Tag: antti niemi

How the "1" will be won

The Blackhawks have won 67 games this season.  52 in the regular season, 15 in the playoffs, but none of them matter except #68.  Unless you’ve been living in a cave the last few days, the Hawks are one win away from clinching their first Stanley Cup since 1961. Hopefully by the end of the... Read more »

A Challenge to Blackhawks Fans

Nobody said it was easy, but no one ever said it would be so hard.  Oh God…did I just quote Coldplay.  What has this come to? The Flyers took it to the Hawks in Game 4 Friday night, and all of a sudden hockey panic has taken over Chicago.  The reasons why have been beaten... Read more »

Despite game three loss, Hawks still in driver's seat

For the last 12 hours or so, I’ve gotten dozens of texts, emails, and phone calls from Hawk fans.  “Is it time to panic?”  “Why are the Hawks getting outplayed at times?” Well, the answer I give is always the same.  No, it’s not time to panic.  Keep in mind, the Flyers didn’t get their... Read more »
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Hawks, hockey fans deserve better than Pierre McGuire

Before I begin my rip session, let me say a kind word or two about TSN and NBC’s Pierre McGuire.  As hockey insiders go, he’s one of the best.  Aside from TSN’s Bob McKenzie, McGuire is as good as anyone when it comes to trade rumors and behind the scenes knowledge.  With that said, I... Read more »

Even at their worst, Hawks too much for Flyers

Antti Niemi was bad.  Patrick Kane was invisible (unless he was taking a penalty).  The top line was a combined -9, but the Hawks still pulled it out.  They were still too much for the overmatched, though pesky, Flyers.   How can you feel good if you’re a Flyers fan?  Yes, you scored 5 goals,... Read more »

Flyers won't be pushovers for Hawks

First off…let me apologize for my absence the last few days.  Early Saturday morning, after 23 hours of labor (with a Hawks radio broadcast in the background of course), my beautiful daughter Adelyn Grace was born.  Needless to say, hockey has taken a back seat for a few days, but we’re back, and jacked to... Read more »
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Antti Niemi said NO (more 45 shot games please!)

Antti Niemi was absolutely spectacular in Sunday night’s wins over the Sharks.  It was perhaps the best goaltending performance I’ve seen from a Hawks goalie in 10 years. But as Lou Brown in Major League once said, “Don’t ever f***in’ do it again!” The San Jose Sharks peppered Niemi with 45 shots…many of them prime... Read more »

Shark Tank could be home away from home for Hawks

Call it overconfidence, but would I be a fool to say the hardest part is over for the Hawks?  After beating a pesky, physical Nashville team, and a high scoring, Roberto Luongo led Vancouver team, both in six game, the Hawks are returning to the Western Conference Finals for the second consecutive year. Last season,... Read more »

Once again, Hawks outclass brainless Canucks

Before I sat down to host my hockey postgame show on the Score last night, I wrote down three words:  Discipline, Coaching, and Character.  These three things have been the key to the Blackhawks 3-1 series lead over the Vancouver Canucks.  While rampant douchebaggary can be expected from guys like Alexander Burrows, Shane O’Brien, and... Read more »
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Plenty of blame to go around, but not for Niemi

Once again, the Hawks decided to come out flat in game one of a playoff series, and once again they lost.  Actually, they didn’t just lose.  They embarrassed themselves. The supposedly solid defense looked lost in their own zone.  Dustin Byfuglien was a non factor in front of Robert Luongo, and the “bad blood” must... Read more »