By Chris Block
Once night removed from a 6-1 clobbering at the hands of the Chicago Wolves in their first preseason game, the Rockford IceHogs returned home to clip the Milwaukee Admirals 3-2 in a shootout victory.
In the end, the three deciding IceHogs’ goals all came off sticks of players who played or finished last season with the Blackhawks.
Carter Hutton started the game for Rockford and gave up a deflating goal against to Milwaukee’s Jani Lajunen at 7:30 of the period. The goal defined the first period for the IceHogs. Lajunen picked up a puck along the goal line to Hutton’s left and tossed a weak backhand attempt toward the Rockford goaltender. Hutton was a couple feet off the post and was caught off guard by the shot, which hit him in the left pad and trickled over the goal line to give the Admirals the early lead.
The period as a whole was largely forgettable for the IceHogs. With 11 players seeing their first game action of the preseason, nearly everyone seemed sluggish and the team was out of synch.
With four and a half minutes left in the first period, Daniel Bang (apparently pronounced “Bong” So, Dan Bong-banged in the rebound. Okay, I’m done.) scored a power play tally for Milwaukee when he picked up a rebound and beat Hutton to give the Admirals a 2-0 lead. A hooking penalty to Brandon Pirri had sent Milwaukee to the power play. Marcus Kruger and Jimmy Hayes were sent out kill the first portion of Pirri’s penalty. But the trouble began when Kruger was kicked out of the circle on the defensive zone draw. Hayes then came in and lost the draw, pinning Rockford against it in their own zone. Read more
Posted in Game recap, IceHogs, Preseason
Tagged Adam Clendening, Adam Hobson, Andrew Shaw, Barry Trotz, Ben Smith, Brett Lebda, Byron Froese, Carter Hutton, Chris Block, Daniel Bang, David Toews, Jake Trask, Jeremy Smith, Jimmy Hayes, Joe Lavin, Joel Quenneville, Joonas Jarvinen, Juuso Puustinen, Mac Carruth, Magnus Hellberg, Marcus Kruger, Martin St. Pierre, Stan Bowman, Travis Novak
Corey Crawford was given Monday’s practice off (Sunday was an off day for the entire team) to heal a slight groin pull, as reported by CSNChicago’s Tracey Myers.
More on that, as well as an update on Ben Smith with quotes from Myers here.
Jesse Rogers talks to Dan “Car Bomb” Carcillo about his Chicago debut this Thursday versus the Winnipeg Jets:
Carcillo on his nickname: “Everyone has nicknames. It just so happens mine is better than everyone else’s.”
Ben Smith (concussion) skated Monday but is not cleared for contact.
Viktor Stalberg (knee) skated on his own and Joel Quenneville intimated he could start skating with teammates in practice again later this week.
Carcillo practiced on a line with Kane and Hossa.
Jonathan Toews talks about getting that first goal out of the way… wanting to be a great offensive player. [Chris Kuc, Tribune]
–For those wanting to catch a glimpse of Brian Campbell, Kris Versteeg, Tomas Kopecky and their new crew before the Hawks travel to South Florida on November 2, tonight is your chance. Campbell skated just over 30 minutes and had the primary assist on both Panthers’ goals in a 2-0 win on Long Island in Florida’s only game so far. Jose Theodore was in net for the shutout.
The Panthers will make their only national television appearance of the 2011-12 season, and just their third in four years tonight on VERSUS when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins.
–For those who missed it, I uploaded Saturday night’s Committed Indian column here.
–No podcast this week. Check out HockeeNight’s latest from Sunday night. Read more
Posted in News and Notes
Tagged Adam Jahns, Al Cimaglia, Alec Richards, Alexander Salak, Ben Smith, Bobby Hull, Brandon Segal, Brian Campbell, Chris DiDomenico, Corey Crawford, Dan Carcillo, David Toews, Denis Savard, IceHogs, Jeff Larmer, Jeff Shantz, Jeremy Morin, Jonathan Toews, Kyle Beach, Kyle Hagel, Martin Lapointe, Rob Klinkhammer, Ted Dent, Viktor Stalberg
Here’s the roster the Blackhawks will travel to Saskatoon with tomorrow for the first preseason game against the Oilers. This info has been relayed from today’s practice sessions by Jesse Rogers and Chris Kuc on their respective Twitter accounts.
The Blackhawks couldn’t resist the temptation, both Toews brothers will suit up. Ray Emery and Alexander Salak will be the goaltenders. I imagine they’ll split the time some how, but that isn’t clear. Making their unofficial pro debuts are 2011 draft picks Mark McNeill, Brandon Saad and Phillip Danault.
Emery, Rostislav Olesz, Jamal Mayers, Sami Lepisto and Steve Montador see their first real game action as members of the Blackhawks organization.
These are not the lines. Those should be released on the Hawks’ main site sometime Tuesday afternoon. Read more
Posted in Preseason
Tagged Alexander Salak, Blackhawks, Brandon Saad, David Toews, John Scott, Jonathan Toews, Marcus Kruger, Mark McNeill, Oilers, Pearl Jam, Phillip Danault, Ray Emery, Rostislav Olesz, Saskatoon
By Brad Vandenberk
Annual rookie tournaments have begun all over North America, getting fans and players excited with less than a week until training camp starts. The Chicago Blackhawks are in Oshawa, Ontario playing the likes of Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Toronto. Game 1 saw the Hawks square off against the Maple Leafs at the General Motors Centre.
Donned in their red jerseys, the Hawks began the tournament with a determined effort against the Leafs. Mac Carruth was the starting goalie joined by starters Shawn Lalonde and Dylan Olsen on defense. Mark McNeil was flanked by Ludvig Rensfeldt and Jimmy Hayes up front. [Hawks game roster]
The Hawks got their first chance at a power play as the ref made a hooking call at 1:52 of the first period. They were unable to capitalize however.
It didn’t take long for the fists to start flying as 5’10” Andrew Shaw took on 6’5” Jamie Devane with a David versus Goliath type match. [Highlights at bottom of this report]
After Devane served his 5 minute major for fighting, he opened the scoring for the Leafs as a puck was shot wide from the blue line and bounced to the side of the net. Devane, standing on the door step, quickly shot the puck over Carruth making the score 1-0 with just under 2 minutes remaining in the first.
Philippe Paradis left the 1st period after being hit hard in the offensive zone and grimacing his way back to the bench. Paradis did not return. [ed. note: Paradis did not dress in Sunday’s game vs Ottawa] Read more
Posted in Game recap, Prospects
Tagged Andrew Shaw, Blackhawks, Brandon Saad, Chris DiDomenico, David Toews, Dylan Olsen, Jake Gardiner, Jimmy Hayes, Joe Lavin, Mac Carruth, Maple Leafs, Mark McNeil, Philippe Paradis, Phillip Danault, Rob Flick, Shawn Lalonde, Simon Danis-Pepin
Blackhawks acquired the rights to Jonathan Toews’ younger brother on Friday.
David Toews arrives via the New York Islanders in exchange for future considerations.
It should be noted that David Toews did not have a pro contract with the Islanders and so far the Blackhawks have not tendered him one either.
David Toews is turning pro after completing his amateur career in the Western Hockey League this past spring. He has joined Blackhawks’ prospects in Oshawa this weekend for the four-day round-robin rookie tournament. Like his brother, David is a centerman.
“Stan Bowman called me and wanted me to know that they weren’t trying to do Johnny any favors,” David Toews told the Free Press. “(Bowman) said he liked me as a player and they’re pretty familiar with me because I’ve been training in Chicago all summer.”
David Toews, 21, was drafted by the Islanders in 2008, 66th overall in the third round. He followed in his older brother’s footsteps attending North Dakota for two years but struggled for ice time and left following his sophomore season. Toews joined the Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) last season and as an overager scored 20 goals and 28 assists in 60 regular season games. Read more
Posted in News and Notes, Prospects
Tagged Bryan Muir, Chris Campoli, David Toews, Fernando Pisani, Jonathan Toews, Kent Simpson, Kyle Wellwood, Lorne Molleken, Marty Turco, Matt Ellison, Patrick Kane, Paul Zanette, Ryan Flinn, Ryan Johnson