NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Chicago Blackhawks at Minnesota Wild

Dose of Thunder – Wild 3, Hawks 2 (OT) – Hawks Lead Series 2-1

With the series now shifting setting to the Twin Cities, the Wild were essentially facing a must-win situation, and decided to change things up a bit from their neutral zone bomb shelter strategy that yielded no results on West Madison.

Even with the Hawks drawing the first marker on a beautiful feed from Patrick Kane to Johnny Oduya right after a Hawks kill, the Wild pressed on. Coach Mike Yeo made no secret about wanting to ratchet up the physicality and make life unpleasant for Hawk defenders, and did just that, sending wave of cannonballing forwards into the Hawk zone.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard would even things up with a backhand after catching a feed from Cal Clutterbuck off a Crawford rebound that Keith and Hjalmarsson were just kind of watching and Marian Hossa had lost his check. The score would remain the same throughout the second period with the Wild still clearly holding an edge in play until Zach Parise would give the Wild a lead early in the third, once again on his backhand over Crawford’s glove. From there the Wild would retreat hoping to ride out regulation, but some line juggling by Quenneville and Minny once again giving Kane enough time to set up shop to find Duncan Keith would get the game to OT. A blown coverage by Johnny Oduya behind the goal line would let a prone-on-the-ice Matt Cullen find Jason Zucker, who found the short side corner on Crawford, and now Sam gets to write a Game 5 program.

Observations

  • Let’s get this out of the way right now, Corey Crawford was the reason this game even got to overtime. He was excellent all afternoon, and the winner wasn’t on him. There was quite a bit of miscommunication between Oduya and Rozsival behind the Hawk net which let to a bumbling of the puck, after Crawford thought it was out of harm’s way. Even after that, it took a pass from Matt Cullen while on his belly and a perfectly placed short side shot from Zucker to beat Crawford.
  • Furthermore, the other two goals from the Wild were also corner-picked backhand shots, which any goalie agree on being the hardest shots to track. And it even still took Clusterfuck making a tremendous play from being on his belly as well.
  • However, all three goals were plays that could have been erased had the Hawk forwards stayed with their checks (Hossa on the first, Toews on the second, Stalberg on the third) and not trying to cheat on transitioning the other way.
  • Mikko Koivu flipped the script and went 15-for-20 on draws, and the Wild as a team went 40-and-32 for the game. It was pointed out during the broadcast that the home team always has an advantage in being able to cheat a little bit on coming to a full stop with being able to put their stick down second. This was key to keeping the Hawks’ attack by and large at bay. Possession can’t be controlled if they’re chasing right off the draw.
  • Michal Handzus was 5-for-16 at the dot, and his dung-filled breezers seemed to make a return for the afternoon as he looked more than a step slow, punctuated by Patrick Kane being able to have the puck long enough twice away from Zus to set up scores. If Zus can’t win a draw on the road, then he’s going to get exposed just as he did today.
  • Ryan Suter once again played over half the game, and he and partner Jonas Brodin were a game-worst -11 and -10 respectively in chances. Even though the Wild won today, this is not a recipe for long-term success, especially as these minutes add up.
  • Pretty much every Hawk blueliner had a moment or two he’d like to have back from Game 3. Tighten it up, and someone, please, wake Brent Seabrook the fuck up.
  • Jonathan Toews has yet to register a point in this series. It is now offically “a thing”. Any time you’re ready, Cap’n.
  • The Wild were never just going to roll over and die at any point in the series, though cashing in in OT would have been tremendous dick punch for what would remain of the series. They’ve got life and they know what works now, but it still only barely worked. It took three perfectly placed shots and two desperation plays from down players and extra time to do it. Better execution and tighter defensive zone coverage should be give the Hawk transition game more space behind the deep Wild forecheckers in transition if this is how they’re going to continue things from here on out. And Corey Crawford is fine.
  • DJ

    Your last bullet point was your best. In my post-game rage, I kept thinking, “too fucking lazy today.” Except for Crawford, of course. But the answer is not to match these clowns in hits and physical play. It’s to play our game better.

  • mightymikeD

    McClure with the wisdom. Amen.

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

      Three Hull Mikitas, and a hallelujah’s worth.

      • Z-man19

        A hossalujah

  • turbo cotter

    well said, thank you!

  • putmeinthemadhouse

    Would really like to see toews shake off the post season point shortage before it becomes a monkey. Crawford was excellent, really hoping I wont have to hear his critics continue repeating their stupid talking points.

    • justforkicks

      his critics have already started by and large so avert the eyes, plug the ears

      • lizmcneill

        I want him to come out blazing and get all the points on Tuesday. Maybe having a certain mullet-wearing shortass dishing him the puck would help, hint, hint, Q.

        • mad-hatter

          As awesome as that would be, I think Crow will still be playing goalie on Tuesday.

          • lizmcneill

            Is there a name for replying one down in the thread to where you meant to?

            But I bet Crow could score on a Kaner assist.

          • mad-hatter

            Still a Waylon!

            And I think anyone at this point can score on a Kaner assist. Except Toews.

          • Accipiter

            I wanna see Kaner set himself up.

          • mad-hatter

            It’s bound to happen, and it will naturally defy all laws of physics.

          • ahnfire

            off the boards. I could see Kaner do it.

          • mad-hatter

            I was thinking he’d pass it to himself like Dats did earlier in the year, because those two are the only players in the league capable of doing it.

          • lizmcneill

            Such a shame Dats and Kaner are not the same nationality, the opponents would just burst into tears if they saw those two coming at them on the same line.

          • lizmcneill

            Poor Toews. I bet he’s still hearing it from Kaner about that setup he wasted last game.

    • Sparky_The_Barbarian

      He set a hell of a screen on Oduya’s goal.

  • AirTrafficAJ

    Win some draws and have the forwards help on the breakout. Then life will get considerably easier.

    • jackattack

      This really is what it boils down to. The adjustments that need to be made aren’t big sweeping ones, but they’re really important.

  • jackattack

    My sticking point all three games of this series has been the Hawks passing. It has to get better. If they move on and end up facing a team like the Ducks or the Kings, they’ll get butchered when errant passes end up on the opposing team’s stick in the neutral zone.

    • Sparky_The_Barbarian

      I will credit some of the bad passing today to the Wild team D. They were making the Hawks hurry (except for Kaner on a couple of sweet cross ice passes to the trailing D man).

  • mad-hatter

    Q needs to find a way to get Toews away from Suter, or at least give Suter more than he can handle. Right now the Seriously Saad Panda line just isn’t doing it.

    • Accipiter

      Bolland will be back soon and then we can complain about him instead.
      Or, he will be awesome.

      • mad-hatter

        I hope it’s awesome. It better be awesome. It also better be on the third.

        • lizmcneill

          This.

      • justforkicks

        playoffs are where he thrives. unless you put him with the patricks again which doesn’t work for any of them.

    • Bannerman

      What they are doing though is wearing them out which helps the 3rd line look great against their other defensemen.

  • Ranjan

    Why is Quenneville putting Kruger on the power play? Why is Kruger even being dressed? For the games on the road, Carcillo should be playing. Ben Smith would be better than Handzus.

    • Accipiter

      Why ?

      • Ranjan

        Well anyone would be better than Kruger. He has no business being on the power play.

        • Accipiter

          16 is a PK specialist so he is going to dress. Q puts a variety of players on the PP because it doesn’t seem to work when the superstars are out there, so he turns on the line blender.

          Carello is not what this team needs. He should only be playing with feces, mine, yours or his, I don’t care and neither does he.

          I would take Bollig out and put Ben Smith in, maybe.

          • Z-man19

            I love it when you talk feces

        • zacked

          Kruger is at least twice the player that Carcillo is. I agree he doesn’t fit on the PP, but then neither does Bolland.

    • justforkicks

      what?

    • http://www.thecommittedindian.com/ Matt McClure

      No no no no no no.

      • girlphoenix

        Your comments like this are always my favorite thing ever.

    • The Doctor

      Too much Cinco de Mayo celebrating going on. Normally I don’t say this but you might want to take it easy on the booze.

    • pompoon

      Carcillo? You sure about that?

      • justforkicks

        please be a joke, please be a joke

        • Joe Hova

          Carcillo really brings a lot. I remember him destroying a guy on the other team with a devastating hit. Oh wait, he was playing for the other team.

          Nothing sums up his game better: http://youtu.be/hQc1_V3M4G4

          • lizmcneill

            That’s the Carter hit? I didn’t even check, but I’m laughing.

    • mad-hatter

      Mr. Ranjan, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

      • Ranjan

        We need to get the power play going. You think that Kruger belongs on the power play? What game were you watching?

        He almost cost us a goal. He negates the power play! Mad-hatter, you need to have some substance in your posts … all you do is rant.

        • mad-hatter

          Oh, because you’ve read so many of my other comments?

          Fine, no, I don’t think he should be on the PP. But he should not be scratched in favor of Carcillo ever. Ben Smith is also not a center, so no he should not be dressed in favor of Handzus when we’re already short in the middle. Also, watch Billy Madison, then get back to me.

          • Ranjan

            Well, if you agree with my main point, then it shows the stupidity of your response ripping what I wrote.

          • mad-hatter

            ‘Kay

          • DesertHawk

            Jokes… someone doesn’t get them.

          • mad-hatter

            It was so lost on him that he responded twice.

        • Z-man19

          Yes, you have left little doubt as to why Carillo should be playing instead of Frogger. Could you explain that again though? What exactly does Carillo bring that Kruger can’t, besides an idiotic penalty?

      • Ranjan

        mad-hatter – you got no substance in your post. Hawks playing Kruger on the power-play is crazy … he almost cost us a goal. We need to improve the power play. You don’t seem to know anything about hockey.

        • putmeinthemadhouse

          what would carcillo do on the powerplay? who would take over center position if ben smith replaced handzus in the line up?

          kruger shouldnt be on the PP, granted, but he is a dynamo defensive forward and to say he should be scratched in favor of carcillo is just indefensible.

        • mad-hatter

          Oh.

        • lizmcneill

          Kruger on the PP – bad idea (although the PP has more problems than Frogger, it has had problems since Frogger was still in Sweden). Kruger in the press box – also no.

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      Okay Dude. I can see you don’t want to be cheered up. C’mon Donny, let’s go get a lane.

      • Accipiter

        Dude, this is a league game, this determines who enters the next round robin. Am I wrong ? Am I wrong ?

    • putmeinthemadhouse

      kruger over carcillo?

      thatll help the penalty kill.

      • Ranjan

        who said about playing Carcillo on the penalty kill? Plenty of players could take Kruger’s place on the pk … he barely ever touches or clears the puck. My main point though is that it is stupid to play Kruger on the power play.

        • putmeinthemadhouse

          kruger is a mainstay on the PK alongside frolik, i cant believe you just accused someone of not knowing their hockey and you dismiss krugers presence on the pk that quickly.

          what would carcillo do to help this team? tell me that.

    • Sparky_The_Barbarian

      Agree on dressing Ben Smith, though not necessarily putting him in Kruger’s spot. Disagree to the point of rolling my eyes on Carcillo.

    • ahnfire

      I…what…just…what are these words?

      I feel like I’m taking crazy pills. Who are you Ranjan, Carcillo’s mother? I’m sorry ma’am, but your son is not good enough to replace Kruger. Your son isn’t even good enough to replace Bollig at the moment.

      I can’t even.

  • Hawkeytalk

    Disappointed? Yes. Scared? No.

    Next game.

    • mad-hatter

      Yes but are you worryd?

  • What?

    Crawford played solid today and I don’t read the site much, but I’m starting to wonder if you guys would ever put a goal on the goalie. That shot beat him short side from below the circle. He should have the post covered there. He was on the ground, didn’t get square and got beat at a bad time. That goals on him.

    Watch the replay. Shaw wins the puck battle. Stalberg has to have some depth, otherwise Oduya doesn’t have any passing options. Oduya doesn’t make a great play, but the puck ends up in the corner. That’s on Crawford.

    For a better example, watch the play develop. Notice how Crawford is set up when the puck is in the far corner. Now watch him when the puck goes to the the corner where the goal was scored from. See the difference?

    • DJ

      Um, I think just about everyone put Clutterbuck’s Game 1 goal squarely on Crawford.

      • bizarrohairhelmet

        Imma just go get some popcorn…

    • mad-hatter

      “I don’t read the site much”

      Perhaps you should.

    • MattC86

      The goal is on Crawford, as well as some poor play by everybody else on the ice. And I’m Crawford’s biggest supporter.

      He plays the puck when it’s behind the net in the modern style, which – frankly – is stupid. Being in the butterfly paddle-down is just. . . dumb. But everybody does it. Same stance as the first Boeddker OT goal last spring. But that game shouldn’t have gone to OT except for Corey.

    • Why?

      It wasn’t even what I would call modern style. Back in the day, butterfly goalies would go down but would still be sure to hug the post. Some of the guys are now keeping one knee up. In either case, the near side post isn’t nearly as inviting.

      Nothing against Crawford. He played well enough to win that game. But how anyone could blame Stalberg for that last goal is beyond me. Crawford was out of position, got lazy with his technique and got beat. It happens to the best goalies and it happened to Crawford here.

  • Fourth Line Sauce

    Much like the Hawks with the lead in a third period throughout the season, the Wild changed their forecheck and played the trap. And gave up a goal to tie it in a game they were dominating. Hope we learn not to do this when we are up in game four.

    Also, Eddie O should make Pierre his pledge.

  • DuHawk

    So to sum up:

    - Carbomb needs to dress over Kruger

    - We need to stop making excuses for Crow & start blaming goals on him

    Am I missing anything?

    • Z-man19

      If you find some brains in jars, we might know who’s missing them

    • Sparky_The_Barbarian

      Trade Kane for Miller.

    • nextgame

      Dress Bollig, Carcillo, Mayers, Brookbank, and bring up Beach and dress him too. Then have those guys fly around hitting anything that moves.
      That’ll do the trick!

    • Why?

      Carcillo’s a different story but if you’re going to write an article that blames Stahlberg for a goal on a shot from the corner, I’m going to be slightly shocked. I’m going to be even more shocked when you specifically write that the winner isn’t on Crawford.

      The Hawks are deep. Having a havoc creator can force teams to make mistakes and can be an effective way to neutralize the trap. I’d hate to have to bench Kruger to make that happen.

      Like I said before, I don’t visit the site often. I stopped over to see what was being written during the middle of the long unbeaten streak and was amazed at how many mistakes the author thought the coach was making. With that said, I hope the guys that actually run the team are smart enough to ignore 90% of what I’ve seen posted here on my rare visits.

  • SLHAWKS

    The next time i hear an announcer talk about how the rules have changed to allow fast, skill players to be successful, i’m going to break out a tape of this game. There was so much interference and holding it was ridiculous.

    • VanDorp’sMullet

      This. One of the plays that really illustrated how the game was going to go was early in the first. Toews and Suter have a board battle and then the puck squirts away. Suter checks Toews. Toews starts to skate away back towards his defense zone and Suter full on cross checks Toews again into the boards. The puck at that point was at least 10-15 feet away. No call. Welcome to the refs swallowing their whistles on real calls and then just calling bullshit to even stuff out. Welcome to the playoffs.

  • Sparky_The_Barbarian

    The Wild played the best game they are capable of and needed OT. In addition, all three goals were seeing eyes shots. At least one hit the post, all three might have. It was their home opener. They came out smoking. It was their day. We knew they’d have one. I am not worried. I am not panicking. My biggest regret is wasting a stellar effort by Crow.

    If on the other hand, we lose on Tuesday, I will be wishing I still had hair so I can pull it out. I expected a game like this today. I expect the Hawks to Kick ass and take names on Tuesday.

  • Z-man19

    Habs/Sens having a donnybrook

    • Accipiter

      I am the walrus.

      • Z-man19

        You’re Paul Maclean?

        • Accipiter

          No. He is a husky walrus.

          • Z-man19

            Was that a Beatles reference?

          • Accipiter

            I have asked you to watch The Big Lebowski many times, but you resist.

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            Your out of your element, Donnie.

          • Accipiter

            *Donny.

          • Z-man19

            I’ll get on it, sometime, maybe after the playoffs

      • bizarrohairhelmet

        V. Ilyich Lenin!

    • Z-man19

      This game is getting really ugly

      • amontesawesome

        If Montreal doesn’t want to play hockey anymore they should just forfeit. This is dumb.

        • Z-man19

          Well most of their guys are getting some extra rest, what the hell die Conacker do?

  • amontesawesome

    It’s possible I’m just wrong, but I don’t know what the fuck Stalberg was doing on that last play. I’m not sure if this was pointed out in the GDT, but he just skated right past Zucker towards the corner for some reason. Did he not see him? Seriously, to me looked like it was almost entirely on him.

    • Accipiter

      Stals is in deep on the play, but Zucker is not his man (I realize he could have done something there). Shaw or Oduya should have had Zucker, but they both went for Cullen.

      • amontesawesome

        Ah, thanks. I’m not terribly well versed in the Xs and Os (other than during 4on4 forwards get the Ds and Ds get the forwards) but watching it struck me as odd.

        • Z-man19

          Stals was definitely bystanding on that

          • Accipiter

            I can see Stals thinking the puck is going to get pushed up the boards by a prone Cullen. Bickell and Leddy are near the front of the net also puck watching, Bickell more so than Leddy as Leddy is supposed to be there. Not saying Stals is free from criticism on the play, there were a lot of bystanders.

          • Z-man19

            I’ll have to disagree, Leddy is exactly where he should be and Stals is a hell of a lot closer to Zucker than Bicks is. IMO Stals should have put himself between Zucker and the net while Cullen still had the puck.

          • Accipiter

            I said Leddy is supposed to be there. Stals is concerned about the point man or he should be. I know Stals was right there and it would have been great if he broke up the play, but Oduya and Shaw got out worked by Cullen. All 5 Hawks were within 15 feet of the back of the rink covering 2 Wild players. The unpredictability of what Cullen was able to do from his stomach to get Zucker the puck is not just on Stalberg.

          • Z-man19

            Ok, Cullen shouldn’t have been able to beat Oduya and Shaw, but he did and I can’t really fault either for their decision to go to Cullen. Stals is right where he should be under the circumstances other than he doesn’t do anything to prevent Zucker from getting the puck or get a shot off

      • Why?

        Oduya and Shaw were where we were always taught to be. On a fifty-fifty puck in the corner, you need to send two guys (usually the center and defenceman). Stalberg’s in good position if Oduya and Shaw come up with that puck. Instead, Oduya’s just a little lackadaisical and Cullen beats him to a puck he normally gets. When you win pucks 1 on 2 (which happens, from time to time) you’re going to get the puck to an open man.

        Stalberg’s in good position to cover the near side defenceman, provide an outlet for the the break-out or keep Zucker in a terrible shooting position (depending on where the puck ends up). The games fast and it’s tough to actually play your area correctly given how quick the puck snaps around but Stalberg couldn’t have played that much better. The puck ended up on Zucker’s stick and he fired an excellent shot from an awful angle that caught Crawford napping.

        • Accipiter

          I never said it was on Stals.

          • Why?

            Sorry, believe I’ve fucked up the reply system about three times now. I’m simply backing away for now.

          • bennicksic

            Break the wrist, walk away….break the wrist, walk away.

    • Sparky_The_Barbarian

      Forwards had a bad game defensively all around.

  • pasco

    If you want to argue that carbomb should dress instead of 52,(I will grant you he had a decent game for somebody that skates a little better than I do) fine. lets not lose our shit. Even tho carbomb is bad at passing, skating, shooting and everything I consider important in hockey, he is still better than Bolig. 4th line energy guy fine. That said, one game, the wild aren’t good, it was a desperation game. I thought the hawks would win in 5 anyway. Love this blog, love most of the people that comments. Tell that DumbAss to watch one of the two Adam Sandler movies that actually are funny

  • pasco

    sorry for grammar and spelling errors, I am drunk, and have brought great shame to my family, (my wife is a writer and copy editor)

  • Z-man19

    Wow, Maclean calls a timeout up 5

  • jackattack

    Kesler is the biggest of twats.

  • Accipiter

    SJ gets a 5 on 3 for 1:36.

  • Preacher

    Crow was very good. Rozy handles the puck too long. The Wild seem to be keying on Tazer as he rarely has any time with the puck without someone hanging all over him. Interesting that they let Kane have a lot of space though. Seabs looks hurt or sick or something. And get Keith off the point on the PP. Tuesday I expect the Hawks will come out with a lot more fire and impose their will. GO HAWKS!

    • mad-hatter

      Toews only had two shifts without Suter this game. He’s doing a good job keeping the Cap’n in check. Kane, on the other hand, only saw Suter four times when not playing with Toews. The other four Wild Dmen just don’t know what to do with Kaner.

      • Accipiter

        If the Wild knew anything they would give Kane alcohol.

        • mad-hatter

          I think that’s what got Cam Barker traded away.

  • Accipiter

    2-0 SJ

    • Z-man19

      The thought of Vancouver getting swept has certain delicious qualities to it

      • Accipiter

        I’d like them to beat each other up some more. If it must be a sweep, who am I to stop destiny ?

    • ahnfire

      2-1 now.

      • Accipiter

        3-1 Ginger Jesus lets them down.

        • Accipiter

          4-1

          • Z-man19

            Why is Lu not coming in?

          • Accipiter

            I would have started Lu.

          • Z-man19

            So would I, but why not bring him in now? He’s gonna start game 4. 5-1 now

          • Accipiter

            You think they actually start Lu in G4 ?

          • Z-man19

            I would be shocked if he didn’t

          • Accipiter

            5-1 Sedin with a dumb ass penalty.

  • Country_Bumpkin

    I’ve now gone from, “Oh well guys, you did your best and things just didn’t turn out” to “why the fuck didn’t you play better? You played like dogshit for 60 minutes and it took them OT to beat you!”
    If the Hawks don’t come out and annihilate these pricks Tuesday night, I will lose my ever-loving shit. I don’t want Minny to have a glimmer of hope of winning this series. The Hawks need to crush their spirits Tuesday night.

    • cliffkoroll

      Yes, my high standards of hockey fandom have been grievously offended as well.

      Seriously, am I the only person who finds this attitude insufferable?

      • Country_Bumpkin

        Hmmm, sorry you’re offended. Just posting a thought 3 other people seem to agree with. My post is filled with hyperbole and silliness and wasn’t meant to be taken seriously. I read some quotes from the post game wraps and I read some of the Wild are getting chesty and was slightly annoyed by that.
        I do have high expectations for this team because they were the best this year and was slightly perturbed by their play yesterday. That’s all.

        • cliffkoroll

          Not offended, just annoyed, particularly with the “me-tooing” upboats. Stick with your first reaction here.

          Some perspective: this team rolls through the conference over 48 games, wins the first two at home, then hits a bump and ends up with an OT loss in a game in which the Wild dug deep and deserved to win.

          In this context, “why the fuck didn’t you play better? You played like dogshit for 60 minutes…”, well, I’m like “Do you have any idea what 2005 was like?”

          • Country_Bumpkin

            TBH Cliff, I don’t know what 2005 was like because well, I am late to this game. My Uncle got me into hockey in 2009 and I’ve been hooked ever since. So I guess I’m spoiled by the success this team has had and by all definitions a “bandwagoner”.

          • cliffkoroll

            I figgered as much.

            In my experience, whenever the team hits a tough patch the past few years, a lot of people lose their shit around here (like you’re already declaring as your express intention) and say a lost of stupid shit (like you have done.)

            It’s your God-given right as a bandwagoner and human being, and I will defend to the death your right to behave in this fashion. But I also find it hugely annoying and will continue to share my feedback along these lines.

            And for the coward who keeps downboating my comments, feel free to speak up.

          • DesertHawk

            I gots to say I kinda agree, as a person who became a fan in 96 I have a really hard time getting bent out of shape over a loss. Even the 9 game losing streak was just meh.

          • http://twitter.com/ChiNativeSon ChicagoNativeSon

            IF a Presidents Trophy winning Hawks team loses in the 1st round to a Minnesota team again, I’m gonna lose my shit.

  • Z-man19

    Ginger lets in a softy

  • Z-man19

    And the wheels are falling off the dickwagon

  • steeg of their own

    San Jose layin’ the smackdown. Well played, Sha-aarks.

  • Z-man19

    Wow, sharks got a gift there

  • bizarrohairhelmet

    This PGT gives me a headache. Its like trying to drive with only 1 contact lens in.

    • DesertHawk

      It’s threads like this that make me lose a bit of my believe that hockey is for everyone.

      • mad-hatter

        Didn’t you watch the Habs/Sens game? Hockey is clearly not for everyone.

      • Sparky_The_Barbarian

        Hockey IS for everyone. Not everyone will accept it for the gift it is.

  • Accipiter

    Damn, Zack Kassian is a dummy. I am so glad he is a Canuck, he fits it perfectly.

    • DesertHawk

      What’d him do?

      • Z-man19

        Took the 8th of Vans stupid penalties, actually Donk earned it by elbowing someone, Kassian got it for defending Donk

        • DesertHawk

          A Sedin throwing an elbow? Why I never!

          • Z-man19

            One of them pretty blatantly high sticked Couture, got a penalty and Couture scored on the PP, goal 5 I believe

          • Accipiter

            Yes.

      • Accipiter

        He always lets his emotions dictate what he is going to do. He is a player you can get off his game very easily.

  • QCBlackhawk

    I am left feeling pretty fuckin’ disappointed after this game, but I am not going to Chicken Little. It seemed like the guys coasted too much after the first goal and it turned into a scramble when they let the Wild get the lead. It’s unfortunate that the weird angle shot went in, since the Hawks seemed to have all of the momentum at the start of OT. But it shouldn’t have had to come to that. It wouldn’t have, if Crow hadn’t done it up like McClure said.

    In unrelated news: Here’s a gif of Henrik coming unglued, like the Canucks love to do when they are getting shitwrecked. http://i.minus.com/itr2dq9zKawZf.gif

    • Sparky_The_Barbarian

      This: Disappointment of losing to the Wild tempered by joy of seeing Van fall to pieces in the third, taking stupid penalty after stupid penalty and abandoning their defensive assignments in front of the Weasley kid. This joy in turn tempered by the realization we might be playing the Snarks in the second round

    • Preacher

      And Couture (the man on the receiving end of this cheap shot by Henrik) scored on the subsequent powerplay.
      And as fun as it is to see the Nucks simply disintegrate YET AGAIN, I’m really hoping for every other series go to 7 games. There is also the unintended consequence of seeing AV get fired after the Nucks get knocked out in the first round again this year. A good coach might actually be able to do something with this team.

      • MySpoonIsTooBig

        I’d actually rather not see AV fired. If he goes they might bring in someone who’s actually, you know, competent

  • girlphoenix

    This post has some pretty hilarious anons in it. A+ Would read again. Would not say the same for watching the game today.

  • cliffkoroll

    The Hawks were outplayed. It happens sometimes- not often to the Hawks, but this is a decent team with their backs against the wall, and their grinders woke up and started playing, and it still took two top corner backhanders.

    It looked like the Hawks stemmed the tide with Keith’s goal, but give Minny credit for continuing to fight. Missed opportunity. Oh well. Turn the page.

  • cliffkoroll

    Oh yeah, McClure. Good call on Cap’n. Any time now, son…

  • mightymikeD

    OK: it’s an off day so quick straw poll.. The Ombudsman made reference to the much underrated “All Shook Down” in a Cubs wrap yesterday.. so, seeing as we’re on a Twin Cities Tunes trip here anyway, what’s your favourite Replacements record? mmD says “Tim”

  • http://www.facebook.com/bpeacy Brandon Peacy

    Amen and amen, McClure. Tazer needs to take over Game 4 – the team follows his lead.

  • Country_Bumpkin

    I think if Vancouver gets its’ doors blown off in game four they WILL kill someone. Just a team full of mouth-breathing goons. I would be embarrassed as a Canuck fan.