Thursday, April 29, 2010

Around the UC:


-Mayor Daley's Conference Semifinals Wager:




Buff: "Wherever I'm going to get the ice time. Whatever they want me to do I'll go out there, and I'll do it."

Buff: "That's the way it is. We had a good time last year. It's a new year, and my job hasn't changed."

Buff: "It won’t be a big deal. I wasn't gone too long. It'll be easy." won’t be a big deal. I wasn't gone too long. It'll be easy."



Ladd: "I think the team goals and what we're trying to do in here trumps anything personal that goes on. On both parts, just looking forward to playing and doing what's best for the team."

Ladd: "It was what it was, I guess. It was funny, at times, I guess. But like I said, for me, what we're trying to do in here is a lot more important than that."



Kane recalls the day:

“I probably had the worst morning I could possibly have. I missed a meeting and saw an accident on the way home [from the morning skate-around]. You’re kind of shaken up, and then you come to the game and you get that feeling that something is going to happen.”

“I slept in. It was like a 9:30 meeting. I was supposed to wake up at 8:30. I usually wake up an hour before going to the rink.

”I probably hit the snooze button, and I must have dismissed it a few times and I remember waking up to my phone ringing off the hook at like 9:47. I got out of bed and rubbed my eyes and got right over there.”

“Sometimes you just don’t know how your day is going to go."



Niemi: "It's been a really long stretch. You have to save your energy a little bit for the games. We've had days off in the middle of the series (so) it's just a matter of keeping focused more on the games and in practices too."


-Redeye: Today's Paper:




Luongo: "He's going to be a big-body presence and I'm going to have to fight through it."

Luongo: "They've got a lot of weapons and can score a lot of different ways. They'll have guys around the net and they'll have some bodies out front. (Patrick) Kane and (Jonathan) Toews will be on the goal line or throwing pucks from the corner off me and trying to get rebounds."



Coach Q: ''We'll have the attention of last year's playoff -- the rivalry was definitely created then. I anticipate that being in place. The same old, same old, fighting each other for six games, fighting for positioning, fighting for wins, [and] fighting for loose pucks creates that animosity towards one another. It grows, and all of a sudden you see them next year and it's there.''

Kane: ''It all started last regular season when there was a big brawl at the end of the game. Every time we play each other it seems something interesting happens every game.''





-Videos from Thursdays Practice:

Ladd


Kane


Coach Q



-Not the about the Hawks but I thought this was a really cool story: Brooks Laich changes a tire after Game 7 (Great Read!)


Number 10 on his back, Hey it's Sharp Attack!

On today's Sharp Attack!:

-Sharp: "Oh my god, game 5 in the United Center was one of the most exciting games I have ever seen or been apart of. I'm not gonna say we had doubts but when you're short handed with a minute left and you're down a goal. You can't be counting on the victory."

-On the United Center in game 5: "That's as loud as it can get in there."

-On Eric and Kathy at the game: "I didn't want to get caught by my teammates staring at you guys in the crowd."

-On the Canucks: "I think it's safe to say we don't really like each other."

-On preparation for fighting the Canucks: "Well, you know I'm doing that with Seabrook so I'm ready to go."

-On Seabrook's and Toews' Birthday: "We went over to Seabrook's house and hung out with them. A lot of the guys from the team were there."

-On what they got Toews: "We didn't get him a cake but we kinda surprised him last night with a happy birthday."

-On Seabrook's birthday: "I don't think he was too excited about the 25th birthday until I clued him in that that's car rental age. Now he's all pumped up."

-On the upcoming series: "We can get the rest and heal up and get prepared to play but I think if you ask everyone, were ready to play right now."

-On wearing the belt: "I'm walking around, Shooter is looking at me like I'm an idiot."

-On the belt: "I'm trying to change the rules around the rink, the belt isn't for player of the game anymore it's gonna be for the toughest guy in the room so whoever wants to take me on, can come get it."

On being the toughest guy: "I'm not saying that, it goes without saying."

-On Duncan Keith's video in the penalty box: "Yeah, I was in the box in games 3 and 4 and that guy was all over me so I was happy to see that, actually."

-On the Nashville fan: "I chatted him up the first time I was in the box just to try and shut him up."

-On the Nashville fan: "He was all over me in game 4 and it took everything in my body to keep my mouth shut. I stepped out of the box and scored 30 seconds later. I looked over at him and gave him a little wave and point."

Listen to the whole thing: here









Happy Birthday Toews!


Wonder if Burish and the boys will leave him a surprise on his car...

(first prank)


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

"Turn it off...but it is kind of catchy"



View more news videos at: http://www.nbcchicago.com/video.


I love the fact that they talk about the song off the ice.
Too bad they're going to be hearing it a lot soon.

Seabs and Toews on Chicago Tribune Live:


(photo from @JenPatterson)

Love this interview! How can I not with a scruffy Seabs.

If Toews would of went with buttons, they would of been matching.

(as always if videos don't show up go here)

Part One:


Part Two:


Part Three:

Round 2 Schedule:


Blackhawks vs Canucks

Saturday, May 1at Chicago, 8:00 p.m.CBC, VERSUS
Monday, May 3at Chicago, 9:00 p.m.CBC, VERSUS
Wednesday, May 5at Vancouver, 9:30 p.m.CBC, VERSUS
Friday, May 7at Vancouver, 9:30 p.m.CBC, VERSUS
*Sunday, May 9at Chicago, 8:00 p.m.CBC, VERSUS
*Tuesday, May 11at Vancouver, TBDCBC, VERSUS
*Thursday, May 13at Chicago, TBDCBC, VERSUS

Check out all the schedules: here

Around the UC: The Rockford Gang


-The Hawks have recalled Beach, Dowell, Skille, Connelly, Cullimore, Lalonde, Richmond, and Toivonen from Rockford:




Kesler: “Ladd is a guy who plays hard. I don't think there is any rivalry there. What's done is done. We fought and that's the end of it.”

Kesler: “I don't know if the Hawks don't like us but they knocked us out last year and I think that has a lot to do with the reason why we want another crack at them. It's good that we to have this do-over again. I mean, you watch the video after Game 6 last year and you see some pretty down guys in this locker room."

Apparently, Kesler's parents didn't receive a warm welcome last year (have to admit, it's a little funny): “I don't want to put them through the way they were treated last year in Chicago. They weren't treated well. I want them to see how we're treated here. I'd rather have them come up here and just see the atmosphere and how the people react because it's completely different than the regular season. The energy and the atmosphere in this arena during playoffs is crazy.”

Luongo:“I don't have anything against Kane. He's a great player. It's the Blackhawks against the Canucks. That's the only rivalry we're concerned about. It's nothing malicious, as far as I'm concerned. It's great that we're playing them. It's exciting. It's going to be fun and I'm looking forward to playing Game 1 in Chicago. It's a great building to be in during the playoffs.”

Bieksa: “I have no personal feuds, this is not a personal thing for me. It's a series. I don't know what to expect after the whistles. Between whistles, I know it's going to be very intense. I know there are going to be a lot of finished hits. It's going to be physical. We obviously don't like them and they don't like us so it's going to be entertaining. They ended our season last year and it was a sour feeling. It's nice to get another crack at them.”


-Big Buff is back at forward, I'm sure Luongo is loving this.

Coach Q: I think he was a factor in that series, and he was last year in the playoffs up front. So on a need basis, he was on the blue line [this season], and maybe we've got some options in the course of games of putting him back, but I think up front is where he's going to be begin. And hopefully he can be a presence at the net and physically doing his thing."



Coach Q: ''I'm sure it won't take long to rekindle the animosity. You play a playoff series with a team, and that's where it starts. The rivalries, the emotion, the intensity are in place. But at the same time, in the playoffs, you've got to have composure, you've got to have discipline [and] you've got to be smart. The focus is to win the game and win the shifts. But retaliation, that's not going to be successful or work. Let's be excited knowing we've got to be at our best. They're a dangerous team in a lot of ways, but let's be smart.''

Sopel: 'It's going to be a hard-fought battle. We've had a lot of wars against them. ... It's going to be tight again. There's not going to be a lot of room.''

Duncs: ''They're going to be moving the puck around, and we're going to have to talk out there as a group of players. Every time we play them it seems like there is a lot going on. They play hard. It's going to be a fun series and a good challenge.''



"Wednesday was Canucks Day in Vancouver, which gave the mayor, Gregor Robertson, an opportunity to don a Canucks sweater and act like the world's biggest hockey fan, which, being Canadian, he might be.

But it was those
mysterious penalty box pests, the Green Men who stole the show, crashing the news conference, dancing around and challenging the mayor to dress in his own green body suit and join the duo in hectoring opposing players if the Canucks manage to beat the Blackhawks in their second-round playoff series. Robertson would not commit.

"I'll have to think about that," Robertson told CTV British Columbia.

One can only hope Blackhawks defenseman
Duncan Keith does some time in the sin bin during this series."


-Bill Murray was seen supporting the Blackhawks at the Tribeca Film Festival. Looks like someone is giving Vince Vaughn a little competition on the biggest Chicago sports whore.



-Don't forget to check out Seabsy boy and Captain Serious on Chicago Tribune live tonight!!!


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Around the UC: More playoff tickets

-Chicago Tribune: More Hawks playoff tickets on sale Wednesday (tomorrow)

"For fans thinking big after the Blackhawks' first-round playoff conquest of the Predators, the team announced Tuesday that single-game tickets for potential Western Conference finals and Stanley Cup finals games will go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday."

For more information on where you can buy your tickets go: here


-Looks like the Hawks will be playing Saturday and Monday instead of Friday and Sunday. Nothing is positive, yet. The official schedule will be released tomorrow. VancouverSun.com: Try Saturday night fever

Canucks coach Vigneault: "I gave you some bad information yesterday about the series starting Friday. We're not quite sure anymore, so the league will let us know here in the next little while. I think it's Friday or Saturday. Or Thursday."



Shane O'Brien: "There is a lot of history and bad blood there. Every guy in the room remembers the feeling of leaving Chicago last year. It was one of the worst feelings I had ever been through. We definitely want to get some redemption on those guys."

Kesler on Ladd: "I'm not too worried about him. I am more worried about winning the series and trying to get even that way. No payback. I'm just looking at winning the series."



"For last night’s thrilling Game 6 playoff win by the Blackhawks, Comcast SportsNet attracted approx. 323,492 households for the entire game and scored a 12.63 peak rating during the 10:30 PM quarter-hour (over 442,000 households). The 9.24 single game ratings record on Comcast SportsNet shatters the previous all-time record set on May 11, 2009 for the Blackhawks second round Game 6 clinching win vs. Vancouver (7.82). During the 2009-10 “regular season,” Comcast SportsNet set an all-time single game ratings record on six occasions with the latest “regular season” record being a 4.35 household rating for a home game vs. Vancouver on March 5."



Sharp: "They've quickly turned into a big rival of ours. It's two teams that probably don't like each other very much and it's going to be great playoff hockey."

Sharp: "We have a lot of respect for what they can do. They have played us tough every time (in) last year's playoffs and the regular season this year. It's going to be one big challenge for us but we're looking forward to it."

Burrows: "It should be a pretty interesting matchup. There are a lot of guys on their team that we know and we have rivalries against. We'd like to play them again and beat them."

Coach Q: "When you play a playoff series with a team, that's where it starts. Rivalries and emotion and the intensity are in place."


-ESPNChicago: NHL won't punish Keith for squirting fan (First off why is this even an issue, so dumb)

"According to league sources, the NHL is aware of the incident, but is not planning on taking any action against Keith."


ESPN: Seabrook describes crazy goal


Boo to the no embedding!

What if you still had your favorite hat...



Fits perfectly with the upcoming series vs the Canucks

Monday, April 26, 2010

Hawks win, now on to the Canucks!

1st: Scoring

Duncs scored quickly after a penalty kill. Dunc' first goal of the playoffs:


Weber had to be the ruiner and tied the game 1-1:


SEABS! Seabrook made it ten times better with a beast shot off the boards from center ice. It was awesome. Then they have to go and ruin it by crediting the goal to Kane. Whatever, it went off his skate. It was all Biscuit:

Seabs: “I wasn’t trying to put it in the net. I was trying to rim it around the net and Kane was standing in the way. I wanted him to get out of the way so I could get it good and luckily it went off his foot and went in.” (source)

Sharpy got in on the action with a goal of his own. Wasn't a pretty one, crowded net but 3-1 Hawks:


Hammer called for slashing and Arnott scored the Preds first pp goal of the series:



The emotional roller coaster continued when the Preds tied the game 3-3:


Hawks go to the powerplay late in the first and Toews scored a rebound putting the Hawks back on top 4-3:


Intermission: Duncs interview

2nd: Penalties

Hawks had possession of the puck while the whistle blew for too many men for the Preds. Not cool refs, not cool.

Sopel got a little beat up after getting a high stick to the face (10 stitches). Hawks got four minutes on that one.

Sopel:“Took a stick. It’s OK. I think my modeling career is on hold anyways right now.” (source)

3rd: A Win

Buff called for interference with a stupid play.

Rinne pulled with a minute left.

Last Seconds: Preds called timeout, Toews won an important faceoff, Seabs with a good play, and Madden with an empty netter:


HAWKS WIN! HAWKS WIN! HAWKS WIN!

Post-game moment: Toews gave his stick away to a kid (aww).

Sharpy won the belt: "It feels good to hold this. It could have gone to almost anyone on the team. It was an incredible team effort." (source)

Hawks take the series 4-2 with a 5-3 win.

Post-game Video:

Seabs


Watch the all of the post-game videos: here

Round 2: Bring on the Creepy Twins and the Green Men: The Canucks!

First two games will be at the United Center this Friday and Sunday. Check out the rest of the schedule: here

The boys on Vancouver:

Sharpy: "It was a lot of fun last year. What's that they say about familiarity, it breeds contempt. That's about it."

Toews on chi/van media: "As soon as someone breaks their fingernail, it becomes a story. Players even talk to each other about that"

Hossa:"I watched other [PO] games last yr when I wasn't playing. I knew how tough it was. It was that way in reg. season too"

Soupy: "These are the rivalries you love, and there's not a lot of love lost between us."





HAWKS WIN! HAWKS WIN! HAWKS WIN!

Hawks take the series against the Preds with a 5-3 win and win the series 4-2!

Now on to the Creepy twins and the Green Men: The Canucks!

Recap of game later!

Woo! Woo!

Preview: Lets win this!

Duncan Keith doesn't take shit from Preds fan:
(gotta wait till the end)


I wish we could of heard what Duncs said.

Blackhawks vs Predators
CSN/Versus
8:00 pm

Morning Skate Videos:

Kane


Hossa


Sharp


Articles:


LETS GO HAWKS!!!!


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Around the UC: No suspension for Hossa


Colin Campbell (NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations):

"I have made the decision that this play does not warrant supplemental discipline after considering all of the facts, including reviewing the video and speaking with Mr. Hossa," said Campbell. "This play is distinguishable from recent incidents by a number of factors, including the degree of contact involved; the fact that the consequences of the play do not appear to be as severe; that this was a hockey play involving a race for the puck; that Mr. Hossa is not a repeat offender; and that the call of a major penalty by the referee was significant and appropriate."




Madden: "They're going to come out flying," he said. "They're fighting for their lives. It's an elimination game. If we win, they're out. They're going to be at their best, (and) we've got to be at our best in order to compete with them. I hope that's not overlooked."

Coach Q: "The way it looked … it looked bleak there for awhile. We want to go into this building tomorrow in the right frame of mine, knowing that maybe we were fortunate but you've got to earn your breaks going forward. We can't expect them to give it to us. We've got to go out and earn it."

Hammer on Niemi and the Puck: "It was a pretty weird situation. Never been on the ice for that one before. I thought Antti was going to take all his clothes and all his gear off. That was a pretty fun situation and the crowd liked it, too. Pretty big roar right there."


-Post-game Videos:

Duncs


(sorry about Mcguire)

Hossa


Madden


Bickell


Coach Q


Kane



-If the Hawks win tomorrow, they will play the Canucks in the second round. This should be interesting to say the least...

Gorgeous!


My Brother in law had prime seats for last night's game:













Check out the rest of his amazing photography: here

"I tried to tell them to get away but they didn't understand Finnish"


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Instant Classic

Heart Attack

Pre-game:

History will be made commercial: Patrick Kane's hat trick, What if you still had your favorite hat? (chills)

Corey Crawford was called up because Rockford's season is over. Hendry, Fraser, and Eager were all scratches. Hornqvist was also scratched for the Preds.

Duncan Keith interview and Toews interview.

Spotted: Seabs fluff or as Sharp likes to call it Seabs' loaf of bread. It's a thing of beauty.

NBC Fail: No coverage on the national anthem.

1st period:

High energy and high intensity start for the Hawks. Few minutes in, Legwand (so sick of hearing that name) scored off the post. No chance for Niemi, as he was being screened by Ward. Good opportunity for the Hawks, went off Sharpy's stick. JP Dumbass hit the cross bar and acted like a Dumbass when he thought he had it in. NBC Fail: terrifying voices coming out of the TV, what was that? Seabrook shot the puck and Ladd put in. It was beautiful for so many reasons. Bromance Celebration: Laddy boy and Steeger, "Carry me Laddy." NBC Fail: No sound on the goal. Coach Q interview, Pierre Mcguire to close for comfort. Why can't NBC's sound go out when Mcguire is talking? Rinne left the net and Hawk took advantage by putting pressure on the Preds. Eventually, leads to Jelly's first playoff goal! A new romance: Niemi and the Puck.
The riveting romantic comedy:


End of the 1st, Hawks up 2-1!

Intermission: Patrick Kane interview

Bolland called for tripping on JP Dumbass. NBC Fail: More scary voices coming from the TV. Sharp and Madden teamed
up for a chance at a shortie but were denied by Rinne. The Preds had a total of zero shots during their powerplay. And we
thought the Hawks powerplay was weak. Try to keep up with the next several penalties. Legwand got called for Hooking
which led to the Hawks first powerplay. Now 4 on 4 after Kane (interference) couldn't control his stick or Suter needs to
watch where he skates. Hamhuis called for tripping Toews, 4 on 3. Suter joined my hate list after he cross checked Toews.
He was obviously in pain on the bench and no call by the refs. Not cool. Kane had a chance when he came out of the box.
Seabs called for interference, 4 0n 3. I promise that's it for the penalties, for now. Toews back on the ice, no worries.
SEABROOK! is a beast. He had an absolute gorgeous hit on Erat. I swear my heart grew twice its size after it. Even knocked
off Erat's helmet. Hawks were all over the Preds net. Apparently, too many of them. They got called for too many men on the
ice after a strong shift. Finally, Pierre Mcguire's mic was off while interviewing Trotz. Now only if the TV would of blacked out,
Trotz is not a very good looking human being. Kopecky came flying out of the box and bam! Hawks took a 3-1 lead. Hawks go to the
powerplay, hooking for Smithsen. Preds' Ward scored a shortie, Kane's fault on that one. End of the 2nd, 3-2 Hawks.

ERAT! tied it up in the 3rd. I thought that would be the worst of it, little did I know. Legwand called for tripping on Hossa.
One nerve-racking powerplay! Sharp with a close shot, missed an open net. NO! Erat! Preds took the lead. Anger and sadness
started to take over. One sign: I was screaming for the annoying post-game reminder scroll to get off the screen. One minute left,
empty net for the Hawks. Anger once again took over after Hossa was called for Boarding. He had a nasty hit on a Preds player,
drove him right into the boards. With just seconds left, literally seconds KANE SCORES THE TYING GOAL! Holy shit! At that very
moment Kane was god! I've never been more excited for overtime in my life. Hawks went into overtime with 4 mins to kill.


Overtime:

HOSSA! HOSSA! HOSSA! HOSSA! HAWKS WIN! HAWKS WIN! HAWKS WIN! HAWKS WIN!



Felt like I played in that one, I need a nap.

More on the game later! Including some nice photos taken at the game!