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Discuss: Coyotes come through in OT, take 2-1 series lead

Apr 18, 2012, 12:21 AM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks and Phoenix Coyotes have provided some great hockey so far in the first round – tonight’s game gives us three out of three overtime contests – but Tuesday upped the hate factor considerably. Joel Quenneville must feel disgusted, in particular: Marian Hossa left the game on a stretcher and his team gave up two third period leads before losing 3-2 in OT. The Coyotes now have a hard-earned 2-1 series lead.

With all that in mind, here are a few questions to get you started.

  • Are the Blackhawks in trouble if Hossa’s injury is serious? He scored 77 points in perhaps his strongest regular season with Chicago.
  • Corey Crawford actually had some nice moments in Game 3, but Mikkel Boedker‘s sharp angle goal will burn for a long time. As much as Blackhawks fans boo Mike Smith, is there a little envy in there? Is goaltending too big of a disadvantage?
  • How would you describe Game 4 for Chicago? Is it a “must-win” or just a “really would like to win” contest?
  • So, how about that Raffi Torres fella?
  1. habswoman - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Torres hit was nothing like the Bruins cheap shots. Shanahan isn’t Torres’s dad though so I’d say that he is suspended for remainder of playoffs considering past and the karma he has accrued through his playing career.

    • HawaiiHockey - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:21 AM

      You would say that, but who knows what Shanahan will say? (refer to south park video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tPyOvxpZ_xE )

      • HawaiiHockey - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:21 AM

        I don’t remember who originally posted that video, but that was the funniest thing!

  2. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    The goal Crawford allowed in OT sort of personifies the reason I don’t have much faith in Chicago’s chances at making a deep run. Hope I’m wrong.

  3. fourfeatherfury - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    To answer your question, no there is no envy for Mike Smith. Craw may be many things, but a spineless diver he is not. I believe I speak for all real ‘Hawks fans when I saw that we envy nothing about the Yotes. Stay classless, Glendale.

  4. donttoewsmebro19 - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    The bottom line is the hawks have been robbed every game in this playoff series. This game was a complete joke were is the officiating. Countless times they missed calls from trips to goaltender interference. Don’t even mention the Torres hit how do 4 officials miss a hit that clearly 22,000 people saw the puck was closely to hossa when he got hit so he should have seen it. I believe If you look clearly you can see the one ref in front of the hawks bench cringe so he Definitly saw the hit. Let just say with a 5 min major and a game misconduct the game could have been completely different. Honestly going into this game I knew Torres was going to do something stupid he’s a goon player that only looks to take out top players it’s completely sad. Players like him don’t need to be in the league.

  5. marc127 - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Funny how Mike Smith has no problem acting as if his face just exploded but he has no problem swinging his stick at Patrick Sharp after the whistle. I was really happy to see Corey Crawford give Smith a good old fashioned stare down as if to say that the next time he won’t be so kind. The Coyotes are playing like complete punks and I really hope Chicago can get back into this series and knock Phoenix out of the playoffs.

  6. yotesfan3 - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Toews making excuses in press conf. We cant focus on hockey. Maybe if you didnt give up 2 goals in a minute you could focus. Play the game Torres is probably going to get 2 games. Does not matter! Shut up and play the game! Go yotes!

    • fourfeatherfury - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:01 AM

      Like I said, stay classless Glendale.

      • azsportsfreak - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:08 AM

        And like we say, stay clueless, fff….Oh, and Go Yotes!

      • fourfeatherfury - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:13 AM

        I fully realize that being in the playoffs isn’t exactly a common occurrence for you folks, but lets not let it go to your heads. The series isn’t even half over, but you know what? Either way we’ll have the last laugh. Know why? Because at the end of the season, we know our boys will be back in the Madhouse next year and your team will be far, far away from Phoenix. Enjoy!

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:13 AM

        Get it all in before you lose the series.

        And your team.

        Cheers.

      • themohel - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:14 AM

        I see both of the yotes fans are on the board tonight

    • mathpete13 - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:31 AM

      2 games for taking out another player…
      love that 3 games for being on the wrong end of bad acting…

      Oh I forgot, who owns the Coyotes again???

  7. proudliberal85392 - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    themohel Wrong, pal. There’s a group here and we’re tired of the whining.

  8. kb2126 - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Arizona will have the last laugh. Coyotes are going to stay put and you guys will still have Crawford in net…..I’m sorry! And the sport of hockey wins because of the growth in the non-traditional markets. I really don’t get why people don’t understand this!

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:29 AM

      Yeah, that one soft goal aside (Smith had one of those, too, btw, in Game 1), it’s not Crawford that keeps trying to skate in between two defenders and coughing up the puck in the neutral zone. He’s not the one taking bad routes on D putting themselves in a position to get knocked off the puck.

      He got hung out to dry by his D on that second goal as they got sucked in toward the puck.

      He’s had a real shaky year after a good rookie year last year, but he’s been great this series.

      Also, he’s not a gutless flopper.

      • divinghossa - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:31 AM

        Like Hossa? Diver.

  9. blackhawkslove - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Absolutely a horrendous game. I have never been more appalled by the officiating in a hockey game more than last night.

    Disclaimer: I give the yotes full credit for their well played game.

    However Raffi Torres’ illegalx1000 hit on Marian Hossa was dispicable. The fact that no penalty was called either makes me lose faith in the NHL league. Not only was Hossa HIT IN THE HEAD, but he was taken off on a STRECHER with a NECK BRACE.

    Crawford gave up a soft goal in OT, there isn’t much I can do about that. However Yotes, I would watch yourself in the next game. If last year was any indication of how flagrant of hit on a good player will lead the blackhawks to torch their opponent, you can expect Mike Smith to be burning on a stake.

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