Monthly Archives: February 2014

Broadway bore: Hawks lose to Rangers 2-1

By Michael Calvert

Is it the closing act to the Olympics, or the opening act for the Stadium series on Saturday?  Either way you spin it; Thursday’s Blackhawks-Rangers matchup at Madison Square Garden was not a game for the ages.

I would hesitate to say the Hawks looked slow, but more like out of sync. Read more »

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Viktor Svedberg could be done for the season; IceHogs extend point streak to 10; Jeremy Morin too [UPDATED]

By Chris Block

[Update 3:00p 2/26/14] On Wednesday afternoon, Viktor Svedberg, via his Twitter account (@Svedberg8) that he is undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery today.

Svedberg wrote, “On my way to shoulder surgery, would like to thank Icehogs, [Blackhawks], fans and my teammates for this season! Hope to see you again next year!”

We’ll know more later this week, but word out of IceHogs’ camp is defenseman Viktor Svedberg could be done for the season.

Svedberg, 22, last played on February 14th in a game against the Chicago Wolves in Rockford.  Svedberg appeared to have suffered an upper body injury during the second period of that contest.  He finished the game but has not played since.

There is no official confirmation at this point on Svedberg’s exact injury.

This season, the 6’9” first year North American blue liner has appeared in 35 games for the IceHogs, tallying 2 goals and 7 assists to go with a plus-4 even strength plus/minus rating.

When asked for an update on Svedberg’s status this past weekend, Rockford coach Ted Dent said it was “day-to-day, right now.”  Since then, the team has received some bad news. Read more »

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PuckChatter~Radio with Al Cimaglia talking Sochi, NHL restart and trade deadline

By Chris Block

Al Cimaglia of MyFoxChicago.com and Sirius/XM Radio joined us Monday night to recap the Sochi Olympics, discuss the end of the Mike Kostka era, preview the NHL stretch run and the Blackhawks potential participation in the GM talks leading up to the trade deadline on March 5th.

-Reflections on the recently completed hockey tournament in Sochi
-Team USA players ridiculous explanation for loss to Canada
-Jason LaBarbera talks IceHogs
-Comments from Brandon Pirri and Ted Dent
-Jeremy Morin says missing playoffs last 3 seasons “kinda unacceptable”
-Morin talks focus in trying to get back to Chicago
-Dent discusses Morin’s recent game
-John Tavares injury and should NHL players go to 2018 games?
-Michael Kostka placed & claimed off waivers. What could it mean.
-What could Stan Bowman be setting up to do before the trade deadline?
-Names up for sale
-Hawks areas of need
-Al & Chris debate the Bryan Bickell mystery
-Who Bickell has to thank for his big contract
-Will Pirri be a Blackhawk again?
-And much, much, more

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IceHogs extend point streak to 9 games with win over Milwaukee; Full recap, Faceoff stats, more notes

By Chris Block

A balanced attack and a solid goaltending performance turned in by Jason LaBarbera lifted the Rockford IceHogs to a 4-1 win over the visiting Milwaukee Admirals before a sold out crowd of 6,265 at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Saturday night.

Brandon Pirri and Jeremy Morin each scored goals to extend their personal point streaks while Brad Winchester and Terry Broadhurst bookended the IceHogs scoring to improve on the team’s season-best 9-game point streak (8-0-0-1).

Rockford moved to seven games above .500 while notching their 28th victory of the season.  The IceHogs finished last season nine games above the .500 mark only to watch Milwaukee eliminate them from the playoffs on the final day of the 2012-13 regular season in a win at Peoria.

Vinny Saponari scored the loan goal for Milwaukee on Saturday.  Rockford controlled the first period, benefitted from some weak goaltending on the Admirals side and held on while being outplayed much of the second and third periods. Read more »

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IceHogs weekend at a glance; Rockford earns 5 of possible 6 points; Morin, Pirri heat up; more news

By Chris Block

Rockford continued its recent hot streak over the weekend in pumping out 13 goals over the 3-in-3 weekend set, all against division foes.

Jeremy Morin led the way, notching 2 goals and 4 helpers to extend his consecutive game point streak to 7 games, matching his career best streak set in February 2013 (2/13/13 – 3/1/13).

In those seven games last season, Morin tallied 3 goals and 7 assists and had a plus-3 rating.

Over his current 7-game point streak, Morin has 6 goals and 7 assists for 13 points.  He’s also a plus-7 in this stretch to go along with 27 shots (22% shooting).

The IceHogs picked up 5 of a possible 6 points over the weekend.  The team extended its streak of consecutive games earning at least one point to seven (6-0-0-1).  In that time, Rockford has averaged 4.85 goals per game while allowing 3.00 against. Read more »

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Lindbloom’s View: Ocean of emotion

Lindbloom_2014Feb15_pic1“It is always darkest before pitch black.”

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PuckChatter~Radio, e.139, The Golden Goose

By Chris Block

On this edition of the internet’s premiere bi-monthly podcast….

-Some recap of our Vegas and West coast hockey vacation/road trip.
-Olympic hockey predictions
-Blackhawks fans jam Staples Center and the Anaheim pond
-Chances Brandon Pirri or Jeremy Morin are traded before the deadline.
-Brandon Pirri says he believes he’s an NHL level player now.
-Pirri leads the AHL All-Stars to victory over Farjestad
-Block’s dog is seeking different company
-A Richard Wallin career retrospective
-The Rockford IceHogs playoff chances
-How the team sets up and whose neck is on the line
-Why its crucial Rockford qualifies for this playoff season
-Most disappointing player on the IceHogs so far
-More on why Brandon Pirri keeps getting sent down
-More IceHogs news
-Listener emails
-Tale of the tape: Brandon Mashinter vs Kyle Beach
-Let’s talk about Joe Juneau
-Being ticketed for contaminated loads
-Block jinxes everything
-Show therapy
-Blackhawks talk Stephen Johns
-Real hockey talk (maybe not on this show though)
-Tenant problems
-Missing the Amtrak to St. Louis
-Trying to convince the Ceasar’s Palace sports book to put hockey on
-And much, much, more

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Dud in the Desert: Hawks shut out for first time in nearly two years

By Michael Calvert

Friday night in Phoenix was the last game for the Hawks before the 3 week shutdown for the Sochi Olympics.

Patrick Kane was not available to play against the Coyotes.  Kane was on personal leave from the team in order to attend the funeral for his paternal grandfather back in Buffalo.  So, Brandon Saad moved up to the second line.  Missing Kane will never be good for the Hawks, but I doubt they will always struggle this bad offensively when down only one superstar. Read more »

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Lindbloom’s View: Late Night Shows

image“Twelve O’clock and all is well.”

“Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow;” Isaiah 1:18

By Rich Lindbloom

All’s well with the exception of severe sleep deprivation. Five O’clock in the morning comes a wee bit too early after burning the midnight oil. A frequent blogger at The Committed Indian site named 10thMountainFire described my sentiments as I stumbled out of bed yesterday. When asked by another blogger how he was doing he replied, “I’m ok, but the alarm clock isn’t doing to well.”  Read more »

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Crawford, Blackhawks PK stymie Anaheim 2-0

By Jon Fromi

Corey Crawford recorded a shutout Wednesday night to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-0 road victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Crawford’s 29-save effort, along with some outstanding penalty killing, allowed Chicago to make goals from Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews hold up against the NHL’s point leader.

First Period-Anaheim came out the aggressors and generated some chances in the opening minutes, though the Hawks gained a power play midway through the period when Kyle Palmieri was called for interference on Kris Versteeg. Nothing came of the opportunity despite a couple of early shots on goal by Versteeg and Brent Seabrook. Read more »

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