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Posted Nuckluck on 08 June 2013 - 10:40 PM
Many have observed how much Hawks and Nucks fans hate each other. Well, contrary to what many of you think, most people I know here prefer Chicago to Boston in the upcoming finals. First in line among that crowd is yours truly. The reasons for that, no one asked? Here are the top ones:
Reasons I am cheering for the Hawks in the finals:
14. I bet CC will go to the Whitehouse.
13. Brad Marchand. Nuff said.
12. I am assuming Bickell will be awarded the Conn Smythe complicating the Hawks' cap issues next year. (Yes, I did just copy this from 2010)....
11. If the Hawks win, I am crashing Creatch's basement to attend the parade (provided there are assurances Versteeg is not going to make a guest appearance and rap again) so I get to see one before I die...
10. As is the case for Bryzgalov I fear and loathe bears.
9. If the Hawks win, it could potentially reduce talk of the friggen President's Cup jinx each year by up to 33.3333% next year.
8. Who would want skill and speed to be considered an asset in the playoffs anyway?
7. Zdeno Chara killed my father. Miss you pops. May this Father's Day be full of vengeance!
6. A Cup win should juice the "Stan as GM" thread by at least ten pages!
5. Nice try Walkom/Bettman/Shanny/Koch brothers/Steven Miller and other unnamed co-conspirators!
4. I have already reserved the screen name "5thStanleyCup". Hey 4th, feel free to PM me, but the updated name is going to cost you buddy. Big time.
3. Ccolin's win of a trip to game 1 of the SCF was cool, but getting to travel to see your favourite team at home -- that is made-for-tv-movie feel good cool! Way to go Colin!
2. They won't even let me JOIN the Bruins forum, despite applying three years ago and referring them to the wicked awesome mods here. forget about them letting me chat with them during the game. Me!!!! Imagine?!?!?! Who wouldn't want my incessant posts and lame humor that consistently falls flat, right Niemi???
1. I genuinely like most of you on these boards and I hope you get to celebrate again.
Posted Granada on 25 June 2013 - 11:54 AM
Oh, and the only people (in my opinion) who should ever, EVER, be allowed to actually hoist the cup are the players and coaches who win it: no front office people (other than the obvious GM's, President, Owner), no washed-up celebrity bandwagon jumpers, nobody but the players and the coaches. That picture above makes me sick.
Posted ROB315 on 13 May 2013 - 05:03 PM
LET'S DO THIS = 12
Wings Going Away Party hosted by Blackhawks - Day 1
Blackhawks host Red Wings in series opener
Tuesday, 05.14.2013 / 6:05 PM
Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent
RED WINGS at BLACKHAWKS
(Game 1 of best-of-7 series)
TV: NBCSN, CBC
Season series: The Chicago Blackhawks went 4-0-0 against the Detroit Red Wings during the regular season, but the lone game decided in regulation was a 7-1 rout on Easter Sunday at Joe Louis Arena. The other three games all went past regulation: Nick Leddy's goal 2:45 into OT won the first meeting on Jan. 27 at United Center. Patrick Kane tied the March 3 game in Detroit at 1-1 with 2:02 left in regulation and won the shootout. In the final meeting, rookie Brandon Saad got the winner in another shootout victory, 3-2 on April 12 in Chicago
Big story: The Blackhawks, who ousted the Minnesota Wild in five games in the first round, have accomplished a lot in a short amount of time with their current core group of stars, including a Stanley Cup victory in 2010. But one thing this group hasn't done is beat Detroit in the Stanley Cup Playoffs -- Chicago's last series victory against Detroit came in 1992. The Red Wings beat Chicago in the 2009 Western Conference Finals in five games -- three that went to overtime. The Blackhawks who experienced that series would like to return the favor. Seventh-seeded Detroit is in the unfamiliar role of underdog after upsetting the second-seeded Anaheim Ducks in a seven-game Western Conference Quarterfinals series.
Red Wings: Detroit has dealt with a multitude of injuries that forced the Red Wings to play young guys in regular roles much sooner than the Red Wings normally would. Those young players turned it up a notch heading down the final stretch of the regular season, when Detroit needed to win its final game to assure a playoff spot. After knocking off the Ducks, the Red Wings have their sights set on the top-seeded Blackhawks, who piled up 77 points to win the Presidents' Trophy. They haven't beaten Chicago in seven straight games dating to last season, but sound eager to face the NHL's regular-season champions.
"It's going to be fun to play them again," captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "They had our number in the regular season, so it's going to be a challenge for us. We've played better the last 10 games
of the regular season and the postseason. We improved as a team and [have] been through a lot. It's going to be fun to see what we can do against Chicago.''
Blackhawks: Chicago wants to ramp up the intensity for this series after eliminating the Wild fairly easily in the first round. Coach Joel Quenneville was not pleased with his team's level of play in the series, even in comfortable victories in Games 4 and 5. During three practices held after clinching the opening series, speedy forward Viktor Stalberg has worked on a line outside the top four groups and might not dress for Game 1. It might also be a motivational tool by Quenneville, who hasn't said Stalberg won't play. It's all part of the Blackhawks' pre-series plan to increase the hunger and anger in their game.
"The fact that we're playing the Wings, whom we've seen a bunch of times over the years, kind of sparks things off the ice with the fans and the media," forward Patrick Sharp said. "On the ice, we know what kind of team they have. We have a lot of respect for what they can do. It's going to be a tough, hard-fought series right from the first shift of Game 1."
Who's hot: Sharp scored five goals for Chicago in the first round after scoring six in 28 regular-season games. Bryan Bickell added three goals and an assist, Patrick Kane dished out five helpers and Marian Hossa scored three goals and picked up three assists against the Wild. … Zetterberg scored three goals and added two assists combined in Games 6 and 7 against Anaheim, while Pavel Datsyuk added two goals and five assists.
Injury report: Blackhawks forward Michal Handzus (unspecified) missed two straight practices for what Quenneville termed "maintenance," while center Dave Bolland and goalie Ray Emery are expected to suit up the first time this spring. … Detroit won't have speedy center Darren Helm (back) or rookie defenseman Danny DeKeyser (broken thumb) for the entire series and will start without veteran forward Drew Miller (finger/hand fracture), who might return at some point against Chicago. Goalie Jimmy Howard is also playing through a nagging hamstring issue.
Posted EbonyRaptor on 08 June 2013 - 09:03 AM
But big bad Bick
With a flick of his stick
Will beat almighty Quick ... AGAIN!
Go Hawks ! ! ! !
Posted BratislavaBlackhawk on 23 June 2013 - 07:27 AM
Posted GigECJ on 21 June 2013 - 05:55 PM
I am off to the Grand Canyon to teach true wilderness survival to a bunch of 13-14 year olds. I will likely emerge from the wilderness early Thursday morning, like some Rip Van Winkle, without a clue as to whether the Hawks won the Stanley Cup. It's killing me, but what can you do? Who knew the season would last into technical summer? This was planned long ago also.
Still, I want to represent anyone else who, for whatever reason, can't follow the Hawks to the Parade. You know, that's a huge part of the fun! I began posting here primarily because I live in the Seattle area and nobody in my circle so much as cares a lick about hockey let alone the Blackhawks! Being a "loner fan" is no fun. It's worse to be a "loner wolf fan" in the middle of the wilderness cut off from civilization! All of you "connected" sorts need to root them onward and upward for the rest of us. Get the Cup to be part of yet another 2 million plus throng of folk in The Loop. It's on you...each one of you! Stay positive no matter what inevitable negative ebbs and flows may occur throughout each game. Boston is the second best team in the NHL after all. Give them some cred.
"Take it to the limit one more time" fellow connected fans for those of us shut out from it all. You can do it!
Your Four-Feathered Friend,
Posted ROB315 on 03 June 2013 - 06:30 AM
Love his shots, he just finds the holes, accurate.
And yes, Toews and Kane should really, really take notes!
I think they are good.
I see it as Toews & Kane are the reasons Sharp, Hossa & the 3rd line are getting theirs.
There is so much emphasis of not letting Toews & Kane beat you that it opens doors for others. The opponents can only shutdown so many players and this what makes the Hawks so dangerous offensively because they can't shutdown everyone.
Posted Icaddiedforstosh on 29 May 2013 - 07:06 AM
All I can say is Go Hawks Go!! One Goal!!
Finish off the Wings and bring on the Kings!!!
I absolutely LOVE playoff hockey!!!
C'mon Karen....get your priorities straight! Your son will graduate again in 4 short years.....this is game 7!
Posted Smokinmedic1 on 26 May 2013 - 02:57 PM
Posted Hawkey1 on 18 May 2013 - 02:53 PM
Seriously, if stalberg is "the key" to this team, or series, the hawks are not the team I thought they were!
Posted Ironhide26 on 13 May 2013 - 05:15 PM
Posted ROB315 on 24 June 2013 - 09:40 PM
Posted blkhwks918 on 19 June 2013 - 09:40 PM
Posted ROB315 on 31 May 2013 - 06:03 PM
IT' TIME TO GET IT DONE
LET'S DO THIS = 8
THE BLACKHAWKS ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE
SO CROWN THEIR AZZ
CHICAGO (AP) - For all the difficulties they endured along the way, the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings are still standing.
They might want to buckle up, though. The ride could get even wilder.
The Blackhawks and Kings are poised for what could be a tight and lengthy Western Conference finals, with Game 1 at the United Center on Saturday.
The Kings already have more playoff losses than they did a year ago when they went on a 16-4 run through the postseason to capture the Stanley Cup as an eighth seed.
"I cited critical moments last year," Kings general manager Dean Lombardi said. "There were several of them this year where they were severely tested. They keep finding a way to fight through, as they've done at times during the playoffs.
All they did was rally from a 3-1 deficit to beat Detroit in the conference semifinals, taking Game 7 2-1 on Brent Seabrook's overtime goal to remain in the hunt for their second title in four years.
"You don't draw it up, you don't plan to win a seven game series coming back from 3-1," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "Looking back, I think it is a good thing for our team to have gone through what we just went through, to kind of be pushed to the end, for a moment (to) feel like that was it. You have certain negative thoughts that kind of creep in. You try not to think about them, that you're up against a tough team and the odds are against you. But we stayed positive. We stuck with it. We just had that attitude that you take it one shift at the same time, you win one game at a time, anything can happen."
The next challenge figures to be a big one.
No goalie is hotter at the moment than the Kings' Jonathan Quick. All the Conn Smythe Trophy winner has done is allow just 20 goals in 13 postseason games while carrying Los Angeles to its second straight conference final.
He leads the playoffs in goals-against average (1.50), save percentage (.948) and shutouts (three), and the Kings have needed it with their offense generating little.
They're averaging just two goals per game in the postseason, and they realize they need to rediscover their scoring touch. That's something that wasn't an issue during the regular season, when they were 10th in the NHL and boasted the Western Conference's top goal-scorer in Jeff Carter.
Despite their difficulties putting the puck in the net, the Kings have managed to get by in the playoffs even if it hasn't been easy.
They dropped the first two games to St. Louis and needed seven to take out San Jose in the semifinals, with all four wins coming at home.
Now, it's the Blackhawks with the home-ice advantage and games on back-to-back days in their arena. Clearly, they see an opportunity there. But they also realize they could be in for a tough time.
They had their difficulties with a physical Detroit team, and now, here come the hard-hitting Kings.
Posted ROB315 on 25 May 2013 - 09:12 AM
I like the Hawks chances tonight and I like the chance of turning the series with this win also!
Hawks 3 Wings 1
Another solid game from Craddy!
No, not at all. When you're sitting at your daughter's dance recital and looking at the clock and worrying about getting home to set-up the GDT...that's when you know it is time to retire. It's time to put things into the proper perspective.
Posted Stosh-1 on 23 May 2013 - 09:26 PM
He doesn't think he wasn't. He knows he wasn't. There is only so much you can put up with. I watched these games and cant say I blame him. Refs have been awful. When he got a pen, for exact same thing they have been doing all series long. He lost it. I lost it long before that.
Get over it. They're not playing well enough to win. It's the team's fault, not the zebra's.
The Wings have outplayed the Hawks by a mile. End of story.
Posted Stosh-1 on 17 May 2013 - 11:44 AM
Posted SoCalAl on 13 May 2013 - 05:12 PM
Posted buf52 on 11 May 2013 - 02:03 PM
Bolland will be back, and he should be put back at 3C, even though that 3rd line has a lot of chemistry and was probably the best line in the 1st round. Shaw can center the 4th or play wing. At some point, you have to give Sharpie and Kaner a decent center to set them up. Who knows, Pirri may be that guy. Thing is, we will never know unless Q gives him the chance to prove it. I'm not totally convinced that Pirri is the guy, but he can't really play much worse than Zeus has on the 2C role, especially at the dot (and that was Zeus' best asset).
Shaw/Kruger/Frolik (Carcillo, Mayers, Bollig)
It never ceases to amaze me that you think playoffs is the time to start experimenting. We had tons of opportunities to call up Pirri in the season with Bolland out (and I advocated it) but for some reason Q or Stan didn't want it.
But now is not the time to do it imo. "give him a few games, if it doesn't work, we'll take it from there"...
if it doesn't work, the season is probably over.
btw that second line wasn't horrible:
Sharp 5g 1a 6p +4
Kane 0g 5a 5p +3
Zus 0g 2a 2p +2
granted, Handzus isn't the ideal solution but he's reliable, he has experience, his face off stats will most likely improve.
I don't want a rookie now at 2nd line center.