The Calgary Flames lost in a shootout to Los Angeles on Saturday, ending their 6-game winning streak. In the last 10 games, the Flames are 7-1-2. That’s 16 points out of a possible 20 — more than the last-10-game stretch for any other team in the Western Conference, and topped only by Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in the East. They have earned enough points to now leap-frog the Blackhawks in the Western Conference standings by a single point. To say this team is “streaking” is like saying the sun is kinda warm.
Jay Feaster’s ascension to the GM post has had its desired effect, so it seems.
There were many former Blackhawks to take the ice the past four days. Only three goals were scored and only four assists during these games. The goalies showed some very good success but others showed some pretty shit performances which have been expected from them as of late. There was a Brent Sopel sighting this weekend as well. I will keep the talk short so you can read about the many of games and guys that have played. Also sorry for no post on Friday, my internet went out. Hope you enjoy!
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QStache said it. I’ve heard and read others say it….
If the Blackhawks play this way the rest of the season, the playoffs will be a lock and they’ll make some noise on top of it.
Me? I’m not buying that for a second.
The problem with that statement is that we’ve said it way too often. There’s a consistent thought among us fans that we need to take the positives out of a season like this, especially knowing how embarrassing it will be for the ‘Hawks to miss the playoffs after winning the Stanley Cup just last season.
Click the jump for Boxing with ‘Hawks/Canucks, 2/4/11
Canada is known for its pacifism, however if you wear a Blackhawks jersey in downtown Vancouver you’re likely to get the snot beaten out of you. Mention the Canucks in Chicago, and the response will likely be, “Yeah, we’ve had their number for years.” Mention the ‘Hawks in Vancouver, and you’re likely to get spit on. They HAAAAYYYYTTTEEE us up there. And with good reason.
We bounced them out of the playoffs the last two years in a row, when they were convinced that they were going all the way.
There were eleven former Feather-heads on the ice last night, with one being the Stanley Cup winning goaltender. That goaltender got his 14th win to put his record above the .500 mark for the season while the other goal tender would be better off in the jail cell he deserves to be in… The other nine skaters were able to score one goal and one assist coming from unlikely players. I have included some comments about the league and other teams as well as tidbits on some of the players. Enjoy.
Click the jump for updates from the 2/2/11 games
There were 22 former Hawks to take the ice last night, which is as many inches of snow as some of our area has seen over the last 24 hours. The two goalies got no decisions, while the 20 skaters were able to produce three goals and five assists, amassing eight points. Hope that everyone is safe and sound in their house and this epic snowstorm didn’t destroy any of your property. As a Meteorology major I have been watching the development of this storm since Saturday and it is a truly amazing storm. Just be safe out there and dont shovel too much. Hopefully you can get out of this mess! Enjoy the Espo, hopefully it warms you up a little!
Click the jump for updates from the 2/1/11 games
Hey, did anyone realize it’s snowing outside? I wasn’t sure until every single person’s Facebook status told me. My windows that are clear and easy to look out of must be broken.
At least the Blackhawks got their six-game road trip off to a good start, even if they didn’t play like they’ll need to Friday in Vancouver.
The penalty kill continued to shine, the ‘Hawks actually took advantage of a 5-on-3 and Jonathan Toews was, well, Jonathan Toews. The 7-4 victory wasn’t always a walk in the park, but Marty Turco’s big stop on Jakub Voracek to keep the game tied 3-3 was all I needed to validate a rather surprising start.
I’m going to let Boxing do most of the talking tonight, as it makes it’s triumphant return. Without further ado…
Click the jump for Boxing with ‘Hawks/Blue Jackets, 2/1/11
Sure, the Blackhawks had a great time down in Raleigh rubbing elbow pads with the rich and famous. Sure, Patrick Sharp was named MVP of the All-Star Game with a goal and four (that’s right, I saw the replays, FOUR) assists. Sure, Patrick Kane tossed a did-he-just-do-that saucer pass to former mate Dustin Byfuglien that he buried so deep in the net the refs had to use repelling gear to retrieve it. Sure, Jonathan Toews did a spin-o-rama move before potting one of his own. Sure, even former Blackhawk Martin Havlat had a decent night, and every current and former Blackhawk on the ice on Sunday ended up on the scoresheet. And sure, aside from all the shenanigans in Dixie, Brian Campbell got engaged.
Hopefully our arms aren’t still sore from patting ourselves on the back, are they boys? Because vacation’s over. Enough putzing around. It’s time to go to work. Now listen up.
There were two former and four current Hawks to take the Ice in the All-Star game and they all played for team Lidstrom except for Patrick Sharp who was the All-Star Game MVP.
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Most of Patrick Sharp’s popularity stems from his good looks.
Now, he’s the most handsome All-Star Game MVP there’s ever been.
This award wasn’t for his victory in a random Internet Sexiest NHL Player contest, nor did Sharp Dressed Man play after any of his accomplishments on a national stage — a goal and two assists. It just so happens his star shined brighter than any other Sunday in Raleigh.
Not bad for a guy who gets roughly the fifth-most attention on his own team.
It’s no secret Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Marian Hossa are the most talked-about Blackhawks. The fans voted in the first three, despite Sharp having a better season when the ‘Hawks needed it most with the departures and injuries.
Hell, Sharp wasn’t even on the damn ballot.