Blues 4, Blackhawks 2

So it continues.

Blame whoever you want in this one and you won’t be wrong.  What I found most offensive was the St. Louis Blues scoring two third period goals when they were actually outnumbered in the Hawks zone.  On their third goal, Alexander Steen scored on a 3-on-4 and Erik Johnson scored minutes after in a 4-on-5 situation. 

There’s really not much else to say about this.  The Hawks look like a team in disarray with no real structure.  A division championship, which is only 6 points away, appears further and further away after each game. 

To try and snap out of this late-season funk, the Hawks now head to Minnesota.  Oh good, a building they’ve never had trouble playing in.

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36 Responses to Blues 4, Blackhawks 2

  1. Dave Morris says:

    Saturday, March 13th: Kim Johnsson leaves the game with an injury, as yet undisclosed, out indefinitely.

    Sunday, March 14th: Brian Campbell injured by Alex Ovechkin, declared out for the season.

    That’s two top defensemen gone in two days, worth a total of about 12 million dollars a year.

    In the last two weeks, we have seen the exponential effect. There’s not much the Hawks can do except keep trying to find a way to overcome it.

    Reading Chicago media and fan comments talking about effort and lack thereof…the stark reality is that the team is crippled by these losses.

    Maybe the Blackhawks will figure out how to survive this, but it sure is painful to watch.

  2. dominator says:

    Keith was especially bad last night. He was bad this time last year. Maybe he needs to not play so many minutes at the begining of the season so that he doesn’t suck goat down the stretch?

  3. Otter says:

    Keith’s play over the last five or so games is going to cost him the Norris if he doesn’t turn this around tonight. And I hate to rag on Sopel but he in a gots to go situation (of course, there is no where to go and no one to replace him).

    They can’t get anything going and seem, where there used to be open guys going to the net… there isn’t any more. The passing, all of it is, suddenly, gone. I can’t even articulate what happened because this is a totally different team that we all saw in December and January.

    For all the Huet haters, Niemi isn’t all that much better. If the team wasn’t going to win with Huet, they’re not going to win with Niemi.

    Who knew that losing Campbell would lead to this team looking like the Habs or Stars?

  4. Patrick says:

    Dave – you’re right, this is painful. At least it isn’t the playoffs – yet. Gotta right the ship, boys.

    How much of this should be placed on Q?

  5. TKON says:

    Patrick I blame a lot of it on Q, he has been losing this team since mid-January let alone the last 2 weeks. I am sure a lot of people have noticed that. We were more less a healthy team since January and we could see the Hawks noticeable poor play.

    I tweeted last night it’s time to fire coach Q, that was a mistake as I have never typed so many replies in a matter of minutes on twitter before lol. Q IMO has lost the confidence of his team, and his ridiculous line juggling and many other questionable decisions have not helped.

    You guys will probably hack on me for this but to save this season something has to be done. Enter the godfather Scotty Bowman.

  6. jim says:

    bolland is too weak and out of shape , he doesnt have the guts to compete in the corners , brower is a grinder but doesnt have the skills to co against hungry teams and complete the plays , buff is without question the worst passer in the nhl , watch how many times he kills a play by a bad pass or a suicide pass , where the receiver gets killed trying to catch the pass.bottom line is the hawks just dont have the complete players needed to compete against teams trying to get into the post season , versteeg doesnt pass and tries to skate thru 3 players , poor kaner ! he wont see the puck much playing with kris , but he will sure learn about back checking when kris coughs it up

  7. dominator says:

    I dunno if Scotty is interested though, he doesn’t really want to travel and pretty much only took the job to spend some time with his son. And if he’s not interested then who are you going to get, Iron Mike? No thanks. Q may be at fault, at the very least he shares some of the blame, but there aren’t exactly any other options out there right now.

  8. Lou says:

    Tkon, I have the same opinion on when some of this started. It is before the injuries. They just magnify it. More than some of this is on Q.

    Not sure exacltly who is out there but there are some good coaches at other levels to regularly explore. No NHL re-treads like Iron Mike!!!!!!

  9. Lee says:

    Try Lalonde

  10. Lee says:

    Lalonde will be a upgrade to Sopel

  11. dominator says:

    I think Lalonde and Beach are both with the Hawks next season but I don’t see them burning an RFA year for what is left this season. Fact of the matter is, unless Scotty is willing to step in this is the team and this is the staff in the playoffs.

  12. Dave Morris says:

    In answer to his critics, Joel Quenneville has announced he will suit up and join the Hawks blueline corps tonight in Minny.

    PS Lee was right about getting a ‘policeman’.

  13. Dave Morris says:

    PS Lee is also probably right about Lalonde, but we have to wait for the playoffs to see if he is.

  14. coach says:

    Since this site has come on board I have enjoyed all the comments, but the knee jerk reactions that occur on all sites is quite frustrating, get rid of this player and why this and why not that, get rid of the coach. Watch the game, enjoy the game, none of us are the position to change anything. In any sport there is always certain variables that happen during a season, to change the out come weather it be favorable or not. So lets all analyze the game,what we need this year may not be what we need next and so on and so on. Its always about chemistry in the end good or bad.

  15. TKON says:

    @ Lou how about Ted Nolan 🙂

    Regardless, I doubt and I am sure everyone doubts Q is going anywhere. Perhaps in the off-season but myself I put the majority of the blame on Q. I guess all we can do is hope that things come together.

    In regards to a policeman, my vote goes to Michael Rupp. Not sure his availability nor his contract next year but for me he would be a great addition simply because he can “police” and he can play the game.

  16. Lou says:

    Not really sure what Janssen the Policeman did last night for STL, sure he had a few fights but he really didn’t deter much from happening that already stopped starting in January. He did have a second fight and got a game misconduct after they were down a forward with Kariya’s injury. So against a team playing a lot better than us, you basically nullify an entire line. Not sure if that is hockey IQ. And we can still sign Laraque and Brashaer and haven’t…

    @ Coach one of the things real nice about this site it the opinions are pretty darn consistent and some of the guys regularly brought up are more than kneejerk analysis… So feel free to chime in

  17. Dave Morris says:

    @Lou> Janssen whips Eager. Janssen whips Boynton. Hawks fall to Blues.

    PS go back and watch the Hawk teams who contended in the past. They all had at least one ‘cop’ and plenty of guys who played ‘old time hockey’.

    Lee was right. Time to give him his props.

  18. TKON says:

    I miss Stu Grimson, he was a beauty back in the day plus I have 4 jerseys with his name on it lol. No place for a guy like him in today’s game however.

  19. John says:

    No, no, no, no. While I said blame whoever you want in this one, Cam Janssen’s two fights had zero to do with the outcome of this one.

  20. John says:

    Amen coach.

  21. JM says:

    This sucks.

  22. dominator says:

    JM that pretty much sums it up for me.

  23. Lou says:

    Thank you John, I am glad I am not alone and need to say no more.

  24. Lee says:

    John as usual we will agree to disagree. By the way spoke to a medical source who has examined Eager and he definetly should not be fighting, no more said on that issue. Last night Janssen forced him into a fight but you could see he did not want to fight. John we will also disagree with your attacks last year on Matt Walker, he is big time missed on this team. No one seems to be commenting on Sopel who is just plain terrible. if I am not mistaken he was on the ice for all of the goals, he is just too slow and they have to replace him. Bottom line is no cup this year for one reason, they do not have a goalie. Last three games all of the opponents goalies shine and ours suck. What have they got to lose by bringing Crawford up, he cant be any worse. Thanks Dave, appreciate the agreement but I would like Matt Carkner. He can play and I have only seen him lose one fight to Orr and he beat him also in one

  25. Lou says:

    @Lee, what exacly are you disagreeing with??? Maybe I am reading this wrong but do you disagree with John that the fights had no impact or that there is no one to blame?

    No one is commmenting on Sopel b/c the team just plain sucked last night and really sucks right now. Sopel has been called out for weeks. Not much more you can say about him last night.

    I find it truly hard to believe that a fight caused miserable defensive lapses? Goalie Errors? poor positioning? a piss poor power play (2/30 now), failure to clear the puck, turnovers etc.

    Wait, after Janssen got kicked out, he threatened the Hawks on the way to the bench it was so intimidating they just quit playing. He tweeted Hossa on the breakaway and told him he was going to be up Kopecky if he scored.

    Let’s just call it like it is. The Hawks are playing like crap. They have some injuries but they had been playing poorly long before the injuries took place. They are out played, out coached and need an exorcism

  26. Otter says:

    Wait… the Hawks lost last night because Janssen won two fights? WTF? This isn’t boxing. I’ve heard a lot of dumb things in the last week, but that might take the cake… and Ozzie taking 12 pitchers to break camp is pretty dumb.

  27. John says:

    And let the record show, I would much rather watch Brent Sopel make mistakes on a nightly basis than have the Hawks throw Lalonde into the fire and set him three years back on his development track.

  28. Lou says:

    You read it Otter. Surprised me too.

  29. Lee says:

    You guys misunderstood me. Obviously the fights no way affected the outcome. I disagreed because John still does not think we need a Goon who can play a little. Eagers not a goon but he is useless out there. I think he is a great skater but what else. Anyone that does not see all of the teams playing Kane and Toews physicaly now is missing something. One of these days these guys are going to get hit and hurt. I agree and have mixed emotions about bringing a kid up. But can they continue to let Sopel play and they obvious have no one in the system at Rockford to replace him with. No comments about what have they got to lose by letting Crawford play?

  30. Lou says:

    Lee – it’s still lent

  31. Lee says:

    But Passover ended yesterday

  32. Dave Morris says:

    Gentlemen, I endorse Lee’s message.

    And I will add Conn Smythe’s dictum which still holds true today. “If you can’t beat ’em in the alley, you can’t beat ’em on the ice.”

    Soft play? How about four Hawks standing around watching Alex Steen dig the puck out from the gaggle along boards and shoveling it to Erik (Don’t Call Me Jack) Johnson who was untouched by The Very Handsome Pat Sharp?

    Not only are the most of the Blackhawks shell-shocked from losing Soupy and K-Jo, their recent style can be described ‘Charmin On Ice’.

    Don’t squeeze the Charmin, eh.

  33. Dave Morris says:

    PS @ Lee> they have nothing to lose by letting Crawford play, and as soon as Bowman has the cap room, he may consign Huet to washing the Zamboni.

  34. Lee says:

    I am only hoping that they come out tonight and play to win not just play to get to the playoff’s

  35. Big Tony says:

    I surely hope nobody is equating the fact that a goon for St. Louis fighting twice won that game for the Blues. As far as I can tell, a fight doesn’t go up on the scoreboard or scoresheet as a goal scored. The Hawks lost…and have been losing…because they’ve been outworked, outskated and out-everythinged for well over a month. Q shuffling lines like a deck of cards isn’t helping either.

  36. David Hager says:

    Eager the useless one had a hand in 3/4 points tonight. Our fourth line as reviled as they are have a tendency to step it up when the big name guys aren’t doing anything.

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