Blackhawks honor Esposito with ceremo...

Blackhawks honor Esposito with ceremony, shutout of Capitals

There are 36 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Mar 19, 2008, titled Blackhawks honor Esposito with ceremony, shutout of Capitals. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Nikolai Khabibulin made 25 saves in his first start in nearly a month to earn his second shutout this season, and the Blackhawks defeated the Washington Capitals 5-0 on Wednesday night.

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Stu Grimson

Chicago, IL

#1 Mar 19, 2008
HAWKS!
Tim

Naperville, IL

#2 Mar 19, 2008
Tony, Chico, Bryan, Paul, and Section 319 let me tell you what a game. First thing the Tony O stick is awesome, well worth the money. Next while walking down the concourse before the game my buddy and I were stopped by a camera crew, I was wearing my autographed Tony O jersey and my buddy was wearing a Hull jersey. That was awesome cause there were alot of #35 jerseys in the croud. Then the game, what a game I was so impressed with the way the Hawks shut down the Caps and how they dominated on offense. Sopel, Keith, and even Seabrook had great games. Buff was hitting people and even Toews messed it up with Olie. And the Bulin wall got a standing ovation when he caught that puck in the air, it was a classic Tony O move and it was so fitting that Bulin had a shutout on Tony O night. I am so impressed with the way they played tonight, if they could only do that more often. GO HAWKS.
Tim

Naperville, IL

#3 Mar 19, 2008
Oh sorry I forgot to mention the pre-game ceremony. It was so classy to see the Hawks have as a surprise to Tony his brother Phil show up and present Tony with his old hockey mask. The croud went nuts chanting Tony, Tony. It gave me goosebumps watching and listening to the entire 20 minute ceremony. The Hawks organization had made a huge turnaround from when Dollar Bill was running the show. They are a very classy organization from Rockey down. Now they need to have Glenn Hall night. Wouldn't that be great.
Mike

Saint Joseph, MI

#5 Mar 19, 2008
Went to the game tonight and couldn't have asked for a better outcome. Best all-around game the Hawks have played all year. But I really went to see my all-time favorite goalie...To-ny, To-ny, To-ny! Bringing his brother back to present him with his old mask was a nice touch. Tony-O was sitting in one of the boxes just below us signing autographs, chatting up the fans and tossing back drinks. I mention the last part because I got home and watched his interview between the second and third periods and it seemed pretty obvious he was a little tipsy. God love 'em, though...it was his night. He SHOULD be celebrating after being ignored by the team for a few decades. Ton-ny, To-ny, To-ny!!
Tony

Clermont, FL

#6 Mar 20, 2008
A great night all around. You couldn't ask for anything more.8 more to go it's the home stretch and all against divisional foes.GO HAWKS!
Doc

Chesterfield, MO

#7 Mar 20, 2008
I've been to a number of games this year, more so than previous ones and I must say I love what the Hawks are doing. Being at the game last night was absolutely amazing. The tribute to Tony-O, as well as Hull and Mikita were first class and a testament to the sincerity of the organization to bring back the quality of play from the past to the present. Go Hawks!
P.S. This is my first post for anything and I appreciate the insight you 319'ers and other regulars bring to this game. Thanks.
Section 319

AOL

#8 Mar 20, 2008
Another special night. To-ny! Win! Shutout! Dominant!

The turn around is amazing and, I'd say, complete. Blackhawks playing winning hockey. Large crowds. Our legends back in the house and appreciated. New stars. The promise of a bright future.

I am so much looking forward to watching this team grow together to become, as I know they will, real Cup contenders. I had been dreaming of playoff hockey this year, and even though it looks like it won't happen, this season has been wonderful. What a blast to be back reconnecting with my old heroes and my team. As I watched the game last nigth and the domination of the oppenent, I couldn't help but feel like we were in the old barn, in the 80s, when the Hawks hardly ever lost at home! And I know the return of those days is just around the corner.
dennis dejordy

Chicago, IL

#9 Mar 20, 2008
With Esposito, a childhood sports hero, in the house, it was appropriate they acheived a shutout on this night.

In addition to the fine team effort, it was also appropriate Esposito witnessed a third period save by Khabibulin that was truly amazing and will be replayed for years to come.
paul

Mississauga, Canada

#10 Mar 20, 2008
Doc wrote:
I've been to a number of games this year, more so than previous ones and I must say I love what the Hawks are doing. Being at the game last night was absolutely amazing. The tribute to Tony-O, as well as Hull and Mikita were first class and a testament to the sincerity of the organization to bring back the quality of play from the past to the present. Go Hawks!
P.S. This is my first post for anything and I appreciate the insight you 319'ers and other regulars bring to this game. Thanks.
Welcome to the post. Always good to have a new perspective in the gang. Keep on posting. GO HAWKS
Paul
Chico17

La Crosse, WI

#11 Mar 20, 2008
Keep the legs moving boys! A wonderful win on a night that Tony-O was honored. Tim: Great commentary from one who was at the game, as was yours 319. Keep the good posts coming boys! I agree, that glove save made this old goalie's heart jump. Wow! It's do or die now. They have to absolutely run the table to have even a chance at the 8th spot. Not giving up yet.GO HAWKS!
paul

Mississauga, Canada

#12 Mar 20, 2008
Wow!! Shutout by The Wall, Tony honored, Phil in the house, Ovetchkin shut down!!! Life just don't get any better.
It is good to see Rocky is revitalizing the memories of past glory,bringing Hull,Mikita,Esposito back in touch with the organization. Guys the future does look great.
bryan

Evanston, IL

#13 Mar 20, 2008
Amazing, the pregame festivities were amzing!! I can't believe I wasn't there. My parents even called from the game to let me hear how loud it was..... The Broadcast was pretty good but how special it must have been to be there.

As a goalie, that save by Bulin in the third was DISGUSTING!!!!! Incredible acrobatics, and solid saves all night from the Bulin Wall, keep it up. Unbelievable game, no better tribute to Tony - O then a shutout.
Tim

United States

#14 Mar 20, 2008
Section 319 wrote:
Another special night. To-ny! Win! Shutout! Dominant!
The turn around is amazing and, I'd say, complete. Blackhawks playing winning hockey. Large crowds. Our legends back in the house and appreciated. New stars. The promise of a bright future.
I am so much looking forward to watching this team grow together to become, as I know they will, real Cup contenders. I had been dreaming of playoff hockey this year, and even though it looks like it won't happen, this season has been wonderful. What a blast to be back reconnecting with my old heroes and my team. As I watched the game last nigth and the domination of the oppenent, I couldn't help but feel like we were in the old barn, in the 80s, when the Hawks hardly ever lost at home! And I know the return of those days is just around the corner.
Section 319 we have missed you here, do me a favor we want to bring Pat Foley back and we need you to sign up. Please go to https://www.thepoint.com/campaigns/bring-pat-...
paul

Mississauga, Canada

#15 Mar 20, 2008
Tim wrote:
Tony, Chico, Bryan, Paul, and Section 319 let me tell you what a game. First thing the Tony O stick is awesome, well worth the money. Next while walking down the concourse before the game my buddy and I were stopped by a camera crew, I was wearing my autographed Tony O jersey and my buddy was wearing a Hull jersey. That was awesome cause there were alot of #35 jerseys in the croud. Then the game, what a game I was so impressed with the way the Hawks shut down the Caps and how they dominated on offense. Sopel, Keith, and even Seabrook had great games. Buff was hitting people and even Toews messed it up with Olie. And the Bulin wall got a standing ovation when he caught that puck in the air, it was a classic Tony O move and it was so fitting that Bulin had a shutout on Tony O night. I am so impressed with the way they played tonight, if they could only do that more often. GO HAWKS.
Good post by you and section319. Sounds like the oldtime excitment is back.Go Hawks.
RobertRedRising

United States

#16 Mar 20, 2008
Rocky's best line in the opening, with a gleam in his eye, "and welcome to those of you watching another home game at home on television."

GO HAWKS indeed....and thanks.
Female Blackhawks FANatic

Naperville, IL

#17 Mar 20, 2008
Perfect game, perfect night last night. The only thing that will ever top last night is to retire #3 with Magnuson's name on the banner.
Tim

United States

#18 Mar 20, 2008
When they had the Hull/Makita night and they had the Blackhawk Legends come out on the ice and Magnuson's son came out in place of his dad the place went nuts. His son looks just like Keith, now there has been some talk about the #3 being retired, and Mike North on 670 the Score talked to Pierre Pilote. Pilote was asked if he would mind if the Hawks retired the number for both him and maggy. The only problem is that the BlackHawks policy for retiring a number is that the player must be in the HOF. Now Pilote is in the HOF so that will work, but Maggy is not. Hopefully with the "New" Hawks management they will over look that policy and retire the number.

I don't know if anyone was at the game when they honored Magnuson after he was killed. The place was so quiet then they gave his family a standing ovation. I will say this I never saw Maggy play but he was a classy guy. My best friend was and still is a huge Magnuson fan and I wanted to get her a 8x10 picture of him. Several years ago I could not find one. I was able to find his address so I sent him a letter, asked him if he could send me a 8x10 autographed picture with her name on it. Not only did he send it but he called me on the phone. He took time out of his day to talk hockey with me and it was a great memory. He told me that he was happy to send me the picture and it was great to have the fans remember him. After I received the picture it was less than 2 weeks later that he was killed in that auto accident. I can say that eventhough I never met him or saw him play, he was a very classy person. With that I would love to see the Hawks honor him and retire his number.
paul

Mississauga, Canada

#19 Mar 20, 2008
Tim wrote:
When they had the Hull/Makita night and they had the Blackhawk Legends come out on the ice and Magnuson's son came out in place of his dad the place went nuts. His son looks just like Keith, now there has been some talk about the #3 being retired, and Mike North on 670 the Score talked to Pierre Pilote. Pilote was asked if he would mind if the Hawks retired the number for both him and maggy. The only problem is that the BlackHawks policy for retiring a number is that the player must be in the HOF. Now Pilote is in the HOF so that will work, but Maggy is not. Hopefully with the "New" Hawks management they will over look that policy and retire the number.
I don't know if anyone was at the game when they honored Magnuson after he was killed. The place was so quiet then they gave his family a standing ovation. I will say this I never saw Maggy play but he was a classy guy. My best friend was and still is a huge Magnuson fan and I wanted to get her a 8x10 picture of him. Several years ago I could not find one. I was able to find his address so I sent him a letter, asked him if he could send me a 8x10 autographed picture with her name on it. Not only did he send it but he called me on the phone. He took time out of his day to talk hockey with me and it was a great memory. He told me that he was happy to send me the picture and it was great to have the fans remember him. After I received the picture it was less than 2 weeks later that he was killed in that auto accident. I can say that eventhough I never met him or saw him play, he was a very classy person. With that I would love to see the Hawks honor him and retire his number.
He was a classy guy and his number should be retired not only in respect of his memory but because of his great play with the Hawks.Rocky seems to want to re-connect with the past and revigorate the interest in the Hawks. Perhaps we will see #3 retired. A good point was Pierre Pilot wore that number as well. Remember a sign a fan used to have at the games when Pilot was there
**NONE SO FAIR AS OIR PIERRE**. Go Hawks.
RamRod

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Mar 20, 2008
You guys are coming to know me as a gusher/bandwagon-jumper/casual fan, but it ain't necessarily so. I just got discouraged with watching the Hawks to the point that there was no point of watching anymore, no what I mean? This year, with the advent of Rocky, Savvy, Toews, Kane, Sharp, Wiz, Crawford, et al, I knew something different was afoot. I WAS SO RIGHT!

Last night had me jumping up and down in the front room, screaming, yelling, fist pumping, then getting choked up, because it's obviously true, The BLACKHAWKS are for real. I had different highlights than you guys, I guess. First was the glove save that Bulin made on a rebound shot from point-blank (on whom I don't remember) in the second period. Next was the fifth break-away goal scored by Bourque (sp?). I don't know why, but they seemed very big at the time.
Who's the weakest link on this team? I've alluded to calls for chaining Pappen to the bench, back in the day at the barn, but have lost touch as far as this team is concerned.
It was wonderful to hear a real crowd react in appreciation to even the most subtle things that the Hawks did, offensively and defensively.
Rocky, Savvy, in their own distinctive ways, during the Tony O presentation, paid tribute to the fans without sounding patronizing. That's something very new, lately.
As far as Maggy is concerned, I did get to see him play. He was the first one on the ice for the warmups, coming out to the gate at full speed and circling the length and width of the ice, even when the enemy was already out there. "I own the ice" was the pre-game message. Few were more enthusiastic about playing the rougher part of the sport than Keith, but no one more enthused about acknowledging and showing fans his appreciation.
OK, done. The Hawks are not! YYYESSS!!
Oh, wait, there's one more piece of business, Mr. Wirtz; do the logical thing and get Pat Foley back in the booth.
New word: Looks like 82 games on home TV next year. YYYESSS!
Tony

Saint Petersburg, FL

#21 Mar 20, 2008
Female Blackhawks FANatic wrote:
Perfect game, perfect night last night. The only thing that will ever top last night is to retire #3 with Magnuson's name on the banner.
Great point! Maggie needs to be up their with he other Blackhawk greats.

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