Blackhawks' speed burns opponents

Blackhawks' speed burns opponents

There are 25 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 4, 2009, titled Blackhawks' speed burns opponents. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Approach any Blackhawk and ask who the fastest skater is on the team and there's always a pause and then a glance around the dressing room before an answer is given.

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olduffman

Burlington, Canada

#1 May 4, 2009
Hawks must keep the pedal to the floor , GO HAWKS !!!!!
Don in Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay, Canada

#2 May 4, 2009
Thunder Bay's Patrick Sharp has and will continue to play a key roll in this series. He's enjoying his battle with home town friend Ryan Johnson and Tyler Pyatt. I'm also enjoying the speed of the Blackhawks. This is an exciting team and will be a dominate force in the league for years to come. Though I'm a Habs fan it would be nice to see the Hawks go all the way this year. Good Luck Sharpy. Don Mprin in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada - a hockey hotbed for NHL stars.
Section 317

Chicago, IL

#3 May 5, 2009
"They're one of the top five in the league," said winger Alex Burrows when asked how fast the Hawks are as a team. "We want to get pucks deep [into the Hawks' zone] and get physical and make sure we don't turn the puck over, we're tight in the gap and we limit their time and space

Or Alice can just resort to hair pulling like he did back in March.

Go Hawks!! Can't wait for tonight!
calif4chicago

Baldwin Park, CA

#4 May 5, 2009
Go Hawks! Stay healthy and skate like heck past the nucks tonight. You can't teach speed so use it and keep the hunger going. Hawks goal was just to make the playoffs, now you have the chance to get to the western finals. Hawks and their fans are having a GREAT season!!
STAY OUT OF THE BOX

United States

#5 May 5, 2009
Let's keep it at 5 on 5, or Power Play opportunities. No more dumb penalties! We can take the next three, then bring on the Ducks or Wings.
EJane

United States

#6 May 5, 2009
wasn't soupy *declared* the winner of that all-star speed match-up, even though dunc beat him?
Section 319

AOL

#7 May 5, 2009
Starting to think this team is better than anyone imagined. They're flying high and the sky's the limit. Not next year or the following. NOW!

The Anthem cheer has gotten louder and louder with each playoff game. I'm looking for a new record decibal level tonight.

I love these kids!

Let's Go Hawks!

Since: May 09

Richmond, Canada

#8 May 5, 2009
speed can be neutralized by providing sudden stops and the long bomb passes make at least one player a defensive liability. Vancouver hasn't shown their "A" game so Chicago hasn't seen their best effort yet. Vancouver swept a very good young St Louis team (that Chicago had their problems with this year ... 4 losses, 2 wins) whereas Chicago took their time with a beat up Calgary squad with an overworked goalie (who Vancouver owned this year 4 wins vs 2 losses that happened when Luongo was injured) that couldn't even dress their best defencemen. let's not forget that Chicago has 3 times the losses that Vancouver has in the playoffs this year and despite the margin of victory in the last game the series is tied 1-1.
2bones

Aurora, IL

#9 May 5, 2009
Well, gameon63, Vancouver better find their "A" game quick, because the Hawks are vastly outplaying them 5-on-5 and seem to have solved the Luongo riddle. The Hawks now have home-ice advantage, momentum clearly in their favor, and are healthier than the Canucks. What happened during the regular season or the 1st round of the playoffs is ancient history. It's now a best of 5, and the UC is gonna be rockin'!
Section 317

Chicago, IL

#10 May 5, 2009
I have a suspicion that the Blues were fatigued both mentally and physically due to their huge run at the end of the season under Andy Murray's whip.

Yes, the Hawks record against the Blues during the regular was less than stellar, but there was a blown 3-1 lead in St Louis that was Queneville's 1st game as coach, and the young Hawks have learned/matured substantially since then.

I love the notion by some Nuck fans that the Central division is a "weak" division. 4 teams from the Central qualified for the playoffs, while the Wild/Avs/Oilers were among the worst performers in the conference - especially in the 2nd half of the season. PLUS central division teams get to play the Wings 6 times during the regular season. If anything, the Nucks wound up taking an easier path to a lesser record than the Blackhawks.
Super Dooper

Victoria, Canada

#11 May 5, 2009
I hear that while not the fastest, Byfuglien can do a wonderful triple sow cow with a double toe loop. On a team loaded with ice dancers, that is even more impressive.
Reality Check

Vancouver, Canada

#12 May 5, 2009
Reality's gonna be a Chicago Girl when the Canucks go up 2-1 after tonight.

Why not start with the excuses already:
- the Hawks were over-confident;
- the Hawks let their immaturity get in the way;
- the Hawks were nervous playing in front of the home crowd.

BLAH BLAH BLAH. Canucks in 6.
Chicago Fans

Vancouver, Canada

#13 May 5, 2009
It's genuinely nice to see the fans back in Boston and Chicago. It was criminal neglect what happened in both cities the last 15 years.

However, when the team loses it's players to free agency in 3-5 years and their draft picks are mid to late rounds; the team will inevitably fall back. The building will be empty and those jerseys you see now will be lying in the garage under the gas can.

Fair weather fans to say the least.

Since: Oct 08

Wayne, IL

#14 May 5, 2009
Wow, I just love the cattiness and overconfidence the Nuks fans have on this board. "A" game? Really? What the heck are they waiting for? The Hawks are younger, faster, and healthier than the Nuks. And I think they have shown that Luongo doesn't walk on water. He's beatable. And to compare the Hawks to the the Blues is just laughable. Shows hockey ignorance.

UC is going to go absolutely wild tonight. But the Hawks can't afford to keep playing from behind early on. It's going to come back and bite them eventually. Get out fast, get out strong, and score early on Luongo to rattle him a bit. I can't wait.
Go Canucks

Burnaby, Canada

#15 May 5, 2009
Hawks are an impressive young team, but don't get ahead of yourselves. This has been a crazy up and down series, but the net result is a pretty even affair:

- Canucks have dominated 3 periods, Hawks have dominated 3 periods
- Canucks have been better on special teams, Hawks better 5 on 5
- Goals 7 to 9
- Series at 1-1

Canucks certainly haven't played their best hockey, look for better defensive coverage and a vastly better Luongo here on in. Canucks haved faced way more adversity this year than being tied 1-1 in a series, don't get too overconfident young Hawk fans!

CANUCKS IN 6!
Chicago Fans

Vancouver, Canada

#16 May 5, 2009
At the front of the line was Ryan O'Leary, a fan who had camped out since 10 o'clock the night before for tickets he purchased 12 hours later.

"We're delirious. If they'd gone down 2-0 in the series, we're not down here," he said.

1) Tix weren't sold out til Monday; and
2) This dude wouldn't have wanted any if they were down 2-0.

Nice Fans Chicago, Nice Fans
john sab

Chicago, IL

#17 May 5, 2009
EJane wrote:
wasn't soupy *declared* the winner of that all-star speed match-up, even though dunc beat him?
Keith won that competition,and is faster
ignorance is bliss

Palos Heights, IL

#18 May 5, 2009
Chicago Fans wrote:
At the front of the line was Ryan O'Leary, a fan who had camped out since 10 o'clock the night before for tickets he purchased 12 hours later.
"We're delirious. If they'd gone down 2-0 in the series, we're not down here," he said.
1) Tix weren't sold out til Monday; and
2) This dude wouldn't have wanted any if they were down 2-0.
Nice Fans Chicago, Nice Fans
pretty sure thats either standing room only or tickets for the next round there champ. why else would someone camp out when tickets have been on sale for quite some time?

do they have colleges in canada?
yessox1

Highland, IN

#19 May 5, 2009
Gee, who led the league in attendance in the regular season. Yeah, none other than the BLACKHAWKS.
yessox1

Highland, IN

#20 May 5, 2009
oh, and by the way, Canuck fans, you only finished ninth in attendance, so keep chirping about your fans, ok. We have baseball, football, basketball and HOCKEY here in Chicago to spend our money on, what's your excuse?

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