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Posted EbonyRaptor on 23 April 2014 - 11:58 PM
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Congrats on making it to the WCF! Your faithful and envious friend and ever present lurker.
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Posted galaxytrash on 20 April 2014 - 10:51 AM
it's what hockey players do, especially playoffs.
dk was just trying to help rouse backes...it was nice of him, actually. like a loving mom waking up her 4 year old from a gentle slumber.
Posted Madrose on 27 April 2014 - 01:00 AM
Blues hope to keep season alive in Chicago
Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 12:11 AM
Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent
BLUES AT BLACKHAWKS
(Chicago leads best-of-7 series 3-2)
TV: NBC, CBC, RDS
Big story: The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks have come back from a 2-0 deficit in this Western Conference First Round series and have a chance to eliminate the St. Louis Blues in Game 6.
If any team knows what it takes to do that, it's the Blackhawks. They came back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Detroit Red Wings in the 2013 Western Conference Semifinals, then overcame a 2-1 margin to beat the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final to win their second title in four seasons.
Blues: St. Louis is trying to forget about its collapse against the Los Angeles Kings in the 2013 Western Conference Quarterfinals, but the similarities between this series and that one are hard to ignore.
Last year, the Blues won the first two games against the Kings before losing four straight. They find themselves on the verge of repeating that scenario for a second straight postseason. But the similarities don't end there. In each series, Alexander Steen scored the winner in Game 1 and Barret Jackman scored the winner in Game 2. St. Louis also lost 4-3 in Game 4 and fell 3-2 in overtime in Game 5 in each series.
St. Louis is determined to avoid the same fate.
"We have a chance to write our own legacy," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Everybody is probably writing, 'Here they go again. They're challenging the top teams, but can they get through the top teams?' Everybody is going to write that stuff. But we have a chance to write the message that you guys have to print, so it's in our control."
The Blues were glad to get captain David Backes back from an upper-body injury in Game 5, but he didn't play up to his usual standards. Backes played 21:35 and finished with eight hits, but won 35 percent of his faceoffs and was on the ice for two of Chicago's three goals, including Jonathan Toews' breakaway winner in overtime.
Blackhawks: After three strong games by defenseman Sheldon Brookbank, Chicago gets Brent Seabrook back on the top defense pairing after a three-game suspension for an illegal hit on Backes in Game 2.
Seabrook provides a hard shot from the point, adds some physical presence defensively, and has a knack for creating instant offense with pinpoint stretch passes from the defensive zone to create odd-man rushes for Blackhawks forwards.
"Against a team like [the Blues], they're coming hard and they like to [hit] your body," Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson said. "It's so much easier when you have just one pass and you're out and you can focus on going on offense. That's one of [Seabrook's] strengths. He's always good at finding those first passes. Off the ice too, he's a huge part of this team. He's always pushing everybody, one of those core players that has a lot to say in our locker room."
Who's hot: St. Louis forward Vladimir Sobotka has three assists, 17 hits and has won 58.3 percent of the faceoffs he's taken. ... Toews (two goals and four assists) has a point in three straight games and has scored the game-winning goal in two of Chicago's three victories.
Injury report: Blues forward Brendan Morrow (foot) is out for the remainder of the series. ... The Blackhawks report no injuries.
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MAGIC NUMBER = 16
Blues, Blackhawks back at it after triple-OT thriller
Friday, 04.18.2014 / 9:02 PM
Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent
BLACKHAWKS at BLUES
(St. Louis leads best-of-7 series, 1-0)
TV: NBC, CBC, RDS
Big story: It will be difficult for Game 2 of this Western Conference First Round series to top Game 1 from an entertainment standpoint. Alexander Steen's goal 26 seconds into the third overtime gave the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Each team has positives to take into Game 2. The Blackhawks got highly skilled right wing Patrick Kane (goal) and captain Jonathan Toews (two assists) back from injuries that sidelined them down the final stretch of the regular season. The Blues saw a group of banged-up players return, including captain David Backes (assist on Steen's goal) and forward Vladimir Tarasenko (goal).
"You try to get as much sleep as you can, but I think everyone feels really good right now," Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford said Friday. "We're in good shape and we're ready to go. We have that hunger, a little bitter taste … I think we had a chance to win that hockey game being up in the third period. Had a couple opportunities, a bunch of opportunities in overtime. We're ready to go for Game 2."
Blackhawks: Chicago was 105 seconds away from a 3-2 victory in Game 1, but Jaden Schwartz sent it to overtime with a huge goal after forcing a turnover. The Blackhawks, who didn't practice Friday, can swipe home-ice advantage before the series shifts to United Center.
The goal by Schwartz was in line with a trend from the regular season. Chicago coughed up third-period leads in seven of its 22 games that went past regulation, including four two-goal margins. One of those two-goal leads was blown against the Blues in a 6-5 shootout loss Dec. 28 in St. Louis.
"We know they're going to make a push, they're going to keep coming at us," forward Patrick Sharp said Friday. "[Up] 3-2, we would have liked to have scored that fourth goal and have some breathing room, but their goaltender made some saves and they did a good job of kind of limiting our chances. You can spin the game any way you want, and go back and look at missed opportunities or what you could have done differently. The bottom line is they won the first one and we've got a big game [Saturday]."
Blues: Goaltender Ryan Miller came into Game 1 after allowing 33 goals in his final 11 regular-season appearances. He promptly gave up three more to the Blackhawks in the first period but didn't allow another.
Aided by a strong defensive effort in front of him, Miller made 35 more saves and regained his form after going 0-5-0 with a 3.82 goals-against average in his final five starts of the regular season.
"We were good early, and then they gave us a real push, went up 3-2, caught us kind of napping defensively and then they had a big start to the third period," coach Ken Hitchcock said after an optional practice Friday. "That's where we needed Ryan. First four minutes of the third period, they were all over us and then we started to really play after that."
Miller worked for about 15 minutes during practice, and a few others who played in Game 1 skated. Injured forwards T.J. Oshie (upper body) and Patrik Berglund (upper body) were among those on the ice.
Who's hot: Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook finished with a goal and assist, and Crawford made 48 saves. … Blues forwards Steen and Schwartz continued their hot hands against Chicago, scoring after each scored twice in the season series.
Injury report: Chicago is healthy. … Oshie (upper body) and Berglund (upper body) were the only St. Louis regulars who didn't play in Game 1. Each is expected to return at some point in the series.
“Bad” no call by the officials but the Hawks will have to steal this next game like a “Smooth Criminal.” The Hawks will need to score as many goals as possible and “don’t stop til you get enough.” The Hawks need to implant those “butterflies” back in the stomach of the “man behind the mask;” Ryan Miller and don’t let up on him until he “cry(s).”
This is “a brand new day” and the Hawks will need to “come together” with Hossa & Sharp implementing a “dangerous” attack and show the “monster(s)” they can be, while Kane & Toews get their legs back.
The last game was definitely a “heartbreaker” but this afternoon I hope the boys will be ready to “start something” and show the Blues how “invincible” this team can be and just “remember the times” how you guys overcame adversity in last year’s playoffs.
Coach Q, I forgive you, it’s “human nature” to lose your cool when you feel you have been wronged but next time just “scream” or “shout” at the officials like you usually do.
I’m expecting another “thriller” type game like the last game but I’m expecting a low scoring game with the Hawks coming back home with a 3-1 victory.
My pick to click for this game is “Ben” Smith with the game winning goal.
When Galaxy "Call(ed) on me" to do the GDT for old time sake, I had to oblige but boys, "this is it," I hope I've given the team a little mojo to start this thing off. My "pretty young thing" is yelling at me and said, "poppy, I thought you weren't going to do this anymore." I must oblige her too and hand this back over to Madrose.
Shout out to Madrose & Woodie again.
Madrose, it's all yours.
I know this write up was "off the wall" but I thought I would have some fun with the Q crotch dilemma and put a "smile" on everyone's face,
“Say say say;" GO HAWKS!
Posted McMurrayHawkFan on 06 May 2014 - 09:36 PM
Posted MERPER on 27 April 2014 - 03:37 PM
So happy to see the St. Louis scum eliminated....
Posted VamosHalcones on 23 April 2014 - 09:19 PM
Posted Luxornv on 24 July 2013 - 08:16 PM
That's 3/8 thick aluminum and the piece is approximately a 7'' square.
Posted Icaddiedforstosh on 04 May 2014 - 08:29 PM
Going into tonight's game his save % was .951 after the first two games.
Craw stops the puck, Hossa was drop dead awesome tonight.
I'm late to the party but serve has been held. There is no fffnnn way Mini wins the next 4 out of five.
Next stop Western Conference Finals
Posted OldTimeHawky on 31 May 2014 - 09:33 AM