• 815Sox

    What the hell was the IOC thinking holding the Olympics in the flippin Caucasus Mountains? Russia and the Islamic people of that region have had a conflict that goes back centuries. At one point Stalin shipped the majority of the Chechen people to Siberia. Most of us also know that militants in the region are more then willing to use suicide bombers.

    FIFA is just as dumb if not worse.

    • 10thMountainFire

      The majority of the Chechen people were never ‘sent to Siberia’. And the North Caucasus conflict is not confined to Chechnya. This issue is way more complicated. Sochi is not Mogadishu.

      Sorry. I bit. My apologies. Carry on.

      • Fleshrifle

        I still don’t get why Putin doesn’t just arrest the guys in the black hats? And anyone in a Canucks jersey.

        • 10thMountainFire

          Putin is well known and appreciated for his sensitivity to minority groups. He cares. I saw it in his eyes. His soul is…

          • Fleshrifle

            So true. He approves of our love.

      • Paul the Fossil

        Just happened to have read this book a few months ago. Really helped make sense of the post-Soviet Union conflict in that region, I learned a lot:
        http://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Freedom-History-Caucasus/dp/0195392396

        [Including that Chechens were among the ethnic groups which Stalin at one point specifically targeted for relocations to Siberia, though whether it ended up being a "majority" of them is questionable.]

        • Waylon

          I recently finished a masterpiece in historical non – fiction, called “Savage Continent.” It is the first complete accounting for all of the atrocities committed across the entire continent of Europe, covering the end of the war and ensuing years after it. Difficult to read, I couldn’t get through more than one chapter at a time. All of the various tribal and ethnic hatreds were realized when the local populaces realized that there were no civilian or military constabulary to restrain them, with predictable results.

          • 10thMountainFire

            ‘The Balkanization of civilization’. The North Caucasus is Balkans east. There are a couple of great books on both regions and it’s exactly like you said… constant backtracking and re-reading to ensure one is fully absorbing the information. Ingushetia, Abkhazia, Ossetia, Dagestan, Chechnya… It’s a ‘blast’.

        • 10thMountainFire

          I love you Paul! That’s one of the two books I referenced below. You are awesome.

        • 815Sox

          Thanks for the recommendation!

      • Waylon

        but Stalin did force entire Chechen villages to be uprooted and sent to places where they faced immediate starvation (i.e Central Asia). “Operation Lentil” was akin to what he did to millions of other farmers whose only crime was working the lands they lived on, and living off of the proceeds. Forced collectivization is one of the least – told stories about the atrocities committed during Stalin’s regime, and what he did to many Chechens during WWII could be considered by many to be genocidal. This is not in any way to suggest that the terrorist activities of the Chechens are justified, but there is a basis in fact for the underlying initial causes of it.

        • 10thMountainFire

          Yes, he did. The Russian dominance over Chechen society is obviously still in force today. Kadryov is… an interesting personality. Tigers… lots of weapons.

        • 815Sox

          Agree, like I said, I can understand why they are pissed. Obviously, violence will not fix the situation at this point.

      • 815Sox

        I am well aware that the insurgency is much stronger in Dagestan and Ingushetia.I know Abu Usman is based in Dagestan right now.

        Gonna have to disagree with you about the amount deported, but I think my main point was this should be expected.

  • pepe_silvia

    We Blackhawks fans sure are spoiled in recent times. A lot of us are going stir-crazy over this slump, when in all reality it’s nothing more than a speed bump in the big picture. This team is in virtually no danger of missing the playoffs, but yet we’re acting like it’s the end of the world. There is still a lot of hockey to be played before the playoffs begin in mid-April.

    If you think about it, the maximum amount of teams each year that can possibly avoid a slump is 1. Either you never play well enough to make the playoffs, or you’re one of the 15 out of 16 teams in the playoffs that loses 4 games out of a possible 7 (which I’d consider a slump).

    It’s January. There’s still ~30 games left. This team knows what it takes to be successful in the playoffs. They’ll beat Vancouver tonight and finish this road trip with a winning record. Let’s do it.

  • raditzzzz

    glowpuck article was great. wasn’t around for that, but the insight into it was fascinating.

    watching the red comet trail from a slap shot had me thinking:
    HE’S ON FIRE!!!!
    BOOM SHAKA LAKA LAKA

    • Bullitt315

      I’m probably in the extreme minority but I actually liked the glow puck. It was really hard for my 12 year old eyes to follow the puck

    • Bob in EP

      If it wasen’t for the extreme improvement that HD brought to the hockey viewing experiece, I would still be watching my old Sony Trinitron.

    • Preacher

      I liked the glowing puck when it was along the boards. You knew where it was even when the camera couldn’t see it. Out in the open, it was irritating.

  • VerStig

    I could swear I saw a second helping of links this morning…

  • Bullitt315

    If football announcers did NHL play by play: And just a reminder fans, that glowing streak of red behind the puck isn’t really there.

    • pepe_silvia

      Don’t make me imagine Joe Buck doing hockey play-by-play. That’s my worst nightmare.

  • raditzzzz

    saw this vid, thought it was pretty great:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KoaMBvw9q8

    step 20 was a beaut.

  • 10thMountainFire

    All three around the net in the photo.

    They’re creating chances. The puck just isn’t finding the back of the net. This foreshadows an explosion when the puck finally cooperates.

    ‘If a player is hitting the post with regularity, he doesn’t suck. He’s beating the goaltender… it’s just not going in.’

    • laaarmer

      When Monahan gets control of the puck, there is no “high guy”. It can and likely did result in an odd man rush. The last forward down there needed to stay out.

      Little thing, but nonethless, it’s an issue.

      • laaarmer

        Also,
        If Bickell would stay more hashmarky/circley, it would be possible to make a pass to him. Where he is now, no pass can be made.

        Likely, one or both D are creeping in too, which makes the transition going the other way likely.

        • Accipiter

          It’s his head. There is some sort of gravitational pull preventing him from going to the puck area.

          • laaarmer

            He’s in the puck area. It may be the stones in Shaw’s head are attracting the lump on top of Bickell neck, so they stand next to eachother.

            More attention to detail and these guys are going far

          • laaarmer

            t=y

          • Accipiter

            It has to.

          • laaarmer

            I have that as a hot key.

        • 10thMountainFire

          I don’t imagine it would be hard to tell Bicks to stay near the outside and toss a wrister.

          • laaarmer

            One of them. I assume Saad was already below the goal line and Shaw by the net. This just seems to be places where they tend to be. So why woudn’t Bickell put himself in some sore of place where he could help. He cannot recieve a pass where he is and there is not a shot.
            I imagine this is right after a shot, so it’s all probably fine, but this is an issue with the team. They are not at their best with the structure right now

          • 10thMountainFire

            Which is why I think the solution is near. Just refinement. Once it gets going again it’s domination.

  • Paul the Fossil

    “one must once again consider that the top teams in the league in corsi almost always tend to be the top teams in the league in the standings.
    Maybe that’s just a coincidence for the seventh year in a row of the
    Behind the Net era. Can’t expect Neil to know that, though. He’s too
    busy getting third-line minutes on a 12th-place team.” — ZING!

    http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/puck-daddy-power-rankings-olympic-threats-stat-geeks-143835460–nhl.html#more-id

  • Z-man19