• 10thMountainFire

    HITCH ON COACH Q

    Hitchcock on his Chicago adversary, former Blues coach Joel Quenneville:

    “Joel is great at knowing a player’s strengths and weaknesses, and putting that player in the right area at the right time. He’s the best in the world at that.”

    • MattC86

      And Hitch is one of the world’s best at mass consumption of roast beef sandwiches, so . . . call it even?

      • Joe Banks

        My son swears he saw Hitch eating a bag of chips during a game.
        I would kill for a picture of that.

        • MattC86

          My all time favorite is Damian Rhodes sneaking a hot dog on the bench back in like 99 or so. Can’t find pics anywhere but it remains a classic.

          • http://www.minotauroshockey.com/ KenOda

            The head coach of the team I work for played for Hitch for a season, I have heard some great stories about Hitch’s ability to eat.

          • 1benmenno

            The Will To Devour

      • pepe_silvia

        I’m excited for this series just for the fact that hopefully we get to hear Hitchcock massacre Hjalmarsson’s name again.

      • 10thMountainFire

        Yeah, but what’s the series at?

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

      By extension, does this make Hitchcock wrong, too, about Morin and Regin (not to mention Handzus and Bollig; and not to mention Hayes, Pirri, Skille and Olsen)?

      Beautiful morning for a (s)troll …

      • 10thMountainFire

        Hitchcock ate the troll.

    • Peter Turner

      The Hawks have 2 former head coaches from the Blues. Q and Kitchen. Respect that.

      • Waylon

        don’t forgot about Scotty Bowman.

        • 10thMountainFire

          The one team even Scotty Bowman couldn’t win a Cup with.

          • zacked

            Well, them and the Sabres, where he was also (mostly) the GM.

          • 10thMountainFire

            The Buffalo period slipped my mind.

          • zacked

            But that’s where our own Bowman grew up!

  • cliffkoroll

    Blackhawks in playoff series under Quenneville:
    3-2 in first round
    7-1 in later rounds

    Season starts tonight boys.

  • pepe_silvia

    Today’s the day. The Defense Begins.

  • MattC86

    CBC’s montage guy remains the greatest:

    http://nesn.com/2014/04/hockey-night-in-canada-unveils-epic-2014-stanley-cup-playoffs-opening-montage-video/

    Shaw’s puck in the face and bleeding lap with the Cup makes it’s way into posterity.

    • Bob in EP

      I had a feeling that pic would become iconic. And deservedly so.

    • ballyb11

      Fights and especially illegal hits I could do without.

      • zacked

        Yeah, that was weird. The previous years didn’t highlight some of the worst “plays” in history like that.

    • BigCSouthside

      WHoever does TSN’s stuff has mad game

    • pepe_silvia

      The DET Game 5 one from last year makes me teary eyed

    • berkley

      Hextall giving up 9 goals and chasing Robbie Brown is classic Flyers

      • MattC86

        Hextall. The man, the legend.

    • 2883

      I still watch that montage from last year, when I need to feel good.

    • cliffkoroll

      So awesome, so pumped.

      Kaner’s double OT series clincher over Quick.

      Also, the scene where Seabrook is apologizing to Toews for sucking.

      • 2883

        Seabrook was telling the Captain that he was the one that actually committed the penalty and apologizing for his own incompetence.

        • MattC86

          I think he was kidding.

          • 2883

            Seabrook doesn’t kid around.

          • 10thMountainFire

            What if Keith wrote the jokes for him?

          • 2883

            He’d still mess them up

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

        That last one, that made me laugh.

        • bizarrohairhelmet

          all this time and Cliffy finally did something intentionally funny

      • zacked

        Didn’t Kane say something like “I just shot it as hard as I could?”

        I believe my reaction to that one was to jump up (alone in my house) and yell “FUCKIN’ RIPPER!”. Scared the cat.

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      Minor detail but shouldn’t a montage about the playoffs only include footage from the playoffs?

      • DJ

        Well, he does two or more. This is the heading-into-the-playoffs montage. He’ll have a playoff-highlights montage, and it’ll be just as awesome. The one he did to commemorate Rush’s induction into the Rock and Roll HOF was very good, indeed.

    • VerStig

      I miss the BigC videos…

    • 10thMountainFire

      The one from 2010 is still my favorite.

      • ahnfire

        Their farewell to the playoffs (Tonight, Tonight) is definitely up in my favorites, after the BigC videos.

        • 10thMountainFire

          That’s the one. And yes, BigC’s vids.

          • ahnfire

            welp, I just fell into a youtube rabbit hole of playoff montage videos.

            MOVE FASTER, DAY.

        • 2883

          Gimme Shelter from last year gives me the tingles.

  • MySpoonIsTooBig

    Honestly, I really hope that the full Scum Jr. line-up is ready to go tonight. Backes, Tarasenko, Sobotka, Oshie, everyone. That way, when the ‘Hawks step on their fucking throats and wipe the fucking floor with them in this series, no one in St. Louis will be able to say “you just got lucky we were missing [insert name here]” as some sort of excuse instead of admitting that the ‘Hawks are the superior team.

    • lizmcneill

      I don’t care how or why they win. Just win, baby!

      • ballyb11

        A-fucking-men!

    • Joe Banks

      They will have excuses, regardless…

      • Bob in EP

        Yeah, I’ve found it best to just laugh in their faces and walk away.

    • pepe_silvia

      I really find it funny that Blues fans say missing Tarasenko and Oshie is like missing Kane and Toews. While I won’t deny that missing two of your best players is a blow to any team, trying to compare the former pair to the latter is laughable. Two of those guys are in the top 10 forwards in the league. Two aren’t.

      • 2883

        The Blues have missed more of their lineup than just Oshie and Tarasenko. Tarasenko is their top goal scorer.

        • VanDorp’sMullet

          You’d better get ready to eat lots of big, red candles, 2883.

          • 2883

            I have bottles of different Irish whiskeys and lots of big red candles, the Blackhawks better not disappoint

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

      I’d much rather play the Blues team that was missing 9 of 13 starters in their final regular season game. Whoever gets to Round 2 here and in the Pacific is going to need to catch some luck with respect to bruises and battering, and the tamer the first round is the better imo … I’ll take the Big Test in a latter round, thanks!

      • YoAdrienne

        That’s kind of how I feel about it. I’d rather have to listen to the excuse-making than see one of them take out Kane’s semi-recovered knee and/or hurt others on top of it. The fewer thugs our guys have to face, the better.

  • ballyb11

    As referenced yesterday,

    TONIGHT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT GAME OF THE SEASON.

    Gotta keep the Blues on a downward slide. If they turn it around mentally, it’ll obviously be an entirely different series. Remember, ‘a wounded animal’.

    • zacked

      Tonight is definitely the most important game of the season. Until saturday, when monday will become the most important game.

      • 1benmenno

        Which makes tonight’s beer the most important beer of the season. Choose wisely, my frient

  • Paul the Fossil

    Anybody else do the Bracket Challenge on NHL.com? Can’t get the “share your bracket” links to work but my first-round picks were:

    CHI in 6
    MIN in 7
    ANA in 5
    SAN in 6
    BOS in 5
    TAM in 7
    PIT in 6
    NYR in 6

    • zacked

      My picks, which were before last night and just off the top of my head:
      Bruins vs Wings – Bruins in 6

      Pens vs Lumbus – Pens in 5

      Lightning vs Habs – Lightning in 5 (if Bishop can play, in 7 with Lindback)

      Rags vs Flyers – Rags in 6

      Avs vs Wild – Avs in 7

      Ducks vs Stars – Stars in 7

      Blues vs Hawks – Hawks in 6

      Sharks vs Kings – Sharks in 7

      Thinking about it more, I don’t like the Pens in 5, but it’s boring to pick everything as 6 or 7. Realistically, that Sharks/Kings series is so close it should be in 7.3 or something.

      Looks like were mostly on the same page, just picking different west upsets. Mine’s not looking so good.

  • ballyb11

    Absolutely not.

    • 2883

      Waylon’d

  • Michael Scott

    Tonight’s the night.
    And it’s going to happen, again and again.
    It has to happen.

    • 10thMountainFire

      Hey hey, my my what a post.

      • Michael Scott

        I have to pretend that I’ll be contributing because I’m working tonight.

        • 10thMountainFire

          No, I’LL have to pretend you’re contributing. You just work.

  • Hawkeytalk

    I’m ready for the parade of stupid Blues penalties followed by lots of Hawks lamp. Stupid is as stupid does!

    I’ll be in the air on the way home at puck drop. Who knew that there would be a playoff game tonight when I made these plans 2 months ago?

  • CozBullsFan

    IT’S HAWKS PLAYOFF HOCKEY DAY! WUUUUU!

  • BrandonPirri

    http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/435/article/p2p-79939984/

    Hawks have home ice advantage for all 7 games, it seems.

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      We should be hearing the “Let’s Go Hawks” chant pretty clearly then.

      • chidiver

        I will give it my all. BTW, if you hear “Detroit Sucks!”…that’s my Mom (cause that’s her favorite thing to yell at Hawks games and I told her she could)

    • QCBlackhawk

      It’s just a shame we don’t get the line picks to go with it. ;p

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

    TOEWS!
    FUCK
    HOSS!
    BICKELL! Welcome back!
    FUCK
    SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD!

    Just practicing.

    • 10thMountainFire

      *Kneel

    • QCBlackhawk

      Too many fucks for my liking…. TWSS

      • 10thMountainFire

        Not enough for my liking…

        /TMFF’d

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

        Stamkos again? XMF?

        • 10thMountainFire

          I am a horrible person with no wit and a dearth of intellect.

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

            I should think that “I am a person” better captures it.

    • roadhog

      I love lamp.

    • Hags

      you forgot to practice FUCKING VERSTEEG

      • pepe_silvia

        Neutral zone turnover
        Neutral zone turnover
        Neutral zone turnover
        Neutral zone turnover

        Breakaway…tries to pass

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

        That one doesn’t need any practice. I’m so accustomed to it and it’s so automatic that it sometimes even sneaks in as my “hello” if I’m meeting someone new.

  • Bob in EP

    It is not helping that work is moving slower than a nursing home elevator today.

    • roadhog

      I’m busier than the US Ambassador to Ukraine.

  • jordyhawk

    Luongo on TSN the other night was asked to pick one goalie, one
    defenseman, and one forward he thought of as prime-time playoff guys.

    Answer: Quick, Seabrook, Bergeron.

    • QCBlackhawk

      I hope he’s right for Seabs. Please, please, please be right.

      • YoAdrienne

        Based on last year, he’s right. I hope it holds true again this time around.

    • roadhog

      He played with Seabs on the Canadians Olympic Team (Van) no? Is that the only time they played together?

      • VerStig

        Well they’re talking about playoffs, and he certainly played *against* him in the playoffs a few times…

        • Paul the Fossil

          Seabrook was the 7th D-man in those Olympics so yea I’d imagine Luongo is thinking more of having played against him.

    • 2883

      Seabrook is from BC. Are Bergeron and Quick also from BC?

      • zacked

        …think about it…

        54’40″ or fight!

        • 2883

          Quick’s the only American in the group. He was actually on the US Oly team… doh

          • zacked

            You could also probably guess where PATRICE BERGERON is from based only on his name and occupation. :)

  • K J

    What does “I love lamp” mean?

    • 10thMountainFire

      The red lamp… goal scoring. VDM says it.

      • K J

        Ah, I see. Light a mup mup mup

        • pepe_silvia

          I’M ON FIYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAA

          • 2883

            I’m going to do a search for the muppets performing this song and if it doesn’t exist. I will rain down hell on you like you can’t imagine.

          • chidiver

            Look up Robin Williams singing it as Elmer Fudd.

          • 2883

            Done. Also, it doesn’t exist but fortunately for you this does..

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=t95_9NBVewM

          • 2883

            different song chid. FoB vs Bruce Springsteen

          • chidiver

            Get off my lawn!

          • 1benmenno

            I remember that.

          • K J
          • 2883

            This is footage from Bohemian Rhapsody set to the music of FoB, this is not the Muppets doing FoB.

        • 10thMountainFire

          I’d go for five or six tonight. Sound good?

          • K J

            HAWKS SCORE ALL THE MUPS

          • 10thMountainFire

            And then one more. Because.

          • unkind

            Sounds great im really hoping we demolish them.

      • VanDorp’sMullet

        I do love lamp so much.

    • roadhog

      Ron Burgundy – Anchorman reference.

  • HossBoss

    This day is just dragging by…it’s like christmas morning and the parents aren’t up yet

  • Country_Bumpkin

    I got butterflies in my stomach. CRUSH, KILL, DESTROY!

    • 10thMountainFire

      Stop eating butterflies.

      • 1benmenno

        Dancing monkey: the voice of reason.

      • Country_Bumpkin

        They are low in calories and make my poop colorful.

  • BrandonPirri

    The Blues practice at the St. Louis Outlet Mall. You’ve got to be kidding me.

    • HossBoss

      Dippin’ Dots are the favored post workout snack

      • BrandonPirri

        Or Sbarro.

      • chidiver

        Orange Julius kills Gatorade as a recovery drink.

    • Hawkeytalk

      I saw that earlier. The joke possibilities are endless. Do you suppose that reeves’ home dumpster is behind the Cinnabon?

    • 10thMountainFire

      The Whale played in a mall.

      • Oldfarthawkfan

        The Chicago Cougars played a WHA finals in a mall (Randhurst) cause The International Amphitheatre had the circus at that time

        • laaarmer

          Randhurst mall! I think I used to get Toughskins there.
          Remember those things? They were like sheet metal pants.

          • Country_Bumpkin

            Like wearing canvas pants.

    • QCBlackhawk

      Not gonna lie, if the hawks practiced in a mall I’d hang out and watch…

    • unkind

      This really isnt that surprising

    • zacked

      Caps practice on a parking garage.

    • MySpoonIsTooBig

      The Caps practice at a mall too. Kettler Capitals Ice Plex is at the top of the Ballston Commons Mall. It’s not even a nice mall either, it’s a shithole, but the rink is nice

      • laaarmer

        Hawks should practice at Old Chicago (I know it’s gone)

  • Paul the Fossil
  • zacked

    Haven’t seen this mentioned yet, but

    Oshie and Berglund out, Tarasenko in for Blues tonight vs. ‘Hawks

    These were apparently the lines at the skate:
    Steve Ott — David Backes — Alex Steen
    Jaden Schwartz — Vladimir Sobotka — Tarasenko
    Brenden Morrow — Derek Roy — Ryan Reaves
    Chris Porter — Maxim Lapierre — Adam Cracknell

    That bottom six is ugly, and Steve Ott, first-liner. The 2nd could be scary though.

    • QCBlackhawk

      Give him some Shaw and see how well that hand is doing, imo

    • unkind

      Talk about a dumpster third line

      • zacked

        Well Roy and Morrow are a formidable combination…in 2008.

        • unkind

          Exactly they can get exposed so easily.

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

          My pick for Blues-Druce would be Roy. I’m not frightened or anything, that’s just my pick.

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

      I always feel extra-worried when a brown-brain player comes back for a day and then has to leave again. Hope he gets himself comfortable. I’ve actually always been a really big fan of Oshie.

      • 1benmenno

        Anyone who gets drunk with Toews can’t be all bad.

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

          As much as I like Oshie, I think he might have been the Pinky of that duo.

          • 1benmenno

            What do you want to do today, Toews?
            Same thing we do every night, Oshie.

          • 1benmenno

            NARF!

      • Bullitt315

        Brown brain sucks. You feel completely fine one minute and the next, you’re dizzy and feel like crap.

      • laaarmer

        Kid can play.
        I hope he’s OK as well.

    • red palace

      Ha Ha, Kaner can’t wait.

    • Preacher

      If these are the Blues’ lines, that’s two guys on that top line that will try to decapitate Toews. Between Ott and Captain Punchy there’s going to be some serious doucheness going on.

  • Bob in EP

    Just heard from an aquaintance in St. Louis that there are so many tickets available because “the Blackhawks aren’t a good draw down here”.

    • pepe_silvia

      They were at or near the top of the NHL all season and they barely sold out any games. That’s just unacceptable. Especially when the tix are cheap as balls compared to other premier NHL locations.

      • BrandonPirri

        Best Fans In Baseball.

        • pepe_silvia

          I don’t know if you know this, but the Cardinals and their fans literally invented baseball.

          • 10thMountainFire

            And racism.

    • QCBlackhawk

      The Fuck?

    • 10thMountainFire

      What’s the series at?

    • laaarmer

      Yeah, they’re not a draw because they pulled that BS with the tickets this year. Great job by the owners and Bettman there, eh?

  • SuperHawk27

    I got a notification that Oshie is out for tonights game. Too bad there are no shootouts in the playoffs…

  • laaarmer

    Lots of nervous energy.

    • pepe_silvia

      Same here.

  • bizarrohairhelmet
  • YoAdrienne
    • 10thMountainFire

      Do great things this post season, Zus.

      Like this right here.

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    Coming home tomorrow, so I have to be on the express to Heathrow, and the game starts at 1 AM local…. Going to miss it. Go Hawks, go Wild.

  • laaarmer

    How awesome is this time of year? It’s better than Christmas.

    • 10thMountainFire

      But less fun than Stanley Cup win day.

      • QCBlackhawk

        FUCKING RIGHT, CHICAGO!…. WOOOO /BARF

    • unkind

      Very exciting. Many drinks. WOW!

  • 1benmenno

    Because of gout, I cannot drink tonight. I hope you all take up the slack.

    • laaarmer

      I hope you feel better soon.

      • 1benmenno

        Thanks. It shouldn’t be much longer.

        • laaarmer

          What do you do to make Gout go away? Drink water?

          • 1benmenno

            Water helps. And naproxen for the swelling. But icing it doesn’t help, because the gout crystals form in cool places. Avoid alcohol and foods with high purine levels (seafood, lentils).

          • laaarmer

            STOP EATING SO MANY GODDAMN LENTILS!

          • 1benmenno

            I’m going to have to join LA.

          • laaarmer
          • 1benmenno

            Totalitarian vegetables!

          • laaarmer

            If the Hawks were the Young Ones, who would be Neil?

          • laaarmer

            Niel

          • 1benmenno

            Pierre MacGuire?

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            totalitarian vegetables are the tastiest

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            And cut down on the venery….

        • 10thMountainFire

          Get better soon. I need a scotch and beer partner.

          • 1benmenno

            I will redouble my efforts at abstinence in order to drink more with you later.

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      the ol’ rich man’s disease

      • 1benmenno

        Ha.

    • 10thMountainFire

      Because of hockey, I will be drinking tonight.

  • 10thMountainFire

    Tarasenko and Backes are in.

    • QCBlackhawk

      Welcome to this morning’s heart-burn

    • K J

      Oshie out. Berglund out. Or has this been covered already?

  • Country_Bumpkin

    I want Backes’ head on a pike pole by ten o’clock this nigh.

  • DesertHawk

    Is Carruth wearing an X-wing pilot’s flightsuit jersey in that picture?