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61Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago - Page 5 Empty Re: Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago on Sat May 02, 2009 10:01 am

shabbs


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davetherave wrote:
shabbs wrote:Game 2 is at 9:00pm EST tonight!

Shabbs...I got you a Nucks jersey for the game, my friend... Wink

Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago - Page 5 Shabbs10

Wicked!

62Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago - Page 5 Empty Re: Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago on Sat May 02, 2009 10:04 am

davetherave


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The view from a Chicago perspective this game day:

chicagotribune.com
STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

Young Blackhawks gain confidence despite loss

Loss in Game 1 may teach young Hawks a lesson

By Chris Kuc, Chicago Tribune, May 2, 2009

VANCOUVER, Canada -- Chalk it up as another learning experience for the Blackhawks.

Their 5-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals Thursday night might have been a disappointing start to the best-of-seven series, but it was another step in the development of the NHL's youngest team.

"They're receptive to learning and to understanding," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "We made a lot of progress in our team game and understanding situations and the importance of big shifts. There's a message going forward for sure.

"Every game with this young group, especially in the playoffs, [has] so many things you can learn from. It's basically on-the-job training. Every day it's been progressing in the right fashion. The lessons we learned in Calgary and here can help us."

In Game 1 against the Canucks, the lessons included the importance of staying out of the penalty box and the knowledge that Vancouver's star goaltender Roberto Luongo can be beaten. The Hawks scored three times in the third period against Luongo, a furious comeback that fell short when Sami Salo took advantage of a defensive miscue and won it for Vancouver with just over a minute remaining.

Now the Hawks look ahead to Game 2 on Saturday night at General Motors Place with a better understanding of what they must do to bring the series to Chicago tied at one game apiece.

Lesson No. 1: limit penalties.

The Hawks spent much of Thursday's first period killing three penalties, including a four-minute double-minor, high-sticking infraction against Andrew Ladd.

"We have to stay out of the box," Ladd said. "It killed most of our momentum at the start of the game. Confidence in terms of knowing how we need to play and what we need to do to be successful against these guys can help going forward."

The penalties helped the Canucks to a three-goal lead after two periods, but the Hawks came back strong against a goaltender who had shut them out for five consecutive periods dating to the regular season.

"We were able to mount that comeback and that goes a long way to things we've learned about Vancouver and about ourselves," winger Patrick Sharp said. "All season long our team never gives up. We keep fighting. Even after tough losses we find the positives."

No positive on the syllabus was bigger than solving Luongo, who dominated the St. Louis Blues in the first round and looked unbeatable during Thursday's first two periods.

But Patrick Kane beat him twice in the third period.

"It was big for the whole team to get three in one period on him to know that we can beat him," Kane said. "Before that we went five straight shutout periods against him. Getting three in one period gives us a little confidence. And who knows, maybe we shattered a little bit of his confidence."

Their Game 6 victory in Calgary to close out the first-round series taught the Hawks they could be successful on the road, which is paramount with the Canucks holding home-ice advantage.

"We owe them one," Hawks defenseman Brian Campbell said. "We're excited to move forward and get our first game in this series."

ckuc@tribune.com

63Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago - Page 5 Empty Re: Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago on Sat May 02, 2009 10:05 am

davetherave


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shabbs wrote:
davetherave wrote:
shabbs wrote:Game 2 is at 9:00pm EST tonight!

Shabbs...I got you a Nucks jersey for the game, my friend... Wink

Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago - Page 5 Shabbs10

Wicked!

Stylin' on you, bro!

cool)

Cheers

64Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago - Page 5 Empty Re: Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago on Sat May 02, 2009 9:12 pm

davetherave

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Here we go......................................

:##:

65Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago - Page 5 Empty Re: Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago on Sat May 02, 2009 9:18 pm

davetherave

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...and a penalty costs the Hawks..first blood Canucks.

66Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago - Page 5 Empty Re: Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago on Sat May 02, 2009 9:20 pm

davetherave

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:KJK: Coach Q told the troops to stay out of the box...this is not starting well.

67Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago - Page 5 Empty Re: Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago on Sat May 02, 2009 9:23 pm

Hockeyhero22000

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hawks HAVE to stay out of the penalty box

68Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago - Page 5 Empty Re: Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago on Sat May 02, 2009 9:24 pm

davetherave

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It appears the Hawks are trying to make a mountain for themselves to climb. Down two because of two penalties.

Ahhhhh!

69Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago - Page 5 Empty Re: Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago on Sat May 02, 2009 9:30 pm

asq2

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Canucks are on a roll. 5 straight play-off wins thus far.

Bruins and Wings also on such a streak.

70Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago - Page 5 Empty Re: Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago on Sat May 02, 2009 9:32 pm

davetherave

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asq2 wrote:Canucks are on a roll. 5 straight play-off wins thus far.

Bruins and Wings also on such a streak.

Roll schmoll. Streaks don't count in the playoffs.

Toews is injured. That's clear.

71Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago - Page 5 Empty Re: Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago on Sat May 02, 2009 9:34 pm

asq2

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davetherave wrote:
asq2 wrote:Canucks are on a roll. 5 straight play-off wins thus far.

Bruins and Wings also on such a streak.

Roll schmoll. Streaks don't count in the playoffs.

Toews is injured. That's clear.

Not entirely sure about that. Winning is infectious.

I'm not saying they're unbeatable, just that they are extremely confident right now, and that can be a great advantage.

72Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago - Page 5 Empty Re: Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago on Sat May 02, 2009 9:38 pm

davetherave

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asq2 wrote:
davetherave wrote:
asq2 wrote:Canucks are on a roll. 5 straight play-off wins thus far.

Bruins and Wings also on such a streak.

Roll schmoll. Streaks don't count in the playoffs.

Toews is injured. That's clear.

Not entirely sure about that. Winning is infectious.

I'm not saying they're unbeatable, just that they are extremely confident right now, and that can be a great advantage.

If your logic was correct, the Hawks would have won the last game because they were on a 'two win streak'.

Streaks don't count.

The Canucks were shaky in Game One, and almost blew the game.

In the playoffs, it's one at a time.

Right now, the Hawks are in trouble, and they have to find a way. Doing it without their Captain--who is not even 50% right now--is going to be tough.

I do not have a good feeling about this.

73Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago - Page 5 Empty Re: Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago on Sat May 02, 2009 9:40 pm

asq2

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Canucks were on a 'four win streak.' Razz

All I'm saying is, evidently the Canucks are confident, and bounces are going their way. There is no better time for this to happen than now.

'Hawks can't use that as an excuse for losing a game, but have to overcome that.

74Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago - Page 5 Empty Re: Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago on Sat May 02, 2009 9:45 pm

davetherave

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asq2 wrote:Canucks were on a 'four win streak.' Razz

All I'm saying is, evidently the Canucks are confident, and bounces are going their way. There is no better time for this to happen than now.

'Hawks can't use that as an excuse for losing a game, but have to overcome that.

ASQ, there are no excuses, as you know.

Bounces don't 'go your way'. You make your own luck.

Confidence is only 50% of the equation. The other part is execution.

The Canucks execute. The Hawks are not executing.

The reasons can be enumerated, but the result is the only thing that counts.

Pretty simple.

2-0 Canucks, last minute of the first.

Hawks need to find a way if they don't want to go back to Chicago down by two.

75Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago - Page 5 Empty Re: Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago on Sat May 02, 2009 10:19 pm

davetherave

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Luongo made an AMAZING save on Benny Eager...

76Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago - Page 5 Empty Re: Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago on Sat May 02, 2009 10:20 pm

davetherave

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AND HAWKS SCORE.

77Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago - Page 5 Empty Re: Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago on Sat May 02, 2009 10:24 pm

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I knew I should have picked Nucks in 5 :gg:

78Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago - Page 5 Empty Re: Round 2 - Vancouver Vs. Chicago on Sat May 02, 2009 10:27 pm

Nasty Nas

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pretty impressive these pesky little b astards keep coming back!
Glad this series is gonna be tight!

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