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08:30 AM ET 05.09 | Mike Haviland paid the price Tuesday for the Blackhawks' special teams futility. Coach Joel Quenneville lowered the boom on the man he inherited to stand on one side of him on the bench, choosing to oust Haviland and keep Mike Kitchen in the fold. "(Bowman) did offer me the opportunity for the first time since I've been here (to) make a coaching change," Quenneville said. "It was not an easy decision. It was tough on Mike. I'm respectful for the job that he did. It's not the blame game here." ... "It was my decision," Quenneville said. "It could have been status quo as well. As far as who comes in, I still have the options to bring in one guy or even more than one."

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May 9, 2012  08:56 AM ET

Should've flexed in the play-offs.....just my take on it.....;-)

May 9, 2012  09:03 AM ET

Power play.

May 9, 2012  09:28 AM ET

ANOTHER Coach Q thread? Weak sauce.

May 9, 2012  09:38 AM ET

this is almost interesting

May 9, 2012  09:47 AM ET

Mike Haviland is out and Mike Kitchen stays? Too bad it wasn't the other way around. Then the headline could have been,
"Kitchen Fire."

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May 9, 2012  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Mike Haviland is out and Mike Kitchen stays? Too bad it wasn't the other way around. Then the headline could have been, "Kitchen Fire."

Still got it I see.... ;-) HA!

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May 9, 2012  11:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Power play.

Or no...

May 9, 2012  12:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Power play.

Don't say that around Rangers fans, it makes them nervous ;)

May 9, 2012  01:26 PM ET

Yes because that .901 Save% isn't an issue. Oh yea they fixed that by re- upping Emery. Bowman by name doesn't automatically make it a Scotty.

May 9, 2012  01:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Don't say that around Rangers fans, it makes them nervous ;)

no kidding...I was going to say something like that (been saying Rangers should decline penalties for years!)

May 9, 2012  01:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Don't say that around Rangers fans, it makes them nervous ;)

Although not of late ;)

May 9, 2012  04:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Although not of late ;)

Interesting that the turning point in this series could be that 4:00 PP on Monday.

May 9, 2012  04:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

no kidding...I was going to say something like that (been saying Rangers should decline penalties for years!)

A poor PP hasn't hurt LA so far in the playoffs.

May 9, 2012  04:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

A poor PP hasn't hurt LA so far in the playoffs.

it becomes forgivable when you have a goalie playing lights (red lights that is) out

May 9, 2012  04:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

A poor PP hasn't hurt LA so far in the playoffs.

Remember the Team that won the Cup last year , brutal PP but the best in the league 5 on 5 and great Goaltending ..

May 9, 2012  09:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Remember the Team that won the Cup last year , brutal PP but the best in the league 5 on 5 and great Goaltending ..

Thomas was the main reason they won. Credit is due to him for that. The whole team was great, but it was the goaltending that put them over the edge last year.... What happened this year???

May 9, 2012  10:27 PM ET
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Thomas was the main reason they won. Credit is due to him for that. The whole team was great, but it was the goaltending that put them over the edge last year.... What happened this year???

Three simple things ..

1. Energy or lack of it (Hunger)
2.Horton , Ryder and Recchi
3. Thomas while good was not better than Holtby ..

 
May 14, 2012  02:55 PM ET

For whatever reason their power play was abysmal all year and it's mind-blowing when you realize how much star power was on the first unit of the power play (Keith, Seabrook, Hossa, Kane and Toews). I guess someone had to take the fall for it. Nevertheless, theyre sitting at home because of goaltending, plain and simple. Schneider has to be their #1 target this offseason unless they feel Salak has developed enough in the minors to step in as the starter (I heard he had mediocre season). Here's tr thing: they resigned Emery, obviously to be the backup and don't plan on bringing Crawford back so there has to be some plan in place...right?

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