THE 'HAWKS BLOG

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Then and now.

How do you win the Stanley Cup? Well, this animated infographic will tell you. 

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Remember this? Back when the Blackhawks were left for dead against the Canucks? When we were losing in Game 6 until Frolik tied it on a penalty shot? And then Smith got the goal in OT to send it to a Game 7?

Do the Blackhawks still have that drive? That motivation?

Game 2’s highlight.

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One Highlight for each game of this Stanley Cup Final thus far. This one’s for Game 1.

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I just wish we could have been together longer in Chicago, but I left after the 1995-96 season, which is another story. That didn’t stop him, though. He had a fabulous career with the Blackhawks. After the 1994-95 season, which was cut short because of the lockout, he had 31 goals the next year, our last as linemates. Then he just kept on going, scoring at least 30 times a season; three times, he had 40 or more goals. He was a real sniper, with a quick release and a really accurate shot. And was he fast. Once he took off with those first couple short, strong strides, he was gone.

Jeremy Roenick on Tony Amonte

I’ve done it. Scott Stevens has done it. Mario Lemieux has done it. It’s one thing that you can’t judge somebody or overthink certain things that happen. He had his reasons. At this time of the year, emotionally and physically it’s a grind, and sometimes you’re not ready to show it to people. I’m all good with it. If you do what you do all the time you should have a little break once in a while. That’s the bottom line.

Marty Brodeur on Zach Parise’s refusal to speak to the media after Game 3.

The Apparent Western Conference Final Match-up

The L.A. Kings will most probably stun the league -again- by sweeping the St. Louis Blues tomorrow night at the Staples Center, and the ‘Yotes look to knock out another Stanley Cup favorite on Monday. This would lead to a Western Conference Final duel that almost no one would have even guessed, save a few L.A. and Phoenix fans. So, it’s time to see how such a match-up would unfold.

The two teams share the same strengths: hot goalies, smart defense, even offense and great PKers. Therefore, the winner of this series will be the one that is the most consistent. Because of this, L.A. will win. Jonathan Quick is not just a hot goaltender; he is one of the best in the league. Not the same can be said about Phoenix’s Mike Smith. On top of that, the Kings don’t only have good scorers; they have prolific offensive magicians. Richards and Carter are scary together, as they proved two years ago in the Flyers’ run to the Stanley Cup Finals. However, that’s not to say that Phoenix doesn’t have natural scorers. They do. But who would put Radim Vrbata and Martin Hanzal on the same level as perennial 35 goal-scoring Carter and his partner-in-crime Richards?

However, there is still hope for the Coyotes. They are turning up the speedometer of their offense and they remain stingy defensively. Smith has remained exceptional. Their stars are playing their part. Raffi Torres isn’t there to get stupid penalties. In short, things look good for the Coyotes (and therefore, their owner, the NHL!) and it would be very disappointing for them to come up short of the Stanley Cup Finals. This could be the franchise’s only opportunity to fight for the Cup. If they don’t take advantage of it, Phoenix WILL lose their hockey team in the next few years. For this reason, I hope I’m wrong. The organization has done so much to make the Coyotes competitive again; they truly deserve a chance to win it all before the rug is taken out from under them.

My prediction: L.A. in 7. But I’m hoping it will be PHX that moves on this time.

Briere’s OT winner from yesterday afternoon.