Is getting punched in the face by John Scott an alternative?
“He disliked emotion, not because he felt lightly, but because he felt deeply.” – John Buchan
By Rich Lindbloom
To be honest with you, I had forgotten what it felt like after a Hawks loss. I had been perched on Cloud Nine, (clearly a million miles, from reality), for 24 games in a row. There’s such a feeling of “momentary” euphoria when we triumph over the known scoundrels in the NHL. Truly a case of good triumphing over evil – Truth, justice and the Chicago way. When we win, I devour every word of the postgame show as if something meaningful is actually being said. As the song goes, “Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble, when you’re perfect in every way.” While we all knew it couldn’t last, a feeling of invincibility and smugness had settled in during “The Streak.” Read more
Posted in Rich Lindbloom
Tagged Anon., Avalanche, Blackhawks, Corey Crawford, Dave Bolland, Devan Dubnyk, Duncan Keith, Gordon Lightfoot, John Scott, Marian Hossa, Matt Duchene, Oilers, Ray Emery, Sam Gagner, The Streak
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks spotted their opponents from Edmonton a four-goal lead in the first period before coming out to make a game of it. Unfortunately, the ‘Hawks could not overcome a pathetic start and lost their second game in a row 6-5 to the Oilers.
The game was dominated by Edmonton throughout the opening period. Niklas Hjalmarsson committed an early turnover in his zone that was gathered in by Ales Hemsky, but Hjalmarsson recovered nicely to prevent any damage. Damage was coming, however, as the Oilers scored twice in the third minute.
The first goal came when Mike Brown received a puck that was held in the Chicago zone and flung it from a few feet inside the blue line. The shot snaked past Ray Emery’s left pad and in at the 2:24 mark. A few seconds later, Sam Gagner completed a play that saw Nail Yakupov thread a pass to Magnus Paajarvi, who directed the puck to the doorstep. Gagner knocked in the pass to give his team a two-goal advantage. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap, Jon Fromi
Tagged Brent Seabrook, Corey Crawford, Dave Bolland, Devan Dubnyk, Edmonton Oilers, Jonathan Toews, Justin Schultz, Magnus Paajarvi, Marian Hossa, Mike Brown, Nail Yakupov, Nick Leddy, Patrick Kane, Ray Emery, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan Whitney, Sam Gagner, Shawn Horcoff, Sheldon Brookbank, Taylor Hall, Yann Danis
By Brad Vandenberk
Now that the dust has settled after a weekend of NHL record setting, it was time for the Blackhawks to shift the focus toward the young guns from Edmonton. This was the first meeting between these two teams this season.
If we take a second to remember last season, the Oilers dominated the Hawks with Sam Ganger recording an 8 point night during one of the contests in northern Alberta. So, it would be sort of fitting if the Hawks were to have their record streak broken by the hands of these Oilers. However, the Oilers were missing one of their top forwards in Taylor Hall. He was serving his second game of a 2 game suspension for a vicious open ice hit on Wild’s forward Cal Clutterbuck. This would slightly deplete an already star-studded Oilers’ line up.
On the other hand, the Hawks were missing second line center, Dave Bolland, who suffered an upper body injury during the Sharks game on Friday and missed Sunday night’s game against Columbus. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap
Tagged Blackhawks, Brandon Saad, Dave Bolland, Duncan Keith, Edmonton, Game recap, Homestand, Jeff Petry, Jonathan Toews, Lennart Petrell, Marian Hossa, Nail Yakupov, Nikolai Khabibulin, Oiler, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Ray Emery, Recap, Sam Gagner, Taylor Hall, Unbeaten, Viktor Stalberg
By Chris Block
PuckChatter~Radio returned Thursday night with Al Cimaglia [@AlCimaglia on Twitter] joining in to help us break down the Blackhawks eventful, yet unproductive first week of free agency.
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Among the topics hit on this week’s program…..
-McDonough & Co. show insecurity over losing bids on Parise & Suter
-Why did they want Parise and Suter?
-The pursuit of Martin Brodeur
-Blackhawks bid to become the Miami Heat of the NHL
-What is the plan, Stan?
-How can the Hawks still improve the roster before camp?
-Odds they still can
-Potential trading partners and realistic targets
-What about the goaltending?
-The Penalty Kill
-Could RFA’s Sam Gagner, Evander Kane be on the move?
-Which Western Conference star would be a perfect 2nd line center
-The Blackhawks and Russians
-Martin St. Pierre signs with Rockford
-A review of the Blackhawks selections at the NHL Entry Draft
-Prospect camp next week
-The heat. The heat! And polyester.
-Meeting a man with a very unfortunate name
-Can I play with your poodle?
-And much, much more
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Posted in Audio, Blackhawks, Podcast, Puck Chatter~Radio
Tagged Alexander Semin, Brandon Saad, Corey Crawford, Evander Kane, Jake Chelios, Jay Bouwmeester, Joel Quenneville, Mark McNeill, Martin Brodeur, Minnesota, Nick Leddy, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Paul Stastny, Prospect Camp, Ray Emery, Ryan Suter, Sam Gagner, Stan Bowman, Teuvo Teravainen, Viktor Stalberg, Wild, Zach Parise
By Brad Gardner
The Blackhawks returned to the scene of perhaps the lowest point of the season in their 9-2 drubbing at the hands of Edmonton in November. It was another nightmarish game for the ‘Hawks at Rexall Place as the Oilers came very close to appeasing the “We want 10!” chants from the November game, winning by a score of 8-4 behind an eight-point effort from Sam Gagner.
Jamal Mayers got things started 6:29 into the first period. He took a wrist shot a couple strides into the zone and the puck found it’s way past Dubnyk to the short side. The goal was Mayer’s fifth of the season and second in as many games.
Chicago carried the 1-0 lead into the first intermission and then Patrick Sharp extended it further 40 seconds into the second period. Patrick Kane robbed Ryan Smyth of the puck in the neutral zone and carried it into the zone with a 2-on-1 advantage. Kane set up Sharp for the one-timer, which beat Dubnyk between the legs as he slid across the crease. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Brad Gardner, Game recap
Tagged Cam Barker, Corey Crawford, Dave Bolland, Devan Dubnyk, Jamal Mayers, Jordan Eberle, Patrick Sharp, Ray Emery, Sam Gagner, Taylor Hall