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One of the two coaches in this series was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award. It’s time for him to prove he deserved it. Quenneville changed up his lines before this game and tweaked his power play. In-game, he cut ice time of under-performers and sat star players to cool them down. He’s hammering every button he can find and nothing is working. He’s being outsmarted by Mike Babcock at every turn and unless he can find a way to get his troops pulling in the same direction — or at least convince a couple of his guys to plant themselves in Jimmy Howard’s kitchen on a consistent basis — the Blackhawks are headed for a humiliating end in Game 5.

-Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated where you can read more on the Chicago/Detroit game last night.

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bezukov's avatar

No one has steered his team through worse injury-crisis’s (sp?), or dealt with more institutional change in the last few years than Mike Babcock.  Yet, he continues to be over looked for the Jack Adams. 

Its frustrating to see that Quenneville was nominated.  His team cake-walked through the season, and the first time somebody pushed back at them they they imploded.  Even more disappointing, he has been at the front of the charge of his team’s mental meltdown. 

McClean still deserves the award the most, but it makes me mad to see the Hawks coach nominated for an award that usually goes to the NHL’s most improved team while Babcock gets the snub after making two seasoned coaches look like fools with a team full of rookies.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/24/13 at 10:20 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

the Blackhawks are headed for a humiliating end in Game

Something about that with a cup of coffee just makes the birds sing a little more happier this morning.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 05/24/13 at 10:20 AM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Keep the token award Q.
It’ll go nicely with the Presidents Trophy.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/24/13 at 10:34 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

Keep the token award Q.
It’ll go nicely with the Presidents Trophy.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/24/13 at 10:34 AM ET

+19

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 05/24/13 at 11:17 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

While Toews and the Hawks allowed their frustration to get the best of them over and over again, the Red Wings simply gritted their teeth, put their heads down and kept their focus.

When Z got his penalty for hooking Toes, he skated to the box while simply motioning to the ref that he only got his elbow. When Toes got his penalty for hooking Z, he bitched all the way to the box and just kept right on bitching once he got there. At one point, I thought he was actually going to start crying.

In this series, one Captain is a man and leads by example. The other (c)aptain is still a whiny little boy who doesn’t care if his team implodes as long as he gets to vent his frustration publicly.

And isn’t it amazing how the same exact thing happened in the 1st round with both the (c)aptain and his girlfriend having Zetterberg-induced meltdowns. I have to believe both Stevie Y and St. Nick must be pretty darn proud of the example they set for one Mr. Zetterberg.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/24/13 at 12:16 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

When Z got his penalty for hooking Toes, he skated to the box while simply motioning to the ref that he only got his elbow. When Toes got his penalty for hooking Z, he bitched all the way to the box and just kept right on bitching once he got there. At one point, I thought he was actually going to start crying.

I wish I had the ability to make a side by side video of these two scenes.  It would be awesome.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 05/24/13 at 10:43 PM ET

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