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Chicago Blackhawks hopping mad about hit on Martin Havlat

There are 326 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 23, 2009, titled Chicago Blackhawks hopping mad about hit on Martin Havlat. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Hockey players rarely come right out and say they're going to hammer an opponent, especially if it's in retribution for something done to one of their teammates.

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vegas guy

Las Vegas, NV

#1 May 23, 2009
Brian Campbell should worry more about not turning over the puck, leaving his goalie hanging out to dry!!
Harborwolf

Petoskey, MI

#4 May 23, 2009
What's really sad is that the consensus from everyone but the Hawks is that the hit was clean. Kronwall never left his feet and made clean shoulder contact. Not his fault Havlat broke the first rule of hockey and kept his head down. Besides,you take away hits when the puck is simply at someones feet and you'll be calling interference everytime a puck is dumped along the boards.
crohan

Oswego, IL

#5 May 23, 2009
stop your whining hawks fans. I hate the wings, and I hate the hawks, but that was a clean hit, pure and simple, get over it.

and for the record, I want the hawks to win the series, you're the lesser of two evils for sure

-blues fan
milan rulich

Wilmette, IL

#7 May 23, 2009
The Blackhawks should definitely take every clean hit that is out there because the one they are crying about was also a clean hit. You can run the replay over and over and he shouldn't have even been penalized let alone given a game misconduct. If the shoe was on the other foot, your talk would be different.
milan rulich

Wilmette, IL

#8 May 23, 2009
The Blackhawks should definitely take every clean hit that is out there because the one they are crying about was also a clean hit. You can run the replay over and over and see that it wasn't even an interference penalty let alone a game misconduct. You can also play back the comments made on Versus by hockey people who know the game. If the shoe was on the other foot, all of the talk would be quite different.
Aussie

Australia

#9 May 23, 2009
It's dirty, and it's a shame. And stupid. Despite the fact Kromwell is a goon and his skill level is about 1/100th of Havlat's, the penalty may have cost the Red Wings the game. Hopefully Havlat gets back soon and makes it hurt even more to the Red Wings.
Originalsixer

United States

#10 May 23, 2009
Marty didn't have the puck," Campbell said. "I thought [Kronwall's] forearm came up high. I thought it was gutless all around.[Kronwall's] done it hundreds of times in the league and it seems like nothing ever happens.

"He could as easily have come in and used his shoulder and hit him with his side and it would have been fine. Instead he comes up and explodes with his fists and his forearms and jumps. I just don't understand it. It's unacceptable and it's not like it's the first time it's happened with that guy.

First off Campbell in your own statement you reveal something all Wings fans know about you. "I thought". That's one of your weaknesses on the ice. You think too much. That's why you're struggling. Secondly, the entire hockyworld( outside of your dressing room and only about a 'half' of your fans) have already debunked your "Thoughts" and what you thought happened.
Third. You have neither half the skill nor the guts that Kronwall has as a defenseman.
Add it all together and it just makes you look like a foolish whiner. Go ahead Hawks! Show the Wings how tough you are just like the Ducks did! The toughest, dirtiest team in hockey right now. The ones sitting on the beach right now.
Jeff

Corvallis, OR

#11 May 23, 2009
If Havlat is carried off on a stretcher or - worse - paralyzed by Kronwall's savagery, we're talking a very different story here - dangerously violent, even by NHL's caveman standards. C'mon meatheads! Rough, aggressive play is one thing, but blindsiding somebody to the point of unconsciousness goes waaay too far. If this happens in the NFL, with linebacker vs. quarterback, the linebacker is suspended without question ... these are people, not props. Go ask your wife to blindside you at 40 mph next time you walk in the door not expecting. In that case, see you at the graveyard ...
Harborwolf

Petoskey, MI

#12 May 23, 2009
That is something that the Hawks need to watch out for. In their first foray into vengeance (right after the hit), they durn near stepped on Havlat and kept the trainer from getting to him. Keep looking to achieve retribution, and you'll be in the box praying to stay for a full two minutes
Jmatt

Taylor, MI

#13 May 23, 2009
Holy crocodile tears, Batman. I didn't know Hawks fans were such sissies. That was a 100% clean hit, and anyone who says otherwise doesn't know a thing about hockey or is such a homer it is pathetic.
Harborwolf

Petoskey, MI

#14 May 23, 2009
Jeff, the only reason that Havlat was hit as badly as he was was because he kept his head down. He saw the hit coming (looking up twice) and even the Hawks on the bench were yelling "heads up." The Stuart hit on Umberger in the Columbus series is a good parallel. Stuart knocked Umberger for a loop, but even Umberger said it was a clean hit and that he just had his head down when he shouldn't have.

“Let's rock!!”

Since: Oct 07

Aurora, IL

#15 May 23, 2009
The best revenge is winning! GO HAWKS!!
eddie shore

Naperville, IL

#16 May 23, 2009
milan rulich wrote:
The Blackhawks should definitely take every clean hit that is out there because the one they are crying about was also a clean hit. You can run the replay over and over and he shouldn't have even been penalized let alone given a game misconduct. If the shoe was on the other foot, your talk would be different.
forget a bout clean hits the ante has been raised 20 grand bounty for knocking zetterberg out of game 13 grang for osgood if you get both 50 grand total hey keep your head up
Free at last

Yucaipa, CA

#17 May 23, 2009
Maybe the Hawks fans thought they were at a Bulls game. In basketball, Kronwall would have been penalized. .
Classy

Wilmette, IL

#18 May 23, 2009
eddie shore wrote:
<quoted text>forget a bout clean hits the ante has been raised 20 grand bounty for knocking zetterberg out of game 13 grang for osgood if you get both 50 grand total hey keep your head up
Possibly the dumbest post ever. Possibly.
Aussie

Australia

#19 May 23, 2009
Free at last wrote:
Maybe the Hawks fans thought they were at a Bulls game. In basketball, Kronwall would have been penalized..
Actually, he was penalized in hockey too. Get a clue before you post such nonsense.

Yes, hits are a part of hockey, but clearly Kromwall could have gone for a shoulder check. Instead, he went forearm to the face, leaving his feet and then falling onto Havlat, smiling as he got up.
The Truth

Chicago, IL

#20 May 23, 2009
The Hawks are just as bad as their AHL affiliate "Ice Piggies". Play goon hockey until it goes against you and whine! GO RED WINGS!!!
Ginger

Las Vegas, NV

#21 May 23, 2009
Yes big buff, seabrook, campbell, eager go boys checks the wings hard. It's unacceptable and it's not like it's the first time it's happened with that guy."Kronwall has been playing dirty before when his team was a little hummmm should I says a bit scare?? Hitting havlet hard to get ahead of the game??? come on Wings thoughts you are a pro....
Chris

Matteson, IL

#22 May 23, 2009
Either way, no points came of it. Of course the Hawks did lose one of their best and the Wings lost one of their most expendable. If there was any justice, the refs would have let Buff or Eager pound Kronwall, given 5 minute majors, and then gotten on with things.
Harborwolf

Petoskey, MI

#23 May 23, 2009
Aussie wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually, he was penalized in hockey too. Get a clue before you post such nonsense.
Yes, hits are a part of hockey, but clearly Kromwall could have gone for a shoulder check. Instead, he went forearm to the face, leaving his feet and then falling onto Havlat, smiling as he got up.
Wow. You can watch closely enough to see Kronwall smiling, but not closely enough to see that at the point of contact, Kronwalls feet are on the ice and his shoulder is what makes contact. I bet you didn't really see that smile, didja?:-)

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