By Brad Gardner
The Chicago Blackhawks managed to keep their win streak alive against the rival Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night at the United Center, despite playing without captain Jonathan Toews. With Detroit entering play riding a six-game winning streak of their own, it was the home team that held onto a 2-1 lead to pick up their fourth consecutive win.
Corey Crawford started his fourth game in a row and allowed just one goal for the third straight game. He faced Jimmy Howard in net for the Wings, making his first start since missing time to a broken index finger. Both goalies loomed large in this one, but Crawford was able to spoil Howard’s comeback and earn his fourth win in as many starts.
Marcus Kruger put the Blackhawks down a man in just 34 seconds into the game with a tripping penalty in the offensive zone. Crawford was able to handle Detroit’s first few opportunities, including a shot from Jiri Hudler through traffic. Dave Bolland picked up the rebound but whiffed on the clear. The puck eventually found Valtteri Filppula at the right circle and he was able to wrist one past Crawford far side to put the Wings up 1-0 just 2:22 into the game. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap
Tagged Andrew Brunette, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Jimmy Hayes, Jimmy Howard, Jiri Hudler, Jonathan Toews, Marcus Kruger, Red Wings, Valtteri Filppula
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawk got a big effort from goalie Corey Crawford Sunday to post a huge come from behind victory over the St. Louis Blues before a sell-out matinee crowd in the United Center.
Crawford outdueled Blues goalie Brian Elliot, stopping 29 of 30 St. Louis shots and keeping Chicago in the game until they put up three third-period goals to claim their third straight win. Elliot allowed just two goals on 27 Blackhawks shots, but at the end of the day, it was Crawford who stood the tallest in net.
Chicago was stifled by the Blues defense in the opening period. The Blackhawks came up empty on a pair of power play opportunities early in the first and went over 15 minutes without a shot on goal. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap, Jon Fromi
Tagged Andy McDonald, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Jamie Langenbrunner, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Sobotka
You’re Lazy, You Just Stay in Bed
“When you’re drowning, you don’t clutch no straw,
When you’re drowning, you don’t clutch no straw.
You don’t want to live,
Don’t want to cry no more.” – Deep Purple
Back in 1972, my late friend Jack Carlson and I went to a concert at the International Amphitheatre in South Chicago. It was right after Deep Purple had released a great album called “Machine Head.” Deep Purple, at the time, had the reputation of being the loudest rock band in the business. Paradoxically, John Sebastian opened up for British rockers. Let’s just say the type of crowds the two bands might draw were divergent. This memory seems to come to the forefront of my thoughts every time we play the Mustard Men from Nashville. Read more
Posted in Rich Lindbloom
Tagged Bono, Bryan Bickell, Deep Purple, Duncan Keith, Dylan Olsen, Hot Tuna, John Sebastien, Lin Brehmer, Marian Hossa, Nashville Cats, Ray Emery, Ryan Ellis, Sami Lepisto, U2, Westminster
It took us a lot longer than we had envisioned, but tonight we finally reached our official milestone 100th show. Listen to us put TheThirdManIn~Radio to bed and hear what’s in store moving forward.
We also discuss the Blackhawks now 9-game losing streak; how much longer it will go on, what and who’s to blame, who could get fired, how bad things really are and what can be done to fix them and ask the question ‘If Jonathan Toews is hurt then why is he playing?’ We reveal a few players who could soon be Blackhawks, what position Stan Bowman is least likely to improve and which prospect potential trading partners are highest on.
We’ll also dish some dirt on our recent trip to Vegas for Super Bowl weekend, history of our show sponsors and why they got their business licenses revoked, puppies and their balls and separation anxiety…. and I think I remember discussing the Rockford IceHogs in there somewhere as well.
And finally, my sincerest gratitude and apologies to all our listeners tonight, this season and throughout since this show began on July 14, 2009…..
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Tagged Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler, Corey Crawford, Dan Carcillo, Derek Roy, Duncan Keith, Dylan Olsen, Jamal Mayers, Jeff Schultz, Jeremy Morin, Jimmy Hayes, Joel Quenneville, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Mike Kitchen, Nick Leddy, Patrick Kane, Podcast, Popcorn chicken, Prospects, Ryan Miller, Shawn Lalonde, The End, Trade Talk, Tuomo Ruutu, Vegas
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks turned in an improved effort as they continued their road trip in Nashville Tuesday night. However, the result was the same as their previous eight games.
The Blackhawks fought back to tie the score twice in the Music City, but another late goal lifted the Predators past their Central Division rivals. Chicago came up on the short end of a 3-2 final score to lose their ninth consecutive game.
The opening period saw both teams committing infractions, starting with Dave Bolland’s hooking penalty in the third minute. Mike Fisher was called for tripping 90 seconds later. In the fifth minute, Jonathan Toews ran into Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne, ending Chicago’s shot at the man advantage.
Fisher missed a wide open net late in the resulting power play, but for the most part the Blackhawks were successful in filling the shooting lanes. Nashville killed a Martin Erat holding penalty at the 9:03 mark. This was followed by the two teams taking turns at Rinne and Ray Emery. Read more
Posted in Game recap, Jon Fromi
Tagged Bryan Bickell, Duncan Keith, Dylan Olsen, Game recap, Jamal Mayers, Jonathan Toews, Jordin Tootoo, Marcus Kruger, Marian Hossa, Nick Spaling, Pekka Rinne, Predators, Ray Emery, Ryan Ellis, Ryan Suter
He can score again – photo credit: Yahoo! Sports
By Brad Vandenberk
With the Stanley Cup championship banner hanging from the United Center rafters, 5 ex champions, now Florida Panthers, invaded the place they called home, to play the Blackhawks. This would be the first time since winning the beloved cup that Kris Versteeg would play in the United Center. Brian Campbell, Tomas Kopecky, Jack Skille and wily vet John Madden were all a big part of bringing the Stanley cup to Chicago and ending a 49 year drought.
Old man Winter played havoc on fans and players arriving for the 7:30pm puck drop. With the snow falling, players found themselves arriving late and even the Panthers’ bus was not able to get the team to the UC on time, forcing some players to take cabs to the arena. All this considered, the game was pushed back to an 8:08 pm start. Read more
By Brad Gardner
There was no love lost in the third meeting of the season between Calgary and Chicago but it was the Blackhawks that put together another solid effort and came away with two points. The Western Conference foes combined for 61 PIMs and the Flames out-hit the ‘Hawks by a count of 31 to 12, but Chicago was able to get out to a lead and hold on against a late Calgary charge for the 4-2 victory.
Steve Montador gave the Blackhawks a first period lead when his slap shot beat Miikka Kiprusoff to the glove side 9:23 into the game. The ‘Hawks fourth line of Viktor Stalberg, Jamal Mayers, and Andrew Brunette applied the pressure in the offensive zone and had the Flames chasing the play along the wall. Mayers’ centering pass found Montador wide open in the slot, where he unleashed a heavy shot that found the net just inside the post.
Later in the opening frame, Brent Seabrook was on the receiving end of another bad hit from a former teammate when Rene Bourque checked him squarely in the back. Read more
Posted in Brad Gardner, Game recap
Tagged Brent Seabrook, Bryan Bickell, Curtis Glencross, Duncan Keith, Jeremy Morin, Joel Quenneville, John Scott, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Miikka Kiprusoff, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Olli Jokinen, Ray Emery, Rene Bourque, Steve Montador
“HEAVEN ON EARTH” THE BOYS (and fish) from JIM’S ROCK
“Trust me Gar!”
By Rich Lindbloom
Trophies, they’re never easy to come by, are they? While the trophies being held up in the photo above may not rival a toothless Duncan Keith hoisting the Cup two years ago, it’s rather apparent the four knuckleheads are quite proud of their efforts on a rain soaked day of fishing in Canada. Apparently, one of the boys on the fishing trip decided to stay in the cabin and raid the liquor cabinet – that could explain the off center photo. The lad on the left was my baby brother Jim, who passed away around this time last year. A friend who was known as the tenth Lindbloom, Rabbi Voshnewsky, sent the picture and one of my all time favorite stories as a very pleasant reminder of the last of nine Lindblooms to enter this world…. Read more
Posted in Rich Lindbloom
Tagged Dan Carcillo, Duncan Keith, Jamal Mayers, John Scott, Nick Leddy, Niklas Backstrom, Patrick Kane, Ray Emery, Stan Bowman, Voodoo, Wild
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 Gardner
The Blackhawks brought a better effort in the second half of the back-to-back, downing the division rival St. Louis Blues by a score of 5-2.
Ray Emery earned his fourth win of the season over the Blues’ Brian Elliott, who has been one of the league’s top goalies so far this season. The see-saw opening 30 minutes included the Blues relinquishing a pair of one-goal advantages to the ‘Hawks before Chicago’s special teams took over in the middle frame to capture and secure the lead for the visiting Blackhawks.
Blues forward David Perron returned to the line-up for his first game since November 4th, 2010, having missed 97 games while he was out with a concussion. In his second shift of the game, Perron continued his torment of the Blackhawks with the game’s opening goal.
Patrik Berglund’s centering pass deflected off a Chicago skate and rolled directly onto Perron’s stick in front of the Chicago goal. The winger had time and patiently played the puck to his forehand before roofing his shot over a downed Emery. Steve Montador was the closest ‘Hawk, but was unable to make the play with his stick as it was tangled up in Blues forward Matt D’Agostini. Read more
Posted in Brad Gardner, Game recap
Tagged Brian Elliott, Dan Carcillo, David Perron, Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Michael Frolik, Patrick Sharp, Ray Emery, Viktor Stalberg