Senators Blast Blackhawks

The Blackhawks didn’t look very good in Boston on Thursday night.

They looked terrible in Ottawa on Friday.

Somehow, the Blackhawks scored two special teams goals in a game that showed very little jump from the team one night after getting shutout in Boston. Down 3-0 early in the second, Patrick Sharp scored a power play and Marian Hossa made the ridiculous play above in the middle frame to draw the Blackhawks back from to within only one goal.

Matt Carey made his NHL debut, and it was a rough night for the recently signed college star. He deflected in Ottawa’s first goal of the night, and was in the penalty box when the Sens scored their fourth goal and grabbed momentum back from the Hawks early in the third.

Peter Regin joined the lineup in place of Teuvo Teräväinen, and was credited with an assist on Brent Seabrook’s short-handed goal late in the third. Regin (8:23) and Carey (7:53) didn’t see much of the ice one night after Jeremy Morin and Teräväinen skated in Boston.

Antti Raanta started for the Hawks and struggled throughout the night. He appeared to be injured in the first period, grabbing his right leg and staying on the ice with the Hawks already trailing 1-0. But he convinced the trainers and coaches to leave him in the game.

Shortly after the injury, Brandon Bollig dropped the gloves with Chris Neil. Predictably, the fight did nothing to spark the Hawks and Chicago trailed 2-0 when the first period ended.

After allowing a third goal only 23 seconds into the second period, the Hawks appeared to wake up; they dominated the final 19 minutes of the period and were within striking distance when the third period began.

The third period was as much of a debacle as the first, though. Two more Ottawa goals in the opening 11 minutes led to frustration from Chicago, and cheap shots by the Sens led to costly retaliation from the Hawks.

Neil tried to make a dangerous, knee-on-knee hit on Niklas Hjalmarsson in the second period that went unpenalized. In the third, jousting away from the puck slowly brought the Hawks’ to a boil and Andrew Shaw was the player that finally snapped. At the end of a power play, Shaw was engaged by Zack Smith and a series of whacks and punches led to Shaw receiving three penalties: a five-minute major for spearing, a two-minute minor for roughing and a game misconduct.

The Hawks have been outscored 8-3 in the last 30 hours, and travel to play in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Raanta hurt

66 thoughts on “Senators Blast Blackhawks

  • March 28, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    No body wants to post anything because what can we say? The schedule is easy? The team has great depth? We have the best prospects out there right now? Well….not so much. We better start getting a winning momentum going and pretty darn quick.

  • March 28, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    This team is spent. It’s been that way for 3 months and hence why I continue to see a rather quick playoff exit. Can’t be seduced by a game here and there where the team looks magnicient. The last 3 months don’t lie and tell a tale of a team that needs an offseason to decompress and recalibrate.

    Keith better not hope the Norris Trophy voters have paid attention the last week. But that said, even a great player in Keith is entitled to be mentally and physically gassed.

  • March 28, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Rufus- don’t worry, Hawks have been outscored 8-3 in last couple of games…
    BUT they have out shot the opposition… Things will “regress to the mean”… and Hawks will win – just ask AJ… the number of Quality Scoring Chances the Hawks are giving up are Irrelevant (according to AJ)… AJ- I bet your girlfriend told you size doesn’t matter- and you believed it!!!

  • March 28, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Does anyone recall the famous quote from the forgettable Orval Tessier…something about a ‘heart transplant?’
    Momentum to take into the post season needs to be found pretty soon. The boys look tired in every way.

  • March 28, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    It’s inordinately tough to win in back to back years. The veterans on this team have known that and it shows. A lot of guys are looking forward to no hockey I go home to wife, kids, girlfriend, golf game, whatever. Next year this team will have the roster tweaked and the energy level back for a serious Cup run.

  • March 28, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    The reality is that neither the Hawks or Avs will catch the Blues and the Wild will not get into 3rd place so the Hawks and Avs will play each other in the 1st round. The only question remaining is which team gets home ice. Considering the Hawks won both Cups on the road and have proven to be a good road team the last few seasons – there’s not a lot to play for at this point. So from that perspective the outcome of these games really don’t matter a whole bunch.

    Except for getting into a good rhythm and good habits. It sure would be good for the Hawks to get some consistency in their game that they can carry into the playoffs. With Kane not back until the playoffs Q will not be able to play the lineup he will want to use in the playoffs, but that doesn’t let him off the hook entirely. It’s getting to be about time for Q to settle on some lines and the let them play together. Enough with the let’s try this and that like it were in November. It’s now crunch time and time for Q to tighten things up.

  • March 28, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Fishing! Fishing is big…they all come up here to Northern Saskatchewan to go fishing at very remote fly in lodges and catch monster Pike that even Putin would have to admit are pretty impressive. Rufus has it right. Be nice if we were way wrong …or if this post serves as some kind of reverse phycology thing ….Toews has it, Hossa has it, but then it sort of goes pzzzzhhhht.

  • March 28, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    these guys suck

  • March 28, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    We are merely pulling a rope-a-dope on the other teams. Watch what happens come playoffs, fickle fools!

  • March 28, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    At this point with I-5 road record this team looks all out of sorts. The question now is simple can this team wake up in the playoffs. The deserve the benefit of doubt but games like the last two don’t make it easy to give them that.

  • March 29, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Sens 1st 3 goals were all GRADE A- goals, set up by poor handling of Puck/TO’s or bad D… add that to another bad line change -Grade A chance…
    JS- my “unofficial stat” has the Sens getting more GRADE A chances on the PK then the Hawks had on their 49 shots!!!

    Hawks Grade A’s-had a 2 on 1 PP goal from 10 … and Versteeg hit the Crossbar on another Grade A 2 on 1…

    So once again Hawks are giving up more “scoring chances”– even though they are out shooting the opposition??? I know I am just pulling that stat out of my ass-Just my view of the game.
    I feel like Bill Murray in Ground Hog Day…. Hawks are really falling into this pattern of allowing more odd man rushes than they are getting ( even when Kane was healthy)

    Teams are really mocking the Hawks with how aggressively they PK against them…
    PP has only looked decent when Puck is carried straight in and they just go for the straight 1 on 1 or 2 on 1… “setting it up” has been scary-bad…

  • March 29, 2014 at 1:32 am

    Ah, fuck I lose my blouse.

  • March 29, 2014 at 1:37 am

    We need everybody, when 29 & 88 get back it will make a difference. Look at what happened when 81 came back. Until then, ER is right there is nothing to play for and in some of these games we played like shit/disgrace. Still doesn’t change the fact that these guys well deserve the benefit of the doubt, they’ve by far have earned that. I am not worried, at all (but it does seem like ’13 & ’15 and ’16 will feel like better seasons). Its just hard to see that since new years.

  • March 29, 2014 at 3:29 am

    just Hawks version of playing out the string, the Bollig fight was pretty entertaining though

  • March 29, 2014 at 5:49 am

    I didn’t see the whole game, but from what I saw it looked like the Sens were just standing up at the blue and red lines and the Hawks couldn’t get past them without turning it over. Also too many “B” players in the lineup that I am hoping don’t play in the playoffs. I am talking about Brookbank, Carey, Regin and Handzus. Come playoff time hopefully they are replaced by Rozy, Kane, Bickell and TT. And then there is Raanta/Crawford. So the Hawks are going into a hockey crazy town like Ottawa on Friday night and the Sens treat the game like its the Stanley Cup final and the Hawks played the night before in Boston and the game doesn’t mean that much. Someone else said it above that these games are not that important to the Hawks and they are probably right. The Hawks will make the playoffs regardless.

  • March 29, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Out of what this team sees as a necessity for itself, clearly the view is they have already made the playoffs and will just need to flip a switch when round 1 happens. The trouble is that isn’t going to work and the boys are going to get their subliminal wish for any early summer break.

    The Western Conference is absolutely positively the Blues to lose this season. The only team in this conference that can give them legitimate problem is the Kings. Like I’ve been saying, if St Louis doesn’t make the Finals then they will have choked aka how Vancouver used to choke when they were supposed to be the team to beat.

    I’ll say this louder as well. Keith better find another gear for. 8 more games or he ain’t winning the Norris.

    Cup hangover is the culprit. But also make no mistake that the Olympic break fucked with this team more than it did any other in the NHL with possible exception of Detroit and Puttsburgh. I will forever be pissed off also over all the wasted energy and distraction that went into getting Saint Patrick Sharp on the Canadian team. That fucked with this team’s focus and chemistry more than people think.

    Go 2014-15 Hawks. I look forward to Teuvo and Nordstrom becoming integral pieces and to a substantial change or two otherwise.

  • March 29, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Was Hammer injured last night?

  • March 29, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Yes, Pete Hammer took a knee from Neal which was a cheap shot. I think he has a Charley horse. I thought Neal had it coming for that attempt to injure or some retribution given out to one of the Sens. Bollig-Neal was a waste of time. If Bollig is going to fight, get serious and the left hand free to do some damage. Neal did not deserve a tap or a smile from Bollig. The guy is a POS. Looks like Shaw will write a check for spearing that guy at the end.

    Carey dressed over TT? I thought that was stupid when you need another player with Kaner type puck skills to generate some offense against a team that has kind of a lousy defense to begin with, but what do I know? Team defense was the worst we have seen last night in a long time. They just phoned it in. Duncan Keith was particularly generous in giving pucks to Sens. Rozy please come back soon.

    Hopefully this is a fast running virus of how not to play hockey that runs its course quickly through the Hawks. I think its the national broadcast tomorrow with the Pens whom have also been on the not so good side lately as well.

    Sens game last night was an embarrassment along the lines of Leafs game earlier this season.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • March 29, 2014 at 7:09 am

    The PP/umbrella got so bad- the points were being “pressured” by the PK-forwards,,, the Hawks in the corners were “Man-to man”ed by the D… AND I think the Goalie actually left the net and checked the “net presence”… essentially the PP was 5 on 5 cuz
    of the Hawks Formation… (really never seen the weak side forward actually cover the weak side point that high!!!) (and they can’t get into the zone clean) The Walrus was mocking the Hawks PP

  • March 29, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Morrison- are you ok?

    Phil- thanks for telling it like it is… Hawks were terrible and generous… and have been trending into Giving up more Odd Man Rushes (than they create) since the Olympics!!!
    ( I know the “Odd man rush differential/Scoring chances” is irrelevant– its SOG’s that matter—Just Sayin)

  • March 29, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Phil, did he play after the knee to knee hit? Its clear to me that the Hawks need all their players for the playoffs.

  • March 29, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Yes he played some shifts but did not finish the game . We need a healthy 4 in the playoffs . Hammer was not pleased about that hit and yelled at Neal for the dirty work. Neal had a smirk on his face whole game. Someone should have stood up and wiped it off .

  • March 29, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Chances of bringing up Dbeck or Cdening? For #4 few games???

    Please no more Run-bad–Skate-worse

    Q could skate 26 as a D-man (you won’t notice a difference from last nite)

  • March 29, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Time to fire Q?

  • March 29, 2014 at 8:55 am

    A few regulars have said it over the course of the last month or two-it will be no disgrace to exit early or mid playoff this year. As R.T.F. said they are spent-
    They have won twice since 2010 and last year.
    One of the 16 teams will win.
    There are 3 or 4 very hungry and talented teams-
    1) St. Louis-they are for real
    2) Boston-best team in hockey right now
    3) San Jose-yah never know
    4) One of Pittsburgh, Anaheim or Los Angeles
    Every team wants to prove their worth against this team and that will be magnified in the playoffs. The playoffs are a war were a key injury could be crucial. Remember last year the Hawks had some come backs and key Game 7 close games-they were very good with a lot of luck.
    It’s no crime to come up short. Enjoy the games and remember they have the talent to be in the hunt for the next few years.
    Huge fan since the 60s (was 1 in 61) Blessed to be a Hawk Fan!

    Fan Since 2010-WOW!

  • March 29, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Much has been said about the last two “no shows” and fans are right to suggest a heart Transplant. Every team dealt with olympics. This is not a missing Kane issue or Bickel it is missing heart and the ability to finish strong. Losing at times and in streak is expected but not like this. The game was un-watchable all I CAN ADD IS . . . The Hawks can be pushed around, they become a little predictable with the stretch pass and need to send 3 men to get the puck bruins send 1, BUT NEVER NEVER allow the opponent to CRASH into your goaltender without a FIGHT, not a push or a shove but FIGHT Ranta got mugged a few times and the Heart, Pride or lack of concern from hawks was sad. Also great comment on how the BOLIG FIGHT did nothing to amp up the hawks, because the rest of the guys on the bench don’t get amped or play that way so it really is a waste, soft a little, in BOSTON when a fight goes down the MOOD CHANGES and the game . . . hawks nothing?

  • March 29, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Hawks are not really built for the LONG RUN, Flyers and Bruins could have won the cup easily! Hawks need all 4 lines playing at a high level they don’t win games with physical play and out check anyone so they really need to out work the other guys. I have been comparing them to the BULLS and it is the same thing, BULLS need 7 guys to play 117% to even win by 2, after a hard playoff run, even with ROSE they would be exhausted. Hawks are the same, they can win a game or two by physical play, they cant win a game or two with brilliant goaltending, they don’t have a scorer who can carry them in a game or two and they need to exert too much pressure and be vulnerable on defensive gaps. Like last night. The bad NEWS is that all these Hawks Prospects are sort of all the same Player. So yes they need all 4 lines going or some better pure scorers?

  • March 29, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Way too much over analysis. This team is spent, period. Nearly to a man every veteran wants the offseason to get here soon. It happens. Even to great teams poised for additional Cup runs in the future. As a diehard hockey fan of 4 decades I won’t complain about two Stanley Cups and, importantly, the legitimate shot to compete for more Cups over the next several years. This is a supremely run organization that is well stocked with talent and blessed with a great GM and coach. The idiot brigade is clueless as to what it takes to win in the NHL. Some of you idiots need the perspective of the great Hawks teams of the early 80s, and later the early 90s. Not a single Cup came out of those teams. It didn’t help thaf there was a dynasty team in Edmonton in the 80s, but the point is still simple….it’s s bitch to win the Cup. And go ask Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Pierre Pilote, Glenn Hall how difficult it was to win again after hoisting their lone Cup in 1961.

  • March 29, 2014 at 10:04 am

    M. Petan- good posts…

    I will add if Hawks are going to skate 29/28/88 in PO’s (assuming all healthy)-
    I wouldn’t mind seeing the “Energizer” Mills… I thought Mills actually skated with some life, will Hit, and forecheck… Hawks need some life!!! Perhaps Mills can “spark” this team- in a 4th line role. Played very smart…

    I know he missed most of year for the “Undisclosed injury”… but he has scored several points since his return w Hogs.

  • March 29, 2014 at 10:30 am

    NOT..Two things…Handzus.?.. college kid?. Clendening? Morin? Coach? q? Parallel? Sandusky? Ever seen em in the same room? Regin over TT? WTF..?

  • March 29, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Soooooo stupid.

    Yes, the Hawks want the off season to come. That’s why all of them to a man are completely pissed off about how they have been playing lately. They’ve just played so much hockey lately, it’s not like Boston played the exact god damn same amount as them over the past year.

    This bullshit of them playing lazy is on the coaches. The coaches are letting them get away with the bullshit, so why wouldn’t they keep doing the bullshit?

    Fly away from your D man and not give them an outlet so they turn the puck over? Here’s 5 more minutes of ice time!

    Take a spearing penalty with 6 minutes left in a game? You’re getting 20 minutes on Sunday!

    Make a lazy neutral zone play that leads to an odd man rush? YOU’RE GETTING TOP LINE MINUTES NOW!

    Can’t backcheck (you know, what we build our team around) because you’re old and shouldn’t be playing every game? We are pairing your ass with Patrick Kane baby!

    Play hard and smart hockey when you’re on the ice? I think we’ll sit you every other game.

    All of this bullshit is on Q, the man with two rings that can do no wrong. He’s out thinking himself again and it couldn’t be at a worse time. His lineups are mind boggling and he’s allowing the players far too much rope.

    Wall- Hawks outshooting teams the last two games has been due to Score Effects. Another part of that is going to be giving up a lot of odd man rushes the other way because your D men are pinching. You know this, stop being silly.

    Also, to Pat Foley blasting Karlsson while pimping Keith. Get a clue. Keith doesn’t even take the top assignments on his own damn team. So if Karlsson can’t get the Norris because he doesn’t play the toughest minutes, neither should Keith.

    Bollig did a good job of deterring Neil from running anyone else in the game last night. Good thing he fought him to show him he better not mess with anyone on his team.

    I assume Hammer could have kept playing, but once it was back to a 3 goal lead, may as well rest him/let him go sit in the tub.

    PS- Leddy has been the best defensemen on the team the last few games… even while playing with idiots.

  • March 29, 2014 at 11:43 am

    RTF, you can not compare today’s hockey with that of the 1961 team or that era. Two totally different games. Yes, the Hawks had some stars, but they were playing with dirt cheap over the hill players or green rookies. In those days, top teams outspent the Hawks 2 to 1, even more in a few cases.

    This is the Cap era, and it has changed the entire concept of the game we love. We now have an owner who would spend another $25mm if he could, something his father would never do. Yes it is tough to repeat or even make it to the conference championships or the SC finals. But all the top teams are playing under the same set of circumstances.

    Blame the last couple of months on whoever you want. Our team needs to do some soul searching and decides what it wants. If the Hawks want to go home early, just let rookies play the rest of the games. If they don’t want to go home early, get some passion. Make Shaw the captain for a couple of weeks. Yesterday I said what is below.

    “And injuries are not the problem. All teams deal with injuries. Depth over comes injuries. I find it odd that Hawks (considered a top 10 farm system) had to resort to trades to bolster depth. And those trades (Regin, Runbad and PMB) did not give us players that are any better than the Hogs not given the opportunity. The every day use of Zues is baffling as well.

    The Hawks do have huge depth. Missing Bicks and Rosy should not even cause a blip in play. Losing Kane is is another matter BUT…. Look at last nights line up. Even with Zues and BB in, how many teams would not trade their roster for ours????? That said, consistency of play is the key and Q had better fig’r it out..”

  • March 29, 2014 at 11:51 am

    JS- I laughed at that Pat Foley bashing of Karlsson too!!! Homer

    JS- the point still goes back to – VS. certain teams (Avs are one) pinching, gambling, etc. will be countered w speed and odd man rushes (scoring chances)… so the Hawks better change their strategies vs. those types of teams… or they will be counter punched and lose (I don’t care HOW bad they out shoot them)…

    Sure has something to do w Score Effect… Also, has something to do w Team speed/skating/D (from forwards is less than last year) – (36,67,25)- all are + skaters, back checkers… Lastly their is the Rufus factor- Team is just a little spent!

  • March 29, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I’m reminded of the well known quote by the late football HOF coach John McKay, when asked about his teams execution, replied “I’m in favor of it”. While I wouldn’t go nearly that far, I think it’s fair to say the Hawks execution has not been good enough lately and portends playoff failure. Habits are hard to break, both good and bad, and the Hawks have fallen into some bad habits, most notably not having a consistent 60 minute effort. While I hope, against common sense, that there is this mythical switch they will flick on when the playoffs start, I find it increasingly more difficult to keep clinging to that hope. As each game ticks off the schedule there is less and less time with which to establish good habits before the playoffs start.

    The inconsistent effort falls mainly on the players. These are the same players who rose to the occasion last season so there is no doubt they know “what” to do, but they, for one reason or another, are not able to do it for 60 minutes game after game.

    However, there needs to be some blame put on the management of this team too.

    First, Stan signs a player (Carey) with the promise of playing for the Hawks this season. That puts Q in a spot to get him in a game which only makes it more difficult to establish some continuity when the playoff lineup should be solidified. The Rundblad acquisition may turn out to be a good move down the road, but it appears the Hawks would have been better off keeping Kostka as their 8th d-man this season because Rundblad certainly hasn’t been better that Kostka was. I have no problem with Stan as a GM and think his overall body of work is just fine, but those two moves have not helped the Hawks for this season.

    Finally, Q needs to reprioritize. The primary objective is no longer to win every game because the Hawks have their playoff spot secured, be it 2nd or 3rd place in the Central Division. Now, the primary objective should be to solidify the playoff lineup as best as possible. The constant lineup changes from game to game and the constant line juggling within games is counter productive to that objective. The time for experimentation has passed. If Q doesn’t know what his playoff lineup should be by now, he won’t figure it out over the final 8 games. It’s time to establish the line combinations and give the guys a chance to build some continuity and the awareness and trust factor that comes from playing together. Bickell should be back soon so the only forward missing should be Kane. Put Morin or Regin or someone who isn’t going to be one of the starting 12 forwards into Kane’s spot and then keep everything else the same for the final 8 games.

    Give this team the best chance to play well in the playoffs – it’s not important how many of these final 8 games go in the win column.

  • March 29, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    No professional sports team goes into a playoff run with what is going on right now. A winning momentum and mindset must be in place. Its not “rope a dope” or any other kind of wishful thinking. The Pittsburg game is critical from this perspective and for the fans. We have had our way with the Penguins pretty well lately so lets see if we can keep that up. We will require full steam ahead to get past the Av’s. Ebony’s comments are well thought out and right on the mark.

  • March 29, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Physical and mental exhaustion. That’s the problem, period . All this psychoanalysis bullshit and motivational rah rah garbage is for the birds. Either this team will be able to buck conventional wisdom and be able to flip the proverbial switch in the first round of the playoffs or otherwise they are going to have an early race to see who can clear out his locker the fastest en route to starting summer break in April.

  • March 29, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Fan from 2010, love the input. “these guys suck” and “time to fire Q?”. Your name says it all…
    It’s no secret that the hawks tend to save the energy until they absolutely need to, which coincidentally is often too late. They also traditionally have some season threatening, uncharacteristic, god-awful streak somewhere within their season that I like to think we are currently experiencing. I will be the optimistic one for all of us here and hope that Q will give some lines more than a few periods to get some chemistry, we will get healthy, and the oh shit, we’re down 3 games in this series energy will be there when it needs to be. I personally would rather watch the hawks lose than not watch the hawks at all. This sport is about rivalries and battles and although the idea of another hawks stanley cup seems bleak at times, I have to say this playoffs has the potential in terms of talent and close competition, especially in the west, to be the best we’ve ever seen. If you can’t get pumped for the hawks, at least get pumped for hockey.

  • March 29, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Posting with the name “Fan since 2010” and inquiring on firing Q is about the funniest thing I have read on this blog.

  • March 29, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Morrison, “Shirt. Shirt.” (“Shit.”)

  • March 29, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    On a lighter note, did any one else notice how Keith tried to fire a slapshot off Cowen’s head after he collided with Raanta in the 3rd? Cowen was in the corner and Keith could have gone after him, but he went right to the puck behind the net and fired it right at him. Not sure if I’ve seen that before in that situation and thought it was a little funny.

  • March 29, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    In 2010, following the O games, the team was carried by Ladd, Buff, Brower, Bolland, Eager, Frazier, Campbell etc. for about 5 to 7 games until the O game participants began contributing again. Part of the current slump may be that the supporting cast is not as strong as 2010. All the players named above are still playing in the NHL. Agreed the O guys look tired.

  • March 29, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    ER– love the Mckay quip, classic one. Was never sure if he was in favor of them executing, or ‘having them execut-ed!’ Another one was “3 or 4 plane crashes and we’re in the playoffs!”

    JS- Chicago teams just get tired sooner. Its lake effect or some bullshit ?? you’ll understand after youve seen four decades of hockey damnit !

    -Orval Tessier, a note. .. was/is a classy guy and he never was happy that the heart quote made the press because it was said in private after a 8-0 playoff loss at the Oilers. Ask Larmer about Orval and what he brought as a coach in AHL/NHL…. the quote does make me chuckle though, glad you mentioned it ZGreg

    I couldnt care less about losing to Ottawa or any East team at this point. Its not important. No use fretting over it. If we are close to a full lineup in Aprils playoffs the boys will bring it. Sell us short if you want. Too much heart on the bench for me to.

    News flash, its very tuff to repeat in todays NHL. Well thanks for making it known to us, ad nauseam of course!! geezus. And by saying a team is not going to win it all, that isn’t really going out on a limb now is it?. 28 others will fail too . Of course the posts of “i told you so” are probably already written, and ready, if the boys come home early.

    Never really understood what ‘not built for long term’ meant in NHL. Is it one season’s deep playoff run, 3yrs, 7yrs? Is SB working on a global economy? All I know is folks claiming to have the ansers were passing the term around last yr like Halloween candy when we got down 1-2, then 1-3 vs Det, crying for change. Really?

    The 2010 and 13 Finals *could* have been lost. And the Buffalo Bills could be 4-0 in super bowls too.

  • March 30, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Michigan Mo – Ancient History…I kinda remember Jerry korab shooting one at Carol Vadnais’s head right before they fought(?).

  • March 30, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Ryan Dale – great post.

  • March 30, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Dickie Dunn, I knew someone would know what I was talking about (Someone asked me if I was ok).

    RD, I am with you.

    Trolls, go away.

  • March 30, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Thanks RD. Intelligent posting. I think we get better against the Pens. Most important with this Hawks team is the character of the players. Starts with the Cpt. He hates to lose! Lets not start digging the graves yet for this years team. The real season starts in a few more weeks. There are games like the Sens fiasco every season. I was happy to see it take place as a road game and not at the UC. Would have been much tougher to stomach because I would have been there and paying for it! Lets try and get everyone on this team as healthy as possible and see what happens. How many other teams are looking forward to playing the Hawks in the playoffs? I don’t think there are many. Avs know they squeaked by us in most of their wins. I believe we beat those guys, but I tend to be an optimist. If we lose, life goes on, but I say we beat em.

  • March 30, 2014 at 6:30 am

    By the way, I don’t know if you saw this but Steve Duchene hurt his knee in the Avs game last colliding with one of his own guys. Left ice and did not return.

  • March 30, 2014 at 7:55 am

    2 loses in a row and the stupid comes out in spades

  • March 30, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Avs beat Sharks 3-2 last nite… BUT got outshot 49-22… LOOK familiar???
    Perhaps Roy knows his team has elite speed/forwards,,, has got them thinking D first (we will be patient… and when the other team makes a mistake use our speed and accurate shooting to pounce on them)

    KHayes looked awesome yesterday… 2g,2a including a great power move and shot…

    ND/Johns season over… he will be a perfect fit for Hawks (assuming he signs)-
    ND outshot St. Cloud 49- 20something… LOST

  • March 30, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Phil – MATT Duchene (not Steve)

  • March 30, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Here’s something to ponder ( that means “to think about” Mo ;} )……

    I believe the Hawks will snap out of this so called “funk” & play well in the play-offs….

    Let’s say they do make it deep &/or even win another cup, how does this bode for next years team as far as fatigue……????

    I think “winning” trumps the fatigue……. JMHO

  • March 30, 2014 at 9:25 am

    From a life long hawks fan over 50 years all i can say is the Hawks team has to play 4 lines, at 125% effort and our skate, think, shoot and defend their opponent every night to win or lose in a shoot out. The 2 Stanley Cups to me are no reflection of a dynasty, I am thankful for one in my lifetime and now 2. BUT the NHL is in a tipping point to go more EURO ( hawsks style) or tradition Boston / Philly Hard Checking and Physical play. That is it, that is WHY all these comments feel odd, off or correct this Hawks Team has won with Speed, Stick Skills and out shooting. Out shooting does not mean GOOD SHOTS.

  • March 30, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Yikes, ER thanks for the correction. I don’t know why I want to keep calling that kid Steve. Could be from remembering Steve Duchesne from years back? Anyway MATT is a hell of a player and has scary upside given his young age. One of the best young talents in the league. Love watching him play.

  • March 30, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Wall, you do understand a majority, right? Did you watch that Sharks game? They throttled the Avs and the woman beater stole another one. Sometimes teams get out shot and win. Sometimes people suck out on the river too.

    By the way, can anyone that said Ryan Miller’s numbers would improve with St. Louis step up and explain why his save percentage has dropped from .923 to .912. He’s playing behind an elite defense now, his numbers should go up! His save percentage is lower than what Halak’s was with St. Louis. ELITE GOALIE! DIFFERENCE MAKER!

  • March 30, 2014 at 9:52 am

    RD- great post. Lake effect explains why I want to take so many vacations from work. It makes me tired quicker than it makes my employees!

    I’m glad we aren’t living on the edge.

    PS- to add on to my last post. Halak’s save percentage has gone up with a terrible Capitals team. But he’s no longer playing behind an elite defense! His numbers should go down! I’m so excited for the Hawks to bounce St. Louis in the second round…. if they make it that far.

  • March 30, 2014 at 10:05 am

    JS, you are correct with comments about Miller. He is letting softies in. And how about that energy boy Ott? Dumb penalties, poor positional play, and the usual cheap shots. Blues are coming back to earth IMO, and they have to many sluggo-cementheads to reach the summit.

  • March 30, 2014 at 11:20 am

    To RDale and others-don’t confuse common sense with selling anyone short. I love to watch the Hawks, cheer for them and I’m proud to call them my team.
    They have enough talent and the best leader in big games on the planet but that doesn’t mean they will win three times in 5 years-call that what you want..

    Would you bet a lot of your own money on the Hawks to win the Cup? I wouldn’t but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love for them to shove it up the a… of the rest of the league. They are the champs until someone takes it away. My prediction is that someone does.
    Whether anyone does or doesn’t, doesn’t define my love of this team.

  • March 30, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Keith had and awful game with a lot of turnovers and the team was generally sloppy. Shaw should have scored but Anderson stoned him. Versteeg hit the crossbar but they didn’t deserve to win. Will the Hawks do well in the playoffs who knows but they have just as good a chance as any team. just because the Bruins are playing great now doesn’t guarantee anything. I’m glad someone mentioned the Avs-Sharks game as it was eerily similar to what they do to Chicago. That horseshoe the Avs have can end anytime. St . Louis hasn’t looked to great recently either and Miller looks weak. A team like Philly could easily match up well against Boston and beat them. It should be a great playoffs this year. I would love to see the Hawks win at least 5 or 6 of the last 8. Let’s go Boys.

  • March 30, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    I’m just wondering where Sr. Brad is offering a 40 paragraph explanation “for those of us” complete with that “roll 4 line” mantra.

  • March 30, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    JS- I think I know what Majority means… I will try to use it in a sentence… please correct me if I don’t use it right. here it goes

    The Avs have won the majority of games vs. Hawks this year despite being out shot by a wide margin.

    How was that?

  • March 30, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    So Teravainen is in against the Pens and supposedly will play with Regin and Versteeg.

    Oh … Kay …

    Way to get ready for the playoffs coach.

  • March 30, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    nooner, I am not predicting anything other than how this place will sound after a playoff exit this year and it may come from far less than the majority, let’s hope so. I was around 1962-2009 so I learned to never expect a Cup, so I don’t now.

    The term common sense is interesting to me though. Very relative term and when you add fanaticism with it, its bench clearing brawl time trying to figure out wtf it really means to 2 different people. I know how you intended logically though.

    Its been 3 weeks or so since I looked at the odds for winning, but we were still top 3 I think. So, thats pretty high, but might be falling of course. Personally I dont place money, though I enjoy following lines and such.

    Never would I call out a fan for his loyalty to the club. That is sacred ground. Where you and the Gods reside alone as one, in where earnest gestures are made , so that we may be victorious… I know how it is!!

  • March 30, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    RD waxing eloquent, and to the point we Blackhawks fans should keep in perspective how special these times are. We are in rare air when we expect our team to win and they usually do. Have been now for the past 4-5 years more often than they lose. Two Cups in 4 years is beyond whatever dreams I had growing up following this team. Were it not for brilliant Habs and Oilers, and Pens teams we would have hoisted more.

    I’m off topic from the Sens mess, because that game wasn’t important. The ones that really matter begin a few weeks from now. I had some free time this afternoon and finally took out the Hawks 17 Seconds DVD to play for the first time. I had the book sent a few weeks ago, read it and enjoyed it, but I wanted to wait for the right time to play the film. It was so well done. I was getting teary eyed numerous times because it really was special how it all went down last year. The film work was fantastic and wonderfully presented. For all of you out there who haven’t seen this, get it and watch it now. It will reaffirm to you why this is a such a great team, and we should not give up on these guys so soon. Win or lose this team is still very competitive and should be for years to come. We are still in the hunt and those guys wearing the Indian Head know what it takes to win.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • March 30, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Yea, Phil it is a wicked feeling watching it. That season is really one of those that happen about 3 times a century, when you ponder everything we did. We dvr all the playoffs games too & watched them before the 17 seconds dvd. Did you get the blu ray one, it has some of the white house reactions of the guys that wernt there in 2010, it funny. That isnt in the dvd that came with the book. I need to get the hard copy (like the 17 seconds bluray) for the entire games, so it will last a long time. The amazon prime/itunes are not good quality feeds… There is some people who sell the HD version of the entire games from the finals, I think on ebay or something…

    Were going to have a top team for several years to come. That’s what makes wining the Stanley Cup multiple times already and that we know were going to have a wicked team for future is really exciting. Some teams/organizations are satisfied/one hit wonders, good for them. We are not, our organization will make sure we have good players/roster every year for a long time. The Bowmans are building an army in each position, it just takes time to do it… Then the wheel just rolls over the years. It really is a thrilling time to be a Blackhawk person because we have won, were going to good for a long time and were going to win again.

  • March 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    RD, I liked your response-I to was a fan through the frustrating years-where we couldn’t quite finish against the Habs and then the lean years. We are probably of similar age–

    I live about a hour from Toronto and Leaf fans have been breaking their ankles getting on and off the bandwagon these past couple of years but now I’m afraid they will be jumping from buildings. Hockey is religion in Southern Ontario and win or lose the Leafs will be the focal point of conversation and the rink will be full.
    It’s good to be a Hawk fan.

  • March 30, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Thanks, we are very much on the same page I think. I can only imagine the horror of Leaf-dom. I do try to follow them just to keep a pulse on the craziness. It’s peaking alright. Go Hawks! Been fun 96

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