By Brad Vandenberk
As the scene shifted to St. Paul, Minnesota on Sunday, the Chicago Blackhawks thus far had held the 8th seed Minnesota Wild in check. Game one turned out to be a bit of a feeling out process. Both teams knew what was required to win this series. Bryan Bickell decided to produce at the perfect time, sliding the overtime winner under Josh Harding. Game two showed us that when the Hawks want to play… well, 5 -2 was the result. Patrick Sharp, finally got the monkey off is back, sniping two goals. Patrick Kane was mesmerising causing the Wild to chance him around the ice all night. Michael Frolik, playing his normal 4th line minutes, chipped in with a nice shorthanded goal, his 2nd g note of the night.
Game three was the Wilds first playoff home game since 2008. The Hawks were 18-4-2 on the road during the regular season. Dave Bolland and Ray Emery skated this week but remained out of the line up. Dan Carcillo, Jamal Mayers and Sheldon Brookbank were out as well. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap, Stanley Cup Playoffs
Tagged Blackhawks, Cal Clutterbuck, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Game recap, Jason Zucker, Johnny Oduya, Josh Harding, Matt Cullen, Minnesota, Patrick Kane, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Playoffs, Wild, Zach Parise
By Chris Block
A fluke Adam Clendening skate blowout and another case of mindless minor penalties made all the difference on Sunday night as the Rockford IceHogs suffered their 8th regulation loss in 15 games (6-8-0-1), falling to the Houston Aeros 3-2.
On the positive side, the IceHogs’ power play snapped out of its 0 for 15 funk in going 2 for 4 on the night. Ben Smith and Adam Clendening, making up for his ill-timed clumsiness less than a minute earlier, tallied Rockford’s goals with the man advantage.
The game was played before a crowd of 11,175 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Houston is the American Hockey League affiliate of the Minnesota Wild. Sunday served as a home game for the Aeros.
Carter Hutton was good, stopping 18 of the 21 shots he faced, but he almost had no chance to stop Johan Larsson’s goal after Clendening blew a tire out next to Hutton’s net and left a puck out in the low slot for Larsson to bang home, giving Houston the decisive 3-1 advantage with 9:59 remaining in the third period. Read more
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Tagged Adam Clendening, Aeros, Andrew Shaw, Ben Smith, Brandon Bollig, Brandon Pirri, Brett Lebda, Carter Hutton, Charlie Coyle, Houston, IceHogs, Jason Zucker, Joel Broda, Johan Larsson, Justin Fontaine, Kyle Beach, Martin St. Pierre, Matt Hackett, Rockford, Shawn Lalonde