• Nittacci

    Good music selection.

  • thepuckstopshere

    LETS GO HAWKS!

  • B.I.G. Forever
    • cza

      Damn straight!

  • GoldenJet

    Hawks haven’t won following a multiple ot win in these playoffs…the Hawks are also undefeated in their last 7 7-game series that went 2-2.

    Something’s gotta give.

  • ZigZags82

    Let’s Go Hawks!

    Tight, disciplined, and play your game to push them to the brink! Take it! Sense of urgency and begin the closeout!

  • Call_me_Ishmael_again

    Fleishman in, Etem out for the ducks. I’d call that a positive for the Hawks.

  • Cville Indian

    GO HAWKS!!!!!

  • Icdws

    Love the hammer but he isn’t playing like Thor.

  • TitanTransistor

    Holy shit, Hammer looks fucking terrible out there

    • Tom Fergus

      He looks slow as fuck

      • Icdws

        And gunshy

  • DJ

    God damn it

  • GoldenJet

    Slow and sloppy…ugly.

  • B.I.G. Forever

    Already in a hole. C’mon boys..

  • DJ

    Wake the fuck up. Time out called right now.

  • DJ

    First goal…nobody in the fucking shooting lanes. Either you clear them from in front of Crow or you get in the fucking lanes. Do one or the other.

  • Icdws

    You know Crawford is going to give up goals. Get a goal and get back in this..

    • DJ

      I’m not sure he had a chance on either one. Maybe the second; he was caught going the wrong way?

      • Icdws

        Agreed. No time to panic get one back and give him some help

  • DJ

    Eight minutes in, no shots on goal

  • HawkIPA

    What a putrid start. Suck it up guys.

  • DJ

    It’d be nice to get one back this period. Hell, it’d be nice to get a shot on goal.

    • HawkIPA

      I think Andersen just cracked open a beer

  • Icdws

    Lots of 44 so far.

    • LongJon

      and 26

  • The Gatest Gamer

    EVERYTHING IS BAD CAPFORD COST US A CUP KANE OVERRATED SEASON OVER

  • WookRN

    Cory Perry is a fucking goon.
    I’d HONESTLY cheer for him to be injured.

  • DJ

    Need a big penalty kill, boys.

  • DJ

    Listening on radio…dumb penalty?

    • WookRN

      Absolutely.

      • DJ

        It was a cross check; I suspected as much.

  • wreckinball

    Can’t even complain about zebras we suck

  • DJ

    Good kill

  • LongJon

    good kill

  • TitanTransistor

    Hossa looks genuinely terrible out there.

  • DJ

    Crap line change. Fucking discombobulated out there

  • Icdws

    Kruger looks like back is hurt

  • LongJon

    are we going to get a shot this period???

  • DJ

    Is there anyone in white playing well?

    • HawkIPA

      Vermette won a couple face offs, so there’s that

  • DJ

    Richards/Kane/TT?

  • HawkIPA

    Someone just get a shot on net to shut Kenny Albert up please

    • LongJon

      im watching the game on mute… couldnt take it any more!!

      • Icdws

        NBC must find a different second team. These guys all sound terrible and add nothing that isn’t obvious.

        • DJ

          Why no Strader?

    • DJ

      God he was insufferable in Games 1 and 2. I won’t watch him do any of our games if I can help it. Oddly, I don’t mind him when he calls non-Hawk games.

    • HossasPierogi

      Kenny Albert is a Muppet.

    • cza

      Tears. I tried firing up WGN, but my AM-antenna is kaput. So I can sit at my desk and listen online, or sit on my couch and watch in full Eurocolour. I may take the desk, these announcers are so wretched.

  • wreckinball

    Somebody just get a shot on net

  • DJ

    About time we won a face off.

  • DJ

    Crap. If Crow doesn’t come up big there, we are truly fucked.

  • DJ

    Spoke too soon.

  • DJ

    Darling? With Crow to return in Game 6?

    • Brandon Murray

      That would make sense if Crawford wasn’t playing 1on 5.

      • DJ

        Well, the reason you’d pull him is to put it collectively on the 18 skaters. They need a cockpunch.

  • TitanTransistor

    Pathetic effort by the Blackhawks tonight. Really, just embarrassing to the crest.

  • Brandon Murray

    This Duck team is the most fortunate team I’ve ever seen. I loathe these cock lickers. On to game 6.

  • DJ

    It sure as shit isn’t much Crow’s fault. Nobody has shown up. That’s a fucking disgrace.

  • HawkIPA

    This is the worst I’ve seen the Hawks collectively in a long time – since the LA blowouts last year. Nothing redeeming about this at all.

    • DJ

      Not true. We finally got a shot on goal.

  • DJ

    I’m not even sure they put their uniforms on properly. What an embarrassment.

  • Icdws

    Did hammer just skate away from that shot instead of blocking it?

    • Peanut Butter

      Kind of looked like it from one of those views.

  • Cbeezly

    Bright side: at least I’m not nervous anymore

  • Peanut Butter

    We got shot on goal before the period ended. If I was Sabres fan that might be exciting.

  • wreckinball

    What a fucking dumpster fire

  • LongJon

    lets just play 44 and 26 alot this game and give the top 4 break

  • wreckinball

    Is it just me or we making Maroon into fucking superstar

    • Brandon Murray

      We’ve made several Ducks look like stars. Especially the fucking pedestrian Kesler.

  • DJ

    I’d love to be in the locker room between periods. To see if anyone on the team calls them out.

  • HawkIPA

    I don’t ever count these guys out, but they need to show us something

    • DJ

      What they’ve shown us tonight is really disturbing. Unusual, and disturbing.

      • Peanut Butter

        Is it unusual though? They haven’t won a game following the longer OT games and this is so far not unlike the way some of the Nashville games went. Unfortunately, it’s not that unusual for them to first dig themselves a hole to have to crawl out of.

        • DJ

          What I meant was a listless, lifeless effort by every single fucking player. Not the end result of the game.

  • Peanut Butter

    Bright side…they say a 3 goal lead is the worst to have?

  • DJ

    That 0:37 turd? Apparently, the Hawks decided to play like that for a whole fucking period.

  • wreckinball

    Total mail it in period Stanley cup champions not

  • TitanTransistor

    Ah well. 5 WCFs in 7 years isn’t bad.

    Congrats to the Ducks. They very clearly wanted it more.

    • DJ

      This series isn’t over, much as you might wish it to be. That said, they’re in trouble.

    • Cbeezly

      Game 6 bro

    • cza

      There’s a reason we play three periods.

    • HawkIPA

      TWTW

  • Icdws

    Put in darling hope for a repeat of Nashville. If not get ready to scramble back home.

    • HawkIPA

      Crow doesn’t deserve that, and this team shouldn’t need a goalie-pull to wake them up

      • DJ

        That would be the point of the goalie pull in this interest. “It’s not his fault he’s getting pulled — it’s your fault. You didn’t just hang him out to dry, you left him out there all by him-fucking-self.”

      • Icdws

        Not ripping crow. Protecting him for game 6 and kicking the rest of them in the ass

  • B.I.G. Forever

    Worst period I’ve seen by this group since the postseason began. Wonder what’s being said right now in that locker room. Anaheim TOTALLY dominating in every single facet of the game. Shots, hits, puck possession, score, faceoffs…

    • DJ

      The possession and face offs are the killers. Especially the former.

      • B.I.G. Forever

        They aren’t even getting close..

  • GoldenJet

    Apparently tonight’s white sweaters were made from white flags.

  • Cbeezly

    HBO time

  • Dan

    Even if we make it past Anaheim the book is seemingly written on how to beat the Hawks. They cannot stand the pressure. Haven’t all series, and this period is the culmination of it.

  • Brandon Murray

    Fuck this. It’s 3-0. Still have to play game 6. I say spend the next 40 minutes just making runs at people. Just start dropping Fuckers. Hit to kill.

    • HawkIPA

      Or try to come back and win. I know it looks hopeless, but it’s not impossible

      • Cbeezly

        Confirmed- looks hopeless

  • B.I.G. Forever

    “No human can withstand this many hits…”

    – Ryan Kesler

    • DJ

      Fuck him with a rusty chainsaw.

  • Brandon Murray

    Can’t wait for Jones or Milbury to swallow duck loads all intermission

    • HawkIPA

      Muted. Can’t take it right now

  • HawkIPA

    Was that the Hawks out there, or the Coyotes?

  • HossasPierogi

    With the Ducks on the forecheck why are our forwards all at center ice?

  • Ty J

    Out. Of. Gas.

  • B.I.G. Forever

    From what I have come to learn about this team, the #Blackhawks win this game in the 17th OT.

    – Dan Bernstein

  • Brandon Murray

    You don’t just go from whipping Keslers ass on face off to losing every one. Fuck me.

  • wreckinball

    We ll see what they got now some fight or a whimper

  • To Saad be the glory

    We got this,ducks blew their wad early.

    • HawkIPA

      This made me smile for the first time since the pick dropped

  • DJ

    Seeing a lot of whimpering on this board. And it’s not like we’re suffering all these “punishing hits.”

  • Lionel Hutz

    Moar Shaw against Getzlaf at the dot in the offensive zone!!!

  • DJ

    I could see a few players not having it, or not being ready to go. But all of them (except Crow)????

  • B.I.G. Forever

    The Chicago Wolves somehow have dressed in the most realistic blackhawks player makeup I’ve ever seen.

  • wreckinball

    Good test see who gives a shit so far no one

  • HawkIPA

    time to play the DDN card

    • DJ

      Maybe in this game. I’m not quite willing to cease doing what got us here. Although the Blackhawks have decided to do so tonight.

  • DJ

    Trying to get Toews away from Kesler.

  • DJ

    TT!!

  • DJ

    Fourth shot on goal, first goal

  • To Saad be the glory

    Finnish baby Jesus!!

  • HawkIPA

    TT!!!!

  • Peanut Butter

    That’s how you start a come back! TT

  • cza

    Fucking right!

  • DJ

    Good start. Let’s get it down to a one goal deficit before this period ends.

  • DJ

    Patton on TCM now. About to give his speech.

  • HossasPierogi

    We got this!

  • HawkIPA

    Hosea being Hossa again – nice

  • cza

    The Ducks are fragile. That first period had that unsustainable manic energy of the highly insecure dude who isn’t sure if his partner really loves him, and soon ruins it based on the most tenuously imagined slights.

    We’re going to win this.

    • DJ

      I admire your optimism. I might not share it, but…

      • cza

        Just have to connect on a few passes when the Ducks set up like bumper pool bumpers in their own zone, and BLAOW!

        • DJ

          Like that Bugs Bunny cartoon where he whips the Gas House Gorillas in baseball? Sounds good.

          • cza

            It’s going to be beautiful. Toews is already in fuck you mode, and the others are not far behind.

  • HawkIPA

    DDN looking scary

  • DJ

    Power play. About fucking time. Make them pay.

  • Peanut Butter

    PP has to be on today

  • DJ

    Rats. Maybe we can build on this a bit.

  • Ryan

    Had to drop in and express my continued hatred of this broadcasting group.

    Awful.

  • LongJon

    well looking more like the hawks team we all know

  • HawkIPA

    Hawks have short memories

  • DJ

    Big save from Crow

    • HawkIPA

      Seabs huge as well

      • DJ

        Yes.

  • Marino

    If we can get within one or tie by the end of the second, Ducks will fold.

    • DJ

      An early third-period goal would accomplish much the same thing.

  • DJ

    Crap. Too many men??

  • DJ

    You dug too big a hole to allow yourselves to be stupid.

  • cza

    Time for the shorty!

    • LongJon

      wishful thinking

  • DJ

    Get in the fucking shooting lanes!

  • DJ

    Good kill.

  • HawkIPA

    Nice kill – build on it

  • B.I.G. Forever

    Hawks in control. Keep the long passes going and continue to make space.

  • WookRN

    Great looking PK at least….

  • Icdws

    Let’s get one and watch ducks start freaking

    • DJ

      Sooner the better

  • DJ

    So far, our best second period of the series. Desperately needed.

    • HawkIPA

      Really would like to get that 2nd goal

  • DJ

    We need this face off, and more sustained pressure.

  • DJ

    Richards getting active…

  • DJ

    Some good pressure. TT is a handful tonight.

  • HawkIPA

    Damn. What a shot by Richards – nice save

  • Peanut Butter

    Be awesome if Teuvo got 2 goals and made it 3 points in 2 games since our idiot coach sat him.

    • Peanut Butter

      Or an assist to add to the gol works too. 😀

  • HawkIPA

    Finish the fucking period – no stupidity here guys

  • DJ

    16-14 SOG (Hawks with 14)

  • DJ

    Pow!!!!!!!

  • HawkIPA

    SEABS – huge!

  • Peanut Butter

    Teuvo you just keep making Q look dumber and dumber. Man what a pass!

  • HawkIPA

    TT all over that

  • To Saad be the glory

    Yeah buddy….

  • MrNikopopoulos

    SEABSSS!!

  • DJ

    Just what we wanted. Now Anaheim gets to sit in their dressing room dreading what’s coming in the third…

  • limoman

    We got ourselves a game here boys.

  • HawkIPA

    What a response!

  • cza

    I have no ill words for Q at this point. We’re all family. I’m just going to assume the benching had the silver lining of motivating Teuvo et al. even more, plus the fresh legs. No more ill words directed at the Hawks. Gather ’round and enjoy the impending Ducks meltdown!

  • DJ

    SOG in the period — Hawks 13, Anaheim 5.

  • Icdws

    TT is well rested. That Q thinks so far ahead. Didn’t need game 3

  • Nittacci

    I’m tired of hearing announcers tell me that the Ducks are a “third period team”.

    • DJ

      Only one way to shut them up. Win the fucking period.

  • cza

    I have no ill words for Q at this point. I’m just going to assume the benching had the silver lining of motivating TT et al. even more, plus the fresh legs. No more negativity directed at the Hawks. Gather ’round and enjoy the impending Ducks meltdown!

    • limoman

      Most times there is a method to his madness.

      • cza

        Just water under the bridge. We can revisit it after this series.

      • WookRN

        Lies…

  • WookRN

    Hawks win 4-3. Single OT…. Teuvo for the belt….

  • Brandon Murray

    Do the Hawks just piss on opponents when they want? I mean those 2 periods were worlds apart. For fucks sake. Also, this guy on these sirloin burger McDonalds commercials is a total creeper.

  • wreckinball

    Ok let’s go Hard to imagine how Q sat Teuvo playing a great game

    • Marino

      TT was looking at the bench while he was shooting. He takes a no look shot and scores. The kid is creative.

  • GoldenJet

    So close to being tied.. No mention of the Keith to Kane play at the end of that Toews near goal. Wide open net and the puck hops over Kaner’s stick.

    • DJ

      Not over yet. Keep the pressure on them.

  • ZigZags82

    Let’s Go Hawks!

    Tight, disciplined, and play your game! Complete the comeback, start the kill shot. Get the W boys!

  • DJ

    We need to get better on face offs. We’re still getting skullfucked. The more we win, the less hard we have to work.

    • GoldenJet

      Absolutely…every damn Kesler win at the dot just pisses me off more.

    • Guackyhawk

      Why is that? We owned them in prior games. Does the home ice make that much difference in face offs?

      • DJ

        Visitor has to put his stick down first. That helps the home team.

  • The Gatest Gamer

    So, ready to burn that midnight oil again? Y’all know what’s coming, right?

    • DJ

      If it ends with a Hawk W, it’s worth it.

  • Guackyhawk

    Less dump and chase more carry it in?

  • cza

    Time to blow away the Glorious Secret of Third Period Play myth the ducklings treasure so much.

    • Brandon Murray

      Theyve outscored us 4-3 not counting the game 1 empty net. Not as big as NBC making it

      • DJ

        I think they’re looking at the whole playoffs. All it takes is to beat them here.

  • DJ

    Kesler 11-2 on face offs. That must end.

  • DJ

    Big save by Crow.

  • DJ

    Speed forces an Anaheim penalty. Make. Them. Pay.

  • DJ

    Crap. Nothing. Saad can’t hesitate on a one-timer chance like that.

  • DJ

    TT and PK on the ice together. Me likey.

  • The Gatest Gamer

    Dat 80s line was like uuuuuuuuuuugggggggggggguuuuuuuuuuuuu

  • B.I.G. Forever

    Terror-Venen.

    • WookRN

      I like it!

  • DJ

    12:39 to go. Keep squeezing them. Nothing quite like pressed duck.

  • Icdws

    Keep firing the puck something will go in. Like this energy we are seeing

  • HawkIPA

    3rd line just feasting right now. Another one is coming

    • DJ

      He hasn’t solved them yet. They need to continue to gash them.

  • DJ

    TT getting more ice time…Q recognizes the hot hand.

  • Icdws

    Best sharp has skated all playoffs. Loki for him to tie it up

    • WookRN

      Love to see that…. Enjoying that line….

  • DJ

    Big save by Crow. While we’re pressuring, we become vulnerable to the counter.

  • HawkIPA

    Can’t be careless like that

  • DJ

    A late goal to tie would really demoralize them.

  • HawkIPA

    Saad has to shoot that

  • DJ

    That’s interference in January.

    • WookRN

      bitching about that the whole series.

  • Peanut Butter

    Not making good passes. Every pass is behind the player

  • DJ

    5:49.

  • cza

    The Ducks are putrid. Just praying to hang on at this point.

  • DJ

    Shit.

  • DJ

    Sharp fucked up. Couldn’t get the puck out the zone. God. Damn. It.

  • DJ

    This series goes seven. Bank on it.

  • Brandon Murray

    44 can sit forever. Fuck him

    • DJ

      Sharp should have chipped over the blue line. Instead he turned it over. Cascade failure from then.

  • WookRN

    GOD DAMN IT

  • wreckinball

    Maroon = Gretzky wow

  • Brandon Murray

    Tough to come back from 3 down but they’ve outplayed the shit out the Ducks dice first but 44 has screwed us over & over again.

    • DJ

      That one was more on Sharp. Nobody bailed him out after that.

  • Brandon Murray

    It was a valiant effort but on to game 6.

  • HawkIPA

    Get it back.

  • Icdws

    I jinked sharp. Poor play there. Costs them the game instead of tying it up.

    • DJ

      The simple shit. Fucks you every time.

  • DJ

    Six attackers

  • Cbeezly

    Can’t lay down in the first and expect to win. Hopefully game 6 they’ve got flames shooting out their nostrils at drop

  • D_Smith

    3rd game this series giving up 4 goals to the Ducks. Digging themselves into too many holes to crawl out of.

  • DJ

    Galling that we were fucking invisible at the start.

  • DJ

    TAZER!!!!

  • DJ

    Not quite done yet.

  • HawkIPA

    Not over yet! Toews!

  • Peanut Butter

    Captain my captain!

  • DJ

    1:50

  • DJ

    Icing Anaheim. 1:24. Time out Anaheim.

  • DJ

    Win this draw n

  • HawkIPA

    Whatever the result here, Hawks have shown a lot of heart. This team never quits

  • Brandon Murray

    If we lose on that bullshit 4th goal scored because of a giveaway I’m gonna hurl.

    • DJ

      Wasn’t quite the fourth goal. It waste first period.

  • Icdws

    Here we go. Showtime.

  • DJ

    TAZER!!!!!

  • DJ

    Oh. My. God!!

  • Peanut Butter

    TAZED

  • HawkIPA

    Unbelievable!!’

  • B.I.G. Forever

    OMFG!!!!!!!!!!

  • GoldenJet

    Fuck YES!

  • DJ

    Troy Murray just now: “Holy crap!”

  • MrNikopopoulos

    HOLY FUCK!!!! TOEWS!!! THAT ANGLE!

  • Brandon Murray

    I have no words!!!!

  • Marian Brossa

    You should have killed me when you had the chance!

  • Nittacci

    Ducks may be a “third period team” but the Hawks are a SIXTH PERIOD TEAM!

  • DJ

    I told you a late go would demoralize them.

  • To Saad be the glory

    see what happens when you release the Kracken!

  • HawkIPA

    19, wow, just wow

    • WookRN

      How did that go in?!?

  • cza

    MUHAHAHAHAH!

  • DJ

    Not done yet. We need to finish this.

    If we finish this tonight…

  • DJ

    SOG in the third. Hawks 12, Ducks 8.

  • Ty J

    MY MOTHERFUCKIN CAPTAIN OF MY MOTHERFUCKIN TEAM!!!

  • Brandon Murray

    That’s like a jumper from out of bounds behind the backboard.

  • DJ

    Anderson fell asleep on the tying goal. Dipshit. And he had the misfortune to have Jonathan Toews with the puck on his stick.

  • Marino

    Totally surprised Andersen

  • Brandon Murray

    I Hate you. I Hate you. I Hate you. I Hate you. I Hate you. I fucking love you!!

  • DJ

    Even if Anaheim wins, this has to rattle them.

  • WookRN

    Loving our OT record

  • Ty J

    every ducks fan

  • cza

    Let’s see that Captain highlight again…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtdrKFgdMxI

  • DJ

    The little shit. Sharpie tries to make a play instead of a chip clearance, they score. Anderson falls asleep, we tie the fucking game up.

  • To Saad be the glory

    Hearing Pat on the o/t highlights for the nashville series on CBC makes me think we got it pretty good. Stop it right here! All you young hockey players out there……

  • TitanTransistor

    Just got home from a workout…. think I’ll go take an extra run for the next half hour.

    • Icdws

      Get back out there! In 2013 my son had listen to the games from the shitter cuz every time he took a dump the hawks scored. Go. Now.

  • HossasPierogi

    May Frederick Von Drake’s regression to mean continue

  • Icdws

    He did this earlier this season didn’t he?

  • DJ

    Okay. We can throw out four lines that can end this. They can throw out…two? No mistakes boys, and let the cream rise to the top.

  • HossasPierogi

    Buffalo game

    • Icdws

      That’s right thanks. I was listening in the car so no visual. Nothing quite like a goal from below the red line! Fucking guy is amazing

  • WookRN

    I called a 9-10 goal game with a Hawk win….here’s to hoping…

  • DJ

    Hat trick for Tazer?

  • DJ

    Shit.

  • DJ

    I reiterate. This goes seven.

  • MrNikopopoulos

    It’ll go to 7

  • DJ

    Bickell, you dumb fuck. Two god damn mistakes.

  • Jim

    Fark

  • GoldenJet

    Fuck

  • cza

    Oh well; terrible rebound. We needed one more bounce. Back to Chicago! And I’m still not worried.

    • DJ

      Didn’t let the cream rise. Fucking Bickell doesn’t clear the puck.

  • HawkIPA

    Bryan Bickell – just terrible

    • DJ

      God damned imbecile. All that work. They were primed to choke. And he can’t do a simple clearance. Lets Anderson off the fucking hook.

      • WookRN

        Blame isn’t on Bickell. This TEAM Went down 3-0…

        • DJ

          That’s certainly true. But the first God damned shift?

        • rhodes

          Of course. Wouldn’t blame the whole game on any one guy, but that last goal started with his inability to execute a simple dump in.

          Still waiting for Playoff Bickel to show up.

        • HawkIPA

          No excuses for that, but losing on a dump-in just can’t happen

          • WookRN

            Agreed. But that’s like the people that wanted to pull Crow for letting three in in the first.

            Excusable, no, but we never should have been here.

      • HawkIPA

        How much has his trade value tanked this postseason?

  • HawkIPA

    This goes 7, Hawks have to feel as good as a losing team can after a comeback like that.

    • rhodes

      Crazy at it sounds, I feel good about their chances.

  • DJ

    Belesky? Shit. That’s insulting.

  • WookRN

    So….imagine playing three regulation periods…

  • Brandon Murray

    Belesky is a tool but even he can hit an open net. Down 3-2? No problem win game 6 and we’ll do to the Ducks what the Kings did to us at home last year. I’m sure of it.

  • Icdws

    Agreed. Bickel is no longer worthy of ice time. Use of 88-19-20 is needed. Let 81-91-23 skate. Use 10-80-88 as second line. That is inexcusable play by a guy that has been standing around on the ice. And I hate 23.

    • DJ

      Eh…as blameworthy as Bickell is, I’d still take him over Versteeg.

      • Icdws

        I know but really what is he adding? What we’ve learned here is the hawks have a lethal second line if Toews and Kane play together. Use it.

        • WookRN

          Still think Bicks has a shoulder injury or somethin

          • DJ

            A shoulder injury doesn’t prevent you from making a simple fucking clearance.

          • WookRN

            No, agreed. Not excusing that. More his lack of physicality, lack of shot power, etc.

          • To Saad be the glory

            If i remember correctly he played with a grade 2 knee sprain against Boston or something. He still kicked some ass. Tonight was bullshit.

  • B.I.G. Forever

    Looking back at this game that comeback will be the story – along with that hard loss. Toews could be the best athlete Chicago has had since Michael Jordan – and certainly he’s thee best Captain in all of the league. Add tonight to a long list of last minute, clutch playoff goal(s) he’s scored during the hardest minutes of those games. As fans we are so lucky to have him.

    Long flight back to Chicago. They crawled back in this thing – albeit Anderson had a VERY bad game. Ducks get all the credit and they fought back last.

    About that ending, if you look at my comments at the beginning of this game – you’ll notice I slammed Bickell. He’s had zero success here – and it was his soft dump that ended this game. He tried to do the right thing but he did it lazily AND THATS the story of Brian Bickell. Overpaid and under delivers……Literally.

    • DJ

      I’m agreeing with your last paragraph. This loss is galling, for a reason I’d have not imagined three hours ago b

    • Brandon Murray

      Andersen was his normal self. I expect more of the same from him Wednesday. This is not a crushing loss. All the pressure is on Anaheim

  • WookRN

    Best post game ever. Go milbury

    • GoldenJet

      Yep, he roasted bickell

      • WookRN

        I don’t agree with this being ALL on Bicks, but I like hearing guys actually speak their minds.

        • DJ

          Well, everyone (except Crow) failed to show up in the first. That’s a given. It was a huge hole to get out from. But they did it.

          All that work wasted by Bickell. He deserves every single criticism, curse, and shot he gets.

          • WookRN

            No single player wins or loses. Team sport.
            Dumb shit move, agreed, but I can’t let you crucify Bicks on this, soryy DJ. I respect your opinion, but if he’s hurt, that’s on Q. If it’s this game, he didn’t put us down three.

          • DJ

            An injury doesn’t excuse a failure to clear. Put the first period aside for the moment. He doesn’t necessarily have to get on the scoresheet to be a useful player. What he does have to do is not make stupid fucking mistakes.

            Had Kesler, Getzlaf, or Perry stripped him with a great play…well, shit happens. But all you needed was a simple chip and we’re still playing.

            Yeah, it’s a team game. But like Lou Holtz used to tell his running backs “everyone’s work and sweat is invested in the ball, and entrusted to you. Do NOT fumble.”

          • rhodes

            Much as I think Holtz is a schmuck, I like that quote.

          • DJ

            As great as ESPN’s coverage is in several sports (soccer, Grand Slam Tennis, college hoops), their turning Holtz and Mark May into a comedy act did everyone a disservice.

        • rhodes

          Not all on Bickel–no way, but he has been ineffective this entire series. If he’s injured, sit him.

          • WookRN

            I assumed game three dressing Desjardins and Versteeg, thought he’d be out.

          • rhodes

            Me too.

        • GoldenJet

          That goal was all on bickell.

    • rhodes

      I missed it. I just couldn’t watch the NBC commentators anymore. They are just fucking awful.

      • WookRN

        Milbury and Keith Jones went at it. Millbury basically called out Jones for excusing bad play.

  • DJ

    I mean…you had to think the Hawks knew that if they won the opening draw, they’d be making a line change. Seabrook is coming off first chance he gets. He thought he’d have that chance once…Bickell makes a simple fucking clearance out of the neutral zone!!!! Instead, it’s s two-on-one the other way.

    The more I think of it, the more I think Bickell should sit Wednesday night. Fuck him.

    • HawkIPA

      He’s rolled out the welcome mat for Versteeg, although I’d rather see Hartman.

    • Brandon Murray

      Yep. Fuck him.

      • WookRN

        For who? Not being a dick, curious what your lines are…..

        • DJ

          I’m still not thrilled with Versteeg. The seven d-men thing is interesting, but I can’t imagine TVR is ready. Or that Q would throw him in for the first time in an elimination game.

          Bickell may be the best of bad options. But it must be made abundantly clear that he’s playing for his job with the Blackhawks.

          • WookRN

            We can’t play 6 D men, what makes you think we can run 7?

          • DJ

            I wasn’t necessarily advocating it. If you were going to do it, you’d have to be assured that TVR was somewhat ready to go. I don’t think he is; I think the intention is to dress him in the Finals.

          • WookRN

            huh….I just assumed it was a safety call up in case Cumiskey totally shuts the bed….

        • rhodes

          Shit. For game 6, all bets are off. Q’s going to go nuclear. There will be line combinations you never dreamed of. (I hear Darling plays some wing.)

          • WookRN

            Thats it. I don’t know. I’d like to see Saad and Bickell swapped, but shit, I just don’t know…

    • To Saad be the glory

      Sit Bickell,leave Versteeg in the press box and dress 7 dmen. Lightning have been doing it. I’d rather see Runblad and TVR put out 5 mins each instead of this Timmonen bullshit.Everybody gets a double shift in Bickells spot,leave the rest of the lines alone and whoopity -doo

  • HawkIPA

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I wouldn’t mind Versteeg in for Bickell
    in Game 6.

    • WookRN

      Disagree

      • Brandon Murray

        +1 on the disagree. Versteeg is hot garbage at the moment.

  • DJ

    Toews correctly stated that they are a tough team to get rid of. But you can’t help them. Like on their last two goals.

  • DJ

    I must say, the two I’ve heard so far (Toews, Sharp) sound confident. I don’t think they’re whistling past the graveyard.

  • DJ

    Q – great comeback, great second, third. Tough OT. We didnt start on time.

  • RC

    The game may not ALL be on Bickell, but he has been awful for most of the year and post season. A guy making $4 mil better do a lot more than hit guys. He hasn’t really been putting any game changing hits in this series. It looks like he is playing with a rubber stick out there, he can’t control the puck or shoot with any force. Timo and Bickell have combined to really hurt us in this series.

    • DJ

      He’s got to be honest with himself and with Q. If he can’t shoot or pass with authority, he has to say so. There’s no valor in going out to play when you are unable to.

  • DJ

    Q — wear down factor? I don’t see it. Every game has been close.

  • DJ

    Sirrott points out that Anaheim won in 2007 in spite of rolling only four defensemen.

  • DJ

    Timonen 8 minutes of ice time, and a minus-2. That is wretched.

  • DJ

    Game 6. Suppose we come out blazing. As in, the way we should have come out tonight. I dare say we will take an early lead. Follow it up with a full 60-minute effort (which we still haven’t shown in this series), and Game 7 is a reality.

  • D_Smith

    All season has been a tug of war between the Hawks bad defensive zone turnovers (+bad line changes) along with Q’s crazy lineup moves, vs. Crawford, Toews, Kane, and sometimes Saad doing some wizardry to overcome them. I still have faith they can pull it out, I just hope they didn’t have to go to the well one too many times this series. I can’t even pin it all on Bickell even though his was worse than most, since there were easily a half-dozen other turnovers that almost lead to goals that game.