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Coach Quenneville rips Blackhawks after shootout loss

Oct 18, 2013, 12:22 AM EDT

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Joel Quenneville didn’t like much, if anything, about his team’s performance Thursday.

And he let it be known, after the Chicago Blackhawks lost 3-2 in a shootout to the St. Louis Blues.

“No, awful. I didn’t like our game at all (after) the first 12 minutes,” said the Blackhawks head coach after the game, as per Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago.

Didn’t like our pace, how we turned pucks over. Didn’t get pucks to the net, didn’t generate any offense after the first.”

That’s twice now the Blackhawks have lost to their Central Division rivals in St. Louis to begin the season, however they did manage the single point in this most recent defeat.

  1. stinkpretty1 - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Someone’s gotta make a Quenneville celebration compilation video. They’re hilarious

  2. jhaegs - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Someone needs to tell Q that sometimes the other team BEATS you. It’s not always “our team lost the game”.

    Another great game between these reborn rivals. Glad to see the Blues back on track after getting smoked by SJ a couple days ago. That’s 3 straight against CHI now- let’s keep it going!

    Now if we could just beat LA now and then…

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      Personally, I’d rather have a coach who expects his team to win every night than a coach who just shrugs his shoulders and says: “Hey, they’re better than us. What do you want me to say?”

    • acepylut - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      Q knows that sometimes the other team beats you – but that wasn’t the case last night nor was it the case last week.

    • comeonnowguys - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      You’re seriously counting the last game of last year? Where they called half the team up from Rockford right before playoffs? Congrats on that, I guess.

      Also, the Blackhawks simply aren’t playing at the level they were last year. They’re playing fairly well, but there are some cracks in the armor that also appear when they’re not playing St. Louis. So yes, Coach Q is right.

  3. sprtsfan1 - Oct 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Yeah the score at the end of the game definitely had the Blues on top. Hawks are still definitely the better team. Just more talent. Hawks had another “off” night. The Hawks might lose a little more this season than last, but there’s still not a team that could defeat the Hawks in a 7 game series in the playoffs.

    • cubsfan101 - Oct 18, 2013 at 1:28 AM

      If they’re definitely the better team..wouldn’t they have beaten the Blues one of these two times? From the two games so far, Blues have looked like the clear cut better team. Especially in this game in the UC

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        I don’t know how you can say anything is clear cut. They’ve played 125 minutes of hockey so far, and the score has been tied for almost 120 of them.

      • acepylut - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        Blues look like the clear cut better team? What crack are you smoking?

      • southofaddisonchicagosports - Oct 20, 2013 at 2:22 AM

        I wouldn’t say they are the clear cut better team. They definitely have capitalized at the right moments, while having the win to show for their efforts. However if these two teams played a playoff best of seven series I couldn’t imagine the blackhawks losing to the blues. Could the hawks lose to them in a best of seven, absolutely. St.Louis just doesn’t have the type of goal scoring big time playmakers that the blackhawks have. Do to the lack of scoring threats this makes the blues more vulnerable to defeat. I am a hawks fan yes, but I really think the blues are one or two weapons away from being one of the toughest teams in the nhl. Either way I really enjoy watching these two teams play hockey, both are gonna be there come seasons end. I’d rather lose these regular season games to the blues then when our title is on the line come playoffs.

  4. blackhawks2010 - Oct 18, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Hawks played too tentative, have to give it up to the Blues. They played enough to steal a win.

  5. jhaegs - Oct 18, 2013 at 5:25 AM


    Spoken like a true homer. I guess every loss the Hawks have will be an “off night”? It will never be the other team coming out and playing harder? Let me guess, the refs made some horrible calls that cost you the game, or some players on your team made a stupid costly mistake… Welcome to every game for every single team. It’s whether or not the team can overcome those mistakes or bad calls, and tonight the Blues were able to. The Blues WON that game, and they earned it. Hawks fans need to stop blaming Crawford and everyone else each time they lose. They are only +2 in the goals for/goals against category- 20GF 18GA. You can’t expect to win every one goal game…

    • chicagobtech - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      “Let me guess, the refs made some horrible calls…”

      As much as I hate to use poor officiating in a losing game, I’m still trying to figure out how Towes slashed Polak in the first. Five seconds into that power play Backes had his tip-in.

      • dwoklives - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        Almost all of the penalties in this game were bad calls: the boarding against Polak, the roughing against Jackman, the roughing against Shaw, the slash against Toews. Poor officiating is probably the one thing everyone can agree on in virtually every game.

        As for all this garbage about the Hawks not playing their best game, what does that matter? The Blues didn’t play their best possible game either. Playing well consistently is part of being a good team. If the Hawks can’t give a full effort every game then they’re a worse team for it.

  6. hammerhead5573 - Oct 18, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    @jhaegs, I took it upon myself to go back when the Blues got destroyed vs the Sharks and noticed one homer comment after another from you so please spare yourself. Yes the Blues played good last night however the Hawks gave less than a half hearted effort. Anyone who watches the Hawks regularly knows they have stunk it up so far, I assure you it will change. Eventually the Blues will do what they do and score 1 goal in 5 games. Can’t wait to see your comments then.

  7. druhlman - Oct 18, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    That young inexperienced Wings team last year sure gave those hawks a run for their money in the playoffs. Imagine now that they have a little more time under their belt they would be able to finish that series.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      Who cares? Last year was last year, and the Wings didn’t win.

    • comeonnowguys - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      I’m sorry, I keep reading your comment, and it always comes out “Chicago wins series 4-3.” Weird.

    • southofaddisonchicagosports - Oct 20, 2013 at 3:01 AM

      Pure speculation and jealousy of what your teams not (druhlman).Detroit is a great hockey franchise, they are gonna give any team a run for there money. I’m not sure how Kronwall, Datsyuk, Bertuzzi, Clearly, Franzen, Zetterberg, and Howard fit your description of detroit’s team last year being “young and inexperienced”??? Either you just like to troll websites or your just an idiot. More time under there belt LMFAO, they have 9 more regular season game since the blackhawks eliminated them last year. Your forgetting that the Blackhawks only have 8 players over the age of 30 and 15 guys under 30, 9 of which are 25 and under. So other than the fact the hawks are a beyond stacked organization our young players are winning stanley cups and sustaining consistent success. Its truly amazing to be fortunate enough to watch such talent in my home town. Blackhawks have new studs coming up thru there organization each year to fill the painful losses of really good hockey players like Dave Bolland, Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien, Brian Campbell, Michael Frolik and Kris Versteeg. Saad, Shaw, Kruger, Pirri, the list goes on.

  8. jhaegs - Oct 18, 2013 at 7:48 AM


    And which comments are you referencing? I admitted that the Blues got destroyed. I admitted that I could care less about Lapierre, and actually said I’d like to see him suspended or sent down to our AHL team. So please, elaborate for me…

  9. jhaegs - Oct 18, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Also, it’s a new season with new rosters, so please don’t “assure” me anything. The team that scored first in the past 9 games between the Hawks and Blues went on to win it. See how you can’t base the future on past results?

    I watch almost every Hawks game on Center Ice by the way.

  10. 2qswing - Oct 18, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Ya ever notice that when the Hawks lose its never because the other team played a great game. Its always we didn’t play our game or we had an off night.
    Note to coach Q … there ARE other good teams and players in the league. Yes you turned pucks over. But that was because St Louis buried you in a relentless forecheck and bottled up the neutral zone.

  11. jpat2424 - Oct 18, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Look up the word goon in the dictionary and see pic of Jackmen. Refs let him off easy last night.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      I wouldn’t go so far as to call him a goon, but he’s definitely a guy that is by and large only liked by fans of the team on which he currently plays.

  12. charleslouis99 - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    take away all the stars of Chicago and all you have is a bunch of scrubs.

    • comeonnowguys - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      A team without stars plays like scrubs. That’s some keen insight there. Comment of the week.

    • southofaddisonchicagosports - Oct 20, 2013 at 3:14 AM

      charleslouis99 worst post ever. take the peanut butter off the peanut butter and jelly and you have a pb sandwhich. take the hair off a mans head and hes bald. sit down when you pee and your probably a girl. take the F out of friday and you have riday. SPELL YOUR NAME BACKWARDS SIUOL SELRAHC AND YOU SOUND LIKE A TERRORIST. Hope the message of your stupidity is pretty clear here.

  13. kingcobraman - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    after winning the cup your not as hungry as your competition it happens every year its just fans expectations never take a break….

    • shamu1the1whale - Oct 18, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      Not only that but you’re also very exhausted. The whole grueling journey to win the Cup takes so much out of a person.

  14. jhaegs - Oct 18, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Coach Q is right? Both games were losses by the Hawks, and not wins by the Blues? Bad calls? What about Pimple Faced Shaw’s whiplash from a little stink face by Jackman? Or Polak’s boarding call from a chest bump to the back? How about the Blues dominating the many PK’s they went on? Did Captain Serious have a shot on net last night? Halak stuffing all 3 shootout attempts? Well Kane’s was just god awful.

    I guess I could say the Blues gift wrapped those 2 goals for the Hawks by a turnover and a bad line change, so the Hawks didn’t deserve to score at all. You know, since we’re all being rational here. You guys act like the Blues were in their own end sword fighting with their sticks, while the Hawks decided to put a few goals in their own net. The Blues were the better team these past two games. Deal with it.

  15. jhaegs - Oct 18, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Also, if you guys don’t mind, please tell me what it takes to BEAT the Blackhawks, instead of just get lucky when they have a bad game…

  16. hammerhead5573 - Oct 18, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Jhaegs, please tell us all where anyone said they got lucky. I fully admitted as well as other people that the Blues played better last night. They got exactly 1 more goal than the Hawks and that was in a shoot out, which is all that was needed. They were outplayed yesterday and lost in a shootout which should not be confused with a blowout.However every comment you post you imply the blues are the greatest thing since sliced bread. Relax sister your team believe it or not will go through a period where they will suck, my guess is Hitchcock is going to say we didn’t play our best? . And by the way why is it so odd for a coach to not give the other team a knob job after a loss. I read the article as well as saw interviews and at no point was he disrespectful to the Blues. If you expect a coach to say the Blues are the greatest team ever you may want to stop watching sooner rather than later

  17. jhaegs - Oct 18, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Quotes from Hawks fans on this post…

    “Hawks are still definitely the better team. Just more talent. Hawks had another “off” night.

    Yes the Blues played good last night however the Hawks gave less than a half hearted effort.

    Q knows that sometimes the other team beats you – but that wasn’t the case last night nor was it the case last week.

    As much as I hate to use poor officiating in a losing game, I’m still trying to figure out how Towes slashed Polak in the first. Five seconds into that power play Backes had his tip-in.”

    Sounds like a bunch of whining…

  18. jhaegs - Oct 18, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Also, when did I “imply” that the Blues are the best? I said they were the better team last night and last week. On any given day, any team can beat any team- that means they were the better team that day.

    Again, elaborate on what it would take for the Hawks to get BEAT, as opposed to having an off night, or getting screwed by the refs, or any of the other excuses…

    • tguelde73 - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      The Blues were just beat by the Jets. I’m not foolish enough to claim the Jets are better than the Blues. Claiming the Blues are a better team then the Blackhawks is just nonsense! The blues are good and are improving they are however about 3 or 4 stars away from being a real contender! Let’s be real. I am not gonna claim the cubs are a better team then the cardinals that is just a foolish statement. And if you truly believe the blues are better than the Blackhawks then you need a serious reality check. The Hawks are the defending stanley cup champions. 2 cups in 4 years. The blues are not even the same caliber. When the hawks are playing their best they are unbeatable. So when they get beat it is because they lost the game for themselves. That is what it is like to be a championship caliber team! Sorry if that offends your ego! Not really sorry, considering I have to put up with all the cardinal/cub trash talk! It sucks to be the lesser team! In the hockey world Chicago is superior to St Louis! Get use to it!

  19. jhaegs - Oct 19, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    New season. Dynasties rise and fall all the time. You lost and gained some players, as did we. We don’t need STAR players because we have depth on each line. Although, Steen, Backes, and Tarasenko are off to a hot start- Backes and Steen each with more goals and points than Kane, Hossa, Toews, and Sharp (your stars). Either way, Blues BEAT the Hawks twice so far, so we’ll see who the better team is at the end of the season. Might be you, might be us. Best of luck.

    BTW I enjoy watching the Hawks play. Very different than the Blues playing style.

    • southofaddisonchicagosports - Oct 20, 2013 at 3:45 AM

      jhaegs Every championship team has star players. Thanks for explaining how the off season works. Nice comparison with Backes and Steen to Toews, kane, and hossa. Let me just break down each player’s goals, assists, and +/- for you along with players age so I can provide you with enough knowledge to never compare these players to one another again because you sound like a fool.

      Backes G-138 A-171 +/-44 age 29

      Steen G-130 A-184 +/-23 age 29

      Toews G-169 A-207 +/-115 age 25

      feeling stupid yet?

      Kane G-153 A-276 +/-31 age 24

      you’re really looking dumb as hell with the comparison right about now.

      Hossa G-437 A-503 +/-187 age 34

      I dont care if your stating your mediocre players are currently producing better numbers than the players you compared them to. NEVER MAKE THAT TYPE OF STATEMENT AGAIN. You just look stupid, Backes and Steen aren’t even 25% of the caliber of player that a handful of blackhawk players are. Talk to me when those players you named above out produce one of these guys in a single season because they stand a 0% chance to surpass them in their careers. This proves what stars bring, and that your best players are a fraction of what our world class talent is capable of. Congrats on the two wins.

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