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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Puckin Hostile Shoutcast Episode 23 (Trade Deadline)

In this Stu Grimson episode, Gatekeeper and Pat discuss the trade deadline. From Blackhawks trades, rumors, and fallacies, to crazy NHL trades that we never thought we would see like Nathan Horton for David Clarkson.

The guys run down the acquisition of Kimmo Timonen, Antoine Vermette, and Andrew Desjardins for draft picks, Klas Dahlbeck, and Ben Smith. What could have been, and much more.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Blackhawks vs Hurricanes
5-2 Win Recap

"Off With Their Heads"

by Gatekeeper

After the flurry of exhausting transactions on trade deadline day, there was still hockey to be played. The Blackhawks hosted one of the members of the "dishonor for Connor" club, the Carolina Hurricanes. As we outlined earlier, the Blackhawks shipped out Ben Smith for Andrew Desjardins while bringing in Kimmo Timonen and Antoine Vermette this weekend. This was going to make for a very interesting playoff run that started right here on March 1st. Some day I'll be able to look back on this day and think things...

The Blackhawks first period definitely showed the effects of the new faces in the lineup. Luckily, this game was against the lowly Canes, so the Hawks were able to carry the play, even if it was sloppy. The shots and score favored the Blackhawks 7-4 and 1-0. Decent start, but they knew they needed to be better.

The Blackhawks started where they left off in the first period, by scoring an early shorthanded goal following a period ending penalty that carried over. The Blackhawks followed up that effort with 2 more goals in the middle period, even though they were out shot 14-10. It sure didn't seem that way.

The Blackhawks were on autopilot in the third period, both scoring one and giving up two goals. The Hawks were out shot once again, 11-8, but the game was out of hand far before this. Another Blackhawks win, and one step closer to the playoffs...

Don't forget that we will have a special Shoutcast to wrap up the trade deadline, tomorrow night.

The Good
  • About eight minutes into the first period, the Blackhawks got a nice feed from a highly unlikely source to spring Jonathan Toews for a 1-0 Blackhawks lead. After two games off Michael Rozsival held the puck long enough for Toews to sneak in behind the defense and in on a partial breakaway. Toews one on one with any goalie is frightening, and this was no different.
  • The first powerplay of the game was pretty impressive, but for the wrong reasons. The Canes opened up the second period with a powerplay and it only took the Blackhawks a few minutes to take advantage of the Canes. Keith was able to saucer a pass Toews, who was in on another breakaway. Money time, and 2-0 Blackhawks
  • The Blackhawks PK looked really good, especially with Ben Smith off to San Jose. They scored a shortie and killed off a long 5-on-3 in a very short span during the second period. Nik Hjalmarsson was out there for almost the entire 70 second 5-on-3, which is unheard of.
  • Half way though the second period, Brandon Saad picked up a puck that Sharp dug out of the corner and took it straight to the slot. His first shot was blocked by the defense, but the followup beat Ward 5-hole.
  • Late in the third the 4th line got into the action. Andrew Shaw grabbed a loose puck that was kept in the zone by Marcus Kruger and took it right up the middle of the Canes zone, snapping off a shot that Ward saved. He gave a fast rebound up, and Marcus Kruger jammed the puck into the net, for a 4-0 Blackhawks lead.
  • After the Canes broke the shutout, Marian Hossa went to work on Michal Jordan, who was having a rough night. Hossa stepped over the blue line, cut towards the middle and used Jordan as a screen. The shot beat reserve goalie Khudobin for a 5-1 Blackhawks lead.
The Bad
  • This is going to get extremely frustrating if we're going to be forced to deal with terrible Kris Versteeg, again. He is back to making bad passes, not getting the puck deep, and coughing up awful turnovers. I sure hope this is rust from his time off.
  • Semin got a late "who cares" goal.
  • Go figure. The Blackhawks tout their new faceoff specialist, and the entire team can barely break 40%. Vermette was only 5 for 17 (29%). That is terrible.
  • Teravainen (11:58) played the least amount of time, but it was close with Vermette (12:04) and Richards (12:28).
  • Holy shit, American Hero Justin Faulk is ssssslllllooooooowwwwwwww
  • Timonen looked a little rusty, but he SHOULD look rusty.

The Ugly
  • John-Michael Liles broke the shutout early in the third period with the Blackhawks looking a little "uninterested". The Toews line was on the ice with Timonen and Seabrook, which seems like a favorable matchup, but turned into a mess.
  • In the latter half of the second, Corey Crawford made a goal saving sprawling save and that looks like he tweaked a hamstring or groin. He stayed in the game, but I can envision some more maintenance days for him.
  • This was a nice win, so I'll lay off on the ugly

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Deal Or No Deal
2015 Puckin Hostile Trade
Deadline Ticker

This a running ticker of the deals that the Blackhawks made for this year's trade deadline. Updates as needed.

The Trades

Blackhawks acquired forward Spencer Abbott from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman T.J. Brennan.

Nothing trade. Gives Brennan a chance to play in the NHL somewhere, and I guess the Blackhawks get another AHL depth guy.

The Blackhawks acquired defenseman Kimmo Timonen from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a second-round choice in the 2015 NHL Draft and a conditional fourth-round choice in the 2016 NHL Draft.

This is a low risk, high reward deal. Timonen has been out all season with blood clots in his lung and legs. He was medically cleared to play and was going to play with the Flyers Saturday, but was traded. If this turns out to be anything, the Blackhawks might have a steal. He's a veteran that has been to the Stanley Cup Final against the Blackhawks in 2010. He can help solidify the bottom 3 that have been a complete circus. Timonen can play power play, and shorthanded, too. I really like this pickup.

The Blackhawks acquired forward Antoine Vermette from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for defenseman Klas Dahlbeck and a first-round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Another deal that could be sneaky good. Vermette is a top 5 faceoff guy that will fit perfect on the 2nd line, especially with the disappearance of Brad Dickards. No one can replace Kane, but Vermette will take some of the load off. Both Vermette and Timonen have worn captains letters so their leadership will help as will. A lot like Clendening, Dahlbeck was on the verger of the NHL, but the Blackhawks depth and Quenneville's short leash was holding him back. Now both players will have NHL jobs. Great for them, and I love this deal, too. Stan Bowman gets two thumbs from me. My cohort....not so much.

Blackhawks acquired forward Andrew Desjardins from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for forward Ben Smith and a conditional seventh-round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft.

This is a 4th line wing for a 4th line center. The move clears up some cap space for the Blackhawks, and Desjardins is a UFA after this season. Not much thought on this one. Let's see if he wears 69 here and becomes a cult hero. Garbage for slightly less garbage?

Other Moves

  • Blackhawks reassigned defenseman Kyle Cumiskey to the IceHogs

  • Blackhawks put Tim Erixon on waivers for the purpose of sending him to Rockford, but the Toronto Maple Leafs claimed him.
  • Friday, February 27, 2015

    Blackhawks at Lightning 4-0 Loss Recap / Kimmo Timonen Deal

    Lightning Crashes

    by Patrick Stankus

    I had a bad feeling about this Friday right from the time the alarm went off this morning. As if battling a hangover wasn't bad enough, Gatekeeper decided to pull an Alexander Karpovtsev "my shoulder hurts" and asked if I would be kind of enough to fill in for the recap tonight. Since I am such a nice guy, I said yes. Boy did I pick a helluva a game/night to fill in on recap duty.

    Despite playing the second game of a very, very, very difficult back to back series in Miami and Tampa (makes that Minnesota and Edmonton back to back sound like a cake walk), the Blackhawks came out with some jump to their step. At the end of the first period, the Blackhawks out shot the Bolts, 10 to 7, and Lemont native Scott Darling kept the Bolts off the board. After one the game was scoreless.

    As the second period went on, this game went to hell in a hand basket quickly. The Blackhawks had an early power play, where they had some chances, but couldn't get one past Ben Bishop. Later in the period, the Hawks had another power play, that looked awful and got nothing accomplished. The Lightning used the momentum they built off of the two penalty kills, and got two pucks past Lemont native Scott Darling, to give the Bolts a 2-0 lead after two.

    In the third period, the effort simply wasn't there, and the excuses of 3 games and 4 nights started to pile up by Steve Konroyd and Pat Foley. Boo friggin' hoo, it was a back to back of Miami and Tampa. Not that difficult. Anyway, the Bolts got two more goals past Darling, both of the power play kind, and ended up sealing a 4-0 win for the home team.

    The Good
    - Stan Bowman finally put on his big boy pants during the game, and made a trade. (More on that later)
    - Wasn't it nice to see Teuvo get some power play time? Glad to see Q hit the stop button on the power play line blender.

    The Bad
    - Lemont native Scott Darling wasn't horrible, but he wasn't great either. He may have been adequate to an extent. With putrid defense in front of him, you can't pin the entire loss on him.
    - Teuvo had a bad pass that went off the side of the net, right to a Lightning player, and eventually in the back of the net.
    - Based on recent games, we'll say a 50/50 night at the dot, should be some sort of a win.

    The Ugly
    - Screw it, the ENTIRE defensive core is nothing less than hot vomit in a garbage bag. Everyone.
    - Duncan Keith's sub par play continued, as he had a nice one man parade to the penalty box. Although Kris Versteeg tried to tag along with two penalties of his own.
    - Words to describe the power play; 0 for 3 on the night. Keep it up boys.
    - Oh good Lord, enough of the tired, poor us Blackhawks excuses. Too bad, every team plays 3 games in 4 nights during the season.
    - This game, and the next bit of news may have made me turn into this:

    Onto the trade news.......

    Blackhawks acquire D Kimmo Timonen for 2015 2nd Round Pick and 2016 conditional 4th Round Pick

    Jump for joy Blackhawks fans!!! Stan Bowman finally made that much anticipated trade we've all been waiting for. And the result was a resounding dud. Bowman acquired defenseman Kimmo Timonen from the Flyers for 2 drafts picks. What. The. Fuck Stan Bowman???!! Seriously this is the trade for the defenseman the team needs? A soon to be 40 year old, who's missed the entire season with blood clots. Did I mention Bowman gave up two of his prized draft picks?  Whatever. Its a trade we all wanted. I guess we should all be careful what we wish for. I honestly think this is Bowman giving Quenneville the two fingered salute for not playing his prized prospects. I can see the conversation of; "Okay Joel, you want veterans, I'll get you a veteran." And he goes out and makes this move for a veteran defenseman. If Q doesn't feel like he was just bitch slapped by a Mr. Know It All, well he should. It wouldn't surprise me if the feud between the two egos starts to boil over. Isn't it nice to know the window is shutting so fast on the Blackhawks, just as spring is approaching. It would be nice to get the smell of the feud out, but it doesn't look that is going to happen any time soon. Based on this move, and the overall chemistry between the entire organization, it wouldn't shock me if a coaching change comes to usher in the new core of players next season. Only time will tell. This is the first move of a likely second move that is coming, so we'll see whether or not if that second move involves Patrick Sharp.

    Thursday, February 26, 2015

    Blackhawks at Florida
    3-0 Shutout Win Recap

    "Open Season"

    by Gatekeeper

    The Blackhawks travelled to warm, sunny Sunrise Florida to play the Panthers for the second game of their "Home and home", Thursday night. This would be "the first game of the rest of their lives", following the season ending injury Tuesday night to Patrick Kane. Teuvo Teravainen was called up to take the roster spot, but no player could "replace" Kane. Do the Blackhawks have the balls to dominate without Kane? We will see from here on out.

    The first period got off to a good start with the Blackhawks scoring an early goal and out shooting the Panthers 10-4. They had a chance to really put their boots on the Cat's throats with a 5-on-3 powerplay, but weren't able to get any more than a few weak chances.

    The second period was almost a carbon copy of the first. The Blackhawks scored their second goal at approximately the same part of the period and play was very similar. This period, however, the Hawks were out shot 9-8. More please.

    In the third period, The Blackhawks spent a majority of the play on the offensive. This didn't result in a goal, outside of the empty netter, but they were able to freeze out the Panthers, and head to Tampa with a win in their back pocket.

    The Good
    • Just a couple of minutes into the game, Patrick Kane's roster replacement, Teuvo Tervainen, picked up a loose puck that was dug out by Andrew Shaw, and beat Luongo for a 1-0 Blackhawks lead. OF COURSE that was going to happen. The story couldn't be written any other way. If this kid can keep this up, at all, the Blackhawks will have something to look forward to without their leading scorer and MVP. That's an enormous "if". Even though he scored, Teuvo was limited to a team low 9:50 and only took 2 faceoffs.
    • Almost exactly a period after the Teravainen goal, following another abomination of a powerplay, Brandon Saad beat Mr Strombone for a 2-0 Blackhawks lead. Marian Hossa led the rush over the Cat's blue line, and chipped it to a rushing Duncan Keith. Keith found a wide open Saad, who tried to one time the puck, but it flipped up like a change up and slowly went over the outstretched arm of Luongo.
    • Corey Crawford was solid. That's all he had to be. He earned the shutout in a pretty easy game. He really deserved to have an easy bounce back game.
    • Hossa quietly had 2 assists. Good start.
    • Funny how the Blackhawks come out and win almost 65% of their faceoffs, and they win convincingly. Toews won 21 of 28.
    The Bad
    • Florida keeps Florida'n. They drew a late 1st period penalty and immediately took not one, but TWO penalties of their own. In typical Blackhawks fashion, they blew the advantage.

      "Here take the game"
      "No YOU take the game".
      "We don't want it, YOU take it"

      Hossa hitting the post on a long shot, which was the loudest shot off the post I've ever heard, was the best chance they had.
    • The dynamic duo of David Rundblad and Tim Erixon are pretty fucking slow. Just saying.
    • Andrew Shaw was somehow credited with 8 hits. Can you feel my excitement? Keeping things in perspective, Jimmy Hayes had 7 which, oddly enough, is roughly the same amount he had his entire Blackhawks career. Whoever credited the Panthers with 50 hits, needs to be drug tested immediately.

    The Ugly
    • I'm thoroughly finished with this "clear the puck up through the slot" in the Hawks zone. It's a cutesy play and it's dangerous. Knock that shit off.
    • I did not hear the names Ekblad, Bjugstad, Barkov or Huberdeau at all. The Panthers need these young players to be big if they want to win.
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