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I want to give you credit for this article. I have to admit I didn't expect a lot from the articles on this site after I saw the Game 1 review. This is a great review and it's nice to see some respect and objective views. It's not over until it's over but it shouldn't be impossible to give your opponents some credit. I was very impressed with that Ben Smith in Game 2, obviously made a few mistakes, but for a 22 year old kid with 7 prior NHL games under his belt, he was very calm and poised and seems to have good hockey sense. And Crawford has, in general, been very good; the stats don't do him justice. Anyway, I wanted to say thanks for a very well-written and objective article that deserves some kudos. Great job.
The Hawks better hope the Canucks don't bring any of their one-dimensional play on the road. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
I know you're "confused," but please read the names of the writers on the articles you're commenting on before you start talking shit. Just because we share a site doesn't mean we agree on everything, and I was pretty complimentary to your team in this post. I haven't said one thing about the fans of the Cancucks out of respect for the competition, but you're coming close to being the first person I call an asshole Canucks fan.
It is fairly clear the size and agressiveness difference from last year to this year. We are getting pushed around and are winning very few one on one puck battles. Overall it was quite a good year despite the mass exodus at the end last year, and hopefully stan can remedy some of these issues.
Damn Jeff, that was a pretty good wrap. On Hansen's goal, Ben Smith seemed mesmerized by Sedin behind the net. Just curious, shouldn't he have looked behind him and picked Hansen up?
Rich, completely agree on that as well. I tried to keep the praise with Smith, because he was the main reason the 'Hawks were even in the game at all. I feel Leddy's positioning ultimately is what did the Blackhawks in on that goal, however, because it gave Sedin a clear look to the streaking Hansen. Yes, Smith needs to keep site of his man. I just would have liked to see Leddy make a bit more of an effort than just laying his stick out there in hopes the puck hits it.
I totally agreed with your Leddy comments. I may be nuts, but it appears Leddy was more comfortable withthe puck than Keith - obviously an unfair comparison due to minutes played, but Dunc got to pick it up. Great to get a boxing synopsis back again
Duncan Keith looked horrible & for that matter so did Seabrook. This D has been giving up too many mistakes, both in the offensive & defensive zones. Here is a message to the D. Why must you always wind up for that slapshot. By the time you need the player is in position to block it. Use a wrist shot, just get the PUCK TO THE NET. & how can the Hawks win a game with a guy like Pisani on its team. This guy shouldn't even be in the league but I guess that just goes to show you how inept this league is. If Pisani is still playing anyone could play. & Kane now that you got rocked, it looks like you are afraid. Toews is driven, the only guy i see with heart, if it wasn't for that puck slipping off his stick at times, this guy is due. But I give credit for Nuckers intensity, especially their 4th line. 2-0 maybe ends up being 4-1.
Phil, I appreciate your pessimism. I wrote a good chunck of it myself because, frankly, there isn't a ton to get wet over. While I'm still optomistic, I guess I'm not going to start stating the reasons why because the fact remains the 'Hawks are down 0-2 for more bad reasons than good. I saw people questioning this team with profanity-laced tirades in Jan/Feb wondering why the 'Hawks even deserve to make the playoffs. Now the Blackhawks can't figure out a team which is superior, might have two games left in the season, and now these same people are telling everyone to calm down? Nah, that doesn't seem right to me. However, let's see how the 'Hawks play on home ice before we start writing them off completely. A solid Game 3 could lead to a fantastic Game 4, and maybe the 'Hawks can head back to Vancouver for a critical Game 5. That's the "hope," anyway. Thanks for the comment, Phil.