McKnight: ‘Hawks In Deep Trouble

By Connor McKnight–

The Blackhawks have fallen into the deepest of holes here in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Down 3-0 to the Canucks, Joel Quenneville knows how unenviable the situation is.

“We’re in an awful spot right now,” Quenneville said, “ I don’t think you want to look any further than just trying to get something positive going in our direction.  Right now we’re definitely disappointed. We’re not happy.”

For Jonathan Toews, it’s more than just the Blackhawks’ level of play that’s frustrating.

“Everyone wants to look at the stats all year and talk about what [the Canucks] do well and how good of a team they are,” Toews said. “That’s whats frustrating.  We’re not exposing them for what they really are.  I think a lot of people outside this locker room are giving them too much credit.  Maybe we are as well.  We know that we can be a better team and we just haven’t shown it yet.”

Regardless of just what the Canucks are or what the Blackhawks haven’t been yet, the series stands at 3-0, advantage Vancouver.

While it’s easy to point to Philadelphia’s success in last years playoffs after facing the same situation, that can’t be done until the Hawks win their first game.

The turning point in the game may have been when John Scott took a bad interference penalty midway through the second period.  The Canucks scored right off the draw and then once more 54 seconds later to take a 2-1 advantage.

Scott, who played in his first playoff game, was used on the power play early as a screen on Roberto Luongo.  It would be unfair to place all the blame on Scott for the Hawks inability to score more than two goals on the man-advantage, but it was clear he didn’t exactly put fear into the hearts of the Canucks.

Canucks winger Raffi Torres also delivered a crushing shot to Brent Seabrook in the second that earned him a minor penalty.  After the game, Joel Quenneville admonished the referees saying the hit was “brutal” and absolutely a major penalty.  Seabrook refused to say whether it was a dirty hit having not seen it coming while on the ice nor in replay.

  • matt

    Toews sounds frusterated. The Canucks are simply the better and deeper team this year and by a wide margain. As for Q’s comment on the Torres hit behind the net: the hit was big but it was shoulder to shoulder and from directly in front of seabrook. Also no charge. If Raffi comes from the other side of the net then ya its blind side, but he didn’t. Seabrooks gotta keep his head up there

  • Bob Labroscian

    losing 10 players, quality players off last years rosterm has done the trick. Thank you Stan……Anti for Marty in goal was priceless…..n Marty doesnt even play!!! Wait till next year could very well be a sweep……”Hawks simply outclassed by the Canuckleheads…..uugghhh

  • tom Sharp

    Who was it that told everyone on this site that the Blackhawks had no chance in this series? Oh, it was me!! I also told you that he media in this town are way too optimistic about all Chicago sports teams. The Sox and Cubs won’t be in the World Series, the Bears suck and need to pray for a strike, and the Bulls will go far, but ultimately lose the NBA championship due to stupidity (Exhibit A= Boozer). Time for media to grow a pair and show some real objectivity and good analysis of the teams in this town.

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