Author Archives: Brad Vandenberk

Blues hand Hawks first regulation loss

By Brad Vandenberk

The Chicago Blackhawks embarked on their first road game of the year, heading into St Louis to take on the Blues.  Their record going into this match was 1-0-1, meaning a certain ‘streak’ was still alive.

The Hawks have only played two games in the span of eight days.  Some of the players began to comment on how much of a difference it was from last season, when most teams played three games in four nights.  There was even a comparison to how it felt more like a football season than a hockey season.  This is great news for some of the Hawks players nursing injuries like Michal Handzus, who missed practise early in the week.  As well as superstar Marian Hossa, who is still not a 100% after taking the majority of training camp off.  Read more »

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Blackhawks prospects notch win in tourny finale

By Brad Vandenberk

The Chicago Junior Blackhawks played their final game in the annual rookie tournament in London, Ontario on Sunday afternoon, this time facing off with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Mac Carruth got the start in goal for the Hawks, while the Pens went with Tristan Jarry.

Forward Chris Desousa worked his way back in the lineup edging out Johnny McGuire.  Bobby Shea was back in on the defense pairings with Adam Henry scratched.

Less than a minute into the opening period, Pat Mullane throws an elbow trying to separate a Pens d-man from the puck.   Read more »

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Svedberg, Shalunov tally in another shootout loss for the Blackhawks prospects in London, Ontario

By Brad Vandenberk

The Chicago Jr. Blackhawks continued their rookie tournament in London, Ontario with a Saturday matinee game against the Ottawa Senators.  The Sens were winners in their first tournament game on Thursday afternoon, beating the Pittsburgh Penguins prospects, 4-1.

Brandon Whitney played his first game of the tournament in net for the Hawks.  Ottawa countered with Andrew Hammond.

Johnny McGuire and Adam Henry also made it into the lineup, replacing Chris Desousa and Bobby Shea.

The opening period had both teams showing off their speed.  Joakim Nordstrom looked good once again for the Hawks playing alongside Philip Danault and Mark McNeill.  Defenseman Joe Gleason finds a wide open Drew Leblanc, but Hammond keeps the Sens alive.  Read more »

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Jr Hawks fall short to Maple Leafs prospects in London

[TTMI contributor Brad Vandenberk was on hand Thursday night for the Blackhawks-Maple Leafs prospect tournament game in London, Ontario and provides his personal account here.]

By Brad Vandenberk

Hockey season is upon us.  Training camps are less than a week away from opening with exhibition games soon to follow.  Before all that begins, it’s the prospect’s turn to showcase their talent in a tournament in London, Ontario that involved the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators.

Chicago’s first game was on Thursday night at the Budweiser Gardens against the “home” town Toronto Maple Leafs.  The Gardens, which houses the CHL’s London Knights, was not nearly full for this affair, but Kane and Toews jerseys could be seen throughout the crowd.

Mac Carruth started between the pipes for the visiting Blackhawks.  Dylan Olsen sported the “C” and Terry Broadhurst was wearing an “A”.  Read more »

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Bickell, Bolland notch 2 goals in 17 seconds late in the 3rd to capture Blackhawks 2nd Cup in 4 seasons

By Brad Vandenberk

The Chicago Blackhawks strolled into Boston on Monday night with Lord Stanley on standby.  Those players who were members of the 2010 Hawks Stanley Cup championship team rallied the troops who have previously never been on the cusp of grasping the Cup.

Although Jonathan Toews was sat for all of the third period in game 5, he was declared 100% and ready to go on the morning of game 6.   In the other dressing room, Patrice Bergeron also left game 5 with an unknown injury.  He was dressed and ready to play in Monday’s match.   All of those Corey Crawford critics seemed to disappear after game 5, where he nearly posted a shutout.  It was time for the Hawks to end the series and the season and raise the Stanley Cup. Read more »

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Hossa late scratch prior to Game 3; B’s, Rask shut down Hawks 2-0, Boston takes 2-1 series lead

By Brad Vandenberk

Tuesday night, the Stanley Cup Finals shifted to Boston for a pivotal Game 3.   The Chicago Blackhawks had yet to win a game 3 this post season, whereas the Boston Bruins were 3-0 in Game 3’s during these playoffs coming into Tuesday night’s contest.

Viktor Stalberg was inserted back into Chicago’s line up, and for the first time this series, to try and add some speed to the offensive forecheck.  Stalberg replaced Brandon Bollig, who had taken Stalberg’s spot in Games 1 and 2 in Chicago.  Stalberg was also warned by coach Joel Quenneville to watch his defensive responsibilities as well.  Quenneville was quoted saying he was looking for “more” from Stalberg in essentially every facet of his game. Read more »

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Hawks punch ticket to Finals in thrilling 2-OT victory over Kings in Game 5

By Brad Vandenberk

With their surprise sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Boston Bruins awaited the winner of game 5 in the Western conference final in Chicago between the Blackhawks and LA Kings.  If the Hawks win this contest, they will head to the Stanley Cup final.  The Kings were trying to take the series back to LA and recreate the same momentum the Hawks had against Detroit.

Duncan Keith was back in the lineup for the home team after serving his one game suspension.   Read more »

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Keith-less Hawks stuff LA’s home winning streak; Kings face elimination Saturday in Chicago

By Brad Vandenberk

Game 4 of the Western Conference gifted us with nothing but story lines before the puck was even dropped.  Duncan Keith was assessed a 1-game suspension for an uncontrolled high stick to the face of Jeff Carter in game 3.  Keith received a four minute minor during the game, but the league wanted more and suspending the Hawks D man.  Carter received 22 stitches in his mouth and chipped a few pearly whites.

Mike Richards did not dress once again for the Kings missing his 3rd straight.  But with Keith out, the Kings were looking poised to get the win to tie the series.

Sheldon Brookbank was inserted into the lineup to take Keith’s “spot”.  Read more »

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Blackhawks force Game 7 Wednesday at the UC, drop Red Wings with 3 third period goals Monday at the Joe

By Brad Vadenberk

Saturday night at the UC showed how a resilient Hawks team can play and dominate a hockey game if they seem so fit to do so.  The word elimination is still lingering around as the Hawks travelled back to Joe Louis Arena to continue this series and look to force a game 7 back at the UC on Wednesday night.

Jonathan Toews finally got his first 2013 playoff goal.  He scored it in fashion, ripping a shot from the side of the net off Jimmy Howard.  The captain’s roar was so loud even the hockey Gods heard it.

You can tell the Hawks were playing with urgency.  During both power play goals the puck was moving around the ice with speed and crisp passing.  This was something that was missing in earlier games.  Read more »

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Blackhawks still alive, Win Game Five 4-1 at the UC

By Brad Vandenberk

This game needs no introduction!  The Chicago Blackhawks are on the ropes playing game 5 at home in the UC trying to stave off elimination, trailing 3-1 in the series.  The Detroit Red Wings have stifled the Hawks’ offence, forcing frustration on the face of Jonathan Toews, who took 3 penalties in game four.  It was time for the Hawks to show why they were the best team in the NHL through the regular shortened season.

Coach Q loaded up his line up and put Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp together.  Marian Hossa found himself playing with Michal Handzus and Bryan Bickell.  Andrew Shaw centered Viktor Stalberg and Brandon Saad.  Dave Bolland was on the fourth line, not playing center but the wing alongside Marcus Kruger and Michal Frolik. Read more »

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