Mar 262014
 

By Michael Calvert

The story of last night’s game was clear:  Teuvo Teravainen has arrived.  Teuvo entered the game to a healthy cheer early in the first period.

Teravainen spent time on the first unit pp which tells me his role on the team is likely to be large.  For most of the game he didn’t do anything that really stood out, but was a perfect 7/7 at the dot and showed some defensive know how.  To win face-offs and be responsible defensively is probably icing on the cake for a player well known for slick hands and offensive creativity; we could really be on to something very special here. Continue reading »

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Mar 182014
 

By Brad Vandenberk

From one Eastern Conference team to the next, the Blackhawks jetted to Philadelphia on Tuesday looking to stack points in effort to regain a home ice advantage for the opening round of the playoffs.   A welcomed spark was added on Sunday with the return of Marian Hossa.

Big Hoss propelled the Hawks to victory with a three-point performance over their old rivals, the Detroit Red Wings Sunday.  It definitely makes a difference when he is in the lineup.  Although it was an injury depleted Red Wings team, the 2 points is exactly what the Hawks needed. Now it’s a visit to Philly to take on the Flyers.  Last time the Hawks played the Flyers, Ray Emery was run out of the net as the Hawks coasted to a 7-2 victory.    Continue reading »

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Mar 162014
 

Lindbloom_RedPads“You know the angels wanna wear my red pads…”

“Oh I used to be disgusted
And now I try to be amused.
But since their wings have gotten rusted,
You know, the angels wanna wear my red shoes.” – Elvis Costello

By Rich Lindbloom

Well, at least the mystery has been solved in regards to Crow’s red goalie pads.

In an effort to spur the growth of hockey in the United Kingdom, Elvis was allegedly seen in Crawford’s pads at a recent performance in London. It crossed my mind this week that you never hear anything about hockey in the UK. And this is a country that at one time conquered most of the known world. Truly unacceptable. Continue reading »

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Mar 142014
 

Pirri_Brandon_IceHogs_Flickr_ToddReicher_2014Feb21_WolvesBrandon Pirri handles the puck in his second-to-last home game as a member of the Rockford IceHogs vs Chicago, February 21, 2014
photo: Todd Reicher, courtesy of Rockford IceHogs

By Chris Block

I recall day two of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal.  Then Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon strained to holdback his excitement when talking to media types after drafting Toronto native, Brandon Pirri with the third-to-last pick in the second round of that draft.

“Terrific skills,” were the first Tallon gave when asked about Pirri.  “He’s really a good hockey player.  We’re very happy that we got him there.  It’s the old adage, ‘(we) can’t believe he was still there.’”

Pirri had just turned 18 two months prior and was a relatively untested commodity upon entering the draft, having stuck to the Canadian junior B level after committing to join Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in the fall of 2009.

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Mar 072014
 

By Michael Calvert

The Hawks faced a much tougher Blue Jacket team last night at the UC, but it didn’t matter, the end result was awfully familiar.

With Marian Hossa out still the Hawks had to regroup their lines some, the first line lost Sharp and gained an Andrew Shaw.  That’s a minus-1 if you’re counting at home.

Michal Handzus must have gotten to the UC and thought “look what I found,” as he centered the Patricks, Sharp and Kane.  The third line for the Hawks looked an awful lot like it should with Bickell and Versteeg centered by Regin.  Lastly, the fourth line of Smith, Krueger and Bollig.  6th Dman was played by Brookbank tonight.

1st period:  Hawks got on the scorer’s sheet early in this one.  Brandon Bollig disrupted a clearing attempt and Marcus Kruger picked off said errant attempt.  Kruger took the puck to the middle and sort of backhand flipped it towards the net.  Johnny on the spot Bollig got a stick on it and 1-0 Hawks.  The Hawks are pretty much all over the BJ’s at this point. Continue reading »

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Jan 222014
 

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.  Continue reading »

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Jan 182014
 

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.  Continue reading »

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Jan 142014
 

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.  Continue reading »

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Jan 122014
 

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. Continue reading »

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Dec 292013
 

By Jon Fromi

After cruising to a five-goal victory over Colorado, the Chicago Blackhawks traveled to St. Louis to tangle with another pesky Central Division foe Saturday night. Like the night before, the Hawks got out to an early lead. However, the contest unfolded a bit differently when all was said and done.

Chicago surrendered two-goal advantages twice, including allowing the Blues to tie the game with two goals in the last few minutes of regulation. St. Louis treated their fans at the Scottrade Center to a come-from-behind triumph, handing the Blackhawks a 6-5 shootout loss.

First Period-Chicago camped out in the offensive zone in the first period and soon began raining rubber on Blues starter Jaroslav Halak. Duncan Keith got in close for a slap shot in the fourth minute that Halak knocked away. Continue reading »

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