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Discuss: Coyotes boot Blackhawks from playoffs, advance to second round for first time in Phoenix

Apr 23, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

For the first time in this suffocatingly close series, it at least looked like a blowout – and certainly didn’t go to overtime. It was close for most of the game, but the bottom line is that the Chicago Blackhawks self-destructed late to allow the Phoenix Coyotes to walk all over them 4-0. The Coyotes won the series 4-2 to advance to the second round for the first time as the Coyotes and the first since the Winnipeg Jets did it 25 years ago.

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Let’s get the discussion rolling:

  • The Blackhawks took a 28-8 shot advantage through the first two periods but entered the final frame down 1-0. How much credit does Mike Smith deserve for this win, in particular? Do you give him 25 percent? 50? 80? 90?
  • Phoenix is now set to host the Nashville Predators in round two. Will they benefit from facing a team that takes a similarly defense-first approach? If the over/under for goals is 10 for the series, do you take the over or the under?
  • Echoing the Smith credit question, how much blame does Corey Crawford deserve for Chicago’s first round exit? Should GM Stan Bowman consider going after a new netminder even though Crawford and Ray Emery are under contract for next season?
  • Do you consider third seed Phoenix topping sixth seed Chicago an upset?
  • Does Joel Quenneville look bad for complaining about Jimmy Hayes‘ boarding major after being livid about the Marian Hossa situation?
  1. bigtganks - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Please fire Quenville! (so if Vancouver fires AV, then Q can slide right in!)

    • nobandwagoners - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:57 AM

      Hmm, yeah, that might actually work. OK; your move Chicago. (Throw in Seabrook for, say one of our goalies, and that’ll make next year’s games really interesting).

  2. schartz55 - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Congrats to the Yotes. Being a Hawks fan, that was a hard game to swallow. While I’m not a fan of that style of hockey, the Coyotes were really tight defensively and had a hot goalie. For some reason the Hawks struggle against those types of teams. Good luck against the Preds, hopefully there’s not too many 1-0 triple overtime snoozefests. The Hawks will be back next year, hopefully with some sort of competent goaltending.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:56 PM

      I can’t wait for this year’s first 4OT game.

      • barkar942 - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:13 AM

        probably will be all 14 games in the west second round!

    • bmoreredfury311 - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:17 AM

      Gotta give it thumbs up to both teams. For every game, except for this one, had to be decided in o.t. That’s just good old hockey. i like the hawks but i always like seeing a team, that is not the/a favorite and a team that hasn’t gone too far in the past years get a win. Preds vs Yotes should be a very good series. The West looks very interesting and a might have the team to be possible cup winners.

  3. oblio11 - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Patrick kane was crying

    • bigtganks - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:03 AM

      Because his card was declined.

  4. sprtsfan1 - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Ugh! Coyotes and Preds??? Talk about the most boring hockey series to ever be created!!!

    • wisbadgers - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:24 AM

      …and I’ll take “Two NHL teams that are better than the Blackhawks for $200, Alex”.
      Sprtsfan1, you’re not following the script, this is where you say that the Hawks need to revamp their roster and find a new goalie. C’mon, your GED is waiting for you.

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:24 AM

        I’ll take “Goalie who carries a turtling team for $1,000” Alex.

        That’s ok. At least Chicago will still have their team in two years.

  5. xaf605 - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    A great goalie like smith would do wonders for the hawks oh a powerplay wouldn’t hurt either

    • rarelyshaves - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:11 AM

      its so true, it actually hurts to think about

      this what happens when you go through players like hefty bags. no team identity

    • esracerx46 - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:34 AM

      Smith isnt that good of a goalie. Doesnt anyone remember the Lightning traded to get Dwayne freaking Roloson because the combination of Mike Smith and Dan Ellis sucked so bad? That was last year. It’s the Defensive style of play the Yotes use that makes Smith look invincible. Thats not to say that Crawford really sucks the big one.

  6. oblio11 - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Peggy peggy peggy

  7. esracerx46 - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Absolutely hate this style of Hockey. Congrats to the Yotes, but the less talented team won. The Yotes, Kings, Blues, and Preds play a style that sucks to watch ( no wonder they have trouble with attendance) with that said they have to play that way in order to win. Catch 22. With these 4 teams left, watch the ratings go in the toilet. The DEAD PUCK ERA LIVES

    • dougyfresh9981 - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      You don’t need 12 goals a game for exciting hockey. Yeah it’s fun, but all 4 teams left in the west have outstanding goalies and are all very physical. Lots of OT hockey to come

  8. monarch897 - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    The Hawks totally went away from what worked in the past and that was a tough net presence with big bodies in the way. It’s like they forgot what won them the cup. The team never replaced players like Byfuglien and Ladd. So while they were taking all those shots on Smith, there was no traffic in front. I don’t think Q used his team adequately enough that is to say he didn’t change his philosophy and or adapt and while there were three forwards digging the puck out of the corners, there was nobody to pass it to.

    To be fair though, not one of the off season acquisitions panned out not Montador, Carcillo or O’Donnell. They had to wait to get Oduya and whatever that other guy’s name was from Calgary. Going into the season they thought they had plugged some of those holes from the previous year then, during the 9 game trip, the damn started leaking. Crawford wasn’t terrible but he wasn’t great and that is what it takes to win a cup. Congrats to Phoenix and good luck going forward.

    If anyone spots Kane and Sharp somewhere please call the Chicago Police Department they’ve been missing since October.

    • monarch897 - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:34 AM

      Go Bulls!

    • esracerx46 - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:37 AM

      Jamal Mayers although a 4th liner played his role about as good as you can. Montador, honestly I wouldnt be surprised if he retires. His deal was frontloaded and with concussions…. With his money gone maybe they can get Suter.:) Suter Keith Seabrook Leddy….Ill take that top 4 anyday

  9. sprtsfan1 - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Hey Wisbadger, yeah, the Internet tough guy that takes to insulting people on story boards, probably grew up in Wisconsin and didn’t actually go to college there, and has so much insecurity about your own education you try to bring others down to your level. Give it a rest. Everyone knows the Blackhawks are a more talented team than the Coyotes, but we did get out-goaltender. Re-vamp roster? I think not, only someone as ignorant as you would come up with such an idea. Good luck in the most boring round of hockey to come.

  10. sprtsfan1 - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    I agree Dougy, you don’t need a lot of scoring for exciting hockey, I just hate defensive trap, but hey, if it works, gotta do what you gotta do. Good luck to the Yotes and the Preds. I don’t see the Coyotes getting past this round. Preds are a very deep team.

    • wisbadgers - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:48 PM


      Look at the pot calling the kettle black.
      You’ve been running your mouth on PHT and chastising anyone who doesn’t cheer for the Blackhawks. Someone finally dishes it back to you and you can’t handle it.
      Funny….actually pathetic, kind of like the Blackhawks with a man advantage.

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