“Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job.” – James 5:3
By Rich Lindbloom
“If you’re happy and you know it, and you really want to show it, if you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.” Actually, you’re thinking you’d rather punch someone in the face about right now, aren’t you? The 7 game losing streak has seemed to take the life out of Blackhawk fandom, as most prepare for the worst. While not on par with the collapse of the ‘69 Cubs or the ’11 Red Sox, a lot of fans are abandoning ship. Personally, I’ve exhausted all the possibilities when attempting to answer my friend’s question, “What’s wrong with your Blackhawks?” As the Lemonhead song goes, “Patience is like bread I say, I ran out of it yesterday.” Read more
By Brad Vandenberk
After a lengthy film session in Denver University on Wednesday morning and a “back to basics” practice on Thursday in California, the Chicago Blackhawks were back on the ice Friday night in San Jose trying to snap a six game losing streak.
The film session took place in a theatre that had the perfect set up to run through game tape of their 5-2 loss to the Avalanche on Tuesday night. The session took longer than normal, but at this stage the Hawks were attempting anything to break this streak. After travelling to San Jose and took to the ice to practice “hockey 101”. If the current six game losing streak wasn’t enough, the flu bug was also flying around the locker room as four Hawk players took the day off practice. Steve Montador was also missing from practice, but it was not due to the flu. Monty suffered an upper body injury during the game on Tuesday and was placed on Injured Reserve Friday morning. Dylan Olsen was recalled from the IceHogs to replace the injured Montador. To rub more salt in the wound, Niklas Hjalmarsson, who originally had the flu, was then diagnosed with an upper body injury. Both Nik and Monty flew back to Chicago and will not be playing Saturday night in Phoenix either. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap
Tagged Andrew Shaw, Antti Niemi, Benn Ferriero, Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Dan Boyle, Dylan Olsen, Jamie McGinn, Joe Thornton, Jonathan Toews, Justin Braun, Logan Couture, Marcus Kruger, Patrick Marleau, Sami Lepisto
By Chris Block
Alexander Salak showed no signs of a goaltender who hadn’t played in two months on Friday night as he backstopped the Rockford IceHogs to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Chicago Wolves.
In fact, it was probably the best Salak has played in his 11 starts thus far as an IceHog.
“He was real good,” IceHogs coach Ted Dent said of his goaltender’s 27 save performance. “So was their guy (Eddie Lack). It was a low scoring game and real good goaltending both ways.”
The returning Salak, out of action since suffering an ankle injury during the opening seconds of the second period in a game on December 2nd against Lake Erie, looked as sharp and composed as he has to date. The Wolves came at him hard, as they had in two previous contests back in October (Salak’s first two starts of the season), bumping and crowding the goaltender’s crease often. Previously, those sorts of actions seemed to nudge Salak off his focus, once even causing Salak to throw his equipment across the ice, but not on Friday evening before a crowd of 4,501 at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Read more
Posted in Game recap, IceHogs
Tagged Alexander Salak, Ben Smith, Brandon Segal, Brian Fahey, Chicago Wolves, Chris DiDomenico, Eddie Lack, Jamie Koharski, Nolan Baumgartner, Rostislav Olesz, Ryan Stanton, Wolves