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An Evening With El Diablo : Blackhawks 5 – Devils 2

(Scott Strazzante/Tribune photo)

(Scott Strazzante/Tribune photo)

Sincerest apologies for the late recap….

I’m still not sure I quite understand how it’s possible New Jersey only managed twelve shots on goal in a professional hockey game. Obviously everybody knows that the Devils play a very conservative style, but this was dreadfully boring even for them. How lopsided was the possession game? Only seven face-offs the entire game took place inside the Blackhawks zone. SEVEN! There were forty six total in the contest. You can’t spend that much time in your own zone against a team like the Blackhawks and expect to have any sort of chance to get even a point. I don’t care who you are or what your philosophy is – you have to score some goals when you’re playing a team like the ‘Hawks.

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300 Level & Sinking 12/23/13

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Hello, Calgary

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300 Level & Sinking 12/22/13

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Think I’ll go out to Alberta, weather’s good horrible there in the Fall Winter

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You’re Tired and You Don’t Show It: Shootout Boxing with Canucks (3) and ‘Hawks (2)

(Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

(Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

You’ve likely read most everything regarding last night’s 3-2 shootout loss to the hated Canucks, so I’ll try and be brief throughout some points and into Boxing.

– With Vancouver playing the second of a back-to-back – three in four nights overall – and the ‘Hawks coming off three days rest, the first period went about as expected. The Blackhawks outshot the Canucks 10-3 and, as evident by the chart seen below via Extra Skater, they pretty much dominated the play. Kris Versteeg got the ‘Hawks on the board with a deflection of Patrick Kane’s shot for the period’s only goal.

Fenwick chart for 2013-12-20 Canucks 3 at Blackhawks 2 (SO)

– As you can see, though, Vancouver turned it up a notch after a period of finding their legs and held the ‘Hawks relatively at bay, save for Kane’s goal less than five minutes into the second. The Canucks tightened up and clogged the neutral zone, allowing them to put more chances on net before tying the game.

– Antti Raanta could’ve been better, but each of those goals came off deflections. Kassian’s goal deflected in off Brent Seabrook’s inner leg and changed the puck’s trajectory. Raanta made a valiant effort on the second goal to go post-to-post, but Sedin got enough lift on a loose puck to get it off Raanta’s shoulder and into the net. Shit happens.

– That shootout was fucking agonizing and I hated every second of it. Especially when Lack somethefuckhow was able to snatch Kane’s backhand. I read Kane’s lips on TV and he explained it perfectly: “No fucking way.”

– The Blackhawks failed to score on the power play after going the last 10 games with at least one power-play goal. Kane said he thought the PP let the team down, but Vancouver has killed off 29 of their last 30 penalties and leads the NHL with a 90.2 PK percentage. Something had to give, and it so happened to be the ‘Hawks PP.

– Adam, Jim and I would like to thank Piece in Wicker Park for their hospitality while we were easily the most animated people in the place watching the game.

– Losing to Vancouver is never fun – at all – and it’s especially frustrating when blowing a two-goal lead to those assholes, but, well, whatever. 5-1-1 over the last seven ain’t so bad. Just pound the Devils on Monday.

Brief Boxing…

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300 Level & Sinking 12/21/13

 

 

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Alberta or Bust after the jump

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Theatre Is The Life Of You: Canucks @ Hawks Preview

Bob appears to be enjoying this a little too much..

These guys again, hey?

Last time out the Hawks escaped the Rogers Arena in Vancouver by the skin of their teeth, thanks mainly to an outstanding performance from Corey Crawford who withstood a late Nucks siege after the Hawks scored twice in nine seconds to erase an early 5-on-3 goal from Ryan Kesler. Since then both team have been hot as hell, with a successful Circus Trip for the Hawks leading onto a series of 6-goal games. The Canucks also went on a hot streak, winning 7 in a row until they lost in a Shootout to Minnesota and then got walloped by the Stars last night. Obviously, the Hawks had their own unhappy landings against Minny, Anaheim and Toronto. They also don’t have Crawford and Antti Raanta makes his 8th consecutive start tonight.

 

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300 Level & Sinking 12/20/13

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Progress is made after the jump

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300 Level & Sinking 12/18/13

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More on PlAstiKK D’avE’s Dead Pool after the Jump

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Cohesion: Hawks 3 Preds 1

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How Bryan Bickell stayed in shape

 

The Good News: The Hawks returned to the scene of their worst performance of the year and came out with a modicum of pride restored and, more importantly, two points

The Bad News: There are still four more games against Nashville this season.

 

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Cheer the Podcast: Episode 2

Cheer the Podcast Episode 2 (12/16/13): Topics covered include 24/7′s HBO coverage of the Maple Leafs-Red Wings Winter Classic, Bryan Bickell’s return to the Blackhawks lineup and its implications on the rest of the roster, plus reader e-mails and a look into the close of the calendar year for the Blackhawks schedule.

Click below to listen through WordPress’ media player, and the iTunes link can be found here. Be sure to subscribe, rate and review us on there while filling our mailbag at cheerthepodcast@gmail.com