By Brad Vandenberk
Leaving Minnesota with the series tied at 2 was not part of plan A in this second round match up. The Wild showed their talent using their speed and forecheck to trouble the Hawks and 2 loses were the result. They took it to the Hawks out shooting them in two games holding the Hawks to less than 20 shots per game.
Matt Cooke returned for game 4 and gave the Hawks a lot of problems as he was involved on 2 of the Wilds 4 goals. The Hawks depth is being challenged and the employees needed to come to work Sunday night in Chicago.
Don’t get me wrong, the stars or core of this team also needs to pull up their sleeves and not allow the Wild to possess the puck. Brandon Bollig was reprimanded for his hit on Keith Ballard, being suspended for 2 games. Keith Ballard and Matt Moulson did not travel with the team to the windy city. Andrew Shaw did not dress for his 4th straight game and has yet to begin skating. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap, Stanley Cup Playoffs
Tagged Blackhawks, Brad Vandenberk, Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Erik Haula, Game 5, Ilya Bryzgalov, Jared Spurgeon, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Minnesota, Patrick Sharp, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Wild
“It is well, it is well, with my soul.”
Amateur – “Mr Hogan, how do you back the ball up on the green?
Ben Hogan – “Well, how far do you hit an 8-iron?”
Amateur – “Oh, about a 125 yds.”
Ben Hogan – “Why in the hell would you want to back the ball up?”
By Rich Lindbloom
The Hawks current predicament reminds me of Alfred E. Neuman’s seemingly inextricable mess in the above cartoon. In the early 80’s, a innovation called square grooves somewhat revolutionized the game of golf. They replaced the traditional V-shaped grooves and supposedly were able to make you back the ball up on the green like a Yo-Yo. Read more
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Tagged Blackhawks, Brandon Bollig, Dwayne Johnson, Horatio Spafford, Jared Spurgeon, Joel Quenneville, Keith Ballard, Marcus Kruger, Matt Cooke, Minnesota, Patrick Kane, Rich Lindbloom, Samuel L. Jackson, Wild
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks were unable to hand Minnesota its first home loss of the postseason Friday night. The Wild evened up the Western Conference second-round series with the Blackhawks, stifling Chicago shooters and taking Game 4 by a score of 4-2.
First Period-Both teams set a fast pace to start the contest, though most of the early action was in the Wild zone. Duncan Keith caught Minnesota napping on a line change an carried the puck toward Ilya Bryzgalov in the fifth minute until Mikko Koivu hustled over to prevent a point-blank shot on goal.
The Wild drew first blood in the eighth minute after Matt Cooke swiped the puck from Michal Rozsival. Justin Fontaine waited out Corey Crawford from the right circle and beat the Hawks goalie high to give Minnesota a 1-0 advantage 7:24 into the opening period. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap, Jon Fromi, Stanley Cup Playoffs
Tagged Blackhawks, Corey Crawford, Game 4, Game recap, Ilya Byrzgalov, Jared Spurgeon, Jason Pominville, Jon Fromi, Justin Fontaine, Marian Hossa, Michal Handzus, Minnesota, Nino Niederreiter, Patrick Sharp, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Wild
By Michael Calvert
The Hawks came into St Paul riding a one game losing streak after dropping one in heart breaking fashion to the Stars.
Aside from the first, the lines looked much different. Kris Versteeg played center for the second line, and I thought played fairly well. Recent call ups Jeremy Morin and Joakim Nordstrom played on the third line with d man Sheldon Brookbank; you know Harding was shaking in his skates looking at that line. The Hawks kept the 4th line of Bollig, Krüger and Ben Smith intact. Read more
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Tagged Blackhawks, Brandon Saad, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Game recap, Jared Spurgeon, Jeremy Morin, Joakim Nordstrom, Jonas Brodin, Josh Harding, Kris Versteeg, Marco Scandella, Marian Hossa, Matt Cooke, Minnesota, Wild, Zach Parise