Chicago Blackhawks lose in overtime

Chicago Blackhawks lose in overtime

There are 57 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Mar 18, 2009, titled Chicago Blackhawks lose in overtime. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

When a team is struggling as much as the Blackhawks recently, anything remotely positive is seized upon.

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Fallen and cant get up

Hinsdale, IL

#1 Mar 18, 2009
My humble assessment: Soupy needs a rest and to stop running in circles. Versteeg needs to stop being a fancy pants. Kaner needs to shoot the darned puck already. I'm thoroughly impressed that he scored tonight. Seabrook needs to lose the load in his pants, it's clearly slowing him down. Eager needs to hit somebody again. Byfuglien needs to get to the net and be tougher about holding his ground. I can't wait for Sharpie to return, but easy does it when he does. The entire team needs to take the puck toward the net once in the zone. We are so easily pushed outside and teams are aggressively clogging the passing lanes. Go to the net, get there, shoot. If you don't have the puck, screen the goalie and get to the dang rebound. Playing this way got us into 4th place and should be good enough to keep us there if we stick to it. Come on, boys!! Your fans are still here, just getting really nervous already.
Frustrated Hawks Fan

Griffith, IN

#2 Mar 18, 2009
The Hawks deserved to win this game, but thanks to our two big free agent signings, it wasn't to be. Huet was simply awful. Although he made some big saves the four goals he gave up were absolutely brutal. Not one of those goals should have gone in. Campbell? Well, I'm running out of adjectives (bad ones) to describe my disgust with him. In the first period while we are on the PP he telegraphs a cross ice pass that Nash easily picks off. As he heads off on a breakaway, Campbell just stood there for a good two seconds before he finally though it might be a good idea to skate after him. Then in OT he lets Vermette get by him and outmuscle him for the puck. It just makes me sick to my stomach that we paid this guy 8 million a year. Furthermore, we got this guy because of his so called great offensive skills, yet the last time he scored a goal was in January. If anyone deserved a seat in the press box for a game or two, it's this guy. However, because of his salary, it won't happen. He has already been getting booed at the UC (justly deserved) and I have a feeling that's only going to get worse.
WrecksAlwaysSux

King Of Prussia, PA

#3 Mar 18, 2009
Campbell and Huet are both terrible. How pathetic journeyman Walker is paired with the pantsyass "offensive defenseman" to try to cover up the latter's defensive ineptitude. Four-min PP with no setup and no shot on goal, with two Nash breakaways courtsey of Campblow!

Since: Dec 08

Villa Park, IL

#4 Mar 18, 2009
the sad part is cambell is making the most money on the team and yet hes not even good enough to make the team. if it wasnt for his contract he would be in the minors cause thats where he belongs. his plus minus keeps going down and down and if it wasnt for matt walker it would be going down alot faster. cambell is a joke every one in hockey knows it and were stuck with his 8 mill a year for the next 100 years its gonna seem like and theres nothing we can do about. no team will ever take him its impossible to do anything besides chew on the fact that hes gonna ruin the organization
Chris

San Diego, CA

#5 Mar 18, 2009
A disappointing end but at least we got a point. Power play was tentative, Campbell needs to direct the puck to the net more, too many cross-ice passes. Can Brower ever finish on a prime scoring chance??(nice assist on Kane's goal though) Huet made several key saves, but two bad goals were momentum killers right after the Hawks had grabbed a lead. On the other goal he gave up in regulation, he could have done a better job controlling the rebound after it came off the boards. Another long homestand coming up, lets get busy.
Indian Head Crest

Wayne, IL

#6 Mar 19, 2009
One of the few bright spots over the past several games has been the emerging play of Hjalmarsson. At times, he was the best defender on the ice tonight. And he has great footwork. Sit Campbell's sorry a s s and pair this kid with Walker.
Thin The Herd

Milwaukee, WI

#7 Mar 19, 2009
An OK outcome, as we really need any points we can get.

Huet was brutal every time he left the net. The Nash goal reminded me of Kerry Price last year in the playoffs for Montreal......just not in the game. Huet made some fine saves, but he's letting in goals at crucial times.

Good first shift by Campbell, then pretty much downhill from there.

Does anyone else think our points, especially on the PP, need to just get a wrist shot on goal? Too many blocked slapshots and too many picked off passes. Kane's been guilty there, too.
Tony

Clermont, FL

#9 Mar 19, 2009
Poouet just can't make the routine saves. I'm glad they got a point but that was a game that should've been won and i'm squarely blaming this one on the goalie. Campbell? Terrible, he could've reached out and deflected the puck before it got to Vermette sure he was caught in deep on the other end but he still got back to at least get a stick on the puck..On the PP the dude doesn't shoot and when he does he misses the net by 10ft....Edmonton next maybe we can pull this one out.
Hawksfan

Naperville, IL

#10 Mar 19, 2009
Huet would be a good men's league goalie. That 3rd goal was stupid. Bring back Tony-O!
Bubba

Chicago, IL

#11 Mar 19, 2009
It's spelled "Umberger", not Umberberg'
Huet looked terrible, as did Campbell
USMCVet

United States

#12 Mar 19, 2009
Goaltending is what lost the game. Huet gave the puck away that ended with a goal against. Huet's head was in the clouds when Nash floated a shot that resulted in a goal. I realize that Campbell has been playing horrible, but he was bailed out.
Seabrook was the only skater that had fight in him. He was aggressive and played hard. I think frustration set in a bit.
The PP is atrocious! Torchetti needs to go. They do not move the puck to open shooting lanes, and they don't get enough pucks to the net.
Overall, not a bad game, if we had a little goal tending, it would have been a win.
Irish82

Indianapolis, IN

#13 Mar 19, 2009
When is someone going to call out Brian Campbell? He has STUNK for over a month now.
Indy Hawk Fan

Lebanon, IN

#14 Mar 19, 2009
I threw all my Campbell soup in the garbage last night. I can't stand to look at that name anymore.

Don't get me started on FRENCH fries!

GO HAWKS!!!

“COMMIT TO THE INDIAN”

Since: Oct 08

Naperville

#15 Mar 19, 2009
I could not believe Huet and how he played. Come on stay in the darn net, he goes out to play that puck and they score. The 2nd goal he needed to pay attention, and the same with the 3rd goal. From my perspective the Hawks should have won in regulation. Sure Campbell messed up but that was in OT and sorry to say there was no reason to get to OT.

All that being said I did see them play much better the last 2 games. Every team goes thru slumps and the Hawks are no different. I was very impressed with the new guy won alot of face offs. And they will be in the playoffs. What I don't get is why are the fans booing at home. I have been going to games there for many years and this team is very good. To me it is wrong to be booing our team, real die hard fans don't boo them period
WrecksAlwaysSux

Malvern, PA

#16 Mar 19, 2009
From the Blackhawks board: "...Vermette in an interview charitably called Campbell's effort a tired backcheck..."

I freakingly told you so!
MR KENNEDY

Rensselaer, IN

#17 Mar 19, 2009
I guess if you stunk up the joint the last 2 Sundays when the place is full and the opposing teams are locked in the bottom half and clearly being pushed all over the ice fans are going to get pissed.Tallon will be busy in the off season.
Thin The Herd

Milwaukee, WI

#18 Mar 19, 2009
USMCVet wrote:
Goaltending is what lost the game. Huet gave the puck away that ended with a goal against. Huet's head was in the clouds when Nash floated a shot that resulted in a goal. I realize that Campbell has been playing horrible, but he was bailed out.
Seabrook was the only skater that had fight in him. He was aggressive and played hard. I think frustration set in a bit.
The PP is atrocious! Torchetti needs to go. They do not move the puck to open shooting lanes, and they don't get enough pucks to the net.
Overall, not a bad game, if we had a little goal tending, it would have been a win.
I thought the Hawks outplayed the BJs for much of the game, esp the third period. The 1st and 3rd Columus goals were momentum killers, as they came shortly after the Hawks had scored.

Huet lost that game, no question.

Loved to see Seabrook acting nasty.
KTO

Bethpage, NY

#19 Mar 19, 2009
The fans are booing because the team is not performing. And Huet looks terrible. Not all the time, I'll say he made a few big saves last night, but he also screwed up a few too.

I also agree that Campbell is stinking up the ice, what's he getting paid?
Bryan

Evanston, IL

#20 Mar 19, 2009
Here I was, all ready to come on this thread and vent my displeasure for Campbell's game, only to find out that he was already been ripped a new one.

He needs to sit a couple games, get his head on straight. Huet needs to follow suit, he needs a mental break from being the "top guy" day in and day out, he is gassed and mentally unfocused.

Having said that, I will put my Dale Tallon cap on and make a couple of moves. Scratch Campbell and Huet. Call up Corey Crawford and Jordan Hendry, and let them get some gametime. A healthy Nik and Crawford can carry the load while Huet figures out what is wrong with his focus. While Hendry can be paired with Barker(if healthy) and earn some back of that time that he was gettng last year.

This team needs a shake up, and I think this would be a formidable solution. They have settled into a rut, and honestly, I think that some of these "star" players have the sense of too much security. Sit Huet and Campbell to prove to everyone else that, if you don't come out and work you *** off, you sit...period.
RamRod

Saint Paul, MN

#21 Mar 19, 2009
Re: Campbell. I'll refresh the memory of some old salts:

From the mezzanine at the stadium:

"TIE PAPPIN TO THE BENCH!"

The next season he was an essential part of the MPH line and never looked back.

I don't know how bad Campbell is, but, take a look at any of the other defensemen and focus on their play. You'll be surprised at how bad they look when you pay no attention to anyone else. On top of that, a "called out" player will inevitably get exponentially worse while in the spotlight. Murphy's Law kind of thing.

That's not a defense of a defenseman, rather a prayer that he ends up proving his worth with a little letup in criticism.

The whole bunch looked a little more determined and coordinated.

One step at a time?

"They're OUR kids, damnit!"

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