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Blackhawks Lose, But

from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The Hawks are the more talented team and the team that should win this series.

Will they? I don’t know. It’s very possible that the puck won’t bounce their way, as the cliché goes. But all things being equal, the Hawks should come out of this alive and well. Remember, the visiting team took the home team to three overtimes.

“Let this one sink in and maybe we can be ticked off about it for a few moments here, but then tonight and tomorrow, it’s time to move on and get ready for the next one,’’ Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said.

If the Hawks can keep buzzing around the puck the way they did Thursday night and if they can get this Crawford for the rest of the playoffs, they’ll be lifting the Stanley Cup over their heads again in June. It’s really that simple. And that difficult.

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Below, watch Joel Quenneville make a 'slight adjustment' in the 2nd OT period...

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WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

“Remember, the visiting team took the home team to three overtimes.”

Or

Remember, the home team scored the tying goal with under two minutes to play in the game.  They then took the “more talented team” and defending cup champs to 3 ot periods where they scored the game winning goal on “that” Crawford.

I get that he’s a homer writer but wow can he blow some smoke.

Is it possible for both of these teams to lose the first round?

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 04/18/14 at 09:11 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

The Hawks are the more talented team and the team that should win this series.

That’s just ignorance.

I happen to live in Chicago, and while the bandwagon fans haven’t quite hopped on board quite yet, all of a sudden people are freaking out here.  They thought Chicago would walk all over the Blues.  Still lots of hockey to be played, but Chicago seems to think their team is much better than the team that actually finished 5th in the West.

Posted by TreKronor on 04/18/14 at 10:10 AM ET

bezukov's avatar

Is Q doing the Village People?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/18/14 at 10:27 AM ET

Paul's avatar

The NHL is actually reviewing the actions of coach Q.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/18/14 at 10:46 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Joel Quenneville has a major problem on his blue line in Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya.  Of the four goals the Hawks allowed, those two were on for three of them, including the OT game-winner.

They were absolutely brutal at dealing with the Blues’ forecheck. Quennevill put them back as the “shutdown pair” with Leddy/Rozsival getting very heavy offensive-zone usage while Keith/Seabrook got slightly more offensive zone-starts so that Oduya/Hjalmarsson could take heavy D-zone starts, but I don’t think that usage is going to keep working out for them.

Quenneville is likely going to have to stop sheltering two other defensemen to limit the damage the Blues’ forecheck can do to that pairing, and that’s going to slow them down a bit.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/18/14 at 11:25 AM ET

awould's avatar

If the Blues weren’t injured, I’d pick them to win in 6. I definitely think they were a better team this season than the Hawks, especially after getting Miller and Ott.

That assist by Ott on the game winner was excellent.

Posted by awould on 04/18/14 at 11:31 AM ET

awould's avatar

The good news is, neither of these teams will be in very good condition regardless of who wins it. They’re killing each other out there, it should go at least 6 and I’d expect to see at least one more OT game.

Posted by awould on 04/18/14 at 11:34 AM ET

SYF's avatar

The good news is, neither of these teams will be in very good condition regardless of who wins it. They’re killing each other out there, it should go at least 6 and I’d expect to see at least one more OT game.

Posted by awould on 04/18/14 at 11:34 AM ET

Yup. The B’lose really keyed on Captain Porkchop the whole game.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/18/14 at 12:08 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Sure didn’t look like the Hawks were the better team last night. In fact, they looked pretty even. And if it wasn’t for Miller’s poor first period, the argument could probably be made the Blues were the better team.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/18/14 at 12:31 PM ET

SYF's avatar

The NHL is actually reviewing the actions of coach Q.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/18/14 at 10:46 AM ET

The only thing he’s missing is a pair of black leather chaps.  I can’t take that guy and his team seriously anymore.  What a joke.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/18/14 at 12:55 PM ET

ChowYunCat's avatar

How did Odouya manage to get on the bench after that late Chicago icing? He out on the ice a few minutes later, so it can’t have been injury.

Posted by ChowYunCat on 04/18/14 at 05:05 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Yup. The B’lose really keyed on Captain Porkchop the whole game.

St. Louis really worked over crybaby Toews and the Slackhawks. They need to keep it up.

Posted by bigfrog on 04/18/14 at 07:24 PM ET

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