Panthers Pounce on Plummeting Blackhawks, Win in OT

The Blackhawks need wins at this point. Their postseason chances are nearly extinct, so really any game that doesn’t end with two points in the ledger isn’t helpful.

Thursday night was an improved effort, but ended with the Hawks losing to the Panthers on home ice in overtime.

Kevin Lankinen was back between the pipes for the Hawks after getting pulled after the first period against Tampa. He had a better night, too, stopping 35 of 39.

Adam Gaudette got the Hawks on the board with the only goal of the first period, his first as a member of the Blackhawks.

After 20 minutes, Chicago had a 1-0 lead.

After 40 minutes, the game was tied at two. Florida out-shot the Blackhawks 17-7 in the middle period and the scoreboard reflected a superior effort from the Panthers. Lankinen held on as best he could but he wasn’t getting much help. Vinnie Hinostroza scored his third of the year to keep the Hawks close.

When Brandon Montour scored at 9:09 into the third, if felt like the Hawks were starting to fold. Lankinen was clearly frustrated with apparent contact in front of the net (and no defensemen in sight when it happened).

Chicago couldn’t put together a run until the final 20 seconds of regulation when Alex DeBrincat tied the game.

The game went to overtime and the Hawks actually had a few nice shifts, but Sam Bennett continued his steak of really good play since being traded to Florida and won the game inside the final minute of free hockey.

Kirby Dach had a strong night for the Hawks. He won 10 of 12 faceoffs against a Florida team that has dominated Chicago at the dot all year. He had one assist with one blocked shot and one takeaway. He finished the night plus-two.

Nikita Zadorov was credited with eight hits in more than 20 minutes of ice time. Ian Mitchell watched from home. Again.

Wyatt Kalynuk skated 20:30 with one assist and two hits in the game.

61 thoughts on “Panthers Pounce on Plummeting Blackhawks, Win in OT

  1. tough lose. the better team did win, but i am pleased how the hawks did not throw in the towel. if they play this way every night them will become a good team maybe i won’t say it

  2. Can somebody tell Riley Stillman that he shouldn’t be standing 15 feet in front of the net because someone will slip in behind him to score the goal. 3 year contract???

  3. To battle back like that and then not be able to gain the second point was disappointing. Especially considering how well they played in OT. As to the above comment, the better team won.

    I must confess to not completely understanding the goalie interference rule. That looked like goalie interference to me. Does it matter that it was minor contact? It appeared to be enough to prevent a save. Maybe it wasn’t worth the risk of a 2 minute penalty with 7 minutes left to challenge it but I thought it was interference. However, this season would have been the same with or without that no call, so it doesn’t matter. The Hawks showed a lot of character overcoming it.

    They were apoplectic about Kurashev not playing on one of the other sites. I didn’t really even notice he had been playing.

    What in the world happened to DuClair? The first 6 teams he played for gave up on him and now he is excellent. I was not unhappy when the Hawks passed on him, but he sure has been good this year.

    The NBCSN announcers have a serious man crush on the Florida rookie goalie. He was good, but enough is enough. Lankinen stopped more shots.

    It will be very interesting to see how much they pay Hagel. He has to be worth at least $2.5 mil I would think.

  4. I will stick to my guns from the last couple of years. I have always liked and wanted the Hawks to go get Sam Bennett. He was miserable and wanted out of Calgary and would have been a perfect fit here. 8 Hits,8 Shots on Goal,Game Winning Goal tonight. He is solid. Anyway,the Panthers took over the game after the 1st period and are a very sharp offensive team that easily picked apart the Colliton Man on Man scheme that appears to consistently leave the front of the net and the high slot unchecked as everyone runs around the zone trying to find their man. Beaudin has to up his urgency and intensity a bit to compete. The team as a whole at least attempted to be more physical after the beating that the Bolts put on them. Kane,s gauge is on empty,he made a beautiful pass on the D cat goal but he just doesnt have the jump in his stride. Dach was much better tonight and now lets see him do it the next game. I like Hardman. He is intense,can handle and shoot the puck, and takes the body very well. He is going to stick here. Time for Strome to take a seat,he did nothing tonight, so they can get a look at another young forward. What did Ian Mitchell do to warrant being buried? Back to work for this team.

  5. Tim W I have the same guns. Mention many a times I wanted Bennett. This is where the phrases a fresh start, a change of scenery, a clean slate, a new organIzation etc etc works. Have Reinhardt from Buffalo as the same player and others. Maybe Guadette could be one of those.

  6. Really liked the energy that Hardman Kampf and Connelly brought – I think they could played a little more

    And Gaudette also had some good moments and will play in traffic

    Strome doesn’t finish his checks

    I would guess Mitchell in for Beaudin next game

    The Hawks often have a weak second period I think partly because of the long change – it’s harder to get off the ice particularly for the D men and tired CHI D men is not pretty

    Consequently their team speed game suffers and without speed their inexperience and lack of physical maturity show up – they need to play fast to compensate for that

    Kubalik did good work on the tying goal as did Murphy keeping the puck in

    Much better effort and good on Lank for a strong performance – I like that he was pissed at that OT goal

  7. NAS 5
    DAL 4
    CHI 0
    CLB -9
    DET -9

    Major gaps here/top teams around +20. Top 10 mid tiers bottom 10.

    Having a first yr/greenhorn rookie roster tahts a midtier team like that. We have lots of upside and more young players still to come. And ufa to.

    Good yr exactly what we wanted.

  8. Robs
    I think a 4 years deal at 2.5-3-3.5-4millions would be very good for Hawks and Hagel .13millions / 4 years sounds like a good deal or 17 millions/5 years deal .
    Love the kid and hope he can stay healthy and be a Hawks for long time.
    Would love to get 1 or 2 kids like him in the next draft .

  9. At this point why not sit a couple veterans each game and play the kids? All we heard last year was Mitchell is the real deal, why is he not playing? This is turning into a place where young talent will not want to come here.

  10. Let’s be honest and fair, Jeremy Colliton Deserves an Award!

    There has been a lot of criticism directed at Jeremy Colliton by me and others. However, after much thought, I believe Colliton deserves an award – maybe multiple awards.

    Now that he is out of the running for the Jack Adams, here are my nominations:

    The Secretariat Award – With Patrick Kane, Colliton has taken a true thoroughbred and turned him into a dead horse. In the last 16 games, Duncan Keith has scored more goals than Kane. Yet, he keeps whipping him with over 22 minutes of ice time per game.

    The Sheldon Cooper Award – Like the character in The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon, Collition exhibits that same condescending smirk and dismissive attitude, believing everyone is inferior to him. We should recognize him for his comedic value.

    The Kodak Award – Colliton deserves credit for perseverance in trying to develop ‘negatives’ like Nylander and Strome even after they have been exposed. It’s an ugly picture, but he at least keeps working at it.

    The Estee Lauder Award – The famed cosmetician once said, “I don’t sell cosmetics, I sell hope”. Colliton is a master when it comes to cosmetics and selling hope. But, like beauty, what we see on the ice is only skin deep. And, as we all know, hope is not a strategy.

    The Stay-Puff Marshmallow Award – Collition deserves great credit for turning the Blackhawks into a marshmallow. Every team looks forward to a soft treat when they play Chicago.

    The Yahtzee Award – No coach has thrown 5 random numbers more frequently, hoping to get lucky, as Jeremy Colliton. Every shift seems to be 5 numbers spilled onto the ice without any real strategy.

    I hope everyone can put their personal biases aside and objectively give Collition the recognition he deserves.

    Just sayin’

  11. wijg

    outstanding post on so many levels. effort, intelligence, creativity, incisive understanding, sarcasm. a brilliant effort.

  12. wijg- good one(s)

    Hardman- I liked what he brought. Skates better than I imagined. Did have one heavy shot that hit the post, and was a nice shot to get past the D man.

    Gaudette- seemed to go to dirty areas and has a little skill.

    Like to see both get the rest of the games to close out season.

    Connolly – least impressive of the three to me.

    Hagel- continues to impress!

    Thought Forsling looked really well coached out there for FL

  13. Remember how everyone wanted to run Forsling out of town for being a too soft Euro smurf during his time in CHI

    Yep that Gustav Forsling – he looks a lot better now that he’s almost 25

    Most defensemen need time to physically mature and learn the NHL game – it’s a very demanding position

  14. Good game over all, competitive and the fore check looked oddly like a fore check.

    Brett Connolly had an amazing game. One player I’m watching closely. Was noticeable all night long and when he’s engaged he makes a difference. Keep him!

    This kid Mike Hardman is starting to remind me a lot of Bryan Bickell. ( it’s early I know ) Not as big but his style of play he plays big, but as my old coach says he plays solid, he like a wall, like a wrecking ball. Bick had a great wrist shot and Hardman looks early on like his shot is effective but his physical play is extremely encouraging.

    Hail Hail Vinny and Brandon Hagel what a duo and Jeremy Colliton get high marks for placing Dach in between is pure genius, it’s the only line to place Dach ( who is weak on the fore check a) Dach need to be on a line between two of the best fore checkers, head ups, grinders in the NHL. That line is to me the future. That balance. If your going to have Dylan Strome on a line he’d better be paired with a guy like Ryan Carpenter and Brett Connolly. Brett is a big dude. So it’s all about balance.

    I’m still not convinced about Kirby Dach Hockey IQ or future upside. Winning at the dot he’s okay, winning at the dot means doing it night in and night out, not when your going against a third of fourth line centers. He’s a good passer but Hawks need scoring from him, he doesn’t have a shot first mentality. When paired with the Bash Brothers last night he sort of knew he was the first option, his shot first. I watch him very closely off the puck he’s just floats, drifts, never finishes a check, never really in front of the net and can not hold that position when he decides to go there, and if he is in front of the net he’s off to one side. He’s horrible along the boards and easily gets bumped off the puck, and knocked even off his skates which is never good. He has no speed really to dump and chase or chip and chase. But again the Bash Brothers last night have speed and covered for Dach. Vinny is one of the best in the NHL at holding the puck with speed and in corners and behind the net. Dach is slow up an into the neutral zone, no real speed, ( he puts his head down and skates hard and it looks fast but he never out skates anyone or pulls away never, watch close, someone always catches him and just runs him out of the play. another guy who does not play well in traffic, which the entire NHL is about traffic and working to find your shot ) Even what should be an advantage his length, and height are not working for him. He’s also so slow with his stick handling, that drag move is a drag, he’s easy very to defend, real easy. puck it too far in front, most times is just a simple poke check and the puck is turnover. I’m concerned obviously. Good news is . . .in the open ice he’s good, ( but top teams don’t give you open ice, you earn it, not convinced he can earn it- I;m watching Taylor Hall – not big fan of his but out here in Boston, I live in Maine, born raised south-side Chicago but I get to watch the Bruins, but Taylor Hall earns his ice, the space with speed, he grabs it, always skating to the net not the perimeter ) Dach on a three on two he’s good, odd man rush hes good, and on power plays he’s okay,
    On the Penalty kill last night Dach did just okay on defending but obviously he had a few nice breakouts on the penalty kill, Reminded me of how Coach Q used Michael Frolik on penalty kills ( one of my fav’s) Dach was floating out at the blue line during the penalty kill and we had a few easy break outs. Magic Johnson comes to mind.

    End of last year Dach seemed to play more physical. After his injury he seems to be playing at an AHL level? Tentative. A hint of talent before the injury then back to the same old. Hope Bo-Quit and his wrist does not lead to a more tentative play from an already tentative player.

    I’m only concerned with Dach because he might be labeled the future for the Hawks. If bloggers and fans and the GM just sort of roll over and drink the kool-aid we’re might be in trouble.

    Go hawks

  15. I thought Dach had a pretty good game last night – he was in on winning that board battle for the tying goal, was 10 of 12 in FOs and had some nice plays

    I agree he could use his size to his advantage more but he’s still a kid who is growing into his body – I’d like to see him develop a goal scorers mind set and overall I’d eventually like to see more from him but I’m not too concerned yet – he’s 20 and missed most of the year

  16. Gustav Forsling has been a stud from day one. Hawks should have never let him go. The kids has d -skills and a high IQ and man did he learn, each line shift, every game and he was one kid i watched close like Wyatt. He learned from Dunk. You could see Gustav Forsling get down on him self every time he made a mistake, every time, you could see it and then you could see him correct it.

    What Gustav Forsling did is what Boo-Quit needed to do. You build, you train, you practice, you improve, you don’t do it all at once as a NHL defense man. Gustav worked on his defense first, every single game. Then he worked on his passing and his exit out of the zone, and improved his stick handling. Improved in the corners with conditioning. Then he worked a little on his offensive game. Then his speed skating up and out of the zone. ( a la Nick Leddy) then he focused on being a contributor on offense. Step by painfull step. Boo-Quit has an attitude that he’s arrived, he’s here and he’s made it. Forsling never gave me that impression, he gave me the impression he was always thinking and working, a very very serious. One of my favorite Hawks d-men along with Nick.

    Maybe get him back next year?

  17. Wraparound – Hear ya – Wondering as a life longer, I don’t see NHL players change their habits ( DNA) that got them to the NHL. Meaning Dach was the biggest kid on the block, and Pre-NHL looked like he’d be the second coming of Sidney Crosby, Sid the Kid and Sid is like 5 foot 11, I’m 5 foot 11, Sid players like he 6 foot 4. Yes Sid is a stretch but you get the concept on size and skill.

    Damn Dach is like 6 foot 4. He’s a big dude and a big easy target because he’s sooooo slow, speed is hard to increase in NHL. Grit and determination and willingness to sacrifice your body are easy, great coached demand it, think Darryl Sutter. He’d say off with his head.

    Dach’s skill set will develop but Hockey IQ and even more important are his lack of Hockey instincts and willingness to go to tuff, hard fought, brutal areas of the ice.

    My point, I guess is this blog is full of wait and see, he’s developing and not knowing who to invest in, put time in, give big contracts to is everything. Reading talent in the NHL is pretty easy, this is not like Baseball, it’s much more like the NBA, get on the ice and show me. Dach has not shown me much, not one thing he does outstanding?

    Anyway I like the Dach, but Hawks are too easy to play against. And that is my point to put Dach between the Bash Brothers is genius, he need those type of body guards.

    The CAT is the perfect case study of a kid that turned around his game defensively and on the fore check, he is relentless. That is learned, being a little guy he had to get tuff or get out. He got Tuff, just love the Cat, not his scoring, his skating and work in the corners, every SINGLE SHIFT.

    Go hawks

  18. Jeremy Colliton Deserves an Award! Great post!

    Sadly this is NOT Jeremy Colliton’s team so don’t confuse him with the likes of Barry Trotz, Mike Sullivan or Jon Cooper or even ye ole Coach Q who have a say. Colliton has no pull, no say, no voice, this team does not reflect the type of players he’d build from. This all Bowman, tinkering around the edges, salary cap hustle, smoke and mirrors, fuzzy draft picks.

    Not saying a Jeremy Colliton team built in his own image with his own players would be any better, but this is what you get when a coach is bound and gagged and a GM who thinks he knows better. He’s done okay for the talent i see every night on that bench.

  19. Knuckle – remember all the calls for DCat to be traded last year and posters saying how Stan had crapped the bed (again) by overpaying on his contract

    Things sure look different with Dcat this year – players do develop given time and that includes Dach and Boquist

    And how do you know Boquist’s attitude? – asking for a friend

  20. Looking at the lineup yesterday and I see 11 players where new on the team last night including 6 rookies….half the team ….I wonder I many teams have 6 rookies playing on their team this year ?

  21. Wrap
    Yess I remember a few post saying to move DCat for a pick …haha that was so funny to read and also some who wants to trade Boqvist and Lank a few months ago
    I remember also when everybody was on the back of Forsling ( he was 20 -21 at the time .) Q was playing him on the bench some games now playing 21 minutes/game at 24 ….off course he still young and will be a top 4 Dman in the future.
    Most dman that arrive in the league at 19-20 have difficulty to be very good Dman…it takes time and their coach need to be patient.big difference between a 21 and a 24 Dman .more then 1000 days difference is a lot
    The young Dman we have now are just at the beginning of their long journey in NHL
    Patient is needed with kids .and we have many kids to develop…in year 23-24 we will have a better idea about those kids. Remember the kid we had and now plays with islanders in NY …..yess he was really young at the time look at him now. Patient with Dman

  22. With only a couple weeks left in the season, I’m cringing at the thought of months and months of reading “expert” opinions on everything wrong with Colliton, Colliton’s system, Colliton’s smirk, Colliton’s lack of passion. Colliton’s lack of experience, Colliton’s line combos, Colliton’s game management, Colliton’s shoes, Colliton’s glasses, Colliton’s hair, Colliton’s humor, Colliton’s furtive eyes, Colliton’s use of Kane, Colliton’s … well … basically everything about Colliton. And of course all the criticisms will be made in the vacuum of “compared to who/what?” Criticisms made without the context of viable and reasonable alternatives are easy and really nothing more than complaining you’re not getting what you want when you want it.

    Rebuilds take longer than what we hope for. In the meantime it gives perpetual complainers plenty of time to do what they do best – complain.

    I think progress was made this season and I give a huge portion of the credit to the coach and his staff. Could another coach have done better? Maybe – nobody knows and anyone who thinks they know better is just talking to hear themselves talk. The point is the objective of this season was to discover which young players have a chance to be part of the rebuild and then to give those players game time experience and that objective was met, if not exceeded.

  23. ER – You mean the rebuild isn’t over yet? They’ve have almost 5 months. What’s the holdup? Should have been done in late January.

    Q would have had it done in December. Tallon in October.

    The play of Forsling says it all. Patience, which wasn’t part of the last coaching staff. Not what he was hired, or willing, to do. He did his job and then got moved along.

    That’s probably the most likely scenario for this coach too.

  24. “That’s probably the most likely scenario for this coach too.”
    Silent totally agree-and if he get’s the door (they all do)-it’s not because he can’t coach, you need to be the right guy at the right time. In someone’s expert opinion–whatever that might mean.
    The way he is pounced and pilled on, is hilarious and disturbing at the same time. But it’s the way the world works in today’s world. Negativity is like a drug.
    And that’s not to say he doesn’t make boneheaded decisions. WE all do.

  25. Noonan
    Yesssss …very good post
    Negative you say but at same time so many don’t have a clue what their are talking about .just bashing and criticizing is part of human behaviour when you think you know everything.
    JC is doing a good job so far ,kids are growing under his coaching,of course he is not perfect and he knows.
    Love my Hawks
    How about trading DCat , Hagel , Boqvist, and Lank for a third rd pick. To Vegas or Tampa Bay .

  26. Knuckle, I was born in Maine from there too thats cool. VT is where we are and BOS city has the tv channels. Have to have the NHL dirctv to watch games.

  27. The only knock on Coach Colliton is he wont sit Keith for remainder of the year and let Mitchel play.

  28. If we go back and see everyone’s post all at one time mentioned what a good season it is for the Hawks. Everyone said better than expected. Many quotes that even if the season ended now it was a success. I agree it was. So credit has to be given to the coaches. Now the expectation for next year is to be greater than this year. Not Cup worthy yet but thinking 2 to 3 years more. Had season tickets in the 80’s and waited for a Stanley Cup for 25 years. I could wait another 10 from “15 for a fourth.

  29. 2 7 81 didnt get the 4th. I want 19 88 to get the 4th Cup. Then we can talk about 10-15 yrs and 77 Cup.

  30. Patience? Like in the few months this coaching staff had with Joker?

    I would bet Laviolette would have done better than Colliton.

  31. To anyone unhappy with my Colliton award nominations, you are welcome to submit your own.

    Perhaps an Einstein award for his pure genius? Or, a Herb Brooks Award for his Miracle on Ice 2.0? Or, the Mr. Rogers Award for nurturing young children with his soothing demeanor?

  32. Anyone that still believes this “rebuild” started this year is clearly delusional. We are now in year 2 of the rebuild. StanBo just didn’t want to admit it to save his job.

  33. I understand some that would say that many of us are being too hard on this organization,coach,and young players or too impatient. From my perspective I am not arrogant enough to believe that my opinions me anything. If the response to some of our perceived harsh opinions is to disregard the opinion and believe that everything is headed in the right direction or to attack the opinions as those of people that don’t know hockey so be it. It is not my fault that this organization placed itself in a position to have to put 19 year old kids on the ice who have not seen a weight room or are not as developed as they should be to play against men in the NHL. I should accept that Colliton is doing a great job developing players and coaching this team after I watch this team play a system that it cannot succeed in and few NHL teams employ? The in game tactical line matching should be ignored,the lack of employing any physicality in this lineup besides the rotating 4th line forward spot that receives about 7 minutes of ice time on a 1 game tryout ,the playing of a forward over 25 minutes a night to get him to the point where he is now exhausted and of little value,etc. Sorry guys,its a hard business and as fans we can only judge what we see on the ice in front of us. I see a team that looks very different from any other NHL team physically and system wise, I see a couple of 20 year old kids being manhandled on a nightly basis to the point where 1 is going on his 5th concussion besides the broken wrist. My uninformed opinion is that this train is off the tracks and is in desperate need of a culture and system change which would include hiring a real GM and putting together a veteran NHL Coaching staff. With those changes the pieces that are necessary for success would be in place. Until then when I see a team that does not play the right way and his regularly manhandled I am going to say something about it as we all should.

  34. Tim W. – Well said.

    I think we should show our appreciation to Stan and Collie with a laurel and hearty handshake and send them on their way.

  35. In a reload hope there doing that stuff on purpose to get better draft players/while were waiting for young wave to develope and get ready since we donot have a group mid age range to support the overall roster like you said so these guys donot have to start too ealry like thise/at least not as many at once.

    Then when were closer to being ready make the moves your saying. Otherwise what the F are we doing here.

  36. To “Herman Billy Reay” It took you a whole 30 minutes to come up with that same old tired routine??? I think Duncan Keith must have waved at your wife/girlfriend back in the day and it embarrassed you. When you play as many minutes as he does of course there’s more opportunities to make a bad pass or a turnover. Even Kid Coach knows he has to be in there for any chance to win.

  37. Tim W – we obviously look at the Hawks through very different lenses which is fine
    Here’s what I see

    I see a very young team (leads the league in games played by rookies by a mile plus has other players with relatively few NHL games Boquist, Dach, Kubalik, even DCat Stillman and Nylander are all younger than Kalynuk) with several promising players set to join the team possibly as early as next year (Reichel, Borgstrom, Entwhisle, Barrat, Altybarmakyan, Slavin et al)

    While I agree that they need more physical presence I don’t think that this year needed to be about that because firstly most of those type of players weren’t ready this year and secondly they needed to identify some skill players – I expect we’ll see of a physical element next year and the year after

    Whenever CHI has had a contending team it is a team built on skill (Stan Makita era, Denis Savard era, Jonathan Toews era) – it is a stylistic choice – the Hawks have never been the Big Bad Bruins or the Broad Street Bullies or even Darryl Sutter’s LA Kings – there are different ways to win and skill is the identity CHI has when they are successful mixed in with enough toughness

    This is what this year and probably next as well is about – finding the skill players who can play fast, smart and against tough teams – with that in mind I see Hagel, Kalynuk, Dach, Boquist, Kubalik as players from this year who will eventually be those type of players – it’s not a long list and you can add Lankinen in goal -still it’s a pretty good start IMO with other young players sure to join that list

    JC has made mistakes as has Stan but I think expectations have been exceeded even with that list so I consider this year a success

    Lots of posters wanted the Hawks to completely suck this year and get a high draft choice – instead they’ve competed hard almost every night (albiet with lots of mistakes) have had a run at the playoffs (unexpected) and will still get a relatively high draft choice

    The rebuild seems to be on track to me

  38. Agree that Forsling recieved exactly the same treatment on this board as a kid just out of juniors as Boqvist and Dach are getting. Just as i have said patience is needed with them, likewise with Forsling too, alot of disagreement at the time. Just to point out, Boqvist during his last season in Sweden was out twice with concussion issues, saw where it was said he returned while still having symptoms and reason he was out 2nd time, others say it was 2 concussions. He had 1 last year after having none during his year in Ohl, missed a couple of games as a precaution like he did this year, which is the way it should be handled. Remember Crosby on Pittsburgh missing almost 2 full seasons with concussions and the talk was Pens needed to protect him and get tougher, Cherry leading the way on it. Then Rutherford signed him to current contract after 2 years on ir basically, to alot of criticism, which somehow got twisted around to how much he supposedly left on the table. Pens faired pretty good after the dust settled on all that.

    A win tonight and they end up with 8 points in 8 games against Panthers, decent result. Same with Canes coming up, 5 pts in 5 games so far, a win and otl and be 8 pts in 8 against them, no playoff push but a decent record against 2 of top 3 teams in division this year.

    Colliton will get replaced when it’s decided he isn’t the right man for the job anymore, bottom line. He will be back next year because the organization wants him as their guy right now. To say there hasn’t been noticeable progress by youngsters isn’t accurate, there has. That said glad to see rebound game from Lankinen. To say Colliton is above criticism isn’t accurate either, after appearance of some improvement, the way Preds and Bolts caused defensive breakdowns, exploited the Blackhawks defensive zone does give real concern whether this system, to be fair, has what it takes to succeed in this league.

    Hope to see some under control players re-signed or given elcs in next couple of months, maybe a ufa signing or 2 from Europe or Ncaa.

  39. Complain complain complain.

    The Hawks would be in much better shape if only one of these geniuses were in charge. I’m sure of it. And so are they.

  40. We would ALL be in better shape if we could just laugh at things instead of getting all fussy and taking shots at each other.

    Nothing said here will make any difference to anyone.

    So, lighten up Francis!

  41. Ian, good post. Too bad it will fall on so many “deaf ears”.

    The challenge for many Hawks fans is to view this season differently than normal. They are either unwilling or incapable to reset their mindset from the normal winning mode to this unusual rebuild mode. Some kinda/sorta do it but not 100% sustained throughout the season and revert back to small picture criticisms where large picture assessment is called for. They focus on little picture criticisms they’ve assembled and use their confirmation bias to conclude Colliton and the rebuild is failing.

    This is year#1 of the rebuild with more years to follow. And yes, the rebuild was somewhat started prior this year but it was a half assed start to the rebuild without the full commitment they had this year. Semantics.

    Here I am again playing the role of Colliton apologist when in actuality I’m not convinced he is the best guy for this situation either. What I am convinced of is that the organization is in a better position to make that assessment than me or anyone else posting on hockey blogs. Nitpicking the small stuff is a useless waste of time and very annoying, especially when considering the organization has set this course and there’s not a damn thing we can do about it … except to complain if that’s what you like to do.

  42. Agree with both youg uys on these things your right. And I have always said this about theose kind of players just wernt ready yet and they are coming.

    WRAPAROUND
    May 1, 2021 at 8:53 am
    While I agree that they need more physical presence I don’t think that this year needed to be about that because firstly most of those type of players weren’t ready this year and secondly they needed to identify some skill players – I expect we’ll see of a physical element next year and the year after

  43. Were really going to be rocking in the 23 season prob 24 and 25 season be when were doing bad intentions in playoffs 23 season though is when were full roster again.

  44. If the case in point is that Kid Coach can’t get us from “Point B” supposedly to “Point A” as people has claimed but they like the rebuild, then why should StanBo get a 2nd Shot at hiring another coach????

  45. Hammertime,,
    2 more years and your dunce Keith koolaid jug be empty… he on the ice for 25 minutes a game…
    Why go with 7 Dmen?
    Why not go with only 5?
    He Was good at one time , wasn’t he..

  46. Lankinen in net tonight and Kurashev in for Suter and Mitchell in for Beaudin. Nice to see Hardman get a 3rd game in a row. With nothing to lose now,why not toss Hardman on a line with Dach and Kane or DeBrincat and Strome to see how he rolls with some top line players. Same for Johnson and or Entwhistle. We all may be pleasantly surprised how physical players mesh with top line players. Gaudette with Hagel and Hinostroza might be interesting also.

  47. Herman or Billy or whoever you want to be: He’s still a Top 4 D-Man on most of the teams in the league, I’m sorry that you just can’t see it. At 37 years old.

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