Monthly Archives: November 2010

Nov 29th edition of TheThirdManIn~Radio

On this week’s show, we discuss the Blackhawks 4-2-0 road trip; back-to-back victories this past weekend in Anaheim and LA; the mis-guided John Scott fight; Rockford’s mysterious ways; listener emails on Crawford, Byfuglien and Pat Burns; the ESPN power poll and Blackhawks word association.

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Radio Exposed, TTMI~Tonight

Listen to our guest spot on Radio Exposed last night with Tinky and Louie here, or check them out at their BTR page: BlogTalkRadio.com/RadioExposed.  It’s not a hockey show but I did answer questions regarding up and coming Blackhawk prospects, the spelling of Tomas Kopecky’s last name and Hawks fans dumbest questions.  Later we touched on a variety of topics including the new TSA pat-down procedures, airplane wood, Leslie Nielsen, TV in the bathroom, public restroom etiquette and peep-holes in dressing rooms at Lane Bryant.  Fun interview.

Superstar jumps on at about the 55 minute mark and I join in a few minutes later.  In the first hour Tinky and Louie further discuss TSA, complaining to the police that your hooker ripped you off, sex in a car that ends in a river, underrated hottie of the week and the Ugly Betty actor who slashed his mom to pieces because he believed her to be possessed by the devil.

Radio Exposed is Live every Sunday night from 8-10 central time.

– Tonight, TheThirdManIn~Radio returns to Mondays in our usual 8pm time slot.  We’ll be analyzing a successful Blackhawks ‘Circus Trip.’  On the show two weeks ago we stated anything less than four wins would be a disappointment.  While the Calgary no-showing still stings, two victories over the weekend in Southern California are very encouraging and something the Hawks should build off of in this four-game homestand.

I’ll also have a full-analysis of the week that was in Rockford, Dustin Byfuglien’s great start, the real amusement in John Scott’s fight Saturday night, a ton of listener/reader emails and we’ll play a little word association game with the Blackhawks’ organization player chart.

So that’s tonight, 8pm central at BlogTalkRadio.com/TheThirdManIn or in the archives late tonight there, on this site or at ITunes.

Check back here late this morning for a new report.  Click here for a detailed review of Saturday’s IceHogs 5-0 loss to Peoria.

ChrisBlock@TheThirdManIn.com

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Allen, Peoria Slam IceHogs 5-0

Bill Peters’ search for answers has so far turned up dry.

After watching his team come out flat inexplicably for fifth time in this season’s first nine home games, the Rockford head coach retreated to his bench on Saturday night exasperated for the third period.

By my count, Peters used at least twelve different line combinations over the final twenty minutes.  It was orchestrated chaos and Peters’ team responded with its best period of the night, but that wasn’t even enough to get on the scoreboard.

Rockford outshot Peoria 12-6 in the third and 31-21 in the game but Peoria won the only count that matters, defeating IceHogs by a score of 5-0 at the MetroCentre.

In the win, Peoria rookie Jake Allen set a Rivermen AHL (2005-current) franchise record for shutouts in a single season by white-washing the Rockford shooters 31 times, to post his 4th shutout in just 8 starts.  The previous Peoria shutout record (3) was set by Manny Legace during the 2008-09 season.

Saturday’s was a team shutout.  Allen was very good and made some great stops locating pucks through screens and one-on-one challenges.  But his defense also cleared a lot of rebounds and beat the IceHogs to most of the loose pucks in the Peoria zone.

The latter point was the story of the night.  Rockford could not match Peoria’s intensity from the initial puck drop through to the final horn.  A few players tried and succeeded in spurts.  Garnet Exelby showed some snarl late in the first, but the score was already 3-0 by then.  Kyle Beach had his best, most physical shift in weeks with five minutes to go in the middle period.  Jeremy Morin stood up to Peoria defenders on occasion one night after getting into a spirited fight with Red Wings’ defensive prospect Brendan Smith. Read more »

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Garnet Exelby now officially Blackhawk, Hawks Vegas details emerge, IceHogs, Mora story and more

[Update] Corey Crawford is starting in goal for the Hawks today at Anaheim. (Twitter.com/ChrisKuc)

Defenseman Garnet Exelby agreed to a two-way (NHL/AHL) contract with the Blackhawks yesterday.  As a necessary procedural thing, the Blackhawks then had to place Exelby on 24-hour waivers.  Once Exelby passes through his contract then becomes official.  If another team were to claim Exelby by 11am today, that team would then assume his new contract.

According to a CapGeek.com report this morning, Exelby’s contract is valued at the league-minimum $500,000 at the NHL level, and $105,000 in the AHL.

Exelby, 29, signed a professional tryout contract with the Rockford IceHogs on October 8th and was named team captain twenty-eight days later.

While a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization last season, Exelby appeared in 51 games with the Leafs, registering 1 goal and 3 assists.  He was then in the final year of a three-year contract that paid him $1.725M.

This season, Exelby has appeared in 18 of the IceHogs 19 games (only missing the team’s opener the day after he signed).  So far Exelby has no points and owns a minus-4 overall plus/minus rating.

Exelby is a physical, stay-at-home defenseman.  He’s not the fleetest of foot but he gets to where he needs to be and typically plays within his known limitations.  Exelby is a part of Rockford’s go-to crew of penalty killers and is almost never used on the power play. Read more »

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November 23rd edition of TTMI~Radio

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“5 Stages of Grieving” ~ e.62 ~ Right-Click here to download

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Next week, because the Hawks will return to the United Center to face the Blues on Tuesday night, TTMI~Radio will move to Monday evening, 8pm central, Live at BlogTalkRadio.com/TheThirdManIn.

ChrisBlock@TheThirdManIn.com

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Hogs, Hawks & Buff notes, All-timers and HHOF, Circus part one, Brightest prospect

TTMI~Radio returns tonight at 8pm (central).  We’ll try to make sense of these Blackhawks, and the Rockford IceHogs inconsistencies, part one of the ‘Circus Trip’ and look ahead to this week’s games with the three California teams.  We may have a special guest but it isn’t confirmed.

– Dustin Byfuglien is acquitting himself quite well so far in Atlanta.

Byfuglien ranks 3rd among NHL defenseman in scoring with 19 points (7 goals, 12 assists) in 21 games.  Nicklas Lidstrom and John-Michael Liles are tied for first, each with 20 points.  Byfuglien (E), Ron Hainsey (E) and Brent Sopel (+3) are the only three Thrasher defenseman not in the negative in the plus/minus category.  Byfuglien is currently paired with Tobias Enstrom.  Byfuglien is tied with Steven Stamkos and Rick Nash for most game-winning goals (4).  And he’s tied with Ilya Kovalchuk at the top of the board in overtime goals with two.

For comparison’s sake:

Dustin Byfuglien: 21gp, 7g, 12a, 19pts, E +/-, $3,000,000
Dave Bolland:  17gp, 1g, 3a,  4pts, +2 +/-, $3,375,000

Rockford IceHogs notes:

– Following the impressive 1-0, Hannu Toivonen-led victory on Thursday in Winnipeg, the IceHogs dropped Friday’s rematch with Manitoba 3-1 before 14,134 fans at MTS Centre.  After flying back to Chicago on Saturday and busing back to Rockford for the night, the IceHogs traveled to Peoria on Sunday where they battled hard but lost a 3-2 shootout decision to the Rivermen.  I did a combined recap of these two games Sunday night, which I’ll post on the site once I figure out how to undo the laptop. Read more »

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Toivonen Rebounds, Rockford Blanks Manitoba 1-0

Last time the IceHogs saw the Manitoba Moose on November 6th in Rockford, Hannu Toivonen was in charge of holding a 1-0 lead in the waning moments. 

On that night, Toivonen was victimized for three goals in exactly one minute and twenty-seven seconds.  The Moose broke that shutout on an innocent yet seeing-eye Cody Hodgson wrister with just under five minutes left to play.  The rally continued with back-to-back Jeff Tambellini markers, one through the wickets and another over Toivonen’s glove, posted 32 seconds apart.  Toivonen was the ‘goat’ in an otherwise solid IceHogs’ effort. 

Toivonen did not see the Rockford net again until Thursday’s rematch in Winnipeg. 

Thursday night, with Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman in attendance, several of the Hawks top prospects put on solid performances.  Brandon Pirri, Igor Makarov, Kyle Beach, Nick Leddy and Jeremy Morin all made contributions that didn’t necessarily make the scoresheet.  Read more »

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TTMI~Radio with Mike Peck, voice of Rockford IceHogs and Dieter Kurtenbach

 Tonight we are joined by Mike Peck, voice of the Rockford IceHogs. Peck gives us his unique perspective on several Chicago Blackhawks prospects including Kyle Beach, Jeremy Morin, Igor Makarov and Ivan Vishnevskiy.  We also check on the health status of a few ‘Hogs, and also confirm news of the impending return of Mathis Olimb.  In addition, Mike discusses his background, his experience in the announcer’s booth and differences between UHL vs AHL.

Dieter Kurtenbach is in the guest-host chair on this edition of TTMI~Radio to discuss the Blackhawks at the 1/4 mark of the 2010-11 season, the impending 6-game road trip, what’s wrong with Duncan Keith and Marian Hossa and if Dieter’s ready to eat crow on Viktor Stalberg.

We also tackle the issues between bloggers and MSM (mainsteam sports media) and Tyler Dellow’s controversial discovery in NHL VP of Hockey Ops Colin Campbell’s email exchanges with former Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom.  And we ask the questions, “Would the reaction to this story been different if it were discovered by a member of MSM?” and “At what point should bloggers be held up to the same ethical and professional standards as members of the MSM?”

Thanks for listening…

Interview: Mike Peck, voice of Rockford IceHogs
TheThirdManIn~Radio~e.61~ Tuesday Nov 16, 2010

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HockeeNight’s 100th PuckCast with Dave Morris of Hockey Independent and Chris Block

Here’s the audio for tonight’s HockeeNight PuckCast. It was a pleasure to be a guest on their 3rd show two years ago and the many times in between. Congratulations to CT and the “Forklift” on their 100th show.  Tonight, I was a guest along with Dave Morris, writer at Hockey Independent.

Many topics were discussed including the Blackhawks at the quarter mark and what to expect of them moving forward.  We dug into the Colin Campbell email controversy, debated the integrity of NHL officiating, the blogosphere and the NHL’s place in today’s sports and entertainment landscape.  And so much more… 

ChrisBlock@TheThirdManIn.com

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Hawks-Ducks, Beach Benched, TTMI Radio, Comparing the Hawks to other recent Cup winners, Colin Campbell emails

First off a few notes on Rockford from the weekend.  The IceHogs dropped both games in San Antonio against the Coyotes’ farm team Thursday and Friday.  I’ll have more details later today after I have a chance to watch Thursday’s game.

Thursday was reported to be a lackluster affair.  Rockford lost 1-0.  Alec Richards stopped 37 shots in the loss.

Friday, which I have seen, wasn’t much different until the final twenty minutes.  The IceHogs entered the third period down 3-1 after giving up three even-strength goals (though one effectively was a power play tally – more on that in a moment) but were unable to overcome the whole they dug in the middle frame.

The story of Friday’s game was head coach Bill Peters‘ decision to bench Kyle Beach for the entire third period.  Beach took two penalties in the second period.  The first, a roughing minor after a whistle aside the San Antonio goal.  Beach had tried a wrap-around attempt but was thwarted by Chicago product Al Montoya.  With Beach whacking away for a potential rebound, he was aggressively shoved away by a Rampage defender.  Beach, unhappy with this, came back swinging and punched (glove on) the San Antonio player twice in the mouth.   Later in the period Beach was given an unsportsmanlike minor for saying too much as it appeared.  Just as that penalty expired and Beach was stepping out of the box, Mathieu Beaudoin scored to give his team a 2-1 lead.  Beach did not see the ice after that.

Whatever the motivation, Rockford came out for the third period a newly inspired bunch and carried the play for the most part.  Nick Leddy fired a slap shot through traffic and past a Hugh Jessiman screen to trim the deficit to 3-2 three minutes and twenty seconds into the period.  But the Hogs couldn’t solve Montoya again despite 14 third period shots and a late 6 on 4 power play with Alec Richards pulled from his net. Read more »

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