I Can Show You What It’s Like: Lightning 3, Blackhawks 2 (Lightning lead series 2-1)

Box Score

Event Summary

War on Ice

The Blackhawks dropped Game 3 to a goalie that looked more like Jean Claude Van Damme in net than an NHL goalie. The Hawks missed two completely wide open cages in the first period. Ben Bishop could barely move side to side without dropping to one knee and yet the Hawks couldn’t scratch more than two pucks past him even though they threw 38 shots on net and an ungodly amount that went wide or were blocked.

Meanwhile, the Hawks killed off a 5-on-3, Corey Crawford stopped two breakaways and they let up for 35 seconds to find two pucks behind them.

Hockey is the absolute worst.

–Can someone please let Ryan Callahan know this is an international tournament so he can pull off his usual disappearing act? Or maybe it’s time for Quenneville to chase a different matchup because this Callahan thing is getting to be ridiculous. And any time the Hawks want to keep Cedric Paquette from running his yap will be fine by me.

–Did you know Kyle Cumiskey has played less than 13 minutes in the last two games and yet has found himself on the ice and centrally involved in two back-breaking goals against? If his name was Kimmo Timonen, we’d all have a jolly old time dragging that dead horse across the dregs of the Internet to prove how funny we are. Find another answer here.

–Marian Hossa cannot miss that empty net. It doesn’t matter if he’s laying flat on his stomach while all of Brian Boyle’s family sit on his back. That puck has to go in the empty net. In fact, I’m having a hard time recalling if there’s ever been a guy as skilled as Hossa that misses more easy opportunities to score.

–Ok, now that we’ve got all that frustration out, let’s see if we can’t clean up this mess slightly.

–The Toews line was “Drogon in the Mereen pits” good tonight (so topical!). It started in the first period after the Callahan goal and they really didn’t let up the rest of the way. To put it in layman’s terms, it looked like they had 6 guys on the ice every time they were out there and Tampa had 3 guys on the ice. That they only scored one goal has to mean the course correction will be coming swiftly and justly. One can only hope.

–The Richards line was just ok. And by ok, I mean Richards and Kane were good but there was also a 6’3″ 220 pound Canadian carcass that was tied to their fighter straps (If only they were still a thing). Maybe Bickell gets another look as he still recovers from vertigo but I can’t imagine the leash is very long. But then on the side of the leash is Kris Versteeg so it’s not like there’s a secret elixir out there waiting for them.

Either way, Kane had some real good looks early and had the puck a ton. This is another course correction that should be coming.

–As a whole, the Hawks were much more successful breaking out through the middle of their ice. The Lightning were generating pressure off the Hawks blindly throwing the puck along the wall (Hey there, TVR!) or the Hawks being passive with the puck in the middle. What I mean by passive is the 135 times a loose puck sat in the slot or just inside the blue line and Andrew Desjardins and a Hawks defender engaged in a staring contest. We also shouldn’t expect Teuvo to cough up as many loose pucks inside the Hawks blue line as he did tonight.

Get that cleaned up and there will be limited zone time for the Lightning. Pretty simple.

–The Hawks had a ton of odd man rushes tonight. Probably their most since the Minnesota series. You would have to anticipate they will start to bury those chances if the Lightning are going to continue to ice the rotting flesh of Braydon Coburn, Matt Carle and whatever else is not playing on their top pair.

See, it’s not hard to be optimistic.

–Andrew Shaw is playing his best hockey as a Blackhawk. Every time he’s out on the ice, he’s making something positive happen. I, of course, say that with great trepidation as I’m sure Quenneville sees that and may think to put him between the pivot of Saad and Kane.

–Look, that loss was incredibly frustrating. Perhaps the most frustrating since the Coyotes came into the United Center and closed out the Hawks 4-0 in 2012. But the encouraging thing is that the series is still only three games old and this group has proven time and again that there will be a response. And if you think that this game was anything close to their best response, then you haven’t been paying close attention.

The Hawks win Game 4 and then it’s another 3 game series. They lose and they’re still heading back to Tampa where the Lightning have been rather ordinary. This series won’t be as easy as many (myself included) thought but hey, that’s what makes all this worthwhile.

  • Lionel Hutz

    Still can’t figure out why Sharp took that draw.

    • DJ

      Just the start of the cascade failure on that sequence.

  • jagdpanther01

    Chalk it up to two more soft goals…

    • Steveholt

      *sigh*

    • ZigZags82

      *double sigh

    • TitanTransistor

      Which ones? 2nd was the only one I thought Crow should have had, the others his team left him out to dry on.

      • DJ

        First was rather weak. Yeah, the defense shouldn’t allow a 130-foot pass, but he shouldn’t let in that shot. Bad angle and long distance.

        • Say what again

          Stop! Don’t you know Crawford is beyond criticism?

      • jagdpanther01

        Arguably, the first may not have been weak by crow because it was a wicked wicked slap shot, but it was from a poor angle 40 or so feet out – crow needs to stop that in game three of the SCF. The second goal was definitely soft

    • Jim

      Crow did stop all the breakaways.

    • HawkIPA

      Should’ve had the first and the second, but the second was a collective failure by the guys in front of him. He shouldn’t have to fend off that kind of chance immediately after a center-ice faceoff.

  • ZigZags82

    Hawks in 6.

    • Fuckin A right.

    • Jim

      Sorry, Hawks in 7

      • ZigZags82

        Hawks still win? Fine by me.

  • B.I.G. Forever

    Ex-Lawyer, coach of Tampa said “Bishop is not injured.”

    Translation = Bishop is mildly/seriously injured.

    If only the Hawks could make Big Boy move side to side…..
    I also felt the Saad penalty was horseshit and that Stammy Stammerson clearly pushed him into Bishop.

  • TitanTransistor

    ” In fact, I’m having a hard time recalling if there’s ever been a guy as skilled as Hossa that misses more easy opportunities to score.”

    There has not.

    Hossa will be an absolute terror on the 3rd line for years to come, where his possession dominance can help shut down other teams, and that whole inability to hit the ocean from the bottom of Mariana’s trench issue is less of a problem.

    • ZigZags82

      Hossa’s not going to the 3rd line next year lol. Maybe year after that, but even then.

    • T.M.

      Hossa’s going be in the Hockey Hall of Fame. That’s a little more prestigious than the Complainer’s Hall of Fame

  • Such a freaking frustrating game

  • Dangles-a-Plenty

    I think I’ll phone into NBC’s intermission show as a Lightning fan (cause nobody likes Chicago) and ask about Bishop’s glove and overall rebound control. Maybe it’ll spark a 2 day marathon debate. Fucking sick of other goalies not getting fucked on for crap ass goals

  • Preacher

    Remember when the Hawks were the team with all the depth? And speed? When did that change?

    • ZigZags82

      Well Tampa still isn’t deep. It’s just that the Hawks only have 5 wings that are contributing right now (Saad, Desjardins, Hossa, Teuvo, Shaw) while Kane doesn’t have a point, and Sharp, Bickell, and Steeg have all been combinations of invisible.

      • DJ

        Second game in a row where Kane didn’t have a shot on goal. He seemed more active tonight, though. Hope the correction happens in time.

        • ZigZags82

          A trademark Kane goal or two would be nice in Game 4. He did seem more active tonight, just need the finishing touch.

          • DJ

            Agreed. Couple of shots were just wide, therefore not shots on goal.

          • ZigZags82

            Patrick Kane Black Magic will be itching in Game 4. I can tell you that much. Someone has to step up and will.

        • Hags

          Kane had 3 SOGs

    • HawkIPA

      It didn’t. Check out the Corsi. Just didn’t bury their chances. They will next time.

  • DJ

    That was cute. Watching the Sox replay. When Saad scored, they played the goal horn over the PA. Crowd cheered. Chris Sale looked back to the video screen, apparently saw the replay, and turned back to work with a smile.

    • Jim

      Yea, good thing he didn’t keep watching, for say, 13 seconds more. Sorry for the negativity…I’ll get over it….

  • ZigZags82

    Sopel you are the light of my life on this blog lmao. Such great stuff. Never count Hawks out. They like this. The boys find a way!

  • The biggest concern of this all isn’t that we lost the game. It’s the potential that we’ve lost Oduya, he’s now playing hurt. If it’s serious and he has to sit a game or the rest of the series the Hawks are going to be some deep shit

    • ZigZags82

      He ain’t resting now. And no ones healthy this time of year. Just have to gut through it, which everyone does.

    • HawkIPA

      He’ll play. Everyone has something right now. Gotta trust the trainers to do what they can.

  • ZigZags82

    I’ll interject with the Bruins and Ducks losses in Game 3 being more frustrating, Fifth. Just my opinion. This was disappointing but not bang the head against wall.

    • DJ

      Disagree. You’ve got the experience of the first two games of this series plus the last three rounds to remind you to not ease up after a goal. And what happens? We ease up after going up 2-1, and let them tie the game. Tenth time we’ve given up a goal within two minutes of scoring. That is perverse. Compound it with the team we have and…this simply should not happen.

      • ZigZags82

        I am not talking about a blown lead. I am talking about a frustrating loss.

  • BigCSouthside

    Cuminskey. Big time rookie mistake on the game winner. Lost his man and got focused on the puck carrier.

    Bickell should not play the rest of the series. If he is not in Bishops kitchen every time his line sustains offensive zone pressure, he is worthless. I’ll take the speed of Versteeg over the size of Bickell any day. Right now Bickell is not fast enough to do this.

    Why is Daydream Nation still separated? It’s nearly impossible to contain both of them simultaneously.

    I didn’t know Bishop is a graduate of the Mike Smith School for Budding Thespians, with an advanced degree in making a brushing gloved hand to your fully helmeted head look like a sniper in the 300 level drilled you with a 30-06.

    Holy shit Sharp needs to find the net. He has to have the highest success rate for hitting the goalie’s logo in the playoffs.

    Crawford was a fucking badass

    Maybe don’t try to carry the puck across the blue line on the boards, guys. I think they have that covered.

    Pretty sure most of the pucks that beat Bishop have beat him high mainly because his people clear his rebounds off his pads. Should probably look into that.

    • DJ

      Um, DDN was together in Games 1 and 2. They were separated — rightly so — so that Tampa Bay would have to pick which one to throw Hedman at.

      • BigCSouthside

        I dont agree with ever separating them at this point. Let Herman have them. That line works even when it doesn’t score.

    • Jim

      Bishop laying face down on the ice after the tap by Saad….

      • HawkIPA

        He’s a piece of work. The zebras should not be so influenced by his tantrums.

        • Jim

          I don’t hate TB as much as I hated the Ducks, but they sure are annoying fucks. Hope the Hawks win this.

      • Sopel the catfish

        They should have made him go to the dark room to make sure he was OK after he was run over by that semi-truck

        • Jim

          How about that? No tough questions for the TB coach after the game about protocol? That’s because we all know it was B.S. To Crawford’s credit, he just tends goal, and when they got in his grill one too many times in Anaheim he two handed the guy baseball bat style across the midsection.

          • BigCSouthside

            I was always a fan of the Ron Hextall Method for Clearing Your Crease and Seeing More Pucks ™ which basically amounts to chopping motherfuckers down like they are trees and you are a pissed off lumberjack.

          • Hockey learner here, but I was wondering about that. Did they change a rule somewhere along the way? I seem to have recollections of goalies in the past chopping at the legs of crease sitters as a regular course of action.

    • wardrums

      Bickell ain’t right.

      Was anyone else infuriated when Eddy O said Crawford might have went down to early on Callahans blast? WTF does he know about goal tending? It sounded like a 100mph clap bomb went off the cross bar, and ot was Corey letting in another soft one. Go give yourself an enema Olcyck.

      Ok this is the meatball hockey fan in me, but slmeone needs to anseer Kucherovs blatant trip of Oduya. I don’t care if they score on a power play, but try to break the assholes wrist with a well placed slash.

      The Toews line was lights out – pretty sure Q just wanted to ride that wave. But saddling Kane with Bicks was a mostake, even though Bicks sat most of the third.

      Crawford was phenomenal. A shame his effort was wasted last night.

      Remember, you’re not playing. For yhe Stanley Cup hntil you winyour third game. The Hawks cojld easily be up 2-1, with a little puck luck.

      I agree FifthFeather, “hockey is the worst.”

      • DJ

        Ok this is the meatball hockey fan in me, but slmeone needs to anseer Kucherovs blatant trip of Oduya. I don’t care if they score on a power play, but try to break the assholes wrist with a well placed slash.

        Put it square on the League. Call him out this morning in the press conference. “That was a cheap play, a dirty play, and everyone who saw it knows it. If the League is serious about player safety, they’ll take a look at it.” If they give him a game suspension, it’s done. If they don’t…well, if the league won’t protect the players, who does it fall to?

        • Jim

          That looked like a slew foot on Oduya

          What is Slew foot?

          A dangerous play where a player comes from behind an opposing skater and trips the player unexpectedly by dragging the skate so the victim falls to the ice and quite often hits his head or lands hard due to the sneaky nature of the crime.

          The slew foot is considered one of the dirtiest cheap shots a hockey player can do, particularly due to the unexpected sneaky nature of the infraction.

          http://www.sportingcharts.com/dictionary/nhl/slew-foot.aspx

      • Wiz of Corsica

        Ed clarified on 670 this morning. He said Crawford should have come out of his crease more, to challenge a guy who hadn’t scored in a million games. Instead he let the guy skate in and pick a spot, which he did.

        • Black JEM

          Yeah – Crow was not phenomenal. He did misplay that first goal though it was a great shot that beat him. And his technique on the tying goal was hopeless – you cannot reach for the puck and open up your net unless you get it. And it was at a huge time in the game.

          Crow was very good in game 1. Pretty miserable in game 2. And kind of up and down in game 3. I hope it is all out of his system – he is looking more like Nashville than Minnesota and Anaheim.

          Like the rest of the team I’m looking for better in the next three games.

    • HostileHawk

      I thought Bishop should have gotten the unsportsman penalty there. Saad was held on that play and slightly pushed, he did make an effort to avoid, but barely caught Bishop. If they had instant replay, Bishop has to get the penalty, but without it, the time he spent on the ice should have merited it. Edzo is an ass for taking the official’s side on that call, which was right after a weak call on Bickell for roughing. When you make bad calls that lead to a 5-3, it is crap officiating.

      • Jim

        I wish Edzo would retire. He’s so proud of himself when he agrees with calls against the Hawks (Look, see, I can be a fair minded National broadcaster, even though everyone knows I’m a Hawks Homer). Either that, or he’s yukking it up with Foley, or reminding us about what a community minded guy he is.

      • rm

        Saad had two choices. Use his hand and graze him or keep his hands up and obliterate him due to the push. I get the call, but it was marginal at best

        • HostileHawk

          Sure, but Bishop definitely warranted a call for his acting, and it led to a 5-3, after a weak call already against the Hawks with the Bickell call. Not to mention Stamkos could have been called for the hold on that same play.

          • Sopel the catfish

            If they call roughing there, then what do we call all the shit Hedman and company keep doing after the whistle? Attempted murder? Assault?

    • HawkIPA

      I like DDN separated for now. The issue is that Kane’s line currently has only 2 skaters. Put in another threat to do Bickell’s job and the problem is solved.

      • BigCSouthside

        Good point

        • Black JEM

          As much as I can’t believe I am saying this, Versteeg would be a much better option.

          • BigCSouthside

            I’d take speed over size on that line right now, especially against a more fluid team like Tampa

          • CurvedBlade

            Bickell needs MUCH MORE ice time. On another team… please!

          • Sopel the catfish

            StanBo needs to figure out a way to trade Bickell to free agency in exchange for Desjardins

    • Black JEM

      Is anyone else wondering why Crow is being so damned inconsistent? He stops two break aways (poorly done thank you very much TB), but can’t get his glove on puck that ties the game. In the first period he was really fighting it, like he wasn’t tracking the puck. Then he plays really well on the 5 on 3.

      I’m confused.

  • Jim

    You think hockey is tough on the players? What about us fans?

    It’s a long playoff run to win a Cup for us fans, and my wife and kids can’t wait until it’s over. They did not want to be around me when the Hawks gave up the goal 13 seconds after the Saad goal.

    Note to Hawks:

    When you score a fucking goal, DOUBLE DOWN ON DEFENSE? Please? How many times does this need to happen?

    • Shawn Wilson

      It’s like gambling. Fun when you’re winning. I, too, feel like I’ve played 60 min after one of these losses. Lots of energy last night. We’ll get em Wednesday.

  • BigCSouthside

    I’m still strangely not worried

    This team always seems to have a lightbulb moment where they are like “dudes, we are the Blackhawks. I just remembered we are like really good at hockey”. Then they switch it to fuck you mode.

    Hopefully this game caused the switch.

    Side note: really hope we can keep Saad.

    • HostileHawk

      I want to say I am not worried, but not winning that game, with those chances, on a very hurting goaltender could be the difference.

      • ZigZags82

        You saying the same thing if they had won Game 3 but lost Game 4? Doubt it.

        • HostileHawk

          No, I wouldn’t, but that would be an entirely different situation, requiring a different response. Kind of why I said, “that game” instead of any game. Again, I want to say I am not worried, but…

          • ZigZags82

            Again. If they had lost Game 4 the way they did last night but won Game 3, it wouldn’t be different would it?

          • HostileHawk

            Of course it would, because it is a different situation entirely. Wins are hard to come by. If they had one more win, I would feel better about the loss. No, it wouldn’t change the fact that they lost a game they should have won, in a way that is dangerous to the overall outcome, but it wouldn’t be as serious. Would you feel the same about a game 7 loss, as a with a gam 1 loss. No, but the way they lose it still matters.

          • ZigZags82

            Not my point. They’ll be fine.

  • T.M.

    Sharp got 2:24 on power play and teuvo got :53. nice. and it always seems that players are draped all over Toews. Must be the cologne he’s wearing. and i won’t hold my breath on Kucherov getting disciplined for his cheap shot on Oduya. Can’t turn the triplets into the twins, now that NBC hyped them up. Also, love the announcers and the analysts silence on the Kucherov cheap shot. No-Check was even praising Kucherov for how well he was playing.

  • seabsrat

    The amount of just missed chances last night was infuriating. Just couldn’t seem to buy a goal. Hoss (with the exception of missing the wide open cage) was an absolute beast. I swear, it seemed like he had found the fountain of youth with the way he was moving. Whenever he was on the ice, he seemed like the fastest man out there.

    I expect a goal explosion in game 4 for the home team. It seems like we’ve been drilling too long to not strike the mother load of oil. Kane will get out of this funk and all 4 lines are gonna start generating.

    Hawks in 6.

    • HawkIPA

      Reminds me of Anaheim. Hawks take a few games to figure out the opponent, then mercilessly drill away. Don’t see why the script will be any different this time.

  • Cville Indian

    Another game we lost and they didn’t win. I don’t think TB look very good but we make a habit of playing to our competition and that is what is happening right now. Doesn’t anyone think TB is a harder team to beat than Anaheim?

    You can’t miss the goal when no one is in it.

    Quit letting the other team get the first goal. I’m sure Crow would appreciate it.

    I love TT but he has to stop skating parallel to the blue line, it will take a hunk out of his ass.

    TT and PK on the 4 on 4 was insane, absolutely nuts.

    Bickell needs to sit. Besides the fact his brain is mangled, he forgot how to play hockey, Especially the clearing the puck part. Better for the team better for his brain.

    Bishop deserves no praise. He’s just OK. We need to quit shooting the puck at him. it will not go through his body. Also, with his bad leg, how about a pump fake, he drops and then can’t get up, shoot high. GOAL! Anyone who has their face touched and then lays on the ice for 30 seconds like he was mauled by a bear, should be stripped naked and ridiculed for the mini-ween he walks around with in his diaper.

    Seabrook and Keith are beasts but once in a while they are way too casual, how Duncan Keith gave up that puck in his own zone with approx a minute left is absurd.

    If the refs keep this bullshit up I’m going to stick an ice pick in my nuts.

    When you score, the game isn’t over. You gotta keep playing at least for the next 13 seconds.

    Will someone hit Hedman and make him cry, he will. Hit Johnson too, he looks like hes crying all game, every game, we might as well put him out of his misery.

    Get the puck to Richards on the power play and get Teuvo more time on the PP

    Most importantly, win the game, it’s there if you want it! Just fucking take it!!!!

  • Shawn Wilson

    A loss snatched from the jaws of victory (or however that goes). Better than being dominated. This team thrives on being backed into a corner. Almost there. Let’s go Hawks.

  • HostileHawk

    ” In fact, I’m having a hard time recalling if there’s ever been a guy as skilled as Hossa that misses more easy opportunities to score.”

    That was a 1 in a million miss. I can’t recall anyone ever missing a chance like that. Still, it was Hossa’s best game in a while. Anyone else think there is a possibility of him retiring if the Hawks win the Cup?

    • Jane Doe

      I said the exact same thing last night. And TT centering 88 next year.

    • pstumba

      he will not retire until his contract is up, he will develop a nagging injury that will put him on LTIR and get his cap hit off the books. If he retires hawks are stuck with a cap penalty and no player.

  • Jane Doe

    I can’t lie, when I saw 86 and 88 on the ice for the 4-on-4, I got some hockey excitement in my pants. Now matter how bad the “purge” is this offseason, that will make for happy times next year.

    Would really like the see the dmen jumping in on the play, right from the start of the next game and continue to do so for the entirety. When the boys go all Harlem Globetrotters on the Bolts, they look drunk on the ice. Tampa is going to get their goals, especially if our blue line keeps getting shorter. But their blue line is suspect except for Hedman and Stralman and even Hedman got walked a couple times last night. Need to generate even more opportunities and keep them constantly on their heels.

  • HawkIPA

    Game 3s really have a way with this team, don’t they? This reminded me of Game 3 of the Boston series where the Hawks just dominated a period but couldn’t bury more than 1 chance. There was a lot to like in this game, as frustrating as it was.

    Those last two goals just can’t happen. Q needs to start putting a defensive line on the ice after a goal, either Toews or Kruger. Hawks can’t have those kinds of breakdowns by Sharp and Cumiskey.

    I think Bickell comes out for Game 4. I’d be fine throwing Sharp on the first line, maybe that’ll wake him up. Put Saad with Kane, and Versteeg on the third line. Either that, or put Shaw on line 2 and Versteeg on the 4th. But Bickell is killing any offensive presence of Kane’s line.

    Nothing is fucked here guys. We’ve been here before. This Hawks team will tighten up and will win on Wednesday.

  • jordyhawk

    No mention of Sharp? He tried to hit Paquette in the neutral zone and took himself right out of the play which turned it into a 3 on 2 on the winner. Super dumb play on top of game 2’s super dumb penalties. I know it won’t happen but he should be sitting. He has cost us big.

    • HawkIPA

      He was awful again. Not really an improvement over Versteeg right now. He’s overdue for a streak though, and that would change a lot in the series.

    • Bobby Otter

      Cumiskey mess up but yeah, what was Sharp doing on that play?

      Move Sharp to the 2nd line so maybe he starts to play a bit and pray Bickell/Versteeg doesn’t destroy the 3rd line I say.

    • Jane Doe

      Wanna get real pissed, watch the replay again. He just kind of drifts in from the blue line like he’s Sidney Crosby and Paquette crossed right in front of him for the score. A little hustle and stick lift would have been nice there.

    • rm

      I agree. Sharp was awful and has been entire series. Stupid mistakes, taking plays off. Demote him.

      • Jim

        If there was any lingering doubt about keeping Sharp’s salary on the cap hit…

    • Black JEM

      Yeah I noticed that – it was a huge factor in the play and very dumb to do in the final 5 minutes of the 3rd period of a tied game 3 in the Cup Finals. He is pressing.

  • Ryan

    Continuous stupid mistakes throughout this series.

    Win the next one, save the best hockey for the last three games like we did against the Ducks and we’ll be fine.

    in the meantime, a good yell by Q at the WHOLE TEAM might be in order. These guys need to wake up.

  • Hags

    the biggest gripe I have is not sending Bishop to the showers in the 1st when he was begging for the ‘Hawks to do so. Yawning nets and juicy rebounds were there, and they just couldn’t capitalize on it. They are controlling the possession battle, and I have a feeling the dam is about to break on Ben Bishop.
    Tighten up the mistakes and go to work in Game 4.

  • HossasPierogi

    See Q’s reaction in this video — while it’s not an excuse for yesterday’s defeat, Cooper and Bishop are obviously playing the officials and gaining their sympathy. If a player reacts this way to a hit, he shouldn’t be playing. http://gfycat.com/GrouchyLeanBlackrhino

  • Jim

    Here is the stat I was looking for:

    The Blackhawks are 30-30 in games 1-3 of a playoff series under Joel Quenneville. They are 40-14 in Games 4-7.

  • Sopel the catfish

    The booze shits I’ve taken this morning are more solid than the effort the Hawks put in for the last 2 lightning goals.

  • Hags

    I need to give credit where credit is due here as well, the Brown-Paquette-Callahan line was superb last night, and have been all series. In a game where the Triplets and the Stamkos line were clocked in possession, they were there to answer the bell. That’s a trend that has to end starting tomorrow night.

  • Jane Doe

    Wow, I just watched the GWG again, Crow was like a fucking statue when Hedmen threw that pass in front of the net. He didn’t even move until the puck was across the goal line. Sad.

    • Aaeismacgychel

      Crawford’s responsibility is to play the shooter, guard the post and not cheat (like he did against Johnson in Game 2 that resulted in a soft goal). He I guess could’ve made a show out of it and waved wildly with his glove, but there was no saving that- the 2nd man is the defense’s responsibility, and Cumisky didn’t have his man. Crawford could’ve had the 1st one though it wasn’t all that soft a goal- it was a hard, bar down, bunny ears, great shot. If he had been further out from net to cut down angle a little more, that’s about the only thing that could’ve saved it. We’ve seen Bickell and Bollig and Eager do the same exact thing against opposing goalies and we typically said, “great shot”. The 2nd goal I would’ve liked to have seen kept out of the net, but Crawford did make 2 saves on it before the 3rd rebound was put in. Chicago needs, needs, needs to clear the puck there or do anything to prevent 2 Lightning players from walking within a foot of the goalmouth. Tampa could’ve easily scored on the 5 on 3 or even 3 goals in the 2nd if it weren’t for Crawford’s play. So if you want to burn him alive for his play, you should also roast the team for allowing such opportunities in the first place and not finishing their own opportunities.

      • Jane Doe

        I have down the thread; Sharp was lazy and Kumiskey was Kumiskeying. I don’t disagree about the defensive responsibilities, they are what they are. Crow had some great moments last night. But, he literally did not move, no movement AT ALL, once Hedman passed the puck. It’s not like Hedman was walking the line like Johnson did, he passed from the boards.

    • Black JEM

      I find it hard to blame Crow for goal three. I don’t think his balance was very good and I think that is what you saw when he came across tracking the puck. But the trailing forward gave up chasing (Sharp I think who created the break against) and Cuminsky was too deep and unable to stop the deflection.

      Can’t think much there that Crow could do. And even on the first goal that he could have played better, still a damn good shot.

      I’ll give you a screw up on the second goal. Once you commit to go and try and grab the puck in a scrum you have to get there. Otherwise just stay big with the pads. It was a huge mistake given the time when it occurred.

  • rm

    Awful game last night. Hated it. Got excited for about 10 minutes of it during the 2nd period and the rest of it, I was just angry. Angry that we can’t clear the damn puck out of our own zone. Angry that we have turnover after turnover in between the blue lines. Angry at Sharp and Bickell who are have both been basically worthless. Statistics aside, the Hawks have been outplayed the majority of this series to date and it could have easily been 3-0 Bolts right now. Hope Q comes up with something and the boys wake up or it will not end well. I will say that I absolutely love seeing TT and Kaner together on the ice. I also want to hand it to Shaw and Kruger! Both tough as nails and willing to do whatever they can to help their team. Go Hawks!

    • Black JEM

      I disagree – I think each team who has had the better of the play has lost that game. Right now Bishop is outplaying Crow which is why we are at 1-2 instead of 2-1.

      • Sopel the catfish

        out acting*

        • Black JEM

          Nice!!

  • Aaeismacgychel

    I’m sorta still pissed off and quite frankly it’s carried over to work today, which isn’t good. I actually got into an argument with a coworker over something stupid, and I can’t even remember the last time I’ve done something like that. And I still really want to punch something (preferably Kucherov or one of the refs from last night). Clearly I am not taking the loss well. So while they’re certainly better proffesionals than I am, I can’t imagine our Hawks taking it well either. And that’s probably a good thing, because a pissed off and prideful Blackhawks team often comes out like a pack of rabid grizzly bears devouring things whole. Tampa is pry feeling great about themselves, so tomorrow night, hopefully they get all that is coming to them and more. Light. These. Frakers. Up. Now if you excuse me, I’m going to go for a short walk around my building before I break something.