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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Chicago Blackhawks at Calgary Flames, Monday April 20, 2009, 930 ET/730 MT

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PKC wrote:I don't see where Comrie would fit in anyways.

Shannon resigning and a few more kids in the B-Sens organization would be an easy replacement for Comrie, plus much cheaper.

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There is still a possibility that he was not completely recovered from hip surgery. Of course it is entirely possible that he will never completely recover from that surgery.

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SensFan71 wrote:
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SeawaySensFan wrote:I think if the Flames get bounced early we could have a legitimate crack at Phaneuf in the off-season.

That would be quite some lineup:
Carrie Underwood
Hillary Duff
Elisha Cuthbert

Hilary Muff is up in the air though as she is UFA and to my knowledge, there hasn't been any talks. The writing is on the wall though, big pay cut to stay.

According to Bass of Destruction, Campoli is dating Gia Allemand, who is a more than adequate replacement for Hilary.

There's a pic in the "Sens get 9th pick overall" thread (but it's being blocked here, so it must be good).

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PKC wrote:I'd like to co-game of the night this with the Boston-Montreal game.

If Montreal can't get it going tonight, then it may be over before the next game even starts.

Well, feel free to post a GDT Smile

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Here's the view of the Flames' situation from the Calgary Herald:

Young Hawks leave Flames in their dust
George Johnson, Calgary Herald 20 April 2009


Slinging a sock in his equipment bag for the long, silent flight home, Adrian Aucoin tried to make sense of the replay.

"Two games in a row, we've had the lead and let it slip away,'' he murmured.

The Chicago Blackhawks are most definitely in control, if not outright command.

In game two, the checktheir-IDs-at-the-beer-store Hawks ramped their game up another level and left the Calgary Flames beaten, bewildered and down a pair of games in this Western Conference quarter-final.

For a second game running, Mike Keenan's crew couldn't put the game to bed; were incapable of sealing the deal.

What do these guys need as a head start, anyway? That wasn't a piddly 1-0 lead they frittered away on Saturday. No sir . . . it was 2-zip. In fact, all the stars seemed to be in the ideal alignment.

They got some tangible production from their slumbering captain Jarome Iginla. And something as rare and treasured as a northern hairy-nosed wombat - an actual powerplay goal. Saints alive!

No, it certainly didn't help that Cory Sarich was hobbling around on his busted ankle, whittling the blueline manpower down to five defenceman. And the way Jordan Leopold was struggling against the current, four.

But aren't the Hawks supposed to be the applecheeked, tentative, fragile group in this series? Sure don't seem to be, given the way they've belied their youth and inexperience by storming back on both nights.

As worrisome to the Flames as their second period lapses, Chicago's top players were, across the board, better in Game 2. They're starting to warm to this playoff business. And when they really start feeling comfortable, buckle your seatbelts, make sure the safety bar is in place and keep your hands and feet inside the car - it's going to be one wild ride.

Captain Jonathan Toews scored twice. Patrick Sharp arranged one and cashed another. Patrick Kane, who looks like he should be delivering papers, not making headlines in 'em, ignited to life, as easy to get a grip on as a watermelon seed. Defenceman Duncan Keith showed Lidstrom-like poise and intuition in dealing with a revitalized Iginla.

And Nikolai Khabibulin was, well, customarily Walllike.

"I don't know why, exactly, but it's taking us a bit of time to relax and feel good with the puck,'' said Toews, who could've driven an LRT car though the hole that opened up in Calgary coverage on the game-winning goal.

"We may have won two games, but we really haven't won anything. In our minds, it hasn't even started yet.''

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From today's Globe & Mail:

Chicago coach Joel Quenneville announced after his club's game-day skate that Patrick Kane would be a game-time decision. Quenneville wouldn't say what is ailing Kane, the young scoring star who led the Hawks in power-play goals with 13 during the regular season.

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One thing's for sure, and I think we ALL agree: tonight is DO or DIE for Calgary.

Let's see if Dion can regain his form, Iggy can rally the troops and Kipper can stay sharp.

davetherave

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Keeping in mind...

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Ahhhhh! Do or Die! Do or Die!

Diddle I love this time of year.

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504Heater wrote:Ahhhhh! Do or Die! Do or Die!

Diddle I love this time of year.

War On Ice.
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Last man standing...

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shabbs wrote:Last man standing...

Hey Shabbs, no matter who wins this series, we're still hockey buds. :___:

Cheers, mate.
:drinking:

May the best team win.

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From the Chicago Daily Herald today:

Bowman sees more net crashing than years ago
By Tim Sassone | Daily Herald Staff Published: 4/19/2009 12:05 AM

As the greatest coach in NHL history, you could say Scotty Bowman knows a thing or two about hockey.

So when the Blackhawks' senior advisor is asked about Martin Havlat's overtime goal in Game 1 behing allowed to stand despite

Andrew Ladd getting tangled up with Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff in the crease, Bowman said that's the call you can expect from the officials when a defenseman causes the interference.

Replays showed Calgary defenseman Jordan Leopold bumping Ladd into the crease. The Flames claimed Ladd never tried to stop.

"They won't call that unless it comes from way out and the guy has four or five feet and keeps going and then tumbles in and knocks the goalie down," Bowman said.

Bowman says players go to the net more now than they did years ago, which has prompted the league to adopt rules protecting goalies.

"How this started is the nets used to not dislodge easily and there was a bad accident with Mark Howe playing in Hartford," Bowman said. "They decided to make the nets flexible and now they go off easier than they did before. There's no question players go to the net much more often than they used to."

It was Bowman, while coaching in Detroit, who made Red Wings left wing Tomas Holmstrom the best in the game at screening goalies and causing havoc in front of the net.

"That's why Holmstrom is so effective - he stands outside the line," Bowman said. "When I was in Detroit we had a lot of goals called back and I would say to him, 'You can't make it close (for the referees). Don't make it close.'

"I'd say, 'If that's the line, Tomas, you do a better job when you're out a foot. You block his view more and the goalie can't look around you.' We were tough on him because when he first started he would tumble into the goalie."

Bowman thought Hawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin would do a good job handling any crease pressure from Calgary because he doesn't come outside the blue paint.

"There are some goalies that come out a lot, but the further you're out you can't expect to have protection," Bowman said. "Nik is not far from the goalline."

Bowman says whatever rules the NHL has on place now for protecting goalies are far better than it was when it was automatically no goal if a player had as much as the tip of his skate in the crease.

"When you look at the way they used to have it if your foot was in the crease, that was probably the worst rule they ever had," Bowman said.

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man its going to be another night of flipping channels between the Montreal game, then to the Calgary game, unless its a later start for the Flames - Hawks game?

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930pm Eastern (inc Ottawa) 730 Mountain (inc Calgary)

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Pengrowth Saddledome is not an easy environment to play in come play-off time for opposing teams.

The biggest test for this 'Hawks team thus far IMO.

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asq2 wrote:Pengrowth Saddledome is not an easy environment to play in come play-off time for opposing teams.

The biggest test for this 'Hawks team thus far IMO.

Oh yeah. This is gonna be tough.

They can hope to split with Calgary though, but this might end up being a home team wins every game series.

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504Heater wrote:
asq2 wrote:Pengrowth Saddledome is not an easy environment to play in come play-off time for opposing teams.

The biggest test for this 'Hawks team thus far IMO.

Oh yeah. This is gonna be tough.

They can hope to split with Calgary though, but this might end up being a home team wins every game series.

No question about that.

The Blackhawks have an excellent road record this year, including their two victories in the two games at The Saddledome...so they will be aiming to win.

I can't begin to imagine how electric that building will be tonight...the Calgary fans are known to the among the best in the NHL.

Let's play hockey!
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