NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks

Look Me In the Eye and Tell Me, Are You Satisfied? Game 1: Blackhawks 5, Wild 2

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Event Summary

I have no scientific research to back this up, but I don’t recall a team that ever took 6 games to wrap up a series then proceeded to have nearly a week off in the playoffs. But that’s what the Blackhawks were given after their arduous series with the St. Louis Blues. Coming into Friday’s Game 1, the tried and true narrative of Rust vs. Rest was on full display for all to see.

The conclusion drawn: Meh, who knows.

If we learned anything from this one game, it’s that Blackhawks believe they don’t have to red-line their EFFORT-meter to give the Wild all they can handle. Granted, it was Game 1 and the Wild did miss converting on more than a few opportunities. And we were saying all the same things after Game 1 against Detroit last year. But as we have grown accustomed to under this generation of Blackhawks, Game 1 is always a feeling out process.

Thanks to a finally ept (opposite of inept? If this isn’t a word, I’m making it one) power play, the Hawks staked themselves to a 2-0 lead after two periods.

I may have blacked out on Bryan Bickell’s goal, but I swore I saw a right-handed point shot come from the left side of the ice. Of course, this was more by accident than design as Marian Hossa was doing his best Salvidor Dali impression with the puck. Brent Seabrook had no choice but to rotate to that side. The result was an immediate one-timer that Bickell was able to tip before Bryzgalov could get set in his crease.

The Hawks second power play goal was all Brandon Saad. Saad danced through the Wild penalty kill box until 3 of the 4 Wild players were focused on him and then dished a gorgeous cross crease pass to a wide open Marian Hossa. Kudos to Bryan Bickell for being heady enough to lift up his leg to let the pass through. There’s no word if Bickell learned that move from the one of the 1,232 pitbulls he’s rescued.

As it is wont to do in the NHL playoffs, this two goal lead disappeared quite quickly. The Wild responded with two quick goals in the third. Unfortunately for them, they left too much time on the clock for the Hawks and/or Patrick Kane to respond.

You know the rest. On with other interesting factoids:

–Right, that Minnesota Wild second goal. How did it all start? Brandon Bollig thinking he was still the star center for the Affton Americans and he could dance through three players. We’ve been saying since the pre-season really so this is just screaming at a moving train by now but despite the contributions of Bollig, whatever they may be, they certainly aren’t worthy enough to have played in EVERY game this season.

Despite looking woefully out of place against this Wild outfit, there’s no reason to believe that now, coming up on 90 games, Joel Quenneville and his staff have seen enough to launch him permanently into the United Center orbit. I guess we’re just stuck with him and you’ll be stuck with us pointing out every time he makes a critical mistake that ends up back in the Hawks net. Get used to it, Hitler.

–Did anyone really feel that antsy about coughing up a 2-0 lead? I’ll be honest, this felt nothing like when the Hawks surrendered three straight to the Blues in Game 4. That had an honest to goodness feeling of impending doom. This one felt more like, “Oh, there’s still 10 minutes left, the Hawks have a really good chance to lock this down in regulation.”

And then Patrick Kane happened. I’m not sure what was better, the fact that he scored a goal that will be played on the United Center jumbotron from now until the zombies rule or that it happened against the Minnesota Wild top defensive pair in Suter and Brodin.

It seemed like there was a delayed reaction from everyone after Kane scored, like a second or two where everyone in the building and watching on TV thought, “Holy shit, I think I saw Patrick Kane dance through three Minnesota Wild players and then roof a backhand through an impossible angle but that couldn’t have possibly been real.” Oh, it was real.

–Right, about that second period. Credit should be given the Wild for stretching out the Hawks defense in the neutral zone and creating separation between the forwards and the defense. This allowed ample amounts of time for Minnesota to set up shop in the Hawks end and spray off point blank shots before the Hawks had the whole cavalry back.

As Brian Engblom mentioned in the telecast, the Hawks were incredibly slow on their line changes during that frame. I wonder if a lot of that had to do with the Hawks still in the feeling out process of the matchups they wanted and the coaching staff and players unsure of who Minnesota was throwing out on the ice. It would speak a lot to my point above about how the Hawks under Joel Quenneville are notorious for starting out slowly in a playoff series.

This will definitely be something worth watching as the series progresses.

–Jonas Brodin may not play a worse game in this series.

–So Andrew Shaw may miss a few games. His stat line says he’s had 2 goals in the playoffs but I can’t really remember either of them. When I think of his playoffs thus far, I picture a wedding slideshow of Shaw heading to the penalty box with an incredulous look on his face after just wrestling some guy to the ice as the puck is 200 feet away.

Of course, Jeremy Morin is the obvious choice to slot in his place as he can do everything Shaw can and then some besides play center (which Shaw really hasn’t done this playoffs). So naturally, I’m sure we’ll see Kris Versteeg back in the lineup.

–Where the series ultimately goes….in my mind I can see two different paths. Either the Wild continue to biff every opportunity the Hawks give them and it ends in four or the Wild begin to capitalize on some of their golden opportunities and the teams split the first 4 games before the Hawks dispatch them in 6. That seems like enough to hold you all over.

Until tomorrow.

  • Waylon

    Awesome write – up as usual, Fifth. In an attempt not to go all meatheady here, I still would like to see a Hawk blast Stoner into the second row when the opportunity presents itself. Same goes for Heatley – apparently the lesson the Wild drew from watching the Blues series is to attempt to decapitate and/or injure every Hawk they come within shouting distance of – make them pay for that MO.

    • ballyb11

      But as soon as the Wild started really hitting, they got back into the game.

    • putmeinthemadhouse

      The peoples elbow that leddy chucked into heatlys chin made me chuckle

      • Shooter

        I loved that hit! And looking at the replay, looked more like a shoulder to the chin with some elbow follow through..still a penalty sure, but wasn’t as “mean” as originally thought..good to see heatley eat some ice.

  • jordyhawk

    Strange game. First period looked like a regular season game. Second
    looked like they cranked it up into playoff mode, while we didn’t. I wish we’d throw a few more hits, not because we want to play that game, but just to let them know that they can’t run at us with impunity.

    Agree on giving Morin a chance. He would be protected some on defense by
    playing with two good defensive players in Saad and Kruger. You gotta take some risks and his offense/possession upside is worth it.

    • steeg of their own

      When the Hawks rest too long, they come out flat like they did this game. This hockey club functions best when they have no more than four days between series, otherwise they seem rusty for the first game, and we saw that here.

      My guess is that Shaw comes back either next game or the one after. But if he doesn’t, people here need to accept that it’s probably not going to be Morin that hits the roster. If he couldn’t make it in the regular season, what makes people think that Q will ice him instead of Versteeg (who did get time in the regular season) in the postseason? Morin would be nice, but let’s face it: pipe dreams are just that.

      • Z-man19

        I’m not convinced Steeg is healthy either

        • steeg of their own

          You could be right. I would be completely unsurprised if that knee he had surgery on is wonky again.

          • neo1978

            I don’t see how two game time scratches is anything but a health issue. Not sure why teams don’t just come out and say it though. It’s not like the coach is protecting the player by saying it was a healthy scratch.

          • Why

            Why give the other team any more information than you have to?

          • lizmcneill

            Q said he was “under the weather”, causing the game 1 scratch. Seems like there’s a locker room bug.

          • Why

            The first sentence is true. Do you trust Q to give us accurate injury reports in the playoffs?

          • lizmcneill

            I don’t see why he would say Toews was sick instead of “maintenance day” if he wasn’t actually sick.

          • Why

            I’m not talking about Toews. I’m talking about Versteeg.

          • lizmcneill

            Toews being sick makes it more plausible that Versteeg is also sick and not just useless.

        • Waylon

          I don’t know how he could be healthy, given that there was almost a week off after the last series and the fact that he was used sparingly near the end against the Blues.

      • ChicagoNativeSon

        And I’m not convinced it was rust. If it was, they wouldn’t have dominated the 1st.

        • Z-man19

          Your alternative?

          • ChicagoNativeSon

            It’s all just a narrative.

            Team A gets more rest than Team B.
            If Team A plays well: “They were well rested.”
            If Team A plays poorly: “They were rusty.”

          • Why

            Everything’s just a narrative. That’s how stories get told.

            But yes, if Team B plays poorly “They were tired.”
            If Team B plays well “They are focused.”

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Documentaries don’t have a narrative.

          • Why

            Is this an actual thing that filmmakers say or is this a joke?

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            True documentaries don’t have a narrative. The basic division of film types is narrative and documentary. Of course documentaries tell a story with film-making being the process to convey the story, whereas a narrative is a pre-conceived story told by the film making process. Theses lines do become extremely blurred and when they blur too much, the piece loses its documentary label. But that shit is all relative.

            What CNS is identifying is the cliche sports outlets use to summarize events instead of using in-depth analytics to determine why a particular outcome was achieved. Like rusty = – and rested = +. What’s the team’s +/-?

          • Z-man19

            I was hoping you had some reasons for them not playing well, other than they didn’t play well.

          • ChicagoNativeSon

            They got rusty.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            They were a -3 on the oxidization scale.

      • jordyhawk

        I’m not expecting Morin, but (along with everyone else) making the case for him. However, if Shaw is out and Versteeg is also injured (and there question on that) the math changes. And if Bollig continues his play it changes even more.

  • BrandonPirri

    I was in the cheap seats, so I didn’t see the hit on Shaw and they never showed a replay. What happened to him?

    • Waylon

      they have a replay of the hit on the 3rd period game day thread if you want to see it. Asshole clearly left his feet and went for the head. Shaw’s actually lucky that he wasn’t concussed. And of course, no penalty.

      • lizmcneill

        Shaw doesn’t really have a brain to rattle. He was definitely limping off, looked more like ankle than knee. Still could put him out a couple of weeks.

    • steeg of their own

      Took a hit to the noggin from an asshole who totally left his feet on the hit. Hopefully he’ll be back, but I also hope the Hawks don’t rush him if he truly got his bell rung.

      • zacked

        I think it was more a leg injury, it looked like Shaw managed to get his head off the tracks, but Stoner kind of led with his leg.

  • Jim

    I already hate Stoner, his play makes me think they are trying to even the odds by hurting people. Hoping he doesn’t injure anyone else.

    • Yachtsman

      Someone (Bollig) was supposed to let Stoner know that enough was enough. Didn’t happen.

      • lizmcneill

        Why is Bollig? Why, Q, why?

        • 1benmenno

          Wherefore art thou, Bolligo?

          • steeg of their own

            Oh! Bolligo, Bolligo, wherefore art thou, Bolligo?
            Deny thy inclinations, and refuse thy fame!
            Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn, Hawks not to harm.

            Shouldst thou succeed, faith I’ll no longer be a hater.

          • 1benmenno

            Beautiful

          • Z-man19

            The talent here is so great

          • 1benmenno

            We like our peeps

      • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

        Leddy played enforcer.
        If Nick Leddy is our enforces. Why the fuck do we have Bollig skating with Morrin in the presser?

        • ChicagoNativeSon

          Bollig did try to engage with Stoner. Repeatedly.

          Hawks had the lead though, so you guys would’ve cried that he killed the Hawks momentum if Stoner had accepted his offer.

      • zacked

        Bollig challenged him after he dumped Nordstrom (also probably a penalty), Stoner turned him down.

        • Shooter

          and then what did Bollig do to protect the hawks?….

          • zacked

            I agree, enforcers are dumb, but you can’t criticize him for doing what he’s asked to do.

          • lizmcneill

            Can’t he throw a clean hit? More useful that getting punched in the face.

          • Shooter

            You’re actually right, and I feel bad picking on the guy, because all he wants to do is play hockey, and will do whatever the team asks of him…it’s the management’s fault (q, stan, whoever) that keeps putting him in that position. Like hating the kid who’s parents bought him a new bike..it’s not the kids fault he got it

          • Yachtsman

            I didn’t see the offers from Bollig, but that was the right thing to do to avoid anything other than mutual 5 for fighting. But with the refused offers, isn’t the right thing to say is “either we go or I’m taking out one of your guys” ? And then follow through with that?

      • Accipiter

        Fun’s over, fellas !
        If you’re gonna beat up my friend in my bar, there’s a two-drink minimum.

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    I just imagine Kane skating by the first Minny defender: Fuck You
    Second Minny Defender: Fuck You
    Third Minny Defender: Fuck You
    Kane skates in on Bryz: Fuck you
    Kane takes the shot: Fuck you all!

    Meanwhile Crow, who stopped 17 fucking shots in the second period alone, is shaking his fist, “You tell ‘em, Kaner!”

  • lizmcneill

    Shaw scored one off his shinpads. The other one was a tip too, I think.

    • MySpoonIsTooBig

      Shaw’s second goal was also a tip. It was the absolute back-breaker in game 6 against Scum Jr that made it 4-1. Some may argue that Sharp’s breakaway goal while getting dragged down was the back-breaker, but that made it a 2-goal lead with nearly 18 minutes left. Scum Jr showed some real push back for a bit until Shaw tipped home that Duncan Keith point shot halfway through the period, that basically ended the series IMO

    • Bob Lanz

      No! power play on his knees he backhanded in past miller

      • DesertHawk

        And it was a beaut. Can’t believe people have forgotten it… no respect.

  • ChicagoNativeSon

    “Credit should be given the Wild for stretching out the Hawks defense in the neutral zone and creating separation between the forwards and the defense. This allowed ample amounts of time for Minnesota to set up shop in the Hawks end and spray off point blank shots before the Hawks had the whole cavalry back.”

    Uncle

    • XMF

      So… stretch passes are good when the opponent uses them? This complicates things.

      • bizarrohairhelmet

        Look. It’s really simple. When stretch passes don’t work on your team, they’re stupid and the players who tried are lazy. When they do work, they are an ok play that would have been better if conducted with structure. When the opposing teams use them and miss, your team dodged a bullet because they were caught sleeping. When the opposing teams’ stretch passes work, its controlling play. You really have to see the outcome of the play before you can judge.

        • XMF

          I don’t understand. I’m fairly confident that CNS also fails to see your point. But I upboated it. because I see your point.

  • ballyb11

    Love watching Patrick Kane. He is a real prima Donna, though. Watch his 1st goal celebration. He skates right past the open arms of Duncan
    Keith to face his adoring fans at the half boards. Only then does he turn around to his teammates. Always that way.

    Keep scoring, Patrick, I can put up with your ego.

    • Beans

      #showtime

      • Bob Lanz

        #blackmagic

    • Bob Lanz

      He can celebrate with his team anytime, but the fans! :)

    • I Remember The Roar!

      Scored that goal solo – 200′ highlight reel moment. Let him get the crowd up and motivated to help motivate the rest. Stream of consciousness…

    • ahnfire

      /rolls eyes at the prima donna comment (if it’s not obviously, I highly disagree with this notion)

      That’s always been how Kaner reacts to scoring highlight reel goals – and he knows when they’re highlight/heartbreaker goals. The adrenaline kicks in and then he has to burn it off somehow. I’d only agree to the prima donna comment if that’s how he reacted with every goal. Every other “regular” goal he scores is usually when he goes for a hug/points at a teammate for setting it up, etc.

      • XMF

        I swear sometimes I simply don’t understand how some people manage to watch the games and enjoy the experience.

      • bizarrohairhelmet

        Also, pretty sure DK and everybody else in the arena didn’t give a fuck about how Kaner celebrated that goal. Hockey players are fans of the sport, too, and he had the best seat in the house to see something he knows he won’t likely see anyone else do. Ever.

    • XMF

      The game was a lot better when all these guys would just quietly go back to the bench. Yeah.

      Ego…

      Bobby Hull do anything for you?

  • HossasPierogi

    I’ve only done this once before, after they fired Uncle Dale, but Monday I’m calling the Hawks office to complain about Q playing Bollig. It may be my very small personal contribution to the next Cup.

    • HossasPierogi

      PS I will point out that as Stoner was happily mowing down Hawk after Hawk, Bollig did nothing. Nothing.

      • neo1978

        What were you watching? Bollig made multiple offers “to go” with the guy and Stoner skated away…

        And saying you shouldn’t have policemen because there are criminals has always been a really silly argument.

        • Z-man19

          Bollig is like a security guard at a shoe store.

          • Hack

            I’m not sure that this makes complete sense, but that didn’t stop me from laughing hard.

          • Z-man19

            Can’t argue that, Shooter actually says it better than I did. If Bollig can’t get guys to engage with him and he can’t skate long enough to exact any kind of revenge on the other team, then the whole cop thing is a farce. He’s not a cop, he’s a rent a cop that has no real power

          • jordyhawk

            Maybe George Costanza will offer him a chair.

        • Shooter

          Well of course, that’s the silliness of it all, Stoner was making a night of plastering hawks, why on earth would he “go” and take himself out? He had the momentum in that case.

          As for the policeman case, if Bollig were a cop, he’d ask the criminal “do you want to turn yourself in?” and if they refused, just stand there while they go rob someone else.

        • Why

          There’s the appropriate metaphor.

    • steeg of their own

      I seriously doubt that calling the front office to complain about a player’s ice time will do anything but make you feel better, and waste 10 minutes of some poor call center junkie’s time. But if it makes you feel better, go for it.

      • ballyb11

        Won’t last ten minutes.

      • Why

        You have reached the Blackhawk’s Customer Complaint line, please press #1 if your complaint is about Brandon Bollig.

        Beep.

        We have recently discovered that many of our fans hate body contact and defensive zone play. We’re also aware that some people have now taken the view that if Johnathon Toews’s ice time increases by 3 minutes a game, he will be so tired that it will eventually cost this team a Stanley Cup. Please leave your message after the beep and your complaint will be recorded and almost immediately deleted. Have a nice day and enjoy watching the playoffs.

        Beep.

    • ChicagoNativeSon

      Next Cup for whom?

      Not sure I would brag about such querulous behavior.
      (but your bragging about it therefore makes sense)

      • HossasPierogi

        Half serious comments on my part don’t deserve insults on your part.

        • ChicagoNativeSon

          My insult was only half serious.

          • HossasPierogi

            Perfect comeback

    • Bob Lanz

      Nice, we should all do that! And this

      #freemorin
      #nomorebollig

      • Yachtsman

        How about Regin? That guy is relentless on the forecheck, responsible in the dzone, and has some nice offensive game too.

  • steeg of their own

    I should say, this was a great recap, Fifth. Kudos for common sense. I always look forward to the stuff you write. I miss the FifthFeather blog just because I knew I could go there every single game (!!!) for a reliably sensibly breakdown of what the team was doing.

    • ChicagoNativeSon

      Yup. I’m usually in agreement with FF about 90.23 to 95.47% of the time.

      Which of course, probably has Fifth worryd.

  • ballyb11

    I really think that on his 1st goal , Kane almost loses control of the puck at the blue line. That makes it look like a fake drop pass to Sharp. Just the way it looks to me.

    • nogreat

      He says in his post-game he actually was passing it back to Sharp on purpose, but when he saw both D move towards Sharp, decided to take it back and go for it himself. So it was a switcheroo, but he hadn’t made up his mind until after he started the drop pass.

      • Why

        Must be nice to have hands so silky that you get to change your mind after making a drop pass.

        • bizarrohairhelmet

          On the replay, not sure I’ve ever seen a fake quite that deep

          • Why

            I have a hard time calling it a fake even though that’s what it did to the defenders.. He decided he wanted to throw a drop pass. He dropped the puck. Then he decided he wanted the puck back.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            I’m not saying it was intentional, but the effect is the same.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Except now Kaner has that in his oeuvre. He better retire a Blackhawk.

          • Waylon

            I think Rocky has no choice but to resign both Kane and Toews, his season ticket holders would put up a bonfire outside of his offices. They’re not only linchpins to the future, they’re also marketing assets for the club overall (thanks to McD). They’ve both already made bank, so I’m thinking they’ll do what it takes to stay with the Indianhead.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            I’m sure they will. Of all the Hawks, I can’t imagine Kaner or Toews in another jersey. That’s sacrilege. That being said, if the Hawks get Bill-itis and they start being cheap and sucking, I will support their rights to move somewhere competitive.

          • XMF

            I agree. I was thinking the same thing a moment ago re-watching the play. I think his reactions are so quick that he realized no one was following him on the play, recovered, and took it in himself. That adds to the ‘wow’ for me.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            How happy are the league defenders knowing they have to watch out for that now, as well?

          • XMF

            We could ask them but they’re busy hyperventilating.

      • XMF

        Glad to hear this. I was thinking that’s what happened.

  • ballyb11

    Not sure if this has been talked about, but

    WHY ISN’T BOLLIG SITTING???

    • neo1978

      Because the Hawks are short body checking players. Usually, you have more options from the Hossa, Saad, Kruger or Handzus slots.

      And Morin isn’t defensively responsible enough to take his place. The only spot he has a chance to fill is Shaws, if Shaw is going to be out for awhile…

      • wowwowweewoo

        I have a really hard time buying that though. Bollig’s defensive positioning is only oK, he’s not a good enough skater to keep a check through traffic, he’s not that responsible with the puck both at our blue line and in the neutral zone. He has 3 parts to his game, which I would even question the effectiveness. 1) a fair wrister that he can never use because he can’t anticipate Play and find space 2) a good board battle below the opponents goal line that inexplicabley didn’t translate to his own end 3) a willingness to finish checks, which are almost always late /behind the pay and don’t actually impose much punishment because of the whole f=m*v (his v is too slow). One of my favorite insults this site uses is calling a player “a guy”. Bollig can’t even be “a guy” to eat minutes and give our real guys rest.

        • putmeinthemadhouse

          Bollig plays on a line that was shoulder with heavy responsibility and defensive zone starts throughough the season. They consistently flipped the ice – argue all you want that they did it in spite of him, but that line doesnt work like that unless all the players are doing something right.

          Morin isnt that type of player.

          • birdhead

            But that line doesn’t exist any more. I agree that that is great justification for his place in the lineup – if he can eat a bunch of own-zone minutes and leave more ozone starts for the Toews and Kane lines, great! But he hasn’t been doing that since game 1 vs the Blues.

          • putmeinthemadhouse

            agreed.

            Wouldnt mind seeing morin, to see how he works out in that slot but right now I dont really see it as a “OMG DO IT NOW”

          • Hack

            After the 2nd goal last night where he got clowned in 2 different zones on the same play, you didn’t have a passing thought of “OMG DO IT NOW”?

            Everyone turns the puck over and has bad shifts, but those instances are much more forgivable if said player is useful on his better shifts.

          • Why

            I also don’t demand the Hawks go to Raanta every time Crawford lets in a bad goal. I trust Bollig more than I trust Morin to make the right defensive play next time, so I’d rather have Bollig out there.

          • Waylon

            but it’s not just a question regarding Bollig, as we discussed yesterday Zus is also a liability out there at times. He was a pylon out there on one goal, just was left in the dust. I still love him on the PK where he’s still useful, but not anywhere else. Try Regin or someone else there, at least for a few shifts, Q might be pleasantly surprised.

          • Why

            But you can’t bench Handzus without screwing with the penalty killing.

          • Waylon

            wait, does that mean that you can’t play a player on your roster only on the PK? He has to play other minutes every game he’s in the line – up? I’m not being snarky, just wondering if this is something that is unprecedented.

          • Why

            If you want to have four lines, Handzus has to play on one of those lines. You can dress 18 skaters. Usually, it’s 6 defencemen and 12 forwards. There’s no rule against playing a guy only on the PK but I don’t know of any team that does that in the NHL. In international tournaments where more players are allowed to dress for each game, you’ll sometimes see players who play PP or PK exclusively. NHL rules make that difficult.

          • Waylon

            thanks for the clarification. Makes sense.

          • Hack

            The problem here is that people are asking for the wrong player to swap for Bollig. Whether or not Morin is capable of skating on whatever it is that the fourth line has become is immaterial, because Regin should get the first opportunity to replace Bollig, even if he has to play out of position.

            On a checking-ish fourth line, or on a more typical energy/spare parts fourth line, Regin will be better than Bollig. Less Hitz, more useful hockey plays.

            If Morin is going to play, this next game might be his best shot as Kruger would likely play the pivot between he and Saad (while Shaw is out).

          • ChicagoNativeSon

            I agree with most here Hack. We had this discussion a week ago regarding Morin slotting in for Shaw, but I still feel Zus is the biggest liability out there. And I’m not convinced the PK would suffer without him.

          • Why

            I’m convinced that “I’m not convinced” should not be the standard for benching a player that’s been part of a highly effective unit during playoff time.

          • ChicagoNativeSon

            The PK gave up a lot of shots (45.3/60) while he was out there this season. Only Toews and Hossa gave up more, but they’re a shorthanded scoring threat.

            Saad actually had very good PK SOGA numbers (29.1/60) and so did Smith (30.0/60). Give them more time out there. They could use the minutes.

            You can’t just cross your fingers and hope that Crow is going to continue at an unrealistically high .980 PK Sv%.

          • Accipiter

            Call this an unfair generalization if you must, but old people are no good at everything.

          • Hack

            Concur. I’d prefer that both players watch from the press box, but unfortunately, I don’t see it happening.

            If he’s going spare parts fourth line, would Morin-Regin-Versteeg have to be all that protected?

            Morin was as bottom-right in usage as it gets, but he skull-fucked people in that role, as he was expected to do. I don’t think that proves that he’s a complete disaster in the D zone. Bickell’s use over the past few years (spending time in the top left and bottom right quadrants) should prove that usage isn’t an absolute determination on what a player is or isn’t.

          • Bob Lanz

            You nailed it Hack, MRV looked pretty tight down the stretch, I’m betting that saad regin Morin in the third while shaw is out would dominate. Then Nordy Frogger and Steeger if he’s healthy could dominate on the fourth. Not gonna happen but I gotta wonder why ?

          • Yachtsman

            I like that idea too. Roll 4 lines that no one can keep up with for 60 minutes. Speed kills!

          • ChicagoNativeSon

            Yes, but I’d like to see that line in a more traditional 4th line role.

          • Z-man19

            that line is no longer an entity, the dynamics have changed

          • Accipiter

            New shit has come to light !

          • Z-man19

            fill me in ‘cip

          • Accipiter
          • Z-man19

            I’ve seen the damn thing once and that was months ago, I can’t remember that shit

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            She kidnapped herself

          • cliffkoroll

            ding ding ding

          • Bob Lanz

            I do not fully agree but now that frogger and smith are not there it doesn’t flip shit

      • Bob Lanz

        I keep seeing “morin isn’t defensively responsible enough” but according to what? Eye test? Stats? I disagree that Bollig is better at any part of hockey than Jeremy Morin including hitting! (Fighting is not really part of the game but if it was I would give to bollig cause I dont fucking care)

        • neo1978

          In my opinion it is most likely rotations. Having wingers that know when to cover for pinching d-men. Being first forward back and covering for the center until the center can get back into the play. And being f3 and covering the high slot but knowing when to get back to your man.

          Go look at the (I think) Washington game at the end of the season to see an example of Morin absolutely butchering that f3 play. And of course Blues games 3 and 4 to see what happens when Shaw fails to cover for a D-man.

  • jordyhawk

    It wasn’t that long ago that our fourth line of 52-16-28 was considered an advantage. No more. We might be able to get away with a short bench for now, but it will catch up with us. I really think Q has to take some risks (e.g. Regin, Morin) to try and find something.

    • zacked

      That’s cause the best parts of that line have received field brevets to higher lines.

      • jordyhawk

        What is opposite of a brevet (thinking of possibilities for the remaining incumbent)?

  • BrandonPirri

    God, Chara is such a fucking clown.

  • wowwowweewoo

    The only thing I would add is that leddy is brilliant at the point in the 2nd (1st) power play unit. Leddy gave saad the chance to make his play. Leds airways knows she’s to move the puck and keeps an aggressive pk unit like Minnie’s running around and tiring out.

    • lizmcneill

      Leddy and Kane looked great when they were on the same unit last year. Is Q splitting them up because they’re the only PP QBs he has, or why is Leddy not on the first unit?

      • wowwowweewoo

        Yea, they really did look great last year. That’s gotta be why they split them up. There’s really no one else in this team that can consistently gain the zone, not even toews, especially not hoss or sharp

      • neo1978

        My beef is I always want Bickel with Kane. When the QB (Kane) is at the halfboards, I like a PP that can morph into a 1-3-1. Bickell slid into the high slot and had a nice shot on one those power plays.

        When the QB (Leddy) is up on a point that is much less of an issue…

  • BodomSlayer

    I’ve watched the hit on Shaw a few times. Looks like a good, clean, check that is shoulder to shoulder. In regards to leaving his skates he seems to do it after impact. Just my opinion but doesn’t look as bad as some are making it out to be.

    • picsniper

      I initially thought the hit was clean also…have not seen any replay since last night though and even then I was not focused on his head, but rather his right leg. To me it looked like Stoner ran his knee into Shaw’s right thigh as he completed the hit. Dirty…yes, but nearly impossible to be called because he appears to simply be finishing his check. I am not sure if Shaw is turning into a caricature of himself and focusing too much on being a pest instead of playing hockey, but the nonsense penalties are getting old.

  • Paul the Fossil

    Fine writeup all around. I might add a nod to Crawford for the way he held the fort through that second period during which the Wild had a right to expect to pot at least a couple given how they dominated play.

    Shaw has really been a disappointment during these playoffs, yep. And the Hawks’ depth remains just about unmatched so him being out for a few isn’t a real concern. (Bollig or no Bollig.)

    Without checking I’m sure you’re right about the Hawks starting slow in playoff series during the Q era. And yet they are now 11-3 in playoff series with him coaching, which must rank pretty damn high among active coaches with their current teams. Whatever his process is that creates this sluggishness during Game Ones it seems to be effective in the end.

    • lizmcneill

      I wish Q would use that depth. Regin and Mo would be great energy line players.

  • Paul the Fossil

    So I think it was CozBullsFan during the third period thread who proposed that no other active player could have pulled off _both_ parts of that Kane goal, the solo rush through traffic and the insane precision backhander on the fly. Thinking on it further I think he’s right.

    There are some players who deploy backhanders of that caliber e.g. Malkin, Crosby, Marleau come to mind. And there are players who have dancing rushes like that one through NHL traffic in their YouTube resumes e.g. Datsyuk, Hossa, Backstrom, Giroux. And it’s not like Crosby isn’t a great puck carrier or Hoss a great shooter, etc., just to be clear.

    But still: the combination of both at _that_ level right there? One recent candidate who comes to mind might be the Kovalchuk of a few years ago, but he’s not playing over here any more.

    Watching the replay what makes me giggle is the fake reverse pass when he’s just inside the blue line. Such a cheesy rat-hockey move, and yet the Wild defenders totally buy it! And you would too in their skates. Cause when it’s the dark wizard with the puck and a bit of space to operate in all bets are just off.

    • Arctic Ice

      He’s long retired now, but one player I can remember that had an incredible backhand was Sundin in his best days with the Leafs. He couldn’t dance his big body around like Kane, but he was lethal on his backhand.

    • VerStig

      I think Suter played it fine, but Brodin bit HARD

    • Jimnhlnut

      One aspect missing of this otherwise coherent analysis is that this was done in a play-off game, third period, tied score. If Marleau were to do something like this for the Sharks it would surely be in a preseason game. Not when the money was on the table.

    • Jim A

      It wasn’t a fake pass. He said he wanted to drop it to Sharp, but saw an opening and went for it.

  • rhodes

    The “Bickel has flipped his playoff-switch” narrative was alive and well during last night’s game coverage. Personally, I think his recent bump in production has more to do with his increased ice time with some combination of Kane/Toews/Hossa than him having some sort of internal “switch.” If he really is just now turning it on because it’s the playoffs, I’d suggest his 4+ mildo a year says he has to play all year with that switch in the ON position, please.

    But, whatever the reason, I’m glad to see him contributing.

    Also, I thought Nordstrom played well in the limited time he was given. Now, just move him over to center in place of Zus, bring up Morin, and let’s see what happens.

    • rhodes

      Just wanted to point out, I typed that entire last paragraph without using the words “fucking” and “Bollig.” That’s good for me.

      • Bob Lanz

        Or just an oversight

    • Why

      It’s not just that he’s turning it on. Refs swallow their whistles a bit more during the playoffs and size can be more of a factor. His game is built for playoff style hockey.

    • ChicagoNativeSon

      Bickell ranked 21st in the league in Corsi (out of 523 players with 50 games or more). He ranked 513 out of 523 in PDO.

    • XMF

      Bickell has already stated that his body (or any player’s body) can’t be subjected to the kind of beating the style of play that he’s currently playing over 82 games or it will break down. Then people will be complaining that ‘Bickell is always out with an injury’. As Why stated below, Bickell’s style and game is tailor-made for playoff hockey.

  • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

    Andrew Shaw DID lead the team in CF%

    • Z-man19

      in 3 min

      • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

        That is just how good he is, he can do all that in 3 minutes!!

  • YoAdrienne

    Wow! I had forgotten just what a nasty POS Lucic is.

    • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

      IMO, that is like forgetting to breath

      • YoAdrienne

        I haven’t forgotten that he is nasty, just the degree to which he’s filthy. He’s probably my least favorite Bruin, although Marchand and Boychuck give him a run for the money.

  • chichicagochi

    adept

  • Michael Scott

    Also Corey Crawford

  • Aaron

    I’m still Unsatis-fucking-fied

  • Z-man19

    now we know, maybe

    “https://twitter.com/TramyersCSN/statuses/462657412021751809″

    • YoAdrienne

      I believe it. That was also the reason they gave whenToews missed practice on Thursday. Must be something going around.

      • Beans

        I’m just curious, if he was sick then why would he be out during warmups before the game?

        • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

          To see if he was well enough to play. Feeling bad is one thing, but if it affects your coordination, balance, timing, senses, etc… that is another.

          • Beans

            Ah that would make sense

        • YoAdrienne

          Maybe he has some gastrointestinal thing that hits a person all at once. I’ve been fighting off some sort of crud, myself. One minute, I feel okay, the next minute, I feel like shit.

          • lizmcneill

            #poops

          • Guest

            #liquidfarts

          • lizmcneill

            Hopefully Bollig is next.

  • zacked

    Lets play more like the first and less like the second, eh boys? Cool? Cool.

  • Bob Lanz

    Bollig sucks except this isn’t just a meme. #freemorin but Q won’t. Scratch Zus but what about the PK? What about it Agent Smith! Saad Morin Versteeg Krueger Nordstrom McNeil

  • YoAdrienne

    Well, this isn’t all that helpful:
    https://twitter.com/ChrisKuc/status/462655348721995776

  • zacked

    I think the Bruins are falling in to the Habs trap. Can’t cut out the shenanigans.

    • YoAdrienne

      The was a hell of a PP. I hope the Hawks are watching.

  • 1benmenno

    Subban fires it again

    • 1benmenno

      Vanek with the tip.

      • zacked

        I want Vanek to light up these playoffs so the Wild or Blues have to pay out the ass for him.

        • 1benmenno

          He’s looking good. Two goals today.

    • Bob Lanz

      Score please?

      • YoAdrienne

        3-1 Habs.

        • Bob Lanz

          Danke. Go habitants

          • YoAdrienne

            Tuuka just kept it from becoming 4-1. His teammates let them have a 2-on-1.

          • Bob Lanz

            Glad to see Boston implode at home no less!

          • YoAdrienne

            They just got one. Rats! Carey Price is standing on his head today. Hopefully, he’ll hold them off for the last 6 minutes.

          • YoAdrienne

            Shit. Spoke too soon. Tied.

          • Bob Lanz

            Shit that was fast, and the playoffs continue to be freaky close and Boston doesn’t implode… Yet

          • YoAdrienne

            I kind of hope that Subban scores the GWG again.

          • Bob Lanz

            That would just about kill those Bostonians

          • YoAdrienne

            It would definitely be a nice “fuck you” to a certain segment of them.

          • YoAdrienne

            Oh, hells bells. Bruins just scored.

          • Bob Lanz

            Wtf total Montreal implosion

          • Bob Lanz

            So true and so richly deserved

          • DJ

            Nope. Tied up at 3. Bergeron.

    • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

      Awesome Blue Line Scorer,
      But let’s never give the Norris to him again just because of that!

      • birdhead

        He’s also a great defensive player.

  • Bob Lanz

    So there is the ” I don’t understand why Bollig is untouchable” contingency which I am proud to be apart of and the “he’s not that bad and fills a role and why be upset about the 16th forward” contingency. To you I say this just cause he’s the 16th forward doesn’t mean we can’t do better. Why does the fourth line have to be thugs, gritty, bangers, fillers and Bolligs? Why can’t it be a legitimate scoring threat, why can’t it be a puck possession dynamo, why can’t it be talented young NHL caliper depth? We have the players they just are not allowed to play because the brain trust keeps guys like Bollig around.

    #freemorin
    #nomorebollig

    • I Remember The Roar!

      Full agreement. Nothing against Bollig, because I think he’s developed something resembling a game over the past year or so (honestly, at least he’s not simply a boxer). But he doesn’t fit the “system” – the fourth line simply doesn’t fit what the Hawks do, and they can’t change their game just when the 4th line is skating

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

      #caliperdepth

      • VerStig

        it’s not that deep if you need to measure it with calipers

  • VanDorp’sMullet

    Out of town and couldn’t catch last night’s game and don’t think I’ll see Sunday’s either. Just wanted to say I love all you beauties.

    • 1benmenno

      The feeling is mutual.

    • Bob Lanz

      Dorp! Miss you buddy.

  • 1benmenno

    OH OH. Bruins tie it up.

    • 1benmenno

      3-3 with five mins to go

      • BrandonPirri

        Dammit.

      • 1benmenno

        Bruins score with tree turdy tree left in the turd.

        • DJ

          I don’t think the Canadiens are going to take too much comfort in it being 1-1 going back to Montréal. Not the way they’ve been steamrollered in these last twelve minutes.

  • 1benmenno

    Apple selling Iphones by playing a song about a gigantic dick.
    Big Big Love!

    • Arctic Ice

      I was, to say the least, surprised to hear that Pixies track being used.

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      TO be fair, doesn’t ‘sound’ like it’s about Kim deals BBC desire. What do you think “Canonball” is about?

      • Arctic Ice

        I remember reading, years ago, it was Kim singing in 3rd person, inspired by some movie she saw.

      • Waylon

        So is there a hidden meaning in “Bright Yellow Gun?”

        • bizarrohairhelmet

          or “Doe” or “One Divine Hammer”? (the answer to all these is “dicks”, cannonball being about a historical dick)

          • Waylon

            careful with the dick references, or else a certain person will eventually come back and do their usual MO. Oh hell, whom am I kidding? Of course they’ll come back and do the usual.

        • bizarrohairhelmet

          not that Kristin Hersh has anything to do with the Kim Deal…

          • Waylon

            whoops. got my music mixed up there – different groups from the same era. Kind of enjoyed similar levels of popularity, but at least the Pixies regrouped for a few tours.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Donnely of TM was in the Breeders with Deal, but that TM song was a Hersh one.

    • DesertHawk

      That’s what my wife and I thought.

  • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

    Fuck, do I hate the Bruins!

    • YoAdrienne

      Yeah, and especially Lucic.

      • Bob Lanz

        Dammit versteeg sorry habit

      • 1benmenno

        Who scores ENG

        • YoAdrienne

          Yeeecchh.

  • I Remember The Roar!

    Crawford: Yes!
    Kane: Yes!
    PP: Where did that come from!? Yes!

    Puck possession: …. um… Bueller…? Thank goodness the Hawks were able to capitalize when the opportunities arose. That was the difference in Game 1.

    • Stockroom Snail

      That second Wild goal was a nightmare….Handzus was a traffic cone and Bollig couldn’t do anything to move the puck out of danger. Ugh.

  • YoAdrienne

    It must suck to be in St. Louis right now. The Cubs just won their series from the Cardinals. I don’t know if that would hurt as much as the Hawks-Scum, Jr. series, but damn. We’re talking the Cubs here.

    • CozBullsFan

      Hey, some of us are Cubs fans around here! But I know what you mean. :(

      • YoAdrienne

        Fourth generation fan here. Just being realistic. :-)

      • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

        Been a Cubs fan since 1968, so I *really* know what he means.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      The Cubs will regress to mean.

  • Accipiter
    • cliffkoroll

      Great quotes from Sharp (on Kane) and Kane (on Smith).

      • ahnfire

        We like our guys.

        • Yachtsman

          We like guys who like our guys.

          • XMF

            Ahn’s not ‘a guy’.

          • Yachtsman

            We guys like Ahn! And I think I meant to reply to Why’s “Our guys like our guys”

      • Why

        Our guys like our guys.

  • Why

    Given the comments here, I’m a little more disappointed that Bollig’s goal didn’t count.

  • Hack

    A super-solid wrap as usual, FF, but I think the 2nd PP goal is the better one to single out in driving home the beauty of offside points on the man advantage. Seabs goal was the strong side start shifting to the umbrella to get the one-timer, which worked in that instance, but doesn’t happen enough IMO.

    On PP goal 2, Leddy and Seabs were in a more traditional offside setup (I’m guessing by happenstance rather than by design). If a lefty is on the left side there (rather than seabs), the pressuring PK forward probably closes off the D-D pass a bit easier and the point man might just send the puck back down the boards to avoid the pressure. Seabs turned to avoid the pressure and slid a pass to Leddy. Leddy, having his blade conveniently open to slot, made a sweet little tap pass to Saad just in front of the 2nd PK forward rushing out to cover his point. Great puck movement at the top left two PKers behind Saad, two Dmen trying to stop Saad, and one untouched Marian Hossa tucking it home from NashvilleGame5Land.

    • Waylon

      Hack, I know you’re busy these days, but I really do miss your contributions here. Always welcome.

      • Hack

        Thanks, Waylon. I really appreciate it. I’m enjoying my Saturday afternoon talking hockey with you folks. I should almost certainly be working right now, but if a recovering blogaholic can’t fall off the wagon during playoff weekends, when can he?

    • DesertHawk

      He LIVES!!!

    • Why

      Everything you just posted is correct. And you didn’t even mention Bickell. That play was fantastic.

      • Hack

        FF covered Bickell’s contributions for me; just wanted to clarify that I didn’t neglect him on purpose. On that topic, I love seeing Bryan Bickell below the dots (PP and even strength), and that’s what used to drive me crazy……….Bickell is there all the time now, and it took a while (in the context of his career) for some combination of the coaches and Bicks himself to figure it out.

        Bickell’s change in role has a lot to do with the visual change in his game, but even if he went back to a checking role on Kruger’s wing (for example), I think we’d see more forechecking and net front presence from Bickell than we did in the 10-11 and 11-12 seasons.

        • Why

          Not expecting you to cover everything. That was just a play where 5 guys made excellent plays and everything looked very easy.

  • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

    Am I the only one who thinks it is somewhat fucked that a series has already played 2 games finished before another series has even started Game 1?

    • DesertHawk

      Welcome to NHL scheduling.

    • Why

      I was really surprised that Boston-Montreal didn’t get the hockey night in Canada time slot.

      But I’m not really with you. Boston-Montreal had to start the earliest because those two finished off their first round opponents so quickly. They’re also Eastern conference teams so they’re likely to play earlier than the West. I don’t really see how this was avoidable.

    • Stockroom Snail

      It’s about cash, not fair play.

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    Dear Montreal Canadiens:

    You *do not* have Patrick Fucking Kane on your team.
    You *are not* playing the Minnesota Wild.
    You *are* playing the Boston Bruins.
    You *must* skate hard for sixty minutes.

    • ChicagoNativeSon

      Just curious, how many minutes did Boston play?

      • bizarrohairhelmet

        That math gets murky because the statements all apply to them as well, but not to the same extent.

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

          Six of one, seven-twelfths of a dozen of the other.

      • Jimnhlnut

        Not many. But apparently the B’s do not need to play sixty to beat the Habs, but the Habs must play sixty to beat the Bruins?

        • Why

          That might be true.

      • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

        One more minute than the Habs, and that is all it took.

  • Jimnhlnut

    About that non-hit…

    Let’s leave it to the expert Eddie No-Check to explain the finer points of why a player is required to take a hit from another player instead of trying to avoid it. Eddie’s logic is that by ducking, or lowering your body position you are ( A. Unfairly B. Cowardly C. Dangerously D. All of the above) putting at risk the player who is trying to deliver a body check against you.

    The case in point is former Hawk S. Thornton taking a near blind-side run at PK Subban this afternoon. PK just finished dumping the puck in from center ice along the boards and likely hears his teammates yelling at him, “Head’s Up,” or sees Thornton out of the corner of his eye. Instead of standing erect, which in many cases would really piss off Boston whites, (Oh, wait, he already did that by simply playing exceptional hockey as evidenced by the racist tweets after game 1…) he chooses to bail out and duck to avoid the hit. Thornton collides with PK, his knee squarely into PK’s hip / back. Eddie describes it as “…no give there…” and proceeds to back up Thornton’s indignation to the hit by explaining to all us young hockey fans that plays such as this are mostly seen at the “…amateur level…”

    First, let’s remind all Hawk fans that Eddie Olczyk was given his nickname: Eddie No-Check by Blackhawks fans. Yes, he was on the Clydesdale line with the tenacious Troy Murray and thumper Curt Fraser. But Eddie did not fit the Hawks mold and was traded in the mid 80′s to Toronto. Where he did what exactly? Put up some big offensive numbers before landing in Winnipeg, where he had the play-off game of his life or something and won what? Oh, yes, a very bit player on Keenan’s Cup winning team in NY before returning to the Hawks to teach the young Europeans drafted by Smith and coached by Suhonan how to body check. Give me a break.

    After those egregious cheap shots at Eddie O, let’s at least look at his point; one which he has made before:

    When about to be checked, it is poor sportsmanship to duck or lower your body position to lessen the impact of the hit to your own body. Better to take the hit like a real manly hockey player would. Because in lowering your own body position, something done in the men’s leagues and youth hockey etc, puts your opponent at danger of going ass end over tea kettle into the boards, knee on body, or some other form of a collision that would put the attacking player at risk.

    No, Eddie, that is not poor sportsmanship. It is, “All is fair in love and war hockey.” It is smart. It is self-preservation.

    Eddie, did you not read the transcripts from game one where the “man behind the glass” documented that on the VERY FIRST play of the game Boychuk dumps the puck in cross ice to make the Hab defender vulnerable for a hit? And later in the game when Lucic and others lament as they return to the bench, “…just missed him…” after attempting a similar play against PK himself? The Habs, especially PK, and really no hockey player is obliged to stand up and take the hit. If Thornton is trying to run me, and really, what else is he out there to do? (Ask Brooks O) Why must I prove my manhood, respect HIS body, and take the hit? I get it that it is smarter to “…take the hit…” when facing an open ice hit that may result in a knee injury. (Sobotka vs Bickell) Stay in there and take the hit not to protect the other guy, but to protect yourself. A should crunch to the chest is WAY more tolerable and less dangerous than knee-on-knee. But can anyone explain to me, preferably someone either with street cred as a phyical player, or lacking that in this milieu, someone without the nickname of “No-Check,” why is it that a player is obligated to stand in there and take a hit to protect the other player? And risks being called amateurish or soft, etc for doing the very thing most of us would do what faced with a speeding Shawn Thornton bearing down at us on our blind side after having had just released the puck?

    Time to go to the tele-strater, whip out your magic marker, and draw some new conclusions on this one, Eddie.

    • Why

      You’re really asking why some people are going to attack a player for taking out another player’s knees? Here’s the video below:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7wIFlHeKco

      • Jimnhlnut

        Did PK’s knee hit Thornton’s knee in this video? Check it out….Also, where was PK looking as evidenced in this video? Watch his eyes.

        • Why

          Do you really think the problem with a knee on knee hit is that the player doing the hitting is using his knee?

          • Jimnhlnut

            No. I thought you were saying that his knee hit Thornton’s. Which it clearly did not. PK has ZERO momentum into Thornton. He is not trying to hit at all. Just trying to avoid / protect. Thornton gets what he gets. Do you really think using really is a really necessary and potentially productive debate point? Really?

          • Why

            Cool. I’m not saying his knee his Thornton. I’m saying he hit Thornton in the knees. Because he did. I really think that. Really.

          • ToewsFatherInLaw

            You can’t really (yes, really) be saying that Subban hit Thornton?? Subban has his back to Thornton and is falling away as he releases the puck. Subban has no responsibility whatsoever for the outcome. Thornton tried to take a run, and it was a bad decision.

          • Preacher

            Subban is falling off balance as he sees the hit coming and tries to avoid it. I don’t understand how anyone could find any fault with that. This whole discussion is ridiculous. Why aren’t we talking about the Hawks?

          • Jimnhlnut

            Because the Hawks are not playing tonight and because they played a boring game yesterday. Kaner needed Toews to help him remember how to make a line change without taking a penalty before finally providing us a SHOWTIME moment. Thanks for engaging!

          • Why

            He knows the hit is coming, ducks out of the way and puts Thornton in a very vulnerable position. It was a split second decision on his part.

            I’m not even trying to find fault with it but what Subban did to Thornton is a dangerous play. When I l need examples of people being anti-body contact on this board, comparing the opinions the reactions on this one compared to the opinions on the Seabrook hit on Backes makes it pretty simple.

          • ToewsFatherInLaw

            Sorry, no. Subban has no responsibility to assure Thornton is not in a vulnerable position. That’s like saying Hoss in responsible for putting his head in front of Torres’ flying shoulder. Thornton made a decision to run a guy who’s back was to him and who was already off balance. Thornton and Thornton alone is responsible for the bad outcome.

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      I’m not saying it’s right or wrong. In the NFL, the same type of play is a penalty. Guessing that if you put yourself in the position to be checked, you just don’t get out of it by bailing out low. Marchand did this a few years ago and also got railroaded https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GN2cFZ1oMA
      PK wasn’t as obvious but same concept and result.

      • Why

        It’s not that I think P.K. should be pilloried for a reaction but if a knee on knee hit is a suspension, I don’t see why this is any different unless you think players shouldn’t be hit.

        • bizarrohairhelmet

          I’m just saying I don’t know the phrasing of the rule. If you are not supposed to go low to avoid a hit, then both hits are bad/punishable. If there’s a gentlemen’s agreement to not low-bridge, then the hits are not actionable.

      • Jimnhlnut

        If Thornton would just play the puck he would have had no problem. Thornton’s reputation as a hard hitter (at least) more than justifies PK’s, or anyone’s, attempt to avoid him. Why should he hang in there and let Thornton take a shot at his head? If it is known that Thornton will simply deliver a reasonable clean body check, maybe, but no one has to allow themselves to be “cheap-shotted” for fear of injuring another player. (Marchand had time to decide and also to avoid in another manner. That instance does not equate IMHO. PK, look at the video again, did not even see Thornton coming.)

        • bizarrohairhelmet

          “PK just finished dumping the puck in from center ice along the boards and likely hears his teammates yelling at him, “Head’s Up,” or sees Thornton out of the corner of his eye. ”

          If low bridging is wrong, it’s wrong. It’s not wrong when Toews is bearing down on you and ok if Cooke is the guy doing the hitting. I’d suggest you make up your mind. If PK knew he was going to get hit, it was wrong, otherwise, you are introducing one hell of a grey area to legislate.

          • Jimnhlnut

            Marchand was a low bridge. PK was already low / falling was he not? Though he may have known hit coming, he certainly did not intend to hit / make contact. (Marchand did intend contact) Thornton initiates and gets what he gets. What did PK do wrong? Stay low? Go lower? Thornton saw what he was doing and had plenty of time to make another decision.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2014/05/03/video-thornton-injured-briefly-after-subban-avoided-check/?guid=rpTfH8Zy7mjZQeXQyxOnBDR8UkGZh93T

            The longer camera shot shows Subban knows he’s coming. He’s making an evasive lunge as he hits the puck and he does it without giving Thornton time to plan else-wise (watch it in real-time from the long camera shot. Part of the issue is Thornton preys on that situation and thought he was going to get a chance to cream PK. Instead of recognizing the shifting danger in that scenario, he steams on.

            I don’t think Subban really meant to hit ST the way Marchand hit Salo, but it’s still a dangerous play. PK probably assumed he could get mostly out of the way, but if you remove intent and uphold the reason why low-bridging is considered bad, I find PK a bit more at fault as there are a couple of other plays that can be made there that don’t involve hitting a top-heavy ST low. ST is enough at fault to negate suspendable action and I doubt PK does that again.

          • birdhead

            Everyone’s encouraged to finish their check, even if that means the players who are getting checked get concussed or injured. So there are consequences for the checking side of that equation too? big deal.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Just to be clear: Marchand was suspended for 5 games. If a player knows they’re going to be hit and avoid it by low-bridging, they are being extremely dangerous and can be suspended.

            The question as far as I’m concerned is whether Subban intended to go down to avoid the check. He’s not being checked or in any other way influenced to go to the ice, and yet his back knee is almost on the ice before he even hits the puck. If he’s going low to avoid the full brunt of a check (he is), that’s a dangerous play, regardless of who is hitting him or what the opposing fans tweeted at him the night before.

  • Joe Banks

    This just in… Ben Freakin’ Smith!

    • Stockroom Snail

      I read this as “Ben Franklin Smith!”

  • lizmcneill

    Steve Dangle is impressed with our kid:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPwz2RvNTP8

    • Hack

      Great, that’s just f’ing great. You know who didn’t know about Steve Dangle until just now? Me. You know who’s day just got sucked into a black hole of hilarious and well edited 8-minute hockey videos? Mine.

      Begrudgingly……..thanks.

      • YoAdrienne

        The video he did after Hawks won the Cup last year was great! If it’s still up on his site, you should check it out.

      • steeg of their own

        How did you not know about Dangle until now? The only reason I know what’s happening with the Leafs is that I watch his LFR videos for the jokes.

    • Stockroom Snail

      Kane reminded me of Bowser….before he fights in Bowser’s inside story, he says “Showtime”….am I alone in this? Anybody else playing hand held games for children?

    • Country_Bumpkin

      Crosby = good in regular season, an apparition in the playoffs.

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

        Heh. He’s probably the best active player in playoff points-per-game! I don’t have the numbers in front of me, but he’s pretty alright at all times.

  • bizarrohairhelmet
  • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)
  • Why

    Here’s one I’ve been hesitant to post but I hope someone can answer. I’ve heard numerous reports on TSN that 17,000 people tweeted racial slurs involving P.K. Subban after Game 1. Here’s my problem, when I type the most likely racial slur and Subban’s name into Twitter’s search box, I get a constant stream of tweets that are highly critical of Boston. They technically meet the criteria. When the media report on the racial slurs, do those tweets get counted?

    • birdhead

      I didn’t see a single tweet condemning those tweets that repeated the n word (although I’m sure some do show up). I would think that a majority of the tweets using the two words would be pretty dire (the results you’re getting now are after everyone has processed the situation, after all).

  • bizarrohairhelmet
    • bizarrohairhelmet

      I tried to read it. It has it all: effimination jokes, small penis jokes, fat jokes…probably other stuff, too.

      • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

        They were given an 80mph fastbal right down the middle of the plate, or a beach ball was shot at them from the blue line, either way, the biffed on both! This one was half written for them already with SJS choking up a 3-0 series lead, but they still managed to fail!

    • Stockroom Snail

      I got so bored. I couldn’t get through it.

      • Stockroom Snail

        …but the Avs one wasn’t bad.

    • Jeff Lebowski

      Leave it to LA fans to write a Eulogy like a screenplay. I guess we know why the authors moved out west….and why they’re writing hockey team eulogies instead of the next Spider-man movie.

    • steeg of their own

      That was terrible. Is Sam’s evisceration of St Louis going to be the best we get out of these playoffs?

      • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

        Is there any doubt. It’s Sam.

      • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

        The one on COL was decent. It was funny, Sam’s was just, well mean, but still good because it was the Blues.

      • Why

        I was really looking forward to that one, too.

      • birdhead

        JR Lind’s Columbus one was really fantastic, if very bitter. All the other ones have not been great. I wasn’t even much of a fan of the Blues one if I’m honest.

    • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

      LA needs to be banned, they are all sorts of awful!

    • YoAdrienne

      Well, that topped the Flyers’ eulogy in its awfulness. I didn’t think that was possible.

      • Why

        I enjoyed the Flyers’ eulogy.

        • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

          You enjoy watching train wrecks don’t you?

          • Why

            I’ve never managed to be around a train wreck when it actually happens.

  • XMF

    Don’t call me Hitler again.

    • Why

      Just a man who worries about handling his own shit.

      If we wanted to be Johnathon Martin, that’s certainly an option. The press would eat it up. He’d rather just focus on winning a playoff series. I have a lot of respect for that attitude.

      • XMF

        I do as well. Maybe he’s Montreal’s Seabrook.

        • Why

          He’s in Montreal. He’s going to get too much, too soon. I think he’s wildly overrated but he’s still a damn good young defencemen.

          • XMF

            He’d be a nice #4 on the Hawks…

          • lizmcneill

            He’s 24 years old. He’s really good now and he’ll be really, really good in 2 or 3 years.

      • Hack

        I appreciate the sentiment behind Subban’s statement, and he’s handled the situation very well, but let’s not forget that he has skin in the game, so to speak (no pun intended). PK’s little brother Malcolm is a goalie in the Bruins system, so this is exactly how I would expect him to react.

        It’s still a positive for the league, it’s just surprising that the article doesn’t add that bit of context.

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    Never heard a rink so quiet during the national anthem….

    Not taking anything for granted here, but *if* we get past the Wild, and *if* the Kings get past the Ducks, would we have home ice?

    Not that I think it matters, just curious.

    • cliffkoroll

      Yes.

  • Country_Bumpkin

    First there is NO other singer that sings the Anthem better than Jim Corneilson. Second, the Kings will win this series and third, Boudreau’s playoff record sucks.

    • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

      4th Fuck LA and everything near it!

    • Waylon

      I’m old, but Wayne Messmer will always be tops in my book. Corneilson’s great, but I don’t like his theatrics at times.

      • Country_Bumpkin

        You are right Waylon. I forgot about Wayne. Did he and the Hawks part ways amicably?

        • Waylon

          I believe they’re on good terms, he had to retire his singing career prematurely because of an absolutely horrific attack on the street, where his throat was slashed. He recovered, but I think he quit doing the national anthem at games after that.

          • Country_Bumpkin

            Was he attacked at random or targeted?

          • Waylon

            I think it was random. Still can’t believe it happened.

          • DJ

            He wasn’t slashed; he was shot in the neck during a robbery attempt outside of Hawkeyes, a bar/restaurant on Taylor Street. He recovered, and occasionally sings the anthem at Cub games.

            He still has his sense of humor. When he was recovering, one of the beats asked him if he had come to any great realizations after this terrible brush with death. “Yeah,” he said. “Use valet parking.”

        • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

          I don’t think it was. IIRC the Hawks (Dollar Bill) was really pissed he became part owner of the Wolves during their IHL days, when that league was trying to actually compete directly against the NHL.

          • Waylon

            I remember that, but I think they’ve since mended. Hell, everyone at one point got sideways of Dollar Bill, even Foley and Petit. Ridiculous.

          • Waylon

            I think Dollar Bill was also peeved because the Hawks were so bad at that point that more than a few of his loyal fans finally gave up and started going to the Wolves games, mostly out of protest.

        • Jimnhlnut

          And don’t forget that when the Hawks played the Blues in the 93 play-offs Mesmer sang the anthem in St Louis. Cheli skated by him and called him a turn coat!

  • Country_Bumpkin

    TIL Patrick Kane is a fucking good-ass hockey player.
    #suckitNHL

    • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

      Still Lazy.
      .
      Little fucker only has 5 goals in 7 games. For real, how about some consistency!

      • Waylon

        he’ll never be a Jack Skille.

  • Waylon

    The Kings are annoying and somewhat hateable at times, but the Ducks are flat – out despicable, always.

    • Country_Bumpkin

      A team full of dick-pinchers.

    • YoAdrienne

      Yeah, I don’t really like either one of them. I have a feeling this one might go to 7 games.

      • Waylon

        it’s going to be flat – out Rollerball out there, all the time.

      • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

        I don’t. I think the Kings make short work 5-6 games of ANH.

    • XMF

      Yes.

  • bizarrohairhelmet

    Ok. I’ve left it out there long enough. Thanks, FF, for using one of my favorite sayings of all time:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UojL96_3jOs

    • Stockroom Snail

      All Mr. Show references get rec’d.

  • XMF

    Ok, I’m sort of the resident Morin fan but you guys are killing me with slotting him in for everyone.

    No, Morin doesn’t ‘…do everything Shaw can and then some…’. Shaw is more responsible in his own end and while he takes some really stupid penalties, Morin has been known to take some REALLY stupid penalties in Rockford.

    No, Morin is not the player Kris Versteeg is. The holes in Morin’s defensive game are obvious. He doesn’t have the playmaking skills of Versteeg and, whatever Versteeg’s problems are with focus or any other stupid intangible anyone wants to push out of their orifice in frustration, Morin hardly makes for an equal counterpart or replacement for a playoff-tested veteran. Morin hasn’t played in the NHL long enough to really know that he could easily replace Versteeg, especially in the post season. That’s a risk. A big risk.

    I’d love to see Jeremy Morin in the line-up as much, if not more, than many of those calling Q ‘dumb’ for keeping him in the press box. For now, I’m being patient. When Morin’s time comes, he’ll produce. I’m confident of that. In fact, I think he’ll be a very good bottom six player if that’s where he gets his time in in Chicago. But let’s not get carried away with obsessing over him like everyone did over Teuvo. Morin is what he is. We just don’t know what that is because he hasn’t had a long enough time to adjust and be adjusted to in the NHL. Let’s just chill.

    When Morin does play, he’ll be good. Other than that, stop justifying. Please.

    • Waylon

      Heretic! Burn him!

      • XMF

        Fire hurts.

    • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

      Morin > Bollig
      Morin TOI > Bollig TOB

      • XMF

        Notice I didn’t mention Bollig. Bollig is a different problem. I agree that Morin could easily replace Punchy McDummy.

        • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

          Outside swapping with Mongo, now is not the time to experiment. Go with a known.
          .
          Worse case in a swap for Bollig, he gets equal TOB (Time on Bench) as Bollig already gets. Best case, he eats a few mins from the other forwards.

          • XMF

            Bollig made me want to jump out of my window last night.

          • Waylon

            I feel quite similarly towards Handzus. But Bowlargs’ not winning any accolades from me, either.

          • XMF

            I’m still fairly certain Zus is going to be a key part of the playoff run. My frustration with Zus is all in where he’s played. If he moves to the fourth line, centering any number of guys, he could be much more useful. But he’s also Q’s choice for centering that second line and, even if some of us believe Kruger could slot well there, there are arguments to keep Zus where he is.

          • Bannerman

            Here’s a song for Bollig

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A81Z6hGjGJQ

    • Jimnhlnut

      Ok. I’ve been holding this question for awhile. When scouring CapGeek the other day it shows that Morin is an RFA. Is it possible that Stan is purposely NOT playing Morin to keep the cost to the hawks down and to lessen the chance that Uncle Dale or Cousin Doug makes an offer for him? If Morin shines, his bargaining position goes up and other teams take more notice.

      Also, are there some secret metrics Stan is using that shows Morin is not the player those on this Blog think he is and Bollig, is somehow the key to winning the cup…secretly statistically speaking?

      • XMF

        Stan doesn’t ‘not play’ anyone. Q is the coach.

      • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

        In short, No.
        Even if he played 40-50 games by then, it is not enough for him to win much at arbitration (unless he put up Crosby like numbers).

    • YoAdrienne

      Well said. I like the kid, too. But, he’s definitely a work in progress. I hope he’ll eventually get more of a chance to live up the expectations many here have of him, but the play offs are probably not the best time for that, given his inexperience. And, that he’s even less responsible than Shaw makes me kind of queasy.

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    Lose your net much, Quicky?

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    Having a problem with my router needing a reboot, but only on my XP desktop, not on my wife’s XP desktop or my Win7 netbook.

    Seems to happen when I am on this board (on my desktop) and have another web page open that is using flash player. Sometimes I get a message that Flash has crashed, sometimes not.

    Anyone else experience this?

    • Waylon

      I usually have issues with anything Adobe is doing these days, whether it’s Flash or Photoshop.

    • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

      Talking with our Navy IT guys, XP is a “no shit dangerous system” to have right now.Just assume your shit is being read real time with it now.

      • Waylon

        yeah, heard that MSFT had to acknowledge that the system they just announced they weren’t supporting anymore is now truly screwed, so they had to come up with a fix.

    • steeg of their own

      Likely it’s flash, not your system. Flash is notorious for crashing and being bitchy for no good reason at all.

  • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

    I see we have a downboater joining us tonight!

  • XMF

    Watched the replay of Bickell’s goal again and isolated on Bickell prior to Seabrook’s shot.

    It’s indicative of Bickell’s ‘resurgence’ in the post season that he stands in with the defenseman and the contact (cross-checking to his back) throughout the cycling of the puck over to Hossa and Seabrook. Bickell is pushed to the far side, takes the hit, moves slightly back in front to perfect position for the re-direct.

    Bickell.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      He’s always upped his game in the playoffs, back to 2010.

  • dirkgrahamcrackers

    The Kinigits and the Duckys need to take out a craigslist aD! heehee!

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    Holy crap, Kings score with 7 seconds left to tie it….

    • XMF

      Where have I seen that before?

      • 1benmenno

        Selanne is going to score.

        • 1benmenno

          I’m wrong

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Get used to it, Hitler.

          • Z-man19

            I missed a meme, what’s with the Hitler?

          • 1benmenno

            I think it’s a Mr. Show ref

          • Z-man19

            shockingly, I don’t know it

          • 1benmenno

            Don’t be thicke.

          • Z-man19

            Allan?

          • 1benmenno

            Yes

          • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

            Really? We’re still making Thicke of the Night jokes in 2014?

          • 1benmenno

            Would you rather we talk about his son Robin Thicke being twerked upon by Miley Cyrus?

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            I posted the video below for heaven’s sake (and yours).

          • Accipiter

            I think he also did some other stuff.

          • 1benmenno

            Oh that Hitler. The more I know about him the more I don’t care for him.

          • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

            Read the wrap, then read XMF’s first comment.

  • roadhog

    Gaborik ties it with 7 seconds left . . . OT in Ana.

    • Accipiter

      And wins it in OT.

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    Kings steal one.

    Gaborik with the tip off the post, off Hiller’s back, and in.

  • CitizenKaner

    awesome play by kopitar to set up the game winner

  • 1benmenno

    Nice pass by Kopitar

    • Z-man19

      a dandy, entertaining game

  • XMF

    LA is hot.

    • Z-man19

      and dinged up. Mallard’s 4th line scares me a bit

    • Accipiter

      Around 75°F

  • Country_Bumpkin

    Marian Gaborik…pretty damn good.

  • Country_Bumpkin

    TCI and HockeeNight should be the only ones to do the eulogies. I stopped reading the Sharks one after the first paragraph.

    • chipandchase

      They’ve been so bad this year. Stars, Flyers, Sharks…meh.

      • Marian Brossa

        Red Wings were bad too, but I felt like the Avs and BJs were decent and the Lightning one was very good.

  • birdhead

    Does anyone want to tell me something cheerful about the Blackhawks’ possession numbers? I feel v. weird about them.

    • 1benmenno

      Yes. The poss. nos. will improve.

      • birdhead

        <3

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

      See my small post above!

  • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

    What do the following numbers have in common?
    44.9
    45.7
    41.2
    54.4
    48.0
    40.5
    45.0

    • Accipiter

      You posted them.

      • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

        Smart Ass

    • lizmcneill

      All-situations Corsi for the Blackhawks during the playoffs.

      • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

        Ding Ding Ding

      • ballyb11

        Ugly.

        Feb, Mar there was reliance on the underlying stats. Now,………?

        • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

          If the Hawks keep these possession numbers as they are, it will not end well for them! All the teams beyond MIN will eat that up!

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

            Hell, even MIN can eat it up!

          • ballyb11

            Let’s hope………
            Hard to believe so poor with all the talent they have. Same as the eye test. Just “bursts”, then not so good.

          • ballyb11

            Five wins in a row with an average of 45.8.

            I argued the other way for a long time, so I have to be consistent – goals, goals against and wins are the only thing that are important.

            Crawford.

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

            I agree with you to an extent, but score effects on such a small sample is pretty significant.

            Our 5v5 CF% when we’re trailing is actually the best so far in the playoffs. It’s only 5v5 when we’re leading where we’ve been bad (but not as bad as Colorado or St Louis).

          • Preacher

            How much does the fact that we’re taking way more penalties than usual impact our numbers? It shortens our sample size at even strength, no?

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

            Technically, yes, it lowers the TOI sample size, but over 7 games I’m not sure it would really exercise an impact on what we’ve been seeing. You’d ultimately only be adding a handful of minutes to each situation–comparatively not enough to swing the results in any one direction or another.

          • Preacher

            Over 7 games, I agree. But there was the one (game 6?) where the Hawks had like 12 minutes in penalties over the course of a period and a half. That’s GOT to mess with possession numbers!

          • birdhead

            the leading thing is so uncharacteristic for the Hawks though. I mean I know we always complain about them sitting back, but IIRC the Hawks are top or near the top in the league in CF% while leading.

            I know they’re still winning but … I do not like it, Sam I am.

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

            Of the 16 teams only the Wild are above water 5v5 when leading … and they were playing Colorado, the worst 5v5 close team (by a good margin).

            I think it’s an indication of the quality of the match-ups in the first round, the equality of the teams. So while the Hawks are playing differently than they did in the regular season, so’s everyone else.

            Come on, get on board my Breathe Calmly train!

          • birdhead

            I have so many horrible ledgy tendencies :( But yes, that’s a good point about 5v5 and the fancystats generally, i.e. it’s hard to have good ones when you’re facing other excellent teams.

    • ChicagoNativeSon

      Why are you looking at “All Situations”?

      EV Corsi Close so far: 50%

      • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

        You remember your comment yesterday in response to the Bruins-Canadiens and playing a full 60 minutes?
        .
        Because all the events matter.

  • amontesawesome

    The worst part about Bollig being a zero in the playoffs is that it makes people feel validated about being wrong about his productivity during the regular season.

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

      The Anti-Bickell.

    • Z-man19

      The worst part about Bollig being a zero is that Q hasn’t replaced him and tried someone else yet.

  • ballyb11

    BUT WHY ISN’T BOLLIG SITTING???

  • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

    Shaw is out VERSTEEG!!!! is in.
    .
    But why not Regin over Nordstrum?

    • CitizenKaner

      Q likes his people

      • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

        Regin is his people, and has more TOI under Q.

    • XMF

      Nordstrom has looked good.

      • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

        He has def. not look bad.

    • Preacher

      Steeg on the third line? The fourth? He’s better suited for those than top two lines. Where does Zus start, and how long before Smith centers the second line?

    • 2883

      Cause Morin over Nord

  • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

    Tracey Myers ‏@TramyersCSN 3m
    Bryzgalov starting for Wild. Yeo said John Curry will be the backup goaltender. #Blackhawks