“My dog died yesterday and left me all alone.
The finance company stopped by and repossessed my home.
But that’s just a drop in the bucket babe, compared to losing you,
and I’m down to seeds and stems again too.
Got them down to seeds and stems again blues.” – Commander Cody
By Rich Lindbloom
After the Nashville game last Saturday, I started to ponder the meaning of life. Losing to the Predators has that kind of effect on me – I doubt even the brain addling effects of alcohol could have helped me. Instead of resorting to “oh demon alcohol,” I started Googling “meaning of life quotes,” cementing my depression. It seems most philosophers, as Kahlil Gibran once suggested, suffer from indigestion. I’m pretty sure I would have had a much better time if I had gone to Gonna Drinken 3 at Galway Bar with Hockeenight’s brain trust. (What’s the meaning of life – Fart!) Somehow, I think you get vastly different takes on the meaning of life depending on your sobriety. Stick tap to the boys for raising money for the wounded veterans. Read more
By Brad Vandenberk
After an absolute debacle in Nashville on Saturday night, it was time for Kris Versteeg to get his long awaited ovation at the United Center on Sunday evening. The visiting, San Jose Sharks, were coming off a five game road trip that saw them go 3-0-1 thus far. Nikolai Khabibulin was put on the IR this morning which meant that Antti Raanta was recalled from Rockford to sit behind Crawford who got his 19th start of the year. After Khabby left with an injury on Saturday night, Crawford was called upon to not only finish that game, but start against the Sharks who are battling the Hawks for tops in the Western Conference. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap
Tagged Antti Niemi, Antti Raanta, Blackhawks, Brandon Bollig, Brandon Pirri, Brandon Saad, Corey Crawford, Joe Pavelski, Johnny Oduya, Jonathan Toews, Justin Braun, Kris Versteeg, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Marian Hossa, Nikolai Khabibulin, Patrick Sharp, San Jose, Sharks, Tyler Kennedy
By Michael Calvert
Well, that was embarrassing. Chicago went into Nashville Saturday night to face a flailing Predator team sporting a backup goalie. One would think that a team with little to no offense and a backup with ‘Khabibulin bad’ numbers would be an easy win.
The Wall, who shall be known from here forth as The Gate, lets in a pretty easy tap in from Matt Cullen off a pedestrian wrist shot rebound. I’ll call him the gate because we all know they can’t really keep much out, figure out their weak spots and in you shall go. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap
Tagged Blackhawks, Brandon Pirri, Bryan Bickell, Craig Smith, Game recap, Kris Versteeg, Marian Hossa, Matt Cullen, Mike Fisher, Nashville, Nick Spaling, Nikolai Khabibulin, Patric Hornqvist, Predators, Shea Weber, Viktor Stalberg
“Bare trees, grey light
Oh yeah it was a cold night
Bare trees, grey light” – Danny Kirwan
By Rich Lindbloom
While walking the dogs the other day, I came across a neighbor who was taking his dog for an evening romp. We exchanged pleasantries and then he said something that really made me laugh; “I can’t wait until Spring,” he said in between a shiver. “Ha! Leo, don’t hold your breath on that one,” I replied with a huge smile on my face. For heaven’s sake, half the leaves were still on the trees! In Leo’s case, I guess there’s a case to be made for hibernation. Read more
Our old friend and one-time TTMI writer Dieter Kurtenbach joined me last night for this week’s PuckChatter~Radio. Dieter is now a sports writer at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and covers the Florida Panthers.
On this show recorded late Monday night, Dieter and I discussed the latest controversy surrounding Patrick Kane and what we think of the reaction it has garnered. Dieter also gives his take on the state of the Blackhawks as well as what steps need to be taken moving forward to get this team back to the Cup.
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Posted in Audio, Puck Chatter~Radio
Tagged Brian Campbell, Chris Block, Dale Tallon, Deadspin, Dieter Kurtenbach, Jack Skille, Jason Garrison, Joel Quenneville, John Madden, Kris Versteeg, Marc Bergevin, Norm Maciver, Patrick Kane, Podcast, Stan Bowman, Tomas Kopecky
He can score again – photo credit: Yahoo! Sports
By Brad Vandenberk
With the Stanley Cup championship banner hanging from the United Center rafters, 5 ex champions, now Florida Panthers, invaded the place they called home, to play the Blackhawks. This would be the first time since winning the beloved cup that Kris Versteeg would play in the United Center. Brian Campbell, Tomas Kopecky, Jack Skille and wily vet John Madden were all a big part of bringing the Stanley cup to Chicago and ending a 49 year drought.
Old man Winter played havoc on fans and players arriving for the 7:30pm puck drop. With the snow falling, players found themselves arriving late and even the Panthers’ bus was not able to get the team to the UC on time, forcing some players to take cabs to the arena. All this considered, the game was pushed back to an 8:08 pm start. Read more
On this week’s show we open up the listener email bag to discuss topics ranging from Viktor Stalberg’s handsomely prowess to Kyle Beach’s bust-ness to whether or not some legendary Blackhawks should be in the Hall of Fame.
We also compare this year’s Blackhawks to where the team was at this point a season ago and take a look at how the 2010-11 team’s secondary scoring stacks up against the current group.
All this plus more on 2-year old puppy dog behavior, Superstar on the bottom and what’s been bugging Block.
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The show returns next Wednesday, January 25th at a time to be determined.
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Posted in Podcast, TTMI~Radio
Tagged Adam Henrique, Blackhawks, Brandon Pirri, Brian Campbell, Cheer the Anthem, Igor Makarov, Jeff Bartl, Jeremy Morin, Jonathan Toews, Kevin Shattenkirk, Kris Versteeg, Kyle Beach, Marian Hossa, Secondary scoring, Tomas Kopecky, Viktor Stalberg
By Brad Gardner
The Blackhawks survived their first game of the Florida road trip, squeaking past the Panthers by a score of 3-2 in a shootout. The win brought Chicago’s shootout record back up to 2-2 and extended the team’s current winning streak to three games.
Jonathan Toews put the Blackhawks up 1-0 just over four minutes into the first period. Defenseman Sean O’Donnell cleared his zone with a flip pass towards the offensive end. The puck was collected by Florida defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, who played to his defensive partner Mike Weaver. Toews descended on the unsuspecting Weaver and forced the turnover to Andrew Brunette. The winger returned it to Toews as he crashed the net and the Hawks captain tipped the puck past the rookie Markstrom for the first goal of the game.
The Panthers out-shot the Hawks 15-7 in the opening frame but were unable to solve Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford. Scottie Upshall led the Florida attack with five shots.
Despite the shot disparity, Chicago extended their lead at the 5:41 mark of the second period. Patrick Kane carried the puck into the zone on the rush as Andrew Brunette attacked the front of the net. Brunette drew Kulikov closer to the crease and gave Kane a lane to pass across the zone to an open Marian Hossa. He ripped a quick one-timer between the legs of Markstrom to put the Hawks up by two goals. Read more
Posted in Uncategorized
Tagged Corey Crawford, Dimitry Kulikov, Duncan Keith, Jacob Markstrom, Kris Versteeg, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Sami Lepisto, Sean O'Donnell, Stephen Weiss, Tomas Kopecky