Monthly Archives: January 2012

TTMI~Radio, e.97, A Feeling of a Hammerhead

On this week’s show we open up the listener email bag to discuss topics ranging from Viktor Stalberg’s handsomely prowess to Kyle Beach’s bust-ness to whether or not some legendary Blackhawks should be in the Hall of Fame.

We also compare this year’s Blackhawks to where the team was at this point a season ago and take a look at how the 2010-11 team’s secondary scoring stacks up against the current group.

All this plus more on 2-year old puppy dog behavior, Superstar on the bottom and what’s been bugging Block.

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The show returns next Wednesday, January 25th at a time to be determined.

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Podcast Tuesday night

TheThirdManin~Radio returns Tuesday night, January 17th at 8pm central.

You’ll be able to listen live here.

On this week’s show, we’ll compare and contrast this year’s Chicago Blackhawks to the 2010-11 team.  Also, we’ll take a look at the Rockford IceHogs’ weekend, why Brandon Pirri and Jeremy Morin were benched in Texas, an update on some injured Hogs and a look at Rockford’s goaltending.

It will also be the long-awaited return of the email bag including questions on trade possibilities, Kyle Beach, Akim Aliu, the Hall of Fame, Toews vs Datsyuk, my puppy dog and the terrible twos.  We’ll have an update on my retirement, how our resolutions are progressing and much more.  Join us on our road to 100.

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Blackhawks back atop West after 4-3 win over Sharks; Legend of Andrew Shaw keeps growing

photo: NHL.com

By Brad Gardner

The Blackhawks got the better of Antti Niemi in their third game against the team’s former goalie, this time earning two points in regulation by holding onto a 4-3 lead against a late barrage from the Sharks. The home team held fast against a late two-man advantage, giving rookie Andrew Shaw the game-winner with his third-period tally.

The ‘Hawks struck first on a sharp-angle shot by Dave Bolland. The play began with Andrew Brunette controlling the puck behind the net. He passed to Jimmy Hayes one way, who quickly sent it back the other way to Bolland. He was able to elevate it over Niemi’s should as he tried to get to the post for the first goal of the game.

Viktor Stalberg cashed in about a minute and a half later on a slick set-up from Jonathan Toews. The captain kept control of the puck below the goal line and turned up the end boards before sending a strike to the tape of Stalberg. The winger had an easy finish before Niemi could move over, extending Chicago’s lead to 2-0 heading into the first intermission. Read more »

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Blackhawks Salvage Point, But Two from Bertuzzi Give Red Wings a 3-2 Overtime Win

By Jon Fromi

Despite being outshot 43-27 and outplayed for much of the first two periods, the Chicago Blackhawks were able to earn a point with a late goal in Joe Louis Arena. Todd Bertuzzi provided the overtime winner as the Red Wings prevailed 3-2 in a Saturday matinee.  Detroit bested the Blackhawks in extra time for the second time in less than a week.

Chicago remains on top of the Central Division by taking the game into 4-on-4 time, though Detroit and St. Louis now trail the Blackhawks by a single point in the standings.

The ‘Hawks wakeup call came a bit late, as Detroit parlayed a dominating first period effort into a two-goal advantage. The Red Wings camped out in the Chicago zone, outshooting the Blackhawks 21-4 and keeping Chicago on their heels for most of the period.

Corey Crawford was up to the challenge on 19 of those shots, controlling the rebounds well until the 12:46 mark of the first. Pavel Datsyuk collected a rebound off a Johan Franzen shot with his team on their only power play of the game. He fed Ian White, whose slap shot was redirected by Tomas Holmstrom past Crawford to open the scoring for Detroit. Read more »

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Paradis, Smith score in ‘Hogs comeback win in OKC

By Chris Block

Friday night in Oklahoma City, the Rockford IceHogs came from behind for only the second time this season when trailing after two periods to defeat the Barons 2-1 in overtime and send a Cox Convention Center crowd of 3,672 home in disbelief.

Ben Smith, who was reassigned to the AHL earlier in the day and flew into Oklahoma after playing for the Blackhawks on Thursday night, tipped a Brian Fahey wrist shot 2:50 into overtime to give the IceHogs the victory.

As the AHL team which allows the most goals per game, Rockford won for only the third time this season when being held to two goals or less (3-15-0-0).  The previous two wins came via the shootout after managing two goals through 65 minutes.

Rockford fell behind first for the 24th time in 38 games when Oklahoma City center Marco Arcobello breezed into the left faceoff dot and beat Carter Hutton clean with a wrist shot at 14:22 of the opening period.  It was just the second shot Hutton had faced, but the Rockford netminder’s night got better as it became busier. Read more »

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Walking Danny O’Carcillo

“Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountainside
The summers gone, and all the flowers dying
Tis you, tis you must go and I must bide.”

By Rich Lindbloom

Danny Carcillo’s decision to self-detonate into Tom Gilbert in the Oiler game last Monday brings to mind a bad decision I once made. Actually the decision was reached with the help of three friends in my scramble foursome 20 years ago at Silver Lake C.C. We found ourselves in a bit of a quandary when our  approach shots on the diabolical 9th hole left us with two unpleasant options  to rescue par. An abnormal amount of debate factored into our ill-fated decision. Read more »

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Kids, Supporting Cast Star in 5-2 Win Over Wild

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By Brad Gardner

The Blackhawks captured their second consecutive win Thursday night at the United Center against the visiting Minnesota Wild. A three-goal second period built a big enough lead for the ‘Hawks to hold in the third as the team earned a 5-2 win over the reeling Wild.

Minnesota winger Devin Setoguchi, who was scratched for the team’s previous game Tuesday against San Jose, notched the first goal of the contest just after the game’s first TV timeout. Blackhawks goaltender Ray Emery kicked a rebound out to the top of his crease, leaving an easy play for Setoguchi on the fly-by to get the Wild on the board first.

Chicago’s Andrew Shaw knotted the game at 1-1 later in the first period for his second goal in five games. Bryan Bickell drove the slot and occupied the defenseman, leaving Shaw room to skate in closer up the left side of the zone and beat Minnesota’s Josh Harding to the far side. Read more »

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Morin scores twice, IceHogs lose to rival Wolves 4-2; Plus Rockford injury updates, Playoff survival and more

By Chris Block

Jeremy Morin lit the lamp for his 7th and 8th goals of the season, but a series of IceHogs penalties swung the momentum Wednesday afternoon.  From there, the Chicago Wolves got two third period goals from Mark Mancari to defeat Rockford 4-2.

A mostly school kids field trip day crowd of 6,113 in Rosemont, Illinois witnessed their Wolves down the IceHogs for the fourth time in five meetings this season.

“Our penalty killing did a good job,” head coach Ted Dent said in the wake of the IceHogs’ 20th regulation loss (13-20-1-3).  “I thought some of the (penalty) calls were below average, but what can you do?” Read more »

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TTMI~Radio, e.96 – Random thoughts on Blackhawks hockey, puppy dogs and balls in your shoes

On tonight’s edition of TTTM~Radio, we discuss the Blackhawks in the wake of the Patrick Sharp injury and what to look for next.

Also discussed is Block’s puppy dog, how he got his name and the terrible twos.  Plus, more on projecting a generally sunnier disposition, Kyle Beach, Jeremy Morin, Dan Carcillo, Patrick Kane, Niklas Hjalmarsson and some half-season awards.

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A visit from Columbus does the Trick; Hawks losing streak ends at 4, Career night for Stalberg

By Brad Vandenberk

Tuesday, after losing their fourth straight game to the hands of the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night, the Chicago Blackhawks were back on the ice playing the NHL worst, Columbus Blue Jackets.

Prior to Tuesday night, the Blackhawks had taken each of the three meetings this season with Columbus, all by three goals.  This game would be a great way to get back into the W column and reclaim first in the Central division.  This would also be the second time this year that the Hawks play a team with a coach making his first debut.  Head coach Scott Arniel was fired by Columbus just two days ago and replaced by Todd Richards.

Patrick Sharp missed his first game after being sidelined for the next 3-4 weeks with and upper body injury suffered during Sunday’s game.  With Sharp’s absence from the line up, Ben Smith was recalled from the AHL and inserted into the line up.  Dan Carcillo was also serving the 4th game of his seven game suspension. Read more »

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