• http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

    Ahhhh,
    Here is the problem, a video of Bollig practicing. Somebody needs to give him his crayons and paste back.
    http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-gtN9-8-5Dno/Uqa8mC9XCDI/AAAAAAAACVo/FUpVCB22zds/w354-h216-no/Bollig+stickhandling.gif

    • XMF

      The two minute man.

    • lizmcneill

      Kaner said he laughed until he cried when he saw this.

      • XMF

        Because it’s sad that he shares a roster with this goof.

    • ballyb11

      Very cute.

    • Shooter

      That had me going when I first saw it…I’m a bollig hater, but this was hilarious, especially when you see the Kane version first. Best parody I’ve seen in awhile.

  • Z-man19

    Crow’s PK SV% for the series: .956, that’ll do Crow, that’ll do

    • cliffkoroll

      “I think both our PK and [Crawford] won the game and the series, ultimately,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. “I think that was a big factor in us getting through this series. It was a very competitive series. We had six straight penalties against us [Sunday] and getting through that and then scoring on our power play was obviously huge. I thought that was the [biggest] factor. They were dominating the first 40 minutes there and we came back with maybe our best period of the year.”

      • ballyb11

        Hence my 2 changes to the POG yesterday:

        - Crawford #1 , ahead of Keith.
        - Toews decline #3 and suggest Handzus and Kruger.

        • Accipiter

          Q has forgotten more about hockey than the sum of hockey knowledge on this blog.

          Q said he thinks that Keith played the best game he has ever seen Keith play. Player of the game.

          No need to make changes.

          • Paul the Fossil

            But isn’t he the same fool who said #7 just had his best overall season?

    • ChicagoNativeSon

      So all this is attributed to the Hawks giving up a low percentage of Quality Shots, amiright?

      • Accipiter

        PDO.

        • ChicagoNativeSon

          lucky guess

  • cliffkoroll

    Player**GP**G**A**P**+/-
    Toews**6**3**4**7**+4
    Keith**6**2**5**7**+5
    Kane**6**3**3**6**+6(!)
    Seabs**3**2**4**6**+4

    1. When your best players are your best players…
    2. Score one in favor of late season R&R and flip switching vs. “Full 60 minutes! Home ice or die!”

    Crow:
    Games 1-2: 8 goals allowed
    Post-game 2: “I gotta be better.”
    Games 3-6: 6 goals allowed

    Hawks were out Corsi’d in this series, no? Definitely outshot. That surprises me. Getting out Corsi’d and winning usually implies great goaltending, which the Hawks have enjoyed the past four games. Crow’s finest hour to date.

    • Z-man19

      Outshot by 29 total, but outshot by 19 on PP, so only outshot by 10 at even strength. Being they had the lead in most games, those extra 10 shots could easily be from trying to protect the lead. I’m taking nothing away from your point on Crow, he was great and I agree with Q, Crow was a big part of winning this series.

      • lizmcneill

        -3.1 Fenwick differential/60 at score close, -.0.5 shot differential.

        • Z-man19

          does that mean I’m onto something or I’m an idiot?

          • cliffkoroll

            False dichotomy!

    • ballyb11

      “Games 3-6: 6 goals allowed”

    • XMF

      Being outshot in the series might have something to do with Seabrook being out for three games. Even with the job Brookbank did, he’s not Seabrook.

      • Joe Banks

        But boy oh boy, what a great job by Brookbank!

        • XMF

          He showed up when it mattered.

          • jordyhawk

            He is a very good 7D. Smart hockey people know that. The criticism he often gets here isn’t even worth responding to.

          • SuperHawk27

            He is a solid 7D, but the main criticism was not as a defenseman, but being used as a forward.

          • Waylon

            he proved himself after his emergency start last year against LA. Came in cold and with little to no playing time over the previous months.

    • Joe Banks

      Corey Crawford: F—ing Beauty!

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      1. Penalties. If you don’t want to get outshot, stay out of the fucking box.
      2. St Louis’ response to falling behind was to shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot….. It worked in the first two games…

      • cliffkoroll

        Good point on penalties. Two thoughts here: (1) the Blues deserve credit for forcing penalties, as Hitch argued, but (2) the Hawks, the second least penalized team in the league, took 29 minors in the series, while the Blues, the third most penalized team in the league, took 23. I don’t want to go all Detroit/tinfoil here, but…

        Regarding shooting from behind, I think Liz below has data that suggest the Hawks were slightly out-possessed according to Fenwick close. All that changed in the third period yesterday, but until then, the Hawks did not enjoy their customary possession advantage in this series.

        • zacked

          The ‘close’ part kind of breaks down in a series like this where the ‘hawks were leading SO MUCH more often than the Blues were. I think score effects are a large part of it.

          • cliffkoroll

            Still, the Hawks were ahead a lot during the regular season and still routinely won the possession wars. As a Hawks fans, I was unaccustomed to seeing the Hawks having to share the puck so much.

          • zacked

            Well, sure, but most teams aren’t as good as the Blues, and they weren’t ahead nearly as much over the whole season. I admit that I expected the ‘hawks to have better possession numbers in this series, but I think the final numbers are misleading.

            Anybody have the score-adjusted possession numbers?

          • laaarmer

            The Blues are a real good team. The same is going to happen against the DUCK.

        • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

          Basically the Hawks took a lot of stupid penalties, defined as Unnecessary, and Right In Front Of The Fucking Ref.

          • Waylon

            perhaps a few of those were stupid (I’m looking at you, Shaw – but thank you for your awesome net presence once again), but too many were ridiculously ticky – tacky, given the critical importance of the game. If the refs wanted to send a message and establish a tone, they have to make those calls in the first game, not later on after they’ve allowed mayhem to break out unabated. The respective penalty minutes don’t add up in any event, and the Blues got away with way too much IMHO.

          • AF_Cheddarhead

            Don’t think any of the penalties in the second period yesterday were of the ticky-tacky variety. Not sure why Hossa got a double as NBC didn’t show any blood on Steen’s face. The Hawks just got caught with their sticks up way too often.

          • Waylon

            yes, but when you’re getting run all day long every time you’re within breathing distance of the puck, you’re going to protect yourself. Just watch what Ott did during his time on the ice, it was ridiclous that he wasn’t sitting for longer in the box.

          • AF_Cheddarhead

            Oh agree completely, Get hit dirty a few times and your stick starts being your shield.

          • ChicagoNativeSon

            The Blues took a lot of “non-penalties”, and Right In Front Of The Fucking Ref.

    • Waylon

      but, you know…his glove hand, that really sucks.

  • JKM13

    I’ve been enjoying reading Blues blogs since the win. Funny how years of watching stupid hockey makes one hockey stupid. While many attempted to acknowledge “scoring more goals” is an important issue the team should address, one of the main improvements every blog cited was a defensive corps that was “tougher”.
    Goal prevention wasn’t your issue, ya dumb fucks. But if you want to get bigger and slower, be my guest.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      This is the mentality. If they didn’t win, they didn’t hit enough people.

      The trap we fall into is possession. We dominated play, but somehow we’re tied at the end of the first… Oh, yeah, also need net presence….

  • Hawkeytalk

    Ok, now that they’ve won this series, it’s all in. If they’d lost, I would have ok with it because of the long rest.

  • cliffkoroll

    Updated Hawks playoff series record under Quenneville:

    First Round: 4-2
    Later Rounds: 7-1 (2009 Detroit)

    Those who have been hardest on Q have to give him credit for where this team is right now. This was an extremely tough, WCF-type series. Going forward, I am hopeful that there will be some changes around the edges, as most of us are, but let’s keep this in perspective and give the guy his due.

    Last year was the Year of Urgency, but this year might be a Year of History.Destiny.Dynasty. Of course, lotta miles between hither and thither.

    • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

      Still a tad bit early for the D-Word. Lets get to the WCF first.

    • ballyb11

      BUT WHY ISN’T BOLLIG SITTING???

      • cliffkoroll

        Take a step back and put your fucking criticism into context.

        Are you suggesting that with ballyb’s brilliance at the helm, the Hawks would have closed out the series in 4 or 5 games, thus garnering a crucial extra couple days of rest? Is that what your whining amounts to?

        In what way has Quenneville’s PAST decisions hampered the team’s FUTURE prospects? And the answer is none. None blacker. So please, please, please, pipe down for a bit and start believing in this team.

        • Hawkeytalk

          I believe that was sar chasm on the part of our intrepid ledge jumper, ballyb. Right?

          • ballyb11

            Bazinga!

          • cliffkoroll

            facepalm and profuse apologies, ballyb. I’m a fucking idiot.

          • Hawkeytalk

            But a beloved one, no doubt.

          • Joe Banks

            No doubt.

          • Z-man19

            we still love you cliff, I may be laughing my ass off, but I still love you

          • Hawkeytalk

            I mean, even ballyb is happy with the inverse sweep of river scum. We are all basking in its glow this morning!

          • ballyb11

            No problemo. I’ve said more than once that Q has forgotten more about hockey than the sum of hockey knowledge on this blog. No disrespect intended.

      • Joe Banks

        He pretty much DID sit yesterday, probably because St Louis was not in a position to risk douchery.
        If I were Q, I would not risk not having Bollig available vs St Louis

        • Waylon

          Eddie O said in the telecast yesterday that the league officials had a talk with the head coaches of both teams after Game 2 and said to knock off all of the extracurriclar acitivity after whistles and all of the rest…or else suffer the consequences. Which annoys me still, because the Blues play that way all the damn time, yet the Hawks were the ones doing the conga line to the box for the rest of the series.

      • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

        Not even a Super Genius is perfect.

    • XMF

      Pretty amazing considering your best player through two games sat the next three. He got a lot out of Brookbank, Leddy, and Oduya at an essential time. Q did an admirable job against a very good and well-coached team.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      Credit to Q, somehow it works. Won’t keep me from criticizing ice time for guys like Bollig, and we’ll always have a guy like Bollig.

      We have as good a shot at the WC as anyone, but Boston is going to be a tough out.

  • Bob Lanz

    And then there were 12

  • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

    Maybe I missed it (probably did).
    I can see why Versteeg was given a time-out yesterday, but why was Nordstrum in the line-up and not, say oh, Regin instead?

    • Bob Lanz

      Or Morin…

      Qstache ‘d

      • raditzzzz

        morin is the new stalberg.

        • ChicagoNativeSon

          But without all the credentials.

    • jordyhawk

      Was shocked to see Nordstrom. Thought it would be Regin for sure. I guess Q “likes” him. Actually wouldn’t object to Versteeg back in but only in a 4th line checking role. Zus and Versteeg with either 42 or 12 on the left might be okay (and either would be preferable to Bollig particularly if we play Avs).

  • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)
    • XMF

      Hey, wait a minute. What did we do to get dragged into that? Leave hockey alone.

      • Bullitt315

        The correct response to that LA times article should have been laughter. When someone tries to drag you into a fight you don’t belong, don’t engage. Idiots.

  • SuperHawk27

    How is Bickell’s contract looking now after one series?

    • CitizenKaner

      he hasn’t earned it yet imo.

      but I never had a problem with him. I know he’ll be great in the upcoming series

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      As Stan preventing himself from Q-proofing the roster.

      • lizmcneill

        Bicks isn’t a Q comfort blanket.

        • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

          Oops, thinking Bollig due to Disqus jumping around.

  • Bannerman

    It’s hard to blame Q for dressing Bollig in yesterday’s game given the very real possibility of some faces being punched, needing punching. If you believe in “he’s a deterrent” than it makes sense.
    Moving forward, I trust Q to look at match ups and plan accordingly. You’d have to think that if the opponent is the Wild, Bollig and Zus will be there for game 1. If it’s the Avs, then all bets are off after game 1.

    • Joe Banks

      Speed kills, baby!

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      Let’s face it, unless the roster is so deep that our fourth line guys could be second line guys on another team, Q is going to shorten his bench in the playoffs. He always has, he always will.

  • HossBoss

    Are math Mondays a thing if we have no math Fridays?

    http://i.imgur.com/ZB5lXV2.png

    • birdhead

      those SF and SA numbers per game are p. scary

  • Michael Scott

    That was an excellent weekend, my frents

  • zacked

    Anyone have the total time spent leading/trailing for the series? Don’t feel like adding it up.

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    Story of the series, Hawks PK at 93% against a team that was seventh in the league on the PP during the season.

    • jordyhawk

      What was our PK% in the second half (just asking)?

      • HossBoss

        Games 42-82 | 86.99%

        • jordyhawk

          Thanks for that. And to put it in perspective, over the full 82 Devils were #1 at 86.4 so we’ve been operating at high effectiveness for awhile now (although this series was stellar).

    • roadhog

      Further, didn’t we also serve more penalties per game in this series than our regular season average?

  • ChicagoNativeSon

    Verstig, here’s the link to the skating patterns for Keith and Lidstrom:

    http://www.arcticicehockey.com/2011/3/16/2053779/skating-patterns-for-duncan-keith-and-nicklas-lidstrom

    • laaarmer

      I don’t understand why there is/was a need to compare the two players.

      • Waylon

        I think a lot of us here hope that Keith becomes more like Lidstrom as he gets older. Smarter skating patterns and positioning may save his legs down the stretch, as his superior conditioning inevitably slows down a little. He’s not there yet of course, but at some point he may have to consider altering his MO just a wee bit.

        • laaarmer

          This comparison that was done is an old player, who knows his limitations and a young player that doesn’t have any, yet. Keith will never play like Lidstrom, in fact, nobody ever will. I could get in to why Keith was able to do what he did yesterday and throughout his career, but you guys will just pick on me, so I’ll just leave it that he is our best defenseman and 2nd best player. I love the guy.

          • Waylon

            hey, I love the guy too – I saw him in his rookie season, when you could still get tickets at the walk – up window at the rink. Watched the guy skate around during warm – ups and my jaw just dropped at his speed and skill. He looked amazing out there during the game, and I thought then that the Hawks had someone truly special out there.

    • VerStig

      Thanks! This is going into my bookmarks, stat.

      • VerStig

        I like the one where he drew a heart

  • HossBoss

    Depending on who we play:

    Here is MIN

    http://i.imgur.com/tK0gUI0.png

    and here is COL

    http://i.imgur.com/h77MR1B.png

  • chidiver

    Duncan Keith officially Norris finalist along with Chara and Weber.

    http://blackhawks.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=716862&navid=DL|CHI|home

    • roadhog

      Weber’s chances have to be diminished by his team not making the playoffs and Nashville. At the same time, Chara’s chances have to be boosted because Hockey Media East/Brewins.

    • cliffkoroll
    • unkind

      He deserves it.

    • BrandonPirri

      For better or worse, Keith will probably win due to his offense.

      • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

        No Chara will because Bahstun is in or East of the Appalachians, the only place Hockey really matters according to the press.

      • flahawkfan

        I read somewhere (can’t for the life of me remember where) that Keith was left off several ballots because voters were put off by the fact that he wasn’t facing the opposing teams’ best lines. I kept wondering whether those same people left Karlsson or Suban off their ballots. It’s not as if Keith gets to choose his competition, and played on the top PK unit all year long.

        Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see how the vote turns out. I have a feeling Chara will get it.

    • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

      Holy Hell,
      The PD Comments section is especially special with this one!!!

      • YoAdrienne

        Yeah, I love this one:
        “Commenter
        Not to take anything from Duncan Keith, because he is a good defenseman, but if he were truly amazing, wouldn’t he be a
        top 2 defenseman instead of in the 2nd pairing?”

        I didn’t realize he and Seabrook are the “2nd pairing.”

  • laaarmer

    I know it’s blasphemy and Toews is a better player and captain that him, but I like David Backes. He plays his ass off all the time. He can play on my team any day

    • Waylon

      he’s a tremendous player, but if he was here I wouldn’t care for all of that slew – footing and head – hunting that he does on a regular basis. Hard checks are one thing, what Backes does at times is something very different. Maybe it’d be a little like Rodman was with the Bulls – play hard but leave the goon stuff behind. I mean, he’s always challenging guys to fight him – that’s a captain?

      • laaarmer

        I’ll bet he wouldn’t play that way. Do you watch him in the Olympics? Not the same is he?

        • Waylon

          no, he was definitely not. I’d like to think his new teammates would have some influence with him, he’d have that much respect for their play (ala Jordan and Pippen). Players can change their style if their motivation is high enough.

          • laaarmer

            So, you roll out
            Hossa Toews Sharp
            Kane Backes Saad/Bickell

            Good luck to the defenseman on the other teams

          • Paul the Fossil

            Fuck. Opposing coaches would just quit. “See you after the game boys, let me know it goes.”
            But of course thats the kind of lineup that the cap era renders impossible.

      • roadhog

        I gotta believe under Q his game would be different.

    • cliffkoroll

      Very solid in a difficult post-series interview, I thought. He’s a good captain.

      • roadhog

        Yep, stood up for his team like a captain should.

    • http://www.our-founding.com/ Toews makes funny faces (TMFF)

      Solid, yes but he has a few BIG problems.
      1- He plays with STL
      2- His fans are in STL
      3- His fans overrate him to point of stupidity (which is synonymous with STL)

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      He would look good as our 2c…

      Damned salary cap and having to resign Toews, Kane, Leddy, Saad. etc etc etc….

  • HarryBalzonya

    OHHH BOY THAT TRADE FOR MILLER SURE WAS WORTH A 1ST ROUND PICK!

  • laaarmer

    So, what’s the line on Vegas for the Blues?
    Ha!

    • roadhog

      You still have time to get your bet in, they don’t tee off until 3pm.