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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Vancouver Canucks at Chicago Blackhawks, Tuesday, May 5, 2009, 8pm ET/7pm Chicago

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Cap'n Clutch


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davetherave wrote:
Hockeyhero22000 wrote:hawks have to come out charged next game bang some bodies and establish the tone and not let vancouver dictate hwo they are goign to play...as seen in the first two games when the hawks dictate play they dominate the nucks not sure there is much to over think about they just didnt seem ready to play tonight ...they need to come ready to play and play intese desparate hockey next game to tie up this series

HH...let's call it what it is.

Canucks played great.

Hawks played like crap.

Forget this one.

Gotta win the next one.

Spoken like a true Hawks fan. Just kidding. Seriously though I think the "great" play of the Nucks contributed to the "crap" play of the Hawks.

Lets also not forget that the Hawks were down by 3 goals in game one then 2 goals in game 2 and then 3 goals in game 3. The Hawks should worry about containing the Nucks early and showing up for the game at puck drop me thinks.

davetherave


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Of course, Cap...spoken like a True Hawks Fan Since 1961. And proud of it.

:D:

davetherave


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Another perspective from Chicago...from ESPN Chicago's Al Cimaglia...

Poor effort puts pressure on Hawks

The Hawks miss a great opportunity to take control

May 5, 2009, 10:12 PM/Al Cimaglia, ESPNChicago.com

The Blackhawks had a few advantages going into this game.

They were coming off an impressive road victory and would have the energy from the home crowd to feed off of. Next, the Canuck injury report should have provided an edge for the Hawks. Vancouver was without two regulars, Sami Salo and Pavol Demitra.

In the end, none of that mattered as the Canucks were by far the better team and skated away with a well deserved 3-1 victory.

The Hawks came out with energy and had some scoring chances on Roberto Luongo. Although Vancouver took over nine minutes to record two shots on goal, as the period went on, the Canucks gained a territorial edge in play. Vancouver took advantage of a turnover and poor defensive coverage to score their first tally. The Canucks wound up with a first period one-goal advantage but unfortunately, Patrick Kane provided them with an early second period power play.

Kane made an unnecessary hooking penalty in the offensive zone at 19:20 of the first frame. The penalty was deserved as Kane was guilty of a brain cramp and also was a bit lazy. The Canucks came out in the 2nd period and scored on the power play and things were looking uncomfortably familiar.

The Hawks tried to rally as usual but this time it wasn't the same.

Vancouver deserves all the credit as they played a smart, effective road game. They were able to execute much better than the Hawks and took the crowd out. They didn't have to be fancy as they managed the puck well and their defense played a strong game. The Blackhawks made enough mistakes to provide all the scoring chances the Canucks needed.

Before the game I was concerned about the young Hawk defensemen, Cam Barker and Niklas Hjalmarsson, being pressured into mistakes by the Canucks. Those two were fine. Actually, Hjalmarrson was very good.

Ironically, it was the Hawks top defensive unit of Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith that had trouble. I have not had to write "Keith" and "bad" in the same sentence very often this season. On Tuesday, Mr. Keith had an off night and his partner wasn't able to bail him out.

Good play makes for good fortune as the Canucks didn't miss Demitra at all. Actually, he may have trouble getting his regular spot back because Mason Raymond had a fine game and was one of the best Canucks. The line of Raymond, Ryan Kessler and Mats Sundin were dominant throughout the night.

As far as missing Salo, the Canucks defense appeared to not skip a beat. The Hawks did not help their cause because of sloppy play and by not getting more chances on Luongo. The Canuck defenders did have a lot to do with the Hawks only getting 21 shots on goal. The Vancouver defense had 21 blocked shots so Luongo was really assisted by his mates.

The Blackhawks had all the advantages going into this contest and now they will have to deal with all the pressure on Thursday night. It was a very disappointing evening as this was the worst total effort from the Hawks in either playoff series.

SeawaySensFan

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I enjoyed watching the Hawks eliminate the Wings in 1965 on NHL Network yesterday. Complete with Bobby Hull post-game interview.

shabbs

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Hey, that was the Hawks first loss on home ice last night in these playoffs... very interesting.

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Well big game for vancouver tonight gentlemen, any predictions?

I'm really neutral on this one, a real coin tosser

Hockeyhero22000

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hawks take it 4-2 empty netter GO HAWKS GO!!!!!!

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ok guys, tell why in nutshell,

chic, youth + khabi
van for experience or luongo alone ??

Hockeyhero22000

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The youth did not put forth a good effort last game and coach Quinville will not let the hawks play another game like that plus the hawks are goign to be fired up to win at home after losing one they are a resiliant team

shabbs

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Let's do this!!!!!

Beer is in hand.

davetherave

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Hey team, this is the thread for Tuesday's game...suggest we move the discussion over to the Vancouver-Chicago thread or the chatroom
Smile

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Hockeyhero22000 wrote:The youth did not put forth a good effort last game and coach Quinville will not let the hawks play another game like that plus the hawks are goign to be fired up to win at home after losing one they are a resiliant team

hmm, at this point, i have to agree with you ...

caissie_1

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Nice goal from the grinders and a great save by Louuuu!!!!

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