Hour Of Darkness – Ducks 5, Hawks 4 (OT)

Box Score
Event Summary
War On Ice

There is no sugar coating this one. It’s one that has to be had, particularly under the circumstances to close regulation. But despair is not an option.

Observations

  • The narrative is unnecessary so, time for the meat. Four of the Ducks five goals resulted in the Hawks being careless at either blue line. That simply cannot happen. Sharp late in the third and Bickell into overtime have to know better. Those pucks have to get out and/or deep no matter what, and they didn’t and they ended up in the back of the net.
  • Bickell in particular has been horrid. There are no easy answers here, and he’s clearly carrying some kind of injury. But he’s been soft along the wall, and the error to to close the game has to be the final nail in the coffin. Is it Hartman? God forbid Gorilla Salad? Who knows what changes Q has in store for Wednesday.
  • At least there seems to be little doubt that Teuvo will still manage to be in the lineup then. Nice work, Finnish Baby Jesus.
  • Ultimately, the game came down to the power play goal the Hawks allowed in the first. The three check marks for a Hawk win are are at least 3 goals scored, names on the scoresheet that matter, and at least breaking even on special teams. They didn’t do the latter, and it cost them.
  • This is where the hope comes. As I have personally hammered for the last month, a team needs to carry a 55% share of possession or have a .930 save percentage to even have a chance. Right now, the Hawks have out attempted the Ducks in 5 games 349 to 317 at evens, and Frederik Andersen has come back to Earth with a .924 save percentage.
  • Also, this Ducks team was in the very same boat last summer against the Kings. The Kings had a 57.6% share after 5 games, and Anaheim had stopped .938 of the shots they saw between Hiller, Andersen, and Gibson. How did that end up?
  • There is still one game at home left. Make it count, and then force the series to a true coinflip scenario. Make this Hawks team win a Game 7 on the road, or make the Ducks win one at home, which they have blown three straight under Bruce Boudreau.
  • Doubt this Hawks team at your own peril. It’s never done until the handshakes come. And there is still a lot of hockey to be played before those happen.

  • rhodes

    “Doubt this Hawks team at your own peril.”

    Truer words were never spoken. Shit.

    • cza

      Indeed. The premature ledge jumping was obnoxious. Maybe those folks should take up another sport.

  • luke

    Brutal loss after that great comeback,the defensive breakdowns and bad changes need to stop. Cost in the first period and ot,thought we had this game we had all the momentum. and we let that shit happen.killer.theseteam has a ton of heart though,you can’t deny that.

  • Dangles-a-Plenty

    What a shit way to lose. We HAD that game. It was sitting nice and neat with a bow on it. Then Bickell said “you know what Anaheim? I think I’m tired of being in the lineup, HAPPY BELATED!” Fuck off what a terrible fucking mistake. Silver lining is that Captain Marvel, Black Magic, and TiVo are heating up. Fuck this one hurts though.

    • rhodes

      Felt pretty good to come back thought, didn’t it! That’s got to at least put a bit of doubt in the minds of the ducks.

      Strangely, I still like our chances.

      • Dangles-a-Plenty

        I’m gonna keep my god damn mouth shut about what I think because whenever I make a comment about anything sport-related, the absolute opposite happens and I look like a dipshit. But I’m just saying, this team doesn’t understand the word “quit” and I’m not just talking about tonight’s game.

    • Jim

      I hear ya brother. Also, it happens late at night, then you have to try to go to sleep all pissed off about the OT goal – after Toews epic spree.

  • TitanTransistor

    Just got back and saw how it ended. Fuck, what kick in the nuts after an insane comeback.

    If Bickell is out so be it. I don’t really see anybody that could draw in as an improvement, but whatever.

    Maybe it’s because I didn’t see it live, but it’s hard for me to blame one guy, when the team as a whole was non-existent in the first. The Ducks had 3 goals before they had a shot. That can’t happen… and this 3-goals-a-period thing has happened SEVEN TIMES in the playoffs now. ENOUGH with it already.

    • rhodes

      “I don’t really see anybody that could draw in as an improvement.”

      Right. I don’t think Q trusts Versteeg to bring him into a top line with the season on the line, but Bickel is just useless right now on the 2nd.

      I could see Q moving Shaw to wing on the 2nd and throwing Bickel back to the 4th. Maybe? Something’s got to give.

      • luke

        Maybe but I like the 4th line chemistry,I don’t know it’s a tough call.

        • DJ

          You can’t end up with less than four effective lines. That is our strongest weapon in a seven-game series (which I still think this is). If you decide that Bickell is too much of a liability to skate, you do a one-for-one swap. The new guy has to be told going in that he’s not being asked to necessarily score; just to make the simple plays at both ends of the ice. Clear the puck deep. Be smart. Not lazy

          Q is running the blender anyway, so Bickell/replacement might not see much ice time anyway.

    • RealLifeDoctor

      I agree with you, not sure there really is anybody that would be much of an improvement over Bickell.

      It’s just real frustrating that we can’t keep ourselves composed for a full 60. They scored 3 before we even had a shot.

      The fact they won this game after being up 3-0 and limping into OT is pretty big for Anaheim, I hope Chicago really brings the heat the next few days.

      • ZigZags82

        Said the same thing about the Hawks going up 3-1, losing 4-3 then winning 5-4 on Saturday. There is no momentum in this series.

    • Dangles-a-Plenty

      I’ll give you the 3 goal argument. But Bickell absolutely HAS to get that deep. A multitude of ways he could’ve chipped it in, but he decides to blast it into the shinpads (which looked like he was trying to hammer one in on net had it not been blocked). Ducks have proven that they cash in on turnovers, they’re annoying as fuck in that regard.

  • luke

    We showed anaheim that were gonna come back,and we’re gonna fight, but how bout playing 60 minutes.we outplayed them close to 40 minutes tonight but we spotted them three goals in that shit first period.i still have faith,mostly cause andersens looked shaky,and just because the hawks have heart.im keeping the faith hawks in 7

  • luke

    Bickell.hasnt played very good but you can’t blame one guy,and if you sit him who’s gonna replace him.these three goal periods need to stop and we need to play 60 minutes.the teuvo,sharp,vermette line is playing and toews and kane are heating up,I still like our chances.

  • DJ

    Bickell hasn’t been there physically. The shoulder injury speculation would explain soft shots and passes. But if you’re not there physically, you have to be there mentally.

    First OT — long change. First shift. You know they said, if we win the draw, dump it in, and get off the ice for a change. It certainly was on Seabrook’s mind; as soon as Bickell got the puck, he figured “here comes the clearance, I’m coming off.”

    And the dipshit fails to clear, which leads to a two-on-one.

    So yeah. All that work and sweat (that it was required in that particular fashion is another issue) wasted. Because of Bickell. And he knows it.

    • Dan Treadwell

      Scratch Bickell, move Shaw up to his spot on the second line, insert Hartman in Shaw’s spot on the 4th line. Simple.

  • Preacher

    One ray of hope in this–the Hawks have yet to play a great game. They’ve shown flashes for a period here and there, and they’ve certainly shown resiliency in coming back again and again. But they haven’t played their best yet. Game 6 would be a nice time to see that.

    • ZigZags82

      *Game 6 and 7

      • DJ

        The Game 7 good performance is implied.

  • Dangles-a-Plenty

    Timmonen is 40 years old. That sentence exactly describes how you would expect someone to play at that age. Holy fuck he’s like Handzus 2.0.

    • DJ

      No Chris Chelios is he.

    • ZigZags82

      The blood clots took everything. Everything. This was a very competent and reliable player just over 13 and a half months ago.

  • HeelTurn85

    I never thought I’d clamor for Versteeg in the lineup, but he’s a better choice than Bickell.

    • Jane Doe

      NO.

    • cza

      If Bickell gets a game off, I’d rather have Danault or even…no…how can this be?…Carcillo.

  • Hockey Newbie

    Bad play by Bick … no doubt, but I am probably going to show my ignorance hear. When Belesky and the other duck break in on Crow, and Seabs takes the shooter, was that a mistake? Doesn’t the D-man take away the pass/rebound and trust the goalie to make the initial save?

    • TitanTransistor

      I don’t think he did take the shooter. I think he was cutting down on the pass, and happened to be sliding that way.

      Kesler is irritatingly good. He specifically shot low to the far pad for the rebound ‘pass’ to beleskey.

      • Hockey Newbie

        Oh, OK. I must have misread the play as the panic was beginning to set in. Hope to get this game back to Anaheim for one more game.

      • Jane Doe

        I disagree. Watch the replay and you’ll see Seabs is clearly favoring Kesler’s side right away and leaves Beleskey wide open. And he doesn’t get to Kesler he’s just kind of floating out there.

        Even if you break from conventional play and decide to play the puck instead of leaving him for Crow, you have to go hard early and force Kesler to make a decision. But Seabs didn’t make him pass early AND he let Kesler get a shot off, completely fucking Crow.

        Crow did give up a fat ass rebound though, too. It looked like Kesler was going 5-hole so it was an odd rebound to give up.

        • DJ

          He is scrambling to get back, having been left hanging out to dry because Bickell failed to clear.

          • Jane Doe

            No doubt but he took a couple half strides before he went to the ice. I’m not laying it on Seabs, Bickell put him in a terrible position, but he could have gone hard at Kesler or stayed with Beleskey. He did neither.

          • Dangles-a-Plenty

            It was a badly played 2 on 1 which never should have happened. Lindholm shutdown a Saad-Kane 2 on 1 earlier in the game by going right at Saad and effectively taking away the pass and shot simultaneously.

          • Hags

            worst place to be in that situation is in between, which is exactly where Seabs ended up. pick a guy and attack him.

  • DJ

    Emilio Estevez taunting “Windy City Windbags” on his verified Twitter account. This is why I am not on social media; I don’t want to reveal myself as a complete douchebag to the entire world.

    • Hockey Newbie

      Nothing for nothing DJ, but I am pretty sure Emilio revealed that fact many moons ago.

      • DJ

        That’s as maybe (he’s not quite at the level of his brother), but why advertise it further? Especially when Keith Olbermann re-tweets it with incredulity.

    • Jim

      He should save his taunts for after the series is over.

  • eyemon

    Bickell did exactly what he should have done on the final play- he took a shot at Anderson on the dump it in. Why not at this point with some of the poor goals that have gone in? 99% of the time a slap shot off a shaft will go another direction but unfortunately that one went perfectly to Anaheim while the Hawks started changing before making sure it went in. Kesler did the smart thing and shot low, far pad for a rebound. Seabs took himself out of the play by laying down and game over. The Kings did that twice in game seven last year for goals. I wish the Hawks would try it more on two on ones.
    It was a horrible first period followed by a terrific effort to tie and bad luck at the end. I hope Q keeps things the same and the Hawks come out to play 60. Anderson has played progressively worse as the series has progressed. If they can pull out game six, I like their chances.

    • DJ

      Disagree with your first sentence. His job is not to score from the fucking blue line; it’s to get the puck deep and facilitate the line change that was almost certainly planned at the start of the period. Moreover, if in fact he’s got a shoulder injury, why would he fire a shot from the blue line?

    • Jane Doe

      There’s a time and place for what you’re describing and OT in the WCF is neither.

      • Jim

        Should have dumped into the corner. But Bickell ain’t their most scholarly player.

      • eyemon

        FYI Joakim Anderssen of Detroit scored on Corey Crawford from the exact same spot in game 6 of round 2 in the 2013 playoffs. I don’t fault the thought, just the execution. Freddie gave up three bad goals by not being ready for shots, why not a fourth?

    • HostileHawk

      I appreciate your positive outlook on Bickell’s decision here, but getting the puck deep on a change is crucial. I also want to like Bickell. He is a great human being who does a lot for charity, but he should not be dressing anymore. Every time he touches the puck, the Hawks lose possession. Only a few of his hits are even worth it. None of them have led to possession. He is playing utterly deplorable hockey. There is just no sugar coating it. If Q really was making game-time decisions on how well players are playing, Bickell would have been out of the line-up long ago. He is worthless out there. Something is terribly wrong with him, and there is no point to keep hoping playoff Bickell returns anytime soon.

      The second he touched the puck in that OT, I knew he was going to do something stupid. He hasn’t made a good play all playoffs. Unfortunately, this stupid ended what was an unbelievable comeback for the ages. Not how the narrative should have gone, and Bickell should not have been on the ice.

      • DJ

        I didn’t mind him starting the OT, but the intent was to get a line change ASAP to get a preferred matchup. So that clearance has to work. He failed. If he was shooting instead of clearing, that freelance operation demands consequences.

        Plus, he shoots…and then heads off the ice. Making the two-on-one even worse.

        If Bickell plays Wednesday, he needs to know that it isn’t because he deserves to. He doesn’t.

      • Bleed Red&Black

        If we had Bickell’s salary in our wallet, we could have afforded to keep Pirri or Smith, or Leddy or Smith’s Bro, or a host of other better players we let go!! How key would it be to have a goal scorer like Pirri or a D man like Leddy right now?

    • Dan Treadwell

      I’m sorry but “did he exactly what he should have done?” Yikes.

      • eyemon

        I stand corrected. He attempted to get the puck deep and on goal… I still can’t fault the thought process, just the execution. Very frustrating to see 7 Ducks on the ice at that moment of the turnover, too.

    • HossasPierogi

      That play was Bickell in a nutshell lately. You can’t question his intentions but it’s just not working. Like breaking up with a really nice person.

    • margincall

      Amen!!! Lets hope its not true but concentrate on the cups he HASNT won rather than the ones he has. And WONT in the future. Guy is a stubborn micro managing ego maniac. Remember after Brower went to the Caps he was on record regarding endless tinkering line changes,, Too much. Find something and stick with it damn it! And yes. I cant even discuss the mis managing of rosters and the young talent gone. Hes Marv Levey. and now we may become the Buffalo Bills of 80s 90s… No way with this epic collection of talent we should be on 2.. Youd think after mismanaging the Kings series last year he would have learned. Same old gaffes.

  • Jane Doe

    Game 6

    1. Kane on the ice with both PP units.
    2. Finnish Baby Jesus on AT LEAST one PP unit.
    3. Finnish Baby Jesus AT LEAST 20 minutes.
    4. Saad on Kaner’s line.
    5. Bicks does his best Kimmo impersonation stapled to the bench.
    6. Kaner w/Toews for the occasional double shift.
    7. Kimmo only starts shifts in the offensive zone.
    8. Win over 50% of draws. Kind of sucked tonight.

    • DJ

      No, don’t break up the first line. Perhaps TT on the second line with Richards and Kane, at least part of the time (in place of Bickell, if he dresses). In any event, the end result needs to still have four effective lines.

      And the thought of Timonen having to haul ass into the defensive zone after a turnover gives me nausea.

      • HostileHawk

        There was one shift last night in which Kaner and TT were out together. In just a few seconds it showed glimpses of wonderful greatness. Not sure I want to break that 3rd line up though.

  • Joe

    I was at the game, and couldn’t get any decent replays. Still not sure how the tying goal went in. You simply cannot hang your goalie out to dry as often as they did in this game. Center ice all the way up top and I could see those plays develop. And what is with Hammer? Since when did clearing a zone become this much of a problem. Need to regroup and get game 6 at home.

    • DJ

      Anderson has a reputation for losing focus when the puck is in an apparent non-threatening situation. Toews had a bad angle, but he saw that Anderson wasn’t watching, and had lost his post. So he flipped a shot on goal, and got the bounce he wanted.

      • Joe

        Thanks

    • Jane Doe

      It went off the inside of Anderson’s left skate.

    • TitanTransistor

      Hammer has been utterly terrible this series, as Sam pointed out in the last wrap. Very disappointing.

      • ZigZags82

        Certainly seems like he can’t take the extra few shifts. Shame. Hopefully he tightens up enough to help take the series.

      • HostileHawk

        He is injured for sure. He isn’t even skating comfortably. The way he takes and gives hits lately is the biggest evidence though.

      • HossasPierogi

        He’s hurt big time

      • Jim

        Looks like Anaheim’s gameplan of physically hurting the Hawks top 4 D is working. They pounded Hammer until he was injured.

  • wardrums

    While I know it’s a matter of semantics, the Hawks do not have to win two in a row. All they have to do is win the next one. Great second and third period efforts.

  • TBALL

    Bickell screwed it up BIG TIME, but please, please, please, please no Versteeg in Game 6

    • William Retseck

      Maybe Ryan Hartman to replace Bicks?

      • Bannerman

        Shades of Ben Smith starting game 6 against Van.

  • Leroy Baxter

    The Hawks are playing with an anchor pulling them down, yet are still so close to winning, which gives reason for optimism, but begs the question, why have an unnecessary anchor in the first place?

    That anchor is Joel Quenneville. His roster moves and delegation of playing time cost the Hawks the cup last year, and now they’re on the edge of being finished again this year because Q didn’t dress his best players in a pivotal game, refuses to let somebody else play 8-9 minutes in place of Timonen, didn’t let the reins off of Teuvo until last night, hampers the development of young players by refusing to let them play NHL minutes (with the exception of Joakim Nordstrom for some reason, who is as mediocre and forgettable as they come), and puts Bickell out there for the first shift of OT.

    Yes, I’m down because of the groin kick of a Hawks loss I witnessed, but I have very little respect for what Joel Quenneville has become and have felt this way since last year’s playoffs.

    • HostileHawk

      Agreed. Game 3 is his loss, period. The lack of development for the youth this year might end up costing them the Cup in the long run. Q lost the Cup for the Hawks last year with similar failings. This roster continues to make up for his terrible decision making. He doesn’t seem to respect Bowman’s decisions or picks. I wish they would let him go. But he has 2 Cups and a super winning record, so no one will look closely enough at the plethora of bad coaching choices he has made through this entire playoffs and season. Look at how well Cumiskey has done with even a little bit of time.

  • Jim

    Jonathon Toews has the heart of a champion. Dude scores 2 goals in the final 2 minutes in the WCF by sheer force of will. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Credit Shaw on the last on for popping the puck loose along the boards.

  • Bannerman

    If you’re going to dress Carcillo, the obvious reason is to hope he can get Perry to do something stupid that puts him out of the game for 5 or 10 minutes. Perry is that dumb so that potentially could have worked. But the time to do that was game 3, not in an elimination game.
    I’m not sure which is more exhausting: the top 4 defenseman playing extra minutes or listening to the announcers bring it up every time the Ducks have the puck in the Hawks zone.

  • Patorioto

    Like McClure said you never ever can count this team out. However even if the Hawks do advance, I really worry about how they are going to match up against a team like Tampa. I think that could get ugly.

  • Brandon Murray

    Win. Game 6. Nothing else matters. Friday I’ll be back with similar message only the 6 will be replaced with a 7. Let’s not worry about potentially losing the SCF until we dispatch the Ducks. Then we have a whole new set of worries & strokes to deal with.

    • Jim

      Yes, it’s throw everything left in the tank for Game 6.

  • Bmichaelc

    Too true

  • DJ

    Edzo on the Score saying that he can’t fault Bickell for trying to shoot on a very shaky goalie. Bullshit. If it’s anyone who ISN’T nursing a purported shoulder injury, he might have a point.

  • DJ

    Edzo states that, if the Lightning close it out tonight, he, Doc, and Pierre will do both Game 6 and the potential Game 7 of the Hawks series.

  • GoldenJet

    It’s been maddening that the Hawks, as a team, continue to underestimate the Ducks ability to intercept and/or get in the way of passes. Hawks have struggled to clear pucks and make short passes all series.

    What finally worked was spreading things out and making longer, stretch passes. That broke up the swarming play of the Ducks.

    Hawks have got to be smarter…make the clearer, simpler plays.

  • Ryan

    My observation is simple.

    The Ducks have been playing about as well as they possibly could this series and have still lost two games.

    The Hawks have been playing far below their capability (as soon as Sharp and Hossa feel like doing ANYTHING this series, it would be greatly appreciated) and are still in it.

    Win game 6.

  • Preacher

    Sam predicted Hawks in 5. Looking at all the numbers, that seemed to be a pretty sound prediction. So, what happened? What changed from what we expected to what we’ve seen?

    Is it Anderson? I don’t really think so. He’s had an amazing save percentage but he’s only had to make a handful of “spectacular” saves–on Kane in Game 1, and then a couple of breakaways. He hasn’t really had to move much, at least not until these last two games. Crow has faced many more “difficult” shots.

    The numbers are still pretty much in the Hawks’ favor in terms of possession. The only number I can find, and the only one that seems to be THE difference in this series, is 120. That’s the number of shots the Ducks have blocked. (The Hawks have blocked 71–if I’ve done my math correctly.) Did the Ducks block shots like this in the regular season? Did they collapse on their goal like they’ve been doing all series? Because that’s the ONLY thing I can find that has given the Ducks the edge in this series. By just about every other advanced stat, the Hawks should be winning this. Even their manic forecheck shouldn’t be causing the Hawks too much trouble, since they’ve dealt with this kind of thing before.

    This whole thing is just…..frustrating.

    • TitanTransistor

      Post trade-deadline, the Ducks defense has been completely different, and their possession stats soared. The Blackhawks never played the Ducks post trade deadline.

      Just as they never played the Kings after they had added Gaborik to their lineup.

      • ZigZags82

        Every game they lost, Hawks had 55% CF. Hawks in 5 was sound. Hockey happened, nothing else.

  • Blackhawk Pete

    Absent an unknown injury I would leave the lineup as is except for KImo. Unfortunately he just doesn’t have it anymore. Put in TVR and hope for the best. I do think the Hawks are the better team. Hossa and Sharp appear to be slowing down some but Saad and T2 making up for that. I am still positive. The Hawks always had to win game 6 no matter what. Win that and I like the Hawks to carry the day. Also, I think that Duck that hit Keith in the head should be suspended whether Keith is hurt or not. Vicious blow to the head. The league should send the message and suspend him for the next two games.!!!!!!

  • Brandon Murray

    It seems as though we have seen EVERYTHING in this series except one……
    We have yet to see a dominant Hawks performance from start to finish. We’ve seen 2 out of 3 periods be dominant, but not all 3. We also have yet to see a scoring binge from the men in four feathers, but I think we will on Wednesday. I don’t call my shots very often, but I’m saying Hawks win by 2+ goals in game 6 to get it to the coin flip in game 7, then all bets are off. Mayhem and chaos ensues.
    Also, laughing my ass off reading Getzlaf this morning saying that side from the last 2 minutes they dominated the hockey game. He can’t actually believe that right? Because from what I saw, the Ducks bitch slapped us for 20 minutes in the 1st but then we owned every inch of real estate in the 2nd and aside from one great passing play because of a shitty turnover (and 44 not knowing how to block shots anymore) that led to a wide open cage and a 4th goal, we owned the 3rd period as well.
    Let’s Go Hawks. Anaheim does not know how to close out a series for all the marbles. Find a way in game 6 so I can watch them piss down their legs in game 7.

    • luke

      Agree we need to play 60 minutes.if we do that we’ll be more prepared for a game 7 win.

  • Bleed Red&Black

    Bickell is not hurt!! he just sucks!! There is no such thing as “playoff Bickell” he makes 4 mil. a year and he’s anchored with two more years left. He SUCKS!! Just to make sure I draw a comment or two, I would WAY rather have Versteeg out there than useless Bickell. I’m not even talking about his dumb-ass play that clearly cost us last night’s game. What has the guy done all year to earn that massive contract?

  • Bleed Red&Black

    BTW, as I just posted ion response to a Bickell post,: f we had Bickell’s salary in our wallet, we could have afforded to keep Pirri or Smith, or Leddy or Smith’s Bro, or a host of other better players we let go!! How key would it be to have a goal scorer like Pirri or a D man like Leddy right now?

  • Hockey

    Ahhh, good times!

    • Brandon Murray

      Ill assume that was the GWG? Now I’ll promptly go throw up in my mouth.

  • Harshboy

    Bickell’s play and intellect have been lacking all season. He turned an epic
    comeback into an epic fail. Anderson’s mind was fucking swiss cheese after the 3rd period. We maybe would’ve needed 4 shots on goal to take him down.
    Then……….Bickell happened. I really felt for Toews. That guy is the shit period.
    He doesn’t deserve the mind bending fuckups of some of his lessor team mates. How fucking hard is it to dump the puck? I almost broke the TV last night when that fucking idiot failed to clear. Sit Bickell. Replace with anyone.
    Hawks win game six. Ducks shit themselves in game 7. Hello Stanley!

  • luke

    Bickell had a play at the worst time,but there were other blunders earlier In the game,maybe you play versteeg I don’t think it’ll help much. Bickell will probably play but his minutes will probably be down cause its do or die.