Blackhawks down Flames

Blackhawks down Flames

There are 44 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 4, 2009, titled Blackhawks down Flames. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Nikolai Khabibulin made 34 saves, Martin Havlat, Andrew Ladd and Patrick Sharp each had a goal and an assist, and the Blackhawks rebounded from consecutive losses to Detroit to beat Calgary 5-2 on Sunday night.

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Jim

Chicago, IL

#1 Jan 4, 2009
Good win for the Hawks. Now get ready for Whining Wayne and Phoenix. Versteeg has a target on his back. We should get further clarification if the Hawks need a protective enforcer during that game.
no nose

Woodridge, IL

#2 Jan 4, 2009
Looks like the hawks are very able without Kane.
Grant Paterson

Vancouver, Canada

#3 Jan 4, 2009
I love that the Hawks are playing so much better this year than in past years. Hopefully gone are the 6+ game losing streaks when the coach and players could not find a way to stop the bleeding. Its also nice that they have some consistently good goaltending night in and night out. Now they need to find a way to spank Detroit on a regular basis. Go Hawks Go!

Since: Oct 08

La Crosse, WI

#4 Jan 4, 2009
The Wall of Bulin gets an A for his stellar play, especially the 3rd period. Without his saves at point blank range, it could have been a different game. He truly is at the top of his game mechanically and I would imagine mentally. We should be very thankful no one wanted him back in September. What a great win! To come back and beat one of the best in the West after those losses to the Wings shows the boys are for real. Man, is Marty Havlat looking good ! He finally looks healthy and we are seeing the skills that he posesses. He is mixing it up and simply finally looks strong. Keep the feet moving boys. GO HAWKS!
Great game

Evergreen Park, IL

#5 Jan 4, 2009
Now that was a fun game! Glad to see the Blackhawks back to their winning ways.

They really have to get past Detroit one of these days!

“COMMIT TO THE INDIAN”

Since: Oct 08

Naperville

#6 Jan 4, 2009
After the Winter Classic I was wondering how the Hawks would play. They showed me that after the 2 losses to Detroit that they could bounce back and win. There was no let down and Khabby looked great. Hopefully when Huet gets back in he picks it up before the classic lost.

I believe that the Hawks can play with anyone. When the playoffs begin my hope is that the Hawks will be able to play and beat the Wings.

Keep it rolling Hawks, I hope they beat the Coyotes
BFM

Wood Dale, IL

#7 Jan 5, 2009
Great win, but I hate to see them hanging on in the 3rd period. Outshot 20 to 8! I couldn't shake the feeling that if Huet was in goal, we might have blown that lead. I wish they would keep pushing when they have the lead. We've lost three 2 goal leads against Detroit and part of the reason, I think, is that they stop doing the things that got them those leads. The other part of the reason is that Detroit's really good.
Did anyone notice Havlat getting ticked off and actually shouldering somebody in the corner? Nice to see.
Eager didn't see the ice after his selfish penalty early in the 3rd. The Hawks need a physical presence, but that ain't it.
On to Phoenix. Again, all the teams on this 3 gamer can be had!
Bryan

Evanston, IL

#8 Jan 5, 2009
Yotes up next. It's gonna get physical!!
Tony

Saint Petersburg, FL

#9 Jan 5, 2009
Patrick who? Havlat needs to continue his fine play along with Ladd and Bolland. Nice to see Sharp get that empty netter. Like to see Toews get some offense going...Khabby stellar once again.
Jacqueass

Racine, WI

#10 Jan 5, 2009
Grant Paterson wrote:
Now they need to find a way to spank Detroit on a regular basis. Go Hawks Go!
Just wait a couple years. All of the Red Wings' current players will be collecting Social Security. ;) Right now, there is not a team in the world that can beat the Red Wings when they are hot.
Will

United States

#11 Jan 5, 2009
Can't wait to see Cam Barker in another uniform. For now I'll just have to be happy to see him in street clothes, knowing that out chances for winning are increased.
South Sider in Florida

Pensacola, FL

#12 Jan 5, 2009
Good job on the bounceback after back to back losses to the dreaded Wings. I was watching closely at how they'd respond, and they responded nicely.

I saw that Burish is back in the lineup. Who is sitting now that he's back? I'm not so sure about #37 yet. I know he's a fan favorite, but what for, I'm not so sure. Maybe he has a Claude Lemieux playoff touch we've yet to see, so I'll refrain from judgement, but can someone tell me what is the appeal with Burish? He's not a fighter, he doens't win many battles along the boards, and he isn't really effective as an "agitator".

I do like his goofy irreverence, I will say that. Someone please post a defense of Mr. Burish as I'd like to hear what you guys think of him...
Joker

United States

#13 Jan 5, 2009
Yeehaw!!!!!!!!!!
South Sider in Florida

Pensacola, FL

#14 Jan 5, 2009
And I couldn't agree more about Marty Havlat's stellar play. Since getting "demoted", he's been one of our best players, offensively and defensively.

I'm one of those who whined about keeping him on the team this off-season, what with the injuries, etc. But I'm damn glad no one listened to me! It seems that NOT being the Number 1 guy was the best thing that ever happened to Havlat.
Evan

Elgin, IL

#15 Jan 5, 2009
I was at the game last night. The atmosphere was great! Khavi looked awesome and shows why he should be the #1 goalie and not Huet. He made a great save on Iggy that I though for sure was going to go in. Did anyone catch the Flames #27 Roy flicking people off after he got ejected? He was jawing at fans in the penalty box lol. Beat the Yotes but have Versteegs back.
RamRod

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Jan 5, 2009
On for a short here.

Burish isn't what I thought he would be, but that was based on that one-shot knockout punch thrown late last season that put an antagonist on his backside just outside our crease. He didn't need anything more to justify his existence for last season. This year I haven't seen anything that makes him be what he looks like with his helmet off. Helmetless, he looks like someone who looks to take care of business, before he's asked to.

Eager will continue to be a thorn behind the net and finding ways to get the puck around front with some forceful moves. Now if he could just not lose it and stay with the play, as opposed to retaliating at the wrong time and in full view of a ref, we'd have something that fills the need for an aggressive forward.

I'm back to purgatory and peeking in now and again. I may not comment again until we take two straight from the Wings. That would be when?

"They're STILL our kids, damnit!"
BFM

Wood Dale, IL

#17 Jan 5, 2009
South Sider in Florida wrote:
Good job on the bounceback after back to back losses to the dreaded Wings. I was watching closely at how they'd respond, and they responded nicely.
I saw that Burish is back in the lineup. Who is sitting now that he's back? I'm not so sure about #37 yet. I know he's a fan favorite, but what for, I'm not so sure. Maybe he has a Claude Lemieux playoff touch we've yet to see, so I'll refrain from judgement, but can someone tell me what is the appeal with Burish? He's not a fighter, he doens't win many battles along the boards, and he isn't really effective as an "agitator".
I do like his goofy irreverence, I will say that. Someone please post a defense of Mr. Burish as I'd like to hear what you guys think of him...
He's a hard guy not to like, off the ice. The Hawks have used him quite extensively in their add campaigns.He was prominent at the convention. His picture appears every seven games or so on our season tickets. All for a player who has not really produced. I think the guy has a heart like a lion and is a big factor in the locker room. He took on a lot of guys bigger than he is last year and I want to give him a chance before the "chuck Adam" talk starts.
Micah

Corner Brook, Canada

#18 Jan 5, 2009
The Hawks stated after a 4-0 loss to Detroit that they were young and would learn from playing a team like the Red Wings. They followed that statement up by blowing a 3-1 first period lead and losing for the second straight game to the Wings at Wrigley. Their response to that game was that they still had a lot to learn before they could be considered a contending team or a threat to the Red Wings.

The Hawks returned to the United Centre and beat Calgary 5-2 on Sunday evening, but watching them play the third period and have to hang on by the skin of their teeth after allowing Calgary 20 shots on goal, I think the Hawks still have a lot to learn.

Thank God that nobody claimed Nikolai Khabibulin off waivers. Where would the Hawks be without him?

The Hawks team which played the second period and the Hawks team which played the third was like Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde. How can a team change their play so quickly?

Congratulations on the win, but the Hawks obviously still have a lot to learn.

Since: Oct 08

La Crosse, WI

#19 Jan 5, 2009
Micah from Moncton, Canada: You being a Canadien and possibly a player, your guess is as good as anyone's as to why a team changes. Here is my take: Hockey, like any sport is a game that is unexplainable at times: Teams change period to period and it is not from a lack of hustle or desire. As a high school hockey coach (please humor me as I use that as a reference) and former player at the college level I have seen games change in that time between periods and no one can adequately explain it. It is so easy for me to just say that the team didn't play hard enough for the entire 60 minutes (or 51 minutes or whatever) and "sat back" or "rested on the efforts of the previous period" or..... Sometimes a team does not go all out all game, but a lot of times the other team plays harder, gets some lucky bounces, etc. Sports are mysterious at times imo. Just a thought.

Since: Oct 08

La Crosse, WI

#20 Jan 5, 2009
For me, what's not to like about Burish: He's from Madison and a former Badger! lol...

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