Sunday night, I joined Krista, C.T. and “Forklift” from HockeeNight.com for our annual Blackhawks’ season preview “PuckCast.”
Of course, with the news coming down over the weekend, we spent considerable time breaking down the Nick Leddy trade as well as the controversial signing of Dan Carcillo. We also discussed Teuvo Teravainen, the formulation of the Blackhawks’ roster, Brad Richards already being demoted from off the 2nd line, prospects, the Manitoba Two-Banger and much much more.
*Note: At about the 53:00 mark, our sound board crashed and the show goes silent for a little over a minute and returns. Last week it happened just as we were about to start. So, its becoming a weekly occurrence, I guess.
The Chicago Blackhawks broke open a tie game with three third period goals, finishing up their game long attack on the Detroit Red Wings. The Hawks captured the opening game of this Western Conference semifinal series with an impressive 4-1 victory.
Shots on goal were in short supply early, with the Blackhawks coming out with a fierce forecheck. Returning center Dave Bolland was credited with the only shot for both teams in the first six minutes. The Red Wings managed just a single shot in the first half of the period, while the ‘Hawks got off three shots. Fortunately, one of those shots hooked up with twine.
The game’s first penalty came 8:01 into the period when Gustav Nyquist was whistled for the hook. Chicago took advantage of the power play, with Marian Hossa taking a feed from Jonathan Toews in the slot and burning the net at the 9:06 mark. Read more »
The Chicago Blackhawks delivered a response to a physical Minnesota Wild team Tuesday night, sucking the energy out of the Xcel Energy Center with a 3-0 win. Corey Crawford slammed the door on the Wild as he handled all 25 shots he saw on the night.
Chicago takes a 3-1 series lead in its Western Conference quarterfinal and was paced by another pair of goals by Patrick Sharp. The penalty kill came up large in denying the Wild six times throughout the evening. Read more »
Now that the trade deadline has come and gone, it’s time to get down to business and make the final push for the playoffs.
The Hawks only acquisition before 3pm EST Wednesday, was Michal Handzus from the San Jose Sharks. He made a great first impression on Thursday in Chicago winning important face offs and proving to Stan Bowman that his only deal was a good one.
Today was a trip to Smashville to play the pesky Predators. Although the Preds are on the outside of the playoffs looking in, they still give the Hawks trouble when they meet. This would be the second meeting between these teams within five days and this game is the first of a home and home series with the Preds invading the UC on Sunday evening.
Dave Bolland and Patrick Sharp did not make the flight to Nashville and it is still undetermined when they will return to the line up. Read more »
The Blackhawks wrapped up their four-game road trip with one last stop in Anaheim on Wednesday night. The second meeting of the season between the league’s top two teams lived up to the billing, delivering a back-and-forth affair that saw each team carry play for stretches. After besting the Blackhawks in a shootout in the first meeting of the season, the Ducks mounted a third period rally to beat the ‘Hawks in regulation time by a score of 4-2.
Teemu Selanne’s third period goal proved to be the game-winner for Anaheim, who extended their current point streak to 12 games. They did so in front of a home crowd of 17, 610, the largest crowd at the Honda Center in team history.
The Blackhawks received goals from Jonathan Toews and Nick Leddy, both of whom had overall excellent games, but it was not enough. Corey Crawford stopped 22 of 25 shots in the loss as the Blackhawks fell to 3-1-0 to close out the road trip. Read more »
“Are you ready
Are you ready for this
Are you hanging on the edge of your seat
Out of the doorway the bullets rip
To the sound of the beat. “ – John Deacon
By Rich Lindbloom
One of my favorite things in life is when I see musicians that I’m not really familiar with, and they proceed to blow my socks off. The smaller the venue, the better. It can be jazz, blues, rock even a great musical like Wicked. One of the most exquisite shows I ever went to was at the Park West, on a cold December night. I think it was a WXRT show featuring Phillip Aaberg, Liz story and Night Noise. Before that night, I was unfamiliar with all three artists. I remember the Irish guy from Night Noise labeling one of Aaberg’s pieces “The NutRocker.” All three played individual sets before joining forces in a “grand” finale. What’s that, you never heard of any of them? – That’s what I’m talking about. Read more »
The Blackhawks escaped with 3-2 regulation victory over the visiting Colorado Avalanche Wednesday night at the United Center. Despite entering the third period down by a goal, the home team had the legs at the end to extend their streak to 24 games to start the season without a regulation loss.
Jonathan Toews scored a shorthanded goal early in the third period to tie the game, exploiting forward Ryan O’Reilly in the defensive zone for a highlight reel goal against Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov.
The score remained knotted for almost 17 minutes, but inside the final minute of regulation, Daniel Carcillo banged home a rebound to put the Blackhawks ahead. Marcus Kruger and Viktor Stalberg chipped in on the forecheck and the scramble in front of the net, but it was Carcillo’s whack that put the puck between Varlamov’s legs to seal the win. Read more »
On a cold afternoon in Detroit, the Blackhawks invaded Joe Louis Arena for a 12:30 ET start. This lone NHL afternoon match was viewed nationally and did not disappoint.
The Hawks came in riding their 21 game point streak and the Red Wings were looking to play spoiler and break that streak.
With the talk of re-alignment throughout the NHL, the Red Wings will move over to the Eastern Conference and only see the Hawks 2 times a year versus the regular 6 times. This could be a big blow to the already great rivalry between these 2 clubs.
Marian Hossa played in his 1000th game, etching his name among the elite in the NHL. Dave Bolland missed his 5th consecutive game with an upper body injury. Read more »