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In Or Not?

Inconclusive was the final ruling on the no-goal in last night’s Leafs/Blackhawks game.

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Here Comes The Respect Word Again

from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,

“There are unwritten rules among the players,” Toews said, after the Blackhawks morning skate…

”It’s not a perfect world. Some guys do respect each other, and some guys don’t. You want to play hard within the rules of the game – and a lot of guys have that attitude,” Toews continued.

“But then you look at … some of these hits … and they (players) are going in at an unnecessary speed.”

And what if a player does that and then sits in the dressing room and says he didn’t mean to injure an opponent?

“If you’re going to sit there and answer questions after you hit somebody like that and say you didn’t want to hurt them - you’re lying through your teeth,” Toews said.

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Blackhawks Get It

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The Blackhawks are a Western Conference contender. The Leafs, after a blip of promise last weekend against Carolina and Detroit, descended once more into maddening mediocrity Tuesday in a loss to lowly Minnesota.

Whereas not so long ago Chicago could be mocked as a historic franchise that had lost its way, today it’s the Leafs that can only report excellence in the Forbes standings, not the NHL’s. The Windy City has already been lauded for hosting a superb Winter Classic, while Brian Burke’s promises of doing something similar at BMO Field – no Wrigley, to be sure – ring somewhat hollow.

Nobody would have thought five years ago the Leafs would be sucking the exhaust fumes of the Hawks, but that’s where we are.

One franchise stood still, the other caught the gusts of a new NHL.

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Huet Finding His Game

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

Huet appears to have turned things around after his horrendous start.

Since that ugly loss to Dallas on Oct. 17, Huet has gone 5-2, allowing only 11 goals. And in those two losses, the Hawks were shutout 2-0 at Nashville and lost 3-1 at Phoenix.

Huet has improved his goals-against average to 2.21 and brought his save percentage back over .900 at .901 from a low of .844.

“I feel loose, ready to compete every night and help play the best we can and win some games,” Huet said following Wednesday’s 3-2 win over the Avalanche in a shootout.

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Chicago Is A Forsberg Type Team

from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog,

I don’t know how much money the Hawks have under the salary cap, nor do I know whether general manager Stan Bowman wants to do the seemingly annual Forsberg fox trot, but it’s at least worth discussing for this team right now….

Perhaps the Hawks aren’t interested in the risk of an oft-injured player, but I believe they are a team Forsberg would like to consider because they have a familiar face behind the bench and play an Avalanche-type uptempo style, and they are a contender. That’s an important factor. Forsberg isn’t going to come back to play for Carolina or Toronto.

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Blackhawks Health Improving

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Center Jonathan Toews and left wing Ben Eager are expected to return to the lineup tonight from their concussions, which should give the Hawks a boost.

Toews has missed the last six games and Eager the last 13.

“I’m definitely feeling better,” Toews said Sunday. “I have my jump and my energy back. I definitely feel I have my rhythm back.”

Toews centered a line for Patrick Sharp and Dustin Byfuglien at Sunday’s practice while Eager skated with Colin Fraser and Andrew Ebbett.

Toews also was back on the power play, which is just 3-for-35 over the last eight games.

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Blackhawks Have Holes In Their Game

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

What’s happened to the offense?

The Hawks have scored 11 goals in the last six games and not more than 3 in a game since Oct. 14. And it’s not all because the power play is 2-for-32 after a 0-for-6 performance in Thursday’s 3-1 loss to the Coyotes.

Only Patrick Sharp (6) and Dustin Byfuglien (5) have scored more than 4 goals.

Patrick Kane needs to step up. Byfuglien has looked more like the inconsistent Byfuglien from last season. Sharp is up and down. Andrew Ebbett is not cutting it by any means and could be back on waivers soon.

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A Look Back At The 2009 Winter Classic

Many of you know I don’t watch movies, but I think this is

John Cusack

(it is Brendan Leonard) narrating a video of the Wings/Blackhawks Winter Classic from last season.

Good video about the atmosphere at Wrigley and please tell me if I am correct about Cusack.

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THE BLACKHAWKS’ ‘CAP CRISIS’: FACT OR FICTION?

Hockey writers looking to fill their columns and generate eyeballs, find few easier ways these days, than to zero in on the so-called “Cap Crisis”. Per the pundits, the sky is about to fall in on teams as their salaries smash up against a steel ceiling, their rosters set to implode as the time bomb ticks.

The Chicago Blackhawks are a favorite target for sensation-seeking scribes. The scenarios they paint have rivals licking their chops as Hawks’ GM Stan Bowman pounds his calculator furiously, trying in vain to find ways to keep his treasured stars, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith secure within the Hawkey Flock.

Prognosticators conjure up a disaster in the making, the high-flying Hawks suddenly crashing back to Earth. Discussion boards are fired up, and the fur flies as they fulminate.

But is this fact, or fiction formulated by hockey hacks and fuelled by frantic fans?

Taking a closer look at the landscape, there is as usual, a story behind ‘the story’…

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Offensive?

from Julia Keller of the Chicago Tribune,

We think we’re enlightened. We think we’re evolved. We think we’re past all that nasty old stuff from the bad old days. We think we’re “post-racial,” to use the curious term that popped up in the wake of President Barack Obama’s election.

Then a couple of fun-loving but culturally tone-deaf Blackhawks decided to dress up for Halloween as former Bulls Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen—complete with blackface.

more on this topic…

You can view the picture of Adam Burish dressed as Rodman and Patrick Kane as Pippen at ChicagoNow.

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