Corey Crawford gives up 3rd goal Tues vs STL – photo: Yahoo! Sports
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks sported a shuffled lineup Tuesday night in St. Louis. Unfortunately, the result was the same uninspired play that marked Sunday’s loss to Vancouver.
On this night, T.J. Oshie led the way as the Blues prevailed 3-0. In addition to winning new coach Ken Hitchcock’s debut, St. Louis handed the ‘Hawks their second straight loss.
Neither team came out with a lot of fire, likely in part to an emotional ceremony for former Blues Pavol Demitra and Igor Kovolev (also formerly with Chicago) that delayed the start of the contest by several minutes. The two teams skated seven uneventful minutes before it felt like more than an extended pre-game skate.
The Blues opened the scoring at the 8:15 mark of the period. Kevin Shattenkirk brought the puck into the ‘Hawks zone and easily skated away from John Scott’s attempt to halt the play. Shattenkirk found Vladimir Sobotka headed for the net, and Sobotka was able to use some second effort to muscle the puck past Corey Crawford. Read more
Posted in Game recap, Jon Fromi
Tagged Blackhawks, Blues, Brett Hull, Bryan Bickell, Chris Stewart, Dan Carcillo, Dave Bolland, Duncan Keith, Igor Korolev, Jaroslav Halak, John Scott, Keith Tkachuk, Ken Hitchcock, Pavol Demitra, Ryan Reaves, Steve Konroyd, TJ Oshie, Vladimir Sobotka
By Brad Vandenberk
On Saturday, Chicago Blackhawks played their first divisional game of the year against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Before the game, Dan Carcillo was given a 2 game suspension for his “hit” on Joni Pitkanen during Friday night’s shutout loss in Carolina.
Both teams started their back up goalies Saturday, giving Allen York his first NHL start of the season for Columbus. Ray Emery started his second game of the year giving Corey Crawford the night off. With Carcillo off the roster, the Hawks were forced to adjust their lineup accordingly. Patrick Sharp took Carcillo’s spot on Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa’s line which put a void on the Jonathan Toews and Andrew Brunette line. Viktor Stalberg found a spot on the first line moving up from the fourth. The Bolland line stayed intact as the fourth line saw John Scott with Marcus Kruger and Jamal Mayers. Sami Lepisto played his first game of the year on defense replacing Sean O‘Donnell.
The Hawks took the lead early. Marcus Kruger scored his first goal of the year, and first NHL goal, on a rebound. Jamal Mayers entered the zone, let a shot go and Kruger put the puck passed York. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap
Tagged Allen York, Brad Vandenberk, Bryan Bickell, Dan Carcillo, James Wisniewski, John Scott, Joni Pitkanen, Marcus Kruger, Matt Calvert, Michael Frolik, Patrick Sharp, Ray Emery, Viktor Stalberg
Al Cimaglia, now writing and covering the Blackhawks at MyFoxChicago.com, joined me tonight on episode 93 of TheThirdManIn~Radio.
On the show, Al and I discuss the fallout from Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins and the Blackhawks already falling behind the Red Wings’ first-place pace.
We chat about the importance of the Hawks’ immediate upcoming schedule, Duncan Keith’s early season struggles, Patrick Kane’s game, Jeremy Morin’s huge return to the IceHogs’ line up this past weekend and the continued state of befuddlement surrounding John Scott’s place on the Blackhawks.
All this and so much more and this hour-long edition of TTMI~Radio.
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Tagged Al Cimaglia, Avalanche, Ben Smith, Brandon Saad, Duncan Keith, Jeremy Morin, John Scott, Marian Hossa, Nick Leddy, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Red Wings, Rob Klinkhammer
By Brad Gardner
The Blackhawks entered Saturday’s tilt with Boston all too aware of what the Bruins’ struggling offense has experienced in the early stages of their Stanley Cup defense. Despite Boston’s slow start to the season, the marquee match-up between the league’s last two champions did not disappoint. Both teams carried play for stretches as they battled through 65 minutes, but it was Boston that eventually came away with two points in the shootout.
The squads traded chances in the early-going. Milan Lucic had several scoring opportunities on his own in the first period, the first one redirected high by the stick of Jonathan Toews and later a couple heavy shots on the rush that Corey Crawford was able to control. Patrick Kane’s line continued to create offense despite a new face in Viktor Stalberg on the right wing for an injured Marian Hossa. Their best chance came after Stalberg shielded the puck and passed to Kane, who drove unimpeded to the net but was robbed by the glove of Tim Thomas. Kane threw another backhand attempt at Thomas later in the period after using the spin-o-rama to get himself some space. Read more
Posted in Brad Gardner, Game recap
Tagged Bryan Bickell, Chris Kelly, Corey Crawford, Jamal Mayers, John Scott, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Tim Thomas, Tyler Seguin, Viktor Stalberg
By Rich Lindbloom
“What me worry? There’s must be at least 50 ways to find that elusive #2 center – having $3 mildo in my pocket is a good start.”
Last Saturday I was fortunate enough to locate a seat in our company’s Suite. Normally an inhabitant of the upper reaches of the U.C., on occasion I get to sit close enough to the ice to actually hear the sound Dave Bolland’s elbow makes when it collides with an adversary. In between periods, I made my way down to the main concourse to meet a friend close to where Denis Savard was signing autographs. The excitement and buzz there were rather apparent on this, the opening night of the 2011/12 season. Like most of the ardent Hawk fans, the bat senses were heightened that night trying to discern if this year’s team is an improvement over last year’s. If nothing else, Stan Bowman had a very active offseason. The word frenetic comes to mind. While he didn’t pull a true second center out of his hat, the revamping of the Hawks almost paralleled the amount of changes made last year. Read more
Posted in Rich Lindbloom
Tagged Andrew Brunette, Andrew Ladd, Blackhawks, Bobby Orr, Dan Carcillo, Dave Bolland, Jets, John Scott, Marian Hossa, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Patrick Kane, Rich Lindbloom, Stan Bowman, Steve Montador
By Chris Block
With Opening Night of the 2011-12 NHL season now a mere days away, we called upon an old friend and colleague on tonight’s edition of TheThirdManIn~Radio to get down to some serious Blackhawk puck chatter.
Sam Fels, writer extraordinaire and editor of The Committed Indian – SecondCityHockey.com and blogger at NBCChicago.com’s MadHouse Enforcer joins me to digest the off season and preview this year’s Chicago Blackhawks.
On the show, we discuss, but won’t limit ourselves to….
– Blackhawks’ Opening Night roster
– Updates and status of injured Hawks – Ben Smith, Patrick Sharp & Davey Bolland
– Brandon Saad signs entry-level. Begins season in NHL
– Saad vs Morin
– The mess at the center position
– Kane at Center, Sharp at Wing – For how long though?
– Grading Stan Bowman’s off season. Likes & Dislikes
– Can Dan Carcillo play?
– John Scott in the lineup Opening night?
– Ray Emery ‘wins’ the backup job
– The shake ups and makeup of the new defense corps
– Chris Campoli’s contract stand & new place in Montreal
– Biggest Hawks’ Storylines, Key Players for 2011-12
– Bolland again
– How much longer will Joel Quenneville remain Hawks’ head coach?
– Stan Bowman’s new 3-year contract extension in 2016
– 1st NHL head coach to be fired
– Western conference & Finals picks
– Predictions on Hart, Norris & Selke winners
– the Dallas Stars Ice Girls~!
– Drink beer – Get loaded – this Friday night at The Bottom Lounge with Sam and the boys over at SecondCityHockey.com at their big Opening Night viewing party.
And much… much… more
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Tagged Blackhawks, Brandon Saad, Bruins, Canucks, Chris Block, Chris Campoli, Dave Bolland, Duncan Keith, Joel Quenneville, John Scott, Jonathan Toews, Kings, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Penguins, Predators, Sam Fels, Season Preview, Stan Bowman, Steve Montador
Here’s the roster the Blackhawks will travel to Saskatoon with tomorrow for the first preseason game against the Oilers. This info has been relayed from today’s practice sessions by Jesse Rogers and Chris Kuc on their respective Twitter accounts.
The Blackhawks couldn’t resist the temptation, both Toews brothers will suit up. Ray Emery and Alexander Salak will be the goaltenders. I imagine they’ll split the time some how, but that isn’t clear. Making their unofficial pro debuts are 2011 draft picks Mark McNeill, Brandon Saad and Phillip Danault.
Emery, Rostislav Olesz, Jamal Mayers, Sami Lepisto and Steve Montador see their first real game action as members of the Blackhawks organization.
These are not the lines. Those should be released on the Hawks’ main site sometime Tuesday afternoon. Read more
Posted in Preseason
Tagged Alexander Salak, Blackhawks, Brandon Saad, David Toews, John Scott, Jonathan Toews, Marcus Kruger, Mark McNeill, Oilers, Pearl Jam, Phillip Danault, Ray Emery, Rostislav Olesz, Saskatoon
“Maggie” – photo credit: SI Vault
“Who killed Davey Moore,
Why an’ what’s the reason for?
“Not us,” says the angry crowd,
Whose screams filled the arena loud.
It’s too bad he died that night
But we just like to see a good fight.
We didn’t mean for him t’ meet his death,
We just meant to see some sweat,
There ain’t nothing wrong in that.
It wasn’t us that made him fall.
No, you can’t blame us at all.” – Bob Dylan
By Rich Lindbloom
The recent deaths of Bob Probert. Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien have stirred a hornet’s nest in the minds and hearts of hockey fans and critics. Hockey’s numerous detractors are quick to point out the accumulative effects of getting pummeled by an opponent leads to serious brain damage. They claim it is barbaric for modern day hockey to tolerate fighting to appease the blood thirsty fans who are packing the modern day equivalent of the Roman Coliseum.
Ian Brown had an excellent article on NHL enforcers last week that was a great read. Even more interesting than the article, were the numerous replies elicited by his piece. I read over 50 of the replies, finding the majority of them condemned fighting in the NHL. One dad said the “goon” aspect of hockey is why he has steered his son into other sports. Another response to the article stated, “the relatively violence free, international hockey grows in popularity and is a joy to watch.” Someone else decried that it seemed like every team has one dummy (Domi – in his words) on the team. Read more
Training camp begins almost a month early this week, and overseas, for a handful of Chicago Blackhawks players.
The Blackhawks have sent seven of their own over to Switzerland this week to participate in the final preseason preparations for Swiss NLA club HC Lugano’s upcoming season.
The players will spend a week in Switzerland training with Lugano.
How did this all come about? Read more
Posted in News and Notes
Tagged Alexei Yashin, Barry Smith, Dylan Olsen, HC Lugano, Jeremy Morin, Jimmy Hayes, John Scott, Marcus Kruger, Mats Hallin, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Scotty Bowman, Training camp, Viktor Stalberg
On this week’s show I fly solo and dig into our reader and listener emails.
Among the topics discussed:
- Chances of Andrew Ladd return
- Stan Bowman wants more John Scott minutes
- Putting contract talks with Crawford off until Draft
- Troy Brouwer’s worth
- Kyle Beach’s chances, expectations and comparisons
- Michael Frolik’s redemption
- Dale Tallon: the talent evaluator
- Hawks’ MVP
- Marian Hossa cap sore potential
- Kyle Hagel
- Hjalmarsson really trade bait?
- Stan’s #1 off season priority
- A Brian Campbell trade?
- Hence Ben Smith, next IceHog to emerge?
- Rene Bourque
- IIHF World Championships and much more
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Posted in TTMI~Radio
Tagged Ben Smith, Brian Campbell, Contract Talks, Corey Crawford, Dale Tallon, Jack Skille, John Scott, Marcus Kruger, Marian Hossa, Michael Frolik, Rene Bourque, Stan Bowman, Troy Brouwer