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Coach Q: ‘I’ve lost some tough games, but nothing like tonight’

Jun 2, 2014, 12:17 AM EDT

The last time the Chicago Blackhawks were attempting to repeat as champions, they fought back from a deep series deficit against the rival Vancouver Canucks only to lose in Game 7 of overtime. Even so, that was in the first round, not the Western Conference finals.

Considering how narrowly the Los Angeles Kings defeated Chicago on Sunday, it’s not surprising that the Blackhawks had mixed feelings after the 5-4 overtime defeat.

Don’t make any mistake about it, though: that loss was more painful than anything else.

The cruel nature of a playoff overtime loss is only maximized when it decides a series. One can imagine that the Blackhawks faced a feeling of shock, even if they were in that position years before.

Quenneville said he “couldn’t be prouder” of the efforts put forth by the Blackhawks and lingered on how close they really were. The thing is, those brutally close losses can often be the most haunting. He rightly said that “both teams left it out there,” yet it seems like it might take time for this loss to totally sink in.

This is also from the same series that included a win that Coach Q called the “greatest overtime game he’s ever seen” so one might say it’s fitting that the Blackhawks’ season ended with another OT thriller.

Chicago is unlikely to agree that this is a fitting end, however.

  1. dolphincult - Jun 2, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Just like the old Wide World of Sports intro………..”The thrill of victory and ……the agony of defeat”

  2. aldog83 - Jun 2, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    “THIS” is the greatest overtime I’ve seen!!!!

    Quess what Coach Q…

    The KINGS and all their fans were Crushed snd Hurt when you ended OUR season last year.

    SO Sweet to do it in CH-Town!!

    Thank god we don’t have to hear….

    DA …..DA DA DA…..DA DA DA…….DA DA DA DA….DA DA DA!!!!!!

    TOEWS AND KANE are still amazing and should win a cup again..


    Win or lose…PROUD TO BE A KINGS FAN!


  3. blomfeld - Jun 2, 2014 at 1:15 AM


    *** somewhere out on the great plain ***

    Blom Feather: have Quenneville’s soldiers been silenced ?

    Ten Bears: they have indeed brother !

    Blom Feather: and what of ‘he who beats up taxi drivers’ ?

    Crazy Dog: hey man, we shoved an entire taxi cab right up his ass !

    Blom Feather: that is good …

  4. ryanw822 - Jun 2, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    Montreal and Chicago’s annoying post goal music has been taken care of. Now just beat the Rangers.

    • madhouseonmadison - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      And the Kings “I Love LA” bit and the incredibly annoying Eric Cartman crap isn’t??

      • aldog83 - Jun 2, 2014 at 11:41 AM

        I gave ya a thumbs up!

        Of course it “I love LA” would be annoying for any team not a fan of…LA.

        It represents success for Kings.

        Now more “hawks goal song” meant no more hawks and
        Kings advance. And retribution for last year.
        Let’s hope both of our teams are kept together so that we can do it again next year.

        For now…SCOREBOARD!

        Kings got ya back. It hurts…but Kings AND Wings got frkm Hawks last year. So suck it up. Could be worse we could be worse we could be Blues, Sharks, or Ducks fans.

        Those guys are on a ledge somewhere.

  5. hockeyornothing - Jun 2, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    I take back my Congrats to you Blomfeld.

    Have a little class.

  6. suesawicki2000 - Jun 2, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    It just amazes me, how every article is about the poor squawks. And yes, the Kings would have felt just as devastated if they had loss, they worked just as hard to get here. Not that the media cares. They could at least give credit where credit is due. CONGRATULATIONS KINGS, ON WINNING THE WESTERN CONFERENCE!!!!!!

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:11 AM

      Somone clearly needs a hug.

      Or a cookie.

      Or both.

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      And you could at least just be happy with you victory, I’m not a fan of either team and I even won some money betting on the kings but you sir/or ma’am) need to quit whining and enjoy your teams success

    • McFaddensPulledHammy - Jun 2, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      Maybe the media doesn’t care because NO ONE IN LOS ANGELES WAS WATCHING!!!!

      Based on the latest data from NBC, last night’s game did a 16.3 in Chicago, just .3 points behind last Wednesday nights Game 5 16.6. The Los Angeles market did another pathetic 3.0.

      • aldog83 - Jun 2, 2014 at 12:03 PM


        I would rather watch Hockey than basketball ANY day.

        I would rather watch Hockey than game 60 of a 162 game baseball season!

        Not enough people play the game in California.
        It’s tough. As generations go…any person can pick up a basketball or football and start a game. Hockey needs sticks, pucks, skates, nets, but more importantly a sheet of ice! Need more money to play hockey and masses will mostly gravitate to cheaper games to play ie. Basketball. Football needs equipment to…but to start as a youth….get ONE football and some friends and we can play in a.parking lot right now.

        People can’t relate as easy to hockey if they dont ever play it.

        But it can be done. I played only street hockey as a kid and Cali and never played competitive ice and I LOVE hockey. I started watching when Gretz game to LA.

        The NHL is the worst at marketing the sport.

        They need to get kids involved in places it does not snow to grow the game. If you hook people young you can have a fan for life.

        Good Luck NHL. Hockey is a great a game as their is out there and I wish more people could learn to see that.

        It’s got the Violence of the NFL.

        It’s faster than the NBA.

        And more excitement than MLB.

        Make it happen NHL.

  7. hockeyornothing - Jun 2, 2014 at 2:14 AM

    If we’re the Sqwaks what does that make you if you’re whining about media coverage and commentary? Who cares enjoy the great hockey

  8. matt14gg - Jun 2, 2014 at 5:20 AM

    It happens to every team at some point…in fact the Hawks did it to another team…can’t remember who it was off the top of my, head last year. BRUTAL.

  9. icrew29 - Jun 2, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    I am convinced that the U.S. is tilted to the west and all the lose nuts roll out there. The Kings have a classy team to bad I can’t say the same for their fans.

    • dannymac17 - Jun 2, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      one man boasting about another mans class, makes so much sens, you classy individual you.

  10. papajack1259 - Jun 2, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    Lady Luck struck and that is why I love Hockey Having no connection to either city this game was not as good as the previous. chi had it in their pocket I guess as good a move as switching his defence on Fri to get the win Quinvle must second gues why Leddy is on the ice at that time. This will be a nice cup series I say LA in 5 or 6 but I am always wrong….

  11. bkg63 - Jun 2, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Thanks Kings. Now we don’t have to hear that annoying Chaicago post-goal music…..

    • madhouseonmadison - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:10 AM

      It’s annoying to you because they’ve won so much lately….

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      You can beat my favorite team, but besmirch The Fratellis?


  12. bkg63 - Jun 2, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    make that “Chicago”. I’ll give em at least that respect to get the name right. :-)

  13. comeonnowguys - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Maybe in the offseason they can address the shell they go into when they had a lead this year. And his reliance on suiting up failing veterans over rookies and then not playing said veterans.

    Next year should be fun. First time in almost two years without a nightly target on their back. More Morin, Teuvo and Clendening.

    Thanks, Blackhawks, for another great year.

  14. Wineshard - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    So says the king of hyperbole – > Coach Q.

  15. McFaddensPulledHammy - Jun 2, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    “Coach Stache, while you are at the podium”….

    Why did Versteeg dress? He’s brought nothing to the table but he dresses for the biggest game of the year. Same for Bollig.

    In the 3rd period of Game 6, you went back to the normal defensive pairings. Why did you do that and why did you not do that last night?

    Why did you switch up Saad and Bickell in the 3rd? Even for a couple of shifts, why would you break up your best line?

  16. muckleflugga - Jun 2, 2014 at 11:56 AM


    your routine is getting tired and old …

    the indian theme is particularly offensive, lacking in humour, and suffering the same vapid qualities your shallow references to history always present

    understand parody is only as strong as the facts in parody … yours is child-like, perhaps perceiving those qualities in your listeners

    one would think a self-righteous bible-thumping everything is god’s will jack ass would figure it out … what is this, some sort of self-flagellation … throwing out this garbage in hope of a well deserved beating

    there are street corners on east hastings running short of pamphlets, get yourself on down there, sell your religion somewhere else

    you’re commentary is invariably an offense to the genuinely devout

  17. bmy0913 - Jun 2, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Hold up, hold up Coach Q,

    Ima let you finish but…..

  18. slysipops - Jun 2, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    It’s A Wrap. And I Have Rumors.
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    First off, kudos and congratulations to the L.A. Kings and their fans. What a great series.

    Second, you have to give credit to the Hawks. They left everything on the ice. But everything just wasn’t quite enough this year—so close, but not enough.

    They came within one sort of fluky goal of getting back to the Stanley Cup Finals in two consecutive years and possibly becoming the first repeat Champions in the salary cap era.

    But who—and hopefully not the Hawk front office—wants to rest on those laurels?

    The truth is, the Kings might not have matched the Hawks’ blueline depth (although, certainly, one of my favorites, Niklas Halmarsson, could take roasting this morning for falling asleep on Marian Gaborik’s game-tying goal with 7 minutes left), but the Hawks were outmatched up the middle (at center) and in terms of size/speed combination.

    And that’s where Stan Bowman needs to get busy this offseason.

    This organization can’t—and won’t—be satisfied with what just transpired. If anything, it’s testament to the character and talent they have. They just need some help this offseason.

    To that end, I have heard from two strong sources now that changes are coming.

    Specifically, the Hawks like their blue line depth, and they like their prospect blue line depth, so much that they just might be shipping one Johnny Oduya out (Calgary could be the team) for prospects and picks. Oduya’s spot would then be filled by a matriculating Nick Leddy (who can’t be blamed for L.A.’s game-wnning goal last night).

    The Hawks love prospects Stephen Johns and Klas Dahlbeck. Dahlbeck, a Hjalmarsson clone, is the closer of the two. He and a solid veteran would form the third pair.

    With the cap dollars recouped by moving Oduya and perhaps another asset in a deal, the Hawks could make a move on another center who fits somewhere on lines 2 or 3. Michal Handzus has had more lives than a cat. Andrew Shaw is probably better on the wing. That, in turn, has put too much pressure on Jonathan Toews and Marcus Kruger.

    Don’t be too terribly surprised also if the latest shiny object of the Hawk marketing machine, Teuvo teravainen, gets moved to bring back a center. You have to give to get. Teravainen is a really nice prospect with obvious upside. He’s also another 170 pound forward (the last thing the Hawks need) and might not be a center in the NHL either.

    Finally, I’m told the Hawks will make a move, if vancouver is entertaining, on center Ryan Kesler of the Canucks. Discussions took place with then-Vancouver GM Mike Gillis a few months ago.

    I’ll pass along more as I hear it.

    Wow. Tough way to lose, but no doubt, the Kings earned it.

    • McFaddensPulledHammy - Jun 2, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      I would not be surprised to see Sharp moved either.

      • comeonnowguys - Jun 2, 2014 at 2:47 PM

        Seabrook as well. After a shaky year, and with people coming up through the system, this may be the time to strike while people see the postseason scoring.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 2, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      Kesler? Yes please!

  19. slysipops - Jun 2, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    TOUGH LOSSES …… but yet you see fit to have 3 players on your bench in a game # 7 that were questionable at best ? they weren’t used hardly at all , BUT MAYBE SOME OF THE ” WAITING IN THE WINGS ” PLAYERS could have spelled some of the tired looking ones on the ice ? what an asinine statement !

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