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Lindbloom’s View: On Walls We Must Climb

Lindbloom_2014May30_OnWallsMustClimbOn Walls We Must Climb

“The people, they were singing
I could hear them from the street
My feelings, they were stinging
I was submerged in my defeat
But I smiled for a second
And for that second, I felt fine
Pain is a wall I must climb.” – Michael McDermott

By Rich Lindbloom

I wonder; do the players feel as much pain after a loss as their fans? Reading the various hockey blogs on Tuesday morning, pain and anger were on full display. Pain is described by Merriam -Webster as follows:

-The physical feeling caused by disease, injury, or something that hurts the body.

-mental or emotional suffering

-Someone or something that causes trouble or makes you feel annoyed or angry.

Then there’s the “My Left Foot Pain.” Read more »

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Game 4 Recap: Hawks fall 5-2 at Staples; Now must win 3-straight elimination games

By Brad Vandenberk

It’s time to put up or shut up for Game 4 in LA. The Hawks now see themselves in the midst of a 2-game losing streak in this Western Conference Final. The good news is it wasn’t that long ago that the Hawks lost both games in Minnesota the previous series. Now the difference being a loss tonight in LA could spell doom for this dynastic Hawks squad.

There are a few observations from the last 2 losses that we can dissect. First of all paging Corey Crawford, Mr. Crawford, you’re needed between the pipes.   Yes, the Hawks net minder has played some outstanding games, but it seems like he has dropped off a little bit in this series. Let’s not forget the third period meltdown that occurred at the end of Game 2. Normally Crow bounces back from a bad performance, but Saturday night’s contest didn’t fare well either for the visiting tender. Read more »

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Lindbloom’s View: Hossa Rider

Lindbloom_Hossa_LowRiderBig Hoss drives a little slower

“Low rider don’t use no gas now
Low rider don’t move to fast” – War

By Rich Lindbloom

In the excellent Blackhawk program that they sell inside the United Center, they list the players and their likes on a variety of things. Favorite food, music, movie, hobby and cars are often noted among them. I’m not sure what kind of car Marian Hossa chose, (my guess would be along the lines of a Ferrari), but …

For one reason or another I could always envision Big Hoss cruising down the streets of Southern California in a Lowrider. To me, it seems that is just the way he rolls. There’s a coolness and pride associated with the Lowriders that seems to complement Hossa’s game. While everyone else is flying frenetically around the ice like chickens with their heads cut off, Marian just seems to be cruising. Think Pedro’s cousins-don’t touch that bike dude! Read more »

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Blackhawks too much for Kings in Game 1

By Brad Vandenberk

Let’s start round three with a question? Who held their hand high in October when the whispers of repeat were in the air? Did we honestly think that we would be facing the exact same team, this time last season for the same title?

This proves to the NHL, especially the Western Conference, this is what a competitive franchise flirting with the dynasty headline looks like. The Kings have wowed the entire NHL with their story book playoff season thus far. Both of their series ended in a game 7, beating both Shark and Ducks to win the Pacific title. It wasn’t easy being down in both scenarios and finding a way to win on the “road”. I really don’t want to use air quotes, but let’s be honest, driving down highway 1, 45 minutes to play a road game, doesn’t quite constitute as a road game. Read more »

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Regular season wraps in wild 7-5 Hawks loss in Nashville

By Brad Vandenberk

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 »

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Odds and Saads: Teravainen, Future Watch

By Chris Block

I’ve been meaning to cook up something of a weekly feature here on the site as a way of producing more regular content.  Given Monday is a notable day in this site’s history, I am finally putting that into action now with “Odds and Saads.”  My plan is for this to be a late-Sunday night for Monday thing.

The title really is more influenced by The Who album having a good ring to it as this is designed to be a freeform random thoughts and news kind of thing.  It’ll mostly be Blackhawks focused, of course, but it will not be bound by Hawks topics.

-Wanted to thank everyone who complimented the podcasts with HockeeNight and The Committed Indian last week.

If you missed it, I was on “Live from the Five Hole” with Sam and Matt from TheCommittedIndian.com site last Friday.  My segment was taped Monday night, the 10th.

You can listen to it here.  I join the show about 12 minutes in and my portion is about a half hour long.  It was mostly a discussion of prospects in Rockford, prospect development and the Brandon Pirri situation.  Read more »

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Hawks slip in Colorado and in the standings

By Brad Vandenberk

After barely beating the NHL’s worst team on Sunday in Buffalo it was now time to roll up the sleeves and get a little greasy on a trip to Colorado.  This could possibly be the Hawks first round playoff match up with some differences of course.  Yes, the Hawks have lost to the Avs 3/4  times this year.  But let’s be honest, in a 7 game series when Coach Q starts matching up lines, then we will see how things will play out.  Oh yeah,  and the fact that one of the best 2 way players in the game, Marian Hossa, is still on the shelf until this weekend at the earliest.  The Avalanche have the potential to pass the Hawks in the Central division with a regulation win.  The good news is the Hawks will be done with Roy and the boys after this one.  Read more »

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Central division race tightens; Avs pull to within a point of the Hawks after 4-2 win at the UC

By Brad Vandenberk

Now that the Olympics have claimed its victor and the Stadium Series business is behind us, its time to shift focus to the NHL playoff chase.  On the eve of the trade deadline, the Chicago Blackhawks host the Colorado Avalanche.  The Avs entered the contest trailing the Hawks by three points in the standings.  To make Tuesday night’s matchup even more meaningful, Colorado also has a game in hand on the defending champs in a tight race atop the Central division between the Avs, Hawks and Blues.

As we sit on March 4, 2014 the Hawks have 20 games remaining in their schedule with the pesky Avs nipping at their heels. While the St Louis Blues began the evening tied with the Hawks at 86 points (St. Louis won 4-2 over Tampa on Tuesday night to climb to 88 points].  This will make for a great finish heading into the playoffs.  The bad news coming out of the Madhouse on Madison is that Marian Hossa will be on the shelf for approximately 2-3 weeks with an upper body injury suffered in Saturday night’s affair at Soldier Field.  This next stretch without him will be a very tough test as no one can play as good a 200 foot game as Hossa.  Brandon Saad started out on the top line Tuesday night as a first-laid plan to replace Hossa alongside Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp for the time being.   Read more »

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Dud in the Desert: Hawks shut out for first time in nearly two years

By Michael Calvert

Friday night in Phoenix was the last game for the Hawks before the 3 week shutdown for the Sochi Olympics.

Patrick Kane was not available to play against the Coyotes.  Kane was on personal leave from the team in order to attend the funeral for his paternal grandfather back in Buffalo.  So, Brandon Saad moved up to the second line.  Missing Kane will never be good for the Hawks, but I doubt they will always struggle this bad offensively when down only one superstar. Read more »

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Hawks drop 2-1 shootout loss in San Jose

By Michael Calvert

This matchup between two Western conference Cup hopefuls didn’t really provide much scoring opportunities, fireworks or even a  lot of chippyness, but it still was a fairly exciting game.

The Hawks had their usual top line of Patrick Sharp and Hossa centered by Toews.  Line two had Versteeg in place of Saad with Brandon Pirri in the middle, joined of course by Patrick Kane.  The 3rd line benefited from the addition of Saad.  Along for the ride was 3rd line stalwart Andrew Shaw and old man Zus at center.

In goal was current cup hero Corey Crawford vs former cup hero Antii Niemi.  Crawford and Niemi are both beneficiaries of solid teams in front of them as they both sport a sub .920 save percentage to go along with excellent win loss percentages. Read more »

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