• Fred

    One down, two to go.

    • DesertHawk

      One down, one to go. One game at a time, no point looking ahead to game 7 when we’ve got a pesky game 6 in the way.

      • DJ

        This.

  • Enrique Spetezi

    If you need to kill three in a row, only one man to call

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42emVMtsn8M

  • DJ

    Yes, it isn’t over. Makes that giveaway of Game 2 especially galling. Win that one, and we’d be the ones with two shots at winning the series.

    • lizmcneill

      I know, right? Bah.

  • DJ

    Nice to see the pressure off of Toews’s shoulders. Seems more like himself in the dressing room.

  • Preacher

    Put the ulcer on hold, at least for a night. Tomorrow I’m sure we’ll start to feel the panic rising again. But for now Q is a genius, Tazer is the greatest Captain ever, and Seabrook should be winning the Norris. Shaw should be moved up to the top line and the powerplay is definitely NOT clownshoes. Geez, winning solves a lot of problems!

  • SAMCRO Outlaw

    A) Q listened to Fels & got the mother****er out of the way
    B) Screw their trap just play your game because trap teams aren’t trying to score
    C) Working the puck high to low on the pp opens up the whole damn ice because it makes them turn to locate the puck & if they don’t boom Tazer scores!
    D) If Q stays out of this & Babcock stays in a trap we win! Sometimes it’s not about what you did but about staying out of the way.

    • DJ

      Even a trapping team needs to score one or two; they’re trying to avoid a track meet. Which has been what’s killed them against us in the regular season; how often have we read here that the Hawks need to take the game wide and skate around the bottom two Detroit defensive pairs.

  • DesertHawk

    Hey e’erbody!

    • Eddie_The_Eagle50

      Hi Dr Nick.

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      You’re just happy because you’re probably not losing your hometown team.

      • DesertHawk

        My hometown team is the Hawks :P I’ll be very happy if the Yotes stay though.

        • bizarrohairhelmet

          current town team then

  • SAMCRO Outlaw

    BTW Brian Bickell brought the Hammer Of The Gods tonight

    • Preacher

      And he did it under control and within the play. He didn’t put himself out of position to make a hit, and he made some GREAT hits!

      • SAMCRO Outlaw

        Amen!

      • QCBlackhawk

        Truth. I am the first to decry meathead idocy and calling for more hits, but when done well and within the play it can be a thing of beauty.

        • Z-man19

          Especially when Cumball is on the receiving end of it

        • Eddie_The_Eagle50

          A little payback for the hit Ericsson put on him last game. Good to see that Swedish idiot having to shake out the cobwebs on the bench.

      • bizarrohairhelmet

        He did once somewhere during the 3-1 mark and the play resulted in a offensive zone turnover as Bolly was already checking the same D-man. If he’d played the puck, would have definitely created offense. I’ll forgive him the once this time.

    • birdhead

      Hammer himself was also pretty great, I thought. D in general seemed in much better shape.

      • Accipiter

        Hammer has been quietly frustrating a few Detroit forwards.

        • VerStig

          I would’ve loved to hear what he was saying to Cleary (or whoever it was he was jawing at)

  • Curtain Jerker

    Far be it from lowly me to tell the boys how to do their job but I think the headline should be “Hey Nineteen” in honor of The Captain breaking through…and its even a song title to boot

    • MIHawksFan

      “The Cuervo Gold
      The fine Columbian
      Make tonight a wonderful thing”

      A 4-1 win is pretty wonderful, too.

      • Country_Bumpkin

        Wow, a Steely Dan reference on the board. Either we are all old or we really like smooth jazz.

        • MIHawksFan

          For me, it’s both.

  • Eddie_The_Eagle50

    Just hope the Hawks can keep the pedal to the floor and play through not having last change.

  • DuHawk

    Okay this is totally OT, but Everett Golson no longer enrolled at ND; WHAT?!?!

    • DJ

      ND, citing privacy laws , cannot say why. The Internet, not bound by such niceties, is coming to the consensus that it’s academics. As in, cheating on a final.

      • DuHawk

        As a huge ND fan, I’m really upset with all of this, but if he truly cheated, his ass needs to be gone. I’ll withhold judgment until a reputable organization has a thought on this

        • DJ

          Latest rumor was that he got no grade in his accounting class, which cancelled out all his grades for the semester.

        • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

          I heard that he unleashed a bunch of pigs in the nerds’ frat house.

  • Z-man19

    So line 2 was Hossa, Saad and who, Zus? 3rd Bolly, Fro, Frog

    • DesertHawk

      Hockee night says bolly was 4th

      • mad-hatter

        He was closer to the third tonight, and also saw quite a bit of Datsyuk.

        • neo1978

          1 2 3 4
          Toews 52% 13% 17% 17%
          Handzus 19% 67% 11% 3%
          Bolland 40% 10% 42% 8%
          Shaw 6% 12% 19% 63%

          Opp 1st 49% 15% 32% 4%
          Opp 2nd 15% 65% 10% 9%
          Opp 3rd 23% 13% 47% 17%
          Opp 4th 25% 3% 10% 61%

          • neo1978

            Bolland played a traditional third line, splitting time between Datsyuk and Anderson. Shaw played against the 4th line.

          • mad-hatter

            Knew you’d be around with these numbers. Where do you get them anyway?

          • rhodes

            He tallies them as he watches the game.

          • neo1978

            I take a cursory look at the timeonice gant chart to make sure that I am not doing anything egregiously wrong.

            Then I put the head to head timeonice data into a spreadsheet. Usually I just match centers. Sometimes use a winger. As an example, I use Filppula instead of Zetterberg since Z sometimes shifts with Datsyuk.

            This game, Saad played one shift on the third, Handzus played with the first line wingers a couple of times after special teams. Otherwise the data is pretty good for this game.

          • mad-hatter

            That’s awesome, and you get them up so fast. Thanks for doing it!

    • Accipiter

      1st line 10-19-88
      2nd line 29-26-81
      3rd line 20-65-25
      4th line 16-36-67

      • Z-man19

        Thanks, wow, kinda like those lines. That 3rd line may not survive game 6 though. The D pairings after72?

        • Accipiter

          4-27
          8-32

      • mad-hatter

        It’s like we have two third lines, looking at the TOI. Bolly and Shaw’s lines split almost evenly, though because of Stals’ penalty, him and Saad saw the least TOI of everyone.

        • neo1978

          16-36-67 was the Hawks third line.

          20-65-25 was the fourth.

          Saad got one shift with 36-67.

          • Accipiter

            Yes, that is the way they were used, I just went off how the lines were listed not how they were used.

          • neo1978

            Yeah, it has been a very strange year. Shaw gets the 3rd line even strength ice time but generally plays more against the 4th lines. Kruger the reverse.

            Most of the time it is hard to say which is which. Not this game though, Bolland was a traditional 3rd line and Shaw while NOT a traditional 4th line in makeup was the 4th line this game.

  • SAMCRO Outlaw

    One thing I don’t want to hear even though it was the first thing from Shaw’s mouth is how the Hawks played a desperate game. They played a smart, fast game and used that combination to control the game. Detroit doesn’t have the means to impose their will in any way except to play a trap & pray the Hawks don’t find their way through it. Why Q didn’t see this coming and had the team ready to win another workman-like series is beyond me, but he seems willing to just let them grind out a win now. Hopefully he doesn’t decide he needs to outcoach that other guy anytime soon.

    • neo1978

      Actually, Q chased matchups more this game than he has all season. And he played an actual checking line which he hasn’t done all year.

      • Accipiter

        I noticed that as well. I hope Q can continue some of it at JLA. That checking line has a good combo of defensive minded players and they were given a job to do. It didn’t hurt the Hawks in this game, but Bolland needs to keep his ratness in check. He got lucky when he suckered Abdelkader to even up the one situation, but then put the Hawks a man down later.

        • mad-hatter

          It’ll be interesting to see how the new top line does considering Babs is going to get Zetterberg right back at Toews on Monday. I hope by shoving that perfect beard into the ice.

          • neo1978

            Zetterberg is getting absolutely crushed in the puck possession battle against Toews. It is just that neither line is scoring so that is a big win for Detroit.

            I’m thinking DDN has the better chance of scoring so that line will be OK. And even without last change, if you HAVE an actual checking line you can substitute it for your top line on occasion. Especially, when there isn’t a stoppage of play.

          • lizmcneill

            Plus if the Shaw line is out against the Scum 4th line, it’s pretty effective as we saw.

  • guest

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • DesertHawk

    Leddy on the 3 on 1 was amazing.

    • mad-hatter

      Glad to see him play more than 8 minutes. And where was tonight’s Seabrook all season long? That’s the best he’s been in a long time.

      • Curtain Jerker

        Maybe bringing back Malboro 72 was the ticket?

        • mad-hatter

          According to some post game remarks, being with Keith calms him down because all of Duncs’ yelling helps him focus and not think too much.

          • Accipiter

            Thinking is hard mm’kay.

          • lizmcneill

            Is that like Kane and Toews yelling at each other? I always though Seabs and Duncs had the calmer bromance.

  • Dr Love

    I feel like first goal was huge, forcing Detroit to go on the offense. Then, we can pick apart their D.

  • DuHawk

    Good night all; I’m going to be a basket case Monday night…see you then!

  • Accipiter

    Ron MacLean pointed out that no team in playoff history had won a game five after being shut out in game four and being down three to one in the series. The record was 37-0. Well make that 37-1. GO HAWKS!!

    • DesertHawk

      Neato

    • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

      He made the mistake of overlooking how I arranged my Hawks jerseys on my couch; had he seen the Mikita where it was, he may have hedged on announcing that.

      • Accipiter

        Where was Chico ?

  • The Doctor

    Very nice job tonight from the boys. If we can pull out a win in game six, which I think will be the toughest in quite some time, game seven will be ours. It all depends on that first goal IMO. Get that and the Wings are a completely different team.

    But no point in looking ahead. Backs against the wall, now it’s crunch time. Win game six on Monday, keep the beards going for another day.

  • mad-hatter

    According to some Detroit reporter, there was a “fluky” quality about some of the Hawks goals. Oh. Okay.

    • LAHawksFan

      If the hawks goals were fluky then I guess a fluke is what kept the game from being a shutout.

  • SamFels

    Hey everyone, let’s go with tomorrow.

  • Stockroom Snail

    Whew! Two more sweet days until I’m on seppuku watch again.

  • putmeinthemadhouse

    Checking in from the dubljn airport…great to see a victory! And powr
    Erplay goals? So awesome

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      The spell things funny over there.

    • lizmcneill

      Hey I was there too, maybe we passed each other! Sadly not flying back during the duration of the series, seemed to bring victory…

  • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

    Special teams, huh? And in more than just one end of the ice? Who’da thunk it. Net presence combined with pucks AND player movement. Such a complicated system.

    (I know there’s more to the win than that … but this team would be deadly with a reasonable, consistent power play.)

  • laaarmer

    Have to share a story.
    Kids played baseball all day yesterday. I was outside from 9:30 until 7:00. Yes, I have a raccoon face, but both kids won their games and are in the elimination rounds today. After the games, there was the obligatory pool party at one of the other parents houses. We live in Holland, almost exactly between DET and CHI, and to my surprise, the house the party was at, had about 20% Hawks fans. Good time
    I made a point to tell everybody that the Wings interfered constantly. Every dump in, every D to D with pressure. I said, “see that’s Interference”. I also got to see the Wings fan reaction to Playoff Bolland. . During the 2nd period, they all migrated to the kitchen and I got to watch the game with a couple teenage hockey players. It was much better.
    Fuck Wings fans!
    Shaw for president!
    Bickell is going to get paid!
    That Toews guy aint too bad

  • Jim

    Best game of the year as far as I’m concerned.

    - Powerplay – more of that. Cycling the puck, and did you see Seabrooks repeated one timers? Those were howitzer blasts, and that led to a goal. This is what the LA Kings do on the PP. No team can stand up to a sustained repeated attack like that. Let’s do that all the time, not just just when backs are to the wall.

    - Shaw is fearless, I like seeing the Hawks match the dirty play with sneaky hooks, grabs, and cross checks, and after the play extras, which is exactly how Detroit plays.

    - Datsuyk – hits the post when he could have tied the game, after pantsing the defender right in front of the net. What skill that guy has, we got one back there.

    - 4 on 4 – Detroit had no answer for this. Couldn’t clog the zone, they were forced into a track meet and could only hang on for life.

    - Scoring the first goal opened up the game a bit. Detroit had to play offense more, and that plays to the Hawks favor.

    • Accipiter

      - Detroit scored 4 on 4. To say they had no answer here, well, I don’t know. The Hawks did have great chances on the 4 on 4.
      - Dats hitting the post (shooting from the hash marks) was also 4 on 4 and it was Franzen along the boards, closer to the top of the circle than right in front of the net, who stopped Kane causing the turnover for Dats.

      • Jim

        The Dats shot was more about Dats than 4 x 4. That guy can play hockey pretty good. Wish he was a Hawk.

        • Accipiter

          No doubt that Dats is amazing. The Hawks finally got a few breaks, especially on the PP. Dats, usually stellar on the PK, whiffs on the clear attempt, then DK shoots from the point and breaks Dats’ stick giving the Hawks way more options. The Hawks played a great game. but also got some bounces, finally.

  • putmeinthemadhouse

    Watched the game on gamecenter…keith and seabs were lime a semi auto back there on the point hot damn

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      Whatever this means I agree. Oh wait, are you still in dujlin?

  • Nineteen88

    Hey, it’s morning, you drunkards!

  • Curtain Jerker

    Hawks play like that the Wings have no chance.

    • ballyb11

      Zip your lips.

  • Country_Bumpkin

    So I heard this great joke last night…I forced myself to not watch the game for fear of seeing the handshake line take place at the UC. As I checked in later, someone said the Hawks scored not one, but two PP goals last night and even Tazer scored in the win. The nerve of some people!

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      Shaw and Bicks are trolling us…big time.

  • Country_Bumpkin

    For those of you that watched the game, did Detroit abandon its’ trapping style defense, or did the Hawks just do a better job countering it?

  • ballyb11

    Keith’s save at the blue line on Toews’ goal was a real game changer. Being up 2 was huge and gave the Hawks a chance to really play their game. Great job, Duncan.