
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    Not gonna argue one bit with anything you said Wrap. 100% agree with your comments. You are a very well rooted fan of hockey, and the Blackhawks. You have a good dose of pragmatism in your veins.

    This team has been stripped of talent for many years as we reached too deep into our pockets to manufacture another Cup run. The cost now is upon us and apparently the bill isn’t paid up yet. We needed to go forward with the youth movement we started last year, and in my opinion, successfully. Switching to playoff contender mode was done too early for me. We needed at least another year and likely two before we tried to get back in the playoffs. This sets us back even farther in my opinion. I get what Bowman did over the summer, but that wasn’t what I hoped to see. We can only guess what would have happened had we stayed the course. We were a year or so early in the Seth Jones purchase, mainly because we didn’t have anywhere near the parts to assemble a decent team. Yes, we needed a number 1 Dman – my posting history screams that. But now we are hurt more with that purchase and the failure that is 2021 – 2022. It just wasn’t a good move to raid a cupboard that was already bare of talent.

    So we can blame Bowman for the next 3-5 years of mediocrity. This is a very frustrated fan base right now, and understandably so. Many of us lived the previous 50 plus years of Chicago hockey and have seen this movie WAY too many times.

    Right now – being pragmatic sucks when it comes to being a fan of the Blackhawks.

  • January 18, 2022 at 10:09 am
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    @ ian

    not criticizing you. i realize you are just offering up what you heard on the after game. for my money, however, the players can take their message to king and shove it where the sun don’t shine.

    google just informed me that the minimum salary in the nhl this year is $750,000. AND ….. only 14% of the players are making only the minimum. that comes to slightly over $9,000 per game and much more for a great majority of the players dressing to play. i am reasonably sure that there is no clause in any player’s contract that offers the option of not playing hard when a player doesn’t like the lineup that dresses on any given day.

    if they don’t have enough pride to play for themselves or their teammates then play for the fans who pay their way to playing a game they love for a whole lot of money. i have conservatively spent in excess of $150,000 (after tax dollars) over the years on season tickets, concessions, parking, jerseys, other memorabilia, and cable tv fees. can’t begin to imagine what my gas bill and wear and tear on my cars must have been commuting from buffalo grove most of those years. likely there are many fans in the same boat. so no sympathy for the players from me. tough shit. go drive a bus, or be a medical assistant, or a teacher, or anyone else who contributes a whole lot more to society than players do for a fraction of what the players are making. suck it up and find a way to put forth an effort for 15/20 minutes a game.

  • January 18, 2022 at 10:50 am
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    there is a forward i would like to see who has not been able to crack the lineup. his name is kirby dach right wing. please, please dach apologists. we all know he is young, has been hurt, has only had one preseason, blah, blah, blah. this is a guy who in his third season, although with substantially more toi and power play minutes, is still not scoring very much and not assisting others to score very much. once again under a half a point a game and still miserable on faceoffs. whatever improvement there has been in his play as a center is marginal. i am beginning to believe he just does not have the mind to play in the center of the ice. too many decisions and rarely does he make good ones. put him on right wing with less options to consider and less responsibility. maybe, hopefully he will be a more effective player there. he certainly is not helping solve the center problem on this team and the team also has big problems on the wing. to dach’s credit he is only -2, which is much better than the others who have been playing top six minutes. maybe that even gets better on the wing. worth a try. he is not playing as a difference maker in the middle of the ice and this team is desperate for difference makers.

  • January 18, 2022 at 10:59 am
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    Frustrating game to watch after seeing the Hawks win the last four. You could sense the Hawks trying to hang on and “not lose” rather than try to win it.

    I don’t think I agree with the assessment that the Hawks quit on King because Galvas wasn’t in the lineup. I do agree that he probably deserves to be in the lineup ahead of others, but you can’t showcase someone for a trade by playing a rookie ahead of him. Classic cas of yiou can’t have it both ways.

    Galvas played well for a guy making his NHL debut, but let’s not paint him as the second coming of Paul Coffey. Playing poorly to an inferior team (but one that plays with a fast aggressive forechecking style) is part of a pattern the Hawks have been involved with since well before Galvas made the roster and seems a more likely reason for the Hawks poor showing last night…

    This would be a great time for the team to have a leader on the hockey side who has a clear vision of what direction this franchise should be going and then put a team together to execute that vision. I think the Hawks are wasting valuable time not addressing a permanent successor to Bowman as Head of Hockey Ops/GM. This seems like a case of Aesops fable “the Miller, his Son and the Ass” (Donkey). “If you try to please everyone you end up pleasing no one and you lose your Ass in the process…”

  • January 18, 2022 at 11:30 am
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    Players are human beings – they can’t be at their best every shift every game anymore than anyone of us can be at our best every minute every day of our respective jobs – the fact that they make out sized amounts of money relative to their contributions to society doesn’t change that fact

    All of us at our best when we’re inspired – will take the effort to the next level when we’re inspired – if the coach and GM don’t put the best line up on the ice (unless there is a very pragmatic reason for doing so) it’s going to be harder for players to find that inspiration

    Yes the players have a responsibility to motivate themselves but let’s be honest not every player does that very well – if we had a team full of players with Hagel or Toews’ or MAF’s mindset or even Murphy’s and deHaan’s (who again played their asses off) this wouldn’t happen but we don’t so it’s on the coaches and management to game plan accordingly and to nake up the starting line up accordingly

    Without 77 4 27 and 76 the Hawks were desperately lacking speed and puck skills – two of those players could have been in the line up and if they were the Hawks would have looked better – maybe won

    Frankly I was surprised (based on these poor management decisions) that they even got a point but that was a testament to the players like MAF, 19, 38, 5, 44, 24 and a few others who brought it despite those poor decisions

    It would nice if all players played their best despite poor management decisions but that is not reality

    King and KD own this loss

  • January 18, 2022 at 11:45 am
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    SS i’ve supported King and as said hoped he would succeed. However when a coach of a professional team isn’t trying to give his team the best chance to win and makes statements to press saying so, that is not showing respect, that is letting your team down. Agree or not, every action has a reaction, that type of performance is not acceptable on the ice or is that of lack of professionalism from the coach. You can replace the shingles on your roof all you want, if the structure of the house isn’t what it needs to be then nothing changes.

    For all that happened in ot, one play could of changed things. When Dehaan who does goid things too, got possession of the puck late in Ot, the other 2 Blackhawks went for a change. Two Krakens attacked and Dehaan coughed up the puck. If Dehaan shoots off the across the when had a chance the pucks goes into center ice area. At that point the 2 Blackhawks coming off the bench would have numbers over the 1 kraken coming over the bench going for puck in open ice. Would worked, nevet know but beats holding the puck until somebody takes it from you.

  • January 18, 2022 at 12:15 pm
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    Ian I had similar thoughts when that happened last night. The change appeared as anything but smooth. One guy at a time seemed to make more sense to me, but I don’t play professional hockey.

    So here we are. Playoffs seem unlikely. We have a massive split on this board whether to keep an aging HOF goalie or sell him to the highest bidder. We have a split on the board about if Kirby Dach should be essentially given up as useless at 21 years of age. What do we do with Kane and Toews going forward? Board split there too. There appears to be a majority in saying we gave up on Forsling too early though, unless of course someone was one of those advocating getting rid of him at the time. I think the only thing the board can agree upon is that the board can’t agree on anything. I sincerely hope that doesn’t shock anyone in 2022!! Actually, it makes for a good board to visit.

    Can we at least agree that Colby Cohen is no better of a referee than Billy Gardner, who coined and completely overused this phrase when a Chicago Wolves player would get called for a penalty: “Not much there. Didn’t mean to do it”.

    I’m betting we can’t!

  • January 18, 2022 at 1:10 pm
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    Gus was not the reason for this loss, so y’all can stop throwing him under the bus. Time to look at the top paid players, McCabe….sucks, Kane playing like a 45 yr old, too many turn overs, C.Jones, same….turnovers galore. Entwistle, poorly used, Slavin didn’t play, Galvas didn’t play, King….way over his head as far as coaching and putting the right players on the ice and in the people lines….but stop blaming 1 guy….if it wasn’t for MAF, this would have been a ow out of epic proportions. And that’s on ALL the forwards, Defensemen and Coaching staff.

  • January 18, 2022 at 1:21 pm
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    Gus has actually been good, better than the majority of the defense. He hasn’t been turning over the puck as people keep saying. His positioning has been excellent as has his passing. He is not the future for this team but he has been good. McCabe, C. jones have been TO machines as has Kane. Actually watch Gus and others without the bias and you will see things much differently.

  • January 18, 2022 at 4:23 pm
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    SS, if the goal is to put elite talent on the ice, shouldn’t the goal be to have elite people running the show. Throwing a group of players together without any real direction from above is never going to be a winning recipe, no matter how many excuses you make.

  • January 18, 2022 at 4:48 pm
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    No argument with that Ian.

  • January 18, 2022 at 5:33 pm
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    Kent Hughes .is the new DG in Montreal
    Patrick Roy still available

    Good news I think

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