Game 7: Canucks 2, Blackhawks 1 (OT)

Here lies the 2010-2011 Chicago Blackhawks.

Though some hoped for a miraculous recovery, it just wasn’t in the cards.  They gave everything they had when their backs were against the wall and they were one well-placed Patrick Sharp one-timer away from moving on, but in the end, the better team won. 

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you sign the guest book.  Also, please remember to show respect for the recently deceased as there will be plenty of time this summer to ask if Chris Campoli actually thought Alex Burrows was his teammate.

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70 Responses to Game 7: Canucks 2, Blackhawks 1 (OT)

  1. Bill says:

    Thanks Bob and John for another great year full of insight, updates and recaps. Always an enjoyable read, and the end of this series just has me eager for next year. Now I get to look forward to….signing…day…?

  2. Mick says:

    Thanks again for all your recaps. July 1st, here we come.

  3. Wow! What a game and what a series.

  4. Andrew says:

    Valiant Effort.

  5. Cam says:

    Well, I suppose it’ll take time for people to express their thoughts on the game and season.

    It just sucks royally that the Canucks were gifted a win with a horrendous turnover.

    Don’t suppose we’ll hear any complaining about the officiating from Canucks fans now. Not after the refs overlooked four penalties on the Canucks in the last 4 minutes prior to calling the hook on Keith.

    Beating those thugs would’ve been about as good as a Cup for me, but what can you do?

  6. rhythm says:

    OT certainly was a cock-tease.

    A win would have been awesome, but it’s hard to be too upset about this one.

  7. Hawk Fan says:

    Crawford played out of his mind..kept the team in it. The hitting wore out Chicago.

  8. Dominic says:

    I will be honored to be the first. As a fan of this team, I am proud of how they played and battled. I also liked what I saw in the younger guys. I hope the defeat will serve as good motivation for next year. Hope Duncan Keith gets rededicated (he said it not me).

    Now what the heck am I gonna do with myself? Cubs suck…Bears 4 months away.

    To all of you I sparred with God Bless and enjoy your summer!

  9. jm says:

    You guys are better than average writers.

    I won’t blame Campoli, as he certainly wasn’t the first Hawk to try some soft ass chip against an over agressive team, but still a shitty way to lose.

    I can’t complain though – as Stacey King is fond of saying, the Hawks were playing with house money the whole series. We saw some promise out of the younger players, and a return to form from some of the vets, once the playoff adrenaline kicked in. Most of all, we saw some great hockey, after a regular season that was more aggravating than entertaining.

    I hope the longer summer does them all some good, and this team is ready to roll come October.

  10. Cam says:

    One great thing is that the Hawks seem to have found themselves a potential elite goalie. Assuming they can find the money to sign him.

  11. Scott says:

    Crawford was simply amazing. The experience the new guys got from this will be great for next year. The much needed rest for the guys from last years team will help. The disappontment of losing first round will keep them hungry. Add Morin and Salak. We got a damn good team in 2011-12. Very proud of the effort this team put forth for the most part running on fumes. Oh and Vancouver is not winning the Cup.

  12. jm says:

    Cam,

    It was clear the Canucks GM’s strategy worked, the refs were determined not to call anything, and Van took full advantage in the first few shifts. The Hawks weren’t ready for it.

    I’m ready to root for anyone but Vancouver in the West. Great city, obnoxious fans, obnoxious players, obnoxious organization.

  13. Onest says:

    I hate the friggin’ C’Nucks. The lack of size and depth is what hurt the Hawks in the series. Still, the game and series could have been had on the back of Crawford. I wish I were eloquent enough to say how well Crawford played. To say he stood on his head this game is a complete understatement.

    There is always next year…

  14. Scott says:

    Lets Go Preds !!!!!

  15. John says:

    Yeah, it was kind of cool to see the NHL allow clutching and grabbing again.

  16. Cam says:

    And elbowing.

    Kruger probably still wondering where he is.

  17. Jerry Kayne says:

    Cheer up my four feathered friends. It was all-out hockey tonight. They just didn’t have the horses, and we knew that before the season started. It still was awfully exciting even with the crappy ending.

  18. Hawk Fan says:

    I think the Preds have the size to bang back against the Shitnucks. Shea Weber cruising the blue line and smashing fuckhead Torres like Scottie Stevens used to would be nice. Enjoy your summer Hawks fans.

  19. Ashley says:

    You know, we gave the #1 seed a run for their money, and although it is disappointing they are out of it I can’t be any more proud of our boys. They gave it all they had coming back from being down in the series 3-0, and they really showed character. Yes there are a lot of things they need to work on, but they made the best out of what they had when they were in danger of being eliminated and gave us fans one hell of an ending to the season! Come back home with your heads up high boys…Next Year Hawks! We Love ya!

  20. ArlingtonRob says:

    No hostility here. Was a crazy ride.

    Now it should be an interesting offseason. Bowman will be tested…this is his opportunity to shape the club for the next several years.

    If he screws up this summer…my patience will be over.

    Thanks for the Blog guys… it’s a great read.

  21. Cam says:

    The post-game comments from Sedin, Bieksa and their classless fans makes me rue this loss even more.

    Everyone should take a few minutes to check out Theo Fleury’s Twitter to see what is being sent to him for the sin of picking the Hawks to win.

  22. alpo says:

    Great season and thanks for all the Hawk thoughts John and Bob.

    Too bad the Canucks won as their players are insufferable. I can not fathom a worse image than Burrows or Luongo proudly lifting the Stanley Cup. Yuck.

    As for our Hawks, we all said this series would help weed out the keepers and losers for next year. I like Frolik (as a winger), Ben Smith, and Bickell’s playoff performances. Stalberg and Ryan Johnson are meh. Kruger hype was a joke. And, please, please, please no more Pisani, Scott or Dowell.

    This offseason will be awesome. What do you got in you Bowman?

  23. KO says:

    Well, it’s a sad night to be a Hawks fan, but at least they didnt go down without a fight. The Blackhawks proved that they will be a Cup contender for seasons to come. And, based on what we’ve witnessed this series, ‘Nucks will be gone in 2nd round, so thats a bit of a consolation, i guess. Another consolation is a comment I read from a CANUCK fan on a Vancouver news website that was just perfect regarding Canuck GM callin out the refs: “He’s gonna try something like this NOW? No wonder NHL fans outside of Vancouver hate us. Always whining. Even I wanna tell them to suck it up and just play.”

    How Crawford is not up for the Calder this year is one of the major fuckups that the league seems to be condoning along with the total BS ignorance regarding the concussions. Overall, it was a season worth talking about for the Hawks, thankfully more positive than negative to take into the summer. Can’t wait to see you boys @ the convention & training camp! Have a great summer, everybody!

    P.S. I think I know the reason why this year’s playoffs will probably be one of the lowest watched, at least in recent history cuz they just lost @ least 2 million viewers tonight ^_^

  24. Stephen in AZ says:

    I’ve been reading this site for most of the year and I want to applaud you for giving us something other than the ESPN’s and CSN’s to read about this team. Heartbreaking loss, even more so that it was against Vancouver, and that we had a chance to win, and that they ended up celebrating like they won the Cup tonight.

    I hope that Bowman makes some interesting moves. It would be nice to be able to make at least one move because we want to, instead of everything we’ve done since that awesome night in Philly where we have had to.

    Keep up the great work!

  25. Chado says:

    Thanks so much for the updates.

    I would say that our Captain is completely correct and showed the West how to beat the Canucks. If anything, the Men of Four Feathers put up a massive road block. Here’s to Corey Crawford, our new franchise goalie!

  26. Jim says:

    I still don’t think Vancouver is a better team. If the roles were reversed, they don’t come back down 3 games to none.

    How many games/goals this year were the result of Campoli turnovers? It seemed to have become a fairly familiar refrain. He has speed and skill, but I wouldn’t be that sad to see him go in the off season.

  27. Mike says:

    John that’s a cheao shot on campoli. He has played well for the most part. If you want to blame someone start with Bowman.

  28. Mike says:

    John that’s a cheap shot.

  29. Bobby Polish says:

    Thanks for all the recaps John and Bob; you’re my favorite Blackhawks blog by far. You guys do a hell of a job.

    I hope that we can avoid the Campoli backlash this summer. I don’t know how big his cap hit is, but I think he’s a solid third pairing D-man if he’s cheap enough. I never expected him to be much better than that.

    Also, I’ve heard a lot of talk about whether Crawford is going to be too expensive to resign after playing so well this series. Is there reason to think that he would be more expensive than Niemi was last year? Or are people just worried that the Hawks brass are REALLY opposed to paying too much for a goalie?

  30. AC says:

    Of course it had to be the punk (and dirty player) Burrows with the game winner. Ugh. Tough break on the quick whistle to disallow a goal, but great effort to come back. Toews and Hossa combining on that shorty was spectacular. This team definitely found some players here late and things look promising for next year.

    See everyone soon.

    Go Preds!

  31. Kevin says:

    I read and almost never comment, but thanks for these recaps & thoughts.

    Of course it sucks they lost but more happy that they showed the stones of a Champ when it mattered. Hopefully they come into the fall with a hunger instead of a hangover.

  32. BobbyJet says:

    The roller coaster ride is over…. the 7th game “cage match” was fine by me but I wish we could have had some warning that the whining would result in the rule book being thrown out.

    A valiant effort nontheless, Hawks. One quick whistle away.

  33. Otter says:

    Yay Bob and John. Yay playing their hearts out. Yay Crawford.

    Boo clutching and grabbing. Boo the Canucks. Hopefully they don’t play the Wings in the Western Finals.

  34. Jeff says:

    Dangit. As the words “the Hawks need to make better passes” leave my mouth, Campi tries to force a pass through and the season is over. For what it’s worth, they made a series out of it, instead of just rolling over being defeated when down 3-0. The last 4 games were super exciting and incredibly painful on the heart, but I wouldn’t trade them for the world. I just can’t wait to see Luongo crap himself against Nashville.

    Thanks for another great season FF. Fun reads as always.

  35. 'Duk says:

    Thanks for all your hard work this year, guys. You’ve taught me a lot about hockey and make the season much more fun. See you in the fall.

  36. Fitz says:

    Thanks for the recaps this season they were enjoyed

  37. bobby b says:

    a frustrating season no doubt. but imagine if they were swept. the hawks showed some determination and discovered that crawford is as good as he is supposed to be. they will sign him.

    lets start the debate… bowman, your time to shine. what will you do? who needs to go (john scott), what do we need to bring in?

    note to coach Q, please pressure the puck on PK’s to avoid the shooting gallery and tell mike k his PP strategy is not working.

    preds in 6.

  38. Michael says:

    I don’t get all the Campoli love. The guy is a mediocre defenseman at best. Did everyone forget his turnover in game six with just over a minute left in the first period where he coughed it up to Burrows who buried it for a 2-1 Canucks lead? Yeah, the Hawks came back and won the game, but that shouldn’t cover up the fact it was an awful turnover. He also got caught pinching in the offensive zone in that game. He let the puck dribble between him and the boards and that led to a 2 on 1 that Crawford had to bail him out on when the Hawks were already down a goal. His turnover last night was inexcusable. At that moment in the game you have to bear down and make sure you clear that puck. He non-chalanted it and it cost them the game and the season. I don’t mind losing, but make the other team beat you in that situation. Don’t put the damn puck right on their stick for them. They have plenty of smallish, quick defensman who can fill his role on this team or in Rockford already. I’d be looking for an upgrade here. Maybe I’m just still too emotional over the loss, but that turnover last night really soured me on this guy.

  39. Dominic says:

    I was really surprised to see/hear some of the lack of class from Sedin’s on Hawks. Really, they don’t belong on the ice with you. I understand frustration and overcoming your nemesis, but do they really think they are that good? If they thought the Hawks played them tough, watch how the Preds grind them to a halt. Sedin forgets that maybe..and of course maybe, if Torres gets a 5 min major, we win game 3…then where is he now?

    Oh well, I will miss hockey, but am excited about the future.

  40. Jerry Kayne says:

    It’s disappointing and emotional. I must be old because I’m not to bummed out. I guess you know I’m old by saying “bummed out.”

    Campoli is a serviceable old-school defenseman that isn’t afraid of contact and I like him. Is the only Hawks veteran defenseman that will take the body of an incoming forward and force them to the outside. And now he has some quality playoff experience. He earned 1.4 this year and is an RFA now.

    It’s gotta be tough to join a team mid-stream and fit in. Have you ever changed high schools? I did. You make friends but you don’t feel a part of it for a couple of years. That’s the way I feel about Campbell. Seems to me he finally felt good this year and had a good year.

    I’m okay if he stays depending on who else is out there.

  41. bobby b says:

    what did sedin say in the post game? the NHL video link is not functioning…

  42. Lee says:

    I can’t blame Campoli, he really was one of the few pleasant surprises. The way this team is built as of now with little guys with some speed is never going to win them back the cup. I put all the blame on the Bowman’s who put us in this fix by getting rid of “all” of the bulk. If they don’t add some bulk to this team you will see the early outs often from the playoff’s. Now that the season is over I will admit to Bob and John that the only thing that I liked about Scott was he did us something we haven’t seen here in a while and that is win fights, unfortunately he cant play. His fight with Keven Westgath was maybe my favorite moment of this year. I know that is showing my age but I still like the good one sidded fights as long as they are on our side.

  43. Patrick says:

    No, they didn’t win the Cup again. Now, stop and consider the last word in the previous sentence. That is the goal – to win the cup again with this core. I can’t help but feel that this series illuminated which Hawks comprise that core. Aside from (Hoss, Toews, Kane, and Sharp), this series proved that Crow and Bolland are real deal playoff competitors. It also showed added depth in Ben Smith and Frolik, and ,perhaps – Bickell. What this team needs to answer is can Nick Leddy actually contribute next year? Will Keith return to form? How do we acquire or transform a current player into an Andrew Ladd type? All in all, this team is headed in the right direction. A key acquisition here, a sack dropping there – and this team is ripe for contention.

  44. John says:

    According to advanced stats, ie sabermetrics, they already found their Ladd in Bickell.

  45. Lee says:

    If Bickell plays all games next year like he played in Game 6, then i will agree with you. The one guy I am so dissapointed in is Kaner. First he comes to camp out of shape and then completly disapears after being checked. I never thougt i would say this but maybe a trade out of here at this time would be good for him and the Hawks. Opinin John?

  46. John says:

    Lee, I think you sit by your computer thinking of things to say that would annoy me. First of all, he’s 23 years old. Secondly, he’s just entering his prime. Third, in what everyone says was a down year, he was still a point per game player. Fourth, he’s a proven playoff performer every year. Fifth, I struggle to comprehend how trading your best offensive weapon makes your team stronger unless the Hawks get a whole heckuva lot in return.

    I’m sure there’s more reasons why this is an awful idea; I just can’t think of any.

  47. Bob in EP says:

    Thanks for another great season of insights and opinions. FF content continues to enhance my appreciation of the only sports team I will ever follow.

  48. Lee says:

    I am not paid enough to annoy you but did he or did he not disappear when the hitting started?

  49. Lee says:

    And if i do annony, then thats just tough shit because i am sure you do not write your blog so that everyone has to agree with you. My Hockey background I assure you is just as intellegent as yours and i assure you i have been around way longer than you have. Other than that you guys are my favorite blog and do not miss a day reading you!

  50. John says:

    Annoy is a strong word, I should have said aggravate. No, he didn’t disappear. I thought he busted this whole myth in the first round against Calgary two years when they did everything but rip his head off. Guess not for some people…Either way, it’s wrong.

  51. Stephen Sochor says:

    @Lee, I have not been high on Kaner either, but John is right. That said, next season he needs to come to camp ready. He needs to start taking the puck deep into the zone when he gets it with room. He’s not going to a rough player, but early on he at least showed some interest in getting in the dirty areas….but as the year went on he would do whatever he could to shy away. I’m sure that at 24 there would be a line of teams willing to take him and if there isn’t more added to his game then he has to go.

  52. John says:

    This whole Kane thing reminds an awful lot of the Jordan/Pippen dynamic of the 90’s. Pippen caught the brunt of the grief from Bulls fans because heaven forbid anyone ever say anything negative about Michael Jordan. Meanwhile, all Pippen was was the best defender in the league and a top 50 player of all time.

    It’s feels like deja vu with Kane and Toews. No one ever says anything bad about Toews but for whatever reason (size, lack of hitting, etc), the blame falls to Kane. If the Hawks trade him, it will be one of the darkest days in the franchise’s history. That’s how bad of an idea it would be.

  53. Otter says:

    Lee, I take it you’re still in favor of the Hawks trading Phil Esposito? Because trading Kane would be about as smart as that move.

  54. JM says:

    I have high expectations that we see career years from both Kane and Toews next year. I expect Keith to return to +20 territory. I’d hope Hossa’s first extended summer in years will do him some good.

    Whether we keep Hammer or trade him, some time off to heal the many welts on his body should do wonders for his patience.

    The hawks still have some tough calls to make to even out this roster, but the future’s looking bright.

  55. Jerry Kayne says:

    @JM as long as Hossa doesn’t “bump into” Boynton during the summer he should be in good form next season.

    I know it’s emotional for some Hawks fans, but I’m at peace. Let’s relax on the boards. No need to snipe at each other, leave that to the Vancouver fans.

  56. Big Tony says:

    I love when the trusty hockey resume is mentioned…tells you all you need to know.

  57. Lee says:

    Otter, are you really going to compare Espo’s all around game to Kaner at this point in his career. And know I was not happy with that trade but of course Billy Wirtz and Pulford were the assholes running the team back then

  58. Tom says:

    Well, they built this team to win last year at the expense of this year so taking the Presidents Cup winner to OT in game 7 and outscoring them 22-16 is pretty good…some of the kids got valuable experience in what playoff hockey is about and the Hawks learned more about who they can count on in the future and where they need to upgrade in the offseason.
    The future is bright, fellow Hawks fans.
    Thanks Bob and John for the intersesting and thoughtful recaps and opinions, see ya in July and Go Hawks!

  59. GregM says:

    Hate to lose to Vancouver, especially making Burrows the hero but I’ve watched almost every Hawks game this year and I can see improvement in most of the players that joined the team this year. We have an exciting group of youngsters who are almost ready to make their mark. If the vetrans can re-energize themselves after the drain of the last three seasons and the kids can put on some muscle with our training staff, 2011-2012 may be a great season to be a Hawks fan. The boys are on the upswing…

  60. Deborah says:

    John and Bob — Thanks for another great season of intelligent, insightful, irreverent writing. I know good hockey writing when I read it, even though I don’t have a resume. Does having a scar from playing hockey give you street cred? That, I have.

  61. Francis Roberts says:

    Bob and John, thanks for a great season of insights and writing. You guys are the best!

  62. Concerned Fan says:

    The thought of trading a 24 year old PPG player and PPG+ player in the playoffs is so outlandish that dignifying it with any sort of reasoned response would be futile, for reasons that will be obvious only to those not having such thoughts.

  63. Marts says:

    Great work on the blog guys. A lot of good fans and hockey people commenting here. It’s also nice to have an opinion in your head and then read a post (or comment) that suggests something totally different that carries equal merit (or at least food for thought).

    Can’t say I’m all that disappointed in last nights outcome. I am but, in the long run, will probably enjoy not scheduling my life around TV appointments for the next 6 weeks. I feel really badly for Campoli too. I agree there are times when he’s bordering on pizza delivery every shift but he’ll hold that giveaway all summer. I did virtually the same thing in Junior 16 years ago. Sometimes your brain just turns to mush. It happens. If not for Crow, he probably wouldn’t have been in a position to make that error to begin with.

    Go Preds (or any of the 10 still remaining teams).

  64. BWV 513 says:

    John and Bob, thanks for the words. Your blog is indispensable.

    Any thoughts — and sorry if this is too soon — on what next year’s team is going to look like in light of financial concerns? What is the Hawks’ cap picture this time around? I’m presuming it’s not as dire as it was last offseason.
    Sorry if this has been talked about before on the comment board; I’m a frequent visitor to this site, but I rarely have had time to read all the comments.

    Go Preds.

  65. John says:

    Concerned Fan–A truly eloquent and beautiful response. Well said.

    BWV–Still too soon to tell re: next year’s roster. We still don’t know the cap ceiling yet so any thing said is truly a guess. But yeah, the situation shouldn’t be nearly as dire as the Hawks won’t have a $4 million cap penalty to worry about.

  66. baltobob says:

    Great blog guys, I always look forward to your writing and the comments. A little perspective from the dark days of “Dollar Bill Wirtz” to the sunshine days of Rocky Wirtz. The team made three playoffs in a row, a Stanley Cup, and only the fifth team in NHL history to come from 0-3 to force a seventh playoff game. And the third version of the Hawks had to lose nine players to start the regular season and use four rookies in the playoffs. A dynasty in the making to rival Detroit?

  67. JimH says:

    Thanks for all the insight, John.

    As for Kane, he could rack up 80 assists a year if he had Sharp on the same line with him all year. Trading him would be assine. Ask the Cubs about Lou Brock. I expect the entire core to be much better next year with a full summer to rest and prepare. I think many were still hungover when they reported to training camp.

    This team has a chance to be elite in 2011-12 with a couple moves and if guys like Bickell, Smith and Frolik (as well as the core guys) learn to bring the effort they demonstrated in this series for an entire year. The future is bright.

  68. Cam says:

    Hawks desperately need the new TV deal the NHL signed to move the cap up.

    It’s going to be one tight squeeze again.

  69. mike says:

    For next year how about establishing a number one line? We played all year and into OT in game seven still looking for a winger to go with Toews Kane. Imagine the numbers they would have put up playing with Byfuglien on their line all year. We just don’t have a player on the roster that fits with them other than Sharp, and when Sharp is at center we don’t have any depth to have 3 scoring lines.

    On the bright side, I think Kruger will be better than Ben Smith once he gets stronger, but he might need two years before he bulks up enough to be a bona fide NHL player. Our third pair defense is a concern as it was all year, and we need to add some size back on the team. It was embarrasing how we were out hit. Last year we could play any way we wanted, we could hit with the most physical teams and skate with the fastest teams. Bring back some sandpaper.

  70. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for your recaps guys. I read each and every recap this season, and they were great.

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