• Black JEM

    Love Scum fans’ comments about working harder. Hell that is all Detroit has. They did work hard, but their age is catching up with them – and the retirements of some darn good players. This was a great chance for them to win – Chicago, 6 games in nine days, 3 in 4, and waiting in Chicago with rest.
    I say we sweep the Scum just to watch their followers’ heads explode.

    • Waylon

      I don’t care about SCUM anymore – it’s SCUM JR. that looks pretty damn scary right now. If this keeps up we’ll see them again in the playoffs, and right now you’d have to rate that as a big toss – up.

      • Sparky_The_Barbarian

        The difference between Scum and Scum junior is the difference between jousting against the wounded Sir Lancelot in Excalibur and jousting against Martin Lawrence in Black Knight.

        We are likely to see both teams in the playoffs. I wouldn’t count Scum out yet. They will get healthy. They still have Datsyuk and Zetterberg and Babcock.

        • Waylon

          You’re right of course – but SCUM JR has a lot of talented (and nasty) youth and now have additional seasoning after their series last year against the Kings.

  • http://www.polyptych.bandcamp.com/ Samuroth

    I will just leave this here.

    • ahnfire

      leave what?

      • Accipiter

        Hit refresh, it’s there.

        • ahnfire

          stupid disqus.

    • The Doctor

      I saw that last night and wanted to share it but couldn’t figure out how with my brother’s laptop. Bolly looks absolutely maniacal there.

    • justforkicks

      what a lunatic.

      • Accipiter

        Brendan Smith seems to know what is hunting him. He looks like he is skating for his life.

        • justforkicks

          hahaha you are so right

        • The_FFF

          Speaking of being hunted by Bolly:

    • 10thMountainFire

      I love you, Davie Bolland. Don’t leave us.

    • DaveM36

      This is just the greatest.

  • Elliott Heigert

    How is Scum Jr. leading the league in scoring?

    • Sparky_The_Barbarian

      7 PP goals.

  • Waylon

    Hope the Hawks are ready to rumble now – watching that shitstorm between the Nucks and the Sharks, they better have their heads on a svivel – a fight broke out before the puck was even dropped.

    • Sparky_The_Barbarian

      Better stay out of the box against Jose as well. Their PP is killer.

      • justforkicks

        yeah our pk is pretty great (23 out of 24 i believe) don’t want to really text it anymore. last game was more then enough.

    • justforkicks

      hopefully 2 days rest is just what the doctor ordered – especially since we have 3 games in 4 days, right? Think we’ll see Bollig back in play?

      • Waylon

        Knowing Q and Mayer’s recent penchant for taking dumb penalties at critical moments, probably. But like Sparky said, they won’t win if they give that line PP opportunities at will – and in case anyone didn’t already know, LaPenis and Borrows are still massive douches. They even made Clowe lose his collective shit, and we all know what a tool he is (albeit a talented one).

        • justforkicks

          yeah, to be fair though, i’m pretty sure bollig only gave us one penalty, rest were offsetting. i’d like to see him be smarter about fighting, e.g. i don’t care if it sucks to say now, sometimes you have to like when we’re up by 1 in a tight game. seeing mayer back in the line up though really outlined what we had been “missing” which tbh wasn’t as much as i thought.

          • Joe Banks

            Old time hockey, Toe Blake, Eddie Shore…

  • cliffkoroll

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Detroit misses the playoffs this year.

    • Apothecaries’ Weight

      I wouldn’t be surprised if I was elated when that happened.

  • Sparky_The_Barbarian

    Dear NHL

    We will gladly trade you Sheldon Brookbank, a bag of brand new Jonathan Toews autographed pucks, and Marlboro 72′s plus minus rating for the Phoenix Coyotes.

    (Might work if they don’t perform Due Diligence on that +/-)

  • Sparky_The_Barbarian

    There are things you don’t do in hockey: Shoot the puck at the opponents net after the whistle, lift the Chalice From The Palace if you haven’t earned it, or make commercials about scoring 9 goals in a game and having the feat named after you.

    Failure to follow these practices leads to bad Karma.

  • 10thMountainFire

    Please excuse this post, especially the length… but I love you guys here and I want to share something that means a lot to me as a Hawks fan.

    Last night I had one of the most incredible and surreal experiences of my life and I’m compelled to leave it here in order to reinforce the idea we have about what a special organization the Chicago Blackhawks are.

    In 2009, while on deployment, my family placed me on a waiting list for the USO’s spot to honor veterans next to Jim Cornelison during The National Anthem. I was called last week, as my last week in the Army came to a close, and informed that I was chosen for the Detroit game. To say this is an honor is to truly understate what this experience is. It is indescribable; every Hawks fan in the building thanks you for your service. They offer you beers. They truly are interested in your experiences and grateful for the service of the serviceman/woman.

    When I arrived, I was treated like a returning Roman warrior; I was parked next to the stadium and brought in through a special entrance. Everyone treated me with incredible respect… from the parking attendants to the in-stadium personnel and fans. I was ashamed that other men and women I served with were not going to have this experience and I felt guilty at times.

    When I reported to the ice area to go out with Mr. Cornelison, I was informed that I would be accompanied by a WWII Marine Corps veteran in a wheel chair. When we got on the ice, they situated me next to Mr. Cornelison, to the left of the Marine. At this point the Marine decided he wanted to stand for The Anthem and present arms. So I assisted him out of his chair and held him as he saluted throughout Then Anthem. It was an honor I can never hope to duplicate.

    I was seated in section 104 with a group of Detroit fans in front of us, having traveled to Chicago to see the Wings. They were loud, supportive of their team, and gregarious. During the second intermission, one of their relatives, in a Hawks sweater, came over to me and engaged me in a conversation that began by asking me where I had deployed to (multiple times to Afghanistan). As the conversation progressed, he let me know that he had come to the US from Iraq in 1978. He was holding a beer, having a great time, and cheering on the Hawks against his relatives from Detroit. I quickly became aware that this interaction specifically, and the night generally, would be among the great experiences that I will recall at the end of my life: a soldier being treated like gold, sitting with Iraqi-Americans, cheering hockey while drinking beer and roaring for the Anthem and the Hawks. I have never felt more appreciated as an American soldier.

    The Chicago Blackhawks do this with little recognition; but soldiers all over the world last night were tuned in because I let them know what was about to happen. I told them I was there not for me but for the men and women we served with that didn’t come home and couldn’t be there, those who are out of the ranks now and recovering from wounds anonymously, and those that still walk the post ensuring our safety and security.

    A final note: last April, SSG Dave Nowaczyk, a Hawks fan who I served with at 10th Mountain in Kunar and Nuristan in 2009, was killed on his third trip to Kunar in the village of Pashad in Sarkani District. Other than the initial television notification, not too many are aware he lived… but he was part of our family of Hawks fans and he wasn’t there to see Soldiers and Marines honored like that last night. Guys like that made it possible for me to experience that. And for that, I’m grateful.

    The Chicago Blackhawks are the best organization in sports. Soldiers now all around the world, seeing the Anthem display last night, now know that. We’re global. Go Hawks.

    Edit: I should note that this was my last official wearing of the uniform.

    • Waylon

      Congratulations on your return, and thank you for your service to our country. Don’t know what else to say, anything additional would seem like empty nonsense.

      • mightymikeD

        this

    • ahnfire

      Aww 10th. Thank you for your service, and for sharing this with us. :)

      All the upboats for you!

    • justforkicks

      Thanks for your service, 10th, and thanks for sharing.

    • Joe Banks

      10thMountainfire, thank you for your service to our country, and thank you for this post. I just replayed last nights Anthem, and I’m not ashamed to say I was tearing up a bit.
      God bless all of you that have served our country, god bless Dave Nowaczyk.

    • M7

      Good on you and your family (personal and military that is).

  • Apothecaries’ Weight

    In an ESPN interview, Wirtz said he asked Stan during the 9 game skid last year if Q lost the room. Stan told him no.
    This is a bit of a wrinkle in the Stan/Q feud theory, no?

    • Chesterfield King

      All I remember about the streak was ending it in New York and turning the entire thread Green

      • justforkicks

        and what a beautiful thread it was

    • Sparky_The_Barbarian

      Glad to see Rocky keeping in touch with things, AND doing it through proper channels. Re Stan and Q: With any GM and Coach doing their job, when the team is winning, reporters say they are ‘Proactive.’ When the team is losing, reporters say they are feuding.

  • justforkicks

    Guys, hockey hugs is back and not only were we not #1, but they also only included 1 hug =(

    • Accipiter

      The caption was prettay prettay prettay good.
      Kaner -”Oh my god what’s that red light for, Marian?! Is it a terror alert, Marian?! Marian, I’m scared, Marian.”

      • justforkicks

        hah admittedly that was great, but I’ve still got beef, lol.

    • ahnfire

      I was affronted by not getting the top spot & Mooney forgetting the Patricks hug…but I have to admit, #1 was pretty good.

      • justforkicks

        yeah that #1 is pretty great, but better then ours? i don’t think so. I liked the commentary though, before and after – most vivacious hugger indeed!

  • justforkicks

    just found out Rozsival is injured (hurt his knee in dallas) and will be out for a while. not a huge fan of brookbank being out there until he gets better tbh.

    • CozBullsFan

      ugh. that’s not good at all. brookbank’s play has been one of the few negatives in young season. i hope he picks it up soon.

    • TheFullAmonte

      How did you find that out? Not at all saying you’re lying or anything I just hadn’t heard that yet. Real shame as Rozsival has been playing much better than Brookbank so far, and it seems Q doesn’t trust Brookbank at all either. Not that he has given him a reason to yet, but 11:28 TOI isn’t going to cut it long term.

      • justforkicks

        TimSassone
        #Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival will miss some time with a knee injury suffered at Dallas, the Daily Herald has learned.

  • CozBullsFan

    Anyone watching the Canucks/Kings game? Luongo is having a great game tonight. How about that soon to be crazy goalie controversy?

    • Accipiter

      Lu was the best Canuck on the ice, he made some great saves.