• thepuckstopshere

    Happy game day Friday to all:
    No math today so, lets drop the puck shall we?
    GO HAWKS!

  • Bannerman

    I’ve given up trying to figure out what will happen tonight. I can’t help feeling that whoever scores first wins. Does anyone else ever get the feeling that Crawford plays better until he gives up that first goal and that, the longer it takes the other team to get that first goal, the better he plays afterwards? I don’t believe it’s a question of mental toughness so much as trying to do too much/ getting adventerous etc. after one has gone in.

    • pepe_silvia

      I’ve seen sort of the same thing from Crow in this series. It seems like he is trying to do too much. I commend him for wanting to get a shutout every game, but he needs to realize all these goals (for the most part) aren’t his fault. I think he just needs to settle down and he’ll be as sharp as ever.

      • YoAdrienne

        When the goalie is being hung out to dry on a frequent basis, that’s what it looks like. It’s not so much him “trying to do too much” as it is him being forced to do more things because the guys in front of him aren’t doing enough. Sure, Crow has let in a few soft ones, but how many goals happened because the D-men let one or more Kings park right in front of him, or otherwise played sloppily. Judging by his play on Wednesday, from the third period on, it looks like he did settle down. I hope that carries through for all of tonight.

    • Björn

      I kinda agree with the Hockeenight article: ever since he got speared in the nads by Williams in Game 2, he hasn’t been the same. I know someone here mentioned it in another thread a few days ago, but maybe he aggravated that same groin injury he had earlier in the year. If I remember, he played pretty poorly due to that injury, and once he came back from it is when he started to pick up his game.

  • ballyb11

    Need at least one reversion to the mean tonight.

    Kings —-> down.
    Hawks —-> up.

    Let’s Go Hawks!!!
    VAMOS HAWKS!!!

  • HawkIPA

    Saad quote from the Trib piece on the game winning play: “(Handzus) had some speed going through the middle making it three-on-two.”

    Words you don’t see every day.

    • guesthouse

      And probably won’t ever again.

    • The Other One

      You know, the dude has had some pretty big playoff goals for the Hawks though. One against Detroit and one against Boston last year (if not more). He contributes – albeit at a slowing pace

      • pepe_silvia

        I loved that goal against Detroit. Down 1 going into the 3rd, and 2 mins in Zus finds the puck on his stick right in front of the net and beats Howard point blank blocker side.

        • 1benmenno

          After a beautiful pass from Saad again. I think

          • YoAdrienne

            Vs. Detroit was Hammer. Saad made the great pass to him in the Boston series, Game 4, I think. That one was a shortie, IIRC.

          • 1benmenno

            Yes. Now I remember. Again it was Zus coming with speed down the middle

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  • HawkIPA

    I think the Kings will have their hands full tonight. Does the new KSS line get some Kopitar? Then who takes the Toews line? Who is Doughty’s responsibility? How do you hide Willie Mitchell and Alec Martinez? This is the first time Sutter has had to answer these questions.

    I can’t predict how this all will turn out, but Kane, Toews, and Hossa have a habit of rising to the occasion in games like this. I’m expecting a breakthrough from 81.

    • pepe_silvia

      I am confident in these Hawks. I was confident before Game 5. I think if they bring the same intensity for the full 60+ that they brought Wednesday at the UC, then they will be in a great position to win.

    • DJ

      I think Kopitar stays with Toews. The Pro Hockey Talk writer suggested that the Carter line might not be up to handling Saad/Kane; he thought that the Richards line might get the first crack.

      • Bannerman

        Richards line supported by Doughty against Toews and have the Kopitar line try to make the 4 letter line play defense.

        • DJ

          That’s an interesting idea.

          • Bannerman

            From their perspective, they probably feel like if the top 2 lines cancel each other out that they will win the bottom 6 vs 3.5 matchup. Kopitar would destroy Shaw and likely make up for whatever the Richards Line gives up to Toews.

          • HawkIPA

            The Kopitar line would have to make choices. Kopitar on Shaw is a waste. He’ll kill him at the dot, but will otherwise be tasked with Kane. That leaves Dustin Brown to defend against Saad, not exactly a quick one, and Gaborik isn’t known for getting in the muck like Shaw is. Not saying that they can’t shut down KSS, but it’s not as easy as Kopitar destroying Shaw.

        • wowwowweewoo

          With the way Richards lost a step on Michael frickin’ Handzus for the OT winner on Wednesday, I’d love to see him take on Toews and Hoss.

  • wanker751

    That score article makes me long for that kind of critical coverage of the Hawks here…

    • HawkIPA

      Justin Bourne is worth reading regularly, always provides good insight and analysis–two things missing from Hawks beat coverage.

  • John Nolan

    If possible, The Verdict article “Quenville pushing all the right buttons” is even better than the one linked above. Man oh man that dude can write!!

  • Hawkeytalk

    I’ve canceled dinner plans tonight with friends as I’d be a basket case. Plus, too rude to ask to turn on the TV.

    The. Longest. Day. Ever.

    • 1benmenno

      I’m screwing up the courage to tell a friend I can’t make it to his house warming party

      • rhodes

        Who is this commie bastard? The series schedule has been out for over a week now! His house is not deserving of your warmth.

        • 1benmenno

          He’s a Leafs fan

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          • rhodes

            Oh, Christ. Poor guy. Now I feel guilty.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      Until Sunday, if necessary.

      • cza

        No doubt.

  • rhodes

    Verdi, RE game 5:

    “How athletes on either side found the gumption to produce such stellar theater is a marvel, but now you know why you never see a fat hockey player.”

    I love that guy.

    • Bannerman

      DAT BUFFERIN GUY!

      • Jim

        Right, bye-foog-lian

      • QCBlackhawk

        Is that a heart medication?

  • wowwowweewoo

    I’m thinking we’re gonna see the Kings angling for a shut-down type game tonight. We’ve consistently only gotten production from 1 line on any given night while the Kings have been scoring throughout their line-up. Not to mention the special teams edge. I think we’ll see more of a counter game against LA, no reason to let the Hawks skate all over. This could come down to Crawford.

    • Hawkeytalk

      I was thinking the Kings were watching the Rangers last night and taking notes. If there was a template to follow for a clinching game 6 on home ice that was it.