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Those Faded Lines: Ducks 2 – Hawks 4

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Event Summary

Extra Skater

Oh right, they can do it.

We said if the Hawks performed like they did against the Avalanche on Tuesday that they would win far more often than they would lose. I don’t know if they were significantly better tonight than Tuesday, but they sure as fuck weren’t any worse. And it led to them essentially rag-doll the hottest team in the league that currently sits on the Presidents’ throne, save for a nervy five minutes there in the 3rd. Don’t worry folks, the driver is still in the bag when it’s needed.

For me, the big tactic from the Hawks was an uber-aggressive defense. Not so much in jumping into the rush, but standing up at the Ducks blue line, jumping the Ducks in the neutral zone to whatever puck carrier there may be, and standing up at their own blue line. The Ducks have given the Hawks fits with their straight-line game for years now. It seemed like the Hawks just decided they were going to blunt those lines at center ice. They wouldn’t even let the Ducks get the puck behind them and down low, and whenever they did they were 100-feet away. The Ducks certainly weren’t at their best, but they weren’t allowed to be for long stretches. Every time the puck gained control of the puck outside of their zone, they were smothered.

You can’t do that every game, as eventually you’ll give up a bevy of odd-man rushes to a team that’s ready to play that quickly. And the Hawks gave up a couple, but not many. It was high-pressure stuff, and the Ducks didn’t really have an answer.

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The Two Obs

-The first goal for the Hawks is a perfect illustration of why we’ve spent a lot of last year and this year stressing the gap between the forwards and the D on a breakout and using the middle of the ice to get out of the zone. Yes, it was shorthanded so that kept Toews and Hossa from fleeing early. Yes, it’s high risk but this is a skill team and they’re supposed to be able to make that pass. And Hjalmarsson is the one who has been least hesitant to make it, and you can see what can happen. When that pass is used, you almost immediately have beaten all the forwards already and are streaking against two d-men. It’s why we get so frustrated when the Hawk forwards don’t hang around long enough for it. No team could be more devastating than the Hawks when they’re making that play.

-I hope Hjalmarsson’s 3rd period turnover that led to Getzlaf’s goal won’t keep him from doing that again. I doubt it will.

-I feel like we’re going to have the same debate about Marcus Kruger’s line that we had about Dave Bolland. Bolland built a sterling defensive reputation while playing in front of Keith and Seabrook at the height of their powers. As we saw last year, it was more on the two d-men than Bolland. Now Kruger is getting the checking assignments while playing in front of Ebenholts och Elfenben at the height of their powers. Who’s more responsible for keeping the top threats quiet? Hard to tell. Whatever, it worked tonight.

-Once again, Bickell-Handzus-Versteeg was the best possession line, and that’s the line that started the most shifts in the defensive zone. They were a combined 32-6 in Corsi, and yet Bickell only saw 8 minutes again. Why? And if Steeg misses any time, I doubt this line would miss anything if Morin had to fill in for a few games.

-The Corsi over all is just silly. 9 players over 60%.

-Kane and Saad were just a bit off tonight. I feel like this won’t last forever.

-Watching Teemu Selanne lose just about every race he was in was at once gratifying and sad at the same time. It was time to go last year, bud. But he’s earned the right to call time on his own career.

-Nick Leddy had a good first two periods, and the Hawks are just a different team when he’s driving the play on his shifts too. Maybe having the same partner for two games in a row does make a difference. And Leddy does play his best with Rozsival.

-Crow finally gets a win, but this habit of letting in one bad goal per game probably needs to stop. Though I feel confident in saying that without Hammer’s turnover, he probably gets a shutout tonight. Ah well.

-Corey Perry takes a Corey Perry penalty. Brandon Bollig comes to defend Kruger. Realizes Hawks are getting a power play. Skates away. Good boy!

Gotta keep it rolling Sunday for the B’s. But it is heartening to know that the Hawks can rub the Ducks’ ass in the moonshine.

 

  • chidiver

    Hi kids!

    • Country_Bumpkin

      Where ya been Chi?

      • Z-man19

        Eating a pulled pork sandwhich

        • 1benmenno

          Stop talking dirty. This is a family blog.

      • chidiver

        Was at the game. Disqus hates my phone.

  • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

    I will see if I can look at it more over the weekend and I am not saying ANH is not very good because they are very good. But I am kinda wondering if they are not a paper tiger, I mentioned it in the PGT, the stats just do not make total sense for their record and streak, in otherwords, they look to be not just over achieving, but maybe really overachieving.

    • chidiver

      I got no stats…just eyeballs. Anaheim is very good. Cam Fowler is developing into a beast. Forwards play with speed, aggressiveness and skill. Tonight, they just ran into an extremely talented Hawks team that decided to give a shit. The Hawk’s neutral zone play was a thing of beauty. Dmen had at least 2 passing options every time they won the puck in the d-zone.

      Except for about 5 minutes in the third, the Hawks played “the beautiful game”

      • Hawkeytalk

        And the beautiful game is really beautiful, when those beauties are on.

        • Fleshrifle

          biggest beauties in the league

      • wreckinball

        Maybe the best game I watched all year. Of course I’m bised

      • ballyb11

        With ya. You can look at the stats all you want, but they play the game on ice, not computers.

        • Z-man19

          This is true, but say the Mallards get knocked out in the first round again this year. We’ll hear how they aren’t clutch and they choke and how great whoever beat them must be. Maybe the stats say mallards weren’t as good as their record suggests and it had nothing to do with TWTW or being clutch, they just aren’t that good

          • 10thMountainFire

            It’s a California thing.

            /San Jose’d

          • ballyb11

            I was a Math major. I like objective analysis. History is strewn with exceptions. They still play the game not on a computer.

            See Mark Buehrle’s career.

          • 10thMountainFire

            I upboated simply for the Buehrle reference. I love Mark Buehrle.

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

            They play the game on the ice, but the stats can show HOW to play them too!

          • Z-man19

            I like Buehrle as much as anyone, not sure I get your point. After 2 years with the Sox, if you were surprised by what he did, you weren’t paying attention to his stats. There’s no lack of examples of guys not able to crack 92 with their fastball but still being damn good pitchers. It’s not very common but it does happen

          • 10thMountainFire

            I think what bally was implying is that Buehrle isn’t the most athletic or naturally gifted player on paper. But he achieves largely on guile, perseverance, and smarts.

          • Z-man19

            Yes, he was an unlikely MLB pitcher, but he wasn’t a one year wonder and his stats (not his mph) proved he was a quality pitcher.

            Are the ducks a one year wonder? They had a great season last year and bowed out in the first round. They’re having a great year this year. Will they get knocked out first round again this year? Who knows, the stats say they might. They may win the whole thing despite the stats. If I HAD to bet, based on what TMFF has provided us, I’m not sure the ducks would be my choice to do so. Much like, I probably wouldn’t have picked Buehrle to become the pitcher he was the first time I saw him pitch (I could be wrong but I think I saw his first appearance on TV), but after a year or two, his stats proved he could be good.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Dude, I just love Mark Buehrle. Because he’s given me years of incredible sports moments. Your point is solid, though… after 2002, he was a 200+ IP dependable, injury-free rotation lock. I don’t think many would posit that the Ducks are a one-year wonder at all.

            Also, comparing Mark Buehrle to the Ducks… that’s a paddlin’.

          • Bob Lanz

            I bet the ducks could throw a no-hitter too!

          • ballyb11

            Could the Ducks be Buehrle? That’s all.

          • Z-man19

            You’re swapping stats. The ducks are the exact opposite of Buehrle’s physical stats. Were Getzlaf and Perry late round NHL picks with few physical skills that indicated they would be good players? What part of Buehrle’s PITCHNG stats (ERA, walks, opposing team’s BA) said ‘this guy just isn’t that good’?

            If the ducks were a bunch of fat guys that looked like they couldn’t skate 30 seconds without oxygen, I’d get your point.

          • Why

            What happens if Anaheim wins a series?

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

            NO Stat can tell you what will happen, they can only tell you the most likely outcome. They win they win nobody thinks much of it, but to lose with the record they do, people will be looking to why. Many times the true underdog has won, other times a perceived favorite has lost. Sometimes it is just one of those things that happens, others it is because the perception was not reality.

          • Why

            Fair enough. But the evidence has to cut both ways. If Anaheim losing is evidence that the stats work, then Anaheim winning is evidence that the stats don’t work.

          • 10thMountainFire

            They move to the next round?

          • Z-man19

            Maybe everyone should say they upset the other team

      • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

        Like I said, I am still mining and parsing.

        Here is the aggregate (sum of NHL ranks) numbers for these teams for the following areas 5v5 Close, 5v5 Tied, 5v4, 4v5 in GF-GA-GF%-CF-CA-CF%-FF-FA-FF%-SF-SA-SF%-SH%-SV%-PDO. The lower the number the better, these are a balance between Offense and Defense in each area. This is a simple and broad way to show relative strength in these areas to another.

        5v5C-5v5T-5v4-4v5

        STL: 145-158-218-240

        ANH: 128-214-205-157

        CHI: 62-53-217-175

        SJS: 132-145-153-126

        PIT: 142-211-120-320

        BOS: 106-127-232-124

    • Waylon

      maybe it’s a case of the Ducks having 21/2 good lines, while the Hawks have 3.

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

      This is where I think stats can’t tell whole stories. They simply can’t (and I’m a hardcore proponent). I just don’t think you can win all of your games over one-quarter of an entire season if all you are is a “paper tiger.” Also–and seriously–what does it mean to be a very good team who is really overachieving?

      • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

        Well, yes you can win that many games and be a paper tiger, look at another set of Bruce’s teams the Captials of years past. In the regular season the were money, even won the Greatest Trophy ever the President’s Trophy, but they were an inherently hallow team. Once somebody could crack that shell all they could feast on the soft inside What does it mean if a good team is overachieving, that means they have more inherent room to shift, where a firmly solid team will be harder to move.
        .
        In one game matchups ANH is money, but underneath all those Wins is not something that really reflects what one would expect from such a “dominant” team. 5v5 Close they are 15th or worse in CF, CF%, FF and 5v5 Tied they are 15th or worse in CF, CA, CF%, FF, FA, FF%, SF, SF%, and SV%. On the PP (5v4) they are 15th or worse in GA, GF%, CA, CF%, SH%, SV% and PDO on the PK (4v5) they are 15th or worse in GA, CA, FA, SA and SV%. They are showing large below average areas in EV strength close games and on both sides of Special Teams.
        .
        In a seven game series however, do these faults get exposed, can they keep covering them up or attempting to counter them on the side of the puck. We saw last night the Hawks did this, they did not press ANH but rather prevented them from really setting up shop. ANH has a crazy high SH% but does not get a lot of shots on net, meaning they choose their spots very well. Once the Hawks limited this, they got through that shell and exposed that soft underbelly. But ANH also showed how quick they can strike in the 3rd.
        .
        My point is, against another good team, that is fundamentally stronger across the board, can any team like ANH who has a awesome record, but weaker causation stats survive against a team who perhaps has a weaker record but is a stronger or even just a more well balanced team in the underlining numbers. ANH looks like one of those teams like the Capitals of the past, strong in the regular season in 1 game sets where adjustments cannot be made fast enough, but in a 7 game series is just too fundamentally weak against a dedicated and smart team.

        • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

          STL for example, they are much stronger across the Board. They do not get many puck at net, but they are the best at preventing shots at theirs. With their limited shots they still manage a pretty GF-Rate and GF% in close/tied 5v5. They have both a solid PP and PK as well, and in most every statistical area in 5v5 C/T and ALL are stronger than ANH, yet ANH has a higher P% rate.

          • steeg of their own

            It’s interesting that you point out that Boudreau-coached teams do this. The 09-10 Caps (that was the year they won the President’s Trophy then got booted by the Habs in the first round) weren’t in the League’s top 10 in FF% close 5/5 or in CF% or FF% tied 5/5. That team also had a really high Sh%, and unsustainably high PDO. Great record, but the underlying stats were weaker than you might guess. I wonder if it’s something inherent in the system he coaches.

          • zacked

            If Boudreau can consistently get his team to beat the percentages, then he is the greatest coach of all time.

            I admit that I’ve wondered that myself at times, but I’m guessing it has more to do with the fact that the two teams happen to both have big time scoring players than any magical abilities of Boudreau’s..

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

          I take what you’re saying here, I get it and agree, but I would say, for example, that Phoenix two years ago were in worse stats-shape than the Ducks, and they took us in 6. My only real point is that Anaheim is in my mind capable of at least that kind of upset … If not very ready to do so. They’re better than that Phoenix team. It’s not like we’re talking about Calgary.

      • Waylon

        I think we can all agree that while the Hawks played a very good game, this time the breaks went their way, unlike the previous stretch of contests. The Ducks hit a goal post and Crow gets a tiny piece of one at the last minute, while Steeg gets a lucky bounce right on his stick, etc.

        • houstonhawk

          That was not a lucky bounce, that was Steeg fighting through a check and making his own luck. No offense but calling it a lucky bounce takes away from his effort.

          • Waylon

            whatever, I think you understood my context here. The last stretch of games the Hawks caught no breaks at all, but this game they finally got a few, and that was one of them. Of course Steeger deserves credit, but the Ducks also were caught watching the puck and stopped playing.

          • Z-man19

            No it doesn’t. Had he not scored there, would you still acknowledge his effort?

          • houstonhawk

            Why would you not acknowledge it, as Waylon says below about the lack of breaks the Hawks have been getting the last few games. It was a bounce, if Steeg doesn’t muscle through the Ducks, then he has no chance of making that play, therefore it was his effort that scored the goal.

          • Z-man19

            If the puck doesn’t bounce his way, he doesn’t score despite his effort. He got a bounce, just because you acknowledge that it doesn’t mean you take away from his effort

          • houstonhawk

            My point was that chalking that play solely up to a lucky bounce was taking away from Steeg’s effort. If he had stopped short and the puck bounced off a Duck player into the net, that is a lucky bounce. He continued through the play and put the puck in the net, not a lucky bounce.

  • wreckinball

    ANH looked pretty re to me. Hawks are the best in the league when they want to be

    • 1benmenno

      Are you familiar with a sports journalist by the name of Skip Bayliss?

  • Michael Scott

    I really wanted that shutout. Really badly. I mean, Crow actually had a hand in that, so shit happens.
    But dangit.

    I guess the win really cancels that out, though… Priorities?

    • 1benmenno

      shutouts vs. Stanley cups. Look up Tony Esposito. Love the dude, but . . .

      • ballyb11

        He let in a goal like the Ducks’ 2nd which essentially lost the 7th game of the ’71 Stanley Cup. From way outside the blue line.

        • Waylon

          yeah, I still remember Lloyd Petit’s call on that one, listening in anguish with my little transistor AM radio in bed. What’s even worse is I also remember when the Hawks thought they had a late – game goal, but Dryden made a spectacular save at the last minute.

          • ballyb11

            Spectacular is an understatement. I think it was on Doug Mohns?

          • ballyb11

            Changed my mind — Jim Pappin.

          • jordyhawk

            Correct, It was Pappin on Dryden’s right who had an open net, thought he’d scored and raised his arms. Dryden shot the right pad out and stopped it.

          • steeg of their own

            I really should be the president of the ‘I <3 Dryden' fanclub, but yes, that was an unreal stop.

  • 10thMountainFire

    Hossa has not aged.

    Saad’s play in his own end probably earned him some Q points.

    Saad is as close to a Hossa as we will have in the next 10-15 years. Start enjoying him now. He’s going to be incredible.

    That was a thoroughly enjoyable game, both on the ice and on The Committed Indian game thread.

    • wreckinball

      Saad has a little Jekyll and Hyde in him. Mostly good but he has some serious lapses

      • 10thMountainFire

        Huh?

        • wreckinball

          Don’t agree with the Hossa comparison. What’s so hard to understand?

          • 10thMountainFire

            Nothing. I understand you perfectly. Good day.

          • Hawkeytalk

            Just think whack a mole.

          • 10thMountainFire

            I guess it’s just good that I believe in Gaad.

          • 10thMountainFire

      • Waylon

        OK, please detail some of these alleged serious lapses.

        • 10thMountainFire

          I was in such a good mood and then…

          • Z-man19

            I love you

          • 10thMountainFire

            I love you more. So much. Because… anger rising.

          • Z-man19

            It’ll pass X, it’ll pass

          • 1benmenno

            That’s what they said about my gall stone. Turns out there’s a lot of gall out there.

          • Z-man19

            it’s had a lot of time to age

        • wreckinball

          Turnovers!

          • 10thMountainFire

          • wreckinball

            I’m a huge Hawks fan. Been rooting for them since Tony O and Bobby Hull. Also think Saad is a keeper. Not sure he’s Hoss but we ll keep him

          • Waylon

            while he’s not a Hossa clone (yet) all the tools are there, and almost fully developed. The puck control, the speed, the passing ability, the sixth sense – the man has it all in spades. He’s also strong with the puck and getting stronger in the corners, and this season he’s starting to shake off defenders who attempt to wrest the puck away from him when he’s down low, just throws them over his backside at times. Hossa’s still a beast, Saad will be an uber beast shortly.

          • wreckinball

            Hope you re right

          • Hawkeytalk

            And the sniper’s finish, to me that’s the last big piece of the puzzle.

          • 10thMountainFire

            I am finding it difficult to state who I love more: Hossa or Saad. The Father or the Son?

          • Bob Lanz

            The Holy Ghost mutha… Kane!

          • VerStig

            Really? I have noticed a few ill-advised drop passes lately but otherwise I don’t see much of a turnover problem with Saader…

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      Saad seems to have shifted, consciously tailoring his game after Hossa, where in his rookie year, he seemed to be emulating DDN.

      My unscientific observation

      • 10thMountainFire

        /Science’d!

  • Z-man19

    I find this interesting. The Swedes faced the Getzlaf/Pooh Face line the most, but they also started more than half of their shifts in the O-zone. 72 led the D men in D-zone starts but saw very little of Getzlaf/Pooh

    • Fleshrifle

      So Boudreau (I keep thinking of Lou) kept starting his best line in the D-zone tonight?

      • wreckinball

        The Hawks forecheck was great. ANH D had a hard time clearing the zone

        • Fleshrifle

          Good point. I guess ANH had no choice but to run out the 1st line in the D-zone because the other lines would have left the 1st very little choice. I listened to the game so it was hard to follow how the Hawks would keep ANH pinned.

      • Z-man19

        A majority of their starts were in the D-zone, yes. Probably helps that the Hawks had twice as many O-zone draws as D-zone and it might be the first game all year Kruger started more shifts in the O-zone than the D

        • Fleshrifle

          Sounds like kruger responded well.

  • wreckinball

    Good night let’s do it again on Sunday LGH

  • 1benmenno

    Well, obviously, the lesson is that effort is everything. It goes without saying.

    • 1benmenno

      And, of course, I mean what I say or I do not.

      • 1benmenno

        On the other hand, there may be those who disagree.

        • 1benmenno

          Then again, Jonny Toews has one serious ass.

          • 1benmenno

            Conclusion: I’ve had too much booze but just the right amount of bath salts.

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    Turns out the hangover came in January rather than October. All this team needs is a little motivation. Keep rolling, Hawks.

  • chidiver

    During the shutout portion of the game yesterday, I had some idiot behind me spending the whole game talking about how Crawford sucks. Then when Anaheim scores on the BREAKAWAY (caused by Super Nintendo) its like “see! see!”

    It took all my self control not to punch her.

    • chidiver

      And before any of you get all reactionary on me…I only mean to demonstrate that meatballery knows no gender boundaries.

      • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

        Fuck chivalry at those times.

  • denislemieux

    Where else but SCH can you be brought up to speed and learn that Ebenholts och Elfenben is Sweedish for Ebony and Ivory. Thanks Sam, I’ve been away too long.

    • lizmcneill

      I forget whether the ToS or the Hockeenight guys came up with that one but it’s been around for a while. I tend to call them “the Swedes” cos it’s easier to spell :)

  • steeg of their own

    For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, the “14 Minutes of Pissed Off Goalies” in this post is one of the most entertaining hockey videos I’ve seen in a long time.

    http://blogs.thescore.com/nhl/2014/01/17/the-5-best-goalie-fights-of-all-time/

    • Country_Bumpkin

      That was awesome. I never knew how psychotic Roy was.

    • 10thMountainFire

      That was 14 minutes well spent.

  • 10thMountainFire

    When I show up at TCI threads stating that I come bearing Hossa goals, I bring Hossa goals. That’s just the way I am.

    • mightymikeD

      that’s good parenting. Mama & Papa XMF

      • 10thMountainFire

        Every Sunday, they made me go to church to demonstrate that I was thankful to God. Hossa was pleased to heard my prayers and incantations unto Him. He has responded with two Cups.

      • ballyb11

        Yo, How’s Ireland these days?

  • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

    Hiller was given Marian Hossa’s business card last night. Here is a picture of it!!!

    • 10thMountainFire

      You are incredible. Upboat this until we break the internet, everyone!

      • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

        If you insist!

        • 10thMountainFire

          It took me a minute to figure it out. I screwed up. English is apparently not my friend.

          /Badgerdano’d

    • lizmcneill

      The email address is a nice touch.

      • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

        Glad everyone likes it.
        .
        Any suggestions for improvement or other requests/ideas let me know, including gifs. Sometimes I need a break from stats mining, parsing and analysis.

        • 10thMountainFire

          Improvements:

          Issue the card to every goaltender prior to each Hawks game. Start with Rask.

          • Country_Bumpkin

            His goalie meltdowns were awesome.

        • Z-man19

          Not sure how you do it, but something about all the pucks being his and when he’ll allow you to rent/borrow one from him

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

            Already did one

          • Z-man19

            I meant add it to the card

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

            Aghh. I will look into it later on, need to be creative with it.

          • Z-man19

            If it’s really good, I want at least some credit

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

            It makes it a little busy now, but here you go. (click on it for a larger image)

          • Z-man19

            Yep, perfect. You win the internet for the 1st quarter of 2014

          • 10thMountainFire

            That is lovely.

    • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

      You all are going to turn me back into a rec whore! lol
      But it is pretty cool to see 25+ upvotes on something I did, means I guess I hit the mark.

  • Preacher
    • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

      Did somebody catch the number to that train?

    • 10thMountainFire

      “Hossa’d”

      • Preacher

        Actually, this was on Bickell’s goal.

    • Country_Bumpkin

      Someone at Hockeenight could photoshop a “fart” cloud in there I’m sure.

  • 1benmenno

    Shawzer on his bobblehead: “I’ve got no chance,” sighed Shaw. “If my bobblehead doesn’t look anything like me, guys in the room are going to let me have it. If my bobblehead looks exactly like me, if it’s the spitting image, they’ll still give me grief. Then they’ll just say it’s ugly.”

  • 10thMountainFire

    Crow in net and Versteeg on the ice tomorrow vs Boston.

  • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

    It is so much nicer around here without he who shall not be named the Third!!!

    • 10thMountainFire

      We’ve shed a few recently. Debate is one thing but others come here to piss and moan at the writers, some to troll those commenting, and others to make trouble and leave. It’s nice to have hockey the point of discussion again.

      • Joe Banks

        Actually, I suspect they are all the same person…

    • CitizenKaner

      may I ask who “He Who Shall Not Be Named the Third” is?

      • Country_Bumpkin

        Please don’t. It would cause CookieMonster to run to the Woods in Crisis.

  • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

    So what do we root for?
    Water Fowl, River SCUM or New Madrid Fault rupture?

    • Accipiter

      Ducks.

      • Z-man19

        If I weren’t so close to it I’d have to consider the fault rupture, but I’m with you, mallards

  • Paul the Fossil

    Last night’s coolest final score outside of Chicago: San Jose 5, St. Louis 4. It wasn’t the St. Louis Blues that had the 4 goals but rather Martin St. Louis, the non-Olympian and hero to everyone over the age of 35 who still tries to play this game.

    • Accipiter

      That game was this afternoon.

      • Paul the Fossil

        Blah blah blah SHOOOOT!!

  • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

    Many moons ago (almost 52 to be exact) the ToS had photoshop contest (Toews Faces) would be kinda cool if they did that again.

    • Z-man19

      You’ve kept track for 3-4 years? I’m guessing either you or CNS won

      • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

        Name is TMFF and the contest name was Toews Faces. I had just joined SCH and SBN in Jan 2010 when they held the contest, that and I still have the pics with the date tags on them! lol

      • 10thMountainFire

        Among my favorites to this day are the early ones like the Kane-Toews ‘Bartender! Can’t you see this man needs a drink?!’ CNS one and multiple TMFF early products.

        • Z-man19

          I miss the fanposts, there was some quality shit done there, namely mmd

          • 10thMountainFire

            Fanposts and a mobile app are what I’d enjoy seeing TCI offer in the future…

    • 10thMountainFire

      Because you always won it. You and CNS are like Gretzky and Lemieux in that thing.

      • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

        I honestly think we are both more of stats guys though (though we seem to NEVER agree). I am sure there is plenty of hidden photoshop talent here at TCI that just needs some encouragement to come out!

        • 10thMountainFire

          I spent six years in the US Army. If I can’t photoshop, I may have some memory problems.

          If Google Earth could be applied to this site, I’d be the resident geospatial ninja.

        • Z-man19

          I’m too old to learn new tricks, or lazy.

  • CozBullsFan

    This Detroit/LA game is quite hilarious. Clifford slides skates first into Howard. Howard sits on him. Richards goes after Howard. Everyone goes after Richards. L O L

  • Country_Bumpkin

    Carey Price doing his best Jonas Hiller impersonation tonight. 3-1 Leafs.

    Edit: 3-2 Leafs

  • Country_Bumpkin

    Life is a bit bettah when the Hawks win. Last night’s game was great, and TCI was teh bestest.

    • Joe Banks

      It was such a pleasant evening, I didn’t even get mad at the bonehead who blew the shutout…

      • 10thMountainFire

        Didn’t Bobby LeDonne admit he jinxed it at the outset?

      • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

        That is because we tied him up to a post and lit him on fire while we danced naked, or at least without pants.

  • Joe Banks

    Ducks lead Blues 1-0 after one. No word on when the meteor will arrive.
    Wait, shouldn’t we be hoping for a meteorite?

  • Joe Banks

    FYI, fan poll on NHL.com is: WHO IS BETTER, Getslaf/Perry, or Toews/Kane?
    Do what you must…

    • 10thMountainFire

      Toews/Kane. Because if not, the terrorists win.

      • Accipiter

        Getzlaf and Perry play together more. Don’t think the question is that great.

        • 10thMountainFire

          It’s NHL.com. It’s likely more about driving clicks via the casual fan.

          • Joe Banks

            exactly.

        • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

          Q knows the Universe can only handle so much Awesome so he limits it.

          • Z-man19

            Thus Bollig

        • Z-man19

          Too easy as far as I’m concerned

    • CozBullsFan

      Done and done.

  • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

    River Pond Scum are losing 3-0 to Water Fowl after 2

    • Joe Banks

      Sadly, it’s 3-2 now… 5 min to go

      • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

        River Scum are doing ANH, what ANH tried to do to the Hawks last night!

  • DJ

    Good Lord…Flames at Canucks, opening puck drop…all ten skaters drop the gloves and fight.

    • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

      WOW, 2 seconds in!!!

      • AirTrafficAJ

        Watched it happen. Torts lost his shit and started screaming across the bench. 2 seconds of idiocy.

        • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

          Ha, VAN has stooped so low that it is now at point it feels needed to level some grudge with CGY! lol

          • Z-man19

            If they lose at least they can feel good about how they lost

          • AirTrafficAJ

            To be fair, it was actually Calgary that started it. Put 5 goons on the ice before a Torts had even put anyone out there. When Kevin Westhgarth is your starting center, you aren’t interested in playing hockey.

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

            VAN has last change and they did put Bieksa and Sestito out as well. VAN new it was coming.

          • AirTrafficAJ

            CANADIAN JUSTICE!!!!

          • AirTrafficAJ

            Looks like Torts went and stood outside the Flames locker room in between periods and started a shoving match.

          • 10thMountainFire

            The douchery is strong with this one.

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            A query with no clear answer: Who is the biggest douche who is currently coaching in the NHL–Roy, AV, or Torts? I know, I know… your mind is having a hard time processing right? I think I blew a gasket or two trying to run the algorithms myself…

          • CozBullsFan

            He wasn’t being a douche this time. The Flames coach started all this. He wouldn’t acknowledge Torts when he was yelling from the bench so he went to have a word with him between periods. That’s when all the shoving started. The Flames coach should get fined and/or suspended for pulling that shit. Absolutely no point to that.

          • hauss

            Isn’t it more fun to have a 4th line of guys who can play (even with our ‘face puncher’ 52 there) instead of that shit?

            Love the posts on Puck Daddy about how Tort’s did his hallway act to fire up his team. VAN would rather burn down the town than win anything.

          • lizmcneill

            I’d like to think that if some asshole coach ices 5 goons Q would put out Red Wedding. Hossa will laugh in their faces as he scores.

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

            That would be funny. I have seen this in the IHL/AHL a couple-few times but there was also bad blood carried over from a game the night or a couple nights before.
            .
            I really do not want to think to how the Hawks counter that type of shit, they really do not have the team built for it, really even a full line to at least really show up!

          • lizmcneill

            They counter it by not starting shit I guess. It’s funny that the Hogs are the exact opposite in that way.

          • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

            The Douche can be strong with some.
            Imagine if you will, Mike Milbury is once again a head coach (okay, stop laughing now). His team sucks for reason he does not understand (mainly because he is the Coach) and he thinks they need to be “tougher” against better teams. Through his awesome ineptitude his team is full of the Raffi Torres, Bertuzzi, Westgarths, Scotts in a vein attempt to beat the opponent and puck into the net (he still is wondering why his team sucks). So he decides to start said players to “show” the Hawks his team is more stupid, um tougher. What do you do? Remember the Douche is strong with these ones!

          • lizmcneill

            Skate past them (they can’t skate) and score (they can’t defend). It’s more of a deterrent than Bollig ritually dropping the gloves.

          • Z-man19

            Don’t drop the gloves, the stupid thing with last night, Westgarth and Bieksa do the jersey tug but don’t actually throw. It appeared to me that not everyone was on board with the melee at first. Had Bieksa not dropped his gloves, does it evolve into a line brawl?

    • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

      In fact it got so bad, look at the PP in the top left corner! lol

      • 10thMountainFire

        ‘How bad was it, JCMTMFF?’

        So bad that Raffi Torres showed up to put on the sweater just so he could skate around the ice punching himself throughout the melees.

    • Paul the Fossil

      They ended up tied 2-2, going to the skittles contest now.

  • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

    I just proposed TOFTBO is having an outstanding season on PD Comments under their Keith for Norris slobberjob. Lets see how many downvotes I get! lol

    • 10thMountainFire

      Link?

    • http://www.our-founding.com/ Just call me TMFF

      I guess some think TOFTBO is not having a good season based on the downboat?

  • DuHawk

    The Canucks are a tire fire, & I’m loving every minute of it.

    • VanDorp’sMullet

      I think their fans are the ones that lit the tire fire.