Discussing the Blackhawks’ draft picks, including Ryan Hartman
Buyouts, including the Blackhawks using their two buyouts on Steve Montador and Rostislav Olesz
Making fun of the Philadelphia Flyers by myself while Casey went to run a quick errand
Other stuff from around the league, including Kris Letang getting re-signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins, Tim Thomas emerging from his bunker, and the Professional Hockey Writers Association failing at voting again
Patrick Kane is down to have a weird time.
Corey Crawford, on the other hand, is just down to have a drunk time.
Playoffs, baby! Woo! (Photo: Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
Casey and I return with the playoffs edition of Second Balcony Breakdown. Please excuse my failing voice, coughing, and sniffling during this podcast, along with my general grumpiness. I recorded this while battling my yearly spring cold.
Yep. Another brawl featuring the IceHogs and ridiculous jerseys.
Am I writing about another brawl featuring the Chicago Blackhawks‘ AHL team, the Rockford IceHogs?
Of course I am!
Last time, the IceHogs mixed it up with the Detroit Red Wings‘ affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins. This time, the IceHogs would take on the Vancouver Canucks‘ affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. It’s as if the IceHogs are more than willing to take on their parent club’s most deep-seated rivalries and make them their own.
Since both Casey and I felt that we couldn’t put off talking about the Chicago Blackhawks versus the Vancouver Canucks game for a week, we decided to have a Very Special Episode of The Quiet Room to discuss the game.
Jannik Hansen‘s hit on Marian Hossa, for which he was suspended one game (check out the NHL’s explanation for the suspension after the jump)
The Blackhawks giving up the lead in the third
Pulling out the shootout win (thanks to… Andrew Shaw!?)
The responsibility of coaches speaking to the media after questionable plays
Click the button below to listen. Next week, I swear the sound quality will improve.
Can this guy just get a goal already? (Photo: Bridget Samuels/flickr)
The fact that the Blackhawks pulled out of this game against the Vancouver Canucks with one point is a minor miracle, considering that the two people on the ice who were awake the entire game were Corey Crawford (which is good) and Brandon Saad (who was the best player on the ice for the Blackhawks for the first two periods, and most of the third).
You know what else is a miracle? The fact that I stayed awake for the entire game. It was a real insomnia-killer for entirely too long.
So, losing to the Canucks is bad. The possibility of losing Dave Bolland for any stretch of time, however, is worse. According to coach Joel Quenneville, Bolland suffered a lower-body injury in the third period when he got tangled up with the Canucks’ Jannik Hansen. He’ll be evaluated tomorrow. Here’s to hoping it looked worse than it actually is.
Corey Crawford will be in net for the Blackhawks, because Ray Emery‘s hip still needs oiling. (@ChrisKuc) Roberto Luongo will backstop the Canucks. It’s best if we don’t get into what’s going on in net for Vancouver. It’s not pretty. (@VanCanucks)