By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks got goals from two defensemen Tuesday night with some help from Patrick Kane. Ray Emery and the defense took care of the rest as the ‘Hawks snapped back from Monday’s loss, defeating the Calgary Flames 2-0.
The Blackhawks had an early opportunity forty seconds in when Niklas Hjalmarsson held a puck in the Calgary zone. Patrick Kane centered to Dave Bolland, but the Rat couldn’t evaluate the puck past Mikka Kiprusof. Bolland took a high stick from Jerome Iginla at the 2:11 mark to set up the first power play of the night. Kane made a nice move late but Viktor Stalberg couldn’t provide the finish thanks to Chris Butler’s skate.
The first goal belonged to Chicago on a play started when Kane attempted to center to Bolland again in the eighth minute. The puck eluded Bolland but was retrieved by Nick Leddy at the left circle. Leddy’s shot glanced off of the left pad of Kiprusoff and into the goal to make it 1-0 7:09 into the first. Read more
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Tagged Blackhawks, Brent Seabrook, Calgary, Dave Bolland, Flames, Game recap, Jarome Iginla, Miikka Kiprusoff, Mike Cammalleri, Nick Leddy, Patrick Kane, Ray Emery
By Brad Vandenberk
After allowing Sam Gagner to tie an Edmonton Oilers point per game record with eight points (4G, 4A) while suffering an 8-4 loss, the Chicago Blackhawks embarked on a three and a half hour bus drive south to play the Calgary Flames. This would be the third of a nine game road trip for the Hawks. The message was easy. Keep the game simple, play defensive hockey and the goals will come. The Flames were looking to extend their 3 game winning streak at home versus the Hawks. Coach Q’s boys are scheduled to head back to Chicago after this game and then make their way to Colorado on Tuesday. They will finish next week in San Jose and Phoenix with another back to back on Friday and Saturday.
Ray Emery got the call in net after coming in for Crawford during the Oilers game, the night previous when Emery allowed 3 goals on 13 shots. Miikka Kiprusoff was between the pipes for the home town Flames. Andrew Brunette was injured during the Oilers game and is diagnosed with an upper body injury. Read more
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
Kyle Beach takes shot Jan 2nd @ OKC
Recently I sat down with highly touted, and debated, Hawks prospect Kyle Beach to discuss his progress during his 1st pro season, mending fences with teammate Mathis Olimb and how he responds to his critics (which admittedly, we’ve been one). The following are excerpts from that interview.
To date, Beach has posted 13 goals and 29 points in 52 games. Beach does own an IceHogs’ worst minus-17 plus/minus rating. He’s been on the ice for a staggering 30 of 68 even strength goals scored against (44%) on home ice and 40 of 109 (37%) even strength goals scored against Rockford overall. As mentioned below, he’s been benched on occasion as well as designated a healthy scratch by head coach Bill Peters twice, and as recently as eleven days ago. The IceHogs have lost 12 of their last 14 games. Beach has 4 goals, 4 assists (-10) in that stretch. When we spoke with him, he was enjoying a season-best stretch of 4 goals, 5 assists over 8 games.
Chris Block: Halfway through your first pro year, what’s different for you now as opposed to earlier in the season?
Kyle Beach: I think its just getting used to the play. Getting used to the bigger bodies. Getting used to having to use your strength; use your size and learn how to protect the puck. I mean, coming into this level from junior, I mean, I was one of the older guys last year. I was always one of the bigger guys and now I’m average. And you gotta learn the little tricks of the trade. And now pucks are starting to my way, bounces are starting to go my way. You know, fortunately I’ve been able to go on a little bit of a run here. Read more