The Hawks have had enough of the Canucks.
Example One: Jonathan Toews gets frustrated and says that the Canucks aren't playing amazing but the Hawks aren't playing that great either so he said "we're not exposing them for what they really are." Strong words from the Captain.
In Game Three, Raffi Torres hit Brent Seabrook and knocked him out of Game Four. He does not get a suspension for the hit. The Hawks are not happy about it.
Example Two: Duncan Keith is not happy about it.
So what does Duncan do? He hits Raffi Torres, cross-checks another Canuck in the back of the neck, slew foots Jannik Hansen then punches his back.
All after the whistle had blown for the cross-check.
The Hawks kill off the penalty and go on to win 7-2 with help from Duncan Keith's second of the playoffs.
And then he celebrates like Alex Ovechkin. Except we liked this one.
Bob McKenzie says that he showed leadership with this sequence of events. We say that he was showing the Canucks that they shouldn't have messed with his boyfriend.
And speaking of hits, both Chris Kunitz and Steve Downie have been suspended for Game Four because of an elbow from the former and a charging/hit from the latter.
Ben Lovejoy was the man who was hit by Downie and he is being applauded for "taking the hit to make the play" and assisting on Talbot's goal which gave the Penguins their first goal in Tampa on Monday.
Without a bona fide scoring line for the Penguins, the fourth line is getting it done. Or they could be the third line, depends. Anyway, it's Craig Adams, Arron Asham and Mike Rupp. Who would have thought it would be them getting the goals?
Bylsma is keeping mum on who will replace Kunitz for the one game suspension. But it looks to be either Eric Tangradi or Mike Comrie.
And this is from Grace. It's a video from TSN that can either be seen as awkwardly cute or just plain awkwardly weird.
It's about Claude Giroux living with Daniel Briere and his three sons. You have to watch it to believe it.
So, Bruce Bourdreau is doing his best by sweet-talking the referees and asking the league to take a look at the hit Marc Staal laid on Mike Green in Game Three.
John Tortorella doesn't know what sweet-talking is and just blasts anyone who asks him about the hit or anything to do with Bruce Boudreau talking.
And speaking of coaches trying to work the media, referees and league officials, Barry Trotz is dismissing all allegations from Anaheim coach and general manager that his team dives.
He calls bullshit on that.
Scott Cullen from TSN names the lesser-known names who are helping teams be successful in the play offs. Article.
Peter Forsberg was named the assistant General Manager for MODO. He will be working alongside Markus Naslund.
Every day this week starting yesterday, the NHL will be announcing the award nominees.
Here's the schedule:
Tuesday, April 19 Calder Memorial Trophy (top rookie)
Wednesday, April 20 General Manager of the Year
Thursday, April 21 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (skill/sportsmanship)
Friday, April 22 Vezina Trophy (top goaltender)
Monday, April 25 James Norris Memorial Trophy (top defenseman)
Tuesday, April 26 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (perseverance and dedication to hockey)
Wednesday, April 27 Frank J. Selke Trophy (top defensive forward)
Thursday, April 28 Hart Memorial Trophy (MVP)
Friday, April 29 Jack Adams Award (Coach of the Year)
Monday, May 2 NHL Foundation Player Award (contributions to charitable causes)
So far, the Calder nominees are Jeff Skinner, Michael Grabner and Logan Couture.
And the General Manager of the Year nominees are Mike Gillis, Steve Yzerman and Daivd Poile.
In indifferent news, the NHL announced that they have reached a ten-year deal with Versus and NBC to keep the game on those networks.
Well at least we know where our cable money is going to now. Right?
VERSUS contacted us and asked that we provide links and information about their Stanley Cup Finals Sweepstakes.
We were too afraid to say no.
The Stanley Cup Final Sweepstakes
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