NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Detroit Red Wings

And So It Continues- Blackhawks 1, Red Wings 1 (Blackhawks win Skee-ball Competition 1-0)

Stop me if you heard this before: The Blackhawks and Red Wings played a Sunday matinee at Joe Louis Arena that ended in a shootout.

In the last four seasons, it seems like the two teams have engaged in roughly 33 games that followed the script from today.  One team controls the tempo, then the other team.  By the end of regulation, one of the teams scores a late goal to send the game to overtime and in the overtime, both teams have opportunities for the winner.

In other words, today’s game was no different than any of the previous years between the Hawks and Wings.  Except for that whole winning streak the Hawks have going.  So let’s get to it.

–What a game for the Shaw-Bickell-Stalberg line.  They were by far, the best line on the ice for either team.  If it weren’t for Jimmy Howard’s efforts, they would’ve been rewarded with at least one goal.  It’s kind of a bummer that it’s taken this long for Bickell to become this much of a difference-maker, what with this being the last year of his very undervalued contract, but I suppose it’s just worth enjoying now and worrying about later.  His behind the back passes from the behind the net are simply glorious.

The Hawks lone goal was made possible by the efforts of Viktor Stalberg.  He out-hustled Kyle Quincey (?) to a loose puck and fed a wide open Patrick Kane.

It seems like every game this line is getting better and better.  That’s a problem for America.

–Starting off 19-0-3 creates a bit of a conundrum for Joel Quenneville.  The normal reaction would be to not change anything because if you’ve gone 22 games without losing in regulation, how much really needs to change?  At the same time, he also wants to start experimenting with different combinations to learn a little bit more about his team as was the case this afternoon.  Dressing 7 defensemen and 11 forwards hopefully won’t become a trend but for one game, it’s not that big of an issue.

At the same time, with Jamal Mayers and Brandon Bollig perfectly capable of playing, it makes no sense to play a guy (Sheldon Brookbank) who is completely uncomfortable playing out of position.  The Hawks have a ton of depth this year; this should not happen again.  It kind of defies logic.

–If this is the version of Corey Crawford the Hawks are going to get this year, you might as well just skip the Western Conference playoffs altogether and just let the Hawks face the Eastern Conference champ.  That may come off as complete arrogance and untactful but it’s the truth.  I simply don’t see how there’s anyone capable of beating the Hawks 4 times when they’re getting goaltending that they are right now.

While the Hawks team defense has vastly improved from last year, the biggest difference is getting phenomenal goaltending.  With the talent of this roster, that single difference takes them from being a 4th-7th seed to the President’s Trophy.

–There should be no doubt the Hawks faced the Wings absolute best effort today unless you think Brendan Smith is sacrificing his face against the Blue Jackets as well.

–Allow me to talk less about the game and more about the Hawks season thus far.  Even with a 28 game point streak, I can’t help but realize my enthusiasm is not nearly what it was a few years ago.  At some point between the point Jonathan Toews was handed the Stanley Cup and now, it’s become much less about the journey and more about the destination.  Wins in November or March don’t mean nearly as much as they used to.  When the ultimate goal is to win the Stanley Cup, everything else is just noise until that moment becomes closer again.  And sorry, but regular season games are simply not in the same area code.

Let me clarify, I’m not saying I’m not enjoying this incredible run the Hawks are on.  I am.  I just can’t help feeling a little bit empty that I’m not as excited about it as I was the first time I was in a sold out United Center for the first time in ’07-08 when the Hawks beat the Oilers 3-2 in late December.

That being said, when Patrick Kane scored the equalizer, I’d be lying if I didn’t scream a few expletives in celebration.

  • Country_Bumpkin

    FifthFeather, you don’t have to feel bad with regards to this run. The bar has been raised since the boys raised the Cup and now this is how one would expect them to play, minus the gravy that is “the streak”. I am watching every game I can because this season is special.

    • http://www.thecommittedindian.com/ PowrFwd37

      I’ll admit that I have not seen every single minute of every single game so far this season, but I’ve seen parts (in most cases, most) of every single game. Between the lockout (expletives deleted, Bettman and Fehr bros!) taking a lot of hockey from us and the start that the Hawks are having…

      Yeah, it seems very precious and critical to be a part of it but at the end of the day, it all comes down to the end of the Post-season.

      Loving the ride, can’t wait to see how it ends (although I am optimistic about that, after this run, if it ends in any way describable as badly, it has to seem like a failure of some sort).

      • mad-hatter

        My projected blood-alchohol level for June gets higher and higher each game we win if, at the end of this season, we don’t get that big shiny thing make it’s way down Michigan.

  • putmeinthemadhouse

    That was one hell of a game to watch. Such excellent hockey.

    • bubba_joe

      Ended with Kane puck-fucking Howard.

  • Waylon

    I think you’ve perfectly encapsulated the way man of us feel here about the win streak – we’re enjoying it as much as any fan would, but our eyes are firmly on the ultimate prize. It’s not about who’s hot at the beginning or the middle of a season, it’s about who’s on a tear heading into the playoffs. So if Q loses a game soon because of some experimentation, fine by me.

    • RWCrum

      I need to vent about the NBC broadcast for a minute. I like Edzo, I don’t mind Doc Emrick, but will somebody take Pierre McGuire and run him over with the Zamboni? If he brought it up once, he brought the points streak up a dozen times each period. Oh, they must feel pressure, oh, every team must be gunning for them, oh this oh that, oh just shut the fuck up. Edzo wasn’t allowing himself to be drawn into it, but Emrick did respond to McGuire a few times, which only seemed to encourage the little creep.
      Great game, by the way. Didja know there’s a streak?

      • AMR

        Nobody likes McGuire except, obviously, the NBC brass

        • puppetmasterp

          I’d LOVE to know what the other broadcasters say about him when he’s not there.

          • Flavius

            Seems like Doc either truly likes Pierre or truly likes fucking with him….Olczyk seems annoyed every time Pierre says his name

          • DesertHawk

            I kinda think Doc trolls him.

          • Z-man19

            I concur

          • Tyler Simmons

            It’s annoying to me how he continuously tries to have his point validated by Eddie, I can’t imagine how much it irritates Olczyk.

          • 10thMountainFire

            I would imagine their reaction is similar to Marty Turco’s.

      • chidiver

        I desperately want Pierre to get another GM job…just to get him off TV.

      • The Doctor

        The thing that pissed me off the most was his whole hard on the puck/soft on the puck bullshit. I kept yelling at my TV telling him to shut up because it got so annoying.

        • RWCrum

          Thanks. I had successfully blocked that out. You’re correct.

  • Waylon

    Whoops, meant “many of us feel here.”

    • Z-man19

      The new Waylon?

  • http://www.facebook.com/derlemke Mark Lemke

    It seems we’re “Natural Born Pessimists.” I agree it’s hard to be super excited, until the cup is ours.

    • Sparky_The_Barbarian

      Realists, I think. It’s a Chicago thing, being skeptical, looking for the dark cloud behind the silver lining.

      • http://www.facebook.com/derlemke Mark Lemke

        Oh I know. I just really hope this season stays special. Anything, but the cup will be disappointing this year.

  • mightymikeD

    I don’t know how they’re going to manage it, but I really, really want the Hawks to pay Stalberg (and Bickell, while I’m dreaming. I would also like a pet Aye Aye) and secure his services.. I’ve watched the replay of the tying-goal a few hundred times and MAN does he react quickly to that puck, size up the situation and lay off a beauty of a pass to Kaner..

    • putmeinthemadhouse

      if they buy out olesz and montador…could be possible. But an unfortunate instance is that every one of the hawks depth goalies’ contracts end at the same time this off-season.

    • Z-man19

      I know Bolly has another year, but I can’t help to think if the Hawks keep both Stals/Bicks, that might mean we say goodbye to Bolly. Also, Rosz and Leddy have expiring contracts this year, Hammer next year. Some tough decisions to be made down the road.

      • mad-hatter

        It’s been difficult to say since Bolly’s been injured and there was a period of time where Sharp was having hallucinations, but the Rat hasn’t been completely necessary for this team’s survival, as opposed to previous years. The idea that he may be expendable makes me sad. Maybe when he comes back (Tuesday?) the second line can have a sudden epiphany and make the opposing side wish Toews’ line was out there instead, for mercy.

        • chichicagochi

          Time to ship out Sharp.

          • mad-hatter

            This is not the solution I was looking for…

    • Tyler Simmons

      Just don’t see any way they can keep Stalberg, Bickell, Leddy, Kruger, and Rozsival; especially with the backup goalie issue. We’ll probably replace Montador’s remaining cap hit with a 2 year bridge contract for Leddy. If you’re lucky, Kruger and Bickell will resign for around $1m and Stalberg would take a contract similar to Frolik’s. Rozsival probably won’t sign for less than he’s currently making. Even after the Olesz buyout, that leaves the Hawks with less than $2 mill to fill the spot of Mayers (will probably be replaced by one of the guys in Rockford, they’re making between 800 and 900k). That’s maybe a million to sign a backup goalie, and that is if everything falls into place perfectly.

  • mad-hatter

    It’s been three hours since the game ended and I’m still giddy from it. I had to remind myself repeatedly it wasn’t a playoff match. Fuck Bettman for thinking this rivalry is okay to end.

    Also, as far as the Brookbank being our 12th forward this game, the twitterverse implicated that either Bollig or Mayers got injured in the warm ups. Now, unless both were somehow unable to play, I don’t know why Q would put a d-men over a forward, who would be a better choice by default simply because of a familiarity with the position. I understand we’re kind of stuck with Mayers until the off-season, but if Q doesn’t trust Bollig marginally enough to suck up some minutes, then why is he still up here, when there are a possible three or four guys at the Rock who can be called up in his stead?

    • Sparky_The_Barbarian

      Greed. Brookbank at D should be a rare thing. Brookbank at Wing should be reserved for catastrophes.

    • AMR

      If either or both are injured it must have happened late last night or early this morning. I think what is more likely is one or both violated team rules and Q decided to keep them in the press box. In any case there probably wasn’t enough time to recall anyone from rockford. At least this is what I hoped happened because I can’t think of any other logical explanation of playing 7 defensemen and 11 forwards

    • mightymikeD

      two words.. they rhyme with “Gone Blot”

      • Flavius

        Pawn Rot?

        • mightymikeD

          that’s the bunny…

          • Flavius

            Of course….how silly of me.

  • Sparky_The_Barbarian

    And Crow now leads the league in GAA, with a 1.46.

    Second in Save% .943

    • Flavius

      Let’s see, what phrase would be several notches above “pleasant surprise”?

      • Z-man19

        “Orgasmic surprise”?

      • birdhead

        ecstatic shock?

      • Sparky_The_Barbarian

        How silly would we be feeling right now if we’d pulled the trigger on the Luongo trade?

    • DesertHawk

      Yay CROW!!!

    • cliffkoroll

      This team will never win a Cup with Niemi in net.

      • Sparky_The_Barbarian

        Three years ago I’d have said you were wrong, but you have convinced me.

  • ballyb11

    Absolutely insane awareness and quickness by Stalberg.

  • duncans peace pipe

    i have actually been enjoying this run as much as the year we won the cup. i love the upside of this squad’s young guns.

    • DesertHawk

      Same here, the cup run also came with a lot of personal bullshit for me, this doesn’t have any outside things tainting hockey enjoyment, and is therefor quite awesome.

    • Paul the Fossil

      Yea the rest of the league’s GMs have to be watching Leddy and Saad and Shaw and Bickell and Stahlberg grow their games, those all representing improvements for which the Hawks didn’t have to give up any of the team’s core most of which is still younger than 30, and just wanting to punch somebody.

      In fact looking at this team overall…the _oldest_ important part is Hossa at 34. Oduya and Sharp are 31, Emery is 30, and that’s it — the only others older than 29 are depth guys like Mayers and Brookbank and Roszival.

  • Jim A

    My take on Brookbank playing forward: Q wanted to reward him for fighting and stepping up to back up some guys against Columbus. He can’t sit any of his D right now, with the way they’re playing, so he puts him at forward.

    • zacked

      I thought the same, but I think even Q realized it was a mistake since he gave him only 3:33 minutes of ice time, and he was a -1 in that short period.

      Either that, or Edzo bribed Q to play someone for his favorite number…

    • bannerman

      just a theory but maybe this means that Montador is close to being back and they want to see if Brookbank is versatile enough to keep around as an 8th defenseman/ 11th wing

  • Hack

    -Bryan Bickell
    -Nick Leddy
    -Michael Frolik
    They’re players that I’ve been tough on in the past, but players that are integral to this streak. Credit where credit is due. In bringing the thought back to this wrap; these are all players that I believe FifthFeather has highlighted in one post or another.
    With that said, Fro couldn’t score if you gave him his full year’s salary in cash and dropped him off in De Wallen. He’s a lovable hustle-dork, but a hustle-dork nonetheless.
    In Friday’s CI, Sam noted that the only thing that this team might be missing is a 2C who can win his fair share of draws. I don’t disagree, but based on the way the third line is playing……if Bowman acquired this 2C without dealing bolland, kruger, or shaw, I think it’s safe to say that Q’s brain would explode when trying to fit all of those guys in the lineup + a Carcillo/Bollig type.

    • mightymikeD

      agreed. In fact, if you like, Hack, we can kidnap Q and hang onto him at a secret location until the Cup Parade… I’m only half-kidding.

      other than that, yes, the lower line guys have been outstanding: that period in th 2nd where Howard was getting shelled and clinging on for dear life.. that was all 3rd/4th guys.. I don’t think Toews or Kane touched the ice. I like.

      • Hack

        MMD in the Steve Zahn role.
        Hack in the Jack Black role.
        Q in the Amanda Peet role.
        Let’s do this.

        • Joe Banks

          Haunting Visual Alert!

    • 10thMountainFire

      Leddy stood out in the early part of the streak. Bickell has been outstanding the last few games. Frolik just continues to impress as a guy who works hard along the boards. In particular, he clears the zone rather well… he’s definitely an extremely valuable player this year.

      One question: Are we averse now to dealing Shaw? I really still don’t see him as even approaching ‘untouchable’ caliber, though I really enjoy what he brings in crashing the net and opening up ice for others.

      • Z-man19

        Shaw has another year at $565,000 and then is RFA. I’m not saying he is untouchable, but he is effective and cheap.

        • DesertHawk

          Yay for both of those things!

        • 10thMountainFire

          I agree entirely. But what I meant to say was that if you have the opportunity to pull in someone for the 2C spot, his departure makes me less upset than Kruger and Bolland, obviously.

          • Hack

            I’m not advocating that Bowman deal anyone right this second; center depth is a good thing.
            Bolland has a track record of being an important player here, especially when utilized the way he was utilized by Q prior to this season, and there’s not enough sample size to say that Kruger, Shaw, Danault, or anyone else in the organization makes Dave Bolland dispensable. With that said, there’s a reason that Sam lists Dave Bolland’s injury as “Being Dave Bolland”. Bollie is hurt too often, and he hasn’t shown that he can be a consistently productive 2C.
            I’m sure that Q/Bowman hope that Bolland can come back and lockdown the 2C role while the third line continues to improve, which would then push Kruger back down with Fro on the 4th line. I was simply noting that the acquisition of another center would seemingly force Q into some interesting decisions with his line combinations.

          • 10thMountainFire

            I don’t disagree with any of this. Bolland appears to be snakebit or not as conditioned as a player of his potential caliber should be; his inconsistency makes his spurts of brilliance even more maddening… ‘Big Game Bollie’ syndrome has crossed my mind more than once. He seems to disappear during the doldrums of the season where points are important but the motivation to get up for the games is a bit difficult to acquire. Maddening is a decent descriptive term here.

          • Z-man19

            Hell Hack, if Stan could get a legit 2-3C without shipping out the C’s already here, I think my head might explode with all the possibilities. And either Bollig or Mayers would have to go anyway (Bollig unless Mayers was part of the trade), so who is Q gonna sit to let Mayers skate for 6 minutes?

          • mad-hatter

            Probably Saad since he hates us, apparently.

          • DesertHawk

            Haha…

          • Flavius

            I too hope Bolland locks down the #2C spot, but if I had to make a bet, well….I’m not seeing it. He generates more offense off neutral zone interceptions and stick checks as a 3C and the chemistry with 10 and 88 is just not there. I love the Rat, but he’s looking increasingly like the odd fitting piece on this roster. 16 and 67 have stepped up on the PK making Bolly less of a factor there, too. $3.5 mil is a lot for a third liner and that’s going to be an issue pretty soon. We need a puck-winner in that 2C spot, one who can win the majority of his draws.

            The best line the ‘Hawks have had in the Q era, IMO, was Ladd-Bolland-Havlat. Regardless of whether you call it #2 or #3, seems like it could be reconstituted with the pieces here. Does this make sense:

            10-19-88
            20-36-81
            29-65-25
            13-16-67

          • Hack

            Under Q’s current method, in which lines don’t have the completely defined roles that we’re used to, I don’t mind these line combos……..this of course means that we’ll never see this exact setup, and if we do, it’ll happen for a frustratingly short amount of time.
            Whatever the line combinations, hopefully depth continues to trump any decisions that we perceive to be curious.

    • Paul the Fossil

      “Fro couldn’t score if you gave him his full year’s salary in cash and dropped him off in De Wallen.” This is true and yet remains puzzling. The guy started his NHL career by scoring 20 in a season _twice_. (And before that in the top Quebec junior league he had averaged better than half a goal per game played.) It’s no longer possible to dispute that he has forgotten everything he once knew about finishing at this level but it’s just so odd…is there another recent example of an early-20s player whose scoring touch as demonstrated in NHL play over a non-trivial sample has vanished so completely?

      • birdhead

        Fun fact: his shooting percentage this year is 2.17.

        • Accipiter

          I’m not having a good time.

          • birdhead

            I fully expect his sh% to behave completely counter to received wisdom and get all the way down to 0. Maybe then it’ll rebound (nope).

            that chance he missed today – actually I didn’t see if it was a SOG or if it went wide – was about as Frolik-typical as Stals’ missed breakaway against Columbus was Stalbergy.

          • Accipiter

            He put right where he wanted it, it was a SOG, shot off glass. It is his favourite spot.

  • 1benmenno

    Our Cup year, I felt that no matter what the game situation, no matter the opposition, our team always had a chance. This year I feel the same way. Streak, shmeak, our boys are tough to beat.

    • puppetmasterp

      I agree. I’m excited again this year because I have that feeling again that they are capable of winning ANY game, no matter what the score. I’m not sure if I’m AS excited as I was in 09-10, but I also don’t really care. I’m excited. And I DO enjoy the ride.

      • 1benmenno

        Being less excited because it’s not like the first time . . . sometimes that makes the ride more enjoyable because it lasts longer. If you know what I mean.

        • Z-man19

          We are talking about hockey right?

          • 1benmenno

            Wait, what?

    • Sparky_The_Barbarian

      There has been the feeling that if the game is tighter than we’d like, it’s because we’re not playing out best hockey, no matter if the other team is having the game of their lives.

      • 1benmenno

        The scary part is that we haven’t played our best hockey yet.

        • Sparky_The_Barbarian

          At least not on a consistent basis. I think you saw our best hockey today, except for Carbomb’s blown coverage. Howard and the Scum D were absolutely sick. How often does the losing goalie get a star? Howard earned it today.

          • birdhead

            the difference between Howard and Crow today was literally one shoot-out goal. They were both amazing.

          • 10thMountainFire

            I’ve always found Crow and Howard to be eerily reminiscent of one another.

          • Joe Banks

            But now Howard is Kaner’s “Bee-yotch”

          • mad-hatter

            Schneider and Backstrom know that feeling too

          • Accipiter

            Coward ?

          • mightymikeD

            this

  • wardrums

    “unless you think Brendan Smith is sacrificing his face against the BlueJackets as well.” – I remember Bieksa doing that a few games ago but one of the Hawks toe dragged it and fired on schneider – not sure I wouldn’t have rather seen him fire it at his head.
    Somehow we overcame a red hot Jimmy Howard. We even overcame the soft goal corey let in. :)
    I’m glad you pointed out that it’s not just improved team defense, but the ghoulies themselves are playing exceptiona;
    Rosival – ? – are you kidding me? That guy is a smooth under pressure as they come.Hawk d-men were very active today.
    Does the puck ever leave the zone offensive zone when 29/65/25 are on the ice. This line is incomprehensible.
    does your wrap mean we can officially stop worrying about our netyminders?!

    • Z-man19

      does your wrap mean we can officially stop worrying about our netyminders?!
      We should always be worryd about our net minders.

      • Sparky_The_Barbarian

        Perhaps Vancouver would bite if we offered both Razor and Crow for Luongo?

        • Z-man19

          6 weeks ago, I was all for it. Now? No way in hell. What will the end of March be like? We shall see

        • mad-hatter

          Eh, not really for it. Lu’s great and all, but then we’d have to figure out the back up situation, which, as far as I know, isn’t ideal. Plus Lu’s got quite a cap hit and we have a lot of expiring contracts coming up these next couple years, including two for some guys who wear 19 and 88.

          • DesertHawk

            /Sar-chasm’d

          • mad-hatter

            ….oh. I’m just gonna….be…over here……

    • MySpoonIsTooBig

      Disagree that was a soft goal. The goal was the result of a very smooth play behind the net by Joakim Andersson and a blown coverage by Gorilla Salad allowing Tatar the clean shot that he buried just inside the post

      • Z-man19

        I’m guessing drums wasn’t serious about the softie

        • MySpoonIsTooBig

          I can’t tell, my sarcasm meter seems to be malfunctioning at the moment….

          • mightymikeD

            wardy described a certain person as “the voice of reason”.. so I don’t know what to think…

        • wardrums

          Totally tongue firmly in cheek. we have a tendnecy to call about 90% of the goals Crawford, and especially Emey, let in soft. Drives me crazy.

  • 10thMountainFire

    Corey Crawford looked like the Corey Crawford we saw against Vancouver in Game 7 in 2011.

    Patrick Kane is a fucking magician.

    Also, Patrick Kane is a fucking magician.

    • mad-hatter

      I’m trying not to think about what Kaner’s points would be if half of his passes weren’t whiffed.

      It’s not working.

      • Hack

        The whiffs happen (and are noted) every year. What I want to know is Kane’s point total if his regular even strength line (sharp-kruger/bolland-kane) was producing.

        • 10thMountainFire

          I did the numbers. The sum you were asking about is listed as ‘sick’.

  • robondacob

    i’m surprised the recap didn’t mention carcillo’s half-assed attempt at defense on scum’s first goal

    • DesertHawk

      *only goal FTFY :D

      • robondacob

        haha right you are. i guess that goes to show how good of a game crawford had and how costly a mistake can be in a close game

  • 10thMountainFire

    One point I neglected to place in my earlier post:

    Sheldon Brookbank dressing as the extra d-man… don’t ever fucking do that again.

    • Joe Banks

      Amen!

      • Black JEM

        Q just channeling his inner JOhn Scott.

        • zacked

          No, John Scott has a colledge edjeecation. He’d never dress himself.

          (It works on so many levels).

          • DesertHawk

            I think he has a Masters? In like engineering or something, no?

          • CozBullsFan

            Engineering is correct.

  • putmeinthemadhouse

    cam barker just got a point for the nucks. assist.

  • DesertHawk

    RE Kane’s tying goal: “The whole bench had maybe a little louder cheer than normal when that one went in,” Quenneville said.

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      Q was just hearing me here in TX.

      • SaadBuster

        And me down in LeRoy, IL. Scared the hell out of our cats.

  • bizarrohairhelmet

    In real-time I thought Kaner picked up a rebound and direct deposited the goal, but watching it in slow mo’, That Stalberg play was so sick. It looked like he was moving at regular speed to the D’s slow mo’.

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      Also, Stalberg playing Lucy to Quincey’s Charlie Brown…so much win on that play.

      • Joe Banks

        Well said.

  • Toews still makes funny faces!

    The Hawks have as many or more wins then 4 teams have games played.

    • DesertHawk

      Oh NO!!! Games in hand!!!!

  • Toews still makes funny faces!

    Just imagine if Kane gave a shit of what he could do. I think we should trade him for someone who tries their fucking heart out!!! I wonder if Big John Scott is available in Kaner’s home town of Buffalo????

    • Z-man19

      I think that warm weather is getting to you

    • Preacher

      No, no, no. We’re trading Kane for Ryan Miller because we have goaltending issues. Remember? Oh, and we need more grit in the lineup too.

  • Joe Banks

    My sister had a great description of today’s game.
    Shock and Awe

  • Z-man19

    This needs said, the Bruins are all kind of douche. I know, water is wet

    • DesertHawk

      They did beat the Canucks though…

      • Z-man19

        True, so a step below the doucheness of the Nucks.

        • http://www.facebook.com/derlemke Mark Lemke

          I agree. Their play tonight was on the disgraceful side.

          • DesertHawk

            What in particular did they do?

      • TheFullAmonte

        Only time I will ever cheer for them.

    • DesertHawk

      That Canadiens player, whether or not what he did warranted it, definitely has some balls for going toe to toe with Chara.

  • http://twitter.com/llUrbanAchiever Jeff Lebowski

    …and to top off a great day of hockey, AV takes a bench-penalty for screaming at the refs with 10:00 left in the 3rd of a 2-2 game vs the Flames…Flames score on PP and empty net. 4-2.

    • TheFullAmonte

      Hahahahaha. Always the refs fault

  • mad-hatter

    Nucks lose to Flames. Ha.

    • Joe Banks

      Making this a perfect hockey day.

  • DesertHawk
  • DesertHawk

    NHLN praising the Bruins game as an example of what hockey should be… and we wonder why the league isn’t doing more to get rid of cheap shots, etc..

    • mightymikeD

      ha!

    • Z-man19

      Marchand and a hab went down on the ice and the play was whistled dead. Marchand puts his stick right in the guy’s face as he (Marchand) gets up.

      • mad-hatter

        Marchand’s a piece of shit

        • nextgame

          I really don’t understand why he hasn’t had his shit fed to him yet. He’s starting to remind me a lot of Dino Ciccarelli in that he’s a dirty, cheap shotting son-of-a-bitch that constantly stirs up shit, but never has to answer for it.
          Asshole.

      • DesertHawk

        Nonono, it was a good game Z. Good game, exemplary hockey.

    • TheFullAmonte

      I would say with the exception of Bergeron, Krejci, and maybe Seguin that they are all cheap shotting assholes. Maybe Paille too, I’ve always liked him as a 3rd/4th line guy but he could seem more innocent based on his linemates.

  • DesertHawk

    Stalberg really made that tying goal.

    • Sparky_The_Barbarian

      This. Beat three Wings to the puck and made a tape to tape feed.

  • wowwowweewoo

    For me, I’m just settling into enjoying the ride of this team. I think we’ve seen enough of this team to know what to expect. Knowing that what we’re seeing isnt a fluke and the result of great skill and players buying into a system. I’ve learned to lean forward in my seat when the first man of the third line changes on the fly. I’ve learned to unclench my ass when the 4th line is on the ice. I’ve learned that when there’s a scramble or a hard shot in front of crow, sticks will be tied and rebounds will be found by the men in Indian head sweaters. And above all, I’ve learned there’s still room for these 23 men to play better (maybe + Ben Smith), and that’s got me pretty damn pumped.

    • DesertHawk

      Hear hear.

    • The Doctor

      I still have problems unclenching my ass. Some day I hope to be at your level.

      • Sparky_The_Barbarian

        I sit here watching the game thinking, I’m calm, I’m in control, I’m an adult, it’s just a game. Then someone scores a goal and I think, “Who’s doing all that screaming? Oh, yes, it’s me.”

  • Hack

    Last thing for today…..
    It seemed like the Hawks couldn’t get a break, especially when they were dominating early on and couldn’t finish, and then with two minutes to go they get three consecutive breaks:
    1) the delay of game penalty
    2) the blocked sharp point shot lands perfectly between two defenders and in Quincey’s feet causing him to try the wheel and fire
    3) the stalberg pass to kane was on edge, which made it considerably easier to roof with Kane in relatively tight on Howard. Kane has a great shot when he unleashes it, but I’m not sure that he buries that one if the puck is laying flat.
    I suppose these are the kinds of things that happen during relatively unfathomable streaks such as this.

    • http://www.thecommittedindian.com/ PowrFwd37

      I think that you have summed up the beautiful reality of it all, right here.

    • TheFullAmonte

      And to think, if Milbury were in charge the delay of game penalty wouldn’t exist.

      • Toews still makes funny faces!

        Mike Milbury is a Fucking idiot

        • TheFullAmonte

          Every time he opens his mouth something stupid comes out but this has to be one of his worst.

      • Waylon

        It’s not just Milbury who forever rants about that rule – Melrose (whom I respect quite a bit) never shuts up about it. I’m confused about all the hate – does anyone think that abolishing that rule will make the game better? Does anyone think that teams that can’t clear their own zones won’t be tempted to just keep shooting the puck into the rafters at the first signs of real pressure?

        • High and Wide

          I really hate the DOG penalty (the worst is when there’s a weird bounce on a routine play when a dman isn’t under significant pressure), but I’m not sure of a way to replace or modify it that would improve things. Pretty hesitant to recommend that it be at the referee’s discretion.

  • zacked

    It’s kind of a bummer that it’s taken this long for Bickell to become
    this much of a difference-maker, what with this being the last year of
    his very undervalued contract

    I think this can be explained mostly by usage, and not Bickell’s skill and effort. In previous years, he was on Bolland’s wing and almost always facing the other team’s top line and getting absolutely horrendous zone starts. That takes a huge toll on your offensive productivity. This year he is bumslaying.

    And nobody will believe me, but Bickell has been absolutely the most valuable Hawk, in terms of cap space vs. production the last few years.

    I’m glad Crawford is back because I thought Emery was visibly slipping and was long overdue for a pasting.

    • Accipiter

      Paging CNS.

    • DesertHawk

      I believe you, and was actually contemplating pointing out the same thing, but I’m not statsy enough to source it.

  • Toews still makes funny faces!

    Hmmm. With 26 games to play, the Hawks hold a 18 point edge over 9th place Phoenix, but Phoenix has a game in hand. The Hawks need to get off their ass and stop letting other teams pick up a charity point. We don’t need to see them fighting for a spot over the last couple weeks of the season again this year.

    • DesertHawk

      True facts, we’ve left 3 points on the table, and that’s really just not gonna fly. Not with all the parity in the league.

  • TheFullAmonte

    Apparently Claude Julien called out Montreal for constantly embellishing and ruining the game in his press conference. Sigh… Vancouver East

  • http://twitter.com/llUrbanAchiever Jeff Lebowski

    The nucks and accountability…

    “But Vigneault wasn’t interested in really breaking down the loss. Thirty minutes after the game had ended, he was still seething about the bench penalty that was called on him midway through the third period by Sutherland.

    It came after no call was made on what appeared to be an elbow by Calgary forward Matt Stajan on Canuck defenceman Chris Tanev.

    One second after that penalty expired, Jarome Iginla bounced a pass intended for Jiri Hudler off Vancouver defenceman Jason Garrison and past Luongo to break a 2-2 tie.

    “That penalty that was given to me in the third period, all I did was stand on the bench and say ‘that’s an elbow,’” a clearly angry Vigneault said. “If the same accountability that is demanded of players and coaches is demanded to referees that’s not acceptable. There’s no way we should lose this game on a call like that.”

    Vigneault insisted he said nothing more to the officials and used no profanity.

    “Not one God damn word,” he said. “Nothing, I didn’t use the F word, didn’t say a word. I stood on the bench for .5 seconds and said ‘that’s an elbow.’ And that’s how I got two minutes and that’s how they scored their goal. I am done here.

    Vigneault then stormed back into the dressing room area. There would be no other questions.”

    http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Updated+Canucks+third+drop+decision+Flames/8043182/story.html#ixzz2MZJnKkfg

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      In other news from that article, Hansen named his recently born twin boys Honk and Donk. Those poor dears…

    • Joe Banks

      Yesterday, I saw a lot of no calls between the Wings and Hawks, with no bitching from coaches or players on either side.

      Both teams were very PROFESSIONAL.
      Vancouver needs to fire that Idiot and HIRE A PROFESSIONAL.

    • rhodes

      Hey, what can I say, AV? “Stuff happens.”

    • StealingHappyHour

      “Not one God damn word,” he said. “Nothing, I didn’t use the F word.”

      hahaha, sinner.

    • Toews still makes funny faces!

      Hmmm.
      AV, perhaps your reputation now proceeds you.

    • cliffkoroll

      get this footage over to the folks at Coor’s Light.

  • cliffkoroll

    Great acumen.

    Whenever you get that twinge of ennui, just mumble to yourself: Arneson, Bell, Calder.

    • Z-man19

      ennui? I lack the interest to look that up

      • laaarmer

        It’s perfume.

        • Accipiter

          It smells fatuous.

          • Z-man19

            laaarmers answer does smell, more like BS

          • laaarmer

            It’s the perfume from the “bring home the bacon” ad

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA4DR4vEgrs

          • Z-man19

            did that commercial have ‘special’ meaning for you in your youth?

      • DesertHawk

        It’s like an overwhelming sense of boredom/weariness/dissatisfaction.

      • DesertHawk

        I also think I see what you did there.

  • junior

    FF, why did Q dress Brookbank on Sunday?

  • bannerman

    Notice how this streak has made everyone forget that the lockout ever happened?
    It has a sort of Sosa/ McGwire feeling to it.

    Other random thought: Can Nick Leddy play his way on to team USA even as a 3rd pairing guy?

  • Squamel

    Dont ask why and dont ask how, but just know that Darryl Hannah’s tits were responsible for Patrick Kane’s tying goal