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
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap, Stanley Cup Playoffs
Tagged Andrew Shaw, Blackhawks, Boston, Brandon Saad, Bruins, Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Dave Bolland, David Krejci, Game recap, Johnny Oduya, Marcus Kruger, Michael Frolik, Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, Patrice Bergeron, Tuukka Rask
“I wanna tell you a story
I wanna tell you about my town
I’m gonna tell you a big bad story, baby
Aww, it’s all about my town…”
By Rich Lindbloom
Ah June in the 60’s – a time of warm weather, summer vacation, ice cream trucks, twi-light games of ghost in the graveyard, transistor radios, Dick Biondi and Dick Clark – Top 40 and graduation parties at the Surf Club. In 1966, the Standells recorded the song Dirty Water that prompted my dad to ask if there was something wrong with the volume control on my stereo. For those of you not familiar with the object above, it was known as a 45. This particular one peaked at #8 on the charts and brings back memories of a time when music was music. How it never reached #1 is a mystery to me – it probably had something to do with four lads from Liverpool. There was just something so right about singing, “Oh, Boston you’re my home.” Read more
Posted in Rich Lindbloom
Tagged Andrew Shaw, Blackhawks, Boston, Brad Marchand, Bruins, Bryan Bickell, Jonathan Toews, Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Patrice Bergeron, Tuukka Rask
From this past Saturday night’s issue of The Committed Indian
By Chris Block
Anyone whose read or followed my work over the years would know that I haven’t exactly been a huge fan of Bryan Bickell’s. However, this playoff’s John Druce deserves kudos for being, perhaps, the single-most overriding factor in the Blackhawks being now one game away from advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in four seasons.
That’s not to suggest Bickell’s current successes should force Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman (provided this kind of thing is ultimately even his decision) into doing anything drastic (not his style anyhow) in attempts to keep Bickell this summer.
Before this postseason, Bickell’s greatest asset to the Blackhawks was his salary cap number, which for three seasons has hovered right at the NHL minimum salary requirement.
While it is stunning to look at the NHL leaderboard today and see Bickell’s eight playoff tallies ranking the 6-4, 235 pound Bowmanville, Ontario native second overall in playoff goals scored (tied with Patrick Sharp). Boston Bruins center David Krejci’s nine goals leads all postseason performers. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks
Tagged Andrew Ladd, Ben Smith, Bob Pulford, Brandon Pirri, Brandon Saad, Bruce Franklin, Bryan Bickell, Chris Block, Dale Tallon, David Clarkson, Drew Leblanc, Jarome Iginla, Jeremy Morin, Mark Kelley, Mark McNeill, Nathan Horton, Ron Anderson, Stan Bowman
By Brad Gardner
The Blackhawks entered Saturday’s tilt with Boston all too aware of what the Bruins’ struggling offense has experienced in the early stages of their Stanley Cup defense. Despite Boston’s slow start to the season, the marquee match-up between the league’s last two champions did not disappoint. Both teams carried play for stretches as they battled through 65 minutes, but it was Boston that eventually came away with two points in the shootout.
The squads traded chances in the early-going. Milan Lucic had several scoring opportunities on his own in the first period, the first one redirected high by the stick of Jonathan Toews and later a couple heavy shots on the rush that Corey Crawford was able to control. Patrick Kane’s line continued to create offense despite a new face in Viktor Stalberg on the right wing for an injured Marian Hossa. Their best chance came after Stalberg shielded the puck and passed to Kane, who drove unimpeded to the net but was robbed by the glove of Tim Thomas. Kane threw another backhand attempt at Thomas later in the period after using the spin-o-rama to get himself some space. Read more
Posted in Brad Gardner, Game recap
Tagged Bryan Bickell, Chris Kelly, Corey Crawford, Jamal Mayers, John Scott, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Tim Thomas, Tyler Seguin, Viktor Stalberg