Monthly Archives: November 2010

Lindbloom: Save Your White Rags

Lindbloom: Save Your White Rags

By Rich Lindbloom 

What’s with all the negative vibes? You’re bringing me down man. Just about everything I read or hear about the Hawks requires anti-depressive prescriptions. Perhaps it would be a wise idea to take the belts and shoe laces away from those of us who inhabit the upper reaches on the United Center. The most depressing movie I ever watched, They Shoot Horses Don’t They, would be a comedy compared to reading most analyses of our struggling team. While I will admit I’m not exactly feeling groovy at the moment, I refuse wallow in the muck of doom and gloom. (There’s enough of that in the real world.) While preparing to jump off the wagon, it appears the vast majority of fans have grabbed hold of the white flag. Need I remind you Hawk fans, surrender is not an option!

Actually, I came across how all those playoff rags (ok Don, rally towels), we see waved so often in the playoffs, came to be. In the 1982 Conference Final playoffs against the Canucks, our mighty Blackhawks took on a team that arguably had the ugliest uniforms in the history of the NHL. The home uniforms were enough to make you sick to your stomach; I’m pretty sure they were designed by someone who was on a “bum trip.” When I looked back to see who was on the Hawks that year, I was amazed at the talent on the team. The top four Hawk scorers were Savard (119 pts.), Wilson (85 pts.), Lysiak (82 pts in 71 games) and Big Al Secord (75 pts., but more importantly 303 penalty min.) Vancouver had a few ruffians of their own, most notably Tiger Williams. Of course Richard Brodeur played completely out of his mind.

The Canucks won the first game but followed up with a loss in Game Two, 4-1. The third period was marred, (or highlighted I guess, depending on your perspective), with numerous brawls that ended up totaling 150 minutes in penalties being assessed by the overwhelmed zebra. Roger Nielsen, the Canuck coach, finally had enough of the officiating. He grabbed a white towel, fastening it to a stick and mockingly started waving it at the referee. Several Canuck players followed suit, (monkey see, monkey do), and Nielsen was eventually tossed for his lack of respect and dissing one of the NHL’s finest. When Vancouver returned home for game 3 there was a little surprise for all the fans in attendance that night. A white towel was draped over every seat in the Pacific Coliseum before the game!  Read more »

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Radio tonight, Last night, Thoughts on Beach, Morin, Keith, Mora and more

First off, I’d like to thank Buddy Oakes of Preds On The Glass for having me on his radio show last night.  We talked for about an hour and a half about the Blackhawks, Predators, head shots and what can be done to prevent such hits and some of the injuries that result from those.  If you’re a Twitter-er and ever need a Predators fix, you should follow Buddy.  His other guest last night was Mark from another Predators site, TheViewFrom111.  I jumped on about ten minutes in.  A direct link to listen to last night’s show is here

And after you listen to that, and if you haven’t had your fill of my flu-ridden twang, TheThirdManIn~Radio returns tonight, Live at 8pm central at BlogTalkRadio.com/TheThirdManIn.   No guest tonight.  We’ll have plenty of news, notes and perspective from the two Rockford IceHogs games of the past weekend; Which Rockford prospects are close to helping, who isn’t and who doesn’t belong in the AHL.  I had a chance to take in both games; losses, on Saturday and Sunday.  We’ll get to many more of your emails.  If you have a question or topic you’d like to hear addressed on the show, send me an email at radio@TheThirdManIn.com or ChrisBlock@TheThirdManIn.com with “radio show” included in the subject and we’ll get to it on the show….  I actually have an insightful and useful fantasy hockey segment tonight.  Unlike the one I spewed from the crack of my backside last Tuesday.  Professional operation we have here.  Of course we’ll discuss what’s wrong with the Hawks.  What needs to change and small alterations to be made to turn things around?  We’re also shooting straight on what Jack Skille can do if he wants to become an effective, permanent NHLer.

– My intention was to do another full IceHogs postgame report Sunday night after their game with Peoria, however, with travel, work and being ridden with sick and overdoses of over-the-counter anti-flu medicines, Sunday’s game recap dropped off my radar.  If you missed my detailed report of Saturday’s demoralizing 3-1 loss to Manitoba, click here.

Instead, I’ll share the bullet points from Sunday’s 5-1 loss at Carver Arena in Peoria. Read more »

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IceHogs futile Power Play precedes Toivo-Tanker

Rockford’s Achilles heel, coupled with an anemic power play teamed up Saturday night as the IceHogs’ ultimate demise in a 3-1 loss to the traveling Manitoba Moose.

On a night when Rockford’s power play couldn’t muster more than one goal in eight tries, you could sense trouble brewing.

After forty-five minutes of scoreless hockey, Ben Smith finally struck the back of Manitoba’s net at 5:02 of the third period when Smith, parked on top of Manitoba netminder Eddie Lack’s crease, found an Igor Makarov assisted rebound to give Rockford a 1-0 lead.  Smith’s tally came on Rockford’s seventh power play chance.

The MetroCentre crowd of 5,593 then sat stunned as Manitoba score three unanswered goals in 1 minute and 27 seconds.

Cody Hodgson kicked off the comeback when he drove wide-right on defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy and roofed a snap shot over Hannu Toivonen‘s glove on the short side with 4:40 left in regulation.  A weak goal allowed by Toivonen tied the game and took the air out of everyone in the building not wearing Moose sweaters.  Hodgson’s 6th marker extended the former top NHL prospect’s scoring streak to 4 games (4g, 2a).

55 seconds after Hodgson evened the score, Jeff Tambellini (re-assigned here by the Canucks on Tuesday) found Toivonen’s five hole and increased the lead to 2-1.  It was another goal Toivonen probably would like to have back.  The defense pairing of Vishnevskiy and Shawn Lalonde were victimized on both goals.

Just 32 seconds later, Toivonen’s glove was again too slow on a Tambellini riser, increasing the lead to the eventual final 3-1 score.  Read more »

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