“Hockey captures the essence of the Canadian experience in the New World.
In a land so inescapably and inhospitably cold, hockey is the dance of life, and
An affirmation that despite the deathly chill of winter we are alive.” – Bruce Kidd
By Rich Lindbloom
Admittedly, two robust victories on the road can have an inordinate impact on one’s enthusiasm. Yet, after almost four months of saying I don’t care if they play or not, it’s truly great to see that the boys are back in town. (“Remember that chick that slapped Kaner’s face? Man… we fell about the place-if that chick don’t want to go forget her.”) Actually, it seems all the stars are lining up at the moment for Chicago hockey fans. Hockey and single digit temperatures go together like soup and sandwiches. There’s even a smidgeon of that white stuff on the ground. Hopefully Sam Fels and his street urchins will not develop frostbite while peddling ‘The Indian’ tonight. That lamppost doesn’t offer much protection from a bitter Northwest wind. Dig a little deeper and tip them tonight bucko’s! Read more
Posted in Rich Lindbloom
Tagged Andrew Shaw, Blackhawks, Blues, Brandon Bollig, Brandon Saad, Bryan Bickell, David Backes, Johnny Oduya, Kyle Chipchura, Marian Hossa, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Ray Emery, Shane Doan, St. Louis, Viktor Stalberg
By Brad Gardner
Phoenix closed out their first round series win over the Chicago Blackhawks in front of a 39-save shutout by Coyotes’ goaltender Mike Smith. The ‘Hawks out-shot the visiting Coyotes 39-20 in the game but fell by a final score of 4-0. Rookie defender Oliver Ekman-Larsson opened the scoring in the second and assisted on another goal to help Phoenix pull away with three third period goals.
The Blackhawks dominated play in the opening period but came up empty on the scoreboard. They out-shot Phoenix 16-2 in the opening 20 minutes, winning foot races and board battles with consistency. Andrew Shaw, back in the line-up after serving a three-game suspension, had one of the best chances of the period by driving to the net and redirecting a pinpoint saucer pass from Patrick Kane.
Despite the one-sided opening frame, the teams dropped the puck for the second period scoreless. The ‘Hawks again carried play with prime scoring opportunities by Jonathan Toews on a strong drive to the net, Brendan Morrison with a weak one-time opportunity, and Niklas Hjalmarsson sending a heavy blast that Smith had trouble controlling. The Coyotes’ goaltender managed to snuff out each chance and soak up the rebounds. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Brad Gardner, Game recap, Stanley Cup Playoffs
Tagged Andrew Shaw, Antoine Vermette, Corey Crawford, Daymond Langkow, Gilbert Brule, Jimmy Hayes, Jonathan Toews, Keith Yandle, Kyle Chipchura, Marian Hossa, Mike Smith, Mikkel Boedker, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Patrick Kane, Rostislav Klesla, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Tim Sassone
By Brad Gardner
Another serviceable effort from the Blackhawks resulted in no points as they dropped their eighth straight game, falling to the Coyotes by a score of 3-0. The ‘Hawks found themselves in an early hole and did not have any comebacks in them tonight against a 38-save shutout from red-hot goalie Mike Smith in the Phoenix net.
The Blackhawks faced an uphill battle early with Phoenix scoring two goals in the first six minutes of the opening period. Radim Vrbata continued to light up the ‘Hawks, registering his 26th goal of the season and third against Chicago when his pass from behind the net deflected into the net off defenseman Sami Lepisto. Viktor Stalberg was unable to clear the puck from the defensive zone and Ray Whitney and Vrbata attacked with a give-and-go the other way. Vrbata used his speed to skate in behind and Lepisto was in an unfortunate position as Vrbata tried to get the puck back to the front of the net, deflecting in the opening goal at 3:14 of the first period. Read more
Posted in Brad Gardner, Game recap
Tagged Boyd Gordon, Brendan Morrison, Dylan Olsen, Gilbert Brule, Kyle Chipchura, Lauri Korpikoski, Michael Frolik, Mike Smith, Radim Vrbata, Ray Emery, Ray Whitney