NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Chicago Blackhawks

Morning Links 2/15

OH Yes!! All our problems are solved: (SunTimes)

Sharp isn’t worried: (Daily Herald)

Game Preview: (Blackhawks.com)

Oh and Sharp has free time for the ladies: (Puckdaddy)

Kesler is back: (Sportsnet)

So Matt Cooke must pay: (Ottawa Sun)

What if the IOC,NHL and NHLPA all crap in our cocoa puffs:(US of Hockey)

Evander Kane and the race problem: (Puckdaddy)

Sportsmanship personified in Russia: (RT)

This needs to happen..Also click on the figurine link: (Daves Geek Ideas)

  • wardrums

    Articel on Sharp in Puck Daddy – classic Pooch Mobile.

    The reason Toews is so good at faceoffs, is he “NEVER” takes his eye off the face off dot.

    Do you think any of the Sens players will be running at the Pens stars in their next game. Hold the woodpile down.

    • ahnfire

      yay, more scripted fights.

      hurrah.

      • Wardrums

        Someone has to do the time

        I, for one, will be watching that game. Although it’s april 22. Maybe cooler heads will prevail by then – i sort of doubt it

    • laaarmer

      You don’t watch the faceoff dot.

      • Accipiter

        Any good golfer will tell you the same.

        • laaarmer

          You are supposed to follow the club head throughout the entire swing.

          • wardruma

            Ha! I know better than that. The great instructor Harvey Pennick once wrote, “there are not many things worse than watching the club head go back.”

        • wardrums

          Please elaborate on that – my game has been declining lately

      • wardrums

        Has anyone told Bolland that?

  • justforkicks

    I don’t know that Karlsson is the most exciting player in the League, but its definitely awful what happened to him and a shame for the Senators – still just not sure whether it was intentional or not, but do think it could have been avoided.

    Excited for the game tonight – LETS GO HAWKS

  • raditzzzz

    i like the evander kane “swagger” story. its interesting to me that winnipeg’s kane gets bashed for it, but that is exactly what we want to see in chicago’s kane. and it isn’t too hard to imagine #88 strolling into the locker room one day with YMCMB shaved on his head.

    in all seriousness, i thought the author pointed to an interesting phenomenon with respect to “swagger.” toews is looked at like a model hockey player: strong, silent, diligent worker, and that all correlates to this idea of a “team player.” Whereas Kane is not afraid to revel in his success (on or off the ice), shows a lot of emotion, and showcases his talent in a creative individualistic way. now, im not going to say that doesn’t mean he isn’t a team player, but from an eye test, you can easily see how he can be labelled more of a maverick. and there’s something in hockey that doesn’t really make that sit well with some people. here in chicago that isn’t as much of a problem, but i do think for the player, it makes them much more of a target for criticism, whether about their game play or off ice actions. once again, think about how we come down on kane if he is not producing versus toews.

    and to take it one step further than the article, i think there is some kernel of truth to the idea that this limits some of the appeal of the sport in the US. looking at basketball and football, and how “swagger” drives interest, i can understand certain perceptions of hockey.

    • justforkicks

      it is interesting how having personality on the ice can be perceived. I’m still hoping they don’t manage to drum out the personality of guys like Yakapov or Kane or others who are so visibly happy and excited to be playing (and scoring which is of course what we want – Kane taking over = good things), because like you say some can perceive it as not being a team player, or they can get the brunt of the anger when there isn’t production or wins.

      fwiw though, i can’t recall a time where kane was called a “selfish” player on the ice (in fact often yelling for him to quit passing and score more himself) until after the “incident” after last season (after a time where he played multiple positions on the ice and took more of a leadership position on the team with no drama) when to a lot of people he suddenly became a cancer in the room and bad teammate.

      • pompoon

        It might be weird, but I’m kind of hoping E. Kane keeps defying whatever expectations the Winnipeg media (or fans) have for him as far as his personality. Same for Yakupov and PK Subban, who might be one of the most charismatic guys in the NHL. Go ahead and be different; the league already has plenty of good Canadian boys. I’ve said it before, but the whole “nail that stands up gets pounded down” mentality just gets annoying sometimes.

        • justforkicks

          I would love for them to keep on keeping on, I also think personality can bring in more fans then the opposite. However, I imagine having to hear constantly from the media and fans can be incredibly draining.

      • raditzzzz

        i know what you are saying. for kane, i think the criticism becomes “lazy” and that can easily be construed to make him less of a team player and perhaps more selfish. maybe people here aren’t seeing that, but remember, plenty of meatheads were at a certain point calling to ship him out for ryan miller or some crap like that.

        • justforkicks

          hah trust me, i remember. And fair point, I’ve never really made that connection between lazy and team player/selfish, but you are absolutely right.

        • ahnfire

          I think part of the problem is that sometimes memes get misconstrued as truth. The default meme on Kane was that he was “lazy” because he was always looking to pass & set up his teammates, which is the opposite of being selfish. But SCH thrived on sarcasm & unfortunately, some people didn’t get that.

          • laaarmer

            No, he was called lazy because of his “effortless’ backchecking and poor defensive skills. He made up for it with offense. The Lazy thing is funnier now because he is not.

          • justforkicks

            it also seemed like it spread. like on sch it was a joke but then i’d read it in other places where they were dead serious.

    • ahnfire

      well, another thing is that Kaner is an American – we’re naturally expected to be brash, loud, and cocky. We tend to crave our athletes/stars to have loud outspoken personalities because we want them to be individuals & stand out. That’s part of the price of fame; you need to be entertaining as well.

      EKane, however, has the expectations that as a Canadian, he should behave in the more traditional Canadian-hockey way (exemplified in Toews, Crosby, etc.) where they relish their “good ole boys playing pond hockey” & “quiet humble good team player” personas. EKane’s swagger contradicts that.

    • cliffkoroll

      Meh. I got no problem with limiting the interest of a sport by screening out morons.

  • MySpoonIsTooBig

    That article from the Ottawa Sun is complete shit. It sucks what happened to Karlsson, and Cooke is definitely one of the dirtiest players of the last 20 years, but the idea that what Cooke did was intentional is just asinine. Subtly bringing his foot down perfectly just inside the top of Karlsson’s boot and slicing the tendon, while not looking and off balance, is just not something that he (or anyone else whose not a ninja assassin) is capable of doing)

    • raditzzzz

      i don’t think its fair to say he did it on purpose, and while i dont have experience skating out, i do think that people can put themselves into bad positions and could limit issues by being smarter with their body. this might not be true, but in my head that is some of the issues guys face when they are “reckless with their bodies.” some guys are looking to squeeze every part of a check or hit to maximal effect and open themselves up to unintended consequences with the follow through.

      that might not necessarily be true, but it makes sense in my head. i just feel like some guys take their skates off the ice or barrel in and try to get every limb or part of their body into the hit without much regard for the positioning after the play and open themselves up to doing stuff like this to other players. and i think most people can easily point out these types of players versus the ones that are only really looking for keeping the hit textbook and making a solid play.

      • justforkicks

        I tend to think that if you have to control your stick, you should have to control your skate and your body – that doesn’t mean what he did was intentional or even necessarily reckless, but maybe some players just need to have a bigger picture view of what they are doing, as hard as it may be in the heat of the moment.

        • laaarmer

          I said yesterday that if the players think he did something, he will pay. Look at Havlat. He kicked a guy too.

          • justforkicks

            yup. and he did get into a fight in that game so maybe that will be the end of it

    • laaarmer

      “Karlsson is the most exciting player in the league”

      OK then.

    • BeverlyBrewmaster

      “How much revenue did his actions cost the Panthers for their game at the BB&T Center in Sunrise April 7, against a Karlsson-less Senators team?” Oh how I love the Onion.

    • wardrums

      Did you happen to see what Chris Neil did later in the game to Cooke? Cooke wouldn’t fight him so Neil finally had enough and just pounded him.

  • http://twitter.com/ChiNativeSon ChicagoNativeSon

    Ray Emery, 2012: 10-0-3 at home with a .917 Sv%

    He had 1 short of double the number of Goals Against on the road in only 2 more games on the road than at home. Could never understand why Q therefore gave him more road starts.

    Interestingly, he only faced 22 shots per game at home and 27 on the road, although both numbers are lower than actual since he had 3 partial games at home and 3 on the road.

    HOME GAMES PLAYED16ROAD GAMES PLAYED18HOME WINS:10ROAD WINS:5HOME LOSSES:0ROAD LOSSES:9HOME OT LOSSES:3ROAD OT LOSSES:1HOME SHUTOUTS:0ROAD SHUTOUTS:0HOME GOALS AGAINST29ROAD GOALS AGAINST54HOME SHOTS AGAINST349ROAD SHOTS AGAINST485HOME SAVE %:.917ROAD SAVE %:.889HOME GAA:2.15ROAD GAA:3.36
    *Stock market disclaimer: Past Performance is not an Indicator of Future Results

    • Wardrums

      Stock market disclaimer – CYA!

    • Toews still makes funny faces!

      So you are saying a member of the team was misused last year…………..
      Don’t believe it.

  • Sparky_The_Barbarian

    So what to do with Carbomb? 4th line?

    • justforkicks

      bollig/mayers out, carcillo in i assume. not looking for him to replace saad, though it could happen. hopefully just send bollig to the hogs.

      • Joe Banks

        Alas, poor Bollig. We barely knew ye.

        • raditzzzz

          dont worry, carcillo will soon be suspended and bollig will be back up, lol.

          • ahnfire

            didn’t Q mentioned something about when Carcillo coming back that they’d just carry 23 or something? Or am I miscalculating and that means someone has to go down?

          • justforkicks

            you are correct, would be 23 with carcillo

        • 10thMountainFire

          I tried not to know him. He kept showing up.

        • justforkicks

          i like him and think he could do more then he is tbh, i’d rather he play in rockford and see what he can do instead of sitting in the box

    • 10thMountainFire

      Cut the wires?

  • Chesterfield King

    Karlsson (not that one, our Karlsson, the goaltender) just got recalled from Rockford

    • ahnfire

      No Crawford at the morning skate D:

      NOOOOOOOO PLZ JUST BE THE FLU OR SOMETHING.

      • Chesterfield King

        Myers said he looked fine at practice tomorrow, so I’m assuming it’s the flu

        • Accipiter

          That is very clairvoyant of her.

          • ahnfire

            that must be how she got her job at CSN. being clairvoyant has to help with the reporting.

          • 10thMountainFire

            It’s easy to be clairvoyant in non-Blackhawks Chicago sports reporting:

            ‘They lost. Back to you, Bob.’

          • 10thMountainFire

            I was thinking the same thing.

            Did we just become best friends?

          • Accipiter

            Why do you have Randy Jackson’s autograph on a martial arts weapon ?

          • 10thMountainFire

            You wanna do karate in the garage?

        • ahnfire

          I hope so. In other news, Karlsson is 6’6″?! Damn…that’s Rinne height.

          • Bullitt315

            Maybe we can kidnap Rinne and swap them out and Nashville won’t notice.

          • http://twitter.com/ChiNativeSon ChicagoNativeSon

            Now you’re ROLLin’

          • justforkicks

            STOP

          • Accipiter

            DROP

          • ahnfire

            hahaha that’s right, I forgot, my comparison of their heights means I’m saying that Karlsson is the next Rinne.

        • 10thMountainFire

          You have amazing powers! Quick, how is the world going to end?!

      • laaarmer

        I wonder if he has the flu if Q was worried about him

        “Shitting the bed.”

        BOOM!

        • frictionjane

          Jaeckel on hockeybuzz is reporting from “sources” that Crawford has a concussion from the Ducks game

          • girlphoenix

            the non-penalty where seabs threw bobby ryan on him? ahh!

  • Toews still makes funny faces!

    Not a fan of Cooke in any way, but that what a freak accident IMO. I do not see anything malicious.

    • 10thMountainFire

      Agree 100%. I could not find fault whatsoever with what Cooke did. No malicious intent. Carry on.

      • Z-man19

        I’ll agree there was no intent but I’m not sure some punishment isn’t warranted. You get a penalty for a high stick whether it was intentional or not. The skate blades are far more dangerous. This was an odd play. I can’t say Cooke had intent but I’m not sure I understand why his skate leaves the ice either. In the end, I’m not so sure the NHL shouldn’t have punished him in some way. If nothing else, it reinforces that you CANNOT screw around with your skates and you are responsible for them if they leave the ice.

    • chichicagochi

      Isn’t there something to be said that even if it was an accident he should be punished? Isn’t that the way our country’s criminal system works?

  • ahnfire

    “NHLBlackhawks @NHLBlackhawks
    Coach Q: Crawford is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Karlsson will back up Emery tonight vs. SJS. Did not rule Crow out for Sunday.”

    “Tracey Myers @TramyersCSN
    Asked if Crawford injury from hit in Ducks game, Q: “Don’t know if it’s that or practice. I don’t know if it’s a defining blow.” #Blackhawks”

    NOOOOOOOO FUCK YOU BOBBY RYAN. Please be ok Crow :(

    • The Doctor

      No penalty on that either when we got one for the same thing a bit before. Love NHL reffing.

      • Sapper84

        Seabrook clearly pushed Ryan into him…Foley even apologized to the ref he screamed at for the no-call

        • ahnfire

          but it’s much more satisfying to yell at Bobby Ryan.

          (play better already, Seabs. ugh.)

          • Sapper84

            this is very true

          • The Doctor

            I just want him to get a real last name.

        • justforkicks

          maybe it would have been better if Ryan just bowled him over rather then trying to leap over him and kneeing him in the head

        • 10thMountainFire

          Stop fucking with our right to scream profanities at random opponents.

    • 10thMountainFire

      The goddamn power play better put on its big boy pants. We’re going to need a few extra goals in the short-term.

  • Joe DeTolve

    Ahh Fuck Beans I didn’t even realize I used the same pic for links as the last game recap..Sorry All!

  • DonCherryCollection

    The end of that Carcillo story states that Q says he’s gonna put Hossa in the shootout instead of Sharp and the rest of the rotating cast of players not as good as Hossa.

    • 10thMountainFire

      ‘…and the rest of the rotating cast of players not as good as Hossa.’

      The NHL?

  • frictionjane

    Jaeckel on hockeybuzz is reporting from “sources” that Crawford’s UBI is a concussion

    • 10thMountainFire

      In other news, Jaeckel is a fuckstick.

    • The Doctor

      Jaeckel is an idiot. Lots of rumors, no substance. I don’t know why people listen to what he says.

      • frictionjane

        Maybe. Probably. But here’s Tracey Meyers tweet from earlier:

        #Blackhawks have recalled goaltender Henrik Karlsson from the Rockford IceHogs. Crawford not here. Was fine/practiced yesterday.

        Sounds odd unless they’re letting Seabs take free runs at Crow in practice

        • The Doctor

          From what I saw on NHL.com (granted it was a fan comment) he aggravated his shoulder.

          Still though, just as reliable as Jaeckel.

        • putmeinthemadhouse

          Q didnt rule him out for sunday, odds are it is not serious.

    • frictionjane

      Sassone now speculating, too

      http://blogs.dailyherald.com/node/7351

    • putmeinthemadhouse

      Unwritten rule here: never post anything from jaeckael, ever. The guy is a fucking hack.

    • nextgame

      I have yet to see a single piece of speculative information based on information from one of jackass’s ‘sources’, whether it be about a trade rumor, injury, roster move, etc., come to fruition.

      Sure, it could be concussion related. Or not. Might as well flip a coin. We just don’t know and they’re not going to tell us.

  • alove189

    Crow is out, upper body

    Rayzor with the start.

    • alove189

      Edit – I cant read.

  • Accipiter

    A better look at O’Reilly and his potential value.
    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=416077

    • 10thMountainFire

      Would you go $5 million per year on him? Even if, would you give up a package that included Stals and a few picks?

      I will say this: having 22-year old two-way centerman as your 2C behind Toews for a few years? Holy shitballs.

      • Accipiter

        I would definitely consider it. I doubt it happens. Holy shitballs would be the correct response if it does.

  • Accipiter
    • TheFullAmonte

      Really distasteful comments, and baseless too for the most part. He should be fined a very large amount, especially since these comments are coming two days after the incident occurred, so these aren’t knee-jerk reactions. I especially liked “Whether it was accidental, or whether it was reckless, or whether it was intentional, to me it doesn’t matter” which is ridiculous

      • Accipiter

        Yeah, he has lost the plot.