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Statement made? Blackhawks beat Sharks 5-1

Nov 17, 2013, 10:08 PM EDT

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As they ready for a “circus” seven-game road trip, the Chicago Blackhawks performed a bit of a strongman routine against the San Jose Sharks, throwing them around 5-1.

The Sharks came into Sunday with a three-game winning streak, but Antti Niemi had a rough night, allowing five goals on 27 Blackhawks shots.

Kris Versteeg fit right back in with a goal and an assist in 15:10 of ice time. Patrick Sharp took the top star honors with two goals and a a helper, however.

Here’s that road ahead for Chicago, which sadly won’t involve any Mario Kart action:

At: Colorado (Tuesday), Winnipeg (Thursday), Vancouver (Nov. 23), Edmonton (Nov. 25), Calgary (Nov. 27), Dallas (Nov. 29) and Phoenix (Nov. 30).

The Sharks shouldn’t feel too dejected. They’re off until they begin a five-game homestand on Thursday. The Sharks are probably too veteran-heavy to play some Nintendo games of their own in that time (although it’s fun to imagine Brent Burns doing so, isn’t it?).

  1. sjsharks66 - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    The Hawks earned the win. They outplayed the Sharks for the entire 60 min. The only problem I have was the PS call. It’s 4-1 with a minute left. Just let it go.

    • esracerx46 - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      On one hand I agree with you. The Hawks were going to win regardless so why bother. On the other hand, I want the refs to call every game the entire game the same whether or not its the first or last minute.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:56 PM

        I’d prefer consistency – including calling the playoffs the same as the regular season. I don’t wan to see players exploiting items when calls are laxer to ge away with cheapshots.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:57 PM

        Besides, it was a nice shot that ride of his 0 fer PS track record.

      • stakex - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:14 AM

        “I don’t wan to see players exploiting items when calls are laxer to ge away with cheapshots”

        That’s a ridiculous statement. Up until a few years ago the refs would always put the whistles away in the last five minutes of a game that was close, or for the 3rd period of playoffs games. Those times where usually the most exciting to watch, and cheap shots were never a concern. Just because the refs are refraining from calling weak penalties, doesn’t mean they forgot how to blow the whistle if someone really crosses the line.

    • arlingtonrob - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:00 AM

      If you expect the refs to “let it go” since it late, perhaps Vlasic should have let Sharp go instead of chopping him in the back of his leg.

      If it were a marginal hook along the boards perhaps, but not when a guy is breaking in alone.

      Correct call was made and I’m glad Sharp buried it, and I’m glad Sharp didn’t get hurt on the play.

      Vlasic needs to know he can’t get away with that hack.

  2. comeonnowguys - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Seriously? Another WGN game (not viewable outside Chicagoland)? This is getting old.

    • bencia823 - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:32 AM

      As somebody who lives in Iowa without cable, I love the WGN games because I can watch them on the gamecenter app (Xbox)

      • comeonnowguys - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:38 AM

        Nice.

        I live in a market that’s adjacent, so I am ineligible for it.

  3. jhaegs - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    How come Nashville’s win wasn’t a statement? It’s one game- you win some, you lose some.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      If you meant that as an honest question, I’ll give you an honest answer.

      It was a statement vs. the Sharks and not vs. the Preds precisely because who they were playing against. Hawks and Sharks are among the top 4 in not only the WC but in the NHL overall. Sharks had a day off, Hawks were on a back to back. It was a “we’re here ad a force to be reckoned with”.

      The loss to the Preds was a huge clunker/stinker.

      The statement the Preds made I guess was “don’t take us for granted”. They’d have done better if it had not been for the disastrous Rinne hip infection.

  4. vshehane - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    There isn’t much reference to the humiliation they suffered in Nashville last night. I guess everyone from Chicago gets special love from the media.

    • mp1131211 - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      Come on. 7-2? Phff… means nothing. Try 5-1. That’s a statement.

      • mp1131211 - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:40 PM

        /sarcasm

      • esracerx46 - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:52 PM

        Thanks, sarcasm is a new thing for me. I’m glad you clarified so I knew for sure.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:04 PM

        esracerx46 – great “see you ad raise you one”!

    • esracerx46 - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      I’m from Chicago and I thought the title was a bit odd. A statement to what? Nashville smoked em yesterday. A statement that yesterday was embarrassing?

      • comeonnowguys - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:59 PM

        Stop trying to submarine their fallback talking points. 1) the media is biased toward them: 2) they are bandwagon fans that started watching in June of 2010. If you take those away, they will have to resort to even lamer tactics.

      • esracerx46 - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:18 PM

        At least Chicago doesn’t need to do things to keep Blues and Preds fans out.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:29 PM

        Actually the lameness is Hawks enviers/haters posting the same drivel over and over “1/2 a season” regarding their cup, and bandwagon concerning their fans.

        ONE INCREDIBLE ASSUMPTION that has no basis. No way you can know how long a poster has been following the Hawks. I know esracer and I have been going to games/watching/following for years. i started in the 60′s and early 70′s seeing several HOFers.

        Another intellectually weak post you want refuted?

      • esracerx46 - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:08 AM

        I’m not quite as old. Been going to games the past few years. I really got hooked the 07-08 year. I go to icehogs games relatively frequently. I don’t see bandwagon fans seeing their minor league affiliate play…if your posting on this site, chances are you’re not on the bandwagon.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:17 PM

      No, somethings are more newsworthy than others. This game was a game between two clear WC championship contenders, Nashville is going to have a long spring/summer.

      With the recent Toronto/Wild game, Kadri had TWO suspendible hits. The one on Backstrom got all the attention because he’s a goalie. But he also hit Granlund in the head at speed, right into the boards. Granlund was clearly stunned and Kadri got a match penalty.

      But no mention of he 2nd hit in the press, no review by the NHL. And the hit on Granlund was actually potentially more dangerous/injurious.

      Its the vagaries of the media.

    • arlingtonrob - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:03 AM

      If Nashville wants to make a statement, try not getting shutout in your next game.

      Hope you enjoy the 7 spot, cause it’ll likely take another 4 to 5 games for the Preds to get 7 more.

  5. jhaegs - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    It’s not like the Blues beat the Avs (along with their great defense/goaltending) by a score of 7-3 the other night. Oh no, THIS was a statement game.

    • comeonnowguys - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      A statement win for the Blues would be a fourth in a first-round playoff series.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      It was a statement win. I saw the results and noted it. No conspiracy – the vageries of the media and what they consider newsworthy.

      Blues and Hawks are currently the top two teams in the NHL regarding % of possible points.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      And tonight the Caps from the weakest division of the weak conference beat the Blues 4-1. But still not a statement game as the Caps won’t be a SC contender. Sharks are.

      Kinda sounds like you’re going o be doing some grudge-based posting for a while now.

  6. blackhawks2010 - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    I guess you beat a great team like the Sharks and it’s a statement. Lose to a terrible team like Preds, it’s not so much.

    • vshehane - Nov 18, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      Yeah, so terrible that the Preds beat them 7-2.

      • hawksin5 - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        @vshehane tell yourself whatever you need to justify it. the Preds are a god awful team. with a fluke win.

  7. c9castine - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    none of them are statement games. lets get serious its mid-november. statement games will start after the olympics, when teams are starting to round into form and you see who the legit teams are and who’s been over achieving for a few months.

  8. jhaegs - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Exactly our point. It’s one game and it’s very early in the season. No statements are being made- other than the Sabres suck this year :)

  9. jhaegs - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    You don’t know “for sure” that anyone is a Cup contender. There’s still 3/4 of the season left- plenty of time for teams to get hot or cool off.

    That goes for every team (even the almighty Blackhawks!)

    • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM

      If you’re referring to my post, there is more behind my statement than perception. I have been doing my own power rankings, but mine are more analytical/predictive than those normally posted (and I probably do5x the research).

      I look at not only % of possible points and trend (points last 10 games), but strength of schedule, SOG differential, points differential, PP adjusted by opponents penalties, PK adjusted by their own PIM, injuries, points and +/- depth.

      Hawks and Sharks are in the top 4, Preds in the lower 3rd. Given that 8 of the top teams are WC teams (not just my rankings, simple % of possible points), Preds have way too much overhead to make the playoffs.

      Sharks would have to incure more serious injuries to not make the playoffs.

      And before you glow off stats, last year I did an assessment of the 16 playoff teams before the 1st puck dropped along 13 factors (offense, depth, depth). My ranking predicted the winners of 13 of 15 series, including the conference championship contenders.

      I really do have a basis for my projections.

      • mp1131211 - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:31 AM

        If you think you know everything, lay it out right here: name the playoff teams and who wins round one SC playoffs.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 18, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        No, not claiming to know everything. There are lots of knowledgeable fans her where there are multiple who could write/analyze circles around me, such as forechecking schemes.

        I what I have learned well is the predictive value of SOME stats. It comes from sweating the details and doing research, something many WON’T do – unsubstantiated opinions are much easier. When I say SOME stats, I can say that neither team hits nor take-aways are correlated to making the playoffs.

        I will post closer to the playoffs. I actually DID post my findings in detail on Yahoo at the start of the playoffs. Just got a lot of dismissive comments. Would post updated stuff during the playoffs, showing why the Hawks were going to win then (I’m not saying they will win this year as they have two big issues to deal with, along with an inconsistent defense). Got blown off, none of the fans of the opposing teams tried to refute, just cheap shot. Did not post them here as I just fund this site this summer.

        I will going into the playoffs this year.

      • mp1131211 - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        Whatever…. we’re 20 games in and you’ll have to wait til further toward playoffs? You just said in lockout year you made near perfect predictions before the puck dropped… Dude- no you didn’t.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:15 AM

        you misread prime-time. I posted that analysis before the 1st puck OF THE PLAYOFFS dropped! I said I ranked the PLAYOFF TEAMS.

        Apparently you read my posts looking for an opportunity to cheap shot rather than read what I said, and perhaps actually learn something new.

  10. hawksin5 - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    @esracer @endusers are taking on all of the haters tonight. LOVE IT. Heres the deal. when a very strong SC contending team has a fluke loss to an inferior team, it mens nothing. last night was a fluke. i say that and mean it 100%. when was the last time the blackhawks had 7 goals scored on them?!?!? played hockey my whole life, and now play in college. when you come out after a few days rest and play a team that hasn’t been doing very well, expect to roll over them, especially a team thats hungry, they often times stick it to you. Just like the preds did last night. TONIGHT, however, when two top ranked, and extremely skilled teams take each other on, it means something.

    • esracerx46 - Nov 18, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      What’s funny is on occasion, they’ll catch you on something. Like the Blues not making a finals appearance. They have. But rather than use the site and reply to my post, they’ll hide it by making a normal post. Are you new to computers or just a wuss? I know they’re just trying to get a rouse, half the time they don’t even make a valid or coherent argument and I just can’t help myself.

    • slysipops - Nov 18, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      A LOT OF TRUTH TO WHAT YOU ARE SAYING. sometime the second game could be better beacuase of shocking embarassment and a good butt-chewing from the coaches ! one year in a men’s league playoffs we had a possible first round by do do the result of a game playing after ours finished. do to possible confusion we decided to agree to forget the BY and play the game ( we had handled the team we would face easily twice already ,) and they kind of backed into the playoffs . guess what…THEY BEAT US ! ….STUFF HAPPENS !

  11. slysipops - Nov 18, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    nice rebound after the horrible showing in NASHVILLE ! calling this game a statement ? what would you call the NASHVILLE GAME ? a lot of people ,including sports writers , over do a WIN and forget about a loss, especially a loss where the team looks so bad .while it’s true that the HAWKS will not win all their games lets not make a ” STATEMENT ” over one win !…. that being said….IT’S TIME TO GET RID OF THE BOOLIN WALL……a signing that never should have happened. he has not shown any signs of being compatant let alone good !why waste any more time with him ?

    • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 18, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      Bulin Sieve is my term

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