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Seabrook blast ends Game 4 in Triple OT, Hawks take 3-1 series lead on Nashville

By Brad Vandenberk

There was a marathon at the United Center on Tuesday night as the Hawks found themselves beating the Nashville Predators in three overtimes, 3-2.

Chicago did not hold a single lead during the game, but still eventually found a way to win and take a commanding 3-1 series lead. Brandon Saad scored the tying goal with Antoine Vermette getting his first tally as a Blackhawk, tipping one past Rinne in the opening period, the first of six on Tuesday.

Shea Weber and Mike Fisher did not dress for this one, but you can be sure with their season on the line that they will try and play on Thursday night when the series shifts back to Nashville. Scott Darling and Pekka Rinne faced a ton of traffic and shots and lasted the entire 5 periods. Read more »


Hawks take 2-1 series lead over Weber-less Preds

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks came back to the United Center Sunday afternoon and took a 2-1 series lead in their Western Conference quarterfinal with the Nashville Predators. Three second period tallies and a stronger defensive effort paved the way for a 4-2 Blackhawks triumph.

First Period-Nashville went to the power play in the opening minute when Kimmo Timonen held the stick of Taylor Beck. Marian Hossa led a shorthanded charge that was stopped by Predators goalie Pekka Rinne. The Blackhawks killed the penalty fairly easily.

Nashville’s first shot came off the stick of Beck in the fifth minute but the attempt was covered by Hawks goalie Scott Darling. The action was back and forth and the pace was brisk to say the least. Read more »


Lindbloom’s View: Darlin’ Corey

Lindbloom_Top_20150418On Gorging Ourselves and Sad Country Songs

“Oh where have you gone darlin’ Cory
With a dram glass in your hand
She’s a drinking away all her troubles
And a courtin’ some other man..”  Doc Watson

By Rich Lindbloom

Before I get into the actual meat of this piece, I wanted to describe an image that came to me while getting ready for the two games per night, every night, during Round One of the NHL Playoffs. I love this round the most, because it is basically non-stop, balls out, hockey for almost two weeks. Getting to watch the third period of the Blues vs. Wild on Saturday afternoon almost made me forget about Friday night’s debacle. Damn the Wild look formidable. The Rangers/Penguins game is turning out to be a good old fashioned barn burner as I type this. Lundqvist just let in his fourth goal – is it time for a goalie controversy in New York? Anybody see the line dance in Vancouver last night? As I finish this up I’m watching taking periodic glances at the Jets/Ducks game, which closer resembles a bowling game. Read more »


Darling’s 42 saves in relief carry rallying Hawks to 4-3 win in double-OT of Game 1

By Chris Block

Opening night of the 2015 playoffs in Nashville had everything you might ask for an NHL postseason game: Double overtime, the return of a mega star, huge momentum shifts, trading scoring chances in end-to-end sequences, a dramatic game-winning goal, a blown 3-0 lead, a goalie yanking, an incredible goaltending performance, bad ice, dramatic scoring chances as a result of bad ice, bad penalty calls, bad non-penalty calls, heroes, goats and finally – one now huge goaltending controversy.

And that was just Game One.

The return of Patrick Kane just seven weeks after surgery to repair a broken left collarbone suffered on February 24 against the Florida Panthers was the big story coming into Wednesday’s playoff opener. Kane wasn’t in top form, but 75 percent or so was enough to make a big difference.

But the story coming out of the Hawks come-from-behind 4-3, double overtime victory in Game 1 is who will be the starter in Game 2.

Corey Crawford was victimized for 3 first period goals. The middle of those three was result of a Crawford turnover behind his net, but that was in part due to some bad luck in that the momentum of the puck as it approached the trapezoid slowed down as Crawford waited to play it. Read more »


Keith-less Hawks stuff LA’s home winning streak; Kings face elimination Saturday in Chicago

By Brad Vandenberk

Game 4 of the Western Conference gifted us with nothing but story lines before the puck was even dropped.  Duncan Keith was assessed a 1-game suspension for an uncontrolled high stick to the face of Jeff Carter in game 3.  Keith received a four minute minor during the game, but the league wanted more and suspending the Hawks D man.  Carter received 22 stitches in his mouth and chipped a few pearly whites.

Mike Richards did not dress once again for the Kings missing his 3rd straight.  But with Keith out, the Kings were looking poised to get the win to tie the series.

Sheldon Brookbank was inserted into the lineup to take Keith’s “spot”.  Read more »


PuckChatter~Radio; e.128, Predictions, Shmictions

By Chris Block

Complications in our schedules this week left us with little choice but to record our show right before the Blackhawks-Kings Game 4 in LA.

Were our Game 4 predictions on the money or did we come out the other side looking like dopes?  I’ll let you decide.

Also on this edition of PuckChatter~Radio, we discuss Niklas Hjalmarsson, Bryan Bickell, the Duncan Keith suspension, why Brad Watson is officiating the Conference Finals after the controversial disallowed goal in Game 3 of the Red Wings series, and a discussion of that play.

I also have a personal dedication, a request, some gossip of our recent trip to Las Vegas, the atrocious NBC second-team NHL broadcast team and much more.

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Also, come on out this Sunday to Galway Bay in Chicago at 500 W. Diversey.

I’ll be there to take part in HockeeNight.com ’s 200th PuckCast.

They’ll be doing a live recording on location there at Galway Bay starting at 5:30pm.

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Lindbloom’s View: Benchmarks


“The significance of a man is not what he attains but rather what he longs to attain.” – Kahlil Gibran

By Rich Lindbloom

When my son Greg was about 12 years old I took him to the health club with me on occasion. While possessing massive thumbs developed from hours upon hours of Play Station activity, he was neglecting other muscle groups. (Honestly, where would man be today without the opposable thumb?) I introduced Greg to the bench press, starting out with either 5lbs or 7.5lbs on each side. It wasn’t too long before he was pumping out ten reps – clearly on his way to becoming the next Charles Atlas. Read more »


Hawks take 2-0 series lead; Chase Quick in route to 4-2 victory at United Center

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks responded on a rare playoff back-to-back, taking a 2-0 series lead over the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference finals with a 4-2 victory. The Blackhawks drove Jonathan Quick from the Kings’ crease in the second period, hitting the game’s first four goals and outskating their opposition for the second night in a row.

The Blackhawks came out firing when the game began and turned a nice play by the third line into the game’s first goal. Brandon Saad held the puck in the Kings’ zone along the boards and made a pass to Viktor Stalberg. Stalberg made a pretty backhanded pass to a streaking Andrew Shaw, who beat Jonathan Quick for the goal just 1:56 into the game. Read more »


Hawks get two by Quick, take 1-0 series lead on LA

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks opened the Western Conference finals Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. A pair of second period goals by Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa provided the offense to give Chicago a 1-0 series lead.

The Blackhawks came out on the offensive, generating the first five shots of the contest. In fact, Chicago would outshoot the Kings 17-2 in the opening period. However, the only one of those shots that mattered came off the stick of Justin Williams.

Corey Crawford attempted to send a loose puck behind the boards with just under six minutes to play in the first period. Brad Richardson prevented this from happening and the puck floated to the front of the net. Dave Bolland tried to clear the crease but the puck struck Williams’ stick and into the net. Despite the lack of scoring chances, Los Angeles skated to the locker room with a 1-0 lead. Read more »


Seabrook, Blackhawks eliminate Detroit in Overtime Game 7 thriller

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks completed a comeback for the ages Wednesday night, lasting through a tease of the winning goal in the final minutes. Brent Seabrook ended Chicago’s Western Conference semifinal with the Detroit Red Wings in the fourth minute of overtime, giving the ‘Hawks a 2-1 victory.

Full disclosure, folks. Due to a work commitment I made three years ago (see how careful planning pays off?) I was about 500 miles away from my usual seat in front of my television when the puck dropped at United Center Wednesday night.

So…instead of taking in the culmination of a classic series, I was in a theater watching people contort their bodies in ways that would absolutely finish off Dave Bolland’s back. As I have another full day of Missouri wonders to take in, this is what I surmised while I was supposed to be asleep. Read more »