Blackhawks beat Flames in overtime

Blackhawks beat Flames in overtime

There are 38 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 19, 2008, titled Blackhawks beat Flames in overtime. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

It's only appropriate the red-hot Blackhawks continued their trek through Western Canada with a match-up against the Calgary Flames .

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MI hawk fan

Jacksonville, AR

#1 Dec 19, 2008
Seems the boys are learning how to win the close ones now. Their confidence on the ice clearly shows, exciting for us...scary for the opposing team. Way to go HAWKS!!
Thin The Herd

West Des Moines, IA

#2 Dec 20, 2008
Very nice road win, and should be another confidence booster for the Hawks young team.

BTW, it really IS idiotic that Duncan Keith isn't on the All-Star ballot. Just shows how foolish the set-up is.

The game itself isn't worth watching anyway, since it is only a rough approximation of hockey. The skills competitions are much more entertaining than a 10-9, no-hit, shootout.
Murphy

Westchester, IL

#3 Dec 20, 2008
Thin The Herd wrote:
Very nice road win, and should be another confidence booster for the Hawks young team.
BTW, it really IS idiotic that Duncan Keith isn't on the All-Star ballot. Just shows how foolish the set-up is.
The game itself isn't worth watching anyway, since it is only a rough approximation of hockey. The skills competitions are much more entertaining than a 10-9, no-hit, shootout.
The All-Star Game is great in exposing the game to new or casual fans. For long-time true fans it can be boring, but it is worth playing in hopes of developing more hard core fans. GO HAWKS.
Hockeybuff

Chicago, IL

#4 Dec 20, 2008
Man, this club is going to be good for a long time. All this youth and talent! Gotta love the way the Youngins are going on the road and taking it to their opponents.
Section 319

AOL

#5 Dec 20, 2008
The Flames ain't chopped liver no means. They were 9-3-3 at home going into this one. So another statement win for the Blackhawks who have been been putting together a growing list of statements.

The Hawks keep on passing every test. But they've got a brutal mid-term exam schedule -- from January 28 to February 21 -- when they play 11 of 12 on the road. Yet, maybe we should look to that stretch of games as final exams time, because if the Blackhawks pass those tests, they surely graduate to the next level -- With Honors!

Let's Go Hawks!
Murphy

Westchester, IL

#6 Dec 20, 2008
Section 319 wrote:
The Flames ain't chopped liver no means. They were 9-3-3 at home going into this one. So another statement win for the Blackhawks who have been been putting together a growing list of statements.
The Hawks keep on passing every test. But they've got a brutal mid-term exam schedule -- from January 28 to February 21 -- when they play 11 of 12 on the road. Yet, maybe we should look to that stretch of games as final exams time, because if the Blackhawks pass those tests, they surely graduate to the next level -- With Honors!
Let's Go Hawks!
Very insightful post. Thank-you.
Rocky

Syracuse, NY

#7 Dec 20, 2008
This team is probably the most all-around talented we've seen here since the early 90s days of Roenick, Belfour, Cheli, and Murphy.

It's just awesome to watch them.
Tony

Clermont, FL

#8 Dec 20, 2008
Ho hum, another win...The Hawks had a lot of jump and you can just see the confidence with every shift they take. Keep it going, lets complete the hat trick and beat the Canucks!

GO HAWKS!...Great analogy Section 319!
steve

Bangkok, Thailand

#9 Dec 20, 2008
Exciting to hear them talk about their love for the game and commitment to each other on the team. The lack of selfishness and the start of not taking foolish penalties has made a difference. Not sure how much is attributed to Coach Q but his attitude and ability to push them while mixing in fun seems to have this team playing loose, fun, and for each other which is hard to find at times. GO HAWKS!
Indy Hawk Fan

Zionsville, IN

#10 Dec 20, 2008
Great game. I woke up my kids I yelled so loud when Keith scored!

Great year so far!

GO HAWKS!!!
Tell the Truth

Mechanicsburg, PA

#11 Dec 20, 2008
The Blackhawks are the 11th best team in hockey in a league that is WAAAAAYYYYY over sized for the interest and talent available. They still have a ways to go and it is by no means certain that they will get there - given injuries, talent drop offs and or trades or free agency.

I know this is COLD water on the 9 Blackhawks fans out there; but it is better to be realistic than to be duped into a frenzy.

I'm predicting now that the Blackhawks will get eliminated in the second round of of the playoffs. Again, given the size of the league, that's hardly a major accomplishment.

Since: Oct 08

La Crosse, WI

#12 Dec 20, 2008
Hockey Tim and I were talking on the phone after the game and we both agreed that the team probably is "ahead of schedule". My top five in the league right now in no particular order: Bruins, Wings, Rangers, Blackhawks and Sharks. Interesting that 4 of them are original six teams. That is really good for the league. The Habs are playing well also, so that only leaves the Leafs who are struggling somewhat. It has been a very long time since all of them were good at the same time, if ever! My grade for Khabby: A. He was so solid! He just is doing everything well. No weaknesses in the armor. This team will hit some losing streaks, but imo they will not go into a prolonged slump. They are too good. Yes, they are too good! It has been so long since we have been able to say that. How far they go in the playoffs? We are going to get our chance to see. Keep the feet movintg boys! Get #7 tonight. The game is also the 2nd game of the Hockey Night In Canada double header. Go Hawks!!!
Murphy

Westchester, IL

#13 Dec 20, 2008
Tell the Truth wrote:
The Blackhawks are the 11th best team in hockey in a league that is WAAAAAYYYYY over sized for the interest and talent available. They still have a ways to go and it is by no means certain that they will get there - given injuries, talent drop offs and or trades or free agency.
I know this is COLD water on the 9 Blackhawks fans out there; but it is better to be realistic than to be duped into a frenzy.
I'm predicting now that the Blackhawks will get eliminated in the second round of of the playoffs. Again, given the size of the league, that's hardly a major accomplishment.
While some of you expressions hold water, many do not. Thanks for the input, and I and hundreds of thousands of other Blackhawk fans hope you're mistaken.
BFM

Wood Dale, IL

#14 Dec 20, 2008
Tell the Truth wrote:
The Blackhawks are the 11th best team in hockey in a league that is WAAAAAYYYYY over sized for the interest and talent available. They still have a ways to go and it is by no means certain that they will get there - given injuries, talent drop offs and or trades or free agency.
I know this is COLD water on the 9 Blackhawks fans out there; but it is better to be realistic than to be duped into a frenzy.
I'm predicting now that the Blackhawks will get eliminated in the second round of of the playoffs. Again, given the size of the league, that's hardly a major accomplishment.
I think I can speak for the other 8 Hawk fans when I say that in total point the Hawks are 6th in the league and there are only 3 teams with a better winning percentage. Perhaps you should post using the name "Gets the facts wrong, uses those facts to form an uneducated opinion and makes assinine predictions"!

Since: Oct 08

La Crosse, WI

#15 Dec 20, 2008
It is simply an opoinion to try to talk about talent level in the NHL. What does it really mean? Hockey participation around the world that feeds the NHL is at an all time high. That includes Europe, the U.S. and of course Canada. In North America, numbers are up in youth (Mites, Squirts, PeeWees,Bantams and Midgets), High School, Juniors and College hockey. The coaching is much better than it has ever been at all levels with clinics most certainly available everywhere. Professional leagues are now around the world with the leagues in Finland, Norway, Sweden, England, Italy, all of Eastern Europe and the KHL in Russia. Hockey players are generally faster, stronger healthier and better coached than at any time in history. Now, possibly the NHL has expanded too much. The league IS NOT watered down. There are a lot of hockey players around the world who cannot make the NHL that would have played in the old NHL imo. Predictions can be made about where a team will finish can be made by any of us. However, to intimate that hockey talent is not there is stupid! Learn what is going on before such foolish statements are made please.
South Sider in Florida

Milton, FL

#16 Dec 20, 2008
Awesome game with a playoff intensity from both teams throughout. Great OT win. Rene Bourque was flying against his old team; too bad he didn't play like that while wearing the Indian Head.

Awesome team effort and I noticed something that hadn't caught my attention before last night. The Hawks are very comfortable handling the puck in their own end. I'm impressed by our forwards most, because there isn't a single one of them that I get nervous about when they're handling the puck in our zone. It always seemed like there was one guy who'd scared the crap out of you when they had the puck in their end, especially in a tight game. But last night I realized that there isn't a single player on this team that I'm scared of. They can all do their jobs. Just another facet of a great team. Go HAWKS!
Tony

Clermont, FL

#17 Dec 20, 2008
What happen to hockey Tim? Truth be told? I'd rather just ignore it...
South Sider in Florida

Milton, FL

#18 Dec 20, 2008
Tell The Truth, you're probably right, but golly, do you have to wizz all over our corn flakes like that? ;-) Actually I'm not sure where you got your "11th best", but check out NHL.com and take a look at their Power Rankings. The Blackhawks are in the top 5, and I think they belong there.

Sure, it's probable that they won't move past the 2nd Round (assuming they make it), but anything can happen in the playoffs when a team catches fire and gets hot. One thing that undeniable, is this crop of Blackhawks can turn up the heat pretty fast.

“COMMIT TO THE INDIAN”

Since: Oct 08

Naperville

#19 Dec 20, 2008
What a great game they played. From start to finish they played with patience. When the Flames went up by the goal they did not panic, they did not change their game plan, they kept playing their game. Every line on the Hawks team is producing and they are playing so much better than I ever thought. I loved the way that Toews took the puck to the net in OT, then Keith having the presence to go to the loose puck and score the goal, HUGE.

I look at the standings and the points that the Hawks have. I never thought that after 30 games played the Hawks would have 41 points. Keep it going Hawks and get a win in Van tonight

Now about the posting about the league being over sized and the talent level. Since it is the Christmas season I am not going to pick on someone that is mentally challanged. I will say this, that the NHL is not over sized. That the talent level is there and not only in the NHL, but also the teams that feed into it. There is so much talent that can't even make it to the NHL level it is sad. The only league that really doesn't have any talent is the adult bar leagues. And I would love for this person to come out and play with us, eventhough we are older and not even close to as good as the players that can make it in the Russian league, we have a love and passion for the game.

Check out the NHL.com and you will see the top teams, the Hawks are right there. Tallon put together a great team. Coach Q is leading them to the promise land of the playoffs. Boys it is going to be a great march to the playoffs. And by the way it is really easy to predict that a team is going to get eliminated at a certain round. No one here thinks that the Hawks are going to make it to the cup finals, I would love it more than anything to be at the UC during a cup final series.

GO HAWKS

Since: Oct 08

La Crosse, WI

#20 Dec 20, 2008
I travel and have traveled quite a bit as a hockey coach (high school level now) at all youth levels across a lot of "hockey North America". I can say for certain that Blackhawk fans are everywhere and they always have been even during the down times. Just because the UC has not always been full (until this season of course, it doesn't mean that Hawk fans are not around. Canada is loaded with fans of the Chicago team. I try to wear my Blackhawk jacket and/or hats as much as possible and find that guys (and gals) will come up to me and are excited about the team and are diehard fans. This proud franchise has many, many fans outside metropolitan Chicago. Remember, people become fans when a local kid makes it to a particular team. So, to try to say that there are not many fans is simply not true. Hey, go to an away game and see how many Hawk Jerseys are in the crowd! Off my soapbox...

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