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09:19 AM ET 04.21 | In this most desperate of times for the Blackhawks, coach Joel Quenneville is sending a message loud and clear to his top players. Asked Friday about his team's play during its first-round playoff series against the Coyotes - in which the Hawks trail 3-1 entering Game 5 on Saturday night in Glendale, Ariz. - Quenneville simply said, "I've been happy with (Dave) Bolland's line." That covers Bolland, Bryan Bickell and Michael Frolik (and rookie Andrew Shaw before he was suspended after Game 2). Conspicuous in their absence from Quenneville's limited praise were top-six forwards Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp.

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Joel Quenneville, Icon SMI Joel Quenneville, Icon SMI
April 21, 2012  09:25 AM ET

Hawks coach sends message to top players

S-O-S?

April 21, 2012  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Hawks coach sends message to top playersS-O-S?

That's about right. First the Preds advance and now the Yotes are about to.

April 21, 2012  09:59 AM ET

Quenneville simply said, "I've been happy with (Dave) Bolland's line."




What, no comment about his gumper...Boedker's OT goals never should have happened.

Funny how the first one was pretty much a carbon copy of Kane's Stanley Cup winner!

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April 21, 2012  10:17 AM ET

I feel bad for Crawford, his 2 weak goals are the reason they are in such a deep hole.

April 21, 2012  10:44 AM ET
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I feel bad for Crawford, his 2 weak goals are the reason they are in such a deep hole.

And they should have sent Keith after Smith instead of Shaw.

Cheap **** bass turds.

Go Yotes Go



April 21, 2012  10:46 AM ET

While we're talking about cheap **** bass turds.

April 21, 2012  11:06 AM ET
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Go Yotes Go

Agree with you there. One tuff hard-hitting team.

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April 21, 2012  11:23 AM ET

April 21, 2012  11:23 AM ET
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Very true, but does Chicago even NEED OT in those two games if Hossa's around??

dont really care one way or another, I just feel bad for Crawford because he's a nice guy and we grew up playing together. I always wish him well, while at the same time I dont give a damn about his team...

April 21, 2012  11:26 AM ET
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And they should have sent Keith after Smith instead of Shaw. Cheap **** bass turds. Go Yotes Go

how the keith hit was no like a 20 gamer is perhaps the biggest mystery of all. Id have a very hard time finding a more flagrant attempt to injure another player.

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April 21, 2012  12:47 PM ET
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While we're talking about cheap **** bass turds.

25 games for Torres...interesting.

April 21, 2012  12:56 PM ET
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25 games for Torres...interesting.

25 is the number of games the Yotes have left if every series they could be in from here to the Cup finals goes 7 games.

April 21, 2012  12:57 PM ET
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25 games for Torres...interesting.

ridiculous especially when you watch Weber's face washing in game 1 of the playoffs get nary a game

April 21, 2012  12:58 PM ET
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Agree with you there. One tuff hard-hitting team.

Kill the trap

April 21, 2012  01:03 PM ET
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While we're talking about cheap **** bass turds.

Courturier needs to learn to stop interfering with the Pens forwards when there going for the puck. He turned into Neal as Neal was going for the puck and got blasted. Neal obviously couldn't avoind him, he even jumped to try to get out of his way, but still made contact. Now he tries to interfere with Malkin and he got bumped again. I have no idea how they called that interference on Malkin because the puck was right in front of him. I have to admit that Courturier learned his lessons well in the Flyer school of diving because he looks like he was mortally wounded after both bumps. Seriously they must teach them to fall face down to the ice after the slightest contact, because the are all doing it.

April 21, 2012  01:15 PM ET
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ridiculous especially when you watch Weber's face washing in game 1 of the playoffs get nary a game

I'd take the turnbuckle everyday cuz we all know wrestling is fake!

On the flipside, having a 215 pound missile launched off his skates at my head...no thanks.

 
April 21, 2012  01:26 PM ET

Emery has a real chance to be the difference now....scary gamble

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