By Brad Gardner
The Edmonton Oilers captured their second consecutive win against the Chicago Blackhawks with a 4-3 win Monday night at the United Center. Edmonton’s power play unit struck twice after a major penalty was called against Daniel Carcillo and the visitors were able to hold onto the lead despite a late push from the Blackhawks.
Jonathan Toews opened scoring at 12:54 of the first period. He did not get a lot on his shot from the slot, but it nonetheless slid on the ice and beat Dubnyk inside the post to the glove side. Carcillo set up the chance with a steal in the neutral zone and a pass onto the stick of Toews.
The tide turned when Carcillo was called for a five minute boarding major in the second period. Skating in on the forecheck, Carcillo threw Oiler’s defenseman Tom Gilbert into the boards head first before either player had touched the puck. Gilbert ended up rolling on Carcillo’s left leg, so both players ended up injured and would not return to the game. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Brad Gardner, Game recap
Tagged Andrew Brunette, Ben Eager, Dan Carcillo, Jimmy Hayes, Jonathan Toews, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, Tom Gilbert
Are we there yet?
“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come.” – Nelson Mandela
By Rich Lindbloom
False Summits, as anyone who has ever backpacked in the mountains can attest to, are very similar to a mirage in the desert. Backpackers become painfully acquainted with false summits as they switchback their way up the mountain, stealing surreptitious glances around a corner – praying that the end is almost in sight. It seems I tend to start looking for the end of the trail about half way into a hike. For those of you who have strapped 50#’s to 60#’s on your back and headed upwards, you might agree with me that this is around the time we ask people headed in the other direction, “How much further to Surprise Lake?”
The first backpacking trip I ever went on was in the Tetons in Wyoming. We started out the day in great spirits, in total awe of the magnificent peaks set before us. I remember thinking, “this looks pretty steep and dangerous.” Day one of our 7 day expedition was a 4,000 foot climb covering a distance of 6 miles. As I quickly learned, that 6 miles was not exactly as the crow flies. The banter and songs seemed to diminish as we ascended higher and higher up the never ending switchbacks. With aching backs and blistering feet we trudged onward and upward, many times fooled by what appeared to be the apex of the trail. Read more
Posted in Rich Lindbloom
Tagged Ben Eager, Dan Carcillo, David Backes, Duncan Keith, John Scott, Jonathan Toews, Montana Bob, Nelson Mandela, Nikolai Khabibulin, Steve Konroyd, Steve Montador, Taylor Hall
By Brad Vandenberk
The Chicago Blackhawks completed their 2 game home stand on Sunday night, before embarking on their annual 6 game circus road trip. First, they had to get past the high flying Edmonton Oilers, who have completely turned their fortunes around from last season. Edmonton entered Sunday’s contest in first place in the Northwest Division. This game would end an Oilers’ 6-game road trip.
Corey Crawford started in goal facing off with his old mentor in Nikolai Khabibulin. Dave Bolland did not dress for the 3rd straight game with a foot injury, but will travel with his teammates and likely play on the upcoming road swing.
The opening period began with the Hawks pressuring the Oilers zone. It paid off early as Jonathan Toews received a pass from Viktor Stalberg behind the net, then walked out in front and put a high shot over Khabibulin making the score 1-0 Hawks at 4:55 of the opening period. This came after Taylor Hall went hard to the net and hit the cross bar at the other end of the ice surface. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap
Tagged Ben Eager, Blackhawks, Brent Seabrook, Corey Crawford, Dan Carcillo, Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews, Jordan Eberle, Nick Leddy, Nikolai Khabibulin, Oilers, Patrick Kane, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan Smyth, Shawn Horcoff, Steve Montador, Taylor Hall
The following is my column which ran in Wednesday night’s Committed Indian.
One thing struck me going back and watching last Friday night’s broadcast of the Hawks-Senators game that I felt shined a spotlight on what’s wrong with the Blackhawks this season.
In breaking down and assessing blame for the Senators’ power play goal at the start of the first period, Eddie Olczyk put Fernando Pisani under the bus for doing the very thing that has been missing since June 9th – being aggressive.
On Daniel Alfredsson’s goal, 49 seconds into the middle stanza, Olczyk ranted on and on over Pisani putting too much pressure on Sergei Gonchar as the top pointman quarterbacking the Sens’ power play. How soon we forget how these things were done for the last three years. Olczyk tried to make the point that Pisani’s over-pursuit of Gonchar disassembled the Hawks’ zone coverage. If Joel Quenneville and his staff have instructed their penalty killers to sit back in a passive box, then Olczyk is factually correct in this case.
But I wouldn’t be so quick to take Olczyk’s word for it. After all, what experience did he ever have playing in his defensive zone? And ask Mark Recchi how much he thinks of Olczyk’s hockey acumen. Read more
Posted in Committed Indian
Tagged Ben Eager, Blackhawks, Curtis Glencross, Duncan Keith, Eddie Olczyk, Fernando Pisani, Jonathan Toews, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Penalty Kill, Stan Bowman, Steve Montador