Bruins 3, Blackhawks 0

Less than 24 hours after an impressive effort against the first place Detroit Red Wings that saw all of the Hawks’ big players see big minutes, they were right back at it against the first place Boston Bruins. 

In the first period and beginning of the second, Corey Crawford was able to keep the Hawks in it with some big saves.  So it was only appropriate that Crawford ended any chance of the Hawks gaining a point when he let in a fairly harmless 55 foot wrist shot to extend Boston’s lead to 2-0.  From there, it was all academic because the Hawks simply didn’t have enough in the tank to mount any kind of comeback and Boston was too good to let them back into it.

Move along, nothing to see here.

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14 Responses to Bruins 3, Blackhawks 0

  1. Otter says:

    Just went though the rest of the schedule for 4-10 in the west… here’s what I come up with:

    Preds 100
    Kings 99
    Ducks 99
    Hawks 99
    Yotes 98
    Stars 96
    Flames 96

    Not sure how tiebreakers work… but the Hawks are in fairly good shape. A loss to the Blues or Jackets would make things interesting… the Stars, Preds and Flames have pretty easy schedules save a game or two from here on out (though you could say the same about the Hawks), and if the Stars can win in San Jose or LA, thing could get uncomfortable. But I think Phoenix is in the most trouble from a schedule stand point. The Kings are sort of hard to predict since they’re really banged up, but five points in their final six seems about right all things considered.

    If the Hawks take all eight from their next four, which is totally doable, they pretty much be in.

  2. JZ says:

    An off topic question here – Igor Makarov was all the rage of the organization during camp and pre-season; how come we hear nothing of him from the brass, blogs or local news? Granted, he is not having a record-setting season in Rockford, but no one inside or outside of the organization is even commenting on his development (or lack of). Even Kyle Beach has earned a few comments in the press and from the brass and he was much less noticeable during pre-season and camp. Has Makarov fallen out of Sir Stan’s plans?

  3. John says:

    I’d recommend following The Third Man In. Chris’s coverage of the IceHogs is second to none this year. Makarov is an incredibly raw prospect still struggling to learn how to play the North American game. He’ll have one great game followed by a couple weeks of invisibility. I don’t think he’s fallen out of anyone’s plans; I just think everyone has become a little bit more realistic about who he is.

  4. SouthSideHawkMan says:

    I have a feeling by the time the Hawks take the ice on Friday they will be on the outside lookin in

  5. John says:

    Unless the NHL decides to award Dallas or Calgary 3 points in the next two nights, it will be impossible for the Hawks to be outside of 8th place before Friday.

  6. Marts says:

    I’m not too fazed over last night. Beating Boston in a back-to-back with Thomas in full street-hockey mode wasn’t going to be easy. Boston would’ve beaten about 27 other teams last night with that performance (Vancouver’s brushing everyone aside right now). We’ll pick up points coming up and lets not forget we close the season on two guaranteed-win-nights (joking).

  7. JZ says:

    Thanks for the heads up on Third Man In John, I’ll check that out.

    What is your perspective on why Joel is riding Crawford? Is Turco really in that bad of a spot with him? I mean, 21 starts in a row with the last 3 coming in four nights – even if the guy is amazing (not saying he is), he still is only human and needs to rest…

  8. Dominic says:

    I am just wondering why Jake Dowell impersonates Fernando Pisani each night. I would take a 16 year old Marcus Kruger over either guy right now. Is Dowell that banged up right now?

    Whats the over under on Bolland coming back at all this year? I am afraid he is done.

  9. John says:

    JZ–It’s been a few years since Hawk fans have had one, but this is what teams do with a number one goalie when they’re in a fight for their playoff lives. Quenneville simply can’t afford to go to Turco and hope for the best. He’d just be asking to be second-guessed.

    The good news is if Dallas and Calgary lose in regulation the next two days and the Hawks win Friday, it’s all but over and Crawford will probably get a breather towards the end of the season. Judging by how this season has gone though, it may not be that easy.

  10. feyer says:

    I have heard speculation that Dowell has been playing hurt for some time now. If that is not the case, then it would be difficult to explain his fall off in play.

  11. Finn King says:

    Dowell sucks. He can’t even take face offs like a man and is playing in the middle.

  12. BobbyJet says:

    Otter has forecasted a pretty optimistic number for Hawks there at 99. I hope you are right but 97 might be more in line. The question I have is: is 97 enough to make it?

  13. alpo says:

    @BobbyJet – Yup.

  14. Otter says:

    After last night, yes. Yes it is. Dallas is pretty much done and the Flames don’t have enough games.

    But as for the optimism… maybe but the Hawks next four (@CBJ, Tampa, @Habs, Blues) are all games the Hawks can/should win. The Blue Jackets played in DC last night, Tampa is a so-so road team that is pretty much locked in the 5 seed, the Habs can’t score any more and the Blues… well they’re the Blues. Taking 7 points out of 8 may be optimistic, but also seems sort of realistic. Split with the Wings… you get 9 points in their last 6 games.

    Looking at tie-breakers, the only team the Hawks won’t/don’t own it over are the Ducks. Everyone else the Hawks will most likely own the tiebreaker if it comes to that.

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