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
By Brad Gardner
Another serviceable effort from the Blackhawks resulted in no points as they dropped their eighth straight game, falling to the Coyotes by a score of 3-0. The ‘Hawks found themselves in an early hole and did not have any comebacks in them tonight against a 38-save shutout from red-hot goalie Mike Smith in the Phoenix net.
The Blackhawks faced an uphill battle early with Phoenix scoring two goals in the first six minutes of the opening period. Radim Vrbata continued to light up the ‘Hawks, registering his 26th goal of the season and third against Chicago when his pass from behind the net deflected into the net off defenseman Sami Lepisto. Viktor Stalberg was unable to clear the puck from the defensive zone and Ray Whitney and Vrbata attacked with a give-and-go the other way. Vrbata used his speed to skate in behind and Lepisto was in an unfortunate position as Vrbata tried to get the puck back to the front of the net, deflecting in the opening goal at 3:14 of the first period. Read more
Posted in Brad Gardner, Game recap
Tagged Boyd Gordon, Brendan Morrison, Dylan Olsen, Gilbert Brule, Kyle Chipchura, Lauri Korpikoski, Michael Frolik, Mike Smith, Radim Vrbata, Ray Emery, Ray Whitney
“Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job.” – James 5:3
By Rich Lindbloom
“If you’re happy and you know it, and you really want to show it, if you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.” Actually, you’re thinking you’d rather punch someone in the face about right now, aren’t you? The 7 game losing streak has seemed to take the life out of Blackhawk fandom, as most prepare for the worst. While not on par with the collapse of the ‘69 Cubs or the ’11 Red Sox, a lot of fans are abandoning ship. Personally, I’ve exhausted all the possibilities when attempting to answer my friend’s question, “What’s wrong with your Blackhawks?” As the Lemonhead song goes, “Patience is like bread I say, I ran out of it yesterday.” Read more
By Brad Vandenberk
After a lengthy film session in Denver University on Wednesday morning and a “back to basics” practice on Thursday in California, the Chicago Blackhawks were back on the ice Friday night in San Jose trying to snap a six game losing streak.
The film session took place in a theatre that had the perfect set up to run through game tape of their 5-2 loss to the Avalanche on Tuesday night. The session took longer than normal, but at this stage the Hawks were attempting anything to break this streak. After travelling to San Jose and took to the ice to practice “hockey 101”. If the current six game losing streak wasn’t enough, the flu bug was also flying around the locker room as four Hawk players took the day off practice. Steve Montador was also missing from practice, but it was not due to the flu. Monty suffered an upper body injury during the game on Tuesday and was placed on Injured Reserve Friday morning. Dylan Olsen was recalled from the IceHogs to replace the injured Montador. To rub more salt in the wound, Niklas Hjalmarsson, who originally had the flu, was then diagnosed with an upper body injury. Both Nik and Monty flew back to Chicago and will not be playing Saturday night in Phoenix either. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap
Tagged Andrew Shaw, Antti Niemi, Benn Ferriero, Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Dan Boyle, Dylan Olsen, Jamie McGinn, Joe Thornton, Jonathan Toews, Justin Braun, Logan Couture, Marcus Kruger, Patrick Marleau, Sami Lepisto
Today, the Blackhawks placed defenseman Steve Montador (upper body) on the Injured Reserve list. Montador was injured in Tuesday night’s loss at Colorado.
In his place, the Blackhawks have recalled 21-year old Dylan Olsen from the Rockford IceHogs.
Olsen played in two games for the Blackhawks (January 5 @ Philadelphia, January 6 vs Colorado) last month and posted four shots on goal. He was held off the scoresheet but also left the Hawks an even plus/minus.
Read our profile on Dylan Olsen published in late December, eight days before his first NHL call up.
In 44 games with the IceHogs this season, Olsen has 4 goals, 3 assists and is a minus-4. Two of his four goals have come in Rockford’s last four games. Read more
By Chris Block
Wednesday night’s 4-3 loss to the visiting Lake Erie Monsters played out like a tale of two teams for this season’s Rockford IceHogs.
After an opening period which saw the IceHogs pepper Lake Erie’s veteran goaltender, and Chicago area product, Gerald Coleman with 17 shots, but not many second chance opportunities, Rockford went into the first intermission with nothing to show for their efforts. The IceHogs then came out flat for the second period and quickly found themselves down 2-0 after some unfortunate turnovers. Despite dominating the first period, Rockford reverted to its October through mid-December form in letting game get away from them on home ice. By the midway point of the third Rockford was in a 4-1 hole. But then, the IceHogs of the month of January suddenly reappeared and put up a challenge. Dylan Olsen unleashed a howitzer of a one-timer to get his team within two goals with less than two minutes to play and a late Lake Erie penalty allowed Rockford to pull within one with 18 seconds to go.
This was the second consecutive game in which Rockford greatly outshot its opponent and lost. Last Friday in Rosemont, the IceHogs out shot the Wolves 32-18, but lost the contest 4-2. They were also down three goals with a minute left in that game.
On Wednesday night, Rockford out shot Lake Erie 17-7 in the first period. None of those chances better than when Rostislav Olesz blew by two defenseman, Cameron Gaunce and Stefan Elliott, then wristed his shot too high over the glove of Coleman, who just got a piece of Olesz’s attempt as well. Read more
Posted in Game recap, IceHogs
Tagged Alexander Salak, Ben Smith, Brad Malone, Carter Hutton, Danny Richmand, Dylan Olsen, Evan Brophey, Gerald Coleman, Hugh Jessiman, Jeremy Morin, Jimmy Hayes, Justin Mercier, Kyle Beach, Mark Olver, Mike Brennan, Pete Leblanc
By Chris Block
Jeremy Morin lit the lamp for his 7th and 8th goals of the season, but a series of IceHogs penalties swung the momentum Wednesday afternoon. From there, the Chicago Wolves got two third period goals from Mark Mancari to defeat Rockford 4-2.
A mostly school kids field trip day crowd of 6,113 in Rosemont, Illinois witnessed their Wolves down the IceHogs for the fourth time in five meetings this season.
“Our penalty killing did a good job,” head coach Ted Dent said in the wake of the IceHogs’ 20th regulation loss (13-20-1-3). “I thought some of the (penalty) calls were below average, but what can you do?” Read more
Posted in Game recap, IceHogs
Tagged Alec Richards, Alexander Salak, Brandon Pirri, Brandon Segal, Brett McLean, Chris DiDomenico, Dylan Olsen, IceHogs, Jeremy Morin, Kyle Beach, Mark Mancari, Matt Climie, Michael Davies, Pete Leblanc, Rostislav Olesz, Shawn Lalonde, Ted Dent, Victor Oreskovich, Wolves
Dylan Olsen – Image courtesy of Rockford IceHogs
The following is a Dylan Olsen feature as it appeared in the December 28th edition of The Committed Indian.
By Chris Block
Nick Leddy’s acceleration into the top-4 has calmed nearly all fear Brian Campbell’s exit would cripple the Hawks’ depth. With young prospects like Dylan Olsen (2009, 1st rd #28), Shawn Lalonde (2008, 3rd rd #68), Joe Lavin (2008, 5th rd #126) and non-drafted signings Brian Connelly and Ryan Stanton patrolling the point in Rockford, Stan Bowman probably rest assured he had plenty of talent in the pipeline if Leddy stumbled.
To this point, however, Rockford allows the most goals against in the AHL. It’s true though, too much blame has been placed on the IceHogs blue line for the team’s defensive woes. The goaltending has ranged from average to turn your head away bad. Many times, the IceHogs are their own worst enemy. Trouble usually begins with the zone-exit pass and taking chances instead of just playing it safe and getting the puck deep, leading to turnovers. From there, the defense is in a scramble and the forwards don’t provide much help at times. The defense isn’t as bad as it looks on paper, but it’s not like it’ll produce three or more full-time NHLers either.
However, there is one cant-miss on the IceHogs blue line. He’s still a half season away, but Dylan Olsen is looking like that guy.
Blackhawks fans have longed for a big, mean, shut-down defenseman to eat minutes, kill penalties and take some of the burden off stalwarts Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith. Read more
Marian Hossa – photo: Getty/Yahoo! Sports
By Brad Gardner
Thursday marked the Blackhawks’ first appearance at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center since capturing the Stanley Cup there two seasons ago.
Both teams were coming off disappointing losses earlier in the week and brought the offense, totaling a combined 80 shots over the course of the game. Despite a better effort than they brought Monday against Edmonton, which culminated in a comeback from two goals down in the third period, Chicago fell short in regulation by a score of 5-4 and this time left Philadelphia empty-handed.
Jimmy Hayes found the back of the net for the second consecutive game on a give-and-go with Jamal Mayers. Philadelphia’s Zac Rinaldo tried to play the puck up the boards but Hayes got a stick on it and deflected the puck right to Mayers. He dished back to Hayes for a deflection between the legs of Ilya Bryzgalov for a 1-0 Chicago lead 3:01 into the game. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Brad Gardner, Game recap
Tagged Andrew Shaw, Brent Seabrook, Claude Giroux, Dylan Olsen, Ilya Bryzgalov, Jakub Voracek, James Van Riemsdyk, Jimmy Hayes, Patrick Kane, Ray Emery, Scott Hartnell, Zac Rinaldo
How’s this for self-promotion….
It’s a show. I don’t really know what to say about this one other than the Superstar and I got back together for e.95 of TheThirdManIn~Radio. Usually when he and I do these things you never know what we’ll talk about and the reason is – neither do we.
We talked about some things, I don’t recall too much exactly. We had a show outline but it was aborted during the music intro. I enjoyed myself though. We discussed the Blackhawks getting better today, how awful traditionally they’ve been in Philly (Stanley Cup aside), a few New Years resolutions, Andrew Shaw and some other stuff I can’t recall at the moment.
I’d say its completely missable unless you’re desperate for time killer or background noise at work. Its probably best for that.
I’d say we’ll do better next time, but that’s too lofty a goal.
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Tagged Andrew Shaw, Blackhawks, Christmas Spirit, Concussions, Dan Carcillo, Dylan Olsen, Flyers, Jarome Iginla, Mark McNeill, NBC Sports, Red Wings, Winter Classic