Monthly Archives: October 2011

Crawford wins goalie battle; Hawks best Avs 3-1

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks shut down one of the league’s hottest teams Thursday night in Denver with a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. In a contest rife with big scoring chances, Corey Crawford won a duel in net with Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov to stop the Avs win streak at five games.

Crawford, who stopped 31 of 32 Colorado shots, had to be on his toes in the opening minutes as the Avs assaulted the ‘Hawks net minder early and often. Gabriel Landeskog caught Nick Leddy going the wrong way and fired one on net in the first minute. A penalty for too many men on the ice put Colorado’s power play unit into action just over two minutes into the contest.

Jonathan Toews took a shorthanded attempt strong to the net but was turned away. Chicago killed the penalty and soon generated some chances of its own. Marian Hossa was just a bit late on a rebound off of a Brent Seabrook shot. Ryan O’Reilly beat Crawford’s glove but drew only iron. Read more »

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Lindbloom: Get Your Shine On

Haywood and Lindbloom chillin’ at his office. (I’m the one on the right)


By Rich Lindbloom

One of life’s simple little pleasures is a great shoe shine. That along with a freshly detailed car, (c’mon, admit it, some of you have McDonald wrappers in your back seat), a good night’s repose or a smile from your wife tend to inordinately lift one’s spirits. The above picture was taken last Saturday before the Bruins game. I’ve had my shoes shined by Haywood for numerous years now. Trust me when I tell you he can bring the dead back to life! If you’re like me, getting the shoes shined gets put on the back burner in my busy life. In fact, if you ever notice that my shoes don’t match my outfit, it’s because I finally decided, after 4 months, to get them shined no matter what the fashion disaster. (Haywood recommends 6 weeks by the way.) Think about it for a second – do you think Hossa would let those bad boy white loafers go that long? Forget about it!

In a related story, I took two customers to a Hawks game a few years back with my boss. With about 5 minutes remaining in the 1st period, I came to the calculated conclusion I could not wait until the end of the period to relieve myself. As I came out of the bathroom I noticed Haywood in his chair. H’mmm, I thought, maybe I’ll get a quick shoe shine. Unfortunately, I forgot how thorough Haywood is, and found myself sitting in his chair a little longer than anticipated. It was then that my boss emerged from Sec 101. Read more »

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Hossa’s return sparks Hawks to 5-2 win over ‘Yotes

By Brad Vandenberk

Blackhawks began a small road trip Tuesday with a stop in the desert versus the Phoenix Coyotes.

Phoenix decided to start Jason Labarbera while the Hawks went with Corey Crawford.

Marian Hossa returned to the lineup, again playing alongside Patrick Kane and Dan Carcillo.

Hossa didn’t need much time to get going.  On his first shift, he found himself on a 2 on 1 with Carcillo and elected to shoot high over the net.  The first penalty of the game went to Taylor Pyatt who was called for boarding, sending Niklas Hjalmarsson awkwardly into the boards.  Hjalmarsson would be okay.

The Hawks first power play unit had Jonathan Toews, Kane and Andrew Brunette, with Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith at the point.  Although Sharp had a breakaway, the Hawks still could not convert. Read more »

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TTMI~Radio, e.93, Chris Block and Al Cimaglia of MyFoxChicago.com talk Kane’s prominence, Keith’s struggles, Scott, Morin and more

Al Cimaglia, now writing and covering the Blackhawks at MyFoxChicago.com, joined me tonight on episode 93 of TheThirdManIn~Radio.

On the show, Al and I discuss the fallout from Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins and the Blackhawks already falling behind the Red Wings’ first-place pace.

We chat about the importance of the Hawks’ immediate upcoming schedule, Duncan Keith’s early season struggles, Patrick Kane’s game, Jeremy Morin’s huge return to the IceHogs’ line up this past weekend and the continued state of befuddlement surrounding John Scott’s place on the Blackhawks.

All this and so much more and this hour-long edition of TTMI~Radio.

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Bruins top Hawks 3-2 in the shootout

By Brad Gardner

The Blackhawks entered Saturday’s tilt with Boston all too aware of what the Bruins’ struggling offense has experienced in the early stages of their Stanley Cup defense. Despite Boston’s slow start to the season, the marquee match-up between the league’s last two champions did not disappoint. Both teams carried play for stretches as they battled through 65 minutes, but it was Boston that eventually came away with two points in the shootout.

The squads traded chances in the early-going. Milan Lucic had several scoring opportunities on his own in the first period, the first one redirected high by the stick of Jonathan Toews and later a couple heavy shots on the rush that Corey Crawford was able to control. Patrick Kane’s line continued to create offense despite a new face in Viktor Stalberg on the right wing for an injured Marian Hossa. Their best chance came after Stalberg shielded the puck and passed to Kane, who drove unimpeded to the net but was robbed by the glove of Tim Thomas. Kane threw another backhand attempt at Thomas later in the period after using the spin-o-rama to get himself some space. Read more »

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Lindbloom: What You Think?

By Rich Lindbloom

“What me worry? There’s must be at least 50 ways to find that elusive #2 center – having $3 mildo in my pocket is a good start.”

Last Saturday I was fortunate enough to locate a seat in our company’s Suite. Normally an inhabitant of the upper reaches of the U.C., on occasion I get to sit close enough to the ice to actually hear the sound Dave Bolland’s elbow makes when it collides with an adversary. In between periods, I made my way down to the main concourse to meet a friend close to where Denis Savard was signing autographs. The excitement and buzz there were rather apparent on this, the opening night of the 2011/12 season. Like most of the ardent Hawk fans, the bat senses were heightened that night trying to discern if this year’s team is an improvement over last year’s. If nothing else, Stan Bowman had a very active offseason. The word frenetic comes to mind. While he didn’t pull a true second center out of his hat, the revamping of the Hawks almost paralleled the amount of changes made last year. Read more »

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Jeremy Morin Returns, Shoots – Scores; IceHogs lose in Abbotsford 4-3

photo: HockeyBroad.com

By Chris Block

The long-awaited return of Jeremy Morin took place in southern British Columbia on Friday night where the IceHogs travelled to take on the Abbotsford Heat.

In just his second shift since January 15th, Morin got a puck entering the Abbotsford zone from Chris DiDomenico.  Given time and space through the middle, Morin wasted no time cutting down the slot and deked Abbotsford goalie Leland Irving down and slipped the puck through to give Rockford a 1-0 lead five minutes into the game.  Morin gave a the big fist pump salute to himself in celebration.

Morin looked very good considering he’s largely been inactive for the past nine months.  It was a good sign on the goal that Morin did not hesitate to take open space through the middle of the ice when it was given to him.  After all, it was a similar situation against the Chicago Wolves back on January 15 that Morin was hip-checked and came down landing head first on the top of his helmet, sidelining the 19-year old for the remainder of the 2010-11 season and still feeling the effects of that unfortunate collision during training camp in September.

Rockford lost the game 4-3, after leading throughout the first 41 minutes of the contest.

Morin started the game on a line with Brandon Bollig and center Chris DiDomenico.  It can basically be considered the IceHogs’ fourth line at the moment.  By the end of the first period, Morin was bumped up to the top line with Brett McLean and Brandon Segal, taking Rob Klinkhammer’s spot.  Morin returned to DiDomenico’s line during the second period but eventually Ted Dent had Morin back up on the top line. Read more »

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Blackhawks Wobble But Don’t Fall To The Jets: Chicago 4, Winnipeg 3

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks overcame a weak effort in the opening minutes of Thursday’s game with visiting Winnipeg. The Blackhawks used four unanswered goals to prevail in the United Center by a score of 4-3. Patrick Kane was the star of the game with a goal and two assists on the night. However, two players making their debut in the Indian head sweater, Daniel Carcillo and Ray Emery, were vital in the besting of the Jets.

Carcillo, who returned after serving a two-game suspension incurred last season, skated well with Kane and Marian Hossa, who accounted for half of Chicago’s goals on the night. Emery was between the pipes in place of Corey Crawford. Like the rest of the squad, he was able to shake off a less than promising start to the contest.

Chicago staked the Jets an early lead with Jim Slater potting two first period goals on redirects. After a giveaway by Jonathan Toews, Johnny Oduya fired a shot on goal that Slater put past Emery at the 4:24 mark to open the scoring. He then tipped in a shot by Ron Hainsey between Emery’s legs three minutes later to send Winnipeg out to a 2-0 lead. Read more »

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Crawford’s groin, Salak’s mental break, IceHogs open 2-0, notes on Beach, Klink, DiDom, Segal and Campbell’s Panthers

Corey Crawford was given Monday’s practice off (Sunday was an off day for the entire team) to heal a slight groin pull, as reported by CSNChicago’s Tracey Myers.

More on that, as well as an update on Ben Smith with quotes from Myers here.

Jesse Rogers talks to Dan “Car Bomb” Carcillo about his Chicago debut this Thursday versus the Winnipeg Jets:

Carcillo on his nickname: “Everyone has nicknames. It just so happens mine is better than everyone else’s.”

Ben Smith (concussion) skated Monday but is not cleared for contact.

Viktor Stalberg (knee) skated on his own and Joel Quenneville intimated he could start skating with teammates in practice again later this week.

Carcillo practiced on a line with Kane and Hossa.

Jonathan Toews talks about getting that first goal out of the way… wanting to be a great offensive player. [Chris Kuc, Tribune]

–For those wanting to catch a glimpse of Brian Campbell, Kris Versteeg, Tomas Kopecky and their new crew before the Hawks travel to South Florida on November 2, tonight is your chance.  Campbell skated just over 30 minutes and had the primary assist on both Panthers’ goals in a 2-0 win on Long Island in Florida’s only game so far.  Jose Theodore was in net for the shutout.

The Panthers will make their only national television appearance of the 2011-12 season, and just their third in four years tonight on VERSUS when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins.

–For those who missed it, I uploaded Saturday night’s Committed Indian column here.

–No podcast this week.  Check out HockeeNight’s latest from Sunday night. Read more »

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Hawks Triumph 5-2 Past Stars in Home Opener

By Brad Gardner

After dropping the season opener in Dallas, the Blackhawks came out flying in the home opener in front of an announced 21, 647 at the United Center. Chicago jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second and it was enough of a cushion to hold off the Stars’ late push. The Hawks eventually walked away with a 5-2 win.

Andrew Raycroft was in net for the Stars despite Kari Lehtonen’s hurculean effort on Friday night in Dallas. Raycroft turned in a strong first period in keeping the puck out of the net – the Blackhawks outshot the visitors 10-2 in the first period – but Raycroft wasn’t handling too many shots cleanly.

Those miscues eventually cost him in the first period. On a Blackhawks’ power play, Patrick Sharp controlled the puck and tried to put it on net. His first attempt was blocked, but Sharp recovered and got his second attempt through to Raycroft. Andrew Burnette picked up the rebound and notched his first goal as a ‘Hawk with a backhander, putting Chicago on the board first. Read more »

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