Daily Archives: September 25, 2011

Baby ‘Hawks Hold Up Under Fire in Shootout Loss at Detroit

By Jon Fromi

The trio the Chicago Blackhawks sent out to the shootout portion of their exhibition loss in Detroit Sunday was a good indicator of what a young ‘Hawks squad was up against in Joe Louis Arena.

Taking shots for the Red Wings were Johan Franzen, Todd Bertuzzi and Henrik Zetterberg. Chicago sent out Brandon Pirri, Michael Frolik and Brandon Saad.

The Blackhawks gave the vastly more seasoned Detroit squad all it could handle but came out on the short end of a 4-3 shootout. Despite the big advantage in experience in favor of the home team, the young men in the Indian head sweaters were more than competitive.

The ‘Hawks found themselves on the power play five minutes into the contest when a Wings goal was negated by a Zetterberg hooking penalty. Bryan Bickell had a decent shot on goal, but Chicago came up empty. This was a running theme throughout the afternoon, as the Blackhawks were fruitless in three tries with the man advantage. Read more »

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Season Preview: Patrick Kane – Coming of Age

photo credit: Zimbio

By Jon Fromi

Patrick Kane had a season of ups and downs in the 2010-11 campaign.  Add some offseason surgery to reports of Kane committing to raising his game and the 22-year old winger certainly has a lot to prove to the NHL this coming season.

“I think it’s about that time I really take the next step to the elite level,” Kane told reporters soon after reporting for training camp. “It seems like everyone’s kind of been saying that to me this summer, ‘All right, you’ve done well your first four years, now let’s really take that step to the next level and become one of the best players in the league.'”

Is 2007’s first overall draft selection maturing on and off the ice? Read more »

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