Blackhawks upend Sabres

Blackhawks upend Sabres

There are 50 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 14, 2009, titled Blackhawks upend Sabres. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Patrick Sharp , Jonathan Toews , Martin Havlat and James Wisniewski scored goals and the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Wednesday night.

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Since: Oct 08

La Crosse, WI

#1 Jan 14, 2009
Another win at home. I talked to Tim after the game and we figured out that the Hawks could go .500 the rest of the season and they would have around 90 points. They certainly will go above that mark and it shows how great this cushion is up to this point. Havlat's goal was a thing of beauty. Huet gets another A . He is so calm and focused. Cuts the angles, takes away the bottom of the net and continues to give up very few rebounds. Do we ever have a luxury with our tandem. I sound like a broken record talking about the the two guys, but it is true. They are the best tandem in the league! GO HAWKS!!

Since: Dec 08

Villa Park, IL

#2 Jan 14, 2009
14 games above .500 the 5th place team is i believe 4 games above .500. we need this 4th spot for home ice avantage and it just puts off playing detroit in the first two rounds. were on pace for 110 points, i love it. think about how lucky we were for the 3 loses at the beginning of the year or we not only have 10 loses at this point. Q's systems are just clicking right. there a young group of guys being taught very good hockey so they can only get better the second half.
Lone Ranger

Chicago, IL

#3 Jan 14, 2009
This was a fantastic game. the officiating wasn't quite 100%, but what the heck, the Black Hawks played a great game. Hey Chico, how's the ice fishing up there? Getting any Perch or Walleye this winter?
Thin The Herd

West Des Moines, IA

#4 Jan 15, 2009
Barker had a good hit in the first period, behind the Hawks net. He needs to play that way more often.

Teams seem to always manage to kill off "good penalties" that are taken in backing up a teammate.

You have to admire Lindey Ruff's teams, as they almost always play hard and well.

Definitely a good win.
Section 319

AOL

#5 Jan 15, 2009
Eager is becoming the heart and soul of this team. Love that guy.

Let's Go Hawks!
Blackhawks Fan

Fort Wayne, IN

#6 Jan 15, 2009
Thoroughly enjoyed watching that one! Being here in Ft. Wayne, I don't get to many Hawks games, but with the home games on TV now, I get to see so many more on Comcast SportsNet!

I have my toddler son watching the anthem with me ... he already knows to stand and clap for the anthm at the UC!

Let's Go Hawks!
Ooops

Buffalo Grove, IL

#7 Jan 15, 2009
Great game! Did anyone else happen to catch the intermission nip-slip of the girl who shot the puck through the slot in the goal? Great game....
RamRod

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Jan 15, 2009
OUTSTANDING!!!

I would love to point out the stellar individual efforts that I appreciated for, what, 20-30 seconds, before it was replaced by an even more stellar play, during last nights game, but I have to be brief.

Better tack would be to suggest that at the appropriate moment, EVERY kid on the team, did an outstanding job, at a time when that is what was needed.

ALL four lines were up to the same level. I think that fact is still not as appreciated as it would be anywhere else in the league.

OK, a heads up for Huet. Mostly because I'm a fan of "appropriate hockey mayhem and violence" and the last person, on the ice last night, that I figured would start and finish a skirmish, was Huet! Great stuff!

Snippet snapshots have big Buff, confronting an obnoxious Sabre and without being physical made the offender back down, Toews going to the bench looking very ho-hum after sticking a dagger in the Sabres, Campbells pregame interview being typically self-effacing, Eddy O's telestrator showing the puck on Havlat's blade as is correct (OF COURSE), Eager's face in the PB before and after the Stafford smack-down, and the thrill of the season, when the last .02 on the PK ran off!

I was upset (PO'd) by the fact that the Score's "Scoreboard Update" had the Hawk's victory third or fourth behind the Bulls (boring and inefficient) and White Sox (Bartolo coming back? Boy is that exciting or what?)! They don't know the history of hockey's importance here in Chicago. Pathetic.

Brief? Did somebody say something about brief?

"They're OUR kids, damnit!"
paul

Fergus, Canada

#9 Jan 15, 2009
I sure hope Keith is ok.The pairing of Keith and Seabrook is key to our success, especially when we hit the playoffs. Can't say enough about Havlat. This is the best I have seen him play since his early days in Ottawa. Coming back to check when we lose possession of the puck, scoring and being an overall threat shows the move to the third line was a stroke of genious by Q. At the risk of opening a few old wounds the hiring of Q was one of the best moves we have made in a while. He knows how to prepare for a game and work with his guys, the guy is a great coach.Toews scoring and Wis back and contributing so it looks like we are firing on all cylinders. What is very encouraging is the way we have rebounded after a loss and got right back on track. Chico 17 is right we have the best goal tending tandem in the league right now. GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!
paul

Fergus, Canada

#10 Jan 15, 2009
RamRod wrote:
OUTSTANDING!!!
I would love to point out the stellar individual efforts that I appreciated for, what, 20-30 seconds, before it was replaced by an even more stellar play, during last nights game, but I have to be brief.
Better tack would be to suggest that at the appropriate moment, EVERY kid on the team, did an outstanding job, at a time when that is what was needed.
ALL four lines were up to the same level. I think that fact is still not as appreciated as it would be anywhere else in the league.
OK, a heads up for Huet. Mostly because I'm a fan of "appropriate hockey mayhem and violence" and the last person, on the ice last night, that I figured would start and finish a skirmish, was Huet! Great stuff!
Snippet snapshots have big Buff, confronting an obnoxious Sabre and without being physical made the offender back down, Toews going to the bench looking very ho-hum after sticking a dagger in the Sabres, Campbells pregame interview being typically self-effacing, Eddy O's telestrator showing the puck on Havlat's blade as is correct (OF COURSE), Eager's face in the PB before and after the Stafford smack-down, and the thrill of the season, when the last .02 on the PK ran off!
I was upset (PO'd) by the fact that the Score's "Scoreboard Update" had the Hawk's victory third or fourth behind the Bulls (boring and inefficient) and White Sox (Bartolo coming back? Boy is that exciting or what?)! They don't know the history of hockey's importance here in Chicago. Pathetic.
Brief? Did somebody say something about brief?
"They're OUR kids, damnit!"
Some times you just gotta let it all out Rammer :).
Ben Eager is My hero

Equality, IL

#11 Jan 15, 2009
The 6 minute penalty that they gave to Ben Eager was totally worth it. He was sticking up for his teammate and then the penalty killing unit defended Eager. That is why the Hawks have great team chemistry. Guys like Eager, Adam Burish, and Matt Walker and underrated but so valuable!

“COMMIT TO THE INDIAN”

Since: Oct 08

Naperville

#12 Jan 15, 2009
Like every home game I was there last night and it was crazy there. More Buffalo fans than I thought were there and they were going alittle crazy until the Hawks scored the first goal. Scoring was great, and I think it was awesome that Lalime got the Hawks that win, oh that's right he plays for Buffalo now.

All kidding aside, I have been a hockey fan for along time, and I have never seen a 6 minute Penality before. When the Hawks were killing that penality we all went crazy. We were standing, clapping and screaming. Burish I wish you would have scored, the goal was WIDE open, doesn't get any better than that. I do believe that the team picked up a step or two when they heard the fans. I know that when I was talking to Chico after the game on the phone he said it was loud on the TV.

I loved it that Eager stuck up for his guys, and a few other times he actually went back when he knew a team mate needed some assistance. Havlat - that guy went top shelf, what a great goal. And he threw a few checks in the game too. That 3rd line, one of the best in the league. And Wiz, that shot on net was a laser, he notched his first goal of the season and it was a hard shot.

Huet had some huge saves, could not believe it, the guy was great. Everything that I have heard on Keith so far seems like he is ok. They talked about it last night on the radio, and once again this morning. Now lets kick the Rangers in the teeth tomorrow night.

GO HAWKS.
Scott the Engineer

Coal City, IL

#13 Jan 15, 2009
Ben Eager is My hero wrote:
The 6 minute penalty that they gave to Ben Eager was totally worth it. He was sticking up for his teammate and then the penalty killing unit defended Eager. That is why the Hawks have great team chemistry. Guys like Eager, Adam Burish, and Matt Walker and underrated but so valuable!
I agree - and that penalty kill was a thing of beauty - Hawks had more scoring chances during it than the Sabres did.

And I'm sure this has been mentioned out here before - but has anybody else noticed that Eager looks like Dom from Entourage?
Tony

Saint Petersburg, FL

#15 Jan 15, 2009
I thought it was a solid effort. As far as Eager, yeah,it was great that he stood up for the hit on Keith but I'd like to see the guy actually square up and fight a dude instead of backing away when challenged and then later jumping a guy from behind.Where was he during that scrum in front of the net when Seabrook was trying to clear the blue paint after Huet was being hacked?. Oh yeah he came in late...Noticed that Buffalo didn't have their tough guy Andrew Peters in the lineup...Don't get me wrong I like the physicality but Eager's lucky the Sabres didn't score a couple during the 6 minutes..

Sorry, I had to vent on this one. I'm still an Ben Eager fan...Hope Duncs is ok...Rangers next.

“COMMIT TO THE INDIAN”

Since: Oct 08

Naperville

#16 Jan 15, 2009
Doug wrote:
There was no elbow. Eager is bush league and based on his post-game comments perhaps brain damaged. Who was the last tough guy to get fined/suspended for a clean hit? Buffalo has a crap power play - hey Ben try taking 6 minutes in penalties the next time you play Detroit or San Jose and see if everyone thinks you're the heart and soul of the team.
Sorry but you are wrong, they showed the replay in the UC and you could see that it was not a clean hit. Buffalo was not playing well and needed a spark, the guy gave Keith a cheap shot. They even discussed it on the post game, it was a cheap shot. I am happy that Eager stuck up for his guy. No matter how bad a team is on the Power Play, when there is a 6 minute man advantage and I believe they had only 2 shots on goal the entire 6 minutes, that is pathetic. The Hawks had 3-4 quality scoring oportunities on the 6 minute PK.
Section 313

North Chicago, IL

#17 Jan 15, 2009
Doug wrote:
There was no elbow. Eager is bush league and based on his post-game comments perhaps brain damaged. Who was the last tough guy to get fined/suspended for a clean hit? Buffalo has a crap power play - hey Ben try taking 6 minutes in penalties the next time you play Detroit or San Jose and see if everyone thinks you're the heart and soul of the team.
Smells like sour grapes. Watch the replay, you tool. Intentional or not, he clearly got his elbow up. But don't just take my word for it, try the experts. All of the NHL On The Fly analysts said the hit was suspension-worthy. Good for Eager to stick up for his teammate.

And as for the ensuing powerplay, well sorry dude. The Hawks were playing the Sabres, not the Wings or Sharks so let's stick to the point. Buffalo does not have a "crap" powerplay. They are cashing in at just under 20% of their PPs, good for 11th in the league. Regardless, to not even get a decent scoring chance in 6 minutes straight (or the other of the total 7 PPs the Hawks gave Buff-a-slug) is a credit to great team penalty killing so put the Hawks down as much as you'd like, but the fact remains that they dominated the Sabres last night and the only "bush league" play in the game was the head shot to Duncan Keith.
Go home

United States

#18 Jan 15, 2009
Doug wrote:
There was no elbow. Eager is bush league and based on his post-game comments perhaps brain damaged. Who was the last tough guy to get fined/suspended for a clean hit? Buffalo has a crap power play - hey Ben try taking 6 minutes in penalties the next time you play Detroit or San Jose and see if everyone thinks you're the heart and soul of the team.
Doug from Buffalo- you lost - go lick your wounds quietly, please
Section 317

Chicago, IL

#19 Jan 15, 2009
It was an intense game last night at the UC. The crowd during the 6 minute penalty kill was as revved up as I've seen it so far this year.

A scuffle broke out in the 300 level concourse after the game between two fans. Shoves and a couple of near miss punches were exchanged. Their girlfriends got involved in the scrum briefly as well. Of course I was stuck in the post-game bathroom lines and missed it!

The crowd at the UC was - I'd say - 10 - 15% Sabres fans last night. It will be interesting to see if Rangers fans have a similar showing tomorrow night.
Tim

Buffalo, NY

#20 Jan 15, 2009
Sabres fan here..Hawks dominated a whimpy Sabres team last night. Hawks seem to have the right balance of grit, hitting and some play makers. Take care of Kane and Campbell..Sabres were fools to let Soupy go..and Kane..is a good kid...
Here's hoping the Sabres make moves to get tougher..right now it is no contest..your personnel over ours.
Doug

East Hampton, CT

#21 Jan 15, 2009
Section 313 - Wow such anger - calling me tool. Well I guess it takes one to know one - see you after last period in the playground.

Sorry I called your goon out.

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