Monthly Archives: October 2011

Video: Kyle Beach vs Stefan Della Rovere

Footage of the fight Friday night where Kyle Beach suffered a serious shoulder injury.  Story here.

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Kyle Beach could miss significant time

Kyle Beach, the Chicago Blackhawks 1st round pick (11th overall) in 2008, is potentially facing some considerable downtime.

Beach sustained a serious injury Friday night during a third period fight with Peoria forward Stefan Della Rovere.

Officially, the word is Beach suffered an “upper-body” injury.  Beach was in Rockford on Saturday and is expected to be evaluated by Blackhawks’ doctors in the next day or so to determine the next course of action.

“[Beach] is still be evaluating with our doctors here in Rockford and hopefully we’ll know what’s going on in the next few days,” IceHogs’ head coach Ted Dent said on Saturday night.

While team and organizational policy does not allow anyone to speak about player injuries specifically, it was clear while watching the fight Beach injured his shoulder.

Upon seeing the incident, it is apparent Beach dislocated, or suffered some degree of injury to his right shoulder and was in a lot of pain.  If the damage is substantial, surgery could force Beach out for most, if not all, of this season.  If team doctors decide surgery is not necessary, Beach would still miss several weeks minimum.

Though slower to progress as compared to other recent Blackhawks’ first round picks, Beach is still considered a top prospect by many, both in the organization and around the league.

At 21, Beach is off to a strong start in his second year as a pro.  Through eight games, he had posted 3 goals and 6 points, in addition to 18 penalty minutes (including two fights).

Any missed time will be an unfortunate setback for the feisty sniper.

It appears his time out will be substantial, however.

Coincidentally, Beach’s counterpart in Friday’s fisticuffs, Stefan Della Rovere, suffered an “upper body” injury himself during the same altercation.  Della Rovere was not in the Rivermen lineup on Saturday night and currently there is no timetable for his return.  The Peoria Journal Star is reporting Della Rovere suffered a hand injury.

Video of the fight is now up here.

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Blackhawks beat Blue Jackets 5-2, despite 3 disallowed goals

By Brad Vandenberk

On Saturday, Chicago Blackhawks played their first divisional game of the year against the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Before the game, Dan Carcillo was given a 2 game suspension for his “hit” on Joni Pitkanen during Friday night’s shutout loss in Carolina.

Both teams started their back up goalies Saturday, giving Allen York his first NHL start of the season for Columbus.  Ray Emery started his second game of the year giving Corey Crawford the night off.  With Carcillo off the roster, the Hawks were forced to adjust their lineup accordingly.  Patrick Sharp took Carcillo’s spot on Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa’s line which put a void on the Jonathan Toews and Andrew Brunette line.  Viktor Stalberg found a spot on the first line moving up from the fourth.  The Bolland line stayed intact as the fourth line saw John Scott with Marcus Kruger and Jamal MayersSami Lepisto played his first game of the year on defense replacing Sean O‘Donnell.

The Hawks took the lead early. Marcus Kruger scored his first goal of the year, and first NHL goal, on a rebound.  Jamal Mayers entered the zone, let a shot go and Kruger put the puck passed York. Read more »

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Lindbloom: The Funky Funky Machines

By Rich Lindbloom

I know some of you are thinking, “Alright, now you’ve gone too far.” At first glance, there is no way that the New York Dolls could ever even obtusely be connected in any way shape or form to an article on hockey. If you’re highly offended, let me state you probably have good reason to be. In fact I’d completely understand if you immediately send these strange thoughts without delay to the trash bin. I’ll be the first to admit, even I thought long and hard about this piece. However I just can’t seem to get the Doll’s song “Funky But” out of my head. The thought about the song was pulled from the depths of my memory banks when I heard a conversation between the Ombudsman-Adam Fels, and his brother Sam.

I’m fortunate enough to have season tickets next to the Fel’s brothers, and often eavesdrop to try to glean some tiny morsels of their hockey wisdom. (Did anyone catch Sam’s description of Bob Murray adding Andrew Cogliano to the Ducks this year, “..akin to attempting to fix a leak in your bathroom sink by pouring Mountain Dew down it.”) I have to admit, I’m still disappointed Sam didn’t know who #62 on Anaheim was, but for the most part he’s a veritable wealth of hockey information. Anyway, I overheard the two bro’s talking about the New York Dolls, and butted into their conversation by saying “I saw them. They opened up for Mott the Hoople in the Auditorium Theatre back in the early 70’s.” One thing led to another and I can’t seem to get the one song of the Doll’s that I remember out of my head. Read more »

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‘Hawks lay the goose in Carolina

By Brad Gardner

The Blackhawks opened flat and never recovered in Carolina, dropping just their second game of the season in regulation by a score of 3-0. Cam Ward and Corey Crawford dueled through the first two periods, but the Hurricanes were able to break through for a pair of goals in the third to put the Blackhawks away.

The Hawks got a great first shift from the Jonathan Toews line, but Carolina got on the board first just over three minutes into the first period. When the two fourth line centers squared off for a faceoff to Corey Crawford’s left, Tim Brent tied up Marcus Kruger‘s stick and passed back to Tim Gleason at the point. Gleason’s wrist shot was deflected in the slot by Brent, the puck jumping off his stick and into the back of the net.

Later in the period, Patrick Kane was called for a double minor high-sticking penalty at the 14:27 mark of the first. It was actually the stick of Dan Carcillo that clipped Eric Staal just after the faceoff, forcing the Carolina captain to immediately make his way to the dressing room. The Canes power play unit, having gone just 1-for-13 over their last three games, managed only three shots on Crawford during the four minutes of man advantage time. Read more »

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Patrick Kane’s spin-o-rama setup to Marian Hossa

NHL.com highlight of Patrick Kane’s spin-o-rama dish on Marian Hossa’s second period goal on Tuesday night, tying the contest 1-1 at that moment.

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Hawks win shootout competition, thus earn two points, 3-2 victory over Anaheim Ducks

photo credit: Yahoo! Sports

By Brad Vandenberk

The Anaheim Ducks flew into the United Center on Tuesday to take on your Chicago Blackhawks.  The Hawks were coming off a shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night, while the Ducks were beginning their 7 game road trip after losing their last 2 at home.

Corey Crawford started in net for the Hawks, while his bobble heads filled the arena.   Jonas Hiller, starting goalie for the Ducks, was tested early on in the game, as the Hawks found themselves owning the offensive zone; even the fourth line had a few chances to score.

The Hawks got their first power play of the game as Corey Perry, flipped the puck over the glass and was called for Delay of Game.  Although the Hawks were one man up, they couldn’t break the score.  Not long after Perry’s penalty expired, Sean O’Donnell was called for tripping, and the Ducks 2nd ranked penalty kill in the league received their first test of the night. Read more »

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Wolves kick IceHogs 4-1, Sweep weekend home and home series

A bad non-call in favor of the Chicago Wolves and an anemic Rockford IceHogs’ power play told the story Saturday night in a 4-1 Wolves’ victory at the BMO Harris Bank Center.

The crowd of 4,279, on hand for the IceHogs’ second home tilt of the season, witnessed Billy Sweatt clearly redirecting Chicago’s second goal in with his skate and past Alexander Salak early in the middle frame to give the visitor’s a 2-0 lead.  However, veteran AHL referee Terry Koharski did not see it that way and allowed the goal to stand.  The IceHogs blew a lot of smoke, but never truly recovered.

While they were on their heels most of the night, the Wolves withstood a barrage of IceHogs’ shots.  Goaltender Matt Climie made 47 saves in all.   One night after his teammate Eddie Lack stopped all 35 Rockford shots in a 2-0 Wolves victory down the road in Rosemont, Illinois.

The shot board tells a story of one-sided dominance for Rockford on Saturday night, but the truth is the IceHogs were not at their best in this game. Read more »

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Avs tie game late, beat Hawks 5-4 in shootout

By Brad Gardner

The Blackhawks and Avalanche met for the second time in three nights as they took the ice for the back half of their home-and-home series. Corey Crawford and Semyon Varlamov again started between the pipes after an excellent duel Thursday night in Colorado, but neither would have such a strong showing in Saturday’s tilt.

After the Blackhawks carried play for a bulk of the first period, Colorado began to turn the tables in the  second half of the frame. The Avs eventually took the lead at the 16:09 mark of the first on a redirect in front of Corey Crawford. Paul Stastny beat everyone to a puck on forecheck and passed back to his blue line. Working his way across the slot, Stastny got his stick on a puck from Kyle Quincey and redirected it past Crawford to put Colorado on the board first.

The Avs took the one goal lead to the locker room, but it would not last long in the second. Michael Frolik brought the game even just 46 seconds into the middle period. Erik Johnson attempted an ill-advised pass up the center of the ice that was picked off by Frolik. He was wide open right in front of Varlamov’s net and buried the chance for his first goal of the season. Read more »

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Lindbloom: These Hawks Blow Good

“Blow”

By Rich Lindbloom

There’s probably a good chance most of you do not know who the trumpeter pictured above is. I knew very little about this virtuoso, Miles Davis, other than what I gleaned from Terry Hemmert’s Jazz transfusion show that used to play late Sunday nights. (And of course a little WBEZ) Back in 1991, my wife and I attended an outdoor concert in a field just north of the Field Museum on the spur of a moment. I think she asked me what kind of music it was, and I said, “I’m not sure, but I know the guy is a legend.” The truth about jazz is it’s the antipode of what producers try to sell us, what with the “hooks” and such of modern popular music. Live jazz is the unexpected, boldly creative, “out on a limb” risk taking.(Think Dustin Byfuglien abandoning his defensive post.) Clearly it’s poetry without rhyme. Most of the time, unless you’re the Tribunes great jazz reporter, Howard Reich, it’s a venture into the unknown.

As Nathalie and I took are seats, decidedly in the minority, we took in the sights and sounds of the jazz world. It made me smile to think that some of these jazz aficionado’s thought we know something about jazz. Ha! Mile’s Davis’s band took the stage, sans Miles, and started into a whirlwind funk type of thing. (I’m pretty sure Howard would like to punch me in the face for that description– see, hockey does have similarities to jazz!) After a few minutes, a slender dude with big sunglasses joined them on stage, trumpet in hand. As he took to his front and center position, he raised the trumpet to his lips and blew one note. Read more »

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