Patrick Kane, Blackhawks Blow By Wild

Early in the second period of a scoreless game, Pierre McGuire noted from between the benches that Jonathan Toews barked at his teammates while coming off for a line change. Toews wanted the Hawks to attack, according to McGuire.

As Toews has so many times in the past, he led with his actions as much as his words.

After Andrew Shaw took his obligatory stupid penalty, Marian Hossa picked Ryan Suter’s pocket and flew up the ice. Hossa found Toews in the middle of the ice, and Chicago’s captain shot a puck off Devan Dubnyk that popped into the air and appeared to get hit just hard enough to cross the line completely… by Dubnyk’s stick. The short-handed goal was Toews fourth of the postseason and gave Chicago a 1-0 lead.

As the second period crept towards completion, a delayed offside play forced Minnesota’s forward to vacate the zone. Duncan Keith took advantage, hurling a perfect outlet pass to Patrick Kane who rifled a shot past Dubnyk to extend the lead to two with only 20 seconds left in the period.

The goal was Kane’s fourth of the postseason and 100th career postseason point. It wouldn’t be his last of the night, however.

Matt Dumba scored a power play goal early on the third period, one that Corey Crawford would undoubtedly like to have back. For 6:19 the Wild stayed within one, but Teuvo Teravainen made a special play in the neutral zone and banked a pass to Patrick Sharp to get the Hawks sniper into the zone. Sharp handled the business end for his fourth of the playoffs to extend the lead to 3-1, and effectively end the threat from Minnesota.

Kane would add an empty net goal at 17:53 to take the team lead with five postseason goals; Sharp picked up the primary assist on the final goal of the night.

Crawford took a shot off the mask soon after Sharp’s goal and appeared to be in some discomfort; he rocked back and clutched the posts for assistance as he got back to his feet and immediately went to the bench when play stopped. But Crawford only changed from his new mask to an old one and stayed in the game.

After answering questions about whether or not he could be the number one goaltender in Chicago during the first round of the playoffs, Crawford has been strong against the Wild. He allowed the one ugly goal but made 30 stops, many of which were against excellent chances over the final 40 minutes of the game. Crawford has stopped 60 of 64 shots over the first two games against the Wild, and heard his named chanted by the United Center faithful again on Sunday night.

Niklas Hjalmarsson picked up an assist with two blocked shots and two hits in another strong performance from the Hawks’ top three defensemen. Keith skated 30:12 in the win; Kimmo Timonen was on the ice for only 6:57.

Bryan Bickell’s box score shows a lot of activity – a team-leading 12 hits and two blocked shots – but he looked lost for a lot of his time on the ice. His physical play has been rewarded with increased ice time over the first two games of the series; he skated 16:09 on Sunday night on the Hawks second line with Kane and Brad Richards.

Chicago rolled all four lines comfortably and looked good doing it. Antoine Vermette played another really good game between Sharp and Teravainen, winning 11 of 16 faceoffs and picked up five hits. Richards was the ice time leader among Hawks forwards at 18:21 while Teravainen skated the lowest ice time (12:41) up front.

The Blackhawks take their 2-0 series lead to the State of Hockey for Game Three.

50 thoughts on “Patrick Kane, Blackhawks Blow By Wild

  • May 3, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Best 60 minute effort in a long time. Played fast and hit their passes and when the Hawks do that they are a very good team.

    But, the Hawks only held serve. Now they have to be sure the Wild doesn’t do the same and turn it into a best of three. The Wild will be able to dictate the match ups so it will be a more difficult challenge to play as well as they did tonight.

    The Hawks are a pleasure to watch when they play the way they did tonight. It’s good to be a Hawks fan. :)

  • May 3, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    The much hyped and touted sure fire thing Wild comeback, the incredible and invincible Dubnyk and the unbelievable fast calculating genuis of Yeo…oh wait, cancel that…the Blackhawks won.

    The only guy in the entire universe that could make a play for an empty net goal look incredibly exciting whilst deeking out 3 or more opponents is Patrick Kane.

  • May 3, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    A strong effort throughout by the Hawks. Q did a much better job tonight of protecting Rozy (and Timomen barely played) and it showed. The Hawks forwards are the best bunch in the league with the additions of Vermette and Desi at the deadline. Both men played very strong games, again, for the Hawks. Vermette has had 2 excellent games in a row and with him rolling, the Hawks have the strongest group of Centres left in the playoffs. This and timely goaltending, usually win Stanley Cups. Crawford was better tonight, he left a soft one in, but rallied after that and stayed upright during much of the third period instead of constantly on his knees. With this kind of goaltending, and Rozy being protected, the Hawks might not lose again at home during the playoffs.

    Now the question will be “what happens on the road”! Yeo will get the last line change and will target both Timonen and especially Rozy, as one of them has to play significant minutes. The Wild are going to get their chances at home and the Hawks need CC to come up big. The biggest difference in the series thus far has been the Hawk’s strength up the middle. This is what could get us a road win in Minny, as almost every key face-off is being won by a Hawk Centre, plus our Centres are dominating at both ends of the ice! What a nice change from the last 5 years.

    Andrew Shaw may have taken a questionable penalty tonight, but once again his performance was very strong at both ends of the ice. That 4th line of Krugs, Desi and Shaw are dominating out there. Remember our 4th line last year? Another very solid effort from TT, he is getting incredible experience contributing to our playoff run!

  • May 3, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    I personally didn’t think Bickell looked lost. He played a strong physical game.

    TT another nice game.

    RIP Crow’s black mask

  • May 4, 2015 at 12:10 am

    We have an opportunity to get game 3 on the road.

  • May 4, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Tab, I have to agree with Frolik Navidad and say I didn’t think Bickell looked lost out there. I thought he played a very solid game all around.

    I like how all 4 lines are playing well. Keep it rolling boys.

  • May 4, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Very impressive win. Thoughts…

    If Bickell continues to play at this level (all the way the a Cup victory), he is worth the $4.5 million – sleeping-thru more than half of the regular season is forgiven.

    Now that Vermette is not playing wing, he’s very good at faceoffs. (I hope Bowman figures out a way to keep him…they kept Oduya…)

    Keith is playing at a Norris Trophy level…but winning the Cup is much better.

    Agree: “Best 60 minute effort…Wild will be able to dictate the match ups so it will be a more difficult challenge…” – but, if the Hawks “Play their game” (stay focused), they can win anywhere.

    Does anyone else believe that the Oduya-Stewart play was called correctly? I thjink Stewart stepped on Odya’s stick = NO “tackle” / penalty…the officials made the right call…

    “We know you enjoyed the outcome”…

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  • May 4, 2015 at 5:30 am

    DD- I saw Stewart step on the stick too. I think he was going down regardless, but he stepped on the stick first. If the ref saw that full speed, he deserves mad props. No way the Hawks can keep Vermette. The only reason they have him now is because there is no cap in the playoffs and Kane was injured at the deadline. Hawks will have added well over 12 million in cap hits next year with just 3 players.

    Sharp getting hot is a huge help to the Hawks. Not just in the playoffs, but in the off season. Hopefully teams will think his poor regular season was a fluke caused by injury.

    Gotta keep Teuvo in the lineup. He’s not the defensive liability Versteeg is, and he’s producing more offensively. Pairing him with like skilled players certainly helps his offensive numbers, but he’s contributing more too.

  • May 4, 2015 at 5:34 am

    How about Paliotta instead of Timmonen? Could he really be worse? And for just seven minutes?

  • May 4, 2015 at 7:20 am

    Paliotta, Cuminsky or Runblad…..particularly if we are talking 6-8 minutes. But we need more. This is not 2010 or even 2013. There will come a time, if not already here, that Kieth can not skate 30 minutes every game and play Norris Trophy hockey.

    A great workman like effort from the Hawks. They did not dominate the Wild but were seldom out of control. Both teams were so cautious in the 1st period it was actually a little boring. But that is the Wild’s game and Q played to it very well.

    Can not wait for Tuesday. The top 4 D better rest up…….2 of them will be on the ice for every faceoff. Like I said a week ago, professionalism is prevailing attitude on the Hawks. Great to see.

    I will always give Shaw a pass on ONE dumb penalty. His passion and effort makes it easy to overlook a mistake here and there.

  • May 4, 2015 at 7:25 am

    No doubt 44 is dead weight but unless there is an injury my guess is the he continues to dress. Q trusts veterans and the whole organization respects them. It is part of the culture. Not a bad trait either. Remember who got the Cup from JT in 2013. Gotta love the way things are going right now.

  • May 4, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Big win last night that leaves the Wild now under some serious pressure to hold serve at home. Pretty amazing to see games like last night where Hawks top tier players are finding the back of the net and making big plays. Ultimately I think the Hawks skill guys outnumber the Wild and that is where the margin of victory will come from. Never mind the fact that Q is rolling 4 lines, has 4 good centers, and a 4th line that is really doing a nice job. That balance and new found strength up the middle is something we haven’t seen here in awhile. Vermette and Richards have elevated their play and it’s producing results. The Timonen factor remains the only open sore on this roster.

    Kudos to CC for a strong game. If Corey can stand strong Hawks will get at least 1 win this week in Minny. Most heartening for me last night was watching Hawks attention to playing good team defense for 3 periods. When they do that they are seldom bested. Hopefully more of the same in game 3 and 4.

    Cracked me up to watch moron Cooke jawboning with Kane. Same with Stewart and Oduya. Great play by 27 to sweep puck away from Stewart. Play loked clean to me, but Stwart didn’t like it. Ex Blues guy and by the way with Leopold also on the Wild roster that makes 2 ex Blues to help keep bringing losing tradition alive. Older guys all affectionately remember the ex Cub factor penned by the late great Mike Royko. Well now we have the ex Blues factor to enjoy.

    What the hell happened to the Habs? Talk about handing a game to the Bolts. Habs just lost it with all those bad penalties and Bolts made em pay. Those guys put on a clinic last night.

    Let’s enjoy victory Monday!

    Lets Go Hawks!!

  • May 4, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Hard believe that the WILD will continue to play zone, trap, between the blue lines defense for much longer. The strategy to keep it close, and wait, and not make mistakes and play defensive is handing the Hawks this series. This is NOT how Wild beat the Blues! Hawks can wait all day and on the turnovers last night the puck was luckily on the right guys stick “all night” long.

    1- Vermette has arrived, what a complete game he played last night, and TnT played great in balance on that line! Perfect blend of speed and Sharp tenacity to chase down the puck even in the cornrs and Vermette was more physical than he’s ever been. This is the guy we thought he was and is. TnT now that defense is looking for him to pass has now “a better goal scoring mind set with that quicker wrist shot that will surprise goaltenders who will play him to pass.” On that line, he can pass to 2 great finishers in the nhl. Make TnT dangerous!
    2- Again as I said, DONT TOUCH THESE LINES, but that 4th line is so consistent, very impressive and will carry this series and beyond.
    3- The Hawks team is “perfectly balanced” on all four lines, any ONE player out will maKe a big difference. So next year all the experts will have a very hard time, losing even one single piece of this team, lose one guy, Sharp ? and your the WILD! Our Defense needs help, need one big stay at home defender, easy to find!
    4- Crow was okay but really did not face any sustained pressure.
    5- Our diluted defensive pairings having to rotate in Rozy & Temo is still the weak point and where teams like the Ducks might hurt us. WILD just does not have 4 lines to make it an issue. WILD does not have the scoring across the board. I hate that our core pairs are diluted, Keith & Seabrook and Hammer & Johnny, is it too late to bring up Rhundblad?
    6- WILD in Minnie will be a tuffffer game and I am still waiting for it to get physical, it’s not now and this really effects the WILD, the Hawks can play almost any style.

  • May 4, 2015 at 8:01 am

    I said Hawks in 5… and I think i like my chances at being right… ok… now that im done with that pat on the back for myself…

    Great game. This team is very solid. No Paliotta for me. Timonen, while used sparely, probably brings quite a bit of presence to the bench and such that doesn’t equate to anything in a box score or in TOI. Q has always liked having Vets on the bench… (I.E. Madden, etc….). I’m ok with it. And maybe its an effort to save his legs for later rounds. Granted that can always backfire. in they playoffs, playing for tomorrow can burn you in any sport.

    Bottom line… up 2-0 we gotta feel good. Here’s to Calgary showing up at home and stretching out ANA a little!

    Also, shout out to the Bolts… As long as they keep winning i get a shot at seeing our boys in Tampa… I would love to go to a cup game, and a the chance is as real as ever!

  • May 4, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Bick played a very solid game, stunned at times at the observations here. Bick is finishing checks at every entry and skating hard and is in pretty damn good scoring position. Every player on all 4 lines is “playing” and “skating” hard and any ONE player out or weak effort and the Hawks are not as effective, when they skate as a team they’re hard to beat. Quick to the puck not the body but the puck! That is the sad secret as if you “Read” the BLUES reaction to their LOSE adn fast exit, it was just that, “gee golly we realized that we really need 4 lines not playing okay, but hard and sustained for 3 periods and into ot’s. We just don’t have that effort yet from everybody.”

    Blues get it . .. sadly for them.

    But that Hawks TEAM EFFORT every night is impossible, not sustainable so look for a few drops in performance in Minnesota. Hawks played and skate hard to win these games.

    go hawks

  • May 4, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Great game boys!! The only blemish on this game was Dumba’s goal. Everyone played championship hockey and played their parts. The core, two ring boys, are shifting into 2nd gear. We’ve not seen their best yet.

    I just wish Q would try one of the press box three instead of Kimmo. I hope his stubbornness does not eventually hurt us like Zus last year. Then again, I am finding it harder and harder to believe that this core cannot overcome almost anything.

    I am starting to think the Hawks may keep Sharpie next year and trade Crow and Bickell as their salary dump. I also believe Oduya takes very short money to stay with the Hawks. Adding Johns, Pokka, TVR, or Paliotta to the mix. Our D for the coming years looks very promising (if Q let’s them play). Hof’s reporting on the Icehogs also makes me think we’ll have some surprises with the forwards that will be with the big club next year.

    Enough with the future. Back to enjoying the journey. The journey is the reward. These next two games are going to be a battle, however, the media who have been building up the Wild are witnessing the heart of our champions.

    Go Hawks!!!

  • May 4, 2015 at 8:26 am

    I wonder if the Icehogs weren’t in the playoffs if Johns would be recalled.

  • May 4, 2015 at 8:37 am

    That was 100% absolutely a penalty on Oduya.

    Rule 57 – Tripping

    “The rule relating to “Tripping” will be revised to specifically provide that a two minute minor penalty will be assessed when a defending player “dives” and trips an attacking player with his body/arm/shoulder, regardless of whether the defending player is able to make initial contact with the puck.

    But, in situations where a penalty shot might otherwise be appropriate, if the defending player “dives” and touches the puck first (before the trip), no penalty shot will be awarded. (In such cases, the resulting penalty will be limited to a two-minute minor penalty for tripping.)”

    However, I thought the officiating was trash all night long. Iffy call on Rozy, missed faceoff violation, lots of stick work by both teams.

    Hossa is so ridiculously talented. I hope he never retires.

    TT Doubters are starting to look silly as hell.

    Crow had a great first and second period, and then he allowed himself to be handcuffed by a shot. It reminded me of playing catch with my father. Once I found out that it was difficult to catch a ball thrown directly at his elbow, I started doing it over and over. Pretty obvious that Crow was caught between underhand and overhand and he picked the wrong direction. Also, how does a wobbly goalie 1) not get a whistle and 2) not have to go to the dark room?


  • May 4, 2015 at 9:32 am

    This team is eerily similar to the 2009-10 Cup winner. That team – high scoring but weaker defensively with a poor 6th defensemen (Sopel/Hendry). That team gave up 3 goals or more 12 times in its playoff run. Niemi had his moments but had a 2.7/goals and a .910% (This year the combined goals are 2.7 and a .919%)

    Big three – In 2010 Toews, Kane, Sharp had 28 goals in 22 games. This year they have 13 goals in 8 games

    Keith plays 4-5 minutes more than any other defenseman

    Hossa doesn’t score (only had 3 goals) but had a ton of assists

    And at the risk of overstaying my welcome:
    2010 – 4 promising young forwards 24 or under (Bolland, Versteeg, Brouwer, Ladd)
    2015 – 4 promising young forwards 24 or under (Saad, Shaw, Kruger, Teravainen)

    and finally – both had salary cap issues looming for the next year

  • May 4, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Thanks JS for the letter of the law concerning tripping. While of course 27 went to the ice to sweep away the puck and made some contact with Stewart, Stewart fell while trying to stop and lost his edges. Could it have been called a trip, sure, but there remains a grey area in this call or non call. I like the older version of the penalty definition better because it promotes good hockey plays if executed the right way, which is what Oduya did yesterday.

  • May 4, 2015 at 9:53 am

    That version of the Blackhawks we saw last night is unbeatable. The Wild were so sloppy the game was never really in question Imo. Go Hawks!

  • May 4, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Oduya made a phenomenal play no doubt, but they changed the penalty definition to try to avoid exactly what happened yesterday. His arm made contact with his skate and then they both went crashing into the boards in very dangerous fashion.

    Stewart stepping on his stick doesn’t make it not a penalty. You need to be in control of your stick and not stick it under player’s skates. We see that called all of the time.

    It doesn’t really matter. It isn’t why the Hawks won or lost. Although, I can imagine if the roles were reversed, all of us here would be bitching for a penalty.

    On to the next one.

  • May 4, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Once again, our sincere appreciation and thanks to Doug Wilson for Desjardins. All the best to #24.

  • May 4, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Great team effort. Good move by Q to keep 10, 80 & 86 together. That line is going to cause problems for anybody they play. Nice to have 3 lines that can actually score. The soft one Crawford let in is probably why he never is in the conversation as an elite goalie. Take away his occasional softies and he is as good as anybody. He was much more aggressive in his crease last night. I remember last year when the Hawks were up 2-0 and we went to Minnesota and laid an egg. I think they probably remember that well and will do what it takes to win at least one in Minny.

  • May 4, 2015 at 10:12 am

    …. and speaking of D-men, I’m not one to usually opine on the Hawks’ D, but Roszival is just plain horrendous. Two power play goals against re: his penalties last two games, turnovers a couple times a period are a given, brain cramps, slower than my grandma, commits other infractions that aren’t even called penalties. Agree, Timmonen not swifty out there, but he doesn’t make the bone headed plays Roszival does. Has anyone seen the havoc Anaheim’s forwards are causing Calgary’s D? This is going to be a major problem that Q will have to address at some point.

  • May 4, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Bickell has played very well and his 8+ hits a night are far more important than just on the stat sheet. Most of Bickell’s hits are of the punishing variety and it took a toll on NSH and is taking a toll on MIN. The reality for the Hawks though is that his 10+ goals and 30+ points during the regular season simply don’t add up to a $4 million price tag. This is why Bowman aggressively went after Baun and Kero, and drafted the likes of Mark McNeil and John Hayden. Even Rasmussen is beginning to learn to finish his checks and he’s a fast, big guy (210 lbs). These are younger, faster guys that are being told by the Hawks, “if you want to stick in the show then you must take the body and go to the net”!

  • May 4, 2015 at 10:29 am

    JS- thx for staying objective… most of the calls went in hawks direction… Besides the obvious 27 trip… CC got interference call??? and worse one might have been 10 trips #9,,, #9 whacks 10 on way down, but 10 should have got trip too

    Crow was still shakey… but Hawks did play that “elite” game

    DD- Vermette has been checking like Zetterberg checks Toews… IF he keeps that going and 10 has also been back-checking (instead of cheating to leave the zone-like most of the year)… + Very few Defense TO’s… Hawks will be tough to beat!!!

    JS- $$$ it does look good for you… BUT- I really see a different Wild team in Minny + The Officiating will certainly change in the Wild’s favor… at least in Minny…

    speaking of bad officiating… I watched about 10 minutes of ducks last nite… in that time – saw Getzlaf dump two guys (illegal/ obvious)… and No calls- really Bad!!!
    reminded me of Perry slashing Hoss during season… just cheap/dirty… no calls

    DD- nice of 29 to show up and hit some people for $4M/yr. – but next year Baun can do that for $.9M/year… and I think he will do it ALL year!!! so Hawks would be better spending that $$ on combo of Vermette + Baun – Bickell

  • May 4, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Really well put Tab, agree with just about everything including Bickell mainly in the neutral zone, a couple sloppy entries and attempts at a 3 man rush, but he’s the only pure physical presence the Hawks have (that weighs over 180 lbs, sorry Mutt) and he’s earning his paycheck for the most part.

    Nice to see assertive Crow for the first time in the playoffs, I thought he had lost it. He won a Stanley Cup with the “play great and give up one awful goal” formula. I hope his obvious concussion was as minor as it looked, and I hope the NHL starts taking this seriously, there’s no way he should’ve been let back on the ice without a check up. Nobody wants to end up like Chris Pronger, read up on what his life is like now. No fun, I’m hoping we don’t see a tragic headline about him some day. And these kids, and most of them are just that, aren’t going to help themselves. I’m most concerned with 19, we all saw the back of his head slam the ice a year or two ago, after missing a couple games with a concussion. Ok, off my soap box, he did seem fine after the new mask but if it were my kid I would have been furious that a doctor didn’t look at him.

    Good, fun win to watch- this was a red hot team the Hawks made look average, let’s see what happens in Minnesota.

  • May 4, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Agreed on the all of the above. Crow good but did not like that howitzer off his mas. Dependence on 4 d-men scary. Wild flat and expect to see them come out guns blazing in game 3. Also tremendous puck luck on Toews’ goal and a couple bad plays by Suter which usually doesn’t happen.

    Here’s what I like about TT – he plays FAST. The game slows down for him and he reacts at a speed that is a notch above most other players on the ice. He doesn’t have Kane’s bag of tricks or innate ability to put the puck in the net but he has a similar reaction time which opens up all sorts of chances for his teammates. The sequence with him and Vermette was sick and only Dubnyk holding onto that puck saved a great chance for Vermette.

    As for Hossa. Good lord what else can be said. It would be nice if we could just give him half the year off and bring him back in February to start tuning up for the playoffs. He is awesome to watch.

  • May 4, 2015 at 11:59 am

    JS- Please watch the video of the Oduya Stewart incident. While Oduya may have taken Stewart down anyway, Stewart stepped on Oduya’s stick with his left skate. Had Stewart not have gone down because of that Oduya probably takes him down. But, The reason he went down here was stepping on the stick, which is not a penalty.

  • May 4, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    The great thing about the Hawks is that when the opposition makes mistakes, they capitalize on that mistake. The Wild made (3) mistakes and the Hawks put the puck in the net. Ryan Suter, during an interview, said that is what separates the Hawks from every team in the NHL, when someone screws up, the Hawks smell blood!!

    Dubnyk sure looked average, too. When snipers like Toews, Hossa, Saad, Kaner and Sharp are picking the corners, Dubnyk looks 5′ 7″ tall. We need to weather the storm tomorrow night and take the crowd out of it and capitalize on their mistakes. HAWKS in 5 or 6.

  • May 4, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Come on Wall! CC looked shakey?!? Obviously you only watched the minute of the game when he took a puck off his face mask.

    He gave up the soft goal, but WAS stellar last night. Everyone was (Sans 32 & 44)

  • May 4, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    This is out of the NHL rule book #57.1:

    Tripping – A player shall not place the stick, knee, foot, arm, hand or
    elbow in such a manner that causes his opponent to trip or fall.
    Accidental trips which occur simultaneously with a completed play
    will not be penalized. Accidental trips occurring simultaneously with or
    after a stoppage of play will not be penalized.

    In the Oduya / Stewart non call, Oduya did not intentionally put his stick at Stewarts skates to make him fall. In the ref’s eyes, what Oduya did was an “accidental trip” (see above). The reason that they put this clause into the rule is because they need to give the ref some sort of a “gray” area to give him some discretion when calling this penalty.

    There is also a rule in the book that clearly states, “if a player dives and gets the puck first, then trips the puck carrying player, it is NOT A PENALTY SHOT but it is a TWO MINUTE MINOR PENALTY. Confusing rule.

    In my opinion, it is a discretionary call that each ref views differently.

  • May 4, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    There were stretches in the second and third periods where Crawford made a series of big saves. Beyond those he wasn’t tested a great deal because the guys in front of him had the game on lock-down. To say Crawford was shaky – with the exception of 30 seconds after he took a shot off the melon – isn’t accurate. He made big saves when the Hawks needed him to. But the one soft goal will unravel any good will he may have earned because, for some reason, Crawford is allergic to shutouts.

    60 saves against 64 shots – .938 save pct – in Round 2 so far. I’ll take it.

  • May 4, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    re: Ernie – I have no doubt that a number of IceHogs, including Johns, would be up practicing w/ the team if they weren’t still playing. That being said, it’s nice to have players like Paliotta & Cumiskey available for black aces.

  • May 4, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Reg. Read what I copy and pasted earlier, the rule was advised this year. That’s a penalty, accident or not doesn’t matter in this case. It wasn’t called. It doesn’t matter though, that’s not why the Hawks won or the Wild lost.

    I’ll be honest. At the end of the season, I was ready to write this team off. I thought they were spent and didn’t have what it takes. I didn’t think they could throw the “switch” this year because the problems they were having seemed like something they wouldn’t be able to just shake off and wake up from. And while they still seem to have poor coverage for folks parked in the high slot, they are doing all of the small things that make them near impossible to play against.

    Minnesota tried hard to slow them down yesterday, but as soon as there was a mistake, it was in the back of the Minnesota net. Dubnyk? He is what we thought he was… well at least some of us.

  • May 4, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    There are only 5 games left in the series and the Wild need 4 wins with only 3 games at home. The pressure is squarely on the Wild who have not proven that they can beat the Hawks in a playoff series. Their “all-world” goalie suddenly looks average and the Hawks team defence was stifling last night. Lots of pressure on the Wild.

  • May 4, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    “Dubnyk? He is what we thought he was… well at least some of us.”…

    Agreed. I was talking to a friend who is a Pens fan, and he was saying the Hawks were lucky to figure out Dubnyk. I said what was there to figure out… He’s a goalie who has been on 5 Teams in 2 years (started 2013 in Edmonton, traded to NSH and then again to MTL where is was assigned immediately to Hamilton before going to ARZ in 2014 to get traded to MIN). If he was “THAT” good, he wouldnt have bounced around like that…

    No offense ( and I’ll give him tons of credit for the last 3+ months), but he’s not a world beater. Time was going to catch up to his Cinderella story, and the Hawks are just about done turning him back into a pumpkin.

  • May 4, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Oduya got away with a trip. If it was against Parise probably the whistle would’ve blown, against Stewart, good no call. I’ll take that as a break, great 60 min effort all round. Let’s Go Hawks!

  • May 4, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Booman- Tab has it right… CC was not really tested.. the team in front played great game- limiting good chances… I was referring to the “staggered” Crow… right after that.. the Puck was just hitting him… he looked a little- off…

    Even his break-away save… looked “special” from 1st angle… but from closer/different angle – the shooter looses control on rolling puck and gets a “weak” chance (if you can consider any break away- weak)… Crow still stopped it… but Hardly Great 10 bell save…

    JS- win or lose on the bet– Thanks for keeping objective… Hawks are “pushing the button” for now… AND I certainly didn’t see it coming ++ the Kane injury… really afforded the Hawks the $$$ to get better… and IF 80 continues “Checking” like he is… It’s a HUGE reason the Hawks chances are much better than before…

    Now they can Truly skate 4 lines that can SCORE and 3 lines that can Check…
    w/out 80 playing /checking like this… Hawks had 2 lines that can score and two lines that could check- IMO!!! HUGE benefit w/ Shaw as 4th line winger!!!

    the ONLY weakness (besides focus at times)… is D can still be beat/ and not very deep there… really wish TvR were available

    lastly- as well as Hawks played… if you think about it… Wild stood toe-toe… the 1st 2 scores for hawks- resulted from Wild “Relaxing”… 1st on PP,,, 2nd on assumed Offsides… But Kudos to the Hawks for Keeping on pressure… and NEVER relaxing for a second last nite!!!

  • May 4, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Goalies that the Hawks have pooped on during the playoffs since this run started:

    Luongo X a bunch.
    Quick X a bunch.
    Every other goalie they’ve played besides…

    Mike Smith. Mike Smith is the only goalie to poop on the Hawks since this run started in 08.

    As a fan of this Hawks team, never be afraid of who is in the other net, because the Hawks will beat them.

    Wall- When Kane went down I sent a few text messages that said “Season Over.” I really didn’t think Bowman was going to go out and pick up the quality of players that he did. But he knew what we didn’t. Kane was going to be back sooner rather than later. He also knew what we know. That this might be the best chance they have at another cup for a few years, depending on what moves in the off season and how the kids play next year.

    And you know I always try to stay objective!

  • May 4, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    I agree with Tab. It seems Crawford is allergic to shutouts and likes to make things interesting rather than getting a nice stress free win.

  • May 4, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Great comments by everyone and the Hawks played great in that game and since 23 has been out I have no complaints. Hawks are the best in the league at making adjustments to other teams strengths and exploiting their weakness. It was a joy to watch all 4 lines rolling.

    I don’t dislike Minnesota as a team as they have some great players but it’s nice to see a player like Suter (who is not in Keith’s or Weber’s league) fall flat on his face and has been a disaster in this series and also nice to see DD come back to earth as the average goalie he is. I can’t believe how many supposed hockey analysts on TV gave the edge in net to the Wild. The funny thing is going to see Minnesota trying to sign him in the off season as it’s going to cost them dearly and they don’t have much Cap space to work with.

    Hawks are playoffs tested and shouldn’t be overlooked. When they play THEIR game they won’t be beat. Go Hawks!!!

  • May 4, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    JS………the reffing in this playoff year has been HORRIBLE!! The blown offsides call in the first Montreal / Tampa Bay game was awful!! That wasn’t a “close” offsides, that player was offsides by a foot, which is a mile in the NHL.

    The penalty calls and non calls have been inconsistent and erratic all post season. The NHL needs to make sure that the games are called correctly and consistently throughout the entire year, not just the regular season.

  • May 4, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Reg, you are correct about officiating, but what you said could likely be traced back many years and it would be the same year in and year out. Basically teams have to rise above the calls, and usually as we all know it “evens out’. That makes special teams play even more important.

    IMO the system used by Yeo tends to be much more effective when they are leading in a game. What I noticed last night compared with Friday was the Wild making all kinds of turnovers either via errant passes or Hawks playing lanes and disrupting break outs. Perhaps it was 50/50 Wild game off slightly, and Hawks forcing them into giveaways. It was noticeable though especially in the first half of the game.

    Speaking of turnovers, how about that play by young Teuvo to get that puck off the wall,and make that nifty little bank pass over to Sharp in stride to break him into O zone and score. I enjoyed watching the belt ceremony the past 2 games. TT you know looks very shy and the guys are all there to support him, especially Hossa ,Toews and Kane. Can you imagine being a kid just up in the show and you have Hossa as a mentor, and Kane, and Toews, Sharpy, Keith, Seabs and Hammer?? This kid is loving it, and who wouldn’t! I love watching Hossa when he gets that big belly laugh going. If I was ever to buy a Hawks jersey it would be with 81 on back and the sleeves. He is one the greatest players to ever where the Indian Head.

    Rest night, and lets get back at em tomorrow. I say the boys have a great shot at getting one out the next 2. Pressure now clearly on the Wild. They MUST win tomorrow and everyone knows it. My one concern is Yeo will send out the torpedo squad after Kane, Toews, TT, Sharpy. Keep those heads on a swivel.

    Lets Go Hawks!!

  • May 4, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Wall, “nice of 29 to show up and hit some people for $4M/yr. – but next year Baun can do that for $.9M/year… and I think he will do it ALL year!!! so Hawks would be better spending that $$ on combo of Vermette + Baun – Bickell” — that would work for me…I didn’t mention Bickell’s next year – just that if he played at this level all the way to the Cup, his sleeping-thru more than half of the regular season would be forgiven and he earned his $4 million. (just an opinion)

  • May 4, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    HAWKFACTS….really great stats there, thanks for this…have to agree, the team even has that look and feel of 2010…the Ducks are going to be our next opponent so lets see if the analogy continues. Could be the 2010 Red Wings series all over again.

  • May 4, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Mining Man – are you referencing the 2013 Red Wing playoff series? Hawks went through Nashville/Vancouver/San Jose en route to 2010 cup.

    It was noted above the Wild will have the last change for games 3 & 4. What expected adjustments do you see Yeo making? Is he going to change forward match-ups? If so, which lines will he match-up against? It seems he’ll want to exploit his forwards vs. 32/44. I’m interested to see how the adjustments go.

  • May 4, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Yes of course Tony-0, guess that reference doesn’t quite fit in .. We are playing very well and those reminisces come to mind ..

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