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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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The Playoff Legend of Ben Smith: Hawks-Nucks Game 6 Highlights

Incredible hockey game. A punch, counter-punch type affair but in the end the Blackhawks had a horseshoe in their back pocket.

Corey Schneider was a late surprise starter for Alain Vigneault. Schneider did pretty well until two and a half minutes into the third period when he pulled a muscle while attempting to stop Michael Frolik’s penalty shot score. That tied the game 3-3 after Kevin Bieksa put the Canucks up 3-2 a minute into the third frame. Roberto Luongo was sharp in relief, stopping 12 Hawks shots, 10 in overtime, until the Niklas Hjalmarsson shot Luongo seemed surprised by rebounded to overtime hero Ben Smith. Marian Hossa made the game-winner happen but it was the line of Bolland-Bickell and Frolik that carried Chicago as they did in Game 4.

In a scene straight out of the parallel universe, a huge Dave Bolland check behind the Vancouver net led to Bryan Bickell’s goal, tying the game 1-1 late in the first. Bolland struck a lucky puck twenty minutes later to answer Alex Burrows’ lead-taking tally after Corey Schneider coughed the puck up to Patrick Kane behind his goal.

Daniel Sedin and Alex Burrows (first goal and second point of the series for him) were the other Vancouver scorers. Sedin was first to the scoresheet, putting the Nucks up 1-0 early in the game after a horrible defensive play by Niklas Hjalmarsson. A nice 25-foot wrister by Burrows beat Corey Crawford’s right pad from the slot.

In this game, the Blackhawks blew a minute and forty-three second 5 on 3 man advantage and went scoreless in 6:17 of power play time overall; Patrick Kane blundered a clear breakaway straight out of the penalty box and the ‘Hawks played the 75-minute game a man-short (John Scott dressed and skated less than a minute; coach’s decision).

Go figure. Vancouver played a great road game and still lost. Luck probably runs out for the Hawks in Vancouver. Or, maybe not. Doesn’t matter. The hockey was great. Vancouver’s still the better team and capable of raising their game a notch. But the Hawks have better big-game performers. Chicago can’t play the no-pressure card anymore. They’ve won 3 in a row, have the Canucks on the ropes, play very well in Vancouver and have the Canucks’ number historically. Everyone is anticipating Vancouver to choke and they’ll need a Vezina-like performance from a supposedly ailing Roberto Luongo to win Game 7. Should be fun.

Game 7 Tuesday night in Vancouver.  Game time is now listed as 9pm central/7 pacific.  Versus broadcast nationally, ComcastSportsNet in Chicago.  Since the Chicago Bulls game Tuesday night starts at 7pm and is likely to run until around 9:30, the beginning of the Hawks-Canucks game will be shown on CSN-Plus.

NHL.com highlights

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Last night’s TTMI~Radio show

After merging with Hockeenight last week for a special 2-hour playoff preview extravaganza, TheThirdManIn~Radio returned Wednesday night to our regular home.

TheThirdManIn~Radio ~ Hammer To Fall
Wednesday April 20, 2011 ~ Right-click here to download

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On the show

– Alain Vigneault decisions leave door wide open for Blackhawks
– What to do with Roberto Luongo
– Dave Bolland’s elbow
– Another Blackhawk player who doesn’t get it
– Keith out of control
– Hawks down 3-1
– Chances, Ways to realize come back
– Suggestion for Vancouver lineup change
– Who the Hawks shouldn’t think twice to move this summer
– The Raffi Torres hit on Brent Seabrook
– How it compares to the Hjalmarsson-Pominville hit
– How the league could possibly eliminate bad hits such as those
– Did Kevin Bieksa deserve an instigator for late 3rd period fight with Viktor Stalberg in Game 4?
– Patrick Kane’s acting skill
– Blackhawks chirping
– We crowned Mr. TTMI~Radio 2011
– Plans for the show this summer
– all this and much more

BlogTalkRadio.com/TheThirdManIn ~ all the shows
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Our show returns Live on Monday night April 25th at 8pm central.  You can listen live at BlogTalkRadio.com/TheThirdManIn

ChrisBlock@TheThirdManIn.com

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Blackhawks 7, Canucks 2: Gm 4 Highlights

They have “Bad Moon Rising” on continuous repeat in B.C. tonight.

Blackhawks are still in a 3-1 hole, but are now back in the series, relieved by the “no pressure – nothing to lose” position they earned over the previous 85 games.

NHL.com has the Game 4 and some guy named Bolland – highlights.

Game 5 in Vancouver on Thursday night.

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2011 WCQF Gm 1 CHI-VAN Highlights

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Lindbloom: The Phantom of Rogers Arena

The Phantom of Rogers Arena

The Phantom of the Rogers Arena

Floating, falling, sweet intoxication!
Touch me, trust me savour each sensation!
Let the dream begin
let your darker side give in
to the power of the music that I write –
the power of the music of the night. –
 Charles Hart

I’m guessing most Blackhawk fans have never been to a musical – if you haven’t, skip this paragraph and go right to the one where it starts out, “We got a rope, we got a tree, all we need is a referee.” For those of you who have, I’m sure you would agree that the human voice has the uncanny power to evoke emotion sequestered away in the dark recesses of our hearts. If you just spend a moment reading the lyrics to the song Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera, you’ll discover one of those gems whose worth can never be told. The song actually helped me get over the Blackhawk victory that was snatched away somewhere in the depth’s or Rogers Arena Friday night. While I tossed and turned, reflecting on the “phantom” calls that contributed to our demise, I finally surrendered “to my darkest dreams.” Read more »

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NHLPA Player opinion poll on franchises, coaches, rule changes and peers

Less than half of current NHL players recently participated in a voluntary poll presented by the National Hockey League Player’s Association and the CBC television network in Canada.  Of the 318 players who did return surveys, 11% identified the Chicago Blackhawks as the team they’d most-like to play for.  And 7% choose the United Center as their favorite arena to play in.

Duncan Keith, the reigning Norris Trophy award winner, finished 5th in the category of toughest defenseman to play against.  Keith received three percent of the votes in that query.  Patrick Sharp ranked 3rd in the most-underrated player category, tied with New Jersey center Travis Zajac with each receiving 3.5% of votes.  That’s something of an arbitrary category.  Frans Nielsen, who got the 2nd most votes for most-underrated, is a sneaky-skilled player but he’s not in the league of Sharp or Dallas Stars winger Loui Eriksson, who led the voting by a slim margin over Nielsen (5 goals, 16 assists, 43gp).

In Joel Quenneville, the Blackhawks have the league’s 5th most desired coach, according to players polled.  Quenneville received 6% of votes tallied, behind Guy Boucher (8%), Dave Tippett (8%), Mike Babcock (18%) and Dan Bylsma (21%).  Bylsma was obviously aided by how well he came off in the HBO 24/7 series.

Here’s the entire list of questions and top vote getters: Read more »

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