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Gonna Kick Tomorrow: Kings 6 – Hawks 2 (Series Tied 1-1)

Box Score

Event Summary

 Extra Skater

Well that was a weird one. I’m trying to think of another playoff game that the Hawks had in their pocket so clearly and then just let it slip out in such fashion. Game 3 and 4 against Detroit last year, especially Game 4, weren’t as bad as they looked. But they don’t measure up. Game 2 against Boston last year where the Hawks absolutely horsed the Bruins in the 1st period but only emerged with a one-goal lead came to mind. But the Hawks watched that one get turned over on them from the start of the 2nd on. Can’t really come up with one.

Still, as good as the Hawks were for the first 38 minutes–and it may be as good as they’ve been this entire spring–two goals is still in that bloop-and-a-blast range. Well, the Kings got two bloops and two blasts, and the Hawks find themselves tied in a series they really should have by the balls. Part of the reason they don’t is the stubborn and insipid decisions their coach keeps on making.

DarylZero

The Two Obs

-Some people will point to Quick’s save on Seabrook as the turning point of the game, and in some ways that’s justified. But this isn’t soccer where every scoring chance is sacred. Each team gets at least a handful. Seabrook did just about everything he could with that saucer pass and got it off the ice. Quick beat him. It’ll happen again. It shouldn’t have signaled a collapse. And yet you were worried after it, weren’t you?

-So you have this two-goal lead, and late in the 2nd the first thing that should be priority is getting out of the period right there. Yeah well…

A dump into the corner, and Seabrook gets ridden off the puck. That’s ok, he should have support. But he didn’t, because both Sharp and Versteeg kind of floated around like they just inhaled some noxious gas which gave Mike Richards all the room in the world. I want to blame Handzus, you know I do, but he was actually beating it to where he sensed danger. He just couldn’t get there in time. and there you go.

-So ok. Bad goal to give away at a bad time. You still have the lead in the 3rd. Should see it out if you are who you say you are. So what can’t you do? Take a selfish, dumb penalty 100 feet behind the play. But keep icing Brandon Bollig, and that just might happen.

We said it before the series, and the Hawks have been lucky in that for six straight series before this they were confronted with limp dick power plays, including L.A.’s last year. Well, this isn’t last year’s L.A. power play. Give Kopitar, Doughty, Carter, and Gaborik an unnecessary look and you’re going to fucking pay. And they did.

-As for how it went from there. Well, I feel the balance between the too many men they got called for in the 3rd and the one they didn’t that led to Smith’s goal is probably about the same.

-As for the 4th goal that basically ended it… I don’t even fucking know. Rozsival and Leddy both stopped, Kane didn’t, but the other two forwards did which left Toffoli open. Some bad luck, some idiocy, game.

-What kind of has me worried is that the Kings got this one and they still basically got nothing from their top line. And now they get to choose who that line faces in the next two games.

-I’d hope for better, but the third line of Sharp-Regin-Versteeg got absolutely ass-clowned tonight and mostly by the Kings’ 4th line. Whether Sharp is hurt or tired, basically he needs Hossa on the other wing to do everything or he’s Casper’s twin.

-At least on the plus side Kane and Saad were able to drag Handzus into something resembling even-strength competence, though that offensive zone penalty would have gotten a handful of other Hawks forwards launched into the sun.

-Oh and Michal Handzus won 4 of 16 draws tonight. So remind me what it is he does again?

-There was a lot of good though. Like, Nick Leddy’s backhand. Seriously, did we know he had that in the holster?

-Q once again matched up his 4th line against the Kings’ 2nd line, which was the most dangerous last year and again this year. And they can’t handle it right now. If both top lines are going to play to a standstill as they did tonight, then letting the Kings’ second line run riot while yours is staring at Handzus stumbling up the ice probably isn’t the way to go about it, hmmm?

One last thing. The Hawks have carried this for 2/3rds of the series, 4 of 6 periods. They’ve done it because their forwards are exponentially faster than the Kings D. So why wouldn’t you opt for even more speed in the lineup when Shaw returns?

All that said, it’s only one. Getting clowned at home might actually spur them to come out with some piss and vinegar on the road (though the Hawks haven’t won their first road game in a series since the Sharks in ’10). They only need one, and even if they don’t get it both the Sharks and Ducks have managed to win three in a row against the Kings this playoff. The Kings are an underwhelming 3-3 at home this spring. Wearing the dunce cap for two days probably could only help.

At 1-1, the Kings only have what the Hawks allowed them. So they don’t have to allow them any more.

 

 

  • GypsyDanger86

    “Whether Sharp is hurt or tired, basically he needs Hossa on the other wing to do everything or he’s Casper’s twin.”

    Depending on how the next game starts, might it be time for Q to reunite 29-19-88?

    That would allow Sharp and Hossa to play together on the 2nd line (ideally without Handzus) AND it would get Kane the hell away from Handzus, AND put him alongside the one guy on this team that seems able to manufacture dominant possession…. which I hear may help lead to more scoring chances and goals.

    • DJ

      At a certain point, I was thinking we’d see this. Specifically, out in LA, where I assumed we’d be up 2-0 and looking to take a stranglehold on this series. So much for that. But all we really need is one of the two.

      Having Shaw back should help. I’m too much of a realist to think that he’ll put Bollig in the press box; so Regin or Versteeg? If my choice is between those two, I’d send Versteeg upstairs.

      • JB from PA

        We all know who we’d like him to sit but at the same time we all know it will be Regin. Bollig should have ridden pine after that stupid penalty but nope… he was right back out there. Infuriating

    • Jim

      Sharp has sucked this series. He’s taking some weak shots, missing the net, shinpads, or a softie right at the goalie.

      Something is wrong with him.

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

        He wasn’t much better against Minn or StL either. Only 6 points the whole playoffs? He’s gotta be hurting.

        • ballyb11

          “Pressing”, too.

        • Hags

          it might have been the Pittsburgh game when Toews got hurt or the St. Louis game when Kane went down, but Sharp took a shot to his shoulder and left the game for a bit, and he hasn’t really liked right since.

  • DJ

    At 1-1, the Kings only have what the Hawks allowed them. So they don’t have to allow them any more.

    This x1,000.

  • 60MinutesBaby60

    That’s hockey baby.
    Burn the tape. WTF look at it?
    Sat night we skate our game for 60 the Kings are gonna be in it up to their ears.
    If not the Beloved in a world of hurt.
    Imo the team that Ws game 3′ll take this series – maybe even in 5.
    & it’s a 50/50 toss-up you ask me.
    #ChampsDigDeep #TazeMeBro

    • DJ

      I’d look at it, if only to see what LA did on their third period power play. They’ll stick with that approach until and unless we can shut it down.

  • tonyo55

    I believe this is the most disturbing defeat in the post 2008 era. At this point in time team leadership should come to the fore.

    An MJ lead team would have stepped on the King!’s throats with the lead the Hawks at that late in the second period.

    An epic choke like this will sow doubt in the minds of the Hawks, while encouraging those of the Kings.

    I would not be surprised if the Kings took the next three games.

    • DJ

      This post was stupid in the third-period thread. It hasn’t gotten any better with time to reflect. Read more, and post way, way less.

    • Jim

      Fear based thinking. It’s an indulgence.

      • YoAdrienne

        So is trolling.

  • BestPredsForward

    “Look, it’s good that Chicago cares about the Hawks’ fourth line. It’s a sign of a young fan base — one that was on the verge of extinction six or seven years ago — that’s maturing, growing, learning, caring.” -Mark Lazerus

    PAH!!! And you silly peasants with your sheep-like minds are still unable to appreciate the golden age and are still devoting a whole paragraph to the 4th line.

    • GypsyDanger86

      What article was THAT bullshit quote from?!

      • DJ

        I think it was his article from the other day about this being the Golden Age of Blackhawk hockey. His problem is that he thinks that there was no intelligent hockey fanbase here until a few years ago; that we are as stupid and naive as he is.

        • YoAdrienne

          Where does he say there was “no intelligent hockey fan base here until a few years ago”? He does not even infer that.

          • DJ

            Well, he’s talking about a fanbase learning and growing with the current team. Forgetting that the great fans who knew and loved the teams of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and early 90s are still around; we haven’t died off yet.

          • YoAdrienne

            He isn’t forgetting those of us who have been around for a long time. He knows these are the ones that were filling the seats in the half-empty stands. But, the fact of the matter is that a substantial portion of the current fan base IS new and naive. All one has to do is read the social media (Hawks’ Farcebook comments, Twitter, Puck Daddy comments,Tumblr, etc.) to see that.

          • wihawkfan

            “Farcebook”

            ding ding ding!!

      • BestPredsForward
  • beefman73

    Hawks got too complacent and the Kings kept on working. It happens, and LA will do the same too. We need Crawford to keep playing like he has in this postseason.

    • ballyb11

      Bullshit re Crawford.

      We need the Hawks to keep playing like they did in the 1st 38. Best consecutive 38 since forever, long before start of playoffs, not even close.

      • beefman73

        You probably misunderstood what i’m saying about Crow, by no means am I blaming him, I am not one of those Crawford basher and never was, what I am trying to say is we need Crow to keep playing the way he has. obviously the Hawks need to play their best too. Take a CHILL PILL BRO!

  • Say what again

    Was there any reason to put Bollig on the ice with Toews and Smith to start the third where he committed that dumbass penalty?

    • YoAdrienne

      Probably an incomplete line change.

      • Say what again

        But didn’t they start the period like that?

        • YoAdrienne

          I do not recall. The only reason I could see it was if Toews was out there to take the face off. But, that doesn’t make sense, because Kruger had a better FO%

    • ahnfire

      From what I’ve read, the opinion is that most people believe it was a super-soft call, so Q didn’t punish him for it, hence his being right back out there.

      • ballyb11

        Soft call?????

        It was fucking BOLLIG! It was blatant.

        • ahnfire

          I don’t know, I didn’t see it because I was on my way home from work so I only got the radio call. Murray was displeased with it and kept saying how that was a bad penalty to take but he was hoping to get a better look at it but never really expounded beyond that.

  • ballyb11

    “Getting clowned at home might actually spur them…………………….”

    Hope.

    • YoAdrienne

      It usually does. Especially Crow. I think having Shaw back in the line up will do wonders, too, provided he actually gets back into it.

      • Bobby Otter

        Is replacing Shaw with Regin a difference maker? You still have the Handzus 5v5 and ALL OF BOLLIG and the BOLLIG RULES to deal with.

        • YoAdrienne

          Who said Shaw is replacing Regin? It might happen. It might not. We don’t even know if and when Shaw will be back.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      No one to blame but themselves.

  • Please Stop Playing Bollig

    Rule #1 for any coach is to PLAY your best 12 forwards. The Hawks are playing 10. That is on Q. Unless the league finds a way to suspend Bollig again the Hawks have problems. Can anybody find anything that Bollig did that we can send to the league and beg for a suspension. With Q that is what we are reduced to.

  • ballyb11

    I was so fucking excited after the first 38 minutes. Then, as Lloyd Bridges used to say in the Sea Hunt TV series, “And then it happened.”

    If the Hawks play like they did in first 38 minutes, they’ll be fine. Prior to then, I honestly wasn’t sure they were capable of it, it’s been so long (and I mean LONG) since we’ve seen it.

    I’m optimistic.

    • YoAdrienne

      Yes. That first 38 minutes gave me the “blow out” feeling. When I get that, things usually end badly. I really don’t completely understand what caused them to shit the bed last night, outside of some stupidity and a little bad luck. Maybe they got a little cocky. They’ll figure it out, hopefully by Saturday night.

      • wihawkfan

        yes. couldn’t have said it better myself. i had to pick up my wife from work between the 2nd and 3rd period. i left the house thinking, “not good to give up one near the end of the period, but it will be ok”.

        on our way home, after i got her, we stopped at the grocery store to get a pizza and she waited in the car while i ran in.

        when i come out, she’s listening to it on the radio and she says, “its tied up now.”

        i was thinking, “well, we’ve got a game then.” and started the drive home, during which they scored again.

        by the time the pizza was out of the oven it was 4-2 and my appetite was beginning to fade.

        but hey, its pizza. and i don’t drink bourbon on an empty stomach. (and yes, i didn’t have a drink until i was home and didn’t have to drive any more that night.)

        ugh.

        • ballyb11

          Moral.

          Let your wife take the bus home.

          • Joe Banks

            Bawahaha!

      • Bobby Otter

        Two power play goals and then a fluky goal where a lot of guys gave up on the play… boom, 4-2 and it was over. It happened so fast…

        • ballyb11

          Not 17 seconds, but it felt like it.

    • 60MinutesBaby60

      Any Lebowski the elder reference is a man after my own heart.
      T/y for the gin on a tough morning after. Owe you a cold one bud.

  • ballyb11

    BTW,………….insipid.

  • SuperHawk27

    It’s my fault. I was watching the first two periods at a friends but had to head home so I decided to listen to the radio on the way home….the first 2 sentences were, Penalty behind the play….and Dongballs in the box for interference. That’s when the wheels fell off. If I would have stayed for the third period they would have won. I wont let it happen again.

    • wihawkfan

      dongball’s extension…..q’s ball grab…..the lucic “cowbell”….

      what is up with the price of huevo’s this season in the nhl?

  • OMFS88

    I cleaned up the neckline of my beard yesterday before the game.
    I might have ruined this for everyone.

    • SuperHawk27

      You have to keep the neckline clean. Otherwise you end up looking homeless.

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

      Yup. This is on you. My beard is just getting to the stage where it’s super annoying but I’m pushing on.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      I keep waiting for this comment in the post game interview.

      Coach Q: We lost because Sparky wore the wrong shirt.

  • pepe_silvia

    I can’t even really find anything to say about this game that hasn’t been said in the wrap. I also can’t think of a game where the Hawks were clearly the dominant team for the first half+, and had a 2 goal lead before the wheels fell of the wagon spectacularly. I’m still sort of shocked by the whole thing.

  • Jim

    It was an ugly third period. But it doesn’t matter 10-1 or 1-0 counts the same. Haven’t seen the wheels fall off in a while, since Edmonton clowned them some time ago.

  • Bobby Otter

    I’m sure this is being beaten to death, but it can’t be beaten to death any more imo: if Bollig sees the ice at all the rest of the playoffs, I’d be totally fine with firing Q. Him playing is flat out unacceptable. It may have cost the Hawks the game last night, and it for sure completely changed the game in a negative way. But what’s really a joke, is the Bollig didn’t even miss a shift. I don’t understand why there are two sets of rules: the Team Rules and the Bollig Rules. The Bollig Rules have gots to go. Hey but at least he’s signed for the next three years! What a farce.

    As for the rest of the game… I thought the Hawks looked pretty darn great in the first two periods. Thought the Kings were lucky to only be down 2-1, when it easily could have been 3-0. And then LA got the breaks again in the third only the Hawks added dumb play go along with it (Bollig, too many men and the Hawks giving up on the 4th goal*).

    Not sure if we’ll look back at that third period as a bump in the road or the Hawks blowing the series. I have no clue how this series is gonna play out right now… would take much to say me either way.

    *Weird parallels between the Bears/Packers and Game 2 last night no? Weird play were a number of guys stopped playing, yet the play wasn’t dead and ends in disaster for Chicago. And then Bollig plays the Conte role all too well.

    • DJ

      Firing Q for playing Bollig? I don’t think I’d go that far.

      This might be a case of “Q-proofing” the roster. If Q insists on playing him — with all the disastrous results that follow — make sure Q doesn’t have the option. Trade Bollig. Even if you have to eat some of the contract. While it’s too optimistic to think Florida will do us yet another favor, surely some team out there can take the bait.

      • YoAdrienne

        It’s plain nuts to suggest firing Q for playing Bollig If they didn’t want Q to play him, why the hell would they have signed him to that new contract? I am beginning to think that Q already doesn’t have an option, and that he’s being given no choice but to play this guy.

        • ballyb11

          Stan and Q both have options. Bollig is their choice.

          • YoAdrienne

            Bollig is mainly Stan’s choice. Q’s option is the amount of time he plays him. I give him credit for keeping it under 8 minutes on most games. I’m just not convinced that Q is the main reason this clown is on the ice all the time, as is being suggested by many.

          • ballyb11

            I don’t think so. I think that for whatever reason, they both like him.

          • ahnfire

            I think that’s attributed to Bollig’s lower bar of requirement though. StanBow talked about it when he was a panelist at MIT’s Sports Analytics Conference – players like Bollig (fourth liners) have lower expectations, so really, marginal improvement/quality of play gets overrated because of subjective bias.

          • wihawkfan

            the bollig extension is stan.

            i keep thinking about that stan bowman interview where he was talking about the hawk’s secret metrics for measuring players.

            what does he see that no one else seems to?

        • Bobby Otter

          Maybe I’m being a little hyperbolic, but Q’s also coaching a team with Toews, Kane, Keith, Seabrook, Hossa, Sharp and Hjalmarsson (not to mention Saad, Oduya, Leddy, Kruger and Bickell). Basically it doesn’t take a hockey genius to win with this team. The goal should be not to mess it up.

      • ballyb11

        I’d be willing to wager Stan and Q are pretty much on the same page re Bollig.

      • GypsyDanger86

        But Stan just resigned Bollig and gave him even more money.

        For whatever reason, the organization is blind to this guy’s uselessness.

    • HossasPierogi

      You’re absolutely right. I think Q is locked into this inflexible thinking that each team needs a big enforcer type. That’s old school, and this is twice during the playoffs that Bollig made a game-turning mistake. As long as Bollig is in the lineup, a Hawks failure will be on Q.

  • ballyb11

    Bollig didn’t lose the game, but his name is on this thread 19 times.

    • YoAdrienne

      It was a group effort, but the tide did change with his stupid penalty. I agree that it’s not fair to peg the whole thing on him, however.

      • ballyb11

        NBC couldn’t even see a penalty. Ticky tacky to even up the #, IMO.

        I absolutely HATE getting 3 PPs (or however many) in a row with no score, because the other team has to decapitate one of ours to get another. And you know the ticky tacky ones are to follow. Completely fucking ridiculous.

        • YoAdrienne

          Indeed. The officiating has been abominable at times. Sometimes it seems like they’re trying to throw the game. Not saying they are, but it sure does look that way at times.

          • ballyb11

            It’s almost always that way……………even up the penalties.

    • Bobby Otter

      If Bollig doesn’t take that penalty, we know the Kings don’t go on the PP and they don’t score on the PP. Beyond that, it’s the great unknown.

      But what bothers me is that Bollig after taking the HORRIBLE penalty is back out there, doesn’t miss a shift. A lot of other guys on the Hawks would miss a shift after taking a penalty like that. Q essentially rewarded Bollig for being an idiot.

      • ballyb11

        Did you see him interfere? What about the TMMOI?

        • Bobby Otter

          Did you see him not interfere?

          What about the TMMOI? I can’t prove a negative and neither can you.

          • ballyb11

            Steve Fucking Bartman in disguise, that’s who he is.

          • Bobby Otter

            As I Sox fan, I’ve got no gripes with Bartman and feel bad for the guy. He didn’t do anything wrong.

            So I’m at at loss of comparing a guy who actually was on the ice to Bartman. Bollig was more Alex Gonzalez if we want to compare him to anyone in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS.

          • ballyb11

            You’re the 1 in a thousand guys who even remember the play after Bartman. Bartman had nothing to do with that loss. Bollig had not much more.

          • Joe Banks

            Oh, geez…

  • SAMCRO Outlaw

    As a Sox fan I’ve only had one player who came to the Sox with my loathing of him so deeply rooted I couldn’t find a way around it; it pains me to even think of him let alone write his name (nick swisher). I have no idea if Cubs fans have someone that came here so hated they couldn’t find a way for their fandom to outweigh their hatred. We as fans of sorta rival teams don’t find much common ground.

    There has only been one other player who has worn a Chicago uniform that I can say I legitimately despise and that is Brandon Bollig. I can imagine exactly how his teammates feel about him, since we’ve all worked with someone who brings absolutely nothing to the table yet gets praise heaped upon them by managers whose opinion matters. What I can’t imagine is the guys who were at Rockvegas who have been passed over, been put on the shuttle between the NHL & AHL, sat lonely in a corner in Q’s doghouse, or kicked to the curb; all so this guy can waste a much needed roster spot. This isn’t pre-lockout hockey where guys like him were a necessity, most guys in his role can at least skate and offer up some physical play other than riding a guys back into the boards to leave him in a heap. In the modern NHL elite teams can’t afford a single wasted roster spot.

    I’m sick and tired of his little smirk, his moth-like need for the camera lights, taking shit penalties and staring refs down in a “see what you’ve done now” way, and having zero accountability for his play. Everyone in the organEYEzation raves on him and for the life of me I see absolutely zero he brings to an NHL roster. They talk about how improved his skating is, but it is still light years away from NHL caliber. I guarantee there are good portions of beer leaguers who can skate circles around his ass. He is constantly out of position, lagging behind his check, completely positionally unaware, and is now beginning to extend his shifts when he gets on the ice. If he were on any other team I doubt anyone would know the first thing about him, but we’ve been force-fed a big helping of bad shellfish.

    Brandon Bollig you are the Nick Swisher of hockey and I despise you.

    • Joe Banks

      I like Brandon Bollig, but not so much in the playoffs…
      But I really hate Nick Swisher!

    • SaadBuster

      Milton Fucking Bradley, SAMCRO Outlaw. Not only did Jim Hendry bring in that turkey turd, he was the only GM dumb enough to give him a multiyear deal.

  • wanker751

    I was surprised to hear from Jay Zawaski last night that he though Versteeg should sit instead of Bollig’s upon Shaw’s return. I usually like Jay’s opinion but I think he is off here. (Not because Versteeg have been amazing at hockey.)

    I look at the upside potential of the two… Bollig’s upside is that he can mishandle an outlet pass and having it go to Ben Smith. What else can/does he bring. Look I know Versteeg has been awful but at least he can do something maybe….

    Personally I would prefer Morin and Shaw for both Bollig or Versteeg/Zues.

    • PE-TER RE-GIN

      It’ll probably be Regin or Versteeg for Shaw. We pretty much have to understand Zus isn’t going anywhere and Morin is probably stapled to a press box seat unless an injury occurs. I think we’d be more likely to see Nordy come back out in game 3/4 than Morin.

      • wanker751

        I forgot about Nordy! (mostly because I did not see him do anything I remember!)

  • ballyb11

    Bolig. Bollig. Bolig. Bollig. Bolig. Bollig. Bolig. Bollig. Bolig. Bollig. Bolig. Bollig. Bolig. Bollig. Bolig. Bollig. Bolig. Bollig. Bolig. Bollig.

    • ahnfire

      breathe, bally.

      • ballyb11

        Thanks, that helped.

        Bolig. Bollig. Bolig. Bollig. Bolig. Bollig. Bolig. Bollig. Bolig. Bollig. Bolig. Bollig. Bolig. Bollig. Bolig. Bollig. Bolig. Bollig. Bolig. Bollig.

        • ahnfire

          lol

        • PE-TER RE-GIN

          I think this thread is going to go a full Bollig because of the number of times you’ve said Bollig.

          • Joe Banks

            What’s a full Bollig?

          • PE-TER RE-GIN

            I think it’s when a thread becomes a pit of stupid like the third period thread sort of did at the end of last night’s game. I saw the term thrown around a good bit while lurking before I actually signed up here, and that’s what I took it to mean.

        • 2883

          FYP
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  • Andrew Heitman

    Here is a website dedicated to the 3rd period.

    http://giantbatfarts.com/

    Its a pretty accurate summary, I think.

  • Research Analysis

    The Hawks know that a game like last night can happen. Probably assisted by a little complacency after Smith’s goal followed by stupidity in the third. A Q-coached team will put it behind them. The Kings don’t really have the talent but Sutter is a farmer and therefore very patient. Q only needs to be more patient. He may find not having last change will work to his advantage, freeing Toews and letting his D take care of Kopitar.

  • PE-TER RE-GIN

    I think Sam’s final point is one worth taking to heart. It feels very much like the Kings only have what the ‘Hawks have given them. If the ‘Hawks even closely resemble what they did in the first 38 last night through the rest of this series, the Kings shouldn’t get much more (besides another one or two shitty, necessary Justin Williams goals).

    I think it’s bally who was mentioning this below (I skimmed the comments earlier), but not cashing in on those powerplays in the first/early second was really unfortunate. Even though Quick was solid, the ‘Hawks could conceivably have been up 4-0, maybe even 5-0 if Seabs converts, before the Williams garbage.

    So looking ahead, Regin is probably gone since his line got worked. I’d love to see Agent Smith get moved up and not be automatically sheltered in LA because he plays alongside Bollig. I thought he looked really good last night.

    I’d also like to know why Hjammer and Oduya weren’t seeing much ice. I was going to say something late in the second, but they came flying out as soon as I thought about it, so I let it go. But I felt like Leddy and Rozi were on the ice every other shift last night.

    Take at least one on the road and shut Cartman up.

    • GypsyDanger86

      How much less ice did Hammer and Oduya see? I stopped checking ice times in the 2nd period, but it seemed like they were in line with what you’d expect given the Hawks had 4 PPs in the first period.

      • PE-TER RE-GIN

        They were both under 16. Leds and Rozi were near 19.

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    Gotta say I half expected this. Anytime this team gets to feeling all warm and fuzzy about themselves, they have a sheet soiling accident. Not worried. I’m actually glad that this turned into a complete embarrassment.

    This team is never more dangerous than when they think they have something to prove, and now they have something to prove.

    That said, don’t know if I’ve ever seen a turnaround like this outside of a Buffalo Bills game. The Hawks played superb hockey for about forty minutes last night. Quick’s athleticism coupled with our inability to elevate kept it close. Then our F1 machine collapsed like Elwood Blue’s used cop car.

    Give quick credit for his play, but when your team scores 6, you can’t call it a goalie win. As for the Hawks….

    This is your wake up call, kid. // Gordon Gecko

    • GypsyDanger86

      Yeah, that’s kind of where I’m at now. I hope the Hawks are good and pissed off now, cause generally speaking they tend to focus that particular emotion in productive, ass-kicking ways.

      Bad periods happen. The Hawks smoked the Blues in the third period of Game 6 this year. Yeah the Blues aren’t the greatest team, but I think most can agree they’re better than 4 goals against in one period.

      It happens. Burn the tape, save the memory of how it felt walking off the ice, use it for the next game and return the favor.

      If they get blown up again in Game 3, then I’ll be concerned.

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    Reading the comments below…. Gonna go out on a limb here and say Bollig is a symptom, the disease if overconfidence and complacency. Overconfidence and complacency on Q’s part for playing Bollig, and on the team’s part for not being able to overcome Bollig.

    Bollig has his issues, but we didn’t lose because of him last night.

    • YoAdrienne

      Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!!!

      While Bollig didn’t help matters, he’s pretty much the scapegoat again. There was plenty of blame to go around last night, and much of it did not involve Bollig. Or, Zus, the other object of derision, for that matter.

      • Bobby Otter

        It’s like the Bollig penalty didn’t happen now. (not to mention the offsides, which granted, offsides happens).

        • YoAdrienne

          Hardly. The Bollig penalty happened. So did a lot of other shit that didn’t involve him. He played all of 8 minutes last night. The Hawks shit the bed the entire third period, which took 20 minutes, the vast majority of which he was sitting on the bench.

          • Please Stop Playing Bollig

            The problem with Bollig is that its bigger than his mistakes. On top of those you can’t play him that much so it ruins the rest of the lineup.

          • ChicagoNativeSon

            Ruins the rest of the lineup? How? By having some of the best players in the league get more ice time?

  • PE-TER RE-GIN

    One other thing. Getting porked at the dot isn’t much fun. I know Anze and Stoll are solid, but if we could get someone other than Krugs above 50 percent, or even 40, that might help.

  • Bobby Otter

    More bad news for Bollig—team* leading five dump ins over team worse 17.5 minutes: http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/why-the-blackhawks-offense-is-struggling-against-the-kings/

    Also more proof that Toews is a hockey god. And gotta get Kane going…

    *for forwards

    • GypsyDanger86

      Kane likely won’t get going until he’s off Handzus’ line. Ideally Q puts him back with Toews and Bickell, but then that leaves Hossa and a relatively useless Patrick Sharp (of late) to drag around Handzus.

      • Guest

        Kane was doing really good with Smith, back when it was 10-28-88. I think it looked good with Saad there instead of Sharp as well. I guess 4th line playing well was deemed to be more important and that’s why Zus was moved back up?

    • Guest

      Also, Kane has to dump the puck, because nobody is ever with him when he crosses the line with it. Lost count of how many times Kane carries the puck in, tries to find an option, and then has to let it go because he’s all alone and being converged on by all of the opposition. Kane didn’t work with Zus in the regular season, and lo and behold, its not working now either.

      • PE-TER RE-GIN

        No one “works” with Zus. You just kind of have to go with it. Saad is able to keep alongside Kane, but would you really want to dump it if you’re him, knowing your center is probably never winning a race to the boards?

        • Guest

          Actually, Hossa and Sharp weren’t that bad with him. If nothing else, they adjusted better than Kane has been able to despite all the minutes they’ve played together. And, you’re missing the part where Kane gets in the zone alone and gets at minimum, 3 guys on him immediately. I missed half of last nights game so maybe I missed Kane dumping it with Saad right alongside him, but rewatch Game 1. He had no options. If the chart is only for Game 2 and he was still doing it there, then I stand corrected, but I thought it was both. Also, its probably at the end of his shift as well that they finally get into the zone because they’ve been hemmed in quite a bit as well.

  • Bannerman

    If this thread were a song it would start like this:
    awwwwwwwwwwww freak out.
    No one’s firing Q for playing Bollig regardless of anything else that happens this series.
    They’re not trading Bollig, not because they can’t but because they don’t want to.
    The Hawks were in worse shape against the Blues after 2 games. They didn’t panic then and they shan’t now.
    Having said that, even though this loss isn’t Bollig’s fault that doesn’t mean he isn’t the weakest link in the chain.
    Q is a hall of fame coach. Those types of coaches do borderline crazy stuff all the time- much to the dismay of fans. Tony Larussa for example micro managed the hell out of his teams to prove how smart he was. A lot of times in worked, many times in spite of him.

  • PE-TER RE-GIN

    More Smith, more Gaad, less sadness.