Monthly Archives: November 2013

Lindbloom’s View: Brace Yourself

BareTrees_FleetwoodMac_cover“Bare trees, grey light
Oh yeah it was a cold night
Bare trees, grey light” – Danny Kirwan

By Rich Lindbloom

While walking the dogs the other day, I came across a neighbor who was taking his dog for an evening romp. We exchanged pleasantries and then he said something that really made me laugh; “I can’t wait until Spring,” he said in between a shiver. “Ha! Leo, don’t hold your breath on that one,” I replied with a huge smile on my face. For heaven’s sake, half the leaves were still on the trees! In Leo’s case, I guess there’s a case to be made for hibernation. Read more »

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PuckChatter~Radio, Not Late Enough

By Chris Block

Since I had to work real late today, and missed the Blackhawks game, I figured we may as well do a PuckChatter~Radio.

On the show (we finished recording just before the Blackhawks-Panthers trade was announced), we discussed the Alex Broadhurst recall, Jeremy Morin’s scratchings, the Andrew Shaw contract extension, who’s next?, Brandon Bollig, the Blackhawks start, IceHogs injuries, the next wave of prospects, and which IceHogs defenseman has been flying under the radar this season.  Also, we’ll get to some listener emails, our upcoming trip to St. Louis, Superstar states his irritation with Block’s general tardiness – and much, much more.

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Blackhawks weekened wraps; Four out of four

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks completed a sweep of a back-to-back weekend Sunday. The Hawks bested the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 in a see-saw affair that saw Chicago’s depth prevail with some big goals from the lower lines.

The win, coupled with a 5-2 decision over Dallas on Saturday night, is Chicago’s fifth in the last six games. Here’s a look at a four-point weekend.

Saturday vs Stars-Though the Hawks were visiting Dallas, it was the Chicago stars that came out to shine in a 5-2 victory.

First Period-Dallas opened the scoring in the seventh minute after Shawn Horcoff gained entrance to the Blackhawks zone. Horcoff dropped the puck off to Jordie Benn just inside the blue line. Benn sent the puck to Trevor Daley, who fired on the Chicago net, where Horcoff and Cody Eakin were there to attack. Eakin backhanded the loose puck past Corey Crawford and gave the Stars a 1-0 lead. Read more »

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Some old faces, One drunk dude and a Jet thumping

By Michael Calvert

Winnipeg is not very good.  This game was a bit of a yawner.  It sort of had me on the back of my seat.

I remember, back in the day, when ESPN actually paid attention to the NHL and used to call the Jets ‘Losipeg.’ I always loved that one.  I still call them that.  Times have changed but Winnipeg still has a bad NHL team.  I bet something like out of Mystery, Alaska could actually happen to Winnipeg.  A group of beer guzzling social league hockey guys from Winnipeg could probably beat the Jets.

At any rate, the Hawks won Wednesday’s game pretty easy, unfortunately little more than halfway through the third the not so hot-handed Devin Setoguchi broke Crawford’s shutout.  Besides some drunk dude sporting Adam Pardy’s helmet after Bollig put his head through the glass, the guchi goal was the only real excitement in the second half of the game. Read more »

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Berra stuns Hawks 3-2 in Overtime in debut for Flames

By Jon Fromi

First Period-Rookie net minder Reto Berra was greeted by lots of vulcanized rubber, to the tune of 18 shots by the Blackhawks in the opening 20 minutes. The first shot on goal came from the stick of Calgary’s Brian McGrattan just over two minutes in. McGrattan then gave the Hawks a power play when he tripped Niklas Hjalmarsson. Chicago got a few shots on net that Reto Berra left out in front, but the Flames survived the two minutes.

Crawford saw his share of action in the first ten minutes. In the tenth minute, Matt Stajan took a feed from Curtis Glencross and snapped a shot at the net but was denied by the Chicago goalie. A minute later he gloved an attempt by Jiri Hudler. Read more »

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Hawks score early and often in Toews first game in Winnipeg, winning 5-1

By Brad Vandenberk

With all the story lines in this game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS centre, you just needed to be a hockey fan to get excited for this one.

The Hawks haven’t played in the Peg since 1996.  Next to the Florida Panthers, the Jet also has an abundance of ex-Hawks.  The Hawks penalty kill this year is being questioned since the departure of Michael Frolik.  Captain Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien also sport the Jets crest.   Hawks captain Jonathan Toews made his hometown debut this afternoon.  The hype in all the local newspapers, TV’s and radio broadcasts was that Toews was in town with the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks.  Let’s not forget that Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith were also born in Winnipeg.  And last but certainly not least, there was a good old Kane versus Kane matchup.  Read more »

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West-leading IceHogs can’t close another 2-goal deficit

By Chris Block

Over the initial ten games of this IceHogs’ season, on four occasions Rockford came back from 2-goal deficits to emerge victorious.  In one of those games, their home opener against Grand Rapids on October 19th, Rockford actually trailed by 2 goals twice in the contest only to eventually attain the two points.

There is something to note about the character of a team when 4 of its 7 wins have come in dramatic comeback fashion.  Although, it can also leave behind a trail of just as many questions as it does answers.  And one thing is for sure – at this level, no team is going to maintain a .700 record for very long when the team is consistently falling behind early in games.

In Rockford, on Thursday night, the IceHogs afforded the Charlotte Checkers a 3-0 advantage before staging three unanswered tallies of their own, only to lose to the Checkers, 5-3.

On Friday night, Rockford bused north to Milwaukee for the first of twelve matches this season with the Nashville Predators AHL affiliate.

The IceHogs got goals from rookies Mark McNeill and Alex Broadhurst in Milwaukee.  But the Admirals jumped out to an early lead and then stretched a two-goal gap on Rockford midway through the game that Rockford this time would not close. Read more »

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