Saturday, June 5, 2010

Around the UC:


-Change will be the big factor for game five on Sunday. Look for Coach Q to do the line shuffle, like he did at the end of game four:

Kane: "I think it was good for us in the third period. I think we balanced out the lines a little bit. It got the energy going, too."

The Kane and Toews separation was the most noticeable during Friday's loss:

Kane: "We've played together a lot throughout our career. And sometimes this happens where you hit a little bit of a wall and you need to mix things up. Then, throughout our whole career it seems that, whether it’s been 10 or 15 games that we haven’t played together, we'll flip back together and it seems like we have that chemistry right back."

Coach Q and the rest of the boys don't have any doubts about shuffling the lines. They seem pretty confident:

Coach Q: "I think as we've gone along all year, we're not afraid to mix it up. We have a lot of options at our forward options. A lot of guys can play with each other, and it gives you some versatility as well. You always want your top guys being out there in key situations. But I think guys have played with each other at some point throughout the year."

Ladd: “It’s a wake-up call for everyone in here that we have to be a lot better. We’re confident we can get back to the way we were playing, probably a little more like last series where we were skating and battling a lot harder.”

Kopecky: "When things aren't going our way, 'Q' always knows how to find chemistry with the guys in the room. (The changes were) a big energy boost. We got more pace and energy in the game. That's how we need to play."

Kane: “Sometimes change is healthy. You can mix things up a bit and hopefully energize guys and get things going with different players. It worked pretty good last game, so we’ll see what happens.”

Read more on the line changes:

-Chicago Tribune: Mind games or line changes

The big question seems to be, is this a good idea? Like Kane said, "we'll see what happens."


-Hawks hope to turn things around Sunday night vs the Flyers hence the line changes. They look to take the lead back in the series with the help of being at home and the UC crowd:

Ladd: "Now it's our turn to go home and come out with our best effort yet. We know it's not going to be easy (but) this team has done well in tough situations. We're confident we can play the right way to get back to where we want to be."

Keith: "It would have been nice to get at least a split (in Philadelphia) but … we tried hard all year to get home ice and now let's use that to our advantage."

Read more on what the Hawks need to do to get back on track against the Flyers:



-The cheap, the dirty, and the douchey.

The Penalties:

Kopecky: "I can't really comment on the referees, but obviously we have to be more careful with our sticks and those careless penalties -- especially in the offensive zone. We have to avoid them. Right off the hop we have to be ready to go. Our determination has got to show."

Ladd: "Are they calling it tight? It's the way it is. You can't control that. We've got to work harder in here to get those opportunities and those power plays, and that's our fault that we're not doing that so far. We'll do that tomorrow."


The Pronger:

"Chris Pronger has taken command of the Stanley Cup finals as firmly as he has wrapped his long arms around Dustin Byfuglien, has stamped his imprint on the Flyers' success as defiantly as he applies his stick to the backs and shoulders of any of the Hawks brave enough to invade the Flyers' crease."

Sharp: "He's a good player. He's one of the best of all time, I guess you can say. He has managed to do it in the old rules before the lockout. He has changed his game a little bit and is still a dominant defenseman today."


The Refs:

"So far in this series, the Hawks have served 36 penalty minutes. The Flyers, meanwhile, have served 22 penalty minutes. Neither number includes the 10 minute game misconducts to Pronger and Eager after game 2."

"Many speculate that the NHL and/or NBC want this to be a long, competitive series for the sake of increased viewership and revenue. The league is a business after all, and an extra game or two can have a big impact on the bottom line. I like to think that type of conspiracy isn't happening, but something sure stinks."

"How about Scott Hartnell punching Kris Versteeg's helmet off in game 3? Or the phantom cross-checking penalty on Patrick Sharp in game 4?"



-Speaking of the cheap and the dirty:
With the Hawks in high demand, the illegal activities rise with tickets, jerseys, and banners?

"Around 3 a.m. on Friday, an officer monitoring the video cameras at City Hall watched as Marcordes climbed a ladder at West Washington and North Clark streets and cut the wires from the banner hanging on a lamp post. The officer alerted other officers and they continued to watch as Marcordes went to a second lamp post at North LaSalle and West Randolph streets to do the same thing, before returning to his car, the release stated. Officers stopped Marcordes in the 100 block of North LaSalle Street, recovered the banners, and took him into custody. He is due to appear in court on June 28." (source)

"To those fans who are looking for tickets to these games, Illinois Attorney general Lisa Madigan is advising caution when buying tickets, especially online. During high-demand special events, the Attorney General's office often learns of instances in which fans purchased tickets online only to discover that those seats didn't actually exist, a release Friday from Madigan's office said: Hockey fans need to be wary of fraudulent ticket scams,” Madigan said. “Especially during a championship series, there are con artists out there looking to exploit fans who just want to show support for their team.” (source)

"A Chicago man on parole was apparently experiencing Blackhawks fever when he shoplifted nine jerseys -- of the same Hawks defenseman -- from a Lincolnwood store on Tuesday, only to be chased out and caught by a witness." (They were all Seabrook jerseys by the way. Who would of thought? A bigger Seabs fan than me.) (source)


-A few of the Hawks spoke to the media today:


Video:

Kane


Coach Q


Ladd


Sharp



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