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Blackhawks end Stars’ winning streak

Apr 15, 2013, 11:32 PM EDT

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Usually, when you talk about a team playing the role of “spoiler,” the discussion revolves around squads who are dangerous despite their status in the cellar. The Chicago Blackhawks seem primed to represented a different breed of spoiler: an elite team ruining it for bubble opponents.

After beating the Detroit Red Wings on Friday and the St. Louis Blues on Sunday, the Blackhawks rained on the Dallas Stars’ feel-good parade with a 5-2 win on Monday. That ended an unexpected five-win run for the upstart Stars (and extended Chicago’s streak to six straight victories in the process).

That loss lowered the Stars’ odds of finding their way into the playoffs by a little more than 10 percent, according to Sports Club Stats. Dallas also saw out-of-left-field sensation Alex Chiasson’s night end early with an upper-body injury, so it was a tough night overall for the scrappy club.

While that win has the unintended effect of making life easier for their division rival in Detroit, the Blackhawks now need just one point to clinch the top seed in the West.

If that happens, then Chicago will only have the Presidents’ Trophy and the sheer joy of spoiling to keep them entertained.

Then again, winning can be enough motivation on its own, as Andrew Shaw told Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times.

“The feeling of winning is unbelievable,” Shaw said. “No one wants to lose.”

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  1. blackhawks2010 - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Solid win, Hawks 3rd and 4th lines continue to score. Teams are struggling with our depth. Keep it rolling!

  2. thehighcountrybear - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    Hawks depth…? This is the sort of rhetoric we heard from Canucks during several breathtaking and storied runs to the dreaded President’s Cup…

    Nearly half of Hawks’ scoring is held by three players, each notorious for doing the full Penn and Teller in the playoffs when able to play at all? And what of playoff toughness from Hossa, Kane and Toews…and what of overall team toughness we can expect see in the playoffs?

    I’m not talking the never-ending chicken crap stick work we see from the likes of Duncan, Hossa, Kane, Seabrook and Toews, I’m talking the hard-assed ‘will’ to get down with the hurly burly in the corners and on the glass when simple force and physical superiority prevails. Inability to motivate his teams in this manner has always been Quenneville’s greatest lacking since Dustin Ray Byfuglien was allowed to leave town.

    Yes, Hawks try, but their hearts aren’t in it, a fact most recently demonstrated by Blues who simply targeted Toews and Kane; Hossa grinned apologetically, Kane judiciously avoided anything resembling traffic and Toews got pounded time and again? Is any of this lost on Blues, Ducks, Kings and Wild…I doubt it?

    On the season, Hawks clearly struggle with determined, hard skating or hard hitting teams…

    In an otherwise excellent if not lucky run in this shortened season, Hawks have demonstrated no answer for bully-boy hockey. When the skating scoring artful game we all love to see goes south in the playoffs, so will Hawks, if they don’t man-up when balls to the wall hockey prevails!

    Viva las Vegas…

    • theageofquarrel - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:44 AM

      You forgot the Elvis video to make your ridiculous point.

    • chicagobtech - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      “…Hawks have demonstrated no answer for bully-boy hockey…”

      St. Louis tried that against the Blackhaws on Sunday, the score was 2-0 Chicago. And with a combined nine losses between regulation and overtime I think the Blackhawks have figured out how to match up against anybody. Except for Anaheim. Ducks on the pond are trouble.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      Once again we’re subjected to the hibernating bear’s pointless, nonsensical rambling. Get a clue, Mr bear. The NHL’s best team proves you wrong time and time again. Crawl back into your lonely cave and resume hibernation. Only this time DON’T WAKE UP. Everything you have said this season has been wrong. You are wasting your time. Should you unwisely choose to stick around, try your best to enjoy Chicago’s run to the 2013 cup. In the meantime, the rest of us who know a thing or two about hockey will continue to laugh at you.

  3. se7enbladez - Apr 16, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    Do you even know what you are talking about?

  4. arlingtonrob - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    Can the Hawks be beat? Yep. Do they look pretty good? Yep. Can the Hawks roll to the Cup? You betcha. Could the Hawks go down in the first round….?

    ….Does the sun rise in the east? most definitely.

    This is the NHL where any team can upset any other team in any given season. I’ve been watching this game, and the Hawks, for 42 years and I’ve seen it all.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      Agreed.

      The people thumbing this down must not remember the President’s Trophy-winning team in the early ’90s that was thumped out early by the North Stars.

  5. comeonnowguys - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    They also still have a shot at the Canadiens’ points percentage, too, correct?

    In one aspect, I agree with our consistently grumpy ‘Hawks (and happiness) hater. If the refs swallow their whistles on obstruction and the like, you could see a repeat of the Dead Puck West from last year. You know, the kind of hockey that’s just barely more exciting than baseball. That, aside from an injury to Toews or Kane.

    But does our not so esteemed colleague realize that the Hawks rarely win the hits tally, even in their Cup run? Luckily, the rules-makers long ago decided to award victories based on the most goals, not most hits.

    • noisetheorem - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      The team that has the puck doesn’t need to hit as much. The Hawks are playing a strong puck possession game that means they only have to hit when they have to. That is a good thing because those hits don’t just wear down your opponents, they also wear you down.

  6. jpat2424 - Apr 16, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Country bear. Big D Bag

  7. ajrod42 - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Right, and when this hard hitting determination was most recently demonstrated by the Blues, what was the final score? And tell me where the evidence lies for the Hawks struggling against any team this year, let alone the type of team you mentioned. As I, and anyone else paying attention, have been able to see, these Hawks don’t “struggle” against anyone or anything this year. Sure, there are match ups that may be more favorable or less favorable, but there hasn’t been a sniff of struggling anywhere for this team except on their own power play of late, and guess what? They’ve still won six in a row.

    You’re talking toughness like this was last year’s Hawks team. If it was last year, ya, you’d have a point. But, fortunately, this isn’t last year, thus, you do not have a point.

    • chicagobtech - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      As I said above, the only team that gives me pause is Anaheim. They are the only team that swept the ‘Hawks this season. Hell, they’re the only team that beat the ‘Hawks more than once this season.

  8. dt58 - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Oh long-winded Bear, please remove head from a$$. You come onto every Hawks site to ramble on about how they can’t win yet they keep winning. Maybe you should share your “wisdom” with all the coaches in the league, obviously they aren’t as smart as you to be able to figure out how to beat the Hawks. You would think with the vast knowledge you have have that you’d be coaching in the NHL…

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