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Lindbloom’s View: Introducing Flex Seal

Lindbloom_PhilSwift_2013Feb06“What he did was criminal.” Joel Quenneville on Razor’s performance vs. Calgary

By Rich Lindbloom

If you spend any time watching the NHL Network, you’re probably quite familiar with the man sitting in the boat with the screen door bottom. “Hawker” extraordinaire, Phil Swift, exuberantly promotes this new miracle product, finishing his pitch with the classic, “Buy one can, and we’ll send you another one for free –“but you must order now!” Uncle Rico and his sailing-ship-in-a-bottle offer got nothing on this guy. Just how good at sealing leaks is this supernatural product? Well, you get a little idea when you see Phil with a can standing on the Hoover Dam. I’m pretty sure even Blues fans could put 2 + 2 together on that image. Read more »

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Lindbloom’s View: From sands of the Hillbilly Riviera

The Thrill Is Gone… 

By Rich Lindbloom

Ah, but the hatred is alive and well. With the emergence of the rum dummies on the western side of the Mississippi, otherwise known as the Blues, our rivalry with a team that personifies the word “malfeasance” had been put on the back burner. To be quite honest with you, with the arduous schedule we’ve had in March, I didn’t even get that worked up about playing the Canucks last Wednesday. This was a bit unusual when one recalls for the past three years these affairs have more resembled terrorism than hockey. They’ve always been a highly sought after ticket. After about two minutes of watching this battle royale, I quickly recalled what fuels one of hockey’s best rivalries. My complete and utter disdain for the blue and green men returned with a vengeance. Read more »

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Hawks slip by Canucks in OT, Duncan Keith faces possible suspension for elbow on Daniel Sedin

By Brad Vandenberk

On a four game winning streak, the Chicago Blackhawks returned home to face their favourite foe, the Vancouver Canucks.  The Hawks were in Columbus the night before, handing the Jackets a season sweep with a 5-1 victory.  The Canucks had the luxury of spending a record setting hot March day in Chicago awaiting the Hawks return home late morning.   After going on a 9 game losing streak the Hawks have gone 8-1-1.  Most of those games have been played without captain serious, as he remains on the road to recovery.   The Canucks come into this game losers of five in seven.   Corey Crawford regained his crease for the Hawks and Roberto Luongo started for the visiting team.  Luongo hasn’t played in the Canucks last two losses.  Jamal Mayers was a last minute scratch with the flu inserting Brendan Morrison into the 4th line center spot.  Read more »

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Lindbloom: Back to Gasoline Alley

By Rich Lindbloom

The Hawks precipitous fall from the pinnacle of the hockey world left many of us searching not for Rhett Butler, but for the Anacin bottles when all was said and done. Intensifying the pain was the manner in which we were finally eliminated. Despite the efforts of “all the king’s horses and all the kings men,” the Blackhawk’s Stanley Cup defense was shot in the foot by a player who has a Doctorate in Aggravation. I’m referring of course to the villainous #14, Alexandre Burrows, from this point on referred to as the “Squirrel.” I wish there was a way to erase that memory from the recesses of my brain, but it keeps resurfacing like some inextricable nightmare. Furthermore, no doubt we’ll have to watch highlights of that special moment in Vancouver Playoff history the rest of this post season. Excuse me while I head to the vomitorium.

To backtrack a moment, let me try to explain Alexandre’s new nickname. My wife, the Belgium babe, has an incredible soft spot in her heart for animals. Usually we’re fostering a litter of puppies or kittens for the Humane Society. There have been some exceptions – most notably a raccoon named Rocky who drove me banana’s for about three months. I could tell you a lot of Rocky stories, but this one is about three squirrels we tried to raise that fell out of some God forsaken tree in front of our house. What really bugs me is that it seems half of Homewood calls our house when they get an injured or seemingly abandoned bunny or whatever. I can only pray that I answer the phone when they call so I can say, “No she isn’t home and don’t ever call here again!” But back to the squirrels… Read more »

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Game 7 Highlights: Nucks prevail 2-1, OT

Scroll down the main page to see period by period details of Game 7.

Corey Crawford was phenomenal and the only reason this game was ever close. One incredible, determined individual short-handed effort by Blackhawk captain Jonathan Toews miraculously extended this game to overtime with less than two minutes to play in regulation. Roberto Luongo made a lot of good saves (31 in all), but also gave a bunch of rebounds. This happened to be one his teammates in front of him didn’t get to first, a rarity on Tuesday night.

Game 7 lived up to the hype and then some. Vancouver dominated, then flirted with disaster, the Hawks hung in there but the better team definitely won in the end.

Alex Burrows scored both Vancouver goals. On top of those, he was also awarded a penalty shot 21 seconds into the third period off a Duncan Keith tripping infraction but was stopped by Crawford. A score at that time would have put the Canucks up two goals.

Toews’ short-handed tally was his lone goal of the series (1g, 3a, -4, a team-worst plus/minus). Crawford allowed 16 goals in the series, finishing with a .927 save percentage and 2.21 goals against average.

After losing the first three games of the series, the Blackhawks made a valiant comeback in attempt to pull off the upset. Sure, the pressure was off by Game 4, and Alain Vigneault’s Canucks took their double foot-stomp off the gas mid-series, but the defending champions showed their character and would not go quietly. In the end, this amounted to one great series.

Vancouver now moves on to face Nashville in Round 2. San Jose will matchup with Detroit. The Western Conference obviously will have a new Finals representative this year. Detroit will attempt to make their 3rd Finals appearance in four years. Vancouver has been there twice (’82+’94) before. San Jose and Nashville have never been. For the Predators, this is their first time advancing past the first round.

NHL.com Game 7 highlights after the jump Read more »

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Hawks-Canucks Game 7: Overtime notes: OT all Alex Burrows

Overtime lasted 5 minutes and 22 seconds.  The Canucks persevere and advance past the Blackhawks on an Alexandre Burrows’ bullet after a turnover at the Hawks’ blue line.

Vancouver survived an early scare when Burrows went to the penalty box 24 seconds into overtime for holding Duncan Keith.  The ‘Hawks managed just one shot during those following two minutes up 5-on-4 and then the play belonged to the Canucks for the eventual final three minutes.

The game and the Blackhawks season ended when Chris Campoli failed to clear a puck up the left side wall inside the Hawks’ zone.  Campoli tried to clear a bouncing puck but Jonathan Toews was kneeling on the ice ten feet in front of Campoli near the boards inside the blue line so it appeared Campoli chose to clear the puck up and over Toews instead of along the boards where Toews was prone.  But unfortunately for Campoli and the Hawks, Burrows gloved the puck down and broke clear towards Crawford and Burrows fired a bomb clear by the Hawks’ netminder.

Vancouver wins the game 2-1 and the finishes the Blackhawks season 5:22 in to overtime of Game 7.

The Canucks now move on to meet Nashville in the second round.  Which means San Jose and Detroit will meet once again in the Western Conference Semi-finals.

Burrows had both Vancouver goals.  He also had a goal, his only other of the series, in Chicago in Game 6.  In 40 career playoff games, Burrows now has 10 goals and 17 points.  He finished with 3 goals and 3 assists in the series.  Five of those points came in games six and seven.

Burrows, Luongo and Crawford, in that order (1-3) were named the stars of the game.  Crawford had to be much better than Luongo tonight but its hard to argue those given the outcome.  Just a fabulous performance by Corey Crawford to keep the Hawks in a game they really had no business being in.

Luongo made 31 saves to Crawford’s 36.

Both teams went 0-2 in four minutes of power play time a side.  Although the Hawks did strike with the shorty to tie the game late in regulation with Duncan Keith in the penalty box.

Another terrific game surrounded by high drama that goes beyond your typical Game 7 hype.  Luongo and the Canucks finally solve the Blackhawks.  Given where this series was after Game 3, it is a minor miracle there was even a seventh game, but you Canucks’ fans have Alain Vigneault’s bench management in game 4 for that.

That Blackhawks leading goal scorer in the series was Duncan Keith (4), followed by Sharp (3) and Ben Smith (3).  Toews’ lone tally was the big short-handed one in this one.  Hossa’s two goals in Game 5 were huge in the Hawks’ 5-0 rout to close the series’ gap to 3-2 but he was largely invisible the rest of the series.  Patrick Kane (1g, 5a), Michael Frolik (2g, 3a) and Dave Bolland (2g, 4a) were the other major point scorers.

I’m sure we’ll be hearing about quite a few injuries on the Hawks’ side in the next couple of days.  Sure, they were a factor but its also highly probable that Vancouver is dealing with injuries as well.  Had Dave Bolland been healthy from the start of the series the outcome may have been different, or it may not have.  Vancouver was clearly the better team in five of the seven games and its no injustice that they’re moving on.  The Canucks’ regular season record was no joke.  They were the more consistent and potent team in every aspect during the regular season as they were here in this series.  The Blackhawks could have easily checked out in Games 4 or 5, but they didn’t.  A few players had coming of age type moments in this series; namely Michael Frolik and Ben Smith.  The Hawks pushed back when they could have folded; they responded with character, like champions, albeit wounded, over-matched former champions.

Many decisions lie ahead in the coming months and there should be some different faces on the team next year.  The regular season cannot be ignored, but given this team’s body of work and the challenge it faced in the opening round, and where the team stood in this series nine days ago, no one should say this season ended on a sour note.

The Blackhawks battled hard but they weren’t good enough.  Not this year.

ChrisBlock@TheThirdManIn.com

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Hawks-Canucks Game 7: 1st period notes

As expected, both teams came out flying early.  Vancouver had a lot of jump and more speed than the Hawks, who were on their heels by the end of the opening period.

Alex Burrows put Vancouver on the board first, for the only goal of the period.  Ryan Kesler got a pass from Mason Raymond at the Chicago blue line and drove tight and hard wide around Duncan Keith, who went for the bump and stopped moving his feet.  Kesler held to the goal line selling the stuff attempt before backhanding a pass into the low slot to the oncoming Burrows.  Corey Crawford had no chance.  Nick Leddy was in front but unable to stop the pass.  Burrows did a good job a leaving himself proper separation space as Leddy was where he needed to be.

Vancouver reverted back to the pace they set in games 1-3 of the series.  The Canucks were credited with 13 hits, to the Blackhawks’ 3.  Keep in mind these are Vancouver’s hometown official scorers.  The United Center is home to some pretty liberal stat keepers itself, but the Canucks were the decidedly more physical team in the opening twenty.

Joel Quenneville’s lines started out:

Viktor Stalberg – Jonathan Toews – Patrick Kane
Ben Smith – Patrick Sharp – Marian Hossa
Troy Brouwer – Dave Bolland – Michael Frolik
Marcus Kruger – Ryan Johnson – Fernando Pisani

Niklas Hjalmarsson – Brian Campbell
Duncan Keith – Nick Leddy
Chris Campoli – Brent Seabrook

By the midway point of the period, Smith had moved up to the Toews line and Stalberg to the Sharp-Hossa line.  The fourth line had a really nice shift, pinning the Canucks deep for a good 30 seconds cycling and winning the battles along the walls.  Pisani was brings up the rear as far as ice time so far (2:11, 3 shifts) which is already 2x the amount of ice time the guy he’s replacing, John Scott, had in a 75 minute game 6.  Seabrook and Keith are together at times too.  Keith, and the tandem of Hjalmarsson and Campbell are the ice time leaders.  Probably Campbell’s best period of the series.  Hawks have been poised under intense pressure.

Vancouver is killing the Hawks in the face off circle.  65% to 35%.  Toews is 0-3 vs Henrik Sedin and 1-3 vs Ryan Kesler.  Sharp is 3-4 vs Sedin.  Bolland is 2 for 7 overall.

Hawks held the shot advantage 12 to 8.  Luongo has been sharp early.  The Rogers Arena let out one big collective sigh of relief when Luongo stopped his first shot early, a long wrister from Frolik.

The officials are letting a lot go, but Brent Seabrook managed to get called for cross-checking at 16:21 to give the Canucks the only power play so far.  Vancouver picked up 3 shots during the man advantage and several other close attempts as they were all over the Hawks in those two minutes.

Despite the Vancouver goal the Blackhawks hold a 14-10 goal advantage at 5 on 5 play in this series.   Granted, the differential was created in two Chicago blowouts, but that’s something to be encouraged by if the referees keep the whistles in their pockets as you’d expect in a game 7.

ChrisBlock@thethirdmanin.com

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Hawks-Nucks: Hits Count

Much has been made of the physicality in this year’s Blackhawks-Canucks series.  While the Canucks hold a substantial (+46) advantage in the overall credited hits column, they also (according to official scorers in Vancouver) collected a hefty 40 to 14 margin over Chicago in Game 5.  This on a night the Canucks were shutout in their home rink and have worked themselves into a situation where they could see their season slipping away if they don’t get their act together fast.

Now one aspect sometimes overlooked when analyzing hit counts is that if one team has the puck, they’re not looking for hits or finishing checks.  So if one team owns the puck for a great majority of the game, or is sitting back protecting a hefty lead (which the Hawks were in Game 5 as well) they’re not forechecking as hard and thus not finishing as many checks.  Thus why hit counts can oftentimes be misleading.

By periods in Game 5, Vancouver out-hit Chicago 12-4. 17-5 and 11-5.

From a Blackhawks’ perspective you can see how certain players such as Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg have dug into their roles and pressured the Canucks when they’ve been on the ice.  They along with Troy Brouwer (the Hawks regular season hits leader) and Chris Campoli on the blue line have been the most physical Hawks. Read more »

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