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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Blackhawks at LA Kings - 4-1 Win Recap

"Figure It Out"



The Blackhawks finished up their Western Coast swing in LA, Saturday night, against the defending champs. They came in 4-1 in another very successful circus trip, which is becoming commonplace. What better way to finish the Thanksgiving weekend than two of the top teams in the entire league.

The Blackhawks came out quick and took a lead in the first 2 minutes of the game, and then followed that up with another goal in the final 2 minutes of the first period, to take a 2-0 lead into the middle frame. They only out shot the Kings 9-8 but will certainly take it.

The Hawks and Kings were dead even for the second period, each scoring a goal, and each getting 8 shots. The Hawks had to be excited, going into their final period of the road trip.

The Hawks just clamped down in the third period, giving up only 4 shots. When the Kings pulled their goalie, the Hawks put the Kings to bed with an empty net goal, to end the Circus trip 5-1.

The Good
  • Gorilla salad grabbed a Blackhawks lead just two minutes into the game, when a shot hit Quick and popped up into the air. Carcillo located the puck in mid air and bunted it into the net for a quick 1-0 Blackhawks lead.
  • Right after the Blackhawks killed off a second first period powerplay, Versteeg chased down a loose put and spit it out to Richards, who caught a lucky carom off Quick and into the net. 2-0 Blackhawks
  • Just a couple of minutes after the Kings cut the Blackhawks lead, the Blackhawks regained the 2 goal lead. Patrick Kane led the rush and fed Versteeg, who gathered the puck and fed Roszival. Roszival deked around the defender and hit Richards' tape for an easy back door goal. Love that Richards is beginning to come around.
  • Sutter pulled his goalie with an inordinate amount of time left and, surprisingly, gave up a Saad empty netter.
The Bad
  • The Blackhawks took two pretty iffy penalties in the first period, but were able to hold off the potent Kings powerplay.
  • A Bryan Bickell failed clearing attempt turned into a Kings goal, as Jordan Nolan tipped a Jake Muzzin shot between Crawford's legs.
  • We have to look for something bad, so the Blackhawks were only 45% at the dots.

The Ugly
  • Quick falling down while playing the puck behind the net in the third period was pretty hilarious.
  • With a minute and a half left, the Kings started a shitfest of stupid human tricks ending with a Gorilla Salad/Brayden McNabb fight.
The Lineblender
Saad-Toews-Hossa
Kane-Richards-Versteeg
Carcillo-Shaw-Bickell
Nordstrom-Kruger-Smith

Keith-Seabrook
Oduya-Hjalmarsson
Rundblad-Roszival



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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Blackhawks at Colorado
3-2 Win Recap

"Impact Is Imminent"



The Blackhawks traveled to balmy Denver Colorado for a black Wednesday tilt with the struggling Avalanche before a day off for Thanksgiving. Right to it.

The first period was pretty favorable for the Hawks after a slow start. They out shot the Avs 13 to 9, and had a majority of the scoring chances. I think it is safe to say that the Avs were happy to get out of the period tied 0-0.

The second period gave us more shots and more scoring, with the Avs opening up the scoring and the Blackhawks answering the bell with two powerplay goals of their own. Despite going into the third winning the shot battle 32-19 the Hawks were only up one goal.

The third period might have been the sloppiest of all three. The Avs tied the game early and the Blackhawks tied it later. The Blackhawks had a third straight period of outshooting the Avs, this time 13-10. After a late period flurry, the Blackhawks left Denver a 3-2 winner and winners of three out of 4 circus trip games.

The Good
  • Hawks forwards dominated for pretty much most of the first period but, again, didn't score.
  • The Blackhawks finally got on the scoreboard on a second period powerplay. Seabrook let a cannon go from the blue line and the puck squirted through Pickard, who had dropped his stick. El Capitan found the gift in behind Pickard and easily swept it into the net to tie the game.
  • Clendening and Richards on the second powerplay point. Not sure how I feel about that.
  • Shortly after the Toews goal, the Blackhawks drew another powerplay and this time Andrew Shaw scored the go ahead goal. Hossa and Kane set the table and Shaw yanked the table cloth out with a perfect one timer.
  • With five minutes left in the third period, Patrick Kane worked some of his stick magic long enough for Bryan Bickell to set up camp in front of Pickard. Kane few Bickell, who slammed the puck home for a 3-2 Blackhawks lead.
  • Any time you can out shoot a team 45-29 on the road, you're doing something right.
  • The Blackhawks won 40 of 65 faceoffs which is exceptional.
The Bad
  • Roughly halfway through the second period the Hawks defense was a little lax in their own end and let Max Talbot get in one on one with Crawford. The "fourth" line and third defensive pair got stuck out on the ice together, which should never happen. Talbot ended up working his way through Clendening, Roszival, Shaw and Carcillo. Not exactly defensive wizards.
  • In the final minute of the game, the CSN crew fixated on Andrew Shaw and Jarome Iginla chewing each others asses out.

The Ugly
  • Late in the first period, Brent Seabrook mishandled a puck at the Avs blue line on the powerplay, which left Tanguay in on a shorthanded break-a-way for 2/3 of the rink. Eventually, Crawford made the save but WOOF!
  • Four minutes into the third period, a complete Shanghai Fire Drill in the Blackhawks crease resulted in Ryan O'Reilly chipping a the puck into the net with his 9-iron, tying the game up.
  • Dr. Lineblender was at it in the third period, benching Adam Clendening. No need for that 6th defenseman.
The Lineblender
Saad-Toews-Hossa
Kane-Richards-Versteeg
Carcillo-Shaw-Bickell
Nordstrom-Kruger-Smith

Keith-Seabrook
Oduya-Hjalmarsson
Clendening-Roszival


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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Blackhawks at Edmonton
7-1 Win Recap

The Atrocity Exhibition



The Blackhawks continued their circus trip, Saturday night, in Edmonton. Edmonton is a team that has been struggling mightily, but had the Blackhawks number the last couple of years. This game did NOT go the Oilers way, whatsoever.

The Blackhawks opened up a fast lead, and never looked back. They had only eight shots, but took a 3-0 lead into the second period. A late first period penalty, led to some second period highlights.

The second period opened up with the Blackhawks scoring not one, but two, powerplay goals, just 3 minutes into the period. As if that wasn't enough, the Blackhawks added another even strength goal to take a 6-0 lead into the third period on only 18 shots.

The third period might have been one of the most uninspired periods of hockey that I've seen in a long time. The Blackhawks just wanted to get out of Edmonton without injuries, and the Oilers just wanted to crawl out of their own skin. Each team scored a goal, and when the final horn sounded, the Blackhawks left the Rexall Place with a 7-1 win.

The Good
  • Just a couple of mere minutes into the game, Brandon Saad fed El Capitan, who was all alone in front of the Oilers net, and Toews did what he always does in money situations. Clowned Scrivens for a 1-0 Blackhawks lead.
  • Just about a minute after the Toews goal, the fourth line got into the act. Ben Smith dug the puck out of the corner and fed Marcus Kruger, who didn't have the best angle. That didn't stop Ben Scrivens from allowing Kruger to bet him for a 2-0 Blackhawks lead.
  • With 4 minutes remaining in the first period Brent Seabrook joined in on the fun. He was given roughly 36 hours to walk the puck up the gut and size up Scrivens. He teed up a shot and beat Scrivens low to the glove side. It looked like Toews may have redirected the puck, but credit was given to Seabrook. Either way, it was 3-0.
  • Just a minute or so into the second period, while on a 5-on-3 powerplay, Patrick Kane hit Kris Versteeg for the first powerplay goal of the night. Then the flood gates opened.
  • A minute and a half after the Versteeg goal, Marian Hossa picked up a rebound in front of Ben Scrivens and tucked it into the net for a 5-0 Blackhawks lead. This ended Scrivens' night.
  • Viktor Fasth's night started off on a sour note when Duncan Keith found a loose puck at the dot and blew a clapper past Fasth for a 6-0 Blackhawks lead.
  • Just over half way through the third period, Kris Versteeg and Patrick Kane were able to get in behind the Oilers defense and worked a textbook 2-on-1. Versteeg had enough time and space to pick apart Fasth but dished a saucer over to Kane for the 7th goal of the night for the Blackhawks.
  • Just for good measure, the Blackhawks were 54% at the dots. Danault was the only center under 50%.
  • Speaking of Danault, the kid looked OK. He didn't get a flurry of ice time, but he held his own, in the time he was out there. He was responsible and hungry.
The Bad
  • Antti Raanta was scheduled to start the game but it was reported that he was ill. I was ill watching this Oilers team, too.
  • After 40 minutes, and with a 6-0, Philip Danault still only had 9 shifts. That's kind of silly. Especially when Konroyd was beating the "roll 4 lines" drum between both periods.
  • After two days of meatballs calling for all kinds of stupid moves, because Adam Clendening was the savior, the kid came back down to earth with a few bad passes and turnovers. Not to worry.
  • Joakim Nordstrom was credited with SEVEN hits. There is no way in hell that really happened.

The Ugly
  • Six goals on 14 shots is fucking pathetic and that's just what the Blackhawks had, 3 minutes into the second period.
  • The Blackhawks got really sloppy in the third period, after a great flurry of saves by Crawford. The Oilers Schultz took a long point shot that was tipped by David Perron about 4 feet in front of Crawford, and into the net.
  • This game was so terrible, that Gorilla Salad got powerplay time. That is embarrassing. The Oilers need to burn this festering garbage dump fire to the ground.
The Lineblender
Saad-Toews-Hossa
Kane-Richards-Versteeg
Nordstrom-Kruger-Smith
Carcillo-Danault-Bickell

Keith-Seabrook
Oduya-Hjalmarsson
Clendening-Roszival


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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Puckin Hostile Shoutcast Episode 15


Gatekeeper and Pat discuss the Blackhawks recent roster moves, the terrible Winter Classic jerseys, the injuries to TVR and Sharp, the Quenneville Lineblender, and the lead up to the circus trip.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Blackhawks vs Lightning
3-2 Shootout Win Recap

"Mouth For War"



After a weird day in Chicago, with the temperature dropping 30 degrees and the legendary Turano Bakery exploding into a ball of flames, the Blackhawks hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning for a frosty November tilt. The Bolts came in as one of the hotter teams in the NHL, and the Blackhawks could be best described as tepid.

The Blackhawks first period should have very well been at least 1-0 in their favor, but the Lightning took advantage of another poor Hawks line decision, and held a 1-0 lead after twenty minutes.

The second period was more successful for the Blackhawks. While they only out shot Bolts 12-7, they were able to tie the game and take a 1-1 tie into the third period.

THe Blackhawks came out and took a fast lead in the third period while getting out shot 11-7, but could not hold the lead. A late Lightning goal forced this game into extra time and, eventually, a shootout.

The Good


  • Despite the goal results, the Blackhawks outshot the Lightning in the first period 19-6, which is what we should be happy with. Shooting percentage is another story altogether
  • Halfway through the second period, Quenneville threw the defensive combination of Rozsival and Richards out on the powerplay, which might be the slowest combination ever imagined. Sure enough, Versteeg gets thrown into Bishop and Richards eventually gets a goal, which means Quenneville with beat us to death with his newest asinine Boggle combination. That said, the Blackhawks had tied the game. I suppose we were supposed to be happy about that.
  • Just a minute and a half into the third period and Marcus Kruger tipped a long Hjalmarsson shot past Bishop to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead. The Blackhawks were due for a bounce and this was it.
  • Crawford rebounded from giving up the first shot of the game to save 28 of 29, including the shootout. By the way, this was priceless:
  • Even though he got the loss, Ben Bishop is the real deal. In the mold of a Pekka Rinne, I'm glad he is in the eastern conference.

The Bad
  • The second period rolled around and Quenneville pulled out the Lineblender once again. The Defense was Keith/TVR, Oduya/Seabrook, Hjalmarsson/Rozsival. Not only that, but Richards was right back on the fourth line, which means his promotion lasted all of 20 minutes. Shaw was moved back to the second pivot.
  • During two consecutive shifts, in the second period, Versteeg had 2-on-1 breaks with Toews and Kane. Both times he saucered the pass, and both should have been goals. Bishop robbed the Hawks on both plays, but I have to give Versteeg credit where it's due.
  • Johnny Oduya blocked a Jason Garrison slapshot just previous to the second Bolts goal, and didn't return. Just previous to overtime Oduya was seen heading to the locker room and angerly threw something down the hallway. Not a good sign.
  • The Blackhawks had 23 shot attempts blocked. Still an issue that needs to be addressed.

The Ugly
  • If there is one thing everyone agrees about, it's that Brad Richards and Brent Seabrook are a terrible second powerplay pairing on defense. The only person that can't see this is, of course, Joel Quenneville. Not 5 minutes into the game, the Blackhawks earned a powerplay, and sure enough Dr. Lineblender throws his horrible nag out there. Sure enough, Richards makes a terrible play at the Bolts blue line and gives up a 2-on-1...WHICH ends up in the back of the Blackhawks net. What a stupid stubborn asshole, Quenneville is. Maybe Crawford should have made the save, but there is no way that he should have been put in that position.
  • Late in the second period, after a play in front of Bishop, Jeremy Morin was slammed to the ice by JT Brown, and the only one to stick up for him was...Jeremy Morin. Bickell just stood there like Frankenstein staring at a flaming torch. Morin ended up in the box but drew the extra 2 minutes.
  • Ben Smith got one of the worst goaltender interference penalties I have ever seen. He bumped Bishop just outside the crease and Bishop just gave him the Rock Bottom.
  • Halfway through the third period the Blackhawks misfortunes started when Johnny Oduya blocked a shot. The Lightning pinned the Hawks deep in their zone, and a Deuce clearing attempt took a bad bounce off the official. All these circumstances totaled one thing, a Lightning goal. Nikita Kucherov took a Drouin pass on the back door and tied the game.
  • I'm pretty sure that I've come to the end of my time as Bryan Bickell apologist. I watched him let a smaller teammate get pounded right in front of him, and then later he basically did a fly-by rather than actually doing a quick stop and fighting for the puck. I can't defend that. It's lazy and worthless.
  • Fourth line wingers Regin and Morin played under 14 minutes total. I guess rolling 3 lines is part of "the plan". Can't wait for March, when all those well rested forwards will still be stapled to the bench, and Marian Hossa can barely stand up. Lets hear it for blind faith!

The Shootout
  • Callahan ran out of room
  • Toews stopped by Bishop'spad
  • Crawford closed the 5-hole on Kucherov
  • Kane backhand top shelfer
  • Crawford stops Stamkos

The Lineblender

Versteeg-Toews-Kane
Bickell-Richards-Saad
Smith-Kruger-Hossa
Regin-Shaw-Morin

Keith-Seabrook
Oduya-Hjalmarsson
van Reimsdyk-Roszival



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Puckin' Poll: Possible Roadwatch Dates


This is where we ask for some help from you fans. Pat and I are trying to get ideas for a possible road watch. The first three choices are preferred, but I added a couple of additional dates as choices. PLEASE vote, your opinion counts.

What dates are best for a Road Watch?
Sun 2/8 vs Blues
Sun 3/29 vs Jets
Sat 12/13 vs NYI
Sat 12/20 vs CBJ
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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Blackhawks vs. Sharks
5-2 Win Recap

"Who We Are"



After a pretty lackluster loss to the Capitals on Friday night, the Blackhawks welcomed the San Jose Sharks into the House of Ill Repute Sunday night. The Sharks came in on a bit of a down slide, after starting the season off red hot, but also have a 6-2-2 road record. The Blackhawks weren't much better, with a 4-5-1 record coming into the game. The Sharks PP came in at 26% but their PK was a pretty paltry 80%. This could be the key to the game, as the Sharks also take almost 13 minutes in penalties a game. This was the ass end of a back to back for the Sharks, which means they should be ripe for the picking.

The first period was like the wild west. There was wide open play, mistakes and plenty of goals. When all was sad and done, the Blackhawks had 3 goals on 20 shots, while the Sharks had a goal of their own on 9 shots.

As happens often, the second period was quite the different story. The Blackhawks were out shot 13-6 and thanks to a four minutes Sharks powerplay, outscored 1-0. This mean that the Blackhawks, who seemed to be in control early, had to nurse a third period one goal lead.

Even though the Blackhawks won the third period, on the score sheet, the Sharks had a majority of the chances. The Blackhawks were able to score a fourth goal, and a fifth empty netter to sent the Sharks away losers. Next up, the Lightning on Tuesday.

The Good


  • With eight minutes left in the first period Trevor van Riemsdyk wound up on a Toews faceoff win and blew it past Niemi for a 1-0 Blackhawks lead. The play looked innocent and Niemi should have made the stop. The Hawks and TVR will take it.
  • Roughly two minutes after the TVR goal, the Blackhawks were swarming the net and the puck worked it's way around to Seabrook, who blew a one timer past an awkwardly sliding Niemi.
  • Twenty four seconds after the Seabrook goal, Nik Hjalmarsson snuck right up the gut, taking a feed from Marian Hossa, and used a screen to surgically dissected Niemi. At this point I was sure that Niemi was getting pulled, but it was not so.
  • With under 5 minutes remaining in the third period, Bryan Bickell dragged Mirco Müller around the Sharks zone for a bit like a pesky knat. Once Bickell cleared the net, Bickell spun around and snapped a shot over Niemi
  • With the Sharks pulling the goalie Patrick Roy style, Jonathan Toews said "Thank you very much", and deposited it into the open cage. Sharks defenseman Marc-Édouard Vlasic had been taking shots at Versteeg previous to the goal and Versteeg decided to throw some hooks at Vlasic following the horn.
  • The Blackhawks won the battle of the draws, winning 52%, even though Ben Smith was worked over. Joe Pavelski won only 1 of 7.

The Bad


  • Early in the first period, Versteeg had to primo chances and thought one actually went in, but after the play, the replay showed that the puck hit the post.
  • Shortly after the Hjalmarsson goal, Joe Pavelski slickly redirected a Braun shot past Crawford, to break the Blackhawks momentum. It was briefly reviewed, but it was pretty clear to everyone that the goal was a good one. Nothing Crawford could really do to stop it.
  • While these lines worked for a game, this is a short term solution. These combinations cannot say together long term.

The Ugly


  • Niemi looked really uncomfortable for the entire first period. He was tracking the puck awkwardly, and just reacting very strangly overall.
  • Great googly moogly, Adam Burish is still apparently skulking around the league. Worthless.
  • Not even 2 minutes into a Blackhawks four minutes PK, thanks to a careless Adrew Shaw high stick, the Sharks found Joe Pavelski on the back door and he beat a moving Corey Crawford to cut the Blackhawks lead in half.
  • In a RARE Jonathan Toews blue line turnover, the Sharks Goodrow ended up with a breakaway about halfway through the second period, and Crawford made the stop.
  • The end of the game turned into a sloppy meatball festival, with penalties left and right. Thirty minutes in penalties in the final two minutes of the game, including 2 fights.

The Lineblender


Versteeg-Toews-Kane
Bickell-Shaw-Saad
Smith-Kruger-Hossa
Morin-Richards-Regin

Keith-van Reimsdyk
Oduya-Hjalmarsson
Seabrook-Rundblad



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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Who Replaces Sharp?

I'm The One


Now that we have all now gotten over the honeymoon of last night's 5-0 shutout win, the hangover begins. That hangover consists, mainly, of the absence of Patrick Sharp. Sharp took an awkward knee to knee hit in the corner, late in last nights win, and could not get up under his own power. All signs point to Sharp being out of action for at least a few weeks, possibly more. With this injury, as well as the Gorilla Salad injury, the Blackhawks are spreading themselves a little thin. The next logical move would be to put one of those players, specifically Sharp, on IR and bring up a kid to play. Here are some suggestions of just who that may be, listed from least likely to most:

Garrett Ross - He would be the nuclear option. He's played well, but his game would cause far too much chaos in Lineblender's world. He's a version of Andrew Shaw, if you can imagine TWO of those players on the same team. If they bring a player up, Q will want a versatile player that he knows he can trust. Ross is not that player, at this point. He is waiver exempt and could be moved up and down freely.

Teuvo Teravainen - One word, no. Not because he can't handle it, and not because he isn't ready. Because we have become accustomed to Quenneville's moves. They do not want to shuffle him up and down to play 4th line minutes, at this point in his development. When he makes his debut, it's been made very clear that he is not going back to Rockford. At this piont in time, they aren't ready to make that move. If Sharp is out for longer than, say, six weeks, you might have an argument. As of this moment that is not the case. He is waiver exempt and could be moved up and down freely.

Matt Carey - Carey has become a nice surprise after the Leblanc debacle. He had a good camp and is currently right behind Teravainen on the score sheet, but he is also the most expensive player not on the Blackhawks roster. Money will certainly be an issue. He is waiver exempt and could be moved up and down freely.

Peter Regin - I put Regin here not because he isn't the most qualified, but because he is not completely waiver exempt and the Blackhawks would have to put him through the waiver process, after 10 NHL games, if they wanted to move him back down. He is tied for the team lead with McNeill in scoring. If they only need a player for 8 games, sure, he would probably be perfect.

Mark McNeill - This guy is a big Bickell type, that has better hands and talent. He just needed to catch up mentally. Judging by his preseason and first 10 games in Rockford, he has taken that next leap. He currently leads the Icehogs in scoring with five goals, and 5 assists. This would be a nice option, but Quenneville tends to lean away from players that have no NHL experience, if he has a choice.

Philip Danault - Had a great preseason, which left some to wonder if he would make the team out of camp. He currently has two goals and six assists in Rockford, and is one of the leaders of the team. Given his solid two way game and ability to play the penalty kill, I would list him as the 2nd most likely player.

Joakim Nordstrom - This is the player I would bet on. Quenneville trusts him, he is highly respected at both levels, and can play anywhere. Not only this, but he might be the most cost effective option, as well. He is waiver exempt, and has a history with Quenneville. I have been wrong plenty, but this makes so much sense to me.

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Blackhawks at Montreal
5-0 Shutout Win Recap

"New Pain"



The Blackhawks traveled to legendary Montreal, Tuesday night, for a tilt against the Habs. The Habs had been one of the hotter teams in the league at 8-3-1, and boasted one of the hotter goalies in the league. This didn't necessarily set up a warm and fuzzy for the Blackhawks.

The Habs came out with noticeably more energy than the Blackhawks in the first period, out shoooting the visitors 11-5. This would have been all peachy for the Home team if they weren't down going into the first intermission. Things certainly didn't get any better from there, as far as the Habs go.

The Blackhawks woke up in the second period and didn't look back. They led in shots 17-8, and scored the second goal of the game which then brought us to third period.

Our mighty Blackhawks opened up the game and applied boot pressure to the throats of the Habs, in the third period. They scored three goals, while out shooting the Habs 10-9 and holding on to that elusive shutout. Good on all accounts but the injury front, which we'll discuss later.


The Good


  • Even though they were out shot early, the Blackhawks powerplay grabbed a 1-0 lead, just over halfway through the first period. El Capitan tipped a long Deuce shot past a helpless Carey Price, and it looked as though all the stars were aligning in Montreal. Glad to see Tazer heating up because they will need it. Drive to the front of the net; goal. Not a hard concept.
  • Almost exactly half way through the second period three very unlikely characters aligned in a justice league of whipping boys, to put the Blackhawks up 2-0. Kris Versteeg banked a pass from the corner off Markov, and over Price, for a pretty fluky goal from Bickell and Rundblad. Still looks to me like the pass hit Kruger, but what do I know? Total garbage goal, but anything to increase Versteeg's value.
  • Brad Richards scored his second Blackhawks goal, shortly into the third period, which then opened the flood gates. All he did was, again, drive to the net and tip a Sharp shot puck past Price. Nothing pretty, but certainly effective.
  • Heading into the home stretch, Patrick Kane joined the fun, showing a little chemistry with his BFF, Jonny Toews. They weaved through the Habs zone while Ben Smith, wait for it; drove to the net. That opened up the slot for Kane, and El Capitan hit him on the tape for a pretty redirect.
  • To finish the scoring, the unusual suspects of #DammitVersteeg, Ronnie Pickle and Strongbad struck again. This was another flukey goal, as well. Versteeg and Bickell worked the weave, similar to the Toews/Kane goal, but this time the shot went wide. A clearly aggravated Price over pursued and got dragged entirely out of the crease. Bickell dug the puck out from behind the net and Versteeg hit the gaping net. This was not a slam dunk by any means, because Versteeg and "missed open net" are almost as synonymous as Stalberg and "can't finish".
  • David Rundblad wasn't noticeable, which means he wasn't abhorrently terrible. So, hey, one point for him.
  • Faceoffs were split right down the middle, which we will call a win for the Hawks, because they were the road team. If it weren't for Brad Richards getting mushroom stamped (1 of 10), the Hawks would have been golden.

The Bad


  • The new stat to watch is attempts blocked. The Hawks had 24 blocked. This cannot continue. If we can see this from watching on TV and seeing the stat line, the coaching staff has to realize this.
  • Bourque, Subban, Markov and Eller were all -3 for the Canadiens. WOOF!
  • According to the stat line, Hoss had a rough night. Four PIMs, no points, not on the ice for any goals, two missed shots. No worries.

The Ugly



The Lineblender


Smith-Toews-Kane
Sharp-Shaw-Hossa
Saad-Richards-Morin
Bickell-Kruger-Versteeg

Keith-Seabrook
Oduya-Hjalmarsson
van Reimsdyk-Rundblad



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Monday, November 3, 2014

Puckin Hostile Shoutcast Episode 14


Gatekeeper and Pat discuss the Blackhawks recent power outage, their losing streak, the terrible powerplay, the goaltender head scratching, questionable coaching moves, league suspensions, Gordie Howe, and even sprinkle in a Cubs tirade to finish off the night.

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Blackhawks at Toronto
3-2 Loss Recap

The James Gang



The Blackhawks were in the middle of another feel good media story, Saturday night, when they visited Toronto to face the Leafs. Trevor van Riemsdyk faced brother, James, for the first time in the NHL, which was the subject of every interview before the game. To make the story of the game a little thicker, James was facing the one player that was selected #1 before him in the 2007 draft; another American born player named Patrick Kane. The Blackhawks clearly made the right choice.

On to the game, the the First period was a little sloppy and no without scoring. Each team managed a goal, while each team had 10 shots on net. The Blackhawks didn't quite have the jump or the advantage one might expect against a team that was playing an early game on the ass end of a back to back.

The second period was basically identical to the first with both teams scoring goals. The Blackhawks out shot the Leafs by a single shot, 11-10, which set up the two clubs for a tight third period.

The third period was all Blackhawks, except for goals. They out shot the Leafs 26-7 for the last twenty minutes but couldn't manage a goal, while the Leafs were able to score the game winner. Another goalie win against the Blackhawks.

The Good

  • Just moments into the game and Patrick Kane had set up TVR for a prime chance at his first goal, against his brother's team. The story would have been magnificent, but it was not to be.
  • About 2 minutes after the Kadri goal, Brad Richards took, what seemed like, 20 seconds that the Leafs PK team gave him as well as an 8 foot cushion and just blasted a clapper from the top of the circle by Reimer's blocker, tying the game up. Nothing fancy, but the job was accomplished. Did I mention it was on the powerplay?
  • With just under 5 minutes gone in the second period, the Blackhawks got a fortunate powerplay against Tyler Bozak. After a little fiddling around, Brent Seabrook got a pass in his wheelhouse and beat Reimer with a long clapper from the point.
The Bad

  • The game wasn't even three minutes old and the Blackhawks were already killing a terrible penalty call, against Bryan Bickell.
  • With about 5 minute left in the first period Nazem Kadri took advantage of what looked like an offsides play and ended up wide open on the back door. Andrew Shaw did his best to not help Duncan Keith or Brent Seabrook, coasting back and tying absolutely no one up.
  • When all was said and done it was the James Gang, Reimer and van Riemsdyk, that were the downfall of the Blackhawks.
The Ugly

  • Just 64 seconds after Seabrook took the lead for the Hawks, Johnny Oduya got stuck out on the ice with Roszival and played a full shift of suck by osmosis. Oduya sent a pass right to the tape of James van Riemsdyk who torched a surprised Crawford, to tie the game back up. That was just sloppy as hell.
  • Very late in second period, Nik Hjalmarsson took a deflected pass off the noggin which led to a lot of blood. He nly ended up missing one shift, like the warrior he has turned out to be. As if his night wasn't bad enough, he took a shot on the PK thet left him limping off the ice.
  • Just over 2 minutes into the third period, the Blackhawks got caught being lackadaisical deep in their own zone. Oduya was knocked off the puck behind the net and it was passed out to a wide open Holland in the slot. The bad puck control aside, Crawford should have stopped the shot. He got a piece of it, but it dribbled into the net.
  • Just a few games previous, Andrew Shaw was called for embellishment. This game, Stephane Robidais took a brutal dive to cancel out a Blackhawks powerplay, and no call.
The Lineblender

Versteeg-Toews-Hossa
Kane-Shaw-sharp
Morin-Richards-Bickell
Saad-Kruger-Smith

Keith-Seabrook
Oduya-Hjalmarsson
van Reimsdyk-Roszival



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