Liveblog: Coyotes eliminate Hawks; Rangers stay alive

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The unloved Phoenix Coyotes are going to the Western Conference semi-final and the Chicago Blackhawks are going home..
Goaltender Mike Smith, doing his best Jaroslav Halak impression with a 39-save shutout, kept his team in the game through the first 33 minutes, until Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored on Phoenix’s fourth shot of the game.

Former Canadien Kyle Chipchura scored the final  goal in a 4-0 win that ended Chicago’s season at a stunned United Centre.
They Coyotes won a playoff series for the first time in 14 tries, dating back to their time as the Winnipeg Jets.

They will face Nashville in the Western Conference semi-final.

The other series will match the L.A. Kings and St. Louis Blues.

Earlier on Monday night,  the chorus at ScotiaBank Place in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata was “Refs you suck!”
Henrik Lundqvist would agree.

An emotional Game 6 turned on penalties and ended in a 3-2  win for the
Trailing 1-0, the visitors scored three unanswered goals in the second period to take control.
The desperate Senators narrowed the lead on a late goal that enraged Lundqvist, but 38 seconds wasn’t enough time to get the equalizer.
Game 7 will be at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

664 Comments

  1. issie74 says:

    Why all the love for McGuire? Markov will be picking wood out of his butt,Pierre’s words without Komisarek.

    NorthTOHab

  2. Marc10 says:

    Mike Smith is a wall. He reminds me of Lundquist. Very deep in his net but stops everything. Go Yotes even if no one is cheering! I hope you get a great big tailgate in a parking lot. Kinda like Jersey or the Ducks when they won… Still it beats last… Go Yotes! Arrroooo!

  3. The Cat says:

    Spelling error in your column title Mr Boone, and again, theres a difference between ‘not fawning over/ not deifying’ and ‘bashing’.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  4. The Cat says:

    Ottawa and NY was a pretty good game until the refs decided that NY should win it.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  5. shootdapuck says:

    Add Chicago to the list of teams who will be in on any Luongo or Floppy Tim moves this summer!

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  6. The Jackal says:

    Lets all agree on one thing. Flopper sucks and he has too many horse shoes where the sun don’t shine. Damn seals movin around, who woulda known that ended up in a lucky cup? I say screw Flopper and his Tea Bagging. This year Boston and the Tea Baggers both lose.

  7. Adidess says:

    Sorry, i’m on mobile, cannot reply directly. I get what you’re saying. I have heard commentators say it repeatedly both on radio and tv, and also outside of Mtl.

    I think what they mean is, that kind of performance is unexpected from non-established NHL goalies. If you pay attention, they say it for the likes of Holtby and Mike Smith. Nobody mentions Halak in talking about how well Thomas or Lundquist (sp) are playing.

    I don’t think it’s a comparison of the actual performances per se. It’s about goalies from out of nowhere posting stunningly high level performances in the playoffs. At least that’s how I think sports commentators use the reference.

  8. FanCritic says:

    Pittsburgh beat them selfs – they’re a little better than Philly – not by much – but they should have won in -7

  9. Adidess says:

    So Mattz, you’re a Carey Price fan!?

    Only teasing, it’s bed time.

  10. shootdapuck says:

    Phoenix, a team of mostly hand-me-down players nobody wanted.

    Is that a testament to Don Maloney and Dave Tippet?

    10 Million under the cap!

    7 UFA and 3 RFA this summer!

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  11. MattZ says:

    I know its seems to be the running joke here to say any goalie who plays a brilliant game or series his best impression of Jaro Halak. Maybe its me, but I find what Quick and Smith just did to be much more impressive than Halak. They both won in less than 7 games, never pulled in any game, save % over .940, what they did is insane. I know a lot of you are going to say that I am putting down Halak and such, but I am sorry if you feel that way. I am stating this because I don’t feel they should be compared to anybody, since they have done something remarkable and deserve the recognition for it.

    • habsfan0 says:

      Goaltending, as well as beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder.

      • MattZ says:

        Well said, but sometimes we get caught up with being biased (myself included). The point of my post was to give credit where I felt credit was due. Just sharing my opinion, you don’t have to agree with it, you’re entitled to yours as well.

  12. commandant says:

    Sedin’s hit was like accidently burning someone with a cigarette.

    Keith’s was retaliation with a blow torch.

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  13. shakey says:

    Gomez to SJ for Marleau

  14. EricInStL says:

    Good night HIO wherever you are……

  15. Adidess says:

    Intent doesn’t matter!? Ok I get you.

    • TomNickle says:

      So it’s okay to absolve Sedin of responsibility?

      Ok, I get you.

      • Adidess says:

        How did I absolve Sedin of responsibility? I said he could use the EXCUSE that it was a hockey play gone wrong. The high hit happened in the flow of the game and probably deserved 2 minutes in the penalty box. But yes, I do mean Sedin did not deserve to be sneakily assaulted and concussed for it.

        Now, it’s obvious you and I won’t find common ground, which is fine. You think intent doesn’t matter, I think it does. I would assume it’s an accident if somebody hit my car from behind, unless it turns out to be an ex-girlfriend or her new boyfriend…

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  16. Adidess says:

    So Tom Nickle, what’s your point? Sedin has the excuse of a hockey play gone wrong. Are you the kind to light someone’s car on fire because they hit your bumper!?

    • TomNickle says:

      Are you the kind of person to assume that somebody who rear ends you did so without malice?

      Intent doesn’t matter. Sedin if nothing else boarded Duncan Keith with what the league has deemed to be a reckless play, nothing was called, Keith retaliated.

      Keith by the way, like Sedin, had never in his career faced supplemental discipline. Not a repeat offender. So why did Sedin get off the hook?

      • Bill says:

        Because Sedin’s play was not as bad as Keith’s. You seem mystified, but it’s really not that complicated. Sedin’s was borderline, Keith’s was dirty.

        Full Breezer 4 Life

        • TomNickle says:

          Sedin skated from the hashmarks on the opposite side of the zone to Keith who had his back turned below the goal line.

          Late hit, blindside hit, contact to the head.

          Borderline?

  17. H.Upmann says:

    I think I can handle a Philly win before another Boston win. Would be great to see them square off and just have a huge series.

  18. TomNickle says:

    The Minnesota Wild coached by Jacques Lemaire up against the New Jersey Devils coached by Jacques Lemaire could not produce a more boring series than what the Preds v. Coyotes series will be.

    Has a goalie ever posted a .950 save percentage and lost a series?

    If not, I’d be willing to bet that will happen shortly.

  19. Sportfan says:

    The 2nd Round of the Western Conference playoffs are going to be way more interesting than the East Nashville, St Louis, La and The Yotes one of those teams will be in the Finals would have never thought this would be round two haha

  20. EricInStL says:

    Quick who is the other Mike Smith ?

  21. habsfan0 says:

    Thursday night: Game 7 Ottawa/Rangers

    or

    NFL Draft?

    Decisions,decisions.

  22. habs11s says:

    Watched the comments by Lundqvist in the post-game reactions, he better get his money ready… IMO it was kicked in but that will always be up for debate…
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  23. EricInStL says:

    Tonight’s performance by Smith is almost equal to Roy vs the Rangers in 1986

  24. Adidess says:

    Dear Duncan Keith, karma says hello. Also makes sweet promises for next year.

    • TomNickle says:

      How quickly people forget that Duncan Keith had his head slammed into the glass by a player who blindsided him two shifts before his over the top reaction.

      • Stormin says:

        I dont if the refs would have called Sedin’s hit Duncan never would have retaliated

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Tom, we’ll never agree but I won’t let it go without comment. The Keith hit on Daniel Sedin was orders of magnitude worse in terms of intensity and recklessness.

        Daniel Sedin was ‘finishing his check’, in hockey parlance, something which the NHL apologists blame him and his brother for not doing enough, the mucking and grinding and wallowing in the dirty areas. Duncan Keith was out for revenge and out for blood, and his hit was a borderline homicidal elbow. It qualifies as assault under the Criminal Code.

        Stop minimizing the illegality and imbecility of Mr. Keith’s gesture by comparing it to a ‘true blue’ hockey play.

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  25. EricInStL says:

    Ok now I remember why Chipchura was traded….hahaha

    Still happy for him and Doan

  26. Stormin says:

    0.000001 % of the population had LA, St Louis, Phoenix and Nashville in their pre- season predictions for the Western Conference final four

  27. EricInStL says:

    Over/under on the total goals in the Nash vs Pho series 15.

    I say under, lots of 1-0 games, maybe 2 to 3 overtimes.

  28. TomNickle says:

    So I’m thinking Barry Trotz might just tell Shea Weber to aim high with his first shot of the inevitable Coyotes v. Predators series.

    Thoughts?

  29. Stormin says:

    Time for some milk and chocolate chipchura’s

  30. HabinBurlington says:

    Chipchura!!!

  31. EricInStL says:

    Who is the idiot GM who got rid of Chipchura ????

  32. TomNickle says:

    Now THAT was terrible defensive zone coverage.

  33. EricInStL says:

    WHo has a worse goaltender situation Phily or Chicago ?

  34. Stormin says:

    Chicago needs to score from the 3 goal line now

  35. habsfan0 says:

    I think the fat lady is getting ready.

  36. showey47 says:

    Wonder if stevie Y would like a do over in letting mike smith go?

  37. Habsolutely says:

    Smith is good. Maybe the difference in this series.

  38. TomNickle says:

    Leave it to Chris Lee to call a five late in an elimination playoff game.

    I guarantee Roszival plays again in this game.

    • commandant says:

      You don’t think that should be a 5 minute call? What were you watching?

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      • TomNickle says:

        The call absolutely should have been five minutes. But not because of the reason that NHL officials are instructed to. They’re mandated like international officials to call major penalties where an injury is suffered. Leaves the call in the victim’s hands.

        Lee told the linseman two minutes. Then changed his mind after Roszival was leaving the ice.

        There’s no consistency and the call was made because of Roszival’s reaction to it. Not the hit itself.

  39. EricInStL says:

    Has to be a 5

  40. Stormin says:

    I wonder what Jordan thinks of Hockey….mmm

    Michael Jordan just asked if you score with a shot past the blueline is it worth more than one goal , mmm the two goal line.

  41. EricInStL says:

    Lecavalier for Luongo ?

  42. habsfan0 says:

    Hawks need Harry Carey to stir them up.

  43. Habsolutely says:

    Terrible defensive coverage on Brule.

    • TomNickle says:

      Meh. Picking up the second man going to the net is never easy. Very unexpected, Brule probably should have come down low behind the net there, smart play by him if he knew it would throw the Hawks off.

      • Habsolutely says:

        Ya, but defensive coverage is expected in the playoffs. I’d be tearing the paint off the wall in the room if I was coach and saw that.

        • TomNickle says:

          Coach can’t get mad at that one. With a man already in front and Brule coming from out of position to the front of the net with somebody already parked there as I said is highly unexpected. Puck shouldn’t have gotten through to Brule, he’ll be more upset about that than anything.

  44. habsfan0 says:

    Halak won’t be eligible to play in first two games of next round against LA.

    Not good.

    St. Louis will be hard pressed to beat the Kings.

  45. habstrinifan says:

    I havent seen all the games from all the series but I think the ‘soundest’ team-hockey is being played in the Boston-Washington series.

    And the best coached team is St. Louis. I know they have good players but the whole is better than the sum of the parts there.

    The most surprisingly weak coaching has been Torts in New York. They may win the series but man are they playing scared and unimaginatively. They won this game on one power play sequence.

    • TomNickle says:

      Oh I have to disagree.

      Dan Bylsma has been the runaway winner of worst coach in these playoffs.

      Didn’t manage his timeouts competently, nor his goaltending and he lost control of his team in the series’ first three games and couldn’t light a fire under them in the 6th game. They quit in that last game.

      • habstrinifan says:

        I think Pittsburgh could not overcome Fleury and were coming apart from the mountain they had to climb with all the injuries.

        • TomNickle says:

          What injuries?

          And this point like everything else is debatable but he had to go with Johnson at some point, I don’t care how bad he’s been, a sixth skater would have been better than Fleury for a large part of that series. You can’t let that ship sink. On top of all of that, he didn’t use his timeouts effectively at all. So many times in that series his team needed to be calmed down and he just didn’t seize the opportunity.

  46. EricInStL says:

    Anyone going to watch Barca vs Chelsea tomorrow ?

    My money is on Chelsea, they are on a roll and Barca looks out of sync.

    • habstrinifan says:

      Agree with the out of sync comment. Also dont be surprised if Drogba has a bigger impact on the game than Messi.

      If this were hockey Drogba would be a power forward and Messi a Gretzky. With players like Messi when they get out of sync which may be hardly ever for the best of their ilk) i really shows. For player slike Drogba.. they are just plain beasts.

  47. HabinBurlington says:

    Bob McKenzie has mastered the art of riding a fence post when it comes to never really calling out anything. His ass must be full of splinters. I don’t mind the guy, but he really is the artful dodger.

    • Habsolutely says:

      haha, I like him. As far as I’m concerned he’s the epitome of profesionalism when it comes to the media. He’s one of the few talking heads in the media who I couldn’t tell you what team he roots for. that’s refreshing these days.

  48. HabinBurlington says:

    Good on Lundqvist for speaking his mind. Hard to argue

    • Habsolutely says:

      He’s right. but there were too many non-calls against the Rangers. Just when I think there is a conspiracy I start thinking that the NHL is just plain incompetent.

      • habstrinifan says:

        Just plain incompetent.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Yah to clarify, I am not big on the conspiracy theory, but the interference and the kick were pretty obvious. The NHL is incompetent and I can imagine the conversation in Toronto. Well Ottawa still won’t win, so lets let them have this goal, just to appease them.

      • EricInStL says:

        I vote for incompetent for sure.

      • TomNickle says:

        The incompetence is very true for the on ice officials. But it’s only a result of the league rule emphasis.

        In addition, before getting on the league pushing for the Rangers to win had you considered that Tortorella more than anyone questions the league publicly? If there’s one guy they don’t want going deep in the playoffs it’s him.

  49. Stormin says:

    I Was talking to this guy from Sudbury at the Hymus Pub at Lunch,

    I told him the only thing to come out of Sudbury are Hockey Players and hookers,

    He told me HEY my wife is from Sudbury

    I said what position does she play

  50. habstrinifan says:

    Canucks President and players will be speaking to the masses tomorrow. Conspicuously absent will be Alain Vigneault. Reportedly had a ‘previous’ engagement and will speak tot he masses at a later date.

    Interesting!

    Also would be fun to watch Luongo.

  51. HabinBurlington says:

    COmpliments to you Mr. Boone for another doubleheader blog night, much appreciated!

  52. EricInStL says:

    Man Chicago fans suck more that Habs fans, geez they are at 30 shots on goal. And they cannot beat a HOT goalie, you don’t need to booo them.

    Morons….

    • TomNickle says:

      Before Toews and Kane were drafted they were selling tickets for $2.00

      Before you ask, that’s not a typo.

      • EricInStL says:

        I remember the Wurtz family blacking out games for the longest time

      • Habsolutely says:

        and now they’re averaging more fans per game than the Habs. It’s really unbelievable when you think about it. Bill Wirtz killed that franchise till his son took over.

        • Habsrule1 says:

          Just asking, but given that the Habs sell out and the Bell Centre is the biggest arena in the league, how are the hawks averaging more fans?

          Go Habs Go!!

          “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Hawks arena is the biggest, more seats than the Phone Booth.

            Edit: I said that based on memory, but having researched they are saying Montreal is biggest. I am sure I recall that Hawks could seat 23,000 at one time, now listed as 20,500. Weird.

            Guess your right man.

            Edit #2 According to this site Chicago is bigger and the girl in the detroit shirt looks believable.

            http://coedmagazine.com/2011/05/12/the-best-worst-nhl-arenas-fans-poll/

          • TomNickle says:

            Box score from game 3 in Chicago says paid attendance of 21,627 which would be more than the Bell Centre.

          • Habsolutely says:

            I’m guessing it’s because their arena is bigger. I’ve been wondering for a few years now how Chicago ends up ahead of the Habs in average attendance, and the only thing I can think of is that their barn holds more butts than ours.

          • Habsrule1 says:

            Not sure what to believe anymore.

            http://statshockey.homestead.com/info/nhlarenas.html

            Go Habs Go!!

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  53. JayK-47 says:

    Every time I see Doan’s name, I think: Terry Ryan

  54. C-Sword says:

    Anyone else want to see the Flyers and the Kings in the cup finals? I love both of these teams, not to mention that we’d get to see Mike Richards and Jeff Carter against their former team. Did Paul Holmgren make the right move by trading Richards and Carter away? If only Simon Gagne could come back for the finals…

  55. Stormin says:

    You would have to think Mike Smith will win goalie battle against Cindy Crawford 100% of the time

  56. HabinBurlington says:

    Chicago just does not have any of the depth that team had 2-3 years ago. Phoenix is a well coached team and do not give the Hawks any time or space on the ice.

    When Phoenix moves to Quebec, can we hire Tippett and allow him a year or two to learn french?

  57. TomNickle says:

    Oh yeah sure. The league needs the Coyotes to do well to get a buyer so they call Chicago’s best penalty killer and faceoff man for a bogus penalty and pretty much shoot the puck into Chicago’s net themselves on the powerplay.

    Typical.

  58. EricInStL says:

    Right on schedule….hahahhaaaa

  59. EricInStL says:

    Crawford is bad….

  60. Habsolutely says:

    I’ve always liked Quenville as a coach.

  61. EricInStL says:

    And here comes the Phoenix goal….

  62. Houston Habs Fan says:

    Yeah, if the Canadiens had drafted Doan they would have traded him for a bag of pucks after a couple of years.

  63. EricInStL says:

    Chicago knows they need to shoot 40 times against Smith, but Phoenix knows it only takes 1 shot.

  64. TomNickle says:

    WHO IS THE COYOTES GOALTENDING COACH?

  65. HFX-HabFan says:

    Anyone have a stream for ‘Hawks-’Yotes?

  66. TomNickle says:

    For the Senators fans trolling this site.

    Comment from Henrik Lundqvist when asked about the second Sens goal.

    “It’s a joke….somebody wanted them back in the game”.

    There ya go Sens fans, maybe, just maybe the Rangers weren’t favoured tonight. And the evidence in this case greatly outweighs the conspiracy theories.

  67. habsfanforever7631 says:

    Pierre McGuire has this 7 player thing that he says all cup contending teams has to have.
    A first line center and a second line center, a power forward, a specialist player, 2 good dmen, and a goaltender.

    The Habs:
    First line center: ?
    Second line center: DD, I think DD’s under estimated because of his size and all, but I think he could be a great player.
    Power forward: Pacioretty
    Specialist player: Not sure if the Habs have any, but maybe Eller?
    2 Dmen: Subban, Gorges, and we have more coming up.
    Goaltender: Price

    So we need a first line center, but we could go with DD and Plec but then they need to play with big wingers.
    And maybe a specialist player.
    Then there we have a 7 player core, just need to surround them with good players.

    • Ozmodiar says:

      I heard PM say the Habs lacked BOTH centers in the 7 player profile. (he might have referred to DD as a specialist.)

      It was near the trade deadline and there was talk of Pleks being traded, possibly to Chicago. McGuire went on to say the trade would be a great move by Chicago because, along with Toews, Pleks would be the 2nd center in their 7 player profile.

      Pleks on Chicago == 2nd line center
      Pleks on Habs != 2nd line center

      !!??

  68. HardHabits says:

    Lungqvist getting fined.

  69. Habsolutely says:

    In my dreams I see Toews in a Habs uni.

  70. HardHabits says:

    There’s still game 7 to play.

  71. Habsolutely says:

    Holy crap, just realized there’s another game on.

  72. HardHabits says:

    I am sure everybody is aware that the league is enforcing a gag order on all officiating. No friggin’ kidding. Ka-ching baby!

  73. Mavid says:

    ok a useless tool then..


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