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Chicago lacked killer instinct in 2010-11

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08:29 AM ET 04.28 | Summer started a little too early for Chicago, which exits the postseason looking back at its choppy regular season. "We didn't get it going throughout the season," veteran defenseman Brian Campbell said. ... Added winger Troy Brouwer: "Early in the season we lost a couple of games when we were leading in the third period. We need to be better in those critical games. We need to have that killer instinct when our backs are against the wall." No one in the Hawks' subdued dressing room Tuesday night after their 2-1 overtime loss to the Canucks in Game 7 used the rallying cry of "wait till next year," but the feeling is this team will be back with a vengeance. "We should battle for championships," Campbell said.

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April 28, 2011  08:42 AM ET

What they didn't lack was an overpaid d-man...Don't you agree Brian?

April 28, 2011  08:44 AM ET

With Chicago, I think part of the problem was getting the chemistry together after off-season personnel changes.

Well now I can sit back and enjoy the rest of the playoffs. The Penguins flamed out again. It was all the stupid referee's fault. He deliberately called that slashing the stick penalty at the end of the game knowing full well that Pittsburgh can't score on a power play!

I also heard that Crosby didn't line up for the post game hand shake.

April 28, 2011  09:01 AM ET

Last summer ole Stan did what he had to do. This summer we'll see what kind of a gm he really is.

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April 28, 2011  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

What Chicago lacked was about 1/2 the roster that won the Cup last year.

You beat me to it.

April 28, 2011  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

What Chicago lacked was about 1/2 the roster that won the Cup last year.

I think you're right on............and as BF said, you have to remake the chemistry after those kind of changes.

April 28, 2011  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I also heard that Crosby didn't line up for the post game hand shake.

In that case, we should demand to see his birth certificate!

April 28, 2011  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I think you're right on............and as BF said, you have to remake the chemistry after those kind of changes.

The only real thing they missed was Big Buff. Goal tending was better but not having Buff creating havoc and taking abuse and getting in dirty...much of those areas were filled in by Toews who took a beating.
Buff was the difference maker. Big mistake by Stan.

April 28, 2011  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

With Chicago, I think part of the problem was getting the chemistry together after off-season personnel changes. Well now I can sit back and enjoy the rest of the playoffs. The Penguins flamed out again. It was all the stupid referee's fault. He deliberately called that slashing the stick penalty at the end of the game knowing full well that Pittsburgh can't score on a power play!I also heard that Crosby didn't line up for the post game hand shake.

Cheer up BF. I thought the Pens over-performed for the last half of the year and the beginning of the play-offs with all of their injuries. Tampa starting hitting on all cylinders late and it turned out good for them. When Malkin and Crosby are back the world looks a tad different

April 28, 2011  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Cheer up BF. I thought the Pens over-performed for the last half of the year and the beginning of the play-offs with all of their injuries. Tampa starting hitting on all cylinders late and it turned out good for them. When Malkin and Crosby are back the world looks a tad different

By the way..........I don't mean to sound patronizing. I know darn well we can still lose, probably even to the Little Sisters of the Poor!

April 28, 2011  09:49 AM ET

There's a thing called a cap, fishwrap sportswriter. Chicago had high draft picks from sucking every year and RFA/arbitration rights so they sacrificed their core to win a Cup. I'd be sad if my team did it too but that's the way it is.

April 28, 2011  09:53 AM ET

If they had just found a way to keep either Ladd or Buff, and they would have been a much better team.

April 28, 2011  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

What Chicago lacked was about 1/2 the roster that won the Cup last year.

that too ...

The Hawks were a period away from not even making the playoffs, and about one bounce/ shot away from making the 2nd round... that's how it goes sometimes.

April 28, 2011  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Cheer up BF. I thought the Pens over-performed for the last half of the year and the beginning of the play-offs with all of their injuries. Tampa starting hitting on all cylinders late and it turned out good for them. When Malkin and Crosby are back the world looks a tad different

Tampa was a 'funny' team all year... they would win games 5-0, and lose games 5-0.
I do not see them getting past this round, but hey, it's the playoffs, and we have seen how good Rolo can be when he gets hot.

The Pens will be back strong. They made the #4 seed without their 2 leading scorers for the 2nd half of the season. that speaks volumes to me. The big concern, IMO, is that proverbial next hit on Crosby. If he was still feeling the affects after all that time, I wonder how suseptible he will be to the next one.

April 28, 2011  10:52 AM ET
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The only real thing they missed was Big Buff. Goal tending was better but not having Buff creating havoc and taking abuse and getting in dirty...much of those areas were filled in by Toews who took a beating.Buff was the difference maker. Big mistake by Stan.

He was the biggest loss for sure.

April 28, 2011  10:57 AM ET
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that too ...The Hawks were a period away from not even making the playoffs, and about one bounce/ shot away from making the 2nd round... that's how it goes sometimes.

They were also a slightly better shot from Sharp away from still playing.

April 28, 2011  11:16 AM ET

I thought the Hawks were as good or even slightly better than the Canucks, but they had their chances. Like BBB says one shot off the post away from the 2nd round.

April 28, 2011  11:44 AM ET

Can we ALL say, Big Buff was needed this year. No ONE filled this role all year! He was the difference maker for obtaining the CUP last season!

April 28, 2011  12:35 PM ET

One and done. It took a Dallas meltdown to allow them into the playoffs. "We should battle for championships" ... why? You no longer have the depth that made you. Chicago is overpaying Hossa and Campbell, and their both locked in for years.

 
April 28, 2011  12:51 PM ET
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One and done. It took a Dallas meltdown to allow them into the playoffs. "We should battle for championships" ... why? You no longer have the depth that made you. Chicago is overpaying Hossa and Campbell, and their both locked in for years.

And probably overpaying Seabrook as well. Should've tried to trade one of those guys before Buff, but the problem last summer was that Stan didn't know if Buff was a 1 year wonder or was just starting to peak. His regular season last year was just so-so, it wasn't until the playoffs that he truly dominated, so Stan was probably thinking he was selling Buff at the height of his market value, which, of course, turned out to be incorrect based on Buff's season in ATL this year, but Stan did what he had to do to get under the cap and he just made the wrong choice with Buff, though hind sight is 20/20 and it's not like he got a terrible return in that trade all things considered.

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