By Chris Block
Looking to build on recent winning ways and retain their first place standing in the Midwest Division, the Rockford IceHogs played host to division rival Milwaukee Admirals, winners of three of its last four games. Milwaukee also entered Friday’s contest riding a five-game point streak (3-0-2-0) as they recently have welcomed Ryan Ellis, Gabriel Bourque and Taylor Beck back into their lineup.
The IceHogs rose atop their division in winning 7 of its last 9 games, going from two games under .500 on Nov 16 to three games above .500 and in first place on Dec 2nd.
Friday also was the first of five meetings between the two clubs this month. Milwaukee came into Rockford on Nov 10 and skated away with a 4-2 victory. That night, the first of 12 times these two clubs will face off this regular season, Alec Richards was between the pipes for Rockford.
On Friday, Carter Hutton, the starter in the IceHogs last three games, all wins in which Hutton allowed a total of five goals, was back to face a Milwaukee team he went 8-1 versus last season.
Hutton was strong early Friday night but struggled to bail his teammates out when miscues and mental lapses plagued Rockford during a three-goal Milwaukee 2nd period. Read more
Posted in Game recap, IceHogs
Tagged Adam Clendening, Admirals, Andrew Shaw, Ben Smith, Blackhawks, Brandon Pirri, Brett Lebda, Carter Hutton, Chris Mueller, Dylan Olsen, Gabriel Bourque, IceHogs, Jeremy Morin, Jeremy Smith, Martin St. Pierre, Michael Latta, Milwaukee, Nashville, Nick Leddy, Pete Leblanc, Predators, Prospects, Rob Flick, Rockford, Ryan Ellis, Ryan Stanton, Ted Dent, Victor Bartley
You’re Lazy, You Just Stay in Bed
“When you’re drowning, you don’t clutch no straw,
When you’re drowning, you don’t clutch no straw.
You don’t want to live,
Don’t want to cry no more.” – Deep Purple
Back in 1972, my late friend Jack Carlson and I went to a concert at the International Amphitheatre in South Chicago. It was right after Deep Purple had released a great album called “Machine Head.” Deep Purple, at the time, had the reputation of being the loudest rock band in the business. Paradoxically, John Sebastian opened up for British rockers. Let’s just say the type of crowds the two bands might draw were divergent. This memory seems to come to the forefront of my thoughts every time we play the Mustard Men from Nashville. Read more
Posted in Rich Lindbloom
Tagged Bono, Bryan Bickell, Deep Purple, Duncan Keith, Dylan Olsen, Hot Tuna, John Sebastien, Lin Brehmer, Marian Hossa, Nashville Cats, Ray Emery, Ryan Ellis, Sami Lepisto, U2, Westminster
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks turned in an improved effort as they continued their road trip in Nashville Tuesday night. However, the result was the same as their previous eight games.
The Blackhawks fought back to tie the score twice in the Music City, but another late goal lifted the Predators past their Central Division rivals. Chicago came up on the short end of a 3-2 final score to lose their ninth consecutive game.
The opening period saw both teams committing infractions, starting with Dave Bolland’s hooking penalty in the third minute. Mike Fisher was called for tripping 90 seconds later. In the fifth minute, Jonathan Toews ran into Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne, ending Chicago’s shot at the man advantage.
Fisher missed a wide open net late in the resulting power play, but for the most part the Blackhawks were successful in filling the shooting lanes. Nashville killed a Martin Erat holding penalty at the 9:03 mark. This was followed by the two teams taking turns at Rinne and Ray Emery. Read more
Posted in Game recap, Jon Fromi
Tagged Bryan Bickell, Duncan Keith, Dylan Olsen, Game recap, Jamal Mayers, Jonathan Toews, Jordin Tootoo, Marcus Kruger, Marian Hossa, Nick Spaling, Pekka Rinne, Predators, Ray Emery, Ryan Ellis, Ryan Suter
By Brad Gardner
The Blackhawks saw their seven-game point streak snapped after a sluggish game in Nashville against the division rival Predators. Despite two goals from Marian Hossa, a flurry of goals from the home team in the middle period turned out to be the difference in Chicago’s first regulation loss since January 6th.
The opening period was characterized by chippy play from both sides. Nashville out-chanced the visitors, but Marian Hossa managed to put the ‘Hawks on the board first on the team’s second shot of the period. Andrew Shaw dropped a short pass to Hossa at center ice, who gained the zone with enough speed to beat Shea Weber to the outside. He protected the puck as he crossed over and beat Rinne inside the right post for his 19th goal of the season.
Craig Smith drew the Preds even just over two minutes later with a power play goal. Rookie defenseman Ryan Ellis had an open lane from the blue line and Smith provided both the traffic in front of Blackhawks’ starter Corey Crawford and the finish on the rebound to make it a 1-1 game going into the first intermission. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Brad Gardner, Game recap
Tagged Andrew Shaw, Blackhawks, Corey Crawford, Craig Smith, Injury, Jonathan Toews, Kevin Klein, Marian Hossa, Patric Hornqvist, Pekka Rinne, Predators, Ray Emery, Ryan Ellis, Sergei Kostitsyn