“I have been a gigantic Rolling Stones fan since approximately the Spanish American War.” – Dave Barry
By Rich Lindbloom
I came across the “Father and Sons” photo above one of the booths at Due’s on Ontario Street, in downtown Chicago. While we were waiting for our seats by the bar, my gaze was attracted to the photo like iron to a magnet. Bill Wyman, Mick Jagger, Mississippi Muddy Waters, (you know you bad when you have a state in front of your name!) and Keith Richards are caught in a black and white on July 8, 1978 at The Quiet Knight. Oh, to have been a fly on the wall.
I’ve never been the hugest Rolling Stones fan – don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see them someday. However, I’ve come to the conclusion that they are the greatest “rock and roll” band ever. How the group could have survived over 52 years of life on the road, and remained together while producing countless hits, is certainly no small feat. (Although even the Rolling Stones have gathered a bit of moss during that time.)
By Michael Calvert
The game started out like a typical Preds game, slow with a lot of backing and forth-ing in the neutral zone. However, at 11:50 in the first, the Preds started rolling. Just as their power play expired, Roman Josi scores on a pretty give and go pass that Saad must have been impressed by as he too sat watching.
Craig Smith deposited a rebound at 17:12 to give the Predators a 2-0 lead, which feels insurmountable the way this game is going, not to mention Rinne’s 1.8 goals against average.
The Predators had 18 shots in the first period, this is not your father’s Preds, not even your older brother’s.
“Mom, Andrew’s touching me again…”
A lot of children are interested in fairies, especially young girls, and Tinker Bell is the ueber-fairy. She’s the pin up girl of fairies. She’s the ultimate fairy, but she also has a mischievous spirit and she’s very strong willed. I think a lot of youngsters recognize themselves in Tinker Bell. – Michael Sheen
By Rich Lindbloom
One memory of my childhood I’ll never forget was piling into the old Chrysler station wagon with my mom, dad, 3 brothers and 5 sisters as we headed to Warren Dunes in Michigan.
Honestly, I don’t know how my parents kept their sanity; trust me there was a lot of “Johnny is touching me,” going on. I love the look of the girl in the left of the above picture. She seems to be thinking, “Why am I in this family. My brother is so annoying. How do I get out?”
By Chris Block
The Blackhawks kept the recent string of dominance over their top competition in the West on Saturday. Chicago skated through Music City taking a 3-1 victory from the Nashville Predators before the typical Blackhawks fan-laden crowd at Bridgestone Arena.
Brandon Saad was the offensive darling of the night, scoring his 6th of the season in the first period to get the Hawks going. Saad then set up Marian Hossa for an easy goal in the second that proved to be the game-winner. Starter Scott Darling and the Hawks withstood a strong third period Predators pushback to preserve the win.
Darling stopped 32 of 33 shots in earning his 3rd win in 4 NHL starts. Pekka Rinne made 28 saves against 30 shots in taking the loss. Hossa potted an empty-netter with 1:11 to go to seal the win. Hossa had just 1 goal in his previous 16 games going into Saturday night in Nashville.
Chicago (18-8-1, 37pts, .685) jumped over Nashville (17-7-2, 36pts) and into 1st place in the Central with the victory, though the Predators do have a game in hand and own a better points-earned percentage (.692) still. It caps a week that saw the Hawks pass the Preds and Blues in the standings both by head-to-head wins as well as beating Montreal, one of the top teams in the East right now as well.
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks were in Nashville Thursday night to open a two-game road trip. James Neal and Pekka Rinne were anything but gracious hosts to the Hawks, leading the Predators to a 3-2 victory.
Rinne made 30 saves on the night to hold on to a Nashville lead. Neal took care of the scoring with his fifth career hat trick. As a result, the Predators now lead Chicago by three points in the Central Division standings.
First Period-Chicago got on the board first, with Ben Smith making a sweet spin move in the left corner, maintaining possession of the puck and hitting Marcus Kruger behind the Nashville net. When Kruger came around the goal and was looking to pass, there was Smith waiting at the left post. Smith knocked in his first goal of the season at the 12:21 mark to put the Hawks up 1-0.
By Jon Fromi
Jonathan Toews’ first goal of the 2014-15 campaign was certainly a memorable one. The Chicago Blackhawks captain victimized the Nashville Predators for a shorthanded goal Saturday night as the Hawks edged Nashville 2-1 in overtime at the United Center.
First Period-The Blackhawks jumped on goalie Carter Hutton right away as the teams were switching up in the second minute. Bryan Bickell dug a puck out of a scrum of players and got it out to Niklas Hjalmarsson at the red line. Hjalmarsson sent it across the ice to Oduya up the left side. Oduya entered the Nashville zone and to the top of the left circle, where he let fly with a shot on goal. The puck found the five-hole to put Chicago up 1-0 at the 1:49 mark.
By Brad Vandenberk
Game 82 is upon us, finally! Not that this season has been a bad one, but after mailing it in against the Capitals last night, it’s hard to get excited for this game. As I stated last night, Chicago can’t move up from their current third seeded position.
Even though most fans and players are looking toward the post season the Hawks are looking to avenge some pride with the season series owned by the Preds 3-1. It’s amazing to think – would the Preds be making the playoffs if Pekka Rinne played the entire season? Several players may be playing their final game tonight in the likes of Jeremy Morin and Joakim Nordstrom. Once Toews and Kane return those two seem to be the odd men out. It does prove the depth that Chicago does have available if needed to be called upon. Another situation that will be solved on Sunday evening is who is the Hawks first round opponent? After both Avalanche and Blues taking a loss last night, it seems that it will come down to the final day of the NHL. The Avs finish their season against the Ducks while the Blues have an afternoon affair against the Redwings at home.
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks fell prey to the close to the vest style of Barry Trotz and the visiting Nashville Predators. Nashville may not be going to the playoffs but that didn’t stop them from holding the Hawks scoreless Sunday night, handing Chicago a 2-0 defeat.
First Period-Chicago outshot the Predators 11-6 but still managed to find itself on the short end of a 1-0 deficit.
Both teams were active early, with Sheldon Brookbank facing off against Rich Clune at the 5:56 point of the opening period. Chicago gained a power play opportunity in the ninth minute when Matt Cullen hooked Kris Versteeg but the Hawks couldn’t manage much.
By Michael Calvert
Well, that was embarrassing. Chicago went into Nashville Saturday night to face a flailing Predator team sporting a backup goalie. One would think that a team with little to no offense and a backup with ‘Khabibulin bad’ numbers would be an easy win.
The Wall, who shall be known from here forth as The Gate, lets in a pretty easy tap in from Matt Cullen off a pedestrian wrist shot rebound. I’ll call him the gate because we all know they can’t really keep much out, figure out their weak spots and in you shall go.