Bickell emerges as frontrunner for John Druce Award
By Rich Lindbloom
OK, you can breathe now. With seconds remaining on the jobing.com Center’s scoreboard, the Blackhawks managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Despite outshooting the dogged Coyotes 50-33, the Hawks were quite fortunate to emerge triumphant over a tenacious, disciplined Phoenix squad. Bryan Bickell scored two goals, including the game winner in overtime late Saturday night; or was it early Sunday morning? He’s clearly the front runner for the John Druce Award, named after a role player who scored 14 goals in 15 games for Washington in the 1990 playoffs. Although goals are an obvious mark of a player’s efficacy, they often overshadow the less refined parts of the game. Refined is not generally a word associated with Bickell; he’s more like a working man’s hero. Just prior to his game winner, Brian started throwing his body around like dat Buff-lin guy did a few years ago. (Now that’s hockey.) I believe on one shift he clobbered three different Coyotes, seeming to take a sadistic delight inflicting pain upon his unsuspecting prey. Read more
By Brad Vandenberk
Instead of white t- shirts on the seats of the Jobing.com arena, Game 2 of the western conference quarterfinal saw white pom pom’s riddled throughout the arena. The Chicago Blackhawks needed a big win to avenge the loss they suffered on Thursday night in overtime. Martin Hanzal’s tip past Corey Crawford gave the Coyotes and 1-0 lead in the series. The Hawks were looking to head back to Chicago with a split in the series. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap, Stanley Cup Playoffs
Tagged Adrian Aucoin, Andrew Shaw, Antoine Vermette, Brandon Bollig, Brent Seabrook, Bryan Bickell, Charging, Corey Crawford, Coyotes, Dave Bolland, Jonathan Toews, Mike Smith, Patrick Sharp, Phoenix, Raffi Torres, Sami Lepisto, Shane Doan, Viktor Stalberg
By Jon Fromi
Jonathan Toews made an impressive return to the lineup Thursday as the Chicago Blackhawks opened their Western Conference Quarterfinal in Phoenix, tallying a goal and assist. Despite Toews and a late surge to the tie the contest, the Hawks succumbed in overtime as the Coyotes bested Chicago 3-2.
The Coyotes tried to establish a physical tone from the opening faceoff, but it was Andrew Shaw who registered a bit hit on Radim Vrbata that sent Phoenix’s leading goal scorer to the dressing room. Shaw had an open look on a rebound on the ensuing trip down the ice, but Coyotes goalie Mike Smith turned it away.
Toews got the scoring started with his play in the fourth minute. Gaining control of the puck behind the Phoenix net, the captain attempted to center to Patrick Kane. Toews wound up gathering in the failed connection and shoveled a backhand that escaped the grasp of Smith. At the 4:04 mark, the Blackhawks led 1-0. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap, Jon Fromi, Stanley Cup Playoffs
Tagged Adrian Aucoin, Andrew Shaw, Antoine Vermette, Brent Seabrook, Corey Crawford, Coyotes, Jonathan Toews, Martin Hanzal, Mike Smith, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Phoenix, Radim Vrbata, Raffi Torres, Taylor Pyatt
By Brad Vandenberk
With the scent of circus still in the air at the United Center, the Chicago Blackhawks returned home to play their final game in November. The Phoenix Coyotes were in town seeking revenge for the 5-2 loss they suffered at the hands of the Hawks back in Glendale in October.
The Coyotes got their revenge as they out played the Hawks from the opening faceoff.
Mike Smith withstood a barrage of Hawks shots in the opening moments. It was the Coyotes that open the scoring. With 4:07 remaining in the opening period, Daymond Langkow completed a tic tack toe play from Ray Whitney and Shane Doan. The period ended with Hawks down 1-0 and out shot 8-7.
The second period saw the Coyotes extend their lead as Mikkel Boedker dropped a pass to Shane Doan who let a rocket go from the top of the right circle. It repelled past Corey Crawford, hit the crossbar and fell beyond the goal line making it 2-0 with 10:06 remaining in the period. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap
Tagged Adrian Aucoin, Blackhawks, Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Coyotes, Dan Carcillo, Daymond Langkow, Mike Smith, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Patrick Sharp, Radim Vrbata, Ray Emery, Ray Whitney
By Brad Vandenberk
Blackhawks began a small road trip Tuesday with a stop in the desert versus the Phoenix Coyotes.
Phoenix decided to start Jason Labarbera while the Hawks went with Corey Crawford.
Marian Hossa returned to the lineup, again playing alongside Patrick Kane and Dan Carcillo.
Hossa didn’t need much time to get going. On his first shift, he found himself on a 2 on 1 with Carcillo and elected to shoot high over the net. The first penalty of the game went to Taylor Pyatt who was called for boarding, sending Niklas Hjalmarsson awkwardly into the boards. Hjalmarsson would be okay.
The Hawks first power play unit had Jonathan Toews, Kane and Andrew Brunette, with Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith at the point. Although Sharp had a breakaway, the Hawks still could not convert. Read more
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Tagged Adrian Aucoin, Blackhawks, Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Coyotes, Dan Carcillo, Dave Bolland, Duncan Keith, Game recap, Jamal Mayers, Jason Labarbera, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Michael Frolik, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Taylor Pyatt
First off, a reminder. Tonight on TheThirdManIn~Radio, I’ll be pleased to welcome John and BlackhawksBob, writers over at the outstanding Blackhawks blog, FifthFeather.com.
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I’m sure its rather obvious the main topic of tonight’s discussion, so I don’t feel the need for a teaser here. But we’ll also cover how the many alterations to the Cup Champions roster will impact the Blackhawks chance at a repeat; this weekend’s Blackhawks Convention; how the Blackhawks still managed to lose money in 2010 and the McDonough Monologues.
– Saturday, we learned of the arbitrator’s decision in the contract case between the Chicago Blackhawks and their Stanley Cup champion goaltender, and restricted free agent, Antti Niemi. By lunchtime today, we’ll know what the Hawks think of it.
Niemi was awarded a one-year $2.75 million deal for the upcoming season. Next summer he will be scheduled to become an un-restricted free agent.
Over the weekend rumors surfaced of the Blackhawks allegedly having made an unofficial side-agreement with Dallas Stars UFA goaltender Marty Turco for one-year and anywhere between $1.5 to $2.0M. Turco, a nine-year NHL veteran, turns 35 on August 13th. Read more