NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Winnipeg Jets

You Know I Read It In A Magazine: Blackhawks 5, Jets 1

Remember the countless times we’ve said “If the other goalie wasn’t standing on his head, this game could have gotten way out of hand” over the last six seasons or so? Today’s tilt against the Jets was pretty much the exact opposite of that. The Jets goaltending was atrocious. And the Blackhawks put this one away rather simply and easily. On to the bullets.

–There are few things sexier than Niklas Hjalmarsson getting off a clean slap shot in the slot. I would gauge his career shooting percentage on these types of shots at a solid 65%. Unfortunately, it only happens about 8 times a season for a multitude of reasons. His blast today, even though it was tipped, was an absolute rocket and Pavelec had no chance of stopping it unless it just hit him.

–A sign of a dominating team is when they come up against a clearly inferior opponent and it’s the play of the bottom six that carries the day. How many times during the late 90′s and early 2000′s were the Hawks manhandled by the likes of Kris Draper, Martin Lapointe and Darren McCarty? Enough to warrant a misguided multi-year contract for Lapointe.

The Hawks were led today by the 3rd and 4th lines. Jeremy Morin has given the jolt the Hawks 3rd line desperately needed and it’s why you don’t hear any pandering for Viktor Stalberg. It’s not that Morin is doing anything incredibly special. It’s just that he’s generally in the right spot and when the puck does come his way, he doesn’t panic. In fact, he probably takes too much time with the puck. There was a play in the second period where he had the puck in the slot and he waited about a second too long before deciding what he wanted to do with the puck. This will change as he adjusts to the speed of the game.

Meanwhile, Brandon Bollig had his first career multi-point game in the NHL. His shot, which other than his fists, is probably the biggest reason why he is able to play at the highest level. And he proved it today with a pretty nifty short-side snipe on Ondrej Pavelec.

Nick Leddy was also very impressive. Whether he’s going to a bum-slayer for the rest of his career or a legitimate top 4 defensemen remains to be seen. This has to be one of the major storylines for Stan Bowman to watch throughout the season.

–You heard it here first. Or maybe second or third. Brandon Saad will be donning the stars and stripes in Sochi.

–Not sure what the Jets game plan was coming in, but suffice to say, they may want to reevaluate. They have enough speed on the wings to give some of the plodding Hawk defensemen trouble (as evidenced during their few chances) but they don’t have the where-with-all on the back-end or in the middle to get those guys the puck enough.

They’re not going to cause any problems for good teams until they figure that out. And in the Western Conference, that’s a recipe for a lottery pick.

–With Calgary tomorrow night, it’s a quick turnaround. Time to move on to the next one.

 

  • DuHawk

    DuHawk’s overly simplified recap:

    The 1st period was a shitstorm. The 2nd & 3rd were not.

    • chidiver

      and then you allegedly shit yourself. did you clean the squishy couch?

      • 10thMountainFire

        No, his dancing monkey cleaned it up.

        • CozBullsFan

          Where can one purchase a dancing monkey that cleans?

          • 10thMountainFire

            I was trained well by Uncle Sam.

          • DuHawk

            I love this place

          • 10thMountainFire

            Me, too. I’m a benign cancer.

          • CozBullsFan

            We are the singing all dancing crap of the world.

          • 10thMountainFire

            You are not your khakis.

          • CozBullsFan

            It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.

          • 10thMountainFire

            This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time.

      • Joe Banks

        It was a Twinkie!

        • DuHawk

          A BIG TWINKIE!

          • Joe Banks

            Tell him about the Twinkie, Ray.

          • DuHawk

            What about the Twinkie?

          • chidiver

            Well, let’s say this Twinkie represents the normal amount of psychokinetic energy in the New York area. Based on this morning’s sample, it would be a Twinkie… thirty-five feet long, weighing approximately six hundred pounds.

          • DuHawk

            That’s a big Twinkie

          • CozBullsFan

            TWSS

          • DuHawk

            I like this guy

  • 10thMountainFire

    Jeremy Morin.

    That is all. Carry on.

    • DuHawk

      Hey XMF, you missed all the fun. The trolliest troll who ever trolled was trolling while the Hawks were down 1-0; disappeared after they took the lead though.

      • bizarrohairhelmet

        I must have missed this. I remember seeing DTM, but didn’t seem very trolly. Was kokointhewoods here?

        • DuHawk

          Yeah, the sky was falling again

          • 10thMountainFire

            Did it fall on him/her?

          • DuHawk

            That would truly be a crisis

          • 10thMountainFire

            Only if in an environment of significant foliage.

          • Joe Banks

            Kind of like being in an unsanitary tributary without primary means of motivation.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            motivation or mobilization

          • lizmcneill

            something certainly seemed to happen to them once the Hawks started winning.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Huh. Go figure.

          • Z-man19

            Nothing to piss and moan about, had other dead horses to beat

      • 10thMountainFire

        Why does he/she even bother anymore? It’s gotten so ridiculous that no one bothers to even read his/her comments anymore.

        • DuHawk

          I chatted with him/her a little bit, but felt dirty about it

          • 10thMountainFire

            I feel dirty knowing about it. But I upboated you for effort.

          • DuHawk

            Oh, & I allegedly shit myself, but I don’t think that’s true

          • 10thMountainFire

            I forget what that he/she called me. It was a monkey, I believe.

          • DuHawk

            A dancing monkey

          • 10thMountainFire

            THAT’S right. A dancing monkey.

          • DuHawk

            Was that the same night the 3rd period thread went off the rails?

          • 10thMountainFire

            It was.

            And I just went back to see that first period thread today… apparently it looks like he/she downboated all the people who responded in disagreement.

          • DuHawk

            Yep, that happened. I was scolded because I’m not panicking now that October is over

          • 10thMountainFire

            I saw that. He was repeating the same mantra he has been. ‘Am I the only one who knows the sky is falling?! Why is no one running when I tell them to run?!’

          • DuHawk

            I should ignore, but sometimes I can’t help myself

          • 10thMountainFire

            I started to ignore him after the first day. He just moved on to antagonizing you guys… he’s been in tiffs with you, Z, Bizzaro, even Ahn. Dude should go away.

          • Z-man19

            I had to do some crisis prevention, I couldn’t help myself.

          • DuHawk

            This fucking guy

          • 10thMountainFire

            This fuckin guy… right here.

          • Z-man19

            I love you guys

          • 10thMountainFire

            Beer is on Z!

          • Z-man19

            Sure thing, drink up

          • Joe Banks

            We love you too.

          • Joe Banks

            Was it just me, or was everyone grinning ear to ear when he went after our little Ahnnie?

          • 10thMountainFire

            Didn’t you get into with him, too?

          • Joe Banks

            Today?

          • 10thMountainFire

            Just wondering if you were one of those that he picked a fight with. I forgot he picked a fight with Bob Lanz, too.

          • Joe Banks

            I know he doesn’t like cats…

          • DuHawk

            Cats are evil, godless creatures

          • DesertHawk

            Or abacuses… for some reason.

          • Joe Banks

            You can count on that.

          • DuHawk

            BWAHAHA…I forgot about that

          • 10thMountainFire

            I was just hoping Ahn would hammer him.

  • bizarrohairhelmet

    We can fight our parents out in the streets To find who’s right and who’s wrong

    • 10thMountainFire

      Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting.

      • DuHawk

        It works pretty well for drinking too

        • 10thMountainFire

          That would make you a Rocket Man.

          • DuHawk

            Burning out my fuse

          • 10thMountainFire

            Well, this is Your Song, Tiny Dancer.

          • DuHawk

            I remember when rock was young.
            Me & Suzie having so much fun

          • 10thMountainFire

            Just Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.

          • DuHawk

            But they all agreed as they joined the stampede
            You should never take more than you give
            In the circle of life

          • 10thMountainFire

            Although I search myself, it’s always someone else I see

          • DuHawk

            So goodbye yellow brick road

          • 10thMountainFire

            Me, I carry too much baggage
            Oh man I’ve seen so much traffic

          • DuHawk

            Island girl what you wanting in this white man’s world

          • 10thMountainFire

            I miss the earth so much I miss my wife
            It’s lonely out in space
            On such a timeless flight

          • DuHawk

            I defer; you win

          • 10thMountainFire

            YES! I was always more of a distance runner…

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            They set you on the treadmill And they made you change your name

      • Joe Banks

        New Guy?

  • Bannerman

    Was anyone else expecting Bollig to pick a fight just to get the fighting major for the hat trick?

    • DesertHawk

      He said he thought about it, but wasn’t gonna do it, with us winning 5-1.

      • DuHawk

        Bollig grew a brain?!?

        • DesertHawk

          Well there’s been indication of that, but I think it was more, “Don’t kick a man when he’s down” than concern about a shift in momentum.

        • chidiver

          More likely is that Winnipeg didn’t douche it up. Its kinda on them. If they wanted the fight, maybe Q would have sent Bollig out to duke it out (or maybe not). But since they seemed to want to..you know..play hockey, we obliged by keeping it flowing.

    • Joe Banks

      I can’t deny thinking about it. Byfuglien seemed to be challenging him to a duel at one point, and he turned it down. Classy.

  • CozBullsFan

    Shots fired by the Cannucks…Bolland down!

    • 10thMountainFire

      YOU KILLED BOLLIE! YOU BASTARDS!

      • CozBullsFan

        Didn’t look good. Got a skate to his ankle.

        • 10thMountainFire

          And this makes me realize I still love David Bolland.

          • CozBullsFan

            The announcers are comparing it to the injury Karlsson got from Cooke. I has sad. :(

          • lizmcneill

            who was it?

          • 10thMountainFire

            Am I going to want to know the answer to this question?

          • CozBullsFan

            No, but it was Kassian.

          • 10thMountainFire

            I was tempted to downboat your comment out of principle.

          • CozBullsFan

            I would understand the downboat.

          • CozBullsFan

            Kassian

          • lizmcneill

            fucking douchenozzle. Funny how it’s *those* guys that accidentally slice people’s akles open.

          • CozBullsFan

            Bolland is out. The announcers said that Carlyle is a bit lost without him. I know how that feels.

          • lizmcneill

            Bolly is a coaches’ darling, eats tough minutes for breakfast. They are also down Bozak but that’s not as much of a loss, Kessel and JVR carry him anyways.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Wow. This really sucks.

          • DuHawk

            Oh wow that blows. Can’t help but feel terrible for Bolly

          • CozBullsFan

            It happened about the exact same way too. Kassian jumped as he hit and his skate slid down on Bolland’s ankle. Play should have been stopped. Instead Kassian ends up scoring while Bolland labors to get up.

          • DuHawk

            Makes me sick to my stomach just thinking about it

          • lizmcneill

            I am upset. Bolly is hurt enough without some Nucklehead douche throwing his skates around.

          • Joe Banks

            Why do the Canucks always go after his ankles? Last year it was Hansen

          • DuHawk

            I cannot stress enough how much I hate Vancouver. It’s a blind, irrational hatred, but I don’t give a flying fuck

          • CozBullsFan

            I concur.

          • Joe Banks

            I Co-Concur.

          • SaadBuster

            I Co-Co-Concur. Dirty bunch of motherfuckers.

          • Joe Banks

            Be careful. – He’s on to us.

  • bizarrohairhelmet

    “Brandon Saad will be donning the stars and stripes in Sochi.” Imma go take a cold shower now…

    • 10thMountainFire

      That’s awesome!

      • Z-man19

        This isn’t official, just a prediction

        • 10thMountainFire

          Bizzaro, you son of a bitch.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            I pasted it from the wrap.

          • 10thMountainFire

            I thought you found something none of us were aware of. Goddamn you.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            It was almost an entire bullet word for word. Did you not read the wrap?

          • Z-man19

            Monkeys don’t read

          • 10thMountainFire

            We dance.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            And make lovey eyes to the moon.

          • Z-man19

            So we dance, what song is in my head but I can’t find the name or artist?

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Love Shack?

          • Z-man19

            No

          • ChicagoNativeSon

            “Dance Yrself Clean” by LCD Soundsystem?

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Zj9Sv1JpmPs

          • Z-man19

            Catchy but no

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            The Dance? – Garth
            Come Dancing? – Kinks

          • Z-man19

            Like the kinks song. I’m thinking it was talking heads

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Are you thinking of the Hooters song? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB1Q-PfUvN0

          • Z-man19

            God no

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Good, because I was going to hunt you down wherever you are and slap you.

          • Z-man19

            Will you anyway?

          • Joe Banks

            Stick Shazzam in your ear!

          • DuHawk

            But your friends don’t dance & if they don’t dance well they’re no friends of mine

          • 10thMountainFire

            I did. But the way you posted made it seem like you knew something the rest of us didn’t. And sometimes that is the case so I gave you credit. Now I hate you. Except I don’t.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Well, when he does make it, you can remember how you felt 10 minutes ago.

          • 10thMountainFire

            …and remind everyone that Bizarro said so way before the others.

          • DuHawk

            Didn’t Lord Byron used to eat paste?

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Eager

          • DuHawk

            Ahh yes

          • 10thMountainFire

            ‘The purple ones taste like burning.’

    • SaadBuster

      Big time upboat. Wish I could’ve watched this one. Where I live, WGN was showing Walker Texas Ranger.

  • Bob Lanz

    Was at the firehouse today for the game and missed what sounds like a solid performance by our men of four feathers. Anything that really stood out? Pirri, Morin update please.

    • DuHawk

      You’re gonna laugh at this, but Brandon Bollig

      • Bob Lanz

        LOL I am seriously smiling very wide. I guess that’s good though. better than him wasting a spot and Q refusing to make a change. Plus Q gets one right so far this year.

        • Joe Banks

          Blind Squirrel, meet nut.

          • Bob Lanz

            lets hope not but… it is bollig however he is a Brandon one of three

    • Z-man19

      A pretty good team beat a lesser team, Crow was good and Du soiled his recliner trying to fart despite fair warning

      • Bob Lanz

        I just miss being able to enjoy MOAR Hawk goals!

        • DuHawk

          I miss clean pants

          • chidiver

            Just give em to the dancing monkey

          • 10thMountainFire

            Same day service.

        • Z-man19

          There was about a 5 minute orgy of hawk’s goals in the second period

  • Joe Banks

    Tampa Bay scores, take 3-2 lead over the Blues 11 minutes left

    • CozBullsFan

      I like this.

      • 10thMountainFire

        I like this.

        • DuHawk

          I like this.

          • CozBullsFan

            Me gusta.

          • chidiver

            Si.

        • Joe Banks

          4-2 Tampa!

    • lizmcneill

      Go Tampa Stamkoses, by all means continue to steal points from Central teams.

  • chidiver

    Wow, Leaves really do look a bit lost without Rat. Hope he’s OK.

    • chidiver

      “Will not return, leg laceration”….shit.

      • lizmcneill

        I don’t care about the Leafs but I do about Bolly :’(

        • chidiver

          Same here.

        • CozBullsFan

          I care about both. They’re my second team. So it’s a double punch in the stomach.

          • lizmcneill

            yeah this is not going to do good things to their season, Bolly was doing great.

      • CozBullsFan

        Yeah, it wasn’t pretty.

  • chidiver

    OK, focusing on TB-Scum Jr. C’mon Stamkos!

    • chidiver

      Woo! Filpulla scores! 4-2 Ning

      • Joe Banks

        Final!

  • CozBullsFan

    BOOM! TB goes up 4-2! Fuck St. Louis!

    • chidiver

      But he’s such a good player!

      • CozBullsFan

        Yes.

      • DesertHawk

        And he’s on their team!!! This makes no sense!

        • chidiver

          I’m soooo confused!

    • lizmcneill

      any time River Scum want to start sucking is A-OK by me!

      does Goallig have more points that Backes tonight? I’m glad Bollig came to us, St Louis would have turned him into a total shitbag.

      • https://twitter.com/robondacob CitizenKaner

        Upvote for goallig. That is awesome haha

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    4-2 TB over the Blues. :)

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      lulz

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    Blues pull Halak with 3:17 left.

  • DuHawk

    Well I’m out. Until tomorrow, you wonderful assholes :)

    • CozBullsFan

      Night!

    • Joe Banks

      Good day~ Check your drawers!

    • chidiver

      Night. Shower up!

  • chidiver

    Woo! Scum Jr. lose!

    • CozBullsFan

      Today was a good day!

  • chidiver

    Night kids.

    • CozBullsFan

      Night!

  • https://twitter.com/robondacob CitizenKaner

    Alright, so my current drunk inspiration is to make a video analysis of each UFA and RFA and decide which ones we should keep. Clearly the best way to do that is through gamecenter live, but it is a little too expensive for me right now. So my questions are: does game center drop in price later in the season, and is there an alternative to Game Center if I want to acquire footage of random games?

    • birdhead

      Have you looked into the Vault? If you’re OK with waiting a couple of days for new games you can get access to the last five years + some archive games for $5/month.

      • https://twitter.com/robondacob CitizenKaner

        wow that’s exactly what i was looking for! thank you very much

  • Z-man19

    Per the tweets, Bolly’s injury will require surgery, happening tonight

    • CozBullsFan

      Not surprised. You could tell right away that it was bad. I hope he gets back soon.

    • Joe Banks

      ah shit! I hate Vancouver! – and if someone hurts them, everyone has to pray for Sedin’s fucking helmet!

    • Waylon

      That’s OK – he’ll recover in time for the playoffs, where he’ll shine as per usual.

  • CozBullsFan

    Scum got a quick two goals on Edmonton. Watching to the Colorado game right now. Hoping for a Canadien win!

  • 1benmenno

    Anyone else notice Kane smiling after missing that penalty shot? Another sign the kid lacks the kind of heart it takes to win. Right, Blou? I mean, Crisis.

  • rhodes

    From the WGN broadcast, 2nd period. Could it be?

    • Joe Banks

      ???

      • CozBullsFan

        I’m lost too. I’m guessing he was talking about the goals scored in the 2nd.

      • rhodes

        Is it me (I have had a few)? I was just watching the game off the DVR. The name of that Nationwide insurance agent rings a bell.

        • CozBullsFan

          That’s our Bob!

          • rhodes

            Hard to say. If he had a scotch in his hand, that
            would seal the deal for me.

          • CozBullsFan

            There can be only one Bob Ledonne of Nationwide Insurance.

    • DuHawk

      My guy!!

      • DesertHawk

        IT’S NOT TOMORROW YET!!! I TRUSTED YOU!!!!

        • CozBullsFan

          It’s tomorrow in Australia. Trust me on this.

          • DesertHawk

            DuHawk doesn’t live in Australia though.

          • CozBullsFan

            It’s still tomorrow in Australia. Also, I’m drunk.

      • Joe Banks

        Laundry finished?

        • CozBullsFan

          My pants are clean.

          • Joe Banks

            Then what’s that smell?

          • CozBullsFan

            I blame XMF.

          • Joe Banks

            So he’s the canine?

          • Accipiter

            Pants ?

          • Z-man19

            I think Coz meant knickers, those don’t count as pants right?

    • Joe Banks

      Do you mean… dare I say it… this is THE BOB LADONNE? A.K.A. HIBLD?

      • DesertHawk

        I asked once. He said he was just a fan. I’m not sure if I believe him or not.

        • CozBullsFan

          Your belief in Bob should be unwavering. Non believers are heretics!

  • CozBullsFan

    Boo. Colorado scored.

    • Joe Banks

      Price sucks. Trade him!

  • CozBullsFan

    For all you Ron Burgandy fans out there, I present you this masterpiece.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=H8FzTCkCG58

  • Joe Banks

    New Horror film idea: “Night of the back up Goalies” – coming to a UC by you!
    aiiiieeeee!!!!

  • Joe Banks

    Dat Landeskog is a tool.

    • lizmcneill

      did he elbow someone again?

  • The Doctor

    Just finished the game due to work. What the hell is wrong with the Jets fans? Chanting Crow’s name right at puck drop, booing Kane and Toews for no particular reason aside from maybe Kane having the same name as Evander and Toews being a Winnipeg guy? I was glad to see them get spanked like that just to shut their stupid faces up. Easily one of the dumbest fan bases I’ve seen in a while.

    • birdhead

      I didn’t like the chants when Crow was down but otherwise I didn’t mind it. Shows they care – and they wouldn’t boo Kane and Toews if they weren’t scared of their potential effects on the scoreboard, it just demonstrates their esteem.

      • lizmcneill

        They should have been booing Bollig, actually.

        • Z-man19

          I never thought this would be true, Bollig wrecking teams with his offensive prowess

          • lizmcneill

            Sign you are not a very good hockey club: you allow Brandon Bollig to get multiple points against you.

    • cliffkoroll

      Upboat on the goalie chanting thing. This needs to be reserved for special situations. Chalk it up to the town still being giddy about their new team plus the champs with the hometown hero coming to town.

    • https://twitter.com/robondacob CitizenKaner

      According to winni fans, it’s an “honour” for winnipeg fans to boo you and chant your name because it means that winnipeg thinks you’re an all-star or the best player. Really, I just think it’s an excuse for drunken idiots to scream at professional atheletes

      • Joe Banks

        How gauche! Drinking and watching hockey… who would do such a thing?
        Winnipeg fans are having fun, and what’s wrong with that?

        • The Doctor

          I don’t care how drunk you are. You don’t boo a player that’s laying on the ice injured. That’s just shitty.

    • zacked

      Minor league arena, minor league chants.

  • Joe Banks

    So… is Zack Kassian the new Matt Cooke?

    • Accipiter

      No.