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HockeeNight PuckCast: Forklift, CT and Chris Block do Blackhawks postgame and so much more

By Chris Block

Last night I jumped on the HockeeNight PuckCast for 100 minutes of hockey talk.  A lot of things were discussed.  Head over to HockeeNight’s site for a list of some of it.  If you don’t do so already, check them out for their unique and fun slant on Blackhawks hockey.

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IceHogs extend point streak to 11, but blow 3 leads in process; Lose 5-4 in overtime at Oklahoma City

By Chris Block

Rockford capped off the best month of its AHL existence on Friday night, though in a 5-4 overtime loss before 3,853 fans at Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

The IceHogs picking up a point in the loss to the Oklahoma City Barons not only extended the team’s streak of consecutive contests earning at least a point to 11 games (9-0-1-1), but it also meant Rockford went unbeaten in regulation over an entire month for the first time since they joined the American Hockey League in 2007.

Rockford held and lost the lead three times on Friday.  Bobby Shea and Terry Broadhurst each scored twice for the ‘Hogs.  For Shea it was his 2nd and 3rd goals of the season.  Terry Broadhurst notched his 12th and 13th tallies. 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

You can also follow Al on Twitter, @AlCimaglia

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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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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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3-2 defeat in Milwaukee hands Rockford IceHogs their 11th consecutive division road loss

By Chris Block

Countless forced passes and unforced turnovers resulted in another Rockford IceHogs road loss last night, 3-2 to the Milwaukee Admirals.

The loss drops the IceHogs to 2 games below the .500 mark (18-20-4-2) for the first time this season.

Friday’s defeat extends Rockford’s road losing streak to 7 games (0-5-1-1).

Rockford has now also dropped 11 consecutive division road losses (0-9-1-1) on the season.

The picture is much worse when you look at their last 15 road contests overall.  The IceHogs are 2-10-2-1 in those games.  They aren’t getting blown away, as their minus-25 goal differential over those last 15 road tilts does prove, but they aren’t playing good enough hockey with near enough consistency.  And finding ways to win on the road is not the IceHogs specialty. Read more »

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IceHogs name a team captain, and why that’s a mild surprise

Nightingale_LaBarbera_Marlies_2014Jan20_ToddREICHERJared Nightingale (#6) defends the area in front of Jason LaBarbera’s goal
photo: Todd Reicher, 1/20/14, Rockford IceHogs


By Chris Block

Last week the IceHogs finally named a team captain.  They waited until only 53 percent of their season had passed to do so.

Jared Nightingale, 31, was named Rockford’s captain on January 14th.  He becomes the 8th captain of the IceHogs since the organization joined the AHL in 2007.

“Teddy (Dent) had called me a couple nights before he announced it to the team,” Nightingale said in a conversation with TheThirdManIn.com on January 18th.

“Obviously I was honored.  I was excited to take on that role.”

The previous IceHogs captains are Martin St. Pierre (2012-13), Brian Fahey (2011-12, 2nd half), Brandon Segal (2011-12, 1st half), Garnet Exelby (2010-11), Jake Dowell (2009-10), Tim Brent (2008-09) and Jim Fahey (2007-08).

The decision to name a team captain in mid-January came as a bit of a surprise. Read more »

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Chicago start-up’s Brain-mapping Technology a potential sports Concussion Diagnosis and Treatment game-changer

Kelly Gee, founder of Vernon Hills-based Quantum InstituteKelly Gee, Founder of Quantum Institute

By Chris Block

One Chicago area man, and former hockey player, who bounced back from a dark, prolonged battle with post-concussion syndrome now hopes to revolutionize how sports-related traumatic brain injuries are diagnosed and treated.

“Concussions are a scary deal because they don’t necessarily just go away, especially when you start piling them on top of each other,” said Kelly Gee, CEO and founder of Quantum Institute, a new Vernon Hills-based startup company looking to assist sports organizations in treating athletes who suffer concussions or exhibit symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Gee’s message comes from his own experience and his crusade is a personal one.  The 31 year old former goaltender and coach in the amateur hockey ranks knows all too well the seriousness and traumatic side effects that come along with severe concussions. Read more »

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