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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.
The Lineblender
Saad-Toews-Hossa
Sharp-Richards-Versteeg
Shaw-Teravainen-Bickell
Smith-Kruger-Nordstrom

Keith-Hjalmarsson
Seabrook-Cumiskey
Rundblad-Erixon


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Puckin Hostile Shoutcast Episode 22


In this Adam Creighton episode of the Shoutcast, Gate and Pat talk about the Blackhawks mediocre homestand, the trade deadline, what's wrong with the Blackhawks, how Pat ruined the Blackhawks mojo, the injury to Patrick Kane, Goalers, and much, much more.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Blackhawks vs Panthers
3-2 Shootout Win Recap

"Hand Of Doom"


by Gatekeeper

The Blackhawks welcomed the Blackhawks South into their home away from home, the United Center. This is not the same old Florida Panthers. They are playoff bound at this point, and had a solid back end. Of course, this solid lineup was composed of former Blackhawks. The Blackhawks started the game without one of their more important defenders, Johnny Oduya, who was out due to injury.

The first period stared with an unfortunate injury, which then led to a 1-0 powerplay goal. The Blackhawks seemed to have more of a sense of urgency after that, with some big hits and a 15-8 shot advantage after twenty minutes.

The second period started off slow for the Blackhawks, but they hit their stride about halfway though. The Hawks out shot the Cats once again 12-8, and were able to add one more goal to their lead. All the physicality was going to make for an interesting final period.

The Blackhawks coughed up their 2 goal lead in the third period, yielding 16 Florida shots to their 10. Not the Blackhawks best 3rd period, to put it nicely. The overtime was chaos, but neither team could end it, and the Blackhawks finally won it in the shootout.

The Good
  • Immediately following the Petrovic penalty, the Blackhawks were able to actually sustain pressure on the Cats, ending up with a Jonathan Toews powerplay goal. I heard all kinds of griping about the Hawks not retaliating, but they got a powerplay goal. At this point goals are rare, acting like a slobbering goon does nothing but probably put you in the hole.
  • Following the Hossa penalty, and unfortunate block of a Patrick Sharp shot wound up on the tape of Kris Versteeg, who had a fairly open net. Versteeg stung his former team burying the goal, and it was 2-0.
  • Lemont Native Scott Darling was pretty good. He buckled in the third period, but was strong for the remainder of the game. Still not the best goalie on the team, but he was adequate.
The Bad
  • The Blackhawks gave up two early 2-on-1's that could have been ugly fast.  Luckily, no harm no foul.
  • Just a few minutes after the Bickell stick infraction, Marian Hossa ended up in the box for knocking Bobby Lu's stick away from him, while it lay on the ice next to the net. Strange calls.
  • Darling lost the shutout late in the third period, but my mind was on the missing league leading scorer.
  • The Hawks were goofed on, at the dots, again. Losing 60% of the draws won't win you a lot of games.

The Ugly
  • Just a few minutes into the game, and Alex Petrovic cross checked Patrick Kane in the side while he was in a vulnerable position and Kane went down awkwardly. He stayed on the ice for a while and got up holding his left arm. That's all this team needs. As I said on Twitter, they need this like 6 O'Donnells on the blue line. A source told me that the injury was a broken clavicle and Kane was done for possibly the season. God dammit.
  • Derek McKenzie got a penalty shot in the second period because of a loose stick being "shot" towards him, by Bryan Bickell. Stupid ass play. Why would you do that? FrankenBickell.
  • A crazy hop late in the third period ended up being reviewed and was over the line. I'm sure this was a conspiracy to make the Blackhawks lose too. I wasn't in the mood to argue that, after hearing the Kane news.
The Shootout
Toews scored on Luongo
Trochek stopped by Darling
Sharp beat Luongo
Bjugstad never got a shot off.

The Lineblender
Saad-Toews-Hossa
Sharp-Richards-Kane
Versteeg-Shaw-Bickell
Smith-Kruger-Nordstrom

Keith-Rundblad
Seabrook-Hjalmarsson
Cumiskey-Rozsival


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Monday, February 23, 2015

Tin Foil Hats, Creationism, Anti-Vax Truthers, and Goaler Problems.


Ya, know...

I have a problem, and it needs and intervention. I'm an addict. I get sucked into more internet idiocy than a sane 40 year old man should. Instead of just letting the meatballs off themselves by natural selection, I get into pointless debates over utterly stupid ideas. Following yesterday's game with the Bruins, the insanity hit a head. Actually, the insanity started in the third period. Let me calmly, and hopefully thoughtfully, go over a couple of things. Even though, I am fully aware that meatballs aren't capable of being saved, I still try.


The initial knee jerk reaction of the meatball coalition was to blame Corey Crawford for the loss to the Bruins yesterday. I will fully agree that he certainly didn't help, there were many other factors that led to this embarrassing loss. The first three goals were as much the fault of the defenders, as they were Corey Crawford.
  • First goal was a backdoor goal, which is 50/50 for a goalie. Most backdoor saves are luck. It's hard to ensure a backdoor save if the puck isn't low, and even that isn't a sure thing.
  • Second goal was a redirect of a puck that was going three feet wide, two feet in front of Crawford.
  • Third goal was Milan Lucic walking right through FIVE defenders. FIVE DEFENDERS. Against one player. Not only did he get a decent shot off on the initial shot, which Crawford saved, but the rebound.
  • Fourth goal was bad, but the entire team had shit their collective pants at that point. I'll give the meatballs this one, though. Soft.
Antti Raanta, the goalie that SOME meatballs want to turn the crease over to, didn't fare any better.
  • Fifth goal was a long shot that had decent coverage and just flat out beat Raanta badly.
  • Sixth goal was brutal, and you can tell by Raanta's expression after. Long distance, he had all the space and time to make an easy save.
It is lazy to blame the goalie for every goal. Three of the six goals were legit bad. Say, for instance, the Blackhawks "terrible" goalers stopped those three bad goals. The Blackhawks still lose 3-2, and some might argue the Bruins would have tried harder on the second Blackhawks goal. Their #4 defender missed 2/3rds of the game and the other bottom two were terrible. I'm not even touching on the top three guys, who weren't stellar by any means. Where is the goal scoring from the juggernaut? Where are Patrick Sharp and Brad Richards? Open your mind, people. Tunnel vision makes for a lazy and misinformed fan. I don't claim that Crawford isn't overpaid or that the term of his contract isn't too long, but he had Bowman by the short hairs. Bowman was not going to let his Stanley Cup winning goalie walk for a second time. Crawford is a slightly above average position goalie. He's streaky and will give up awful looking goals sometimes, but he is the best goalie in the Blackhawks system, and they cannot trade for anyone cheaper or better. So knock it off, already. PERIOD. Now, let us discuss some of these silly solutions:
  • Trade Crawford - Granted someone has to want to trade for him, which a couple of teams with spare cap space might. The Blackhawks would then need to somehow acquire an NHL, mid level at minimum, goalie. Raanta, Darling or any other goalie the Blackhawks have rights to are not even mid level NHL goalies, yet, but I'll touch on that later. No team is going to win the Stanley Cup, in what might be the last serious run of this stretch, after trading their #1 goalie mid season. NO ONE!
  • Trade Patrick Sharp - Sure. What is the return? Tim Erixon? Bunch of minor leaguers? That is all the Blackhawks are going to get when the rest of the league knows you are desperate. Bowman is going to get a much better return when teams are trying to improve in the off season. Let us not forget that trading one of your assistant captains in the tight final playoff race with this group isn't exactly smart.
  • Trade/Waive/Kill Rozsival, Rundblad and Erixon - Again, sure. Who takes ANY of them? Rozsival has a NTC and makes $2 million. Rundblad, well, if anyone wants him, they would have him. Erixon, is so bad the Blackhawks made up an injury to explain why they won't dress him.
  • Trade Bickell - Once again, SURE. Who is taking his $4 million salary? They won't trade him to a division foe. Would someone want him in the Eastern conference? Maybe. Wouldn't it be nice to have one big body in front of the net in the playoffs though? They only have one. The last two years, he has been a beast come playoff time. The salary sucks, but he also had Bowman over the barrel. At least he isn't David Clarkson or Ryane Clowe. On top of all this, what return do you get? Slim to nothing, which is not wise if you want to keep your job.
  • After trading Crawford for a hill of beans, turn the crease over to Raanta and, the newly extended, Scott Darling - In one word, NO! Raanta and Darling were shielded behind the Blackhawks strongest defensive play, this season. Raanta is a step down from Crawford. I like him, but he is over aggressive and slightly small. Also, based on recent events, he may be headed elsewhere. This brings us to the apex. Lemont Native Scott Darling.

    Did you know he was from Lemont?

    I can't believe I have to keep saying this. Over, and Over, and Over! Scott Darling cannot even win the outright #1 spot in Rockford. THE AHL! He plays best behind the Blackhawks defence, because they don't need much out of him, when they remove their heads from their asses. They need a big positional goalie, that can keep them close, and somewhat control rebounds. Like Corey Crawford. Once Darling gets hung out, he is big and awkward. He is still not "bad". I like him. It is a great story. BUT; if you want to willingly pin the hopes of another cup on a completely unproven backup AHL goalie, you're insane. That's chicken little stuff. Panic. No team was ever successful because of forced panic. I hope he turns into something but, currently, he is an NHL backup AT BEST.

Wrapping this up, Bowman needs to do something, and this is why he was moved into this position. He can either pull off a miracle, or wallow in the shit pond he and Quenneville have created. The mismanagement of the prospects and lower level players in this organization are now becoming glaring mistakes. If these two clowns can get over this cock measuring show, they might be able to pull off one last Stanley Cup with this core. Or, they could bow out in the first round and point the finger at Crawford, like the rest of the meatballs.
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Blackhawks vs Bruins
6-2 Loss Recap

"Dumb and Dumber To"


by Gatekeeper

After spending a balmy week in Orlando Florida, it was time pull up my big boy pants and gear up for a Blackhawks playoff run, that starts against the Boston Bruins. Quenneville had a present for my comeback on "Hockey Day in America".

The Blackhawks came out a little flat in the first period, but that could have had something to do with the wild line combinations. Before the Blackhawks knew it, they were down 1-0. It didn't help their effort any, when they gave up a powerplay goal with about 6 minutes remaining. Luckily for the Blackhawks, they drew a late powerplay and were able to capitalize. After all the bull, the Blackhawks even led in shots 12-8.

The Blackhawks came out in the second period with a bit of a flame under their asses. For about 3 minutes. Then the bottom fell out of the game. The Bruins scored four fairly soft goals on 16 shots. This period was a complete nightmare, and the game was over after 40 minutes.

The third period was just a mere formality, with the Bruins just trying to get out of the building with no injuries and the Blackhawks getting thoroughly embarrassed in national TV.

The Good
  • A Tuuka Rask penalty for handling the puck in the restricted area very last in the first period turned into a quick Jonathan Toews goal, on a feed from Patrick Kane. The biggest part of the play was Rask throwing a tantrum after the goal, trying to break his stick on the post and whacking Versteeg, which drew another powerplay for the Blackhawks.
The Bad
  • Patrice Bergeron opened the scoring for the Bruins. Reilly Smith held on to the puck long enough for Bergeron to get in behind Michal Rozsival, and one time the puck past Crawford. I'm getting so tired of Rozsival being in the middle of scoring plays against the Blackhawks. WHY is he playing 1st pair?
  • The Bruins took a 2-0 lead late in the first period on the powerplay. Loui Eriksson tipped a Torey Krug snap shot from the high circle, just inside the far post and past Crawford.
  • The Bruins went up 3-1 with the duo of Hjalmarsson, and our favorite old nag, Michal Rozsival staring at his skate. Milan Lucic knifed right up the slot and just whacked the puck past Crawford. Thanks for the help, Defense.
  • By the time the Bruins scored their 4th goal, Crawford was just getting eaten alive. Gregory Campbell found the soft spot in the high slot and let a long wrist shot go. Crawford 100% should have stopped it. Not that the team around him was helping him any, but Quenneville was justified in pulling Crawford.
  • Yeah, Bryan Bickell scored a late Blackhawks goal....so what? No one was there to see it, and the Bruins were just looking to get out of the building without any injuries.
  • Anyone see Patrick Sharp doing anything out there? I sure didn't. Time for the "A" to step up. Everyone is opening their fat cake holes about Crawford's $6 million salary, but what about Sharp? He has been dropped to the 3rd line AGAIN. That is a $12 MILLION THIRD LINE!!
  • Same goes for Brad Richards. Did he even dress? This is what they acquired him for, and he has been invisible.

The Ugly
  • The lineblender. Look at those stupid line combinations below. WHAT was Quenneville doing?
  • Versteeg had a shorthanded break-a-way late in the first that he wasn't able to capitalize on, and shortly thereafter the Bruins took a 2-0 lead. Two goal swing, and pretty much the game.
  • Johnny Oduya was hurt in the first period. That's just lovely, with an already shitty bottom 3. This is clearly a BIG problem.
  • Gorilla Salad and Adam McQuaid was a joke.The only good part was that Carcillo actually stayed standing while he ate fists.
  • Shortly (very shortly) after Ryan Hartman and Dan Carcillo took a couple of douche face penalties, Dougie Hamilton snapped a long wrist shot past Raanta to take a 5-1 Bruins lead. But lets all blame Crawford, stupid assholes.
  • AND then two minutes later Raanta gave up another woofer which, of course, is Corey Crawford's fault. Don't point the finger at the terrible fucking defense. Assholes.
  • I spent a majority of the third period explaining how trading your #1 goalie in the second half of your season will never equal a Stanley Cup. That is the level of stupidity this game smoked out.
  • The Blackhawks got their balls chopped at the dots, winning only 41%.
The Lineblender
Bickell-Toews-Hossa
Versteeg-Kruger-Kane
Carcillo-Richards-Sharp
Saad-Shaw-Hartman

Keith-Rozsival
Seabrook-Hjalmarsson
Oduya-Rundblad


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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Puckin Hostile Shoutcast Episode 21


In this Stan “Stosh” Mikita, Red Bull fueled 21st Episode of the Shoutcast, Pat takes out his teeth to pay homage to noted slobbering animal Ryan Reaves, Gatekeeper and Pat have yet another Blackhawks controversy to “discuss”, the Blackhawks are shutout in back to back games for the first time in 8 years, Gate is headed back to sunny Florida, the crew pays some respect to NHL officials, send out well wishes to the family of Stosh Mikita and much, much more.

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Blackhawks at St. Louis
4-2 Win Recap

"True American Hate"


by Gatekeeper

The Blackhawks wrapped up the tail end of their notoriously bumpy late season ice show trip in, of all places, St. Louis on a Sunday morning. The Blues were coming off an embarrassing 7-1 loss in Lumbus Friday night, while the Blackhawks had finally gotten the Winnipeg monkey off their back with a pretty tight 2-1 overtime win. Nothing brings out the worst in these two teams quite like facing each other.

The Blackhawks started off quite slow in the first period, but an early goal, and followup powerplay were able to get them back in the groove. The Blues actually out shot the Hawks 12-9, for the period, but the only goal was by the Blackhawks 4th line.

The second period follow suit to the first. The Blackhawks gave up the lead, took it back and then quickly surrendered it back to the Blues. The Hawks were out shot again 12-7, so the Blackhawks were lucky to come out even. The game could have easily been down going into the third, on the road.

In the third period, the Blackhawks locked the defense down and out shot the Blues 12-3 as well as out scoring the Blues 2-0. This was a nice statement win for a team that always has it's doubters, no matter how much they just keep winning.

The Good
  • Not even five minutes into the game, after Gorilla Salad played a few terrible shifts, he pushed the puck up to Kruger in the Hawks zone. Kruger led the rush in on a 2-on-1 and snapped a puck past Elliott for an early Blackhawks lead.
  • Bryan Bickell Picked up a fat Brian Elliott rebound and did the one thing he is really good at. He snapped a wrist shot past Elliott for a short Blackhawks lead.
  • Just over halfway though the third period a Blackhawks powerplay, drawn by Brad Richards, turned into a Saad to Marian Hossa one timer for a Blackhawks 3-2 lead. Huge big game play by huge big game player. Hossa later added an empty netter to ice the game.
  • Crawford was, once again, solid in net, saving 25 of 27 and keeping the game from getting out of control.
  • The Hawks were pretty dominant at the dots again, winning 57%. Kruger and Shaw were pretty bad, but the rest of the team was above 60%
The Bad
  • Doc called Stastny "Olympian Paul Stastny", which had about as much juice as "Hockey Star Mike Fisher".
  • David Rundblad only saw 9:20 and three total third period shifts. I think this experiment is going to end soon. If they are going to ride Rozsival right into the grave, and play the #6 d-man only 9 minutes, the playoffs will sure be fun. Duncan Keith will spontaneously combust when he hits the 35 minute mark.
  • After some bad turnovers, Teuvo had his ice time shaved down a little more. He's destined for Rockford when Versteeg comes back this week. He didn't play badly, but the turnovers really stuck out like a sore thumb.

The Ugly
  • The big stupid sasquatch, Ryan Reaves, took one of the dumbest penalties ever and, as a result, ended up getting a few teeth kicked out by Teuvo Teravainen's skate. Good for him. Slobbering fucking moron. He should be drinking his meals through a straw anyway.
  • Just a few minutes into the second period, the Blues tied the game with two familiar faces out on the Blackhawks back end. Oduya and Rozsival. Oduya made the decision to pinch and none of the forwards rotated back, leaving Rozsival and his concrete boots, to try and catch Tarasenko. That wasn't going to happen, and Tarasenko buried the chance.
  • A minutes and a half after the Bickell goal, the Blues tied the game once again, late in the second period. Backes set Oshie up for a nice one timer, in the middle of four Hawks defenders, that Crawford saved. Oshie was then pushed (or slid into) Crawford, and the rebound squirted out to the other side right to Backes. Crawford got a piece of the shot, but it snuck past the post and Crawford's blocker.
  • Steve the Pirate and Gorilla Salad tried to throw down after a rough hit on Marcus Kruger, but it was stopped before it could even begin. Such a joke.
The Lineblender
Saad-Toews-Hossa
Sharp-Richards-Kane
Shaw-Teravainen-Bickell
Smith-Kruger-Carcillo

Keith-Rundblad
Hjalmarsson-Seabrook
Oduya-Roszival


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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Blackhawks at Minnesota
3-0 Shutout Loss Recap

"Grand Failure Anthem"


by Gatekeeper

The Blackhawks finally made it back to the wintery midwest, after a sunny west coast trip ending in Vegas, and that Vegas visit showed in their performance, especially in the second period. The Blackhawks were not only coming off a, most likely, drunken Vegas visit but a mediocre west coast swing. The Blackhawks were able to hold off the Ducks, but they dropped games to the Kings and Sharks. This one SHOULD have been a slam dunk, but the Minnesota Wild had other plans.

As I just mentioned, the Blackhawks laid an enormous egg in the first ten minutes of the first period. They gave up two goals, and looked generally hungover. It's a miracle that the Blackhawks weren't out shot worse than they actually were, at 11-9 clip. Putting yourself in a 0-2 hole, on the road, isn't a smart idea, no matter WHO you are playing.

The second period was even worse than the first for the Blackhawks. The came out and gave up a Wild franchise record 24 shots, all while throwing only 5 shots at the Wild. The Hawks were really lucky that they didn't give up 2 or 3 goals, in the middle 20, but they were only down 3-0.

There wasn't much the Blackhawks could do in the third the way they were so severely out played in the first two periods. They were in too deep of a hole, and they just has no motivation or jump in their game. There are games when the losing team has a chance to come back and then there are games like this.

The Good
  • David Rundblad. Funny how a player can develop when you give him some actual real NHL opportunities, not just 3rd pair mop up bullshit work. Maybe Quenneville should write this down in his crusty old angry coach handbook because he is going to need more players like this in about 6 months.
  • Normally, giving up three goals isn't something good, but Crawford kept the game from turning into a 6-0 game. By all means, let's all keep blaming him for their, now, 6 goalless periods.
The Bad
  • Roughly seven minutes into the game, the Wild took a 1-0 lead. Crawford made the first few saves, but the defense couldn't clear the rebounds. Mikko Koivu was able to locate the loose puck in the slot and shovel it past Crawford for a 1-0 Wild lead.
  • Not even two and a half minutes after the Koivu goal, Marco Scandella found Jason Zucker sneaking in behind Duncan Keith, and sprung him in on a breakaway. Zucker made a nice move and beat Crawford for a 2-0 Wild lead, just 10 minutes into this game. The funny part was the broadcast team, blaming Ben Smith for not dumping the puck in deep enough, and completely absolving Keith. Wake the fuck up, Jammer.
  • Someone want to tell me where the hell Brad Richards has disappeared to?
  • The Hawks were schooled at the dots, once again, 45% to 55%. Sharp and Shaw were a combined 3 for 14.

The Ugly
  • The Blackhawks were shutout for the first time in back to back games since 2006.
  • With about five minutes remaining in the second period, after blowing a powerplay and nearly giving up two shorthanded goals, the Blackhawks defense finally broke....again. Quenneville put Oduya and Rozsival out to finish the powerplay and it turned into a 5-alarm barn fire, in about 15 seconds. Rozsival turned the puck over at the Wild blue line and the play ended with Mikael Granlund driving a heavy one timer past Crawford. We can't break this play down without mentioning Rozsival handing the puck over to Zach Parise on the half boards, uncontested.
  • The Blackhawks got a late second period powerplay and it lasted about twenty seconds before Andrew Shaw took a completely idiotic penalty for interference. By all means keep putting him out there in crucial powerplay situations though. Brainless Twit.
  • The Blackhawks giving up a WILD FRANCHISE RECORD 24 shots in the second period. The final count was 43-24.
The Lineblender
Saad-Toews-Hossa
Sharp-Richards-Kane
Shaw-Teravainen-Bickell
Smith-Kruger-Nordstrom

Keith-Rundblad
Seabrook-Hjalmarsson
Oduya-Roszival


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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Blackhawks at San Jose
2-0 Shutout Loss Recap

"2 Minutes to Midnight"


by Gatekeeper

Not only were the Blackhawks back from their All Star break, but I was back from extended business travel in sunny F-L-A, as Morris "Mo" Wanchuk would say. After a big win in Anaheim the night before, the Blackhawks had to try and keep momentum on this Disney Ice trip.

The Blackhawks got caught up in some knuckle dragging shenanigans late in the first but, luckily, the final horn put it to an end. Even though the Blackhawks were down 1-0, they out shot the Sharks 8-7.

The second period, short of a couple of shots, was boring as all hell. This makes it even harder to stay up for, when Pat and Steve's monotone voices have zero emotion. The Blackhawks actually out shot the Sharks 15-9 for the period, but not many were that memorable.

The third period was again, more of the same. No goals by the Blackhawks on 7 shots, and the Sharks had an empty netter to "Finnish" the Hawks off.

The Good
  • Credit where its due. Antti Niemi, with a 31 save shutout, is noteworthy.
The Bad
  • This Rozsival and Oduya pairing has to end. They are the two worst Blackhawks defenders at this point.
  • Teuvo Teravainen played only 6:54 in eight shifts, and I can't remember seeing him on the ice once. If this is the bullshit that he's going to be fed, then send him back to Rockford, for fuck's sakes.
  • Speaking of not showing up, the adequate Rundblad was invisible too.
  • The Hawks were schooled a the dots too, winning only 42%, with Shaw winning only 2 of 8.

The Ugly
  • John Scott, who was actually in the lineup. Big stupid animal. Late in the third period, Bryan Bickell laid a big hit on Scott Hannan, and look who stumbles onto the ice for the next shift, The Big Slow.
  • The Sharks opened the scoring about 5 minutes into the game. Melker Karlsson got the goal, but it was a flurry in the crease after Raanta lost his net, that led to Duncan Keith actually putting it into his own net.
  • These 9:30 starts are simply fucking brutal. No reason a west coast game should be starting that late. Eat an enormous bag of dicks, San Jose.
  • Blackhawks with no goals on 31 shots.
  • El Capitan was robbed of a fifth solid shorthanded stop with about 5 minutes remaining in the second period. Niemi stopped a breakaway, and then four follow up rebounds, until the ref lost site and blew the play dead. Bad whistle. Quenneville says it all with 2 words:
  • I've already spent more time on this recap than it is worth, especially for a game ending after midnight.
The Lineblender
Saad-Toews-Hossa
Sharp-Richard-Kane
Shaw-Teravainen-Bickell
Smith-Kruger-Nordstrom

Keith-Rundblad
Seabrook-Hjalmarsson
Oduya-Roszival


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