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DeBoer: ‘There’s no answer’ for Chicago’s top players

Jan 4, 2014, 9:44 AM EDT

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 22: Patrick Sharp #10 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates on the ice prior to Game Five of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins at United Center on June 22, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Getty Images

The New Jersey Devils managed to keep last night’s contest against the Chicago interesting through two periods of play. However, Patrick Sharp took over in the third period to complete his hat trick as the Blackhawks’ army of stars led them to a 5-3 victory over New Jersey.

After the game, Devils coach Pete DeBoer admitted that his team got bested by a superior opponent.

“That’s the best team in the NHL,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said, according to the Bergen Record. “The guys that killed us were Hossa, Sharp, Toews, Seabrook, Keith. There’s no answer for that.”

Those comments come about a week after Avalanche coach Patrick Roy predicted that Chicago would beat Colorado in the battle for the division title.

Now certainly some of that opposition praise is tactical as being regarded as the underdog can take the pressure off of your squad. At the same time, the praise sticks because it’s merited.

The Blackhawks have plenty of competition in the battle for the Stanley Cup, but they’re the only team right now that appears to even have a shot of becoming the first dynasty of the salary cap era.

  1. 950003cups - Jan 4, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    That’s right coach! Moral victories! Participation plaques all around!

    How about “we turned over the puck way too much! We got lazy and complacent this leading to turnover after turnover. Would’ve been nice to bury one of the many mistakes Chicago made like they did when we screwed up”

  2. esracerx46 - Jan 4, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    I think more credit needs to be thrown to Anaheim and St. Louis. Anaheim is 1 point back with a game in hand, and the Hawks seem to struggle against them. St Louis could have a mini winning streak and overtake the Hawks as the Blues have games in hand. Chicago has given up a lead late in the 3rd twice to St Louis. I enjoy hearing that kind of praise, but I don’t want to overlook teams right there in the standings. Its not like they’re far and away number 1.

    • killerpgh - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      I’m kind of leading towards the Ducks as well. They have played 43 games and have 28 ROWs (Regulation, Overtime Wins) while the Blackhawks have played 44 games and have 25 ROWs. The Bruins have played 41 games and have 26 ROWs. All 3 are top tier NHL teams, but as of right now I’m giving a slight edge to the Ducks since they are 9-1 in there last 10 games.

  3. 950003cups - Jan 4, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Or:

    NJ is a good team. Tonight they could’ve won, just like many other games they’ve lost. They would be in a much better position in the standings if I had any idea how to coach.

  4. martysbetter - Jan 4, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    As a Devils fan I can’t get too upset over losing to the Blackhawks. They’re in a different stratosphere talent-wise, the fact that we hung in the game for so long is a testament to our coach and the system.

  5. leeo00 - Jan 4, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    I don’t kno where you got you #’s from but I would agree with the blue and Anaheim big just as good if not better.the blues have a chance to over take both in the point with games in hand. Boston not so much. Blues are undefeated in there own division. G-games W-win, which also includes overtime wins (ROW)
    G- W
    44-29 Chicago
    43-30 Anaheim
    40-28 STL
    41-27 Boston

    • blackhawksdynasty - Jan 4, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      Those are great regular season numbers….too bad they don’t matter when the playoffs come around. Those teams can prove they’re better – in a 7 game series.

  6. evermench - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    I think the fine people of St. Louis may argue that Pete.

    • comeonnowguys - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      Speaking of moral victories, I’m not sure two shootout wins and a last second turnover to a 2 on 1 isn’t exactly a mandate. Sure, they are nice to have, but let’s pump the brakes. A lot of season left to go for everyone involved.

  7. penguins87and71 - Jan 4, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    I would love to see a Penguins/Blackhawks Stanley Cup final matchup. I think the Penguins could really challenge the Hawks. The Penguins are the only team in the NHL that can match superstars for superstars with the Blackhawks.

    • hawksin5 - Jan 4, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      I would love to see that too because it would be a 4-game sweep. Like the bruins last year, except the hawks were better than those bruins. The pens have unreal offensive talent. But the Pens defense would have zero answers for hawks top 2 O lines. Whereas it would be different for hawks D v Pens O.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:52 AM

        While I’m an open Hawks fan, I would not agree. While the Hawks offense has improved (last year they were only #2) and the Pens offense has slopped a little, Pens D has materially improved while the Hawks have slipped defensively.

        Do I think they’d win, yes. And it would likely go 6 games vs a sweep.

    • chicagobtech - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      March 1st as a preview?

  8. slysipops - Jan 5, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    all the speculation and talking mean zilch in JANUARY ! APRIL, MAY and JUNE will be the months of reckoning. look at the faces of the BRUINS and the B FANS in that 17 second part of hockey history from last spring…………..IT SPEAKS and MEANS SOMETHING !…………….GO HAWKS GO !!!

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