Hossa pots his 1,000th point, Hawks pick up the bonus point in a 5-4 shootout win at Ottawa

By Michael Calvert

Marian Hossa earned his 999th and 1000th NHL points Thursday night in helping his team overcome the franchise who originally drafted him, the Ottawa Senators, 5-4 in a shootout-deciding Blackhawks victory.

Hossa scored with 6:10 left in regulation time to give the Hawks a lead they would relent 4 minutes later. For Hossa, the goal represented his 1000th career point in his 1,100th career regular season game.

Jonathan Toews added two goals, but the Hawks could not hold onto the lead as Mika Zibnejada scored with just 2:08 remaining. Try saying that name 5 times fast, hell, try saying it once. Read more »

Lindbloom’s View: Minor Miracles on Madison Street

Lindbloom_2014Oct30_ELawrence“There are two ways to live your life. One is though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

By Rich Lindbloom

Is it just me, or does it seem we’ve been treated to more vibrant Fall colors than usual? While reflecting on this flash mob of color, Einstein’s poignant observation always evokes powerful emotion within me. I realize I’ll probably offend a lot of people by attributing such beauty to our Creator. However, with each tree that becomes inflamed, I can’t but help see the fingerprint of God. Certainly, what I view as a miracle, many people merely see as a physical process whereby chlorophyll stops masking the yellow pigments, (xanthophylls), the orange pigments, (carotenoids), and the red and purple pigments, (anthocyanins).

They would quickly point out that the vivid colors in the trees can be explained merely by a natural, scientific process. Nope, nothing miraculous, just a changing of the pigments.  Read more »

Gibson, Ducks shutout Hawks 1-0 at the UC

By Chris Block

Tuesday night brought the Blackhawks’ biggest litmus test of the young season as the Western Conference leading Anaheim Ducks landed in town.

Joel Quenneville rolled out a mild surprise, revealing Scott Darling would get a second-consecutive start in goal after getting the win in his NHL debut against Ottawa on Sunday.

Darling was solid again, stopping 24 shots but the one he couldn’t get wound up being the difference in the game as the Ducks, behind rookie John Gibson, shut down the vaunted Chicago shooters, 1-0.

The Blackhawks power play went 0-3 on the night, but also surrendered a short-handed goal in the 3rd period that eventually determined the loss. It was the second time in six home games the Hawks power play has gone a ‘0-for’ this season. It was also the second consecutive game the Hawks gave up a short-handed tally and third time this year at home. The 3 shorties the Hawks have given up this season ties for the league lead. Read more »

Fantasy Chatter: Week 4’s Buy/Sell & Trending: Rescue the Blue line

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The Week Ahead: Week 4, Oct 27 – Nov 2

4 Game slates: ANA, ARI, BUF, CHI, COL, LA, MIN, MON, VAN, WINN
3 Game slates: BOS, CAL, CAR, CLB, DAL, DET, EDM, NASH, NJ, NYI, OTT, PHI, PIT, SJ, STL, TB, TOR, WASH
2 Game slates: FLA, NYR

By Lane Myer

We’re now moving past the 10% of the season completed mark for some teams and it should become easier to filter out the pretenders on the waiver wire for you in standard 10-12 team leagues. If you’re in a 12 team league that rolls three lines those defenseman options on waivers are looking pretty ugly, aren’t they? Hope you snagged Vatanen, Boychuk, or Brodie!   We’ll cover the second wave of blueline options that you can consider below.   That said, the hot starts are petering out. The established players with a track record like noted Chris Block Perpetual Interference/Obstruction Running Hero, Hank Zetterberg, are producing again (someone might want to remind Toews and Hossa, though). Read more »

Oh My Darling: Hawks edge Sens 2-1 in rookie’s debut; Kane notches 500th point

By Brad Vandenberk

The Chicago Blackhawks returned home on Sunday night, after a 0-2 road trip with losses to Nashville and St Louis. Coming home, it was the Ottawa Senators visiting the United Center.

The Hawks edged the Sens 2-1 to get back in the win column. Scott Darling made his NHL debut stopping 32 of 33 shots that he faced. Jeremy Morin worked his way back into the lineup after it was announced that Dan Carcillo would be on the shelf for the next 4 weeks with a knee injury suffered Saturday night in St Louis.

Jonathan Toews put the Hawks on the board with a nice wrap-around goal tucking it passed Ottawa’s netminder Craig Anderson. The Senators would tie the game shorthanded with Brad Richards and the linemen getting tangled during the play. Brent Seabrook would give the Hawks the 2-1 lead on the power play and that’s all that would be required. There was only one referee for this game, Steve Kozari. Just before game time the second referee, Eric Furlatt, left with an illness. Read more »

Hawks late surge too short in St. Louis

By Michael Calvert

The Blackhawks got off to a quick start in St. Louis on Saturday night but then sank for the next thirty-eight minutes. So much so that even a dominant third period wasn’t enough to lift the visitor’s over the Blues.

Chicago got a power play tally from Patrick Sharp just sixty-two seconds into the game and a Kris Versteeg goal in the third than Sharp assisted on as well. But that was all the offense the Hawks could muster against Brian Elliott and the Blues as St. Louis took the first meeting of 2014-15 between these two rivals, 3-2 at Scottrade Center.

Coach Q went real wild with the lines on Saturday night, moving all 4 forward lines around. The defense was the usual top four with TVR playing alongside Rozsival on the bottom pairing. Read more »

IceHogs halt 2-game losing streak, top rival Wolves 4-3 in Rockford

By Chris Block

Coming home from a 4-game, 9-day road trip in which they collected five of a possible eight points, the Rockford IceHogs met a stiff challenge in MidWest Division rival Chicago Wolves on Saturday night.

The game was to include a subplot of the two Broadhurst brothers facing off for the first time in a regular season game, but that didn’t come to be as Alex Broadhurst was scratched from the IceHogs’ lineup on Saturday.

A crowd of 4,422 at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford saw the visitor’s light the scoreboard in the game’s first minute, but a strong, quick response from the IceHogs soon followed.

More of that resolve was needed later, as the IceHogs scored a goal in the last minute of the second period to tie the game, then Brandon Mashinter potted a rebound in the third period in what would stand as the game-winning goal as the IceHogs took the first meeting of the annual Illinois Lottery Cup by a 4-3 score. Read more »

Milwaukee hands Wolves tough-luck OT loss in Rosemont on eve of Wolves-Hogs battle in Rockford

By Chris Block

One night before the Chicago Wolves make the quick trek up Interstate 90 on Saturday night to face off with Rockford at the BMO, John Anderson’s troops hosted another rival, the Milwaukee Admirals.

A crowd of 3,233 turned up at Allstate Arena in Rosemont for the first installment of what is referred to as the “Amtrak Rivalry.” The two teams will meet 12 times this season, just as will the Wolves and IceHogs.

The Wolves got goals from forwards Ty Rattie and Jeremy Welsh, as well as an assist from former Blackhawks’ product Terry Broadhurst, playing in his third game with his new team.

But a fluttering Anthony Bitetto snap shot late in overtime somehow got by Wolves’ starter Matt Climie, sending the home crowd for the exits in disbelief.

“It was a good hockey game, back and forth,” Brent Sopel explained after his team’s second home loss, both coming via overtime. “Both teams had some opportunities there in overtime. Their guy just…We can call it a good miss. [Bitetto] flubbed the shot and it went in.” Read more »

Rinne, James Neal hat-trick too much for Hawks in Music City

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks were in Nashville Thursday night to open a two-game road trip. James Neal and Pekka Rinne were anything but gracious hosts to the Hawks, leading the Predators to a 3-2 victory.

Rinne made 30 saves on the night to hold on to a Nashville lead. Neal took care of the scoring with his fifth career hat trick. As a result, the Predators now lead Chicago by three points in the Central Division standings.

First Period-Chicago got on the board first, with Ben Smith making a sweet spin move in the left corner, maintaining possession of the puck and hitting Marcus Kruger behind the Nashville net. When Kruger came around the goal and was looking to pass, there was Smith waiting at the left post. Smith knocked in his first goal of the season at the 12:21 mark to put the Hawks up 1-0. Read more »

Raanta’s 2nd career shutout helps Hawks route Flyers

By Brad Vandenberk

Antti Raanta was all smiles when he was informed that he would be making his season debut against the visiting Philadelphia Flyers.   Corey Crawford missed the morning skate with an upper body injury. The Finnish netminder finished with 32 saves for his second career shutout as the Blackhawks pounded the Flyers 4-0.

Patrick Kane had 2 power play goals and Brandon Saad was the spark the third line needed getting his first goal of the year along with an assist. This ended the Hawks 4-game home stand (3-0-1-0) which spanned over eleven days. Read more »