By Chris Block
Looking to return to their recent winning ways and stay within striking distance of first-place Grand Rapids ahead of two all-important matchups next week at the BMO with those same Griffins, the Rockford IceHogs (17-14-1-1) traveled to Hamilton, Ontario on Friday night to face a down-and-out Hamilton Bulldogs squad.
Hamilton came into Friday’s contest against Rockford with the worst record (11-18-1-2) in the AHL. Hamilton, the AHL affiliate to the Montreal Canadiens, had lost 8 of their past 9 contests since defeating Rockford 6-4 at the BMO Harris Bank Center on December 15th.
Worse yet, Hamilton had not scored a goal in more than three games before facing the IceHogs for the second and final time this season. The Bulldogs had been shutout in each of their previous three games, all road losses.
For these reasons, and perhaps a little too much confidence in the way they’ve played of late, the IceHogs may have taken the Bulldogs for granted on Friday night.
Despite the IceHogs getting out to a quick start, sloppy passing and poor work in the defensive zone contributed to a 3-1 Rockford loss before a crowd of 4,505 at Copps Coliseum on Friday.
Backup Alec Richards got the start in net, his first in nine games. Read more
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Tagged Adam Clendening, AHL, Alec Richards, Ben Smith, Brandon Bollig, Brandon Pirri, Bulldogs, Chris Block, Frederic St-Denis, Gabriel Dumont, Hamilton, IceHogs, Jeremy Morin, Kyle Beach, Mark Bernard, Martin St. Pierre, Michael Blunden, Mike Commodore, Olivier Fortier, Patrick Holland, Pete Leblanc, Philippe Lefebvre, Robert Mayer, Rockford, Shawn Lalonde, Ted Dent, TJ Luxmore, Video Review, Zack Stortini
By Brad Vandenberk
After losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night at Consol Energy Center, the Chicago Blackhawks played host to the Habitant Du Montreal at the United Center. With the biggest crowd of the year on hand to witness the original six matchup, and Hawks did not disappoint their faithful.
Corey Crawford saw his first action after six games on the bench during Ray Emery’s 5-game winning streak. After suffering their first loss in regulation in December at the hands of the Penguins, it was time for Crawford to get a chance, here on the second game of a back to back. The Canadiens went with Peter Budaj in net as they were holding off Carey Price for a matchup Thursday in Winnipeg.
Marcus Kruger did not play after taking a head shot from Penguins defensemen Deryk Engelland on Tuesday. Dan Carcillo was placed on Injury Reserve and also was inactive. John Scott and Sami Lepisto were the additional scratches. Sean O’Donnell was placed in the defensive lineup and Brandon Pirri was called up from the AHL earlier in the day. Read more
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Tagged Andrei Kostitsyn, Andrew Brunette, Blackhawks, Brad Vandenberk, Brandon Pirri, Brent Seabrook, Bryan Bickell, Canadiens, Chris Campoli, Corey Crawford, Jonathan Toews, Michael Blunden, Patrick Sharp, Peter Budaj, Randy Cunneyworth, Sean O'Donnell, Tomas Plekanec, Viktor Stalberg