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Lindbloom’s View: Wild Things

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By Rich Lindbloom

After watching an hour of the post-game show after the Hawks scintillating Game Five triumph, I was fortunate enough to hear the Thin Lizzy song, Fighting My Way Back on the way home. I had no choice but to crank it up a notch, or three. It seemed to be a good description of the battle that took place at the United Center. Battered and bruised, torn and frayed –“fighting” for the Cup – quite simply, there is no other way. Read more »

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Bickell, Bolland notch 2 goals in 17 seconds late in the 3rd to capture Blackhawks 2nd Cup in 4 seasons

By Brad Vandenberk

The Chicago Blackhawks strolled into Boston on Monday night with Lord Stanley on standby.  Those players who were members of the 2010 Hawks Stanley Cup championship team rallied the troops who have previously never been on the cusp of grasping the Cup.

Although Jonathan Toews was sat for all of the third period in game 5, he was declared 100% and ready to go on the morning of game 6.   In the other dressing room, Patrice Bergeron also left game 5 with an unknown injury.  He was dressed and ready to play in Monday’s match.   All of those Corey Crawford critics seemed to disappear after game 5, where he nearly posted a shutout.  It was time for the Hawks to end the series and the season and raise the Stanley Cup. Read more »

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Audio: Sunday night’s HockeeNight PuckCast Stanley Cup roundtable with Chris Block

By Chris Block

On Sunday evening, I was the guest on HockeeNight.com’s PuckCast to talk the Blackhawks-Bruins Stanley Cup Final series and preview Game 6 tonight in Boston.

We also jumped ahead to look at some possible moves the Blackhawks could be making this off season, which begins with the NHL Entry Draft this Sunday, June 30th in New Jersey.  We also talked a little pro wrestling (of course), “upper and lower body” injuries, debated if this is becoming the golden age of Chicago Blackhawks hockey and opened a pack of hockey cards crammed with former Chicago Blackhawks.

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Blackhawks tie Finals series 2-2 in wild 6-5 overtime win at Boston

By Brad Gardner

Entering the game trailing the Bruins 2-1 in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Finals series, the Chicago Blackhawks were desperate for a win on Wednesday night in Boston. The ‘Hawks offense woke up, but the Bruins would not let Game 4 go quietly.

The Bruins tied the game twice in the third period to force yet another overtime session. Brent Seabrook scored the decisive goal in overtime, his second overtime goal of the playoffs, to give the visiting team a 6-5 win. Read more »

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PuckChatter~Radio, e.130, Don’t Tell Joel

By Chris Block

On Tuesday night, PuckChatter~Radio returned to review the initial three games of the Stanley Cup Finals, illuminate the issues ailing the Blackhawks as well as try to make sense of some of the decisions and moves coach Joel Quenneville has been making behind the bench so far in facing the Boston Bruins

I’ve got to tell you… I turned flat out exhausted and needed an intermission, and an ice pack after my attempt to do the latter.

We also previewed tonight’s Game 4 in Beantown, discussed Bryan Bickell’s status in the current series and what Zdeno Chara could possibly have been thinking?; Brandon Bollig‘s play, the trouble with Viktor Stalberg; the thing about momentum… How Dave Bolland has played more minutes than Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane at times in this series? Our take, and the irony of it, on the Marian HossaBen Smith warmup saga of Game 3; why folks need to stop excusing, or making excuses for captain Jonathan Toews and much, much more.

Also, bathroom exits and trouble with the auto mechanic… all on edition number 130 of Puck Chatter.

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–Special Thanks to Molson Canadian, the Official Imported Beer of the NHL..

As you watch the Chicago Blackhawks strive for Lord Stanley’s Cup for the second time in four seasons, make sure to pick up some cold, refreshing Molson Canadian and participate in Molson Canadian USA’s Call of the Cup..

Molson Canadian recognizes that every decision a coach makes in the Playoffs can mean the difference between skating to glory and skating into the off season.

When you pick up Molson Canadian bottles now in the U.S., you can participate in The Call of the Cup series, which allows hockey fans to play the role of the coach and make the tough calls from their smart phones, or just debate the questions and scenarios on the back of the bottle labels between friends.

Which special teams unit is more important in the playoffs?  Make trades or stand pat at the trade deadline?  Be a part and help a team win its first Stanley Cup or help a team break a long championship drought?  Answer these questions and debate more scenarios in The Call of the Cup series from Molson Canadian beer.

For more information check Molson Canadian out on Facebook at:

Facebook.com/MolsonCanadianUSA

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Hossa late scratch prior to Game 3; B’s, Rask shut down Hawks 2-0, Boston takes 2-1 series lead

By Brad Vandenberk

Tuesday night, the Stanley Cup Finals shifted to Boston for a pivotal Game 3.   The Chicago Blackhawks had yet to win a game 3 this post season, whereas the Boston Bruins were 3-0 in Game 3’s during these playoffs coming into Tuesday night’s contest.

Viktor Stalberg was inserted back into Chicago’s line up, and for the first time this series, to try and add some speed to the offensive forecheck.  Stalberg replaced Brandon Bollig, who had taken Stalberg’s spot in Games 1 and 2 in Chicago.  Stalberg was also warned by coach Joel Quenneville to watch his defensive responsibilities as well.  Quenneville was quoted saying he was looking for “more” from Stalberg in essentially every facet of his game. Read more »

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Hawks can’t sustain stunning dominance of Bruins in 1st period, Boston prevails 2-1 in OT to tie series 1-1

By Brad Gardner

After playing 112 minutes of hockey in Game 1, the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks returned to overtime in Game 2. The Bruins took the decision on a Daniel Paille goal at the 13:48 mark of the first overtime session, knotting the Stanley Cup Finals at one game apiece.

Both goaltenders continued their strong play in the series. Tuukka Rask earned the win with 33 saves on 34 shots and was especially important in the first period, when the Blackhawks outplayed the Bruins throughout the opening period and finished with a 19-4 advantage in shots. Read more »

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Lindbloom’s View: Taking Care of Business

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By Rich Lindbloom

Back in the early 70’s, I used to work on my tan in the backyard. I’ve always found it very hard to just lay there and bake – I remember a friend once saying he could lay out for about five minutes and then it’s “OK, what’s next!” To while away the time while working on transforming myself into a bronze Adonis, I’d often read. A favorite pastime was setting up a chessboard and studying chess openings from the over 1,000 page book of The Theory of Chess Openings.

As I headed out to the back yard one day after greasing up with the Coppertone, I saw a book on hockey that my sisters had just finished reading. Bored (actually confused) with trying to figure out what a Grandmaster was saying about the Caro-Khan Opening, I grabbed the book and headed for the lounge chair. Read more »

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PuckChatter~Radio, e.129, Your Debutante Just Knows What You Need, But I Know What You Want

By Chris Block

Sorry.  I’ve been listening to a lot of Blonde on Blonde of late.

On Tuesday’s night’s show, we previewed the Chicago Blackhawks – Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Finals series, which, of course, begins Wednesday night at the United Center at 7pm central.

We detail our predictions as well as take a look at the key players for each side.

Outside of that, other topics included Dustin Byfuglien, apparently being too fat to trade; Viktor Stalberg digging himself further into Joel Quenneville’s doghouse and perhaps why.  Also, men being gross, a Boston fan slams Chicago, homeless people and their pets and much, much more.

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–Special Thanks to Molson Canadian, the Official Imported Beer of the NHL..

As you watch the Chicago Blackhawks strive for Lord Stanley’s Cup for the second time in four seasons, make sure to pick up some cold, refreshing Molson Canadian and participate in Molson Canadian USA’s Call of the Cup..

Molson Canadian recognizes that every decision a coach makes in the Playoffs can mean the difference between skating to glory and skating into the off season.

When you pick up Molson Canadian bottles now in the U.S., you can participate in The Call of the Cup series, which allows hockey fans to play the role of the coach and make the tough calls from their smart phones, or just debate the questions and scenarios on the back of the bottle labels between friends.

Which special teams unit is more important in the playoffs?  Make trades or stand pat at the trade deadline?  Be a part and help a team win its first Stanley Cup or help a team break a long championship drought?  Answer these questions and debate more scenarios in The Call of the Cup series from Molson Canadian beer.

For more information check Molson Canadian out on Facebook at:

Facebook.com/MolsonCanadianUSA

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McDonough’s new title, backstory on Finals game 5 and much more

In the next few days we’ll gradually get caught up on the thoughts and all the notes we’ve missed in the past month I’ve been away.

McDonough title gets fatter

On the first of June, Blackhawks franchise President John McDonough had his title extended to include the title of Chief Executive Officer.

Rocky Wirtz explained the move in a press release:

“John has shown unprecedented leadership, boundless energy and a tireless ability to move the Blackhawks forward since he took over operations for the organization in 2007.  It is only appropriate that we add CEO to his title as the direction of this franchise continues to strive for excellence.”

The new title itself won’t change McDonough’s role much if at all.  It’s more of a cosmetic change than anything else.  Not unlike several moves made a year ago after the Stanley Cup win.

Last summer several front office types received new promotions in title.

Jay Blunk was promoted from Senior Vice President of Business Operations to a more plain, bolder and broader, Executive Vice President.  Stan Bowman had “Vice President” inserted before his General Manager tag.  Chris Werner was promoted from Senior Director to Vice President of Ticket Operations and Customer Relations.  Al MacIsaac got a Vice President tag to stitch over his previous Senior Director of Hockey Administration as well as Assistant to the President.  MacIssac’s official title since has been Vice President/Assistant to the President.   Kevin Cheveldayoff also had Senior Director of Hockey Operations tagged onto his plain Assistant General Manager distinction.

With all the elevations in status being handed out last summer, John McDonough’s stayed the same until this month.

In a Q&A with ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers the day after his promotion, McDonough gave his take on the CEO tag.

“Well, we know over the last few years the signature here has been profound change, and what we’re looking for is continuity,” McDonough said.  “For me I’m proud to play a small role in the development of this franchise, but this gives us more continuity.”

What a title has to do with continuity is your guess.   And McDonough’s role in remodeling and advancing the Blackhawks’ business and hockey operations has been anything but small.  But his use of the word continuity is still interesting.

McDonough, who turned 58 last month, will be entering the final year of his original five-year contract when he was signed on as team president on November 20, 2007.  In January of 2010, McDonough signed a multi-year extension that is believed to at least take him through the 2015-16 season.

Going by what little is known about McDonough’s contract, term, the president wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon.  Perhaps there is more to this story than we know?  For sure McDonough associating his own promotion with the term ‘continuity’ when he is under contract for another five seasons does raise some suspicion.

The only thing we can tell for sure is this move does put some space between McDonough and those underneath him who were founded new titles last summer.  Take that for what you will.

Catching up on what’s happening

– So… there was a serious Thrashers’ bidder interested in keeping the team in Atlanta

– According to Forbes, citing a team source, the Tampa Bay Lightning, despite increasing attendance by an average of 2,000 per game and three-round playoff run, will post a $25-30 million pre-tax loss this season. Read more »

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