“While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates it.” – Samuel Johnson
By Rich Lindbloom
While watching the Blues vs Hawks in Game Five on Friday, a friend came up to me and asked, “You really hate the Blues, don’t you?” I smiled and said, “There is no team in the NHL I like watching the Hawks trounce more. The Blues and their fans are a bunch of slithering, fire breathing heathens.” When the Hawks emerge victorious in these contests it’s my, “I love the smell of napalm in the morning,” moment. At that point, the world just flat out begins to make sense.
Oddly though, my antipathy for the Blue Notes and their followers abated with a few minutes to go in Sunday’s Game Six clincher. Read more »
The Chicago Blackhawks put on a clinic in the third period of Game 6, much to the dismay of the St. Louis Blues. The Hawks ripped the hearts out of the Blues with a furious final 20 minutes, sending the Blues home to clean out their lockers with a 5-1 victory.
Chicago wins this Western Conference first-round series 4-2 and completed a sweep of St. Louis after falling two games behind the Blues. Duncan Keith helped pace the Hawks with a four-point afternoon as five different Blackhawks posted goals in the deciding game. Read more »
Just like its predecessors, game 5 was a tightly played, very close game. And like three of the previous games, Friday night’s contest also took extra time to decide.
The Blackhawks Put Saad up on the line with Kane and Toews and in place of Brent Seabrook on his 2nd game of suspension was Sheldon Brookbank, who again was good enough.
Deja vu for the Blues who lost last year’s first round series to the Kings after taking a 2-0 lead in the series following eerie similarities with this series. The Kings beat the Kings 4-3 in game four and 3-2 in ot in game 5, going on to win the series in LA in game 6. It’s starting to feel that way again, only in Chicago. Read more »
St. Louis’ Public Enemy #1 – Brent (Alphonse) Seabrook
By Rich Lindbloom
Patrick (Joey bag o’donuts) Kane, leader of the renowned Chicago Outfit, and his associates prevailed in the 3rd overtime contest of this rather impolite Quarter Final Slug-athon. Kaner’s ICBM ripped into the twine behind Ryan Miller, puncturing the hopeful souls of the Blue’s faithful. As the clock approached midnight, their glass slippers were shattered into a thousand pieces.
Consequently, the Best-of-Seven series has now been reduced to a Best-of-Three series. Kaner was pretty much black magic all night long, slotting in with last year’s bunkmate’s, Tazer and Bickell. Coach Ken Hitchcock was none too pleased with the space and time Crazy 88′s had in Game Four. Read more »
After an absolute stellar performance from Corey Crawford on Monday night at the UC, it was time to bottle up that momentum and save it for a pivotal Game 4 also hosted by the Blackhawks. Crow made 34 saves to record his 2nd career playoff shutout in front of 22,000 strong. The absence of suspended defensemen Brent Seabrook was barely even noticeable.
The Hawks found a way to win on the backs of their strong defense, fearless power play and tremendous net minding. Now breathe with me. There is still a lot of hill left to climb in this series and most of it to be done without #7. Read more »
The Chicago Blackhawks rode the back of goalie Corey Crawford Monday night in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round series with St. Louis. Needing a big performance in net, Crawford shut out the Blues as the Hawks won 2-0 to pull to with a game of tying the best-of-seven series.
First Period-The Hawks began the game with an extended stay in the Blues zone by a top line of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell. Chicago controlled possession for much of the first four minutes. That dominance would soon pay off on the scoreboard. Read more »
“And i’m not the kind that likes to tell you
Just what you want me to
You’re not the kind that needs to tell me
About the birds and the bees.” – New Order
[editor's note: This piece was written & submitted prior to Game 2: CHI-STL]
By Rich Lindbloom
Admit it guys. One of the most awkward moments in life is when your father, (or worse yet, some of the knuckleheads you hung out with), explained to you the facts of life. You know, the “you put the lime in the coconut…” talk. The moment when sneak peeks at Playboy started to replace the memorization Luis Aparicio’s batting average or Gary Peter’s ERA. (I’m sure I lost a few readers under the age of 40 recalling those former White Sox greats!) Read more »
After a second heart-wrenching overtime loss in St. Louis, the Blackhawks find themselves down two games to none in a series that could easily be 1-1 or two games to none in the ‘Hawks advantage.
There were times in Saturday’s Game 2, much like the first game, where the Hawks looked listless and others where they looked dominant. I suppose this could have been prophesied as they looked rather lethargic to end the season.
1st period: On the scoreboard the 1st period went to the Blues easily. The Hawks actually out-shot St Louis 11-9 but ended the first period down 2-0. Read more »
Game 82 is upon us, finally! Not that this season has been a bad one, but after mailing it in against the Capitals last night, it’s hard to get excited for this game. As I stated last night, Chicago can’t move up from their current third seeded position.
Even though most fans and players are looking toward the post season the Hawks are looking to avenge some pride with the season series owned by the Preds 3-1. It’s amazing to think – would the Preds be making the playoffs if Pekka Rinne played the entire season? Several players may be playing their final game tonight in the likes of Jeremy Morin and Joakim Nordstrom. Once Toews and Kane return those two seem to be the odd men out. It does prove the depth that Chicago does have available if needed to be called upon. Another situation that will be solved on Sunday evening is who is the Hawks first round opponent? After both Avalanche and Blues taking a loss last night, it seems that it will come down to the final day of the NHL. The Avs finish their season against the Ducks while the Blues have an afternoon affair against the Redwings at home. Read more »