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Know Your Foe: Who is P.K. Subban?

Tonight, the Blackhawks continue their winning ways against early season darlings the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs currently sit 3rd place in the Atlantic Division after going 3-7-0 in their last ten games. They score as good as anyone in the league and despite missing Vezina-contending goalie Carey Price, Montreal still owns a +15 goal differential. Tonight’s matchup should be entertaining, to say the least. And, in case you’ve been living under a rock, they also carry one of the most electrifying and fun players to watch in the NHL. More >


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Cheer the Podcast: Episode 35

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The boys return after a really long hiatus to talk about the current Blackhawks roster, why Bryan Bickell is bad, potential top 6 upgrades, VILLE POKKA, and more. Listen after the jump.

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Cheer the Podcast: Episode 34

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The fellas battle through some minor technical difficulties to talk about the start of the Hawks season — including discussion on the second line, the Blackhawks defensemen, and (finally) they get to the mailbag segment. Jim also believes this team is about to be decimated by injuries.

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Acknowledging Kane and Rooting for Castro

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When is it okay to start rooting for the Blackhawks again?

I’m asking as someone who’s been disappointed, angry, and at times outraged about how Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks have handled the allegations against the star winger.

The pre-camp press conference was tone deaf and a disaster. Jonathan Toews didn’t “no comment” on an interview. Ex-Hawk Daniel Carcillo bombed his public opinions. And, of course, Kane was allowed to participate in training camp and start the season with the Blackhawks. All of those things have been heavily scrutinized by local and national reporters and personalities and, of course, in the Twitter-sphere. More >


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(Recap) Hot Start: Rangers 3 Hawks 2

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After an uneventful summer, the Chicago Blackhawks rolled in to the 2015-2016 season with new faces and a date with the New York Rangers on opening night. The banner raising ceremony was neat, if a little long, and the title defense  got off to a fairly lethargic start. A three-goal first period, capped off by a hilariously catastrophic play by Trevor Daley, was all the Blueshirts would need to sour the first game of the year. More >


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And you may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?

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I don’t really remember the first time he told me he was thinking about giving up season tickets, but I do remember that the handful of times he brought it up to me I would beg him to reconsider. My excuses for my family to drop thousands of dollars on brutal hockey was shaky at best: What if they’re good, dad? I like watching other teams’ great players come and play. You’ve had them too long to give them up. Someone who won’t appreciate the game will buy your seats.

I’m sure there were more poorly thought out reasons that I came up with.

I was probably in junior high the first time he mentioned it to me — little did we know that the futility of this franchise would last through college. I’m sure he and my mother had talked about it for much longer. We weren’t rich people, the money for season tickets wasn’t throwaway cash to us. In my late 20’s I’m just starting to understand the sacrifices that my parents made for me to play hockey 12 months a year, send me to college, and make sure that I was happy. Paying for season tickets to watch the Blackhawks seems insane to me now. More >

Cheer The Podcast: Episode 32

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Game 6 is on the horizon and the boys chat about how in the hell the Blackhawks managed to get into the driver’s seat of the Stanley Cup Final.  More >

Cheer the Podcast: Episode 31

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After dropping game 5 in OT, the Blackhawks have their backs up against the wall and Game 6 at the UC. Jeff, Jim, and Tom collectively freak out about Bryan Bickell, how the team started Game 5, and talk about what they think will happen in Game 6. Listen after the jump. More >

Cheer the Podcast: Episode 30

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On the Ed Belfour edition of Cheer the Podcast, Adam checks in from Italy while the guys talk about the longest game in Blackhawks history, the Blackhawks’ defensive issues, and what it all means as the Hawks head home. Listen after the jump. More >

Cheer the Podcast: Episode 29

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The fellas discuss how exactly the Blackhawks have turned on the jets and put themselves up 3 games to 0 on the Wild, Teuvo’s impact, and they look ahead to the next series. Listen after the jump.
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Lifter Puller: Wild 1 Hawks 4 (Series 2-0 Hawks)

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Well then.. After an uncertain 1st Round against the Preds, the Hawks appear to be rounding into Championship form this series. They’ve won both handily, the stars are shining, the supporting cast is doing its job, their goalie is solid (yes, really) and the lines and lineup are about as optimal as they can be. The Wild have not had a lead for a single second thus far and are heading back home without the smash & grab win you feel they really needed. Of course, it’s only been two games and this time last year the Hawks headed to St Paul with a similar advantage and promptly got their asses handed to them so we’ll not be getting the Corey Perry photoshops out just yet. But there’s reasons to be cheerful this morning and we’ll get to them directly.

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Cheer the Podcast: Episode #28 (Mark Bell)

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The entire stateside CtA crew got together to do talk about the Hawks vs. #perds series, what to expect against Minnesota, dream scenarios for the Blues, Q’s roster choices, and everyone makes fun of Tom for eating McDonald’s. Listen after the jump.  More >

Mini Cheer the Podcast: LOL Blues

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Tom and Jim hop on the air to talk about the Blues failures and the Jets being bad. Topics covered: Bad goaltending, sad Blues fans Tweets, is the Central Division really that good? and more…  Listen after the jump: More >

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PRESS THE BOMB!: Preds 3 Hawks 4, Series in the bag, my frents.

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This series was very much a Ugandan action movie: part entertaining, part excruciating, mostly just glad it’s over and I don’t have to look at it any more. Nashville chased Newport News, IL (or is that Lemont, Va?) native Scott Darling then blew a two-goal lead and really didn’t look like they wanted to be there, much less go to the 2nd Round (considering they’d have to visit either St Louis or St Paul, that’s completely understandable). The Hawks got it done, in regulation no less, and can take a few days off while pointing and laughing at the Blues & the Wild. let’s get into it:

 

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Uhhhh……. NASHEY COUGAR! Perds 2 Hawks 4 (Series 2-1 Hawks)

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Before we go any further, that headline refers to this which led my web-designer brother to create this .

Anyway, Nicolas-Cage based antics aside, this series is now 2-1 and the Hawks now have a chance to make the return to Nashville an elimination game (Which sounds like a tortuous setup for a urine -based pun, but I won’t go there…heh, heh).  Despite some reversals , especially in the immediate aftermath of scoring a goal, and some curious coaching decisions, the Blackhawks dominated this one for long stretches and were well worth the win. Shall we address the matter at hand? We shall.

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Too many Urkels: Game 3 Preview

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Somehow this series is tied 1-1. The Blackhawks deserve to be opening up game 3 at United Center down 2-0 and needing to be desperate. They’re still comfortable right now, it seems. They’ve miraculously taken home ice advantage back despite being the worse team in both contests.

The goaltending “controversy” happening in Chicago is taking center stage in the media and even in the locker room. Scott Darling is getting the start this afternoon, but that’s masking the fact that the Hawks have been hot garbage in front of whichever guy is standing in the blue paint and it’s been that way for weeks.

To describe why the Hawks have been, well, pretty bad recently let’s turn to Chicago native Kanye WestMore >


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Dumbness Abounds

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You know it’s the playoffs when the Tribune’s Dumbass-In-Chief, David Haugh,  stops fretting about Kris Bryant long enough to give we mere mortals the benefit of his wisdom. Yesterday, he pinched off a real steamer about the “Goalie Controversy” ahead of Game 2. Needless to say, it’s down to his usual level of gibberish but fear not, intrepid reader, I’ve gone behind the paywall so you don’t have to.

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You’ve got Tennessee tendencies and chemical dependencies: Hawks 4 Perds 3 2OT

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Hello and welcome to Narrative Heaven.  Last night had a bit of everything, didn’t it? A first period meltdown, Roszival and Shaw being terrible, the goalie getting pulled and replaced by the “local” boy, the comeback, the fourth year in a row we go to overtime in the Hawks’ Game 1, action, drama, redemption, MOAR OVERTIME and finally Victory and a win on the road that starts this series off the Flahavans’ Way.  In addition, I was kept up until 6am by Playoff hockey.. oh, how I’ve missed that.

Let’s get into this, shall we?

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Playoff Beered II

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Those of you who were around this site last year may recall that, rather than shaving off my beard and regrowing it, I instead chose to brew a beer during the playoffs with the eventual aim of using it to toast victory. The beer turned out just fine but, sadly, was imbibed a little sooner than planned.  Oh well.

 

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Killed By Death: Blues 2 Hawks 1

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“To Piss On One’s Chips”  is defined thus by Urban Dictionary:

“…to really mess something up for yourself (rather than for someone else) with an unnecessary and/or stupid act….The origin of the expression is from the scenario in the UK of a guy buying some takeaway chips (french fries for any US readers) after an evening’s drinking.

Finding that he then needs a piss on the way home, the inebriated guy finds a quiet spot somewhere then and puts his chips on the ground nearby while he relieves himself. In his drunken state he then accidentally pisses on his chips, thus depriving himself of his meal through his own carelessness and stupidity”.

 

A better definition would be the highlights of last night’s game, with special attention paid to Michal Roszival.

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The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place: Hawks @ Jets Preview

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It gets really grim when the Blackhawks have a day off after a particularly demoralising defeat. As a fanbase we take to social media and comment threads en masse in order to tear our hair and each others throats out. Considering that this specific defeat is the third  really bad one in the last four games, the angst levels have been redlining. That’s not to say this is without good reason: losing three out of four is never a Good Thing, but losing them to non-playoff teams in abject fashion makes it far worse. It isn’t even so much the lowly status of the Stars, Flyers and Beej that stings, it’s the patheric capitulation by the Hawks in those losses (and you can include the win over the Canes in that, too: the Hawks did their level best to fuck that up as well).  just four games ago we were coming off a successful trip to New York talking about a run at the Division. Now the Hawks are (at least temporarily) in the Wild Card mix and we’re looking anxiously over our shoulders at Winnipeg.

 

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Cheer The Podcast: Episode 26

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The boys take on the last week of Blackhawks action and discuss Q’s roster usage, the effectiveness of Brad Richards, and what’s going on with the rest of the playoff picture on the Jocelyn Lemieux episode. Listen after the jump.

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Insert Neil Young Quote Here: Hawks @ Canes Preview

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This effing Hockey Team.. right after I bigged them up in relation to the Central (and by default, Western) title race, on the back of a shutout of the Rags, the Hawks go and #Cube one up against the out-of-it-even-if-they-don’t-believe-it-themselves Stars.  Guess those are the breaks. What made it doubly annoying was the Wings making it three straight losses (albeit with loserpoints involved) for the Blues. Boy, St Louis must be looking forward to a playoff series against Minnesota the way one looks forward to a proctological examination. Anyway, stuff:

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Contains No MSG: Hawks 1 Rags 0 and what lies ahead..

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OK, that one felt pretty good, despite it not being a “classic” but rather a tight, disciplined effort from both sides, backed up by excellent goaltending. Could have gone either way but Brad Richards popped up late in the 3rd and clearly greatly enjoyed his goal against the team that scratched him in the playoffs ahead of buying him out last offseason (although I’m sure he enjoys cashing the checks they’ll be writing him till the sun goes supernova more), Scott Darling earned his first NHL shutout and the Hawks leave the Empire State with four points from two games against two of the East’s best.

 

That was a short recap, hey? Let’s talk more stuff, specifically how the rest of this season looks..

 

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Cheer the Podcast: Episode 25

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It’s the Matt Carey Cam Barker Jerome Dupont episode. In the first cast since Pat Kane’s collarbone become more than one piece the guys discuss the implications of the injury, the replacements acquired to help soften the blow and of course there’s plenty of Teuvo talk after his big game against the Rangers. We do wonder if Patrick Sharp will ever emerge from urinal trough he’s been stuck in for the better part of two months however.

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