By Brad Vandenberk
Hockey Day in America was celebrated Sunday and the Blackhawks entertained the United Center with some matinee action. The Stanley Cup champions, LA Kings, were in town and looking to take some revenge over the Hawks.
Game one of this season had the Hawks spoiling the Kings’ Championship banner raising ceremony, winning 5 -2. On Sunday, the Hawks were looking to maintain their dominance throughout the NHL. They currently have recorded a single point or better for 14 straight games. They are also playing their third home game over seven straight.
After a big win against the Sharks on Friday evening, the Hawks were looking to keep the momentum high against the Kings. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap
Tagged Brent Seabrook, Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith, Johnny Oduya, Jonathan Quick, Jonathan Toews, Kings, Los Angeles, Marcus Kruger, Mike Richards, NHL record, Patrick Sharp, Ray Emery
By Brad Gardner
Jonathan Quick continued to baffle the Blackhawks when his Kings club visited the United Center on Sunday evening. The Blackhawks battled back to tie the game twice and earn one point in the standings, eventually falling to Mike Richards’ conversion in the shootout for a final score of 3-2.
The Kings set the tone early with a chance off the opening faceoff. Nick Leddy fumbled a pass to his defensive partner that was picked up by Dwight King. He broke in between the two defenders on Ray Emery but the ‘Hawks goaltender was able to deny the game’s first shot.
Slava Voynov was able to get one by Emery a few minutes later. Duncan Keith pinched into the offensive zone but had the puck poked away by Justin Williams. The sent the Kings in on a 4-on-1 against Brent Seabrook, who sold out to take away the passing lane. Williams still had room to get the puck to Voynov, who beat Emery wide to the glove side for the rookie defenseman’s fifth tally of the season. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Brad Gardner, Game recap
Tagged Brandon Bollig, Duncan Keith, Jeff Carter, Jonathan Quick, Jonathan Toews, Justin Williams, Kings, Kyle Clifford, LA Kings, Marcus Kruger, Marian Hossa, Mike Richards, Patrick Kane, Ray Emery, Slava Voynov, Viktor Stalberg
On tonight’s show we’re joined by The Mayor, coincidentally enough, owner and author of MayorsManor.com, an outstanding LA Kings’ blog.
John joins us to give us the latest on the Drew Doughty contract hold out, where the two sides stand and how Doughty’s status is, or isn’t, affecting his teammates.
Over this solid hour, we covered the Kings’ depth and versatility on the blue line. We take a look at the rookie who will likely step in to hold Doughty’s place in the line up in the interim; Jack Johnson’s place heading into his new 7-year contract and Willie Mitchell’s health and value entering what is a contract-year for the former Canuck blue liner.
Up front we preview a new-look top six and the competition for jobs on the Kings’ third and fourth lines. Also, Mayor gives us his thoughts on Mike Richards in LA, where the real leadership comes from on this Kings team and why the Mayor believes this group of Kings are the real deal.
We covered all-things Kings. The Mayor does a terrific job covering the team. From player interviews, behind the scenes insight to breaking news, MayorsManor is a must-visit for LA Kings information and analysis.
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Tagged Anze Kopitar, Dean Lombardi, Don Meehan, Drew Doughty, Dustin Brown, Jack Johnson, Jarret Stoll, Kings, Kyle Clifford, LA Kings, Mayors Manor, Mike Richards, Podcast, Season Preview, Terry Murray, Willie Mitchell
Sunday was Bob Probert Day in his hometown Windsor, Ontario. 800 motorcyclists turned out for a memorial charity ride supporting a local hospital’s angioplasty program. Chris Chelios was there and served as honorary “captain” for the ride. July 5th is the one-year anniversary of Probert’s death.
Later on Sunday, Chelios was on hand at Detroit’s Fox Theatre for his buddy Eddie Vedder’s solo show. Vedder is at the Chicago Theatre tomorrow and Wednesday night. This was a big thrill for Chelios. I guess he kind of had to be there. During Vedder’s two and a half hour set Sunday, he dedicated his version of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” to Chelios. Detroit wasn’t a scheduled stop on Vedder’s current U.S. tour until Chelios did some persuading on his friend and Pearl Jam frontman. To oblige, Vedder cancelled an additional planned show in Philadelphia.
Chelios and Vedder met in San Diego in 1980-81 in that beach community’s surfing scene, in the summer months where the Chelios clan lived. They also worked for a time at opposite gas stations across the street from each other. The pair didn’t keep in touch and Chelios never put two and two together even after Pearl Jam burst onto the scene ten years later and Chelios became a fan. Back in San Diego, Eddie Vedder was actually Eddie Mueller. But one night in 1997, Vedder was out with Dennis Rodman in Chicago and happened to be at the same bar as Chelios. Vedder recognized Chelios, but as he put it (Vedder wasn’t a hockey fan), not from being a star NHL player, but from their old haunts on the surf. Vedder recounted to Chelios how the two knew each other from San Diego, but didn’t introduce himself as the famous rock singer and Chelios still didn’t put that together on his own. Vedder walked away realizing Chelios hadn’t the faintest recollection or idea who Vedder was. Shortly after, one of Vedder’s bodyguards (he is legitimately 5’4”) walked over and clued Chelios in and the two exchanged phone numbers. At times Chelios has arranged his summer schedule around Pearl Jam and Vedder shows in Chicago and Detroit. In 2008, Chelios planned his two days with the Stanley Cup around a Cubs game and a Vedder show at the Auditorium Theatre. A night John Cusak, John C McGinley (Scrubs) and Sean Penn were also on hand for. Chelios got a mixed reaction from the Chicago crowd when he raised the Stanley Cup under a spotlight from a balcony box in a planned spot to start Vedder’s set.
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Posted in News and Notes
Tagged Alexander Karopovtsev, Bernie Nicholls, Bill Peters, Billy Sweatt, Bob Murray, Brian Campbell, Bruce Cassidy, Bryan McCabe, Chicago Wolves, Chris Chelios, Colin Fraser, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dale Tallon, Dennis Rodman, Dustin Byfuglien, Eddie Vedder, Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings, Michael Grabner, Mike Richards, Mike Smith, Nicklas Bergfors, Sedins, Sheldon Souray, Steve Poapst, Theo Fleury, Trent Yawney