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Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in shootout

There are 37 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Mar 20, 2009, titled Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in shootout. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

After earning the right to be called the "fourth-place Blackhawks" for the bulk of three months, the Hawks woke up Friday morning fifth in the Western Conference.

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Great White North Fan

Fort Mcmurray, Canada

#1 Mar 20, 2009
I didn't see the game, just heard the last 10 minutes on the local Oilers broadcast. Disappointing not to get the win, but they seem to moving back in the right direction. No shame in losing to the Oilers tonight - they're playing their best hockey of the season right now. The Oilers radio guys said that it was one of the best games the Oilers had played all year, and on the post game show, they said that there was no way the Oilers could keep up with the Hawks in a 7 game series.
deadboy

Joliet, IL

#2 Mar 20, 2009
Great. Were back where we started, over time losses, JT not scoring clutch goal, didnt we see this scenario back in november? Huge hit by Campbell,,eh
Alot of guys dissapointed again except Havlat.
Micah

Corner Brook, Canada

#3 Mar 21, 2009
Why would J.Q. continually decide to shoot first in a shoot out and we know that the last shot usually wins a shoot-out. With the Hawks losing record in shoot-outs, why not change something? The HOME team has the right to choose.

Also, Toews was frustrated from his earlier penalty shot, and J.Q. lets him shoot first. He doesn'e even hit the net with his shot.

The best player on the ice was Havlat, so why not let him shoot first, and give Toews a chance to shoot later if need be.

With 3 of the next 4 games against New Jersey, San Jose and Vancouver, and the fourth against the pesky Kings, this losing streak could get to look ugly.

If you can't win important games against contending foes now, I'm afraid you won't last long if you do sneak into the play-offs.

Shades of Cubbies here!

Perish the thought.

Another good season about to go to waste.

Denis Savard might get the last laugh yet.
Coach Killer

Lake Zurich, IL

#4 Mar 21, 2009
Since the third period of the game against NJ the Hawks have played well enough to win and simply haven't gotten the goaltending to do it. But I liked the team's effort last night in general. Havlat was unbelievably shifty and I agree with the Edmonton announcers that said that Edmonton could not beat the Hawks in a seven game series.

Unfortunately for the Hawks it isn't likely that Edmonton will be the first round opponent. At this point it will be a struggle for the Hawks to stay out of 7th or 8th.

They need a win....it doesn't matter what the score is. A 7-6 win would be just as good as a 2-1 victory at this point.
Rod from Tennessee

AOL

#5 Mar 21, 2009
Hate to admit it, but the Hawks almost appear to be a team playing scared. The Hawks currently have a 10 pt. lead over the Blues for the 9th spot in the west. The Blues have 10 games left, and the Hawks have 12. The Hawks have played so badly of late, that in their last 12 games they've managed only 9 pts.

That said, the Hawks still appear to be in a pretty decent spot to at least limp into the playoffs. Even if the Hawks continue to struggle at the rate they've been playing at, and only get 9 more pts. in their remaining 12 games, the Blues would basically have to win all 10 of their remaining games to overtake the Hawks.

So, thankfully the Hawks played well enough early on to the point where blowing the playoffs altogether, almost would seem impossible; however, the way they seem to be playing the last quarter of the season, going the way of the Cubs playoff runs, wouldn't seem unlikely unless this group of guys decide they're going to man up again.
MR KENNEDY

Rensselaer, IN

#6 Mar 21, 2009
Micah,You are right look out 69 this good get ugly and Savard got axed for this.Bulin and Huet now can't be relied on.Bulin was beat down bad in the shootout.At one point this season it looked like the goalie position was real strong,forget it now.

“COMMIT TO THE INDIAN”

Since: Oct 08

Naperville

#7 Mar 21, 2009
I was at the game last night and several notes about it. First Big Buff needs to sit for a while. Versteeg did not look like himself. Khabby did let in 1 goal that should never have went in. The entire team went on a change and that left open the break away.
The one thing that completely pissed me off was the NHL letting that goal count. They were all over Khabby and no call?? But they will call goal tender interference on Toews?? That was a joke. Well I am going to the edge and watch the Hawks practice today.

“COMMIT TO THE INDIAN”

Since: Oct 08

Naperville

#8 Mar 21, 2009
And one thing that really impressed me was the play on Keith and Campbell
Jeff

Morris, IL

#9 Mar 21, 2009
This streak is a real mess. In 6 of the last 10 games the Hawks have lost they've scored at least 3 or 4 goals a game?! Plus in most of those games they've out shot their opponents! A few times by almost a 2-1 margin!! How can two number 1, multi-million dollar goalies look so BAD! Yes, Habby was hurt but they can't afford to throw away games like this. Forget about the 4th place spot these guys are going to fall right out of the playoffs all together. How about sending a message by benching both of them and bring up Crawford & Nemini. The goaltending couldn't get any worse.
MI hawk fan

Jacksonville, AR

#10 Mar 21, 2009
For what it's worth the Hawks wear their black jersey's Sunday....They're 8-1 when wearing them & their only loss was back in mid November to San Jose they still got at least a point.......
MI hawk fan

Jacksonville, AR

#11 Mar 21, 2009
Jeff wrote:
This streak is a real mess. In 6 of the last 10 games the Hawks have lost they've scored at least 3 or 4 goals a game?! Plus in most of those games they've out shot their opponents! A few times by almost a 2-1 margin!! How can two number 1, multi-million dollar goalies look so BAD! Yes, Habby was hurt but they can't afford to throw away games like this. Forget about the 4th place spot these guys are going to fall right out of the playoffs all together. How about sending a message by benching both of them and bring up Crawford & Nemini. The goaltending couldn't get any worse.
While the goal tending hasn't been the bright spot lately, the team defense has been awful....seems only a few of the Hawk's forwards realize the concept needs to be TEAM defense....not just let the defensemen only play defense & stand up near the blue line waiting for a breakout pass. If they expect to win anytime soon team defense needs to improve.
Thin The Herd

Corpus Christi, TX

#12 Mar 21, 2009
You have to win at home, and especially against teams lower in the standings.

The Hawks are failing miserably at both those things lately.

Home ice is very important if the Hawks want to win a series, and unless they win 8 or 9 of the last 12, I don't see them getting it done ahead of a charging Vancouver team.
BFM

United States

#13 Mar 21, 2009
The playoffs are three weeks away. Three weeks ago the talk here was about if the Hawks are one of the elite teams and whether or not they could catch the Wings. Now it's whether or not they can hang onto a playoff spot at all. Alot can change in three weeks. The players and fans have short memories. Put together a stretch where we win 4 of 5 (I know, easier said than done) and all this will be forgotten.
When the Canucks come to the UC next Sunday, the Hawks will have a game in hand. Between then and now, Vancouver will have played 4 road games (against weak teams) and the Hawks will have played 3 home games (against LA, SJ and NJ). I'm thinking that if Vancouver walks out of the UC next Sunday in 4th, they've earned it (or the Hawks haven't, depends how you want to look at it).
The Hawks were the better team last night. Small consolation, that was a huge point they left on the table. At least they've settled on Khabi over Pepe Le Pew. Khabi hasn't looked great since coming back, but he's won a Cup and he knows the drill.
paul

Markham, Canada

#14 Mar 21, 2009
Jeff wrote:
This streak is a real mess. In 6 of the last 10 games the Hawks have lost they've scored at least 3 or 4 goals a game?! Plus in most of those games they've out shot their opponents! A few times by almost a 2-1 margin!! How can two number 1, multi-million dollar goalies look so BAD! Yes, Habby was hurt but they can't afford to throw away games like this. Forget about the 4th place spot these guys are going to fall right out of the playoffs all together. How about sending a message by benching both of them and bring up Crawford & Nemini. The goaltending couldn't get any worse.
While shots on goal can be a telling statistic it is actual scoring chances that really matter.
Thin The Herd

Corpus Christi, TX

#15 Mar 21, 2009
Coach Killer wrote:
.....and I agree with the Edmonton announcers that said that Edmonton could not beat the Hawks in a seven game series.
Of course, to win a seven game series the Hawks would first have to win one game.......and it's been a while since that happened.

Lame attempt at humor, I know.
BFM

United States

#16 Mar 21, 2009
Oh yeah, I have to admit. Nice open ice hit by Campbell last night.
paul

Markham, Canada

#17 Mar 21, 2009
MI hawk fan wrote:
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While the goal tending hasn't been the bright spot lately, the team defense has been awful....seems only a few of the Hawk's forwards realize the concept needs to be TEAM defense....not just let the defensemen only play defense & stand up near the blue line waiting for a breakout pass. If they expect to win anytime soon team defense needs to improve.
You are right on with that comment.Look at a Lemaire coached team for example. Look after your own end first or sit down for a game or two until you buy into back checking.
Chico17

La Crosse, WI

#18 Mar 21, 2009
Winning and losing streaks are simply a part of a hockey season. The Blackhawks won 9 in a row. The inevitable losing streak happens to be going on now. Detroit (who probably will win their 7th President's Trophy (most points) in the last 14 seasons) lost 5 in a row. Explainations for why things happen in streaks are just opinion. Hey, you put the puck in the opposition's net more than they put it in yours. It's actually a lot simpler than everyone tries to make it. For those who have played the game understand that dumb luck plays a part. Good and bad bounces play a part. Overall talent doesn't matter sometimes. In my opinion its just hockey. The Hawks have enough talent to get this thing turned around. As fans, we cannot do anything about it but support the team in bad times by staying behind them. That's what I'm going to do.
Chico17

La Crosse, WI

#19 Mar 21, 2009
Come on! No way they are going to fall out of the playoffs altogether. Look at the standings and relax about that aspect. It's who they will play in round one, not whether they will play.
Chico17

La Crosse, WI

#20 Mar 21, 2009
If the Hawks expect to win anytime soon they have to win.

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