By Brad Gardner
Another tightly contested game between Phoenix and Chicago saw the visiting Coyotes take the series advantage. The visiting Coyotes escaped with a 3-2 overtime win on Tuesday night. Mikkel Boedker was the ovetime hero for Phoenix on a sharp-angle goal at the 13:15 mark of the extra session.
The first period was marred by a late hit from Raffi Torres on Marian Hossa right in front of the ‘Hawks bench. Early signs were not good, as Hossa dropped to the ice, slamming the back of his head, and Blackhawks medical staff jumped over the boards before the puck was even blown dead. Little time was wasted before the stretcher was brought out and Hossa wheeled to an ambulance, at which point he was communicating but had still not yet regained movement. Fortunately, he was able to return home, under further monitoring, with what is being called a broken jaw. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Brad Gardner, Game recap, Stanley Cup Playoffs
Tagged Andrew Brunette, Brandon Bollig, Corey Crawford, Coyotes, Hit, Marian Hossa, Michael Frolik, Mike Smith, Mikkel Boedker, Patrick Kane, Phoenix, Raffi Torres, Ray Whitney, Rostislav Klesa, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Suspension
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
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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
The Angel of Playoff Death
By Rich Lindbloom
“On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every first born-both men and animals-and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you.” – Exodus12: 12-13
And you thought Pharaoh Shanahan’s rulings were severe!
The Jewish Feast of Passover, so inextricably bound with Christianity, is one of the most incredible events I’ve ever pondered. The Readers Digest version is God rescues the descendants of Jacob from the intense persecution they were facing in Egypt. He accomplished this through an obedient servant, (a servant who initially tried to convince God he had the wrong man for the job), and a series of ten plagues. The last plague was the death of the first born throughout Egypt, unless the door posts were covered by the blood of a one year old male lamb, without defect. One of the most unique aspects of the Bible is it’s almost completely devoid of humor-although I would say that God’s command of finding a male without blemish comes about as close to humor as you can get. Read more
All times listed are Eastern. Note the 8pm central time start for Game 3 at the United Center.
-For folks locally in the greater Chicagoland area, all games will be televised on Comcast SportsNet-Chicago.
By Brad Gardner
The sixth and final meeting of the season between the Blackhawks and Red Wings went down to a shootout, where Patrick Kane scored the deciding goal to give the visiting ‘Hawks a 3-2 victory. Corey Crawford played a strong game, despite giving up a pair of third-period goals, and did not allow a goal in the shootout to register his 30th win of the season.
Detroit’s third period comeback secured one point in the standings, thereby sealing up either the fourth or fifth seed of the Western Conference and a first round match-up against Nashville.
Despite the two points, Chicago settled into the sixth spot with 101 points (45-26-11 record) on the season. They will open the playoffs on the road against the winner of the Pacific Division.
The game played much like the rest of the season series. Each game between the two Central Division rivals has been decided by one goal. It was the fourth time in six games that the final score was 3-2 and the fourth time Chicago came out victorious. The ‘Hawks ended up taking 10 of a possible 12 points out of the season series against the Wings with a 4-0-2 record. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Brad Gardner, Game recap
Tagged Andrew Shaw, Blackhawks, Contract Extension, Contract Signing, Corey Crawford, Coyotes, Detroit, Henrik Zetterberg, Jimmy Howard, Johan Franzen, Kings, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Pavel Datsyuk, Playoffs, Ray Emery, Red Wings, Sharks, Tomas Holmstrom, Viktor Stalberg
By Brad Vandenberk
The Chicago Blackhawks tried to go for their third straight win Monday night, as they were host to the Phoenix Coyotes. No more then six days ago those same Coyotes out played the Hawks to a 4-1 victory. This was the third game in 4 nights for the Hawks.
This game was carried nationally on TV through Versus and TSN2 with US Hall of Fame inductee Mike “Doc” Emrick and Eddie O on the call, with Pierre McGuire between the benches. Corey Crawford and Mike Smith started in their respected nets, which turned out to be the same goalie match up as 6 nights ago.
The lines mimicked what coach Q put together in St Louis on Saturday night. Dan Carcillo was on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. Marcus Kruger was still centering the second line with Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp on the wings. Dave Bolland centered the third line with Ben Smith and Michael Frolik and finally Viktor Stalberg was on the fourth line with Jamal Mayers and Andrew Brunette. Bryan Bickell, Sami Lepisto and the mighty John Scott were the scratches. Read more
Posted in Game recap
Tagged Ben Smith, Blackhawks, Corey Crawford, Coyotes, Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews, Keith Yandle, Marian Hossa, Mike Smith, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Patrick Kane, Radim Vrbata, Raffi Torres, Ray Emery
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