Back and forth 65 minutes results in Red Wings 5-4 shootout win

By Michael Calvert

Wednesday marked the first meeting of long time rivals, ex-rivals?  The Hawks and Wings hadn’t played one another since Game 7 on the Western Conference semi-finals in late May.

The Hawks came out looking to bury the Wings early but as is their way so often they gave up counter strikes very soon after scoring themselves.

Marian Hossa opened the scoring with his 21st goal of the season at 8:41 of the opening period.  Jonathan Toews and Johnny Oduya assisted on the Hossa strike.

Less than a minute after Andrew Shaw cleaned up a second-chance opportunity after a Patrick Kane shot rang off the crossbar to put the Hawks up 2-0 on an inferior opponent, Tomas Tatar scores the first goal for the Wings.  Read more »

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 »

Blackhawks win SCF rematch vs Bruins in the shootout

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks were up and at ‘em for an 11:30 a.m. Sunday loop with the Boston Bruins at the United Center.

The Stanley Cup Final rematch was everything the hype suggested it would be. Yet another matchup between the two clubs was too tight to be decided in regulation. It took the shootout to decide the winner as Chicago prevailed 3-2.

First Period-The Hawks came out strong early. Patrick Kane led a 2 on 1 in the second minute but the play was broken up with Brad Marchand got away with a tug on Brandon Saad’s sweater. Bryan Bickell attempted to complete a wraparound that came up short. Read more »

Lindbloom’s View: Being feisty, and a farewell to Man’s and family’s best friend

Zoie_Lindbloom_2014Jan18That Great Izaak Walton in the skyRIP Zoie girl. 

By Rich Lindbloom

As I walked down the stairs at 5am on Friday morning, I took a nervous glance at the two hirsute beasts laying on their mats. Our Wheaten Terriorist had taken a turn for the worse recently, and had a growing mass on her back. The night before we noticed she was having a very difficult time walking, also giving up any interest in food. For you dog lovers out there, it had reached the time where you would offer the dog steak or ice cream, anything to try to get them to eat. Unfortunately, we all seemed to know it was only a matter of days before – pick one – Zoie, Zobo the Hobo, Dumb Blonde, Taco or Bird, would breathe her last.  Read more »

Hawks take battle of West titans, 4-2 at the UC

By Brad Vandenberk

The Anaheim Ducks are not quacking their way to the top of the NHL standings they are literally steam rolling teams and now have a commanding 6 point lead in first place over all.  The only team that is that 6 points back are your Chicago Blackhawks.  The Ducks have won 18 of their last 19 games in convincing fashion especially embarrassing their last victims the Vancouver Canucks 9-1.  The Hawks last affair was a 3-2 loss to the Avalanche at home on Tuesday.  This game will be a determining factor to see how the Hawks match up against an elite team that they will have to prove beatable in order to make their way back to the Cup finals. Read more »

Toews’ OT penalty costly; Avalanche prevail 3-2, hand Hawks a 5th January loss

By Brad Vandenberk

After a victory on Sunday night at the UC over the woeful Oilers, the Blackhawks are slowly trying to climb out of this mini slump that they have on the go.  The road ahead did not get any easier when the Colorado Avalanche invade the United Center on Tuesday evening.  Then, on Friday it’s the NHL best team the Anaheim Ducks.  And finally, an afternoon Stanley Cup rematch is on tap on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. when the pesky Boston Bruins come to town.  The Avalanche would be a great test for the reigning Cup champs to test their ability as a team and try to start racking up some wins.  Read more »

Hawks post 5 on the Oilers, and another on themselves; win 5-3 over Edmonton

By Jon Fromi

After dropping three straight contests, including an overtime loss last night in Montreal, the Chicago Blackhawks hosted the Edmonton Oilers in hopes of picking up a win for the first time in over a week. Despite falling behind early Sunday and giving up a freak short-handed goal, Chicago prevailed with a 5-3 win. Read more »

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 »

Crawford not sharp early, Hagelin 3rd period goal lifts Rangers to 3-2 win at the UC

By Brad Vandenberk

NBC Wednesday rivalry came to town on Wednesday night for the New York Rangers lone visit to the United Center this season.  After coming off a shootout loss on Sunday against the Sharks, the Blackhawks were looking to continue their eastern conference domination.   New York also lost their last game in a shootout as well.  The excitement was high for this one as the Hawks tied the league for most Olympic athletes sending 10 players to Sochi.  Only the Blues and Red Wings are the only other teams that share this honor.  The Hawks haven’t necessarily rung in the New Year in style.  They are 1-0-2 in 2014.  With an Olympic break looming in less than 4 weeks, most players are looking to rest and enjoy the time off.  Read more »

Early season story on Antti Raanta, his Opening Night injury scare, how he became a Blackhawk, what won him over, his style and much more

For those who buy or read The Committed Indian program on, or at Blackhawks home games, I have a 2-page feature running in Wednesday’s issue that hopefully you’ll find interesting.  The following is a story I did on Antti Raanta that ran in The Committed Indian back in November.  I’ve had requests to post it here, but kept forgetting to do so.  So here it is, as it ran on 11/6/13.  Raanta was recalled to the Blackhawks eleven days later, after Nikolai Khabibulin went down with a groin injury.  Stan Bowman announced today that Khabibulin underwent shoulder surgery that Bowman said would keep the veteran netminder out of action another 4-5 months.  Khabibulin will turn 41 this coming Monday.  While Bowman claimed Khabibulin “could” return this season, that timetable would put Khabibulin out until around the time of the Stanley Cup Finals.  Thus, Raanta, for the foreseeable future, is Corey Crawford’s backup and second on the Blackhawks goaltending depth chart.

 Raanta_Antti-GHAntti Raanta in action for Rockford, 10/19/13 vs Grand Rapids
photo courtesy of Rockford IceHogs, Greg Hamil

By Chris Block

A long way from his home in Finland, Antti Raanta led the Rockford IceHogs onto the ice at AT&T Center in San Antonio last month.  Outside, it was just another steamy October Saturday in south Texas.  Inside, the IceHogs were opening the 2013-14 season.  And for Raanta, it was the beginning of the next stage in his pursuit of realizing his dream of becoming an NHL goaltender. Read more »