• YoAdrienne

    Sorry, but that Slash anthem was old before he even finished it. Yuk.

    Second link goes to NHL.com, not the Tribune.

    • wardrums

      I agree. I expected a lot more. There was even a tepid response when it was finished.

      He almost pulled it out of the fire with a fusilade of notes on the “home of the brave” part.
      I recall telling the people I was with that I liked that part.

      One of the best anthems I ever heard was at a Bulls game several years ago. A lone sax player stepped out to center court and blew. The place wents nuts when he finished, totally unexpected.

      • wardrums

        You know what ticks me off? A second before Zus grabbed the puck he was taken down by the Kings defenseman like a rodeo cowboy roping a calf. Was I the only one who thought tackling is illegal in hockey?

        • YoAdrienne

          It’s not illegal if the guy being tackled has an Indian head on the front of his sweater. It’s been like that throughout the playoffs. Sure the Hawks get away with that, too. But, not to the extent everyone else has.

          • wardrums

            Kill the ref

      • YoAdrienne

        I thought I saw Kaner rolling his eyes when they showed some of the Hawks’ bench. James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett from Metallica did a much better job with the anthem last year at a SF Giants game. It was straightforward, with no annoying embellishments, kind of like the guitar version of Jim C. They did their version of it, instead of their version of Jimi doing it, like Slash did–and poorly, I will add.

  • teuvosimple

    what could be more american than wunterslausch playing the anthem?

  • cliffkoroll

    Here to bitch about offsides again. Three more bullshit offsides last game. In a game with limited scoring chances, teams should be rewarded, not penalized, for perfectly timed plays. Why are refs so much more inclined to ‘false positives’ than false negatives here?

    • chichicagochi

      let the boys play

  • PE-TER RE-GIN

    Seabs to the first powerplay unit, Sharp to the second, for what that’s worth: http://www.csnchicago.com/blackhawks/blackhawks-look-solve-power-play-issues-heading-game-4

    • YoAdrienne

      Holy cow!!! Q read my mind! I was just thinking this yesterday. Seabs has been scoring from the the blue line area, both during this playoffs and last year’s. This move makes a lot of sense. Come to think about it, I can’t believe nobody thought of this until now. Or, if they did, that it took this long to act on it. It might not be the best thing to use Regular Season Seabrook on the PP, but could very well work with Playoffs Seabrook.

      • guesthouse

        Leddy and Sharp on the blue line together? That second unit of forwards hasn’t been exactly pinning the PK in when they’ve been on the ice.

        • YoAdrienne

          I guess they’re hoping the first unit will get the job done.

          • Bannerman

            Though the second unit has been pretty effective all year

          • YoAdrienne

            But, neither unit has been remotely effective lately.

  • Jim

    Look who leads in +/1
    Dear Coach Q: PLEASE do not skate him today with Kane, Sharp, or anyone else. Please?

  • Jim

    Look who leads in +/1
    Dear Coach Q: PLEASE do not skate him today with Kane, Sharp, or anyone else. Please?

    • rhodes

      +/- for Zus may be in part to his being used on the PK a lot–maybe?

      What’s Bollig’s excuse? -4 w/ 16 PIM? And his TOI has been really low these playoffs. But, GRIT!, I guess. So, there’s that.

      • Bannerman

        PK doesn’t count for +/- so it’s actually much worse

  • Jim

    OK, here’s the plus/minus for regular season. Bollig, Nordstrom, Handzus near the bottom of this list also. Got away with it against Minny and St. Louis. But LA has exposed our little flaws. I just know we will see line changes today, the ones everyone wants. Let Kane fly, dump Handzus, Bollig, Nordstrom.

    • PE-TER RE-GIN

      Well Nordstrom hasn’t played as many games as the other two, so that’s part of it. Still, I think you’re going to see him before Morin (in the case of substitutions) because Q just flat out trusts Nordstrom more.

      Zus needs to take a seat for sure. I have a feeling neither he nor Bollig will tonight though.

      • Jim

        I have to think this is office politics.

        The Kings have found an exploit, and the Hawks need to plug that leak today. My feeling is that today’s winner decides the series. (No amazing insight there, Kings win, and they’re up 3-1, Hawks win and they have home ice and momentum back).

        • TitanTransistor

          I have to agree. Hawks have climbed out of a 3-1 hole before, but not against a team this good or this deep. I don’t think they can survive going down 3-1 in this series.

    • TitanTransistor

      There isn’t a single stat, traditional or advanced, that backs up playing Bollig or Handzus. Not that I can find anyway. Yet Q continues to play them, and nobody in the press pushes him to explain why beyond ‘we like what he brings’.