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Afternoon Line- Rick Morrissey On The Chicago Blackhawks

Shouldn’t there be a rule against worrying about anything concerning the Blackhawks until, say, March? I know getting angry about the power play is how a lot of people stay warm in the winter. But maybe turn it down from a bonfire to a blaze? It’s a long season. I worry about you people.

The bigger concern, of course, is whether the kinda-dynasty Blackhawks have come down to earth for good. They were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round the previous two seasons, and even though they won 50 games last season, the most in the Western Conference, they lost four straight games to the Predators in the postseason. So, yeah, the angst has as much to do with the recent past as it does the present. And, OK, the Hawks scored a total of three goals in those four losses.

-Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times where you can read more on the out of the playoffs Blackhawks.

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One Of The Tougher Practices For The Chicago Blackhawks Today

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

There’s nothing unusual about hearing Joel Quenneville throwing around a few F-bombs. Heck, during a hockey game, it’s basically ambient noise, like the scratching of skates across ice, or the rumbling hum of a Zamboni.

But Tuesday was different. The Blackhawks’ post-practice huddle is usually time for a quick overview of what Quenneville wants to see at the next game and a mini pep talk. A quick stick tap, and players then disperse and work on whatever they want to work on — faceoffs, stickhandling, deflections, whatever.

On Tuesday, though, the players gathered around the center circle gasping for breath, having just been punished with a series of lung-searing laps. And Quenneville’s curses were aimed directly at them.


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Morning Line- Gerard Gallant

A lot of people weren’t expecting us to win this game, Chicago is a hell of a team. We’re playing a minor league goalie. But we played a confident game. Everybody played defense. Everybody played offense. Everybody played in the neutral zone.”

-Gerard Gallant, head coach of the Vegas Golden Knights after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2.  David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal has more on the game.

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Video- Peter Laviolette Not Happy With Chicago’s Tying Goal

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Predators coach Peter Laviolette was furious about the equalizer, as Hartman had ripped Matt Irwin’s stick out of his hands and flung it behind the net, leaving Irwin defenseless against Sharp’s shovel shot.

“Playing an unbelievable game to that point and [to] have it taken away from us like that is ridiculous,” Laviolette said.

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Below, watch the Sharp goal, you get the best look at the stick toss near the end of the video.

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Video- Joel Quenneville Losses Offside Challenge And Is Not Happy About It

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

According to the league’s explanation for the decision, it was ruled that Brent Seabrook — who had fallen down while Zucker went past him — had carried the puck into his own defensive zone, thereby nullifying the offside per Rule 83.1. But the puck had merely banked off the prone Seabrook’s skate.

“He didn’t carry it and didn’t have possession, so I disagree with that ruling,” a seething Joel Quenneville said. “Plus it was offside. I mean, why didn’t he blow the whistle? Unless he knew that rule and thought he had possession? Or he thought he carried it or controlled it?”

Quenneville had no regrets about challenging the goal, even though it wound up all but deciding the game.

“I wasn’t worried about that [penalty],” Quenneville said. “I still don’t think it should have been a goal.”

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Another Loss For The Habs

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

“In the first period, we were dominating, cycling the puck and getting shots from every line,” Jonathan Drouin said. “Then they scored two quick goals. It’s frustrating, (but Chicago) is a team that has proven for a while now they don’t need many chances.”

The Canadiens were outshooting the Blackhawks 15-5 when Chicago took advantage of an unsuccessful clearing pass by Jordie Benn to get on the board with rookie Alex DeBrincat’s first NHL goal. Brandon Saad scored 19 seconds later after a rare breakdown from the top defensive pair of Shea Weber and Victor Mete.

Things might have been different if the Canadiens had capitalized on a 5-on-3 power play early in the first period.

“Every night we have little breakdowns,” captain Max Pacioretty said. “We have a lot of new faces and we’re still learning what we can do. We have to be strong. Tonight, we had a chance to step on their throats with that 5-on-3 and we didn’t do it. We thought we were having a picnic.”

The power play has been disappointing this year. The Canadiens went 0-for-5 Tuesday and are 0-for-14 on the season.

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Highlights of Chicago's 3-1 win over Montreal can be watched below...

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Video- A Big Win For The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

“I think the big players do things in big moments just because they do what they do,” Mike Babcock was saying Monday in the hours before his Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the Chicago Blackhawks. “They don’t deviate. They just believe they’re meant to be there and the more heat that’s on, the more they like it, the more they relish the opportunity.”

Never mind that Babcock was responding to a question about Jonathan Toews when he provided the answer. Held up to a different light – after the Leafs had recovered from a sluggish start and erased a late deficit and skated the Blackhawks into submission – it applied more aptly to his own star centre.

While this wasn’t anything close to a “big moment” for a Blackhawks roster gilded with gold medals and diamond-encrusted Cup rings, it meant something here in Toronto. This was a chance to measure progress while staring down your heroes.

“This was a big game for us as far as who we were up against,” Matthews said after freezing the clock at 3:43 of overtime.

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Video- Auston Matthews With The Overtime Winner

Leafs were down 3-1, but Auston Matthews wins it in OT. Fun game to watch.



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Penguins Embarrassed By 10-1 Loss To The Blackhawks

from Sam Werner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Before the Penguins faced off against the Blackhawks, Mike Sullivan said his primary goal when assessing the team at this early stage of the season is just making sure they're getting better on a daily basis.

That should be pretty easy moving forward. On Thursday night, the Penguins didn’t look like they could get any worse.

They gave up five unanswered first-period goals en route to a 10-1 loss in Chicago that was every bit as ugly and uncompetitive as the scoreline indicates.

When asked where things went wrong, Sidney Crosby struggled to come up with just one answer.

“It’s a 10-1 game,” he said. “Do we have enough time? It’s embarrassing.”


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A Motivated Jonathan Toews

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

So how does Jonathan Toews — three-time Stanley Cup champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist, member of the NHL’s 100 greatest players list — feel about being named the 12th-best center in the NHL, and the 35th-best player overall, on lists put out last month by the NHL Network’s team of pundits?

Insulted? No.

Angry? Not exactly.

Motivated? Yeah, that’s the word. Motivated. Just more fuel for the fire that hasn’t stopped raging, even in the wake of two down seasons and two early playoff exits, even in the face of questions about Toews’ alleged decline.

“You can’t be insulted, not at all,” Toews said. “I can’t let my ego swell too large where I’m going to be insulted by something like that. The proof is on the ice, and if I want to be back on top, I’ve got to go back out there and earn it. It’s that simple. It was definitely an honor to be mentioned at the top there for a while, but Crosby’s still on top and he’s been doing it since those days, too. 


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