Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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!!!

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