Oct 262014
 

By Michael Calvert

The Blackhawks got off to a quick start in St. Louis on Saturday night but then sank for the next thirty-eight minutes. So much so that even a dominant third period wasn’t enough to lift the visitor’s over the Blues.

Chicago got a power play tally from Patrick Sharp just sixty-two seconds into the game and a Kris Versteeg goal in the third than Sharp assisted on as well. But that was all the offense the Hawks could muster against Brian Elliott and the Blues as St. Louis took the first meeting of 2014-15 between these two rivals, 3-2 at Scottrade Center.

Coach Q went real wild with the lines on Saturday night, moving all 4 forward lines around. The defense was the usual top four with TVR playing alongside Rozsival on the bottom pairing. Continue reading »

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Oct 252014
 

By Chris Block

Coming home from a 4-game, 9-day road trip in which they collected five of a possible eight points, the Rockford IceHogs met a stiff challenge in MidWest Division rival Chicago Wolves on Saturday night.

The game was to include a subplot of the two Broadhurst brothers facing off for the first time in a regular season game, but that didn’t come to be as Alex Broadhurst was scratched from the IceHogs’ lineup on Saturday.

A crowd of 4,422 at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford saw the visitor’s light the scoreboard in the game’s first minute, but a strong, quick response from the IceHogs soon followed.

More of that resolve was needed later, as the IceHogs scored a goal in the last minute of the second period to tie the game, then Brandon Mashinter potted a rebound in the third period in what would stand as the game-winning goal as the IceHogs took the first meeting of the annual Illinois Lottery Cup by a 4-3 score. Continue reading »

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Oct 242014
 

By Chris Block

One night before the Chicago Wolves make the quick trek up Interstate 90 on Saturday night to face off with Rockford at the BMO, John Anderson’s troops hosted another rival, the Milwaukee Admirals.

A crowd of 3,233 turned up at Allstate Arena in Rosemont for the first installment of what is referred to as the “Amtrak Rivalry.” The two teams will meet 12 times this season, just as will the Wolves and IceHogs.

The Wolves got goals from forwards Ty Rattie and Jeremy Welsh, as well as an assist from former Blackhawks’ product Terry Broadhurst, playing in his third game with his new team.

But a fluttering Anthony Bitetto snap shot late in overtime somehow got by Wolves’ starter Matt Climie, sending the home crowd for the exits in disbelief.

“It was a good hockey game, back and forth,” Brent Sopel explained after his team’s second home loss, both coming via overtime. “Both teams had some opportunities there in overtime. Their guy just…We can call it a good miss. [Bitetto] flubbed the shot and it went in.” Continue reading »

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Oct 232014
 

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks were in Nashville Thursday night to open a two-game road trip. James Neal and Pekka Rinne were anything but gracious hosts to the Hawks, leading the Predators to a 3-2 victory.

Rinne made 30 saves on the night to hold on to a Nashville lead. Neal took care of the scoring with his fifth career hat trick. As a result, the Predators now lead Chicago by three points in the Central Division standings.

First Period-Chicago got on the board first, with Ben Smith making a sweet spin move in the left corner, maintaining possession of the puck and hitting Marcus Kruger behind the Nashville net. When Kruger came around the goal and was looking to pass, there was Smith waiting at the left post. Smith knocked in his first goal of the season at the 12:21 mark to put the Hawks up 1-0. Continue reading »

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Oct 222014
 

By Brad Vandenberk

Antti Raanta was all smiles when he was informed that he would be making his season debut against the visiting Philadelphia Flyers.   Corey Crawford missed the morning skate with an upper body injury. The Finnish netminder finished with 32 saves for his second career shutout as the Blackhawks pounded the Flyers 4-0.

Patrick Kane had 2 power play goals and Brandon Saad was the spark the third line needed getting his first goal of the year along with an assist. This ended the Hawks 4-game home stand (3-0-1-0) which spanned over eleven days. Continue reading »

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Oct 192014
 

By Jon Fromi

Jonathan Toews’ first goal of the 2014-15 campaign was certainly a memorable one. The Chicago Blackhawks captain victimized the Nashville Predators for a shorthanded goal Saturday night as the Hawks edged Nashville 2-1 in overtime at the United Center.

First Period-The Blackhawks jumped on goalie Carter Hutton right away as the teams were switching up in the second minute. Bryan Bickell dug a puck out of a scrum of players and got it out to Niklas Hjalmarsson at the red line. Hjalmarsson sent it across the ice to Oduya up the left side. Oduya entered the Nashville zone and to the top of the left circle, where he let fly with a shot on goal. The puck found the five-hole to put Chicago up 1-0 at the 1:49 mark. Continue reading »

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Oct 132014
 
IceHogs_LockerRoom_2014_100214Photo credit: TheThirdManIn.com

By Chris Block

Rockford opened its season at home on Saturday night with a 3-2 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals.

Blackhawks 2013 1st round pick, Ryan Hartman tallied both goals for the IceHogs. Hartman benefited from skating hard in following up a Matt Carey shot late in the first period and then got a fortunate redirect late in the second when he threw a puck on net and watched it bounce off a Milwaukee defenseman and by Admirals’ goaltender Marek Mazanec.

Veteran Michael Leighton got the start for Rockford and was good, yet the tough-luck loser. Milwaukee’s game-winning goal came when Adam Clendening over-skated a puck Leighton had left for the defenseman behind the IceHogs’ goal. The puck was quickly snatched up by Milwaukee and Leighton had little chance to stop the immediate Joe Pendenza goal.

Rockford started the scoring late in the first. Continue reading »

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Oct 112014
 

By Michael Calvert

After an opening ceremony that lacked only a banner-raising, the Blackhawks opened the home season Saturday night against the quite-lowly Buffalo Sabres.

The Hawks scored two early goals in what looked like would be a blowout, then wasn’t, then ultimately ended up being so.

Buffalo was able to answer the Hawks two early goals with one in the middle of the first and one at the end of the first.

Scoring stalled in the second but the Hawks blew the doors off with 4 goals in the third. Continue reading »

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Oct 092014
 

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks shook off a sluggish opening two periods in Dallas Thursday night, riding goalie Corey Crawford to a 3-2 shootout victory at the American Airlines Center. Crawford kept Chicago in the game in the face of a speedy Stars attack until the Hawks were able to rally in the third period with a Patrick Sharp tally. Patrick Kane potted the lone goal in the skills competition to get the 2014-15 campaign off on the right foot.

First Period-Marcus Kruger was called for the hook on Vernon Fiddler less than two minutes into the contest and the Stars kept Crawford busy on the resulting power play. The Hawks withstood the pressure and kept Dallas out of the henhouse. Chicago killed a second penalty in the 15th minute when Jeremy Morin was caught cross-checking Ryan Garbutt. Continue reading »

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Sep 292014
 

By Chris Block

Teuvo Teravainen finally made his well-anticipated preseason debut on Sunday in the central Saskatchewan town of Saskatoon.

Delayed, because of a Cam Barker open ice hit on the Notre Dame campus seven days prior that left him with a non-specified upper body injury, Teravainen did not fail to deliver in his first taste of live game action. Teravainen scored late in the second period off a perfect Adam Clendening slap-pass into the slot that gave the Blackhawks a 3-0 lead over the Edmonton Oilers after 40 minutes. While only exhibition, the goal was Teravainen’s first in a Blackhawks’ uniform.

After all was said and done, the Blackhawks white-washed a thoroughly underwhelming Edmonton squad, trouncing the Oilers 5-0. Five different Chicago players scored and Scott Darling picked up a shutout, though he was barely tested in the game. When he was, his posts were large enough to save him. Continue reading »

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