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from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
Kings coach Darryl Sutter has been known to spew some hyperbole after difficult losses such as the one the Blackhawks hung on his team over the weekend.
So while Sutter's comments after the Hawks dismantled the Kings 4-1 on Saturday night to conclude a grueling six-game road trip should be taken with a grain of salt, his statement that the Hawks "are the best team in the league and that's clear through the first two months of the year" isn't all that off-base.
While they certainly weren't at their best throughout October and early November, the Hawks are hitting on all cylinders and sent a message to the rest of the NHL — and themselves — that they belong in the upper echelon in the league after a wildly successful circus trip during which they captured 10 of a possible 12 points.
Jim Fox with a zinger at the end of the video and Bob Miller is not impressed.
A shot to the ribs, kidney area of Marian Hossa which is usually not protected by equipment. No penalty on the play.
Marian Hossa can't believe it!
Anaheim TV crew with the call below...
Kyle Palmieri receives five for boarding and a game misconduct.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Avs lose 3-2, on a late Bryan Bickell goal. I interviewed him earlier in the day, and told him to enjoy the goal he would score in the game, because almost every single time I interview an opposing player on the day of a game, they score a goal. I mean, it’s spooky. So, you can blame me for the loss I guess.
The Avs blamed the referees for the loss too. Patrick Roy and Alex Tanguay both verbalized their displeasure in the disparity in power-play time (almost 10 minutes to less than three minutes). Do I think the Avs got jobbed by the refs too? A little, yeah, but the best team won tonight. That’s the bottom line.
But the Blackhawks should have won. They were a rested, healthy team playing a team missing TEN regular players, one that played the night before on the road. So, congrats on a one-goal win I guess.
Watch Patrick Roy post-game below...
from Tracey Myers of CSNChicago,
Twenty-one games down, 61 games to go.
Yes, boys and girls, we’re just past the quarter mark of the 2014-15 season. The Blackhawks have been very good at times, mediocre at others. If the playoffs started today the Blackhawks would be seventh in the Western Conference.
But the playoffs don’t begin today, so let’s move on from the nonsensical “if.” This is about what the Blackhawks have done, or haven’t done, to be in seventh right now. So while the Blackhawks take Monday off, let’s look at what’s worked and what needs work.
What needs work
Individual games. Bryan Bickell is struggling again. Andrew Shaw was, too, before he was injured. Marian Hossa broke out of a scoring slump on Saturday but offensively he’s been quieter than usual. The Blackhawks are at their best when everyone’s doing a little something out there. They haven’t been getting enough contributions across the board yet.
from Corey Masisak of NHL.com,
There are not many franchises in the NHL where a 10-7-1 start to the season would elicit varying degrees of panic amongst the fan base, but the Chicago Blackhawks live in that space in 2014.
The Blackhawks have been one of the best teams in the NHL for seven seasons now, winning the Stanley Cup twice and reaching the Western Conference Final twice in the past six campaigns. There is an expectation to be playing in June 2015, or this season will be considered a failure.
So 21 points in 18 games, which as of Thursday morning was only good enough for ninth place in the West, has set off warning alarms in some homes in the greater Chicagoland area. One person who is not concerned? That would be Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman.
"I think we've played very well, probably better than our record shows," Bowman said Tuesday in Toronto after the League's general managers meeting. "I've been very pleased with our performance. One thing we haven't done until recently is scored a lot of goals, and that has always been a strength for us. We have essentially the same cast of characters back, so that will work itself out. We've been very good defensively. I think we've been No. 1 or 2 in goals against all year, and I think that is going to bode well for us down the stretch."
continued plus the Super 16 Power Rankings with the Blues and Blackhawks in the top 2 spots...
“He had the instincts of a Wayne Gretzky as a goalie. Really, he was one of the few goalies who ever played the game who could intimidate the other team before the puck dropped. They didn’t know how to score on him because you never knew what he was going to do.”
-Chris Osgood on Dominik Hasek. Much more on Hasek from Nicholos J. Cotsonika of Yahoo.
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