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Minnesota Run Wild in Chicago, Hawks drop 5-3 final

By Jon Fromi

It wasn’t a good night Saturday for the Chicago Blackhawks, who fell behind early to a visiting Minnesota Wild team and came out on the short end of a 5-3 score. The Blackhawks drop their second regulation contest and failed to earn a point for the first time at the United Center this season.

Jason Pominville paced the Wild effort with a pair of goals, while Niklas Backstom stopped 33 shots, consistently turning Chicago away through the evening.

First Period-Jonathan Toews went strong to the net in the opening minute with Marian Hossa sending a rebound attempt toward Backstrom. The Wild goalie stopped both shots. The fourth line got a shot on goal when Brandon Bollig found the puck in front of the net, though Backstrom saw it all the way and made the save. Read more »

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Blackhawks Fall in the Shootout 3-2 to St. Louis

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks took the visiting St. Louis Blues into a shootout Thursday night but couldn’t exact revenge on last week’s defeat in St. Louis. The Blues picked up their second win over the Hawks this season, besting Chicago 3-2 in a shootout.

First Period- The Hawks had six shots on net in the first three minutes. Marian Hossa set up Duncan Keith for a nice scoring opportunity that was stopped by Jaroslav Halak in the first minute. Soon after, Brandon Pirri got a good look at the net. Read more »

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Audio: Chris Block joins the HockeeNight PuckCast

By Chris Block

On Sunday night, I had the pleasure once again of joining our friends CT and “the Forklift” over at Hockeenight.com for their PuckCast.

Over the course of the show we discussed the Blackhawks so-so start, Kyle Beach‘s recent claim about the role he was “forced” to play, Joakim Nordstrom’s game, whose behind him and whether or not he should be sent down to Rockford.  We also discuss Brandon Pirri, Jimmy Hayes, the second-line center position, what should be done and who are the other top candidates for recall at this point.

Rockford’s 2-2 start is covered in detail, all the prospects and Fork’s favorites.   We discussed off season changes; Maxim Shalunov‘s first AHL shift gone terribly awry, and a funny story about Maxim Shalunov’s first interaction with the IceHogs training staff gone terribly awry; Kent Simpson going for Rockford’s star player one weekend to bench warmer the next; which Blackhawks prospect is likely to jump straight from college into the NHL, the Islanders terrible future home, Mariano Rivera, the fate of MSG, Laschet’s Inn, some Russian military history, a Jock Callander sighting and much, much more.

Its the longest PuckCast in more than three years and second-longest ever.

Fun time as always talking to those guys.

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Hawks hang on to beat winless Sabres, 2-1

By Michael Calvert

Last night’s game started out almost laughably one-sided in the Hawks favor.  Buffalo was unable to generate any type of consistency in any facet of the game.  Fortunately, for the Sabres, Ryan Miller was spectacular.  Fortunately, for the Hawks, so too was Corey Crawford.

1st period:  The Blackhawks started the game with Brandon Saad on Jonathan Toews wing, along with Patrick Kane.  This line, up until jumbled again, was dominant on most every shift they were on the ice for.  One more interesting line change was Marcus Kruger playing second line center.  Kruger looked good in the second line center position, ending the night winning 45% of his faceoffs taken.  Read more »

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Hawks manage to lose a game they dominated

By Michael Calvert

The Blackhawks lost tonight to Martin St Louis, Steven Stamkos and some other guys.  This was a frustrating loss as the Hawks pretty much dominated this game, including the scoreboard until fairly late in the third.   Here’s how it happened… Read more »

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PuckChatter~Radio; e.132, Prospect Camp and Free Agency review

By Chris Block

On this edition of PuckChatter~Radio, I’m joined by Brad Gardner of HockeysFuture.com and frequent contributor to TheThirdManIn.com to review all the Blackhawks news of the past two weeks.

Brad also attended Blackhawks prospect camp this past week and shares his thoughts on the standouts; how some other top prospects looked as well as some surprise performers as well.

We also look at the new assistant coach in Rockford and one particular intriguing aspect of that hire as well as some of the new player contracts a busy Stan Bowman has been dishing out the past two weeks as well.

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Lindbloom’s View: The long way to Tipperary

image001(2)Kruger takes a breather

[Editor’s note: Rich submitted this piece prior to Game 5 on Saturday, but for a variety of reasons, it could not be posted until now.  So, while reading, keep in mind that it was written as a lead-in to the Hawks 3-1 win over the Bruins on Saturday night.]

“Paddy wrote a letter to his Irish Molly O saying,

“Should you not receive it,”
Write and let me know!

It’s a long way to Tipperary,
It’s a long way to go,
It’s a long way to Tipperary,
To the sweetest girl I know.” – Jack Judge

By Rich Lindbloom

It’s also a long, long way to Michigan City – more on that later – suffice it to say it could be the difference between hoisting the Cup or swinging golf club.

Really, nothing more needs to be said about Game Four than Forklift’s concise description “Six biscuits in the basket.” I believe the over/under bet was shattered on Wednesday by the combined efforts of Bruins, the Hawks and of course, the curiouser and curiouser calls of the referee’s who I’m pretty sure would feel quite at home in Wonderland. While on the topic of betting, in a way I was hoping the Hawks lost last night. Then, the following story would have had an even greater salubrious effect on what might have appeared to be a hopeless situation had we gone down 1-3 to the bombastic B’s. It’s the true tale of a former boss, Bill, and a bloke named Tom from Tipperary. It involves never giving up no matter how insurmountable the odds, making crazy wagers while dangling the dinghy and consuming to much aqua vitae. In Wild (snap hook) Bill’s words: Read more »

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Blackhawks tie Finals series 2-2 in wild 6-5 overtime win at Boston

By Brad Gardner

Entering the game trailing the Bruins 2-1 in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Finals series, the Chicago Blackhawks were desperate for a win on Wednesday night in Boston. The ‘Hawks offense woke up, but the Bruins would not let Game 4 go quietly.

The Bruins tied the game twice in the third period to force yet another overtime session. Brent Seabrook scored the decisive goal in overtime, his second overtime goal of the playoffs, to give the visiting team a 6-5 win. Read more »

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Shaw’s Knee-In Bests Boston 4-3 in Triple OT

By Jon Fromi

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final didn’t disappoint Wednesday night. The series opener between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins saw nearly two full games of hockey with Chicago prevailing in three overtimes by a score of 4-3.

The Blackhawks rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the final period, then outlasted the Bruins in the lengthy overtime session to take a 1-0 series lead. Andrew Shaw wound up a hero with the game-winning goal, but goals by Chicago’s depth players and 51 saves by Corey Crawford also had a big hand in the win.

Chicago came out looking to take the physical action to the Bruins. It resulted in some scoring chances but wound up biting the Blackhawks in the behind midway through the opening period. Read more »

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PuckChatter~Radio, e.127, Hawks-Red Wings Game 1 review and much more

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