SportsTalk Live: Is the Blackhawks' streak meaningless?
Thu, 7 Mar 2013|
Is the Blackhawks' streak meaningless in the long run? Thursday's SportsTalk Live panel discusses this topic along with how this team may perform in the playoffs - 3/7
In this streaks continued for the Blackhawks last night in dramatic fashion. Though at a cost before Daniel Carcillo won an almost movie scripts got a stop this first goal of the season just over fifty seconds left in regulation. For a 32 and overcome a number thirteen he's the thirteenth different -- to -- a game winning goal this year. This season opening point streak to 24. Regular season points -- debut a year ago stretched to thirty games. The franchise record winning streak at eleven. And as for talk and Ray Emery he became the first goalie ever to start a season ten an oh. So after two periods -- looked like you know Colorado's controlling play we were you guys get nervous and all of this was going to be yet. Now with these guys I mean they like to make it interest in doing that not only win but they make it dramatic. And you are those really interesting after the game. Toews said they're not dates was asked about whether their feel pressure with the streak and he said. Not really you know if it goes on it goes on that's what's so cool about it is these guys understand. That. This is sort of the appetizer you know that they this isn't gonna matter if they don't finish and they're really determined to do it that way and I think there's a lot of pieces of the pieces are. Plays ability Christian worry about if your Joel Quenneville are. For the front office is as something really can't control of the injuries and I was left and I think that paid a little bit of a price to keep the streak of going but. The other part you worry about the coach is is what what -- just said the fact the merits are these guys gonna just feel like they can show up and they're gonna be good enough to keep it going. And they've all talked a good game you what they've backed it up they don't seem to begin kind of fat lazy. They are still work in and he -- didn't get comfortable on those final few months and just wanna get the overtime to get that point streak going and keep it going. They want to win that game and it was great seek personal we -- join that list though of as you said twelve other guys who who came up with a game winning goal. Anything candidates in the domination is that almost like the White Sox won in 2005 once they hit the playoffs I mean this is something rare that that we have not seen -- got to soak in. Enjoy what what this team is doing so. I think you're doing during the streak you've seen so many different points of where they've been special. Post a score with two seconds left in Calgary the game in Detroit on Sunday. Yesterday they don't of the third period eight forwards I mean that's all they were rolling and that they're able to come down from a goal and and look at those six defensemen. They were able to keep an Avalanche team has you know very. Very quick -- again can keep up with the Hawks and they were able to keep them there for that entire period and eventually get the game winner for Daniel Carcillo. Notes the -- about you know you mention it to -- the injury front a little bit here and from what Joel Quenneville indicated after the game -- -- could well play tomorrow night and you're -- kind of up in the air. Very evident that he took an elbow to the face but it's the real one you're anxious about his Patrick Sharp and even. -- played little -- last night -- he's probably going to be out for a while no practice today so no. Official word win their first word on that. Tomorrow the morning skate in Denver but it looked like the way he was walking off they're trying to walk off a shoulder or risk clearly there was one report today unsubstantiated visit obviously are you gonna get the fish was up -- lower. Proper look anywhere that was obvious enough work but it looked like his shoulder and there was a reported to be out two to three weeks it's -- separate knows. But you know that that's is that they've weathered some of these other injuries. We're gonna see how deep this thing goes tonight and ask other guys to move up in and you've seen people fill in for David bowl and it was -- and really didn't intend to start the season. As a second line center so you're asking guys to do more and with the Bulls that hasn't worked out too well when you move the the bench mob what's left of it in the starting roles that has -- -- You know the depth has really been impressed with the team and and no need someone from Rockford comes up in the top seven bomb coupled with a first and we're talking about one of the core of the star players so how much of a concern should that be your little. I think maybe if there's a positive it's it's early enough in the year in this in this short season that he can come back. You know after a decent rehab so you know on the depth as Dez Bryant sat -- the depth is so good. That I wouldn't be getting into a real homage in this situation the way their plan. I mean there are certain guys that you just cannot lose you know Toews Kane. It did their big exceptional guys and you know your top two defenseman. Goalie you don't want it in other spots you can plug in that you'll find out you know I mean sharp is obviously a key guy that. This is going to be a good test for the depth. -- the you found out when their goalie is down a couple times Corey Crawford's been down. Ray Emery has stepped right in so you know so far from a depth standpoint they've been able to handle all those issues yet let let's -- out of -- and really and he struggled this year he hasn't really been sharp but we've seen him in years past. Other thing I'd like to see for quite able right now to make sure you keep those the third and fourth lines. -- intact because that's really what's got them here that depth so if you can do that. Breach in the to Rockford for that depth and bring up in Jimmy Hayes or caring more and see how that works. And see what what that does the second line don't don't start the the whole line you know slot machine because. Yeah I mean to your point the third -- scored with six of six of seven games right may even go back to Detroit came Cano gets two goals with the third line had just a barrage in that second period. Was they did everything but score -- it's just been terrific to see guys like Andrew Shaw. You know who's probably brought up her first top. Tough this morning -- but we've seen some nice hands on the kid and it's great to see and it's a wonderful see these guys just getting involved and not feeling like to passengers in the same old. Herb mentioned some of Jonathan Toews is comments after the game and here he is. Talking to Pierre McGuire NBC sports or excited about the streak but he knows that doesn't guarantee operate come June. Worst thing very realistic in the locker known. We don't you work ethic of don't keep doing the right things were he's had success. And we saw the number one priority is this is doing ourselves as a team. To be the best return later in the season and post season so. There were not looking too far ahead at the same time working on different time. But if this stuff for a lot of fun kind of -- him in the -- when he's done. Well there was already a certain degree of pressure on this team coming in after a couple of first round exits and curve as you mentioned you're impressed by the comments afterwards but. How cited this as much as we're all enjoying it now they are a clear prior to be clear cut Stanley Cup favorite. And if they don't at least make the finals or win the cup how much of a balloon -- is that for the city. Well I think it a little on the city Yemen for the team and they've made a pretty loud statement when you win the first half of the season without you know missing a beat. If you don't follow it up you know that the city would be down the team would be down but I think the neat part about this is that. -- Didn't know who regards every game as monumental and really goes to the whip during the regular season. I don't think Quenneville has done that at all in this situation I think. This streak has just sort of happened because they're good and there's been a bounce now and then and then because they're good well it hasn't been it it goes. That's serve you know if I don't know there's there's a luxury of coaching one when you're going you're going as well as -- this goes back. Now wild maybe halfway through the street when they're at San Jose and Corey Crawford have a tough time of it let's and a couple goals they called -- our. Three Eagles call time out people think Corey is gonna head to the bench and stay there. And in going then you had questions about Corey Crawford let's be honest you weren't sure exactly what you had here. You know wasn't the guy that deceived you know got you -- extended their Vancouver playoff series or was it that caution maybe you get a quick exit as much then what else last year. But he kept them in there and and they had been going so well. It was of more conference for Corey and I think maybe if you get if you've been gone the other way certainly you would have done that you would -- put Ray Emery and because raid. Had a great game in Calgary so. No it's great to have options I think jolt obviously you know he was on the Quebec dirty staff you remember this back in the 9495 when they locked out. And had 48 games. You know how to manage when we talked to Q the other -- you manage the time you know when to practice one not to practice. You know it's such condensed schedule you know -- again it is you don't instead -- do you take your foot off the castle bit and give these guys a chance recover -- don't get that much time within the compressed schedule. Even while this whole city's a drink in the cooling and we certainly are here overtime guess fourth and as well. Thanks for all the viewership courtesy of the team but is this all meaningless now because they've raised the bar so high if they do not win the. Delacroix you have to win the cup I mean nobody remembers. Who view it starts off the season with the most wins I think in baseball so nineteen. 82 Braves in ninety some Milwaukee Brewers were not talking about those teams right now so you know with the cup in 2010 RD validating this team. You have to start racking these things up and that this is great this is fun this is you don't nice to get through the -- snow you know the -- snow through it it's you worry upper winner. But you know the cup is is the things.