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3-2 defeat in Milwaukee hands Rockford IceHogs their 11th consecutive division road loss

By Chris Block

Countless forced passes and unforced turnovers resulted in another Rockford IceHogs road loss last night, 3-2 to the Milwaukee Admirals.

The loss drops the IceHogs to 2 games below the .500 mark (18-20-4-2) for the first time this season.

Friday’s defeat extends Rockford’s road losing streak to 7 games (0-5-1-1).

Rockford has now also dropped 11 consecutive division road losses (0-9-1-1) on the season.

The picture is much worse when you look at their last 15 road contests overall.  The IceHogs are 2-10-2-1 in those games.  They aren’t getting blown away, as their minus-25 goal differential over those last 15 road tilts does prove, but they aren’t playing good enough hockey with near enough consistency.  And finding ways to win on the road is not the IceHogs specialty. Read more »

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Video look-in at a recent IceHogs-Charlotte Checkers game through referee David Banfield’s helmet cam

A video look at the December 7, 2013 Rockford IceHogs – Charlotte Checkers contest through referee David Banfield’s helmet cam.

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PuckChatter~Radio, e.138, Tis the Season

By Chris Block

A Saturday matinee edition of TheThirdManIn.com’s ~ PuckChatter~Radio dropped today.

On the show, we discussed the finality and fallout from the end of the Kyle Beach era, Brandon Pirri’s demotion back to the Rockford IceHogs, the future of Nikolai Khabibulin in an Indian head sweater and a few other Blackhawks related items.

The show typically veered off the tracks as well in various off-topic stories including the “only” two things Block hates these days, his dog freezing to the ice in the frigid Chicago weather and the recent California expedition.  Also, Block tries, and fails to identify common hand tools and his father’s response to it, and our “Pud of the week” award is dealt out as well.

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 **The Hawks acquisition of goaltender Jason LaBarbera was announced just minutes after we finished recording this show.  Thus, it is not discussed here.

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Raanta leads Hawks to victory in first NHL start

By Michael Calvert

In Wednesday night’s game against the rather lowly Calgary Flames, Coach Q decided to put Michal Handzus back into the 2nd center spot and move Brandon Pirri down to the 3rd. The move didn’t seem to work.  Aside from Pirri and Handzus switching the lines, the Hawks looked pretty similar to the norm.  One exception to that norm was that Antti Raanta made his first NHL start in net.  I’d say by the eye test Raanta looked pretty good. The Finnish goalie saved 20 of 22 Flames shots in leading the Blackhawks to their 18th win of the season. Read more »

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Patrick Roy’s intensity overwhelms Blackhawks

Hawks can’t keep pace; lose 5-1 in Colorado to open Circus trip.

By Brad Vandenberk

It was time to kick off the Blackhawks annual circus road trip on Tuesday.  This happens every year around the same time in November when the lions, tigers and bears, OH MY, invade the United Center for two weeks.  As we have witnessed in the past, this trip provides an accurate measuring stick as to how well the Hawks play on the road.  Read more »

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Hawks bounce back, trounce Sharks 5-1

By Brad Vandenberk

After an absolute debacle in Nashville on Saturday night, it was time for Kris Versteeg to get his long awaited ovation at the United Center on Sunday evening.  The visiting, San Jose Sharks, were coming off a five game road trip that saw them go 3-0-1 thus far.  Nikolai Khabibulin was put on the IR this morning which meant that Antti Raanta was recalled from Rockford to sit behind Crawford who got his 19th start of the year.   After Khabby left with an injury on Saturday night, Crawford was called upon to not only finish that game, but start against the Sharks who are battling the Hawks for tops in the Western Conference. Read more »

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Hawks hammered in Smashville

By Michael Calvert

Well, that was embarrassing.  Chicago went into Nashville Saturday night to face a flailing Predator team sporting a backup goalie.  One would think that a team with little to no offense and a backup with ‘Khabibulin bad’ numbers would be an easy win.

1st period:

The Wall, who shall be known from here forth as The Gate, lets in a pretty easy tap in from Matt Cullen off a pedestrian wrist shot rebound.  I’ll call him the gate because we all know they can’t really keep much out, figure out their weak spots and in you shall go.  Read more »

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Some old faces, One drunk dude and a Jet thumping

By Michael Calvert

Winnipeg is not very good.  This game was a bit of a yawner.  It sort of had me on the back of my seat.

I remember, back in the day, when ESPN actually paid attention to the NHL and used to call the Jets ‘Losipeg.’ I always loved that one.  I still call them that.  Times have changed but Winnipeg still has a bad NHL team.  I bet something like out of Mystery, Alaska could actually happen to Winnipeg.  A group of beer guzzling social league hockey guys from Winnipeg could probably beat the Jets.

At any rate, the Hawks won Wednesday’s game pretty easy, unfortunately little more than halfway through the third the not so hot-handed Devin Setoguchi broke Crawford’s shutout.  Besides some drunk dude sporting Adam Pardy’s helmet after Bollig put his head through the glass, the guchi goal was the only real excitement in the second half of the game. Read more »

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Saad Story; Hawks dominate Wild in St. Paul

By Michael Calvert

Sometimes two games are just that, two games, and not some dramatic up or downward trend.

The Hawks and Wild were pretty evenly matched throughout most of the 1st on Monday night in St. Paul, but as the game got closer to final horn it got further in hand for the Hawks.  To say this game was a total blowout would be doing a disservice for Corey Crawford, who was phenomenal AGAIN.

Crawford stopped 30 of 31 shots for a lofty .967 save percentage.  The Hawks were actually outshot in this game, but when the scoring opportunities occurred, the superior talented Hawks closed on them.  Crawford was simply better than his Wild counterpart, Niklas Backstrom.  Read more »

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Hawks bring Leafs back to earth in Bolland’s return

By Michael Calvert

Saturday night’s game is a feather in the hat of the NHL due to conference realignment.  All teams now play each other at least twice, so fans get to see some of the biggest teams in the league once a year in their barn.  This game featured two of the biggest teams in the League, one by name, the other by name and talent.

The Toronto Maple Leafs, the NHL’s only billion dollar franchise, were in the UC on Saturday.  My initial inclination is to compare them to the Yankees, but as much as I don’t care for the Yankees, that comparison is not fair to them.  The Yanks win consistently.  I think the Leafs are more like the Dallas Cowboys; it’s a big deal whether they are winning or losing, and mostly are losing. Read more »

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