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Jr Hawks fall short to Maple Leafs prospects in London

[TTMI contributor Brad Vandenberk was on hand Thursday night for the Blackhawks-Maple Leafs prospect tournament game in London, Ontario and provides his personal account here.]

By Brad Vandenberk

Hockey season is upon us.  Training camps are less than a week away from opening with exhibition games soon to follow.  Before all that begins, it’s the prospect’s turn to showcase their talent in a tournament in London, Ontario that involved the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators.

Chicago’s first game was on Thursday night at the Budweiser Gardens against the “home” town Toronto Maple Leafs.  The Gardens, which houses the CHL’s London Knights, was not nearly full for this affair, but Kane and Toews jerseys could be seen throughout the crowd.

Mac Carruth started between the pipes for the visiting Blackhawks.  Dylan Olsen sported the “C” and Terry Broadhurst was wearing an “A”.  Read more »

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Season Preview: Great Expectations

By Brad Vandenberk

As I awoke on the morning of January 6th 2013, it was like Christmas all over again. I learned that the National Hockey League and the NHL Players Association had announced an agreement was in place and a condensed season was on the horizon.

The first thing I thought of was when do the Blackhawks play?  I immediately used every possible angle to let the world know that hockey was back!   Will the fans be coming back to watch their favourite teams?

Well, I believe that question was answered when arenas all over North America filled up to watch their favourite teams practice.  That’s right, I said Practice!  Fans will come back and watch the game because hockey is a culture.  I didn’t realize how much the sport of hockey has involved in every aspect of a fan’s life until I began to change my daily routines to get prepared for the upcoming 48 game season.  Adjusting my work schedules to be able to watch each game as well as waiting online to purchase tickets to a few of the road games.

Growing up In Niagara Falls Ontario, I have only made a few trips to Chi Town to see my beloved Blackhawks play at the Untied Center, however when they make the flight to Buffalo, Toronto or Detroit, I always head to the rink. Read more »

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Round 1: Blackhawks better than Red Wings; 3-2

By Brad Vandenberk

The United Center was rocking on Friday night to witness the season’s first matchup between central divisional rivals Detroit Redwings and the Chicago Blackhawks.  This game was circled on the calendar for both teams as the Hawks have held their divisional lead over the Red Wings all season.  This would be the first of six for these 2 teams, with the first three games coming within 16 days.

Dan Carcillo returned to the lineup after suffering a concussion during the Minnesota Wild game on December 14.  Jimmy Hayes made his NHL debut after being called up from Rockford on Thursday.  He had switched places with Brandon Pirri who was sent back down after a mediocre game against LA on Wednesday.  Read more »

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Radio returns Monday, some Thank Yous and a personal note

First of all, I want to thank all of our readers and listeners, new and old, for spending time on our site this year.   I hope everyone has a great weekend planned with loved ones and enjoys the break.

–Speaking of our listeners….

TheThirdManIn~Radio returns this Monday afternoon, December 26th with a special one-time start time of 3:30pm central.

I believe I will be joined by Al Cimaglia, of Sirius/XM Radio.  Of course, Al is also the Blackhawks writer now at MyFoxChicago.com.  You’ll be able to listen live at BlogTalkRadio.com/TheThirdManIn

Since I’m guessing a lot of people have Monday off, we will attempt to take phone calls – BlogTalkRadio technology-willing.

I think it’s been a couple of months now since we’ve done a show.  There have been many reasons or excuses why I’ve been on hiatus.  I’ve been getting a lot of emails and I know I haven’t provided much of an update on the show of late.  The podcast will continue in its current form until show 100.  I believe we’re at 94 now.  From there, we’ll keep rolling but there will be some changes.

–Got a lot of response to this one, and my Committed Indian column from last Friday night is up here.

A huge round of Thanks…. Read more »

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Crawford returns victorious, ‘Hawks stun Habs 5-1

photo: Yahoo! Sports

By Brad Vandenberk

After losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night at Consol Energy Center, the Chicago Blackhawks played host to the Habitant Du Montreal at the United Center.  With the biggest crowd of the year on hand to witness the original six matchup, and Hawks did not disappoint their faithful.

Corey Crawford saw his first action after six games on the bench during Ray Emery’s  5-game winning streak.  After suffering their first loss in regulation in December at the hands of the Penguins, it was time for Crawford to get a chance, here on the second game of a back to back.  The Canadiens went with Peter Budaj in net as they were holding off Carey Price for a matchup Thursday in Winnipeg.

Marcus Kruger did not play after taking a head shot from Penguins defensemen Deryk Engelland on Tuesday.  Dan Carcillo was placed on Injury Reserve and also was inactive.  John Scott and Sami Lepisto were the additional scratches.  Sean O’Donnell was placed in the defensive lineup and Brandon Pirri was called up from the AHL earlier in the day.  Read more »

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Blackhawks beat Blue Jackets 5-2, despite 3 disallowed goals

By Brad Vandenberk

On Saturday, Chicago Blackhawks played their first divisional game of the year against the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Before the game, Dan Carcillo was given a 2 game suspension for his “hit” on Joni Pitkanen during Friday night’s shutout loss in Carolina.

Both teams started their back up goalies Saturday, giving Allen York his first NHL start of the season for Columbus.  Ray Emery started his second game of the year giving Corey Crawford the night off.  With Carcillo off the roster, the Hawks were forced to adjust their lineup accordingly.  Patrick Sharp took Carcillo’s spot on Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa’s line which put a void on the Jonathan Toews and Andrew Brunette line.  Viktor Stalberg found a spot on the first line moving up from the fourth.  The Bolland line stayed intact as the fourth line saw John Scott with Marcus Kruger and Jamal MayersSami Lepisto played his first game of the year on defense replacing Sean O‘Donnell.

The Hawks took the lead early. Marcus Kruger scored his first goal of the year, and first NHL goal, on a rebound.  Jamal Mayers entered the zone, let a shot go and Kruger put the puck passed York. Read more »

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Hawks win shootout competition, thus earn two points, 3-2 victory over Anaheim Ducks

photo credit: Yahoo! Sports

By Brad Vandenberk

The Anaheim Ducks flew into the United Center on Tuesday to take on your Chicago Blackhawks.  The Hawks were coming off a shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night, while the Ducks were beginning their 7 game road trip after losing their last 2 at home.

Corey Crawford started in net for the Hawks, while his bobble heads filled the arena.   Jonas Hiller, starting goalie for the Ducks, was tested early on in the game, as the Hawks found themselves owning the offensive zone; even the fourth line had a few chances to score.

The Hawks got their first power play of the game as Corey Perry, flipped the puck over the glass and was called for Delay of Game.  Although the Hawks were one man up, they couldn’t break the score.  Not long after Perry’s penalty expired, Sean O’Donnell was called for tripping, and the Ducks 2nd ranked penalty kill in the league received their first test of the night. Read more »

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