Fishing For Two Points: Blackhawks Host Sharks

How many times can we use the phrase, “must-win” in a single year? What about “do-or-die?” Or “crunch time?” It seems I’m typing those phrases almost daily now, and this is no exception. With the Blackhawks’ OTL to the Capitals on Sunday, Chicago dropped into 7th in the Western Conference standings, just two points from having to fluff the throw pillows before playoff games.

And look who we’re playing! The San Jose Sharks, who sit first in the Pacific Division, four points ahead of us, and who are looking for a sweep in their season series against the ‘Hawks.

Long and short: if we thought Washington was a hard-fought game, this one is going to be even worse.

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The Weekend Phil Esposito (3/14/11)

Who would you rather have on your team?

OR

Who Gets more Ice time?

Photos: thesportsbank.net, echl.com

Hiya Pals! Lots-o-action this weekend in former Hawkey world.

Friday saw sixteen ex-blackhawks, which were all skaters, take the ice producing one goal and three assists for a total of four points.

Saturday there were seventeen former ‘Hawks who dressed and played. The sixteen skaters scored seven points off of five goals and two assists. Most of the goals coming from unlikely sources, while one goal and assist came from the guy I believe the ‘Hawks are really missing from last year. The one goalie had his second straight loss in a shootout, not saying who it is but hopefully tonight he does the same thing in the UC but its in regulation. (Hint Hint)

Yesterday, Sunday, nine former featherheads took the ice, with the one goalie having a rough outing but didn’t get a decision, and the eight skaters combined for one goal and three assists amounting to four points.

Hope that you enjoyed this weekend and that tonight’s game makes you even happier. If there is anyone going to the game tonight buy the guy wearing the Away Jonathon Toews Jersey sitting in section 327 , row 11 , seat 10, a bud heavy if you so choose and I may even give you a shout out in tomorrow’s post.

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Capital Punishment: Boxing with Blackhawks/Capitals

Credit: Chicago Tribune

Once again, Jonathan Toews summed it up:

“That’s two overtime losses in the last couple of games. We can’t be happy with just getting one point in each of those games. If you look at the games ahead and we keep getting to overtime, it doesn’t do us any good. It’s just about getting beyond that point of satisfaction and finding a way to win.”

And just like that, the Blackhawks are back down to 7th in the Western Conference - one point up on eighth and two up on ninth – after a 4-3 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals. Games like this aren’t going to cut it. And the fact of the matter is that the ‘Hawks were lucky enough to salvage that one point on a 6-on-4 power play with an empty net.

We can make excuses. No Dave Bolland. Limited action from Brian Campbell. But the ‘Hawks gave up a short-handed goal and got pretty damn lucky with good bouces on all three of their goals. The Capitals scored on defensive breakdowns and were much more solid the entire day.

Oh, and the Blackhawks didn’t get ONE SINLGE SHOT on net in nearly four minutes of overtime. Crap.

I’ll send you on your way to Boxing with this thought: Please, for the love of God, play Marty Turco tomorrow, Q. Please. Crow needs a break heading into another two-game trip. The game is too big and means too much to be strolling out a tired goaltender. It won’t mean you’ve lost faith in Crow, Q. It means your guy needs a break. Give it to him.

If I could do some hockey betting on this, I’d say Q still starts him. Damnit.

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“Grab Yer SAC!” Umm, no thanks, Bruce…

Any of you who watched the “Penguins/Capitals 24/7″ show on HBO got an earful of Capitals Head Coach Bruce Boudreau hitting below the belt on his team in the locker room following the latest in a string of humiliating losses due to lackluster play. The quote above was the most memorable of the diatribe.

As if getting checked for a hernia wasn’t humiliating enough, now we have this ringing in our heads.

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Who’s Free Monday? We’re Giving Away Hawks/Sharks Tickets!

Once again, the generous folks at StubHub.com have hooked us up ~big time~ with some tickets to a stretch run game against the Western Conference rival San Jose Sharks– and YOU can have a chance to win them!

We’re having a random drawing tonight (Friday) at midnight CST.

All you need to do is: go to our page on Facebook, find the status announcing the ticket giveaway, and “Like” that status. Simple!

Winner will be chosen at random and notified soon thereafter about ticket delivery.

It’s Blackhawks vs. Sharks, Monday night at the United Center. And you could be there!

Big “thank you” again to our friends atStubHub.com for making this possible. Thanks for participating, and good luck!

The Daily Phil Esposito (3/11/11)

"All I needed was a change in scenery."

Photo: blogspot.com

There were seventeen former ‘Hawks to take the ice last night. Of the fourteen skaters there was only one point recorded and that by Shawn Thornton which was an assist. The three goaltenders combined for a 2-0-1 record, with two really good performances and one not so good performance. Oh yea, and Bonehead Boynton made his Flyer debut, lets just say it was nothing special. Enjoy your weekend!

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Confederacy of Dunces: Overreaction To Chara Hit On Pacioretty

The last 48 hours have seen one of the most staggering displays of emotional overreaction, knee-jerk stupidity, and just plain moronic behavior, all because of 0.15 seconds of hockey that took place at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Below is the video of the check that Boston Bruins’ defenseman Zdeno Chara leveled on Montreal Canadiens’ forward Max Pacioretty. If you have not seen this, and are squeamish in any way, take a pass. I don’t want you to vomit on your keyboard.

The end result was about what you’d expect. Pacioretty is currently at Montreal General Hospital with a severe concussion and a non-displaced fracture to the 4th cervical vertebrae. Non-medical interpretation: he broke his neck, but not enough to cause paralysis.

So that happened. And then, following the league’s disciplinary hearing with Chara, it was announced that Chara would not receive a fine or suspension. And then, IQ’s all over Christendom dropped by 50 points, and all hell broke loose.

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The Daily Phil Esposito (3/10/11)

"Some days I choose to be an idiot and asshole on the ice, last night was not one of them"

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There were thirteen former ‘Hawks on the pond last night. The one goalie came back from a devastating eye injury (yea right), and took a huge loss, while the skaters provided just two points. One goal coming from the only Flame-r and one assist coming from an unlikely source ending a scoreless streak.

On other thoughts, I am unsure whether or not St. Louis’s goal was legal. I mean it was a great shot and move, but I think the puck stopped there for a second. Oh well, that just shows you need to be able to score in the shootout and not lay and egg… Enjoy today’s post.

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Shake It Off: ‘Hawks Try To Stay Grounded Against Bolts

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It was one game. And really, it was just one period. The Blackhawks ran circles around the Panthers and launched 29 shots on goal in the second and third on Tuesday night. They just didn’t get the bounces and were up against a very talented, very lucky goaltender guarding the twine.

So, that happened. Cough it up, spit it out, and forget about it. Tonight we’re playing one of the hottest, most talented teams in the Tampa Bay Lightning. We’re going to have to put together a 60-minute performance that looks like our 40-minute performance last night.

The LAST 40 minutes.

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The Daily Phil Esposito (3/9/11)

Who the hell is this guy...

Photo: bleacherreport.com

There were twenty-two former featherheads to swarm the ice last night. The two goaltenders picked up wins while the skaters added four goals and five assists to amass nine points. Big stand outs were Travis Moen, Martin Havlat, and Tim Brent, each one posting two points. Disappointing to see the ‘Hawks lose to a team like Florida, but hopefully it lights a fire under their asses for tonight’s game! Enjoy!

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