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Prophecy fulfilled? Hawks destroy Avs

Dec 27, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

Colorado Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere drops his head after giving up his sixth goal of the game to Chicago Blackhawks center Michal Handzus during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) AP

Before Friday’s game, Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy predicted that the Chicago Blackhawks would beat them in the race for the Central Division title. Then his team went out there and did nothing to prove him wrong.

Colorado was crushed from start to finish. They managed just 18 shots on the Blackhawks and were outscored 7-2. Chicago’s Patrick Sharp led the way with a hat trick on his 32 birthday.

“On a birthday where some of the guys were giving me some heat for being an old-timer, it feels even better,” Sharp told the Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus.

Jonathan Toews also had a big night with two goals and two assists.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who has been superb for most of the season, couldn’t come close to saving the Avalanche tonight. The 36-year-old goaltender only managed to stop 17 of 24 shots. He was replaced in the third period by Semyon Varlamov, who turned aside all 13 shots he faced.

This is another significant setback for an Avalanche team that seems to be coming back to Earth after their 14-2-0 start to the 2013-14 campaign. They’re now 23-11-3 and in danger of letting their playoff spot slip through their fingers in the highly competitive Western Conference.

Meanwhile, Chicago is the first team to 60 points this season, although that’s by virtue of the Anaheim Ducks having the night off. The Blackhawks have played one extra game than Anaheim and hold a mere one-point lead in the battle for the Presidents’ Trophy.

  1. blackhawks2010 - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    A nice tune up for tomorrow’ s game agains the Blues. Hawks are 10-1 in back to back games this year, will be interesting to see if the Blues try their typical physical cheap stuff as they can’t hang talent wise with the Champs.

    Should be a home crowd for Hawks in STL, usually is.

    • blomfeld - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      “if the Blues try their typical physical cheap stuff” …

      with ya there pal … we Kings refer to that as ‘Planet of the Apes’ hockey and we got sucked into that garbage with them last spring in the first round of the playoffs, which cost us ‘dearly’ in the end against you guys … however there’s no way we’re going down that road ever again … no way Jose ! … what you guys did tonight is ‘exactly’ how man prevails over the ape !

      • thomasvanek - Dec 28, 2013 at 2:00 AM

        Why do you still get thumbs up?

    • phillyphanatic77 - Dec 28, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      My god Hawks fans have clearly passed Pens and Bruins fans as the most conceited fans in the NHL. I understand the results are on your side but you’d be hard-pressed to find a Chicago fan anymore who understands what winning with grace and humility means. You guys aren’t the 90s-early 2000s Red Wings or Devils, the 80s Oilers, or the 70s Habs and Flyers. And you still have to make it through the Western conference gauntlet with the likes of St. Louis, LA, San Jose, Vancouver, and even teams like the struggling Wild once Harding returns. Don’t start celebrating at the halfway point… I’ve seen quite a few “unbeatable” Pens teams fall under similar circumstances.

    • stevedurbano - Dec 28, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      Cheap physical stuff? Is that all it takes to beat the Hawks?

  2. steelers88 - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Wow your really arrogant. I will make sure to root for the Blues tomorrow night.

    • hawksin5 - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:23 AM

      yea. hahah alright loser

    • comeonnowguys - Dec 28, 2013 at 7:54 AM

      Coming from a commenter with Steelers in their name, this is hilarious.

  3. hammerhead5573 - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    I will take the hat trick any day of the week but on this night I will take Sharp’s defensive play that sprung Toews to his second goal. That was by far the highlight of the night.

  4. cspsrbums - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Blame that on the coaches mouth for a piss poor showing like that

    • comeonnowguys - Dec 28, 2013 at 7:52 AM

      So it was Chicago’s coaching that caused them to lose the earlier game?

  5. blackhawks2010 - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    steelers88, not arrogant, we dislike the Blues. It’s calked a rivalry. Watch hockey much?

  6. hawksin5 - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    wheres my dude with the “statement game?!?!” comment. c’mon i need it.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Dec 28, 2013 at 1:55 AM

      I was also thinking Jhegs and the “statement game thing”. Hawks are playing 3 straight games against quality, likerly playoff bound WC oponents.

      What would really make a statement is if they win all 3, in regulation.

      What may may have missed is the ipact of both Handzeus now being healthy, and Versteeg on the 2nd line, and having time to gel.

      1st and 2nd line scoring a load of points, while 3rd and 4th lines are productive.

      If their top competitirs are not feeling anxious about the Hawks yet, they should start sensing it.

    • hammerhead5573 - Dec 28, 2013 at 8:41 AM

      She’s a Blues fan. Rest assured if the Blues win tonight she will be all over, posting. Bet the farm on it.

  7. tone360 - Dec 28, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    “With all due respect to(enter team here) the Blackhawks are the hottest team in the NHL”

  8. crazemastercraze - Dec 28, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Wasn’t Patrick Sharp a Flyer? I thought so

    • phillyphanatic77 - Dec 28, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      He also wasn’t half the player he is today and couldn’t even beat out his fellow AHL competition for a regular NHL job. Hindsight shows us that trading him was a big mistake, but front office personal don’t have the benefit of perfect foresight.

  9. stevedurbano - Dec 28, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    The Blues are without Reaves, Sobotka, Polak, and Leopold. This one will be tough, no doubt about it. But before you hoist the cup over last nights game, I’ll let you in on a little secret- the Avs suck. They won’t be within 10 points of a playoff spot at the end of the season.
    But as usual, you Hawk fans crack me up- if you win, “We’ve got the most talent since the game was invented!! YEAHHH!!!”. If you lose, “WAHHH!!! They pushed us around!!!!! No talent bums!!!!!”.

    • comeonnowguys - Dec 28, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      Hold up! I thought Hawk fans always said “the Blackhawks beat themselves” after every loss? I can’t keep these stereotypes straight.

      To be fair, before St Louis got actual skaters a couple years back, running at people after the whistle and other goonery–especially if they were losing–was exactly what they did, all they could do against skill teams. With the exception of Jackass, that doesn’t happen anymore.

      • hammerhead5573 - Dec 28, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        Don’t confuse them with facts. They will switch the conversation if you do that.

      • stevedurbano - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:37 PM

        Actually, when you put it that way I can’t really argue too much. As for Jackman, he may be the one to go ( or get scratched on a regular basis) when both Leopold and Polak come back. And Santa has just given Chicago a late Christmas present- Steen will be out indefinitely with a concussion.

    • slysipops - Dec 28, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      THE ST. LOUIS BLUES ………… ARE THEY ……………. ??

      • slysipops - Dec 28, 2013 at 5:32 PM

        I have to admit ….the lyrics almost made me sniffle……AND I DON’T LIKE THE BLUES…ONE IOTA !! GO HAWKS GO !!!!

  10. kcprof926 - Dec 28, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    If you watch the Hawks they do fine against physical teams. Just check their Stanley Cup victories. They wear them down and speed takes over. It’s the teams that can match the Hawks speed that gives them trouble in a relative sense.

  11. drewsylvania - Dec 28, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Roy is completely insane.

    • slysipops - Dec 28, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      MAYBE ROY has some sort of insight ???…………

  12. polegojim - Dec 28, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Means no more than Avs 5-1 victory.

    Time to move Stastney. He’s played decently, but very spotty… ‘just’ well enough for a new contract, but nothing overly impressive.

    He turned himself into a coaster under Sacco and hasn’t changed much since.

  13. slysipops - Dec 28, 2013 at 10:50 AM


  14. johnmr12 - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    First of all, a blind man can see that the blackhawks are the team to beat again this year. They have no weaknesses in their game. If they stay healthy, they will be very hard to beat 4 times out of 7. Second, I wish I could be 32 years old again and have everyone make fun of me for being over the hill.

    • slysipops - Dec 28, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      TELL ‘EM,johnmr12 ! kids………….what can you say ?

  15. northstarnic - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Great leadership, Roy.

  16. northstarnic - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Good to see they got the woman beater back on the ice. When are they going to give him the C?

  17. northstarnic - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    So Blomfeld makes an appearance to talk about StL being cheap. That’s rich. Meanwhile, DB has sidelined another player for extended time with his dirty play. That’s your captain, buddy. And he is a cheap shot artist of the highest order.

  18. penvik - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Sorry Johnny toews but you don’t make the selections for Team Canada. Sharp should not make the team but will sadly because yzerman will bend and obey toews. That’s the problem with hockey Canada, we have so many to choose from it becomes a who knows who to get on the team. Pathetic, just like in 2006 when Sid was left off the team, there should have been suspensions and fines for that blunder.

  19. blackhawks2010 - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Stevedurbano has come to the Hawks board right on schedule. We need to help him understand some facts, he’s already complaining about Steen being out. Funny, the Hawks have played all season without first and second line players due to injuries, as well as playing back up goalies….

    • stevedurbano - Dec 28, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      You misunderstand me. I actually have the highest regard for the Hawks (if not all of their fans, who are fun to jab every now and then). They’ve played the heaviest part of their schedule and racked up a commanding lead with the injuries you noted. Hell, I don’t know how many times I’ve watched the Hawks move the puck and wondered what the Blues would need in order to compete at that level. The Blues are almost to that level but they don’t have the bench to keep it up with guys like Steen getting hurt. They had the easiest part of their season early and now they’re playing with fewer days off. The injuries are going to mount up. Steen being out is a kick to the gut, and it couldn’t come at a worse time. One good thing- it looks like Sobotka will be back tonight.

      I’ve been a Blues fan since 1967- no cup, no cup finals since 1970. Just think of Cub fans (I’m sure you know a few) and have a little pity.

  20. thebigwhitecat - Dec 28, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Sharp scored his first goal at 12:27 of the first…on his birthday 12/27.

    • slysipops - Dec 28, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      like it was a GODSEND !

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