Kukla's Korner Hockey
Strange as it sounds, even in defeat, the Blackhawks were the better hockey team. A proper respect still remains for the Red Wings prowess, but the fear is gone. Over a long series, Chicago’s talent should win out. Plus, Howards’ long rebounds are hardly an upgrade over the Hawks goaltending woes.
-Mark Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential. More on The Wings/Blackhawks game.
A few emails today from Chicago fans claiming the refs wanted the Wings to win because of the goalie interference call against Dustin Byfuglien.
All I can say is get used to it and watch the video for an example.
“We’ve accomplished nothing. The Cup stuff is fine because we have a very good team and we have a legitimate shot. But let’s take it in steps. Today was an education. The only difference is we didn’t have to pay tuition. With our record being what it is, this loss didn’t cost us much. Down the road, we’ll probably view it as a crucial lesson.”
-John Madden of the Chicago Blackhawks after losing to Detroit today. More on the game from Christopher Botta of NHL Fanhouse.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Judging from the reaction on our ESPN.com message boards, the angriest hockey fans in North America on Wednesday lived in Philadelphia and Boston.
And the puckheads in Chicago were a little disappointed the juggernaut Blackhawks didn’t improve in goal, which, quite frankly, was never going to be easy given Cristobal Huet’s massive contract.
Did the Blackhawks make a phone call?
“We talked to a lot of people about lots of things, not necessarily about that, but just nothing made sense,” Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman told ESPN.com on Wednesday evening. “It takes two to tango. Sometimes you want to do something and they don’t, and sometimes they want too much and that’s why deals don’t get made.
“It never really got too heated up on any one front, to be honest,” Bowman added. “That’s just the way it went.”
Scotty Bowman of Fan590 this morning was asked about Chicago looking for a goalie. His reply was a simple no and said the organization is laughing at all the goalie talk involving the Blackhawks.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has acquired goaltender Joe Fallon from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Hannu Toivonen and Danny Richmond.
“I know we expect a lot from Toews because he has delivered a lot, but don’t overlook this example of his remarkable maturity. A kid who’s captain of one of the best teams in the NHL, a kid who centers the top line, a kid who leads off almost every shootout—- this kid is doing the scut work for his country, doing all the selfless, thankless stuff, and he’s still managing to stand out. Special kid. Lucky us.”
-Steve Rosenbloom on Jonathan Toews. More on Toews at RosenBlog.
NEW YORK - Feb. 18, 2010 - The Sunday, March 7, Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks game has been flexed as NBC Sports’ “Game of the Week” and will be played at the United Center at 12:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. CT, the National Hockey League and NBC Sports announced today.
This rivalry - no two NHL teams have played more regular-season games against each other - is once again in full bloom after Detroit got the better of Chicago last year in both the 2009 Western Conference Final and 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field
via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
What did you think of the hit?
Did you like what Troy Brouwer did, stepping up and fighting Stralman and earning 19 minutes in penalties? Hawks coach Joel Quenneville did.
“I thought he did exactly what we’d want him to do,” Quenneville said.
Watch the hit below…
from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
For the second time this season the Blackhawks watched one of their best players knocked out of a game by shot to the head.
Atlanta’s Colby Armstrong laid out Marian Hossa early in the third period of Saturday’s game at the United Center, sending the Hawks winger to the dressing room for the rest of the night.
Was it a clean hit or not? Armstrong led with his shoulder, which is fine, but he caught Hossa on the chin.
The point here isn’t clean or dirty, however, it’s how much longer Hawks general manager Stan Bowman is going to let his best players be targets?
Maybe this isn’t a problem that can be solved this season with the March 3 trade deadline so close, but next year the Hawks darn well better have someone tough enough and nasty enough to show other teams they better not be going after Hossa, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith.
Chicago GM Stan Bowman discusses the acquisition of Kim Johnsson.
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