• jacquescloutier

    for the life of me i can’t figure out how a left forearm directly to the head is considered a clean hit. it seems that all judgements that it was clean are based on the regular tv angle shot showing the right arm, not the reverse angle showing the left arm [which did not roll up a shoulder, back, or anything]. might not be intent to injure, but it’s a shot to the head nonetheless. hopefully the captain is good to go.

    am i nervously excited, or excitedly nervous?? bring it home, boys!!!

    • trois murs

      Regular season that hit is a minor in most games. Playoffs are a crapshoot when it comes to stuff like that being whistled.

    • MySpoonIsTooBig

      I’m not even remotely surprised that Boychuck didn’t get suspended for that hit, despite it blatantly meeting all of the criteria for a suspension – 2 hands directly to the head from a blind angle. With a maximum of 2 games left in the season, you’d literally have to decapitate someone to be sat a game. I’m immensely disappointed though that Shanny decided to completely wuss out and not even acknowledge that it was a dirty hit by at least fining Boychuck. If you fine him it says a) we recognize that was a dirty hit, don’t do it again, and b) If you do something again Boychuck you’ll be treated as a repeat offender.

      • laaarmer

        He didn’t get penalized and didn’t get suspended because it was a good hit. Toews fell and that’s why the arm hit his head. Wec all need to stop whining about the play. Boychuck plays hard. Toews plays hard.

        • Accipiter

          And both of them were in the hard area.

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

            Don’t you mean puck area?

          • laaarmer

            dirty

        • Black JEM

          If he doesn’t raise his hands it doesn’t matter. In the regular season he at least gets fined. I appreciate that Toews was moving down – but Boychuk was going high before he ever started going down.

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            This. The fact that Boychuck came up high with his hands is the only reason that I don’t by the bullshit about it having been a clean hit. Boychuck gets his hands down and he still absolutely CRUSHES Toews, but 100% legally

          • laaarmer

            no

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            No what? No as in you’re too blind to notice that Boychuck came in with his hands up? Again, that’s the only reason that I take issue with the hit. Yes Toews was in a hard area and off balance, but that does not make it ok to come in for a hard hit with your hands up. Boychuck could have still crushed Toews without getting his hands high.

          • laaarmer

            It was not a penalty. It was not called a penalty. Do you want some cheese or is the Merlot good enough?

          • Guest

            So those hands aren’t up high?
            http://i2.wp.com/nesncom.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/boychuk.png?fit=1000%2C1000

            Yes, we all know that everything that is not called a penalty is clearly not a dirty hit. That’s why Raffi Torres didn’t earn any supplemental discipline last year for braining Hossa since it wasn’t called a penalty on the ice.

            Disagreeing with Shanahan does not constitute whining. Quit being a dick.

          • laaarmer

            Dick! You are a dick! You disagree with me you are a dick!
            No. That hit was not a penalty. That is why it was not called.

          • mazer_rackham

            I thought it was a clean hit, but he did get his arms up unnecessarily. If he had just led with his shoulder it would have been even more clean.

          • Jim A

            Agree with mazer. Yes, he had his hands high, but it was a legal check. That’s why you don’t see a lot of goals scored from there. You often get your ass kicked trying.

          • laaarmer

            By the way, Dick.
            This is why you don’t duck when a hit is coming.
            And to answer your next question, Dick, I do not think Toews ducked, but he is not in a standard hockey position, is he, Dick.

          • nextgame

            What are the standard hockey positions?
            Do they look anything like this?

          • laaarmer

            “Hockey position” It’s what your coach said thousands of times when you were young.
            “hockey positions”

            BTW – Nice new unis for Vancouver. I like the purple.

          • laaarmer

            Was Shanhan refereeing the game, Dick? I didn’t see him.

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

          I also think it was fine, and not fine-able.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      Looks to me like first contact is with the shoulder. Still a minor in my book as his hands were up.

  • justforkicks

    So fucking nervous about tonight – this day can’t go fast enough

  • BigCSouthside

    I should have called off today. Work is dumb

    • Korab22

      If today is dumb, I hope tomorrow is dumber.

      • bizarrohairhelmet

        No matter what, this week is just not going to mesh with work, even more so than usual. Much more so. I don’t know why I’m even trying to be honest.

    • Hags

      I agree totally, I have to go to St. Louis for work all week. Nothing like trying to watch the Hawks go for the Cup in the middle of David Backes lovin’ mouthbreather country.

    • RLWiener

      I informed the coworker that covers for me that I might be sick multiple days this week. Work is most definitely dumb.

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

    I’ve checked this site about 15 times in the last 60 minutes. No reason, none other than to reassure myself that my anxiety has a community. It’s like being a crazy person in a park–the only thing I want between now and puckdrop is for everyone else to say that, Yes, they hear the voices, too.

    • raditzzzz

      i was going to make a request for the CI staff to post a bunch of threads just to fill the void until the game. that giant 1 at the end of last game has me flipping out.

  • Andrew Heitman

    I wonder if the Hawks didnt have the lead, if Toews would have skated…

    I also wonder how I am going to keep my bowels together today at work.
    More coffee? Less coffee? Liquor at lunch?

    • BigCSouthside

      Put liquor in the coffee

      • Andrew Heitman

        Deal.

        And what about these xanax? Can I just eat them like Pez?

        • BigCSouthside

          crush them, put them in the coffee and liquor combo

          • Andrew Heitman

            Im feeling better about this game plan now.

          • BigCSouthside

            I take no responsibility for the state of your liver or kidneys after this

          • Andrew Heitman

            Duly noted. One way or another, both are going to be ruined after tonight.

    • trois murs

      I was thinking about this last night. I can’t remember at which point the Bruins got their goal, but I think Q had the option to let Toews stay on the bench due to the way the game was shaping up. If the hawks were down, I don’t know if he has the luxury to keep him sitting.

      • Andrew Heitman

        Right, hes at home- he can use Toews at least for a huge face off or a kill here or there. If he doesnt need him, dont use him.
        Thank god the rat practices his open net shots…

      • Accipiter

        The B’s scored 3min 40s into the third.

  • MySpoonIsTooBig

    For fucks sake, is it 8PM eastern yet?

    • 1benmenno

      For the love of giant utensils, could this question be more rhetorical?

  • Jim

    No Bergeron in morning skate.

    Haven’t heard if Toews is skating.

    • BigCSouthside

      I didnt think we’d see either, even if they are good to go.

      • Jim

        Toews is on the ice skating now (ESPN 1000)

        • BigCSouthside

          I kind of figured he’d have to be completely fucked up to miss this one. I just figured they would keep him off the morning skate

          • ahnfire

            they’d probably would have had to tie him to his stall.

            and even then, he would’ve chewed through the ropes by mid-skate.

          • Why

            You’re thinking of regular season games. Right now, he probably makes it onto the ice before the first puck.

    • MySpoonIsTooBig

      It would have been news-worthy had Bergeron skated this morning, regardless of whether or not he ends up being able to go tonight I nobody expected him to be on the ice this morning. Same goes for Toews.

  • DaveM36

    After the Hawks lost Games 2 and 3, Q reunited the line of Bickell/Toews/Kane in order to jumpstart the offense, and here we are, just one game from the Cup.

    I bring this up because I’ve been trying to think of what adjustment Boston has to make–and probably needs to make–in order to try and swing this thing back in their favor. But I couldn’t come up with anything.

    Does Boston even have one of those bullets left in the chamber or do they just have to hope that their current gameplan is better executed?

    • pepe_silvia

      It seemed like splitting up Chara and Seidenberg helped them clamp down on D in the latter part of last game, but I honestly don’t think that’s enough.

      • Black JEM

        Boston doesn’t have a answer for 19-88. Their D doesn’t move well enough and not even Chara is big enough to compensate. Love his current plus/minus trend! And when 19-88 is clicking, it seems the Krecji line isn’t. They had their best game in the third period since game 1, with Tazer on the bench.
        Teams have liabilities, and sometimes you can only mask them so much. Chicago is just flat out faster with the puck than Boston. So the ifs are the Chicago D and forwards need to keep supporting one another on breakouts so the Bruins can’t trap us inside our own end – force them to play a full ice game, which they would prefer not to do. If you get in front, they won’t be able to clog up the neutral zone or keep a thrid player back at the blue line. Chicago getting many more odd man breaks now. Crawford stay strong, and pray Rask doesn’t go crazy and steal a game.

        • DaveM36

          See, this is what I’ve been thinking. It’s taken 5 games for the Hawks’ game to rise to the surface, and now it’s simply too much for Boston to overcome.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      Boston probably doesn’t think they need to adjust. 1 OT loss and a one goal game (until the ENG) does not a major overhaul require. Julien is probably preaching the three P’s (patience, persistence, perseverance).

      • Black JEM

        Its what he must preach – Boston has to execute and hope Chicago cannot. If Chicago does their thing, absent something unusual occuring (which certainly could) Lard Stanley’s Cup gets hoisted tonight.

        • nextgame

          Stop making fun of the portly.

  • Country_Bumpkin

    To quote to great will.I.am, “I gotta a feelin…”. I think this ends tonight and the Hawks will hold the cup again. In game 5 I believe Boston threw whatever they had left at the Hawks and the Hawks just dealt with it and played better.
    The boys know how important this game is, and as long as they play THEIR style of hockey there will be no game 7.

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

      When you say the “great will.i.am” do you mean “great” in the sense of “I don’t ever want to hear that name ever again ever nor the sounds that come out of his mouth/vocoder”?

      • MattC86

        You’re my hero.

      • Waylon

        massive upboats for you.

      • laaarmer

        Boom Boom Boom.

        • Accipiter
          • laaarmer

            An error has occured, please try again later. YouTube no worky for me for a few days now.

          • laaarmer

            I need to downgrade flash because I use firefox, if I want to see video. Then firefox will tell me that my plug in is not up to date and keep trying to upgrade it.
            It’s like Stan Bowman and the 2nd center.

          • cliffkoroll

            click on the floating lemon next to Datsyuk.

            Love,

            the IT dept.

          • BigCSouthside

            lol

          • CozBullsFan
          • RLWiener

            WAYHO!

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

            Oh dear. I’d never seen that. I hate myself when I laugh at other people so hard.

          • Z-man19

            We just need a picture of laaarmer shopped in there.

      • Country_Bumpkin

        That’s exactly what I meant.

  • SaadBuster

    Both excited and nervous for tonight. My gut is a goddamned volcano and I can’t focus on anything work related.

  • DaveM36

    Toews is on the ice for the morning skate per 1238940276 Tweets.

    • BigCSouthside

      dats a lot of tweets

    • Oregon_hawk

      eight six seven five three oh niiiIIiine

      • DaveM36

        seven seven three, two oh two

      • Preacher

        Thanks a lot! That tune will be there for a while now. Ugh. (Though I DO like the song.)

        • Oregon_hawk

          My work here is done.

        • MattC86

          Gotta switch over to the much better 634-5789

          • Fleshrifle

            588-2300

  • Accipiter
  • Preacher

    Predictions: The Bruins will be targeting Tazer’s head even more now.

    The Bruins will try to goon it up after whistles–”Bruins’ hockey,” ya know–and the refs will call NOTHING on them.

    The Hawks will be on the PK in the first period. (The refs are well aware that Boston had no powerplays in Game 5. They will make up for this in the Bruins’ barn.)

    The Bruins will go out of their way to make a hit, leading to the Hawks getting an oddman rush or three in the first period.

    I will determine that the 5-year-olds whom I’m coaching in Little League Baseball again tonight have played enough by 7pm and we should call it a game.

    Oh, and Mike Keenan.

    • roadhog

      Methinks whistles come out early tonight, to try and set a tone. Boychuk will be watched closely. Shaw needs to be warned before the game by Q.

    • Jim

      I always wondered why teams just didn’t flatten 88. Is there an unwritten rule? You know 88 is the primary threat right now. If he scores a key goal here and the Hawks win, he’d be in the Conn Smythe conversation (although I think Crow wins it if the Hawks prevail)

      • roadhog

        There is no unwritten rule, the problem is lining him up. He’s always moving 5v5. It’s also pretty rare to see him get deep behind the enemy goal line for any length of time.

        • DJ

          Correct. During the regular season, the Code “discourages” targeting Kane (he’s a skill player who doesn’t play chippy or incredibly physically; thus, running him invites retaliation against the ipposition’s skill players). During the playoffs, the Code morphs into “everyone gets to finish checks against everyone, skill player, whatever). It then becomes what you’re saying — it’s hard to hit what you can’t catch.

      • BigCSouthside

        the reason they dont is because its hard to do. Hes a top talent player but he is undersized and knows it. Consequently, one of the most dangerous aspects of Kane’s game is his ability to avoid the hit and maintain puck control, or avoid the hit and make the pass.

      • Oregon_hawk

        He’s slippery. Not super fast, but being small, he can move quickly in small spaces.

        Add his ability to stickhandle with the best, and you’re looking at long odds to get ahold of the body, with a better chance at leaving a gaping hole in defensive coverage.

      • TheRealBBOX

        You can’t hit what you can’t catch.

      • ahnfire

        They do try to, if a hit is available. Otherwise, they know what everyone else who watches Patrick Kane knows – if you go for the hit, the probability is that he will sneak away and then you’ll be out of position, leaving BlackMagicPatrickKane with open space. If you do hit him, it’s probably because he’s already passed to the open ice you just left to hit him. And then you get benched by your coached for getting out of position. It’s a high risk-low reward move.

        Also, I believe Kaner had a ridiculous amount of high-stick penalties his first few years in the NHL for guys that tried to take advantage of his small stature.

        • laaarmer

          Yes, with the high stick. That is very true.
          Edit: cliff, can you be more true than true?

        • Paul the Fossil

          Right, you gotta remember that Patrick Kane has been dealing with all of that, and learning how to evade checkers, literally his whole life. Since whatever age they first allowed checking where he grew up he’s been “the guy” who opposing teams needed to contain. Meaning that every coach at every level has been telling his team to “body him!”, “knock him off the puck”, “don’t give him room to get moving” and etc. All of which is fine advice if you can do it but if it was easy to do to Kane then he wouldn’t have kept advancing in hockey level and kept being “the guy”.

          It’s the same as with a Denis Savard or Doug Gilmour or Gretzky or Marc Savard before they headhunted him or whoever: if a slick puckhandler who isn’t big doesn’t get very very good at slipping checks from an early age he never becomes an NHL star.

          • Korab22

            Kane’s story is pretty incredible. He left home at 14 and never looked back.

      • justforkicks

        You didn’t see the two guys on him after the whistle the last game? Believe he got punched in the face. When you need two guys on Patrick Kane maybe you need to reevaluate your toughness

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      Bruins have played a clean series so far. I think the Goonery comes if we get up by a more than a couple of goals in a clinching game. Not much chance of that. This is gonna be a gut buster.

      • roadhog

        I’m skipping the gut buster and going with Majestic . . .

      • Country_Bumpkin

        I’m wondering the opposite. Seeing Milan Lucic bust his stick after Saturday’s loss makes me wonder if the Hawks have already heart-punched Boston. Meaning, if the Hawks are up and are outplaying Boston, will the Bruins pack it in?

        • Fleshrifle

          That’s wishful but I’m not betting against the heart of a team that won the SC in exactly this situation 2 years ago and came back from 3 goals down in the 3rd (or whatever) of a Game 7.

        • Waylon

          They will not pack it in, they’ll be losing a few players this summer from their SC winning team, so no let – up, not until the horn sounds.

  • Jim

    Toews able to skate, Bergeron is not. Huge advantage Hawks. Bruins have either a very sick Bergie, or jumbled lines. If the Hawks can score the first goal, the Bruins are going to have go kitchen sink early to make sure the Hawks don’t score the second also.

    • BigCSouthside

      If I am Julien, I dont skate Bergeron in the AM skate and plop his ass in the lineup at gametime if he is ready.

      • roadhog

        I agree, and I suspect Q anticipates this exactly . . .

    • Oregon_hawk

      There’s nothing to be gleaned from the tea leaves of Toews or Bergeron.

      They’ll both play tonight. Question is, in both camps, how effective can they be? No one knows.

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

      From tsn: “… Bergeron did not take part in the morning skate ahead of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup on Monday night. After the skate however, Bruins coach Claude Julien said Bergeron will take warmups and he’s confident he’ll play.”

      … for whatever that’s worth.

      • laaarmer

        That’s a huge advantage! Huge!

        • Accipiter

          Claude Julien, in French: “Patrice va jouer ce soir,” Patrice will play. Quenneville, in English: Toews is “100% ready to go.” OK, then.

          So there you have it. All hands on deck in Game 6 of the Cup Final.

          • laaarmer

            That is HUGE! Massive advantage for both teams. Large plays will be made with gargantuan hits of epic proportions.

          • laaarmer

            S

          • chidiver

            Good. This series has been too good to have its significance be diminished by someone of Toews’ or Bergeron’s quality getting knocked out right before the end. No excuses.

          • ballyb11

            Wish John Scott could suit up to protect Toews. That Chara elbow was vicious.

          • Waylon

            I hope this was intended as snark. If not, having Scott around did absolutely nothing to prevent Torres from taking Seab’s head off behind the net in the playoffs a few years back.

          • ballyb11

            Seabrook wasn’t targeted throughout the series like Toews has been. And every Bruin is taking shots at Toews. I was a bit tongue and cheek, though. It’s not gonna be pretty tonight, WE NEED MORE HITS!

  • roadhog

    Game Day Ponderings . . . How much does Boston have left in the tank? Will whistles come back out of pockets? Can the Bruins catch/stop Kaner? If so, how open will Hawk teammates be when he’s carrying the puck? Does Sharpie look due for a hattie or what? And of course, DAVID FUCKING BOLLAND?

    • DaveM36

      I’ve worn my Bolland sweater just about every other day for the past few weeks because I know I may not be able to do that much longer.

    • Hags

      Boston is teetering on the edge, but they didn’t necessarily look out of gas in the 3rd the other night. But If Bergeron doesn’t play, the Bruins are definitely up shit’s creek without their paddle.

      As Preacher said below, I expect some kind of penalty (deserved or not so much) against the Hawks to get the Bruins on the powerplay early, so one big kill is going to be needed that doesn’t let Boston pot one or gain momentum at that. After that I think the refs swallow the whistles unless there’s a decapitation..

      I absolutely think the Patrick’s are going to rip out Boston’s heart tonight. They have been monsters all over the ice.

      As for DFB, I’m going to sit back and (hopefully) enjoy his last game as a Chicago Blackhawk rasing the Stanley Cup. Here’s to hoping he doesn’t do the same.

      • roadhog

        Bruins might get the first home ice call, but I think refs eye’s are on Boychuk. They know something wasn’t right about his hit and the Chara elbows in the corner.

        • laaarmer

          You know if somebody does something that warranta a penalty, they may call it. The refs wil not determine the outcome of the game

          • Hags

            They never do. This Hawks team has proven that no matter how bad a call is, it can be overcome. Plain and simple.

          • Waylon

            No, they don’t usually make that kind of call – but they’ve been universally horrendous all playoffs – long, and that disallowed goal against DET is on the all – time list of absolutely hideous and irresponsible officiating. Bettman and the league dodged a gigantic bullet on that one, and they know it.

          • Hags

            Oh it’s been a bad, and needs to be addressed, however they would do that. But how do you remedy a problem that is league wide seemingly?

          • Waylon

            I’m not sure, but this season has been dramatically worse in terms of the officiating. Some have said it’s the shortened season, others have claimed that the difference between what’s called in the regular season vs. what’s called in the playoffs has widened considerably this year. The league made an alleged commitment to get the goonery out of the game a number of years ago, but it seems to have crept back in a big way. Even Don Cherry (!) thinks it’s gone too far, at least in terms of teams being able to take the stars out of games due to injury – he blames the instigator rule, which has had the opposite effect on the game as was originally intended.

          • roadhog

            I can see some minor calls early to try and remind both teams they are actually watching . . . the closer the score the in the second and third, the less likely they are to make a call. You’re ultimately right, no calls to determine an outcome.

      • ballyb11

        “How much does Boston have left in the tank?”

        “Boston is teetering on the edge”

        Have you guys watched the ebb and fow of the 5 games so far?

        That ? and that comment are laughable.

        • Hags

          It’s been back and forth, but game 4 wasn’t as close as the scoreboard indicated (obviously survived a not so great outing by Crawford) and game 5 Rask made 3 or 4 big saves to keep Boston in it. 29/19/88 have done pretty much whatever they have wanted, Sharp was (and is) out for blood, the D was in full lockdown mode in game 5, and there’s a much, much better chance Toews plays than Bergeron. Boston is deifnitely teetering, but they absolutely have something left in the tank to counterpunch.

          • ballyb11

            “Rask made 3 or 4 big saves to keep Boston in it”

            And you expect that to change?

          • Hags

            I don’t expect anything to change from the last couple games, Rask is going to have to make multiple huge saves to keep his team in it. He could do that, or he might not. That can be the difference in a 3-1 game or 4-1 game

          • DJ

            This. To me, it’s not an issue of whether Boston has gas left in the tank. It’s whether they’re out of options. Q reunited Toews and Kane, and broke open the series. Chara and Seidenberg have been badly exposed, and the bleeding was stanched only when Julien split them up.

            Add to this the distinct possibility that Bergeron may not play in Game 6. It’s going to force all the remaining players to really raise their game.

        • roadhog

          Ballyb, I know you are carrying all of my worry plus your own so I’ll temper my counter to your “laughable” comment by saying that the Hawks have carried and dictated the play for the vast majority of games 4/5. The OT in game 4 was a hot mess for the Bruins and a Hawk goal looked inevitable. To my eye the series ebb and flow is fading . . . I think a more constant tone has emerged. I know deep down you hope I’m right. Stay worry’d.

          • ballyb11

            Serenity is inversely proportional to expectations.

          • Fleshrifle

            I dumped Serenity for exactly that reason.

          • Why

            There are many great things about playoff hockey. Cool and calm demeanours are not one of them.

          • ballyb11

            Expect them to get swept. Any other outcome is a positive.

          • Waylon

            No it is not – still remember almost puking during the OT against the Flyers. Then when the announcers were unclear about Kane’s goal actually going in, more nausea was induced.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            SERENITY NOW!

      • Jim

        Bergeron left the UC in an ambulance in the middle of a game. Then he didn’t skate today. There is no strategic advantage in him not skating. I’ll bet dollars to donuts he’s hurting very badly, and can’t play like himself no matter what happens.

        Boston is in trouble either way. Either Bergeron is out, or he plays weak because he’s hurt.

  • laaarmer

    Kaner gonna be bald, eh?

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      Hull.

      • laaarmer

        Easy there. There really is no comparison.

        • Waylon

          yet.

          • laaarmer

            No.

          • Waylon

            whatevs

  • BigCSouthside

    Im strangely not nervous. I wasnt nervous at any point during game 5

    I cant tell if this is a good thing or bad thing

    • laaarmer

      It’s good.

    • roadhog

      I’m anxious, not nervous. Optimistic, not concerned.

    • ahnfire

      totally off-topic but I saw in the last thread you mentioned that you were married? Whaa? When did this happen?? And congrats!! :D

      • BigCSouthside

        I just call her the wife, and her family the in laws because I mean they pretty much are. Short of the stupid licence and a ring that costs half my damn salary we are married. I would like us to move to Cali before I make that all “for realz” though. Hopefully in the next few months. Shes a good one, starting to teach her to love hockey (ie brainwashing her by exposing her to an extreme amount of the sport).

        • ahnfire

          ah ok then. moving to Cali? are you still going the med school route?

          • BigCSouthside

            PhD. I decided I dont want to have to be a practicing physician on top of research medicine. i wont get paid as much, but Ill be able to devote more time to the lab.

          • ahnfire

            nice. good luck with that!

        • laaarmer

          Funny.
          Back when we (my wife and I) were getting married 23 years ago, the minister of the church wanted to have a meeting with us to confirm our commitment. He asked me directly what getting married and specifically the ceremony meant to me. My answer: “It doesn’t mean a thing. It is for you and the guests at the church to feel good about the commitment we already made seeing as we have lived together for four years”
          I assume that’s how Kane feels about this game. AS far as he’s concerned and in his mind, the game is a formality.

    • ballyb11

      “I wasn’t nervous at any point during game 5.”

      Good drugs, huh? And lots of them.

  • Research Analysis

    last time Jagr scored vs. Hawks in SCF on June 1, 1992, Sharp was 10, Kane was 3

    • pepe_silvia

      Saad wasn’t even born yet.

    • laaarmer

      He looks like Lemmy now

      • Country_Bumpkin

        Minus the disgusting facial warts.

        • laaarmer

          Yeah, those are not good, but I think Lemmy could care less, or doesn’t know

  • BigCSouthside

    NHL Gamecenter late to the party “Toews says he will play, Bergeron also likely”

    • laaarmer

      Also, exclusive “free” game or some such bullshit

      • BigCSouthside

        WTF is that? I pay good money to be told that Im in a “blackout area” and cant watch the game on the app that the NHL owns. Now they are doing that for free?

        • laaarmer

          I pay for Game center as well. Game 5 was on for free as well, although it was delayed about 5 minutes.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      Both will start, but will both finish. More confidence in Toews than Bergeron due to the nature of the latter’s injury.

      • roadhog

        I’d offer up no hitzies on these two if the Bruins would go for it.

  • BigCSouthside

    Heres what I want

    Hawks score two a period, and boston never really challenges. A fast 60 minute game, and we go home happy

    Heres what I expect to happen

    The shit goes like five fucking overtimes, and hospitals in chicago are overrun with cardiac incidents. I have a complete nervous breakdown and wake up in a psych ward somewhere.

    • roadhog

      . . . And you are cleared as completely healthy in time for the parade . . .

  • ahnfire

    So if anyone is in the NYC area and wants to watch game 6, I’ll be at Company bar at 10th & 1st around 730/745ish. 20% food today and the burgers are pretty good. I’ll be the asian girl wearing a black “Honor” shirt, screaming at the television.

  • Jeff Lebowski
    • Country_Bumpkin

      That is fucking barf inducing. I’ve never seen someone punch so hard.

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

      What a coincidence! My nickname is Biofidelic Dummy.

  • putmeinthemadhouse

    I feel a strange calm about tonight.

    • RLWiener

      The calm before the storm.

    • roadhog

      Calm with confidence.

  • Preacher

    I’m way more nervous about tonight than I want to be. I want it so bad but don’t dare hope for it, because, well, you know the whole bit about hopes being dashed and all. Hawks, don’t try to weather the Bruins’ storm. Instead, bring the storm to them. Hit Bergeron. Again. And again. Chara too. And score lots. Crow, tonight is YOUR night. GO HAWKS!!!

    • corbant

      and Mike Keenan!

  • Inglewood Jack

    Anybody know of any roadwatches going on for tonight’s festivities?

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

      There’s one in Canning, Nova Scotia. All are welcome.

      • Inglewood Jack

        hmm, it might be too late to secure a last minute flight for that one

  • TripleA

    The Hawks have a great distraction for me and my family this summer (I’m a long time reader since like 2010, rare commenter). Stumbling around the office like a husk today bc my granddad died yesterday. Leaving Chicago on Weds for the weekend. Keeping the faith in this team, gotta love Toews’ affirmation that he’s 100% when you know he isn’t.

    • Waylon

      Sorry about your grandfather, and welcome.

    • roadhog

      At the moment, my thoughts are with you and your family.

    • ahnfire

      oh man, I’m so sorry TripleA

    • Why

      To saying you’re 100% (even when everybody knows you’re not).

  • nextgame

    Almighty and most merciful gods of hockey, we humbly beseech thee, of thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate opponents with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair conditions for battle. Graciously hearken to us as Blackhawks who call upon thee that, armed with thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies and establish our dominance amongst the teams of the NHL for Blackhawks nation.

    {With apologies to Msgr. James H. O’Neill, composer of the ‘Patton Prayer’.
    Check here if you’re curious http://pattonhq.com/prayer.html }

  • 1benmenno
    • laaarmer

      That is awesome.

  • RVWW

    I am a mess today.

  • Kevin

    We are near the end. Even if the Hawks don’t win today, it’s not a do or die like game 5 against Detroit. Think of todays game like that.

    • Accipiter

      I won’t. The Hawks have a chance to end it without having it come down to one game, winner take all.