One More for the Road

In what is possibly the last Blackhawks’ road game of the season, there should be a few interesting developments to watch for. 

As my partner said in the Game 3 recap, Joel Quenneville should make the league offices aware of Chris Pronger’s propensity for doing illegal stuff.  And it appears he’s done just that.  In the next couple games, Pronger will probably get sent off for multiple infractions.  It will be up to the Hawks to capitalize on said opportunities.  Knowing the league, they’ll give them one game where they keep the play tight and after that, they’ll say tough luck.  So, might as well score when the gap-toothed monkey is sitting in the box.

It’s really a shame that hockey writers aren’t as fickle as baseball writers when it comes to voting for the Hall-of-Fame because nothing would make me happier than to see Pronger sweat out his turn.  His press conferences have been Exhibit A, B, and C of what an unlikeable buffoon he is.  He went in after Game 3 and called the media ‘a bunch of clowns’.  This was after his team just won their biggest game of the season.

In between Game’s 1 and 2, he was just a brash, crude animal.  And instead of calling him out for it, some of the media commended him for his comedy.  Maybe it was just me, but I didn’t see anything funny about bullying a bunch of grown men.    

Something else to watch for:  So far, this series has reminded me so much of last year’s Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Calgary Flames.  The Hawks won the first two games at home even though they didn’t play all that hot.  They went to Calgary and actually played better, save for a 8 minute stretch in Game 4, and lost.  Then proceeded to beat the stuffing out of the Flames in the final two games.

This series may mirror that one.  Once the Hawks figure out a way to handle the Flyers attack, it could get very ugly.  They could start by not treating the puck like a hand grenade in their own end.  Their wingers have, uncharacteristically, blindly fired the puck to the Flyers points, moreso in this series than they have all season. 

And once they realize they have way more time then they think, Philadelphia won’t be able to lay claim to the dominant third periods they’ve sported the last two games.  Because once those second, third, and fourth opportunities start to diminish, they’re going to go bye-bye.

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15 Responses to One More for the Road

  1. Otter says:

    My buddy and I have been debating this for the entire playoffs now… how is Pronger only 220lbs? Toews is listed at 210, yet looks like a little kid next to Pronger out there on the ice. A 6’6″, 220lbs man is tall, but pretty skinny. I find his listed weight hard to believe.

    Other than that… hopefully Ladd plays tonight and the Hawks calm down and actually play well.

  2. Big Tony says:

    Nothing would make me happier tonight than Pronger the Assphlange getting numerous penalties with us scoring on the resulting power plays and that being the difference. Then those classy Philly fans can cheer him when he picks up his 3rd puck from a Flyers loss.

  3. HawkVision says:

    This does kind of remind me of the Flames series…as well as last year’s WCF. But the Hawks are the favored Wings, so-to-speak, this year. In the WCF last year, the Hawks played them tough on the road in the first two, but still lost. Got game three at home in OT to stave off an 0-3 hole…and game 4? Well, we know what Detoilet did to us then, let’s hope the Hawks can pull off the same type of humiliation in Philly tonight!

  4. heron says:

    Oh boo-hoo-hoo….Chris Pronger beat me up….bo0-hoo-hoo……I’m going to cry to the Refs and the league office to help me because I’m scared……….

    Wake up, the Flyers have outplayed the Hawks for much more of this series….they had their chances in games 1 and 2……and unless Q changes up his lines, the Hawks will be beaten. And complaining about Pronger is sooooo very unhockey. Wah.

  5. Otter says:

    6/4/2010 — The day the Flyer fans discovered the Fifth Feather. And while he/she makes a fair point about the Hawks needing to step it up, if the Hawks do step it up, good night Philly.

  6. Derek says:

    How is complaining about a player being allowed to play with the 1996 rulebook while everyone else has to play by the real rules unhockey? He’s been getting away with murder and everyone who’s been watching this series (or watching Pronger play at all in the past 6 or 7 seasons) knows it. I think him getting away with all that shit is unhockey, not bringing that to the attention of the officials.

    Also, don’t you think the fact that the flyers played just about as well as they possibly can, but only won one of three would be more of an indicator that the Hawks are more likely to win when they start skating like they can?

    Take your ellipses and go be bitter about your team sucking dick somewhere else.

  7. Lou says:

    Don’t feed the trolls.

  8. JM says:

    I agree – I think we’ll see some more penalties called on the Flyers – you can only get away with committing multiple penalties a shift for so long without getting called on it.

    However, it will be up to the Hawks power play to make those penalties count. Throughout the last two playoff seasons, the Hawks PP has found a way to step up when needed. That needs to continue, or else this series will get a hell of a lot more difficult.

  9. Otter says:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/hockey/blackhawks/ct-spt-0604-blackhawks-dan-mcneil–20100603,0,1249382.column

    I think the most amazing thing about McNeil’s “article” is that he is (like myself) a Sox fan. It’s the pot calling the kettle black.

  10. Patrick says:

    Hawks need to skate in full fuck-you mode tonight. If they do that, we’ll be fine.

  11. Lou says:

    Patrick, you are never going to be allowed to watch hockey and drink with Big Tony.

  12. Big Tony says:

    PATRICK, I LIKE YER STYLE!

  13. Patrick says:

    I start drinking in 1 3/4th’s hours. Hopefully I won’t be too drunk at the end of the game. We’ll meet up at the FF (and hockeenight and SCH and Blackhawk Up) after the game.

    One more thing, I looped Chelsea Dagger 8 times or so on my I-Pod to bring the Hawks luck (I anticipate that many goals). Gentlemen, start your superstitions. We’ll need ’em all…

  14. Patrick says:

    This game is horrible and the Hawks are playing like shit. The D is playing like they don’t know what color they’re playing against and the forwards are worried something bad will happen if they mix it up a bit (damn, how many rebounds were they out of position for – they’re making Leighton look all-world). The refs are so bad that it reminds me of the rumors on the NBA in the past – it’s rigged to get all seven games in to maximize revenue for the NHL.

  15. Big Tony says:

    It’s a shame they made a talentless suck like Michael Leighton look like he has talent.

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