Blackhawks come back to top Maple Leafs

Blackhawks come back to top Maple Leafs

There are 37 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Nov 22, 2008, titled Blackhawks come back to top Maple Leafs. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

David Bolland scored 49 seconds into overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-4 win over Toronto on Saturday night after the Maple Leafs retired Wendel Clark's No.

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paul

Fergus, Canada

#21 Nov 23, 2008
Chico..
From playing the game and coaching I know you understand that for a player the issue of more or less ice time is very important and Q is an old hand at using " minutes " to reward a player or taking them away to get his attention.
Torws on the second line is a chance for him to get his head together. He is playing better then an average player would play but he is not playing up to the level of his ability or team expectations.I really think he was too young to be given the C. Remember how it almost ruined LeCalvier when the Bolts made him captain at age 19. Now we are in a bind because if they take the C away his confidence will be hurt. I know the guy's character and when he played for us in world juniors he was the heart and soul of the team and the guys all respected him and he led by example. It is a long way from college or the juniors to the NHL so maybe he needed a few more years to build confidence and get respect from all his peers.

This team has confidence that gets better with every game. It has the enthusiasm of a young group and we are destined to go places but it all won't happen in one or two years. Some fine tuning, resolve the goal tending issue, bring in an experienced veteran with cup experience to provide leader ship.
When Wiz gets back it will give us another boost in confidence ,toughness and grit. AS Conn Smythe a former owner of the Leafs used to say if you can't beat them in the alley you won't beat them on the ice. Anaheim showed that 2 years ago when they toughed their way to the final and blew a highly skilled Ottawa team out of the building.
Khabby had no chance on three of the goals. The one on the backhand from the side of the net was our defenceman fault. I think it was Campbell that skated past the guy so he had time to control the puck and flipt by Khabby.On the one that trickled between his legs itwas a mistake but the way he [played last night one mistake is certainly forgiven.
You are right when you say if we let the west coast teams get up 3-0 we won't quit but they won't fold like the Leafs did last night. Come out strong get the first goal end keep their fans out of the game.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Oct 08

La Crosse, WI

#22 Nov 23, 2008
Paul: Don't know what Chico you are talking to. I have my HS hockey team picture by my name. The chico dude that has the ISP from Canada is another guy. A lot of truth in what what was daid by him and you! Chico

Since: Oct 08

La Crosse, WI

#23 Nov 23, 2008
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“COMMIT TO THE INDIAN”

Since: Oct 08

Naperville

#24 Nov 23, 2008
Chico_Hawk - you should change your name, it is too close to Chico 17. Chico 17 has been blogging with us for quite a while.

The Hawks have the 2nd youngest team in the league. What drives the age of the team up is Khabby and Huet. Pretty funny. Wiz will be back in a few weeks and like I have said on other posts I can't wait and we all believe that Sopel is the odd man out. Now do people somewhat believe that rumor about Buff and Sopel being traded for Neilander????? I can see Sopel being traded but I think that they are still going to work with Buff.
paul

Fergus, Canada

#25 Nov 23, 2008
Sorry for the confusion. I will remember to use Chico 17 on future posts. Chico 17 was the only Chico on this blog when I first came on board so I guess I dropped the 17 part of your "handle". On tonight's post I just saw the Chico part of the post and assumed it was you so I guess I was talking to the other Chico and answering his post but I thought I was talking to you. I apologise to Chico-Hawk and Chico-17 for not being more careful with my post. Rather a convoluted reply put that is my story. Remember I am a Canadian and I am old so please bear with me LOL.
Having said that I love going on this blog and talking with all the guys and gals that post here ( where is hockey chic this year?). Good Hawk fans , great hockey knowledge, and I regard you all as my long distance friends. We are going to have a lot of good things to talk about this year because we have a team that is really going to make a lot of noise this year.
paul

Fergus, Canada

#26 Nov 23, 2008
Tim - Hockey Rules wrote:
Chico_Hawk - you should change your name, it is too close to Chico 17. Chico 17 has been blogging with us for quite a while.
The Hawks have the 2nd youngest team in the league. What drives the age of the team up is Khabby and Huet. Pretty funny. Wiz will be back in a few weeks and like I have said on other posts I can't wait and we all believe that Sopel is the odd man out. Now do people somewhat believe that rumor about Buff and Sopel being traded for Neilander????? I can see Sopel being traded but I think that they are still going to work with Buff.
What is up with Buff? is he hurt are they holding him out pending a trade? We should keep him . Sopel can go but he would have to be part of a good package to get anything back. Lot of mixed reviews on Nylander. When he was here he didn't have much to play with, maybe he would be a better fit now. Don't want to see our youth movement hurt with a bad trade, young for old don't make sense unless you are getting a guy like a Messier who step in and show real leadership and that ain't Nylander.

“COMMIT TO THE INDIAN”

Since: Oct 08

Naperville

#27 Nov 23, 2008
Buff got hurt, but with the NHL they do not have to disclose what the injury is. I think that they do need some veteran leadership, I wish Havlat would step up and give that. But we all know what we have with Havlat, except this is a contract year and he wants his $$. I could care less about Sopel, also the Hawks have alot of talent in the AHL that they can trade, but they don't have the cap space. Nylander is a good player but what does he have left in the tank

Since: Oct 08

La Crosse, WI

#28 Nov 23, 2008
Paul: Absolutely no problem! I just wanted to kind of straighten that out. My name is not very common these days, although Chico Maki and Chico Resch played as you know. I guess it is Canadian and Hispanic or English or whatever... What you bring to these forums is in valuable! We really do have a nice group of Hawk and hockey fans and it makes the season really a lot of fun! Thanks paul. Chico
RamRod

Saint Paul, MN

#29 Nov 24, 2008
I'm Back, the leaves are done (not gone - done) at the loss of the first quarter of Bears (did I say loss - sic).

I didn't get to see the last half of the 3rd or OT, heard about it next morning.

Toews "C" doesn't bother me and I haven't seen a problem with his work ethic. He's all over everything and doesn't relent. I have no problem with that either. I just hope that they don't mess with his motivation. He wants to win and maybe some 2nd line time will sort things out.

The "hook" on Versteeg was blown, but, the difference is, that the team didn't try to take matters into their own hands and stayed focused on getting the 2 points. That's different!

Eager and Bolland were the heroes this game. Next game, who knows? That, too, is different. Their coach talked about the fact that the Hawks keep coming, probably in reference to the kids being relentless. I say they keep coming with a different person being a major factor in a win each night. Early part of this season opponents could focus on Sharp, Toews, Kaner or maybe even Campbell. NOW WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO AND WITH WHOM? Even we can't be certain who's going to be our savior/hero/star/difference maker.

What a friggin' nightmare!!

"They're OUR kids, damnit!"
chico_hawk

Niagara Falls, Canada

#30 Nov 24, 2008
Tim - Hockey Rules wrote:
Chico_Hawk - you should change your name, it is too close to Chico 17. Chico 17 has been blogging with us for quite a while.
The Hawks have the 2nd youngest team in the league. What drives the age of the team up is Khabby and Huet. Pretty funny. Wiz will be back in a few weeks and like I have said on other posts I can't wait and we all believe that Sopel is the odd man out. Now do people somewhat believe that rumor about Buff and Sopel being traded for Neilander????? I can see Sopel being traded but I think that they are still going to work with Buff.
just need to read more carefully - I've had this name long before I started posting here and sorry i'm not changing it.

as for the Nylander speculation, that better be all it is - acquiring his contract would put them in much the same cap position that signing huet did - and instead of dumping a 2nd line vet center they now need, they'll be looking to replace one of kane, toews or keith...

one of the dumbest things they could possibly do.
paul

Fergus, Canada

#31 Nov 24, 2008
RamRod wrote:
I'm Back, the leaves are done (not gone - done) at the loss of the first quarter of Bears (did I say loss - sic).
I didn't get to see the last half of the 3rd or OT, heard about it next morning.
Toews "C" doesn't bother me and I haven't seen a problem with his work ethic. He's all over everything and doesn't relent. I have no problem with that either. I just hope that they don't mess with his motivation. He wants to win and maybe some 2nd line time will sort things out.
The "hook" on Versteeg was blown, but, the difference is, that the team didn't try to take matters into their own hands and stayed focused on getting the 2 points. That's different!
Eager and Bolland were the heroes this game. Next game, who knows? That, too, is different. Their coach talked about the fact that the Hawks keep coming, probably in reference to the kids being relentless. I say they keep coming with a different person being a major factor in a win each night. Early part of this season opponents could focus on Sharp, Toews, Kaner or maybe even Campbell. NOW WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO AND WITH WHOM? Even we can't be certain who's going to be our savior/hero/star/difference maker.
What a friggin' nightmare!!
"They're OUR kids, damnit!"
But it's great to be able to have a team that isn't predictable that can be shut down by concentrating on a few guys.
Off to the coast to do some duck hunting and maybe our Indians will get some fish netted.
Good to hear you are winning your battle with the leaves. Ours are nicely buried. Should be a fine mess next spring.
Thin The Herd

West Des Moines, IA

#32 Nov 24, 2008
WEST COAST TOM wrote:
IT IS A BIT INTERESTING AND IRONIC THAT THE HAWKS RETIRED #3 FOR MAGGIE AND PIERRE PILOTE, THEN GET BEAT IN OT, IN A VERY CLOSE GAME TO AN ORIGINAL 6 TEAM, THE BRUINS. THEN THE MAPLE LEAFS RETIRE #17 FOR ONE OF THEIR ALL TIME FAN FAVORITES WENDELL CLARK, AND GET BEAT, ALSO IN A VERY CLOSE GAME AND ALSO IN OT TO AN ORIGINAL 6 TEAM, THE HAWKS. AND WHAT'S UP WITH BEN EAGER ??? I DUNNO WHAT COACH Q IS FUELING HIM WITH, BUT KEEP IT UP. THIS GUY HAS BEEN HUGE EVERY TIME HE'S GOTTEN A CHANCE TO PLAY. AND I REALLY GOTTA LIKE THE LONDON KNIGHTS CONNECTION THING WE GOT GOING ON WITH PATRICK KANE AND DAVID BOLLAND. PAUL IN LONDON IS RIGHT ON THE MONEY WHEN HE
STATED THAT THE KNIGHTS OUTPLAYED SIDNEY AND THE RIMOUSKI OCEANIC IN THE 2005 MEM CUP TOURNAMENT IN THE LONDON LABATT CENTRE, TO THE CHAGRIN OF THE 500 OR SO FANS WHO MADE THE TRIP FROM THE ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY TOWN. WE TOO MADE THE TRIP THERE. A 61-DAY AND 48 GAME ODESSEY, CULMINATING WITH THE MEM CUP TOUNEY. ANYONE IN CHICAGO OR THE BURBS THERE THAT HAVEN'T DONE THE JUNIOR HOCKEY GIG; YOU'RE MISSING A REAL TREAT. THE TRICK IS TO GO WATCH THE KIDS THAT THE HAWKS DRAFT THEN 5 YEARS LATER WHEN THEY MAKE IT TO THE SHOW, YOU GET TO SAY WOWSER !!! I REMEMBER......... THE LABATT CENTRE IN LONDON IS ONE OF THE FINEST BARNS I'VE EVER WATCH ED A GAME IN. WHADDAYA THINK, PAULIE, WE WERE IN SECTION 107, BUT 108 AND 117 ARE REAL COOL AS WELL. WE SHARED THE BOOTH WITH BOB MCKENSIE AND PIERRE OF T.S.N. IT WAS VERY REWARDING AND A MEMORABLE TRIP WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
Junior hockey is great fun. I lived in Seattle in the late 80's thru the mid 90's. Got to see Peter Nedved, Chris Osgood, Patrick Marleau, and many others. The old Seattle Arena--about 4000 capacity--was a great place to watch a game. Small and LOUD. Not to speak of $10 for the best seats.

No hockey fan should miss the chance to catch local junior teams.
paul

Fergus, Canada

#33 Nov 25, 2008
WEST COAST TOM wrote:
IT IS A BIT INTERESTING AND IRONIC THAT THE HAWKS RETIRED #3 FOR MAGGIE AND PIERRE PILOTE, THEN GET BEAT IN OT, IN A VERY CLOSE GAME TO AN ORIGINAL 6 TEAM, THE BRUINS. THEN THE MAPLE LEAFS RETIRE #17 FOR ONE OF THEIR ALL TIME FAN FAVORITES WENDELL CLARK, AND GET BEAT, ALSO IN A VERY CLOSE GAME AND ALSO IN OT TO AN ORIGINAL 6 TEAM, THE HAWKS. AND WHAT'S UP WITH BEN EAGER ??? I DUNNO WHAT COACH Q IS FUELING HIM WITH, BUT KEEP IT UP. THIS GUY HAS BEEN HUGE EVERY TIME HE'S GOTTEN A CHANCE TO PLAY. AND I REALLY GOTTA LIKE THE LONDON KNIGHTS CONNECTION THING WE GOT GOING ON WITH PATRICK KANE AND DAVID BOLLAND. PAUL IN LONDON IS RIGHT ON THE MONEY WHEN HE
STATED THAT THE KNIGHTS OUTPLAYED SIDNEY AND THE RIMOUSKI OCEANIC IN THE 2005 MEM CUP TOURNAMENT IN THE LONDON LABATT CENTRE, TO THE CHAGRIN OF THE 500 OR SO FANS WHO MADE THE TRIP FROM THE ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY TOWN. WE TOO MADE THE TRIP THERE. A 61-DAY AND 48 GAME ODESSEY, CULMINATING WITH THE MEM CUP TOUNEY. ANYONE IN CHICAGO OR THE BURBS THERE THAT HAVEN'T DONE THE JUNIOR HOCKEY GIG; YOU'RE MISSING A REAL TREAT. THE TRICK IS TO GO WATCH THE KIDS THAT THE HAWKS DRAFT THEN 5 YEARS LATER WHEN THEY MAKE IT TO THE SHOW, YOU GET TO SAY WOWSER !!! I REMEMBER......... THE LABATT CENTRE IN LONDON IS ONE OF THE FINEST BARNS I'VE EVER WATCH ED A GAME IN. WHADDAYA THINK, PAULIE, WE WERE IN SECTION 107, BUT 108 AND 117 ARE REAL COOL AS WELL. WE SHARED THE BOOTH WITH BOB MCKENSIE AND PIERRE OF T.S.N. IT WAS VERY REWARDING AND A MEMORABLE TRIP WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
The Labatt center rocks!! Usually sold out for every Knoghts game and with over 9,000 fans making a lot of noise you get the kids playing their hearts out. You are right about junior hockey being a great game , you are seeing tomorrows NHL stars in action.
eddie shore

Riverside, IL

#34 Nov 25, 2008
Tim - Hockey Rules wrote:
Chico_Hawk - you should change your name, it is too close to Chico 17. Chico 17 has been blogging with us for quite a while.
The Hawks have the 2nd youngest team in the league. What drives the age of the team up is Khabby and Huet. Pretty funny. Wiz will be back in a few weeks and like I have said on other posts I can't wait and we all believe that Sopel is the odd man out. Now do people somewhat believe that rumor about Buff and Sopel being traded for Neilander????? I can see Sopel being traded but I think that they are still going to work with Buff.
Tim when you say "quite a while" I noticed that you joined up in mid oct 2008. The difference is very clear between 17 and hawk. Usually what they do with rookies is hold them down on the training table and shave them ( anybody that was paid to play knows what I am talking about)I didnt notice any of your posts last year. Welcome aboard rookie
RamRod

Saint Paul, MN

#35 Nov 25, 2008
paul wrote:
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The Labatt center rocks!! Usually sold out for every Knoghts game and with over 9,000 fans making a lot of noise you get the kids playing their hearts out. You are right about junior hockey being a great game , you are seeing tomorrows NHL stars in action.
LaBatt? Did somebody say something about LaBatts? ;-)

That's a long way to go for a Junior Hockey game, but, for a couple of free LaBatts, it just might be worth it. The Labatt's are free, right?

No?

Never mind!

"TOK, D!"
paul

Fergus, Canada

#36 Nov 25, 2008
RamRod wrote:
<quoted text>
LaBatt? Did somebody say something about LaBatts? ;-)
That's a long way to go for a Junior Hockey game, but, for a couple of free LaBatts, it just might be worth it. The Labatt's are free, right?
No?
Never mind!
"TOK, D!"
RamRod
Labatts is brewed here in London and I believe a lot of their beer goes to the USA. Check out you label and it might say so.
RamRod

Saint Paul, MN

#37 Dec 3, 2008
It does and I'm constantly on edge that the border crossing might become a problem.
There was talk about a tariff being reimposed on beers imported from Canada, but, someone got their heads leveled and that idea died. Thank God!

The next rumor was about the price. I'm at $8.99USD for 12PK and it is still a better tasting beer than imports twice that price, so price increases probably won't end the ten year man-love affair with LaBatt's Blue.

We must have Junior Hockey around here, but don't know where it is. My schedule wouldn't allow the time to see very many games. Besides, it would be sponsored by Miller or some other subordinate brew. Can't support that.

"TOK, D!"

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