By Chris Block
I’ve been meaning to cook up something of a weekly feature here on the site as a way of producing more regular content. Given Monday is a notable day in this site’s history, I am finally putting that into action now with “Odds and Saads.” My plan is for this to be a late-Sunday night for Monday thing.
The title really is more influenced by The Who album having a good ring to it as this is designed to be a freeform random thoughts and news kind of thing. It’ll mostly be Blackhawks focused, of course, but it will not be bound by Hawks topics.
-Wanted to thank everyone who complimented the podcasts with HockeeNight and The Committed Indian last week.
If you missed it, I was on “Live from the Five Hole” with Sam and Matt from TheCommittedIndian.com site last Friday. My segment was taped Monday night, the 10th.
You can listen to it here. I join the show about 12 minutes in and my portion is about a half hour long. It was mostly a discussion of prospects in Rockford, prospect development and the Brandon Pirri situation. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Odds and Saads
Tagged Blackhawks, Blues, Brandon Pirri, Brandon Saad, Chris Block, Future Watch, IceHogs, Jason Labarbera, Jeremy Morin, Jokerit, Luke Adam, Mark Arcobello, Mark Kelley, Mark McNeill, Pat Foley, Rockford, Stephen Johns, Teuvo Teravainen, The Hockey News, Travis Morin, Vladimir Sobotka, Zach Boychuk
By Brad Vandenberk
The Chicago Blackhawk`s three-game road trip came to an end on Tuesday night in St Louis. The Hawks had a 3-game winning streak heading into the Scottrade Center. They took two eastern conference teams out earlier last week with the Leafs and Senators falling by one. They then travelled to Detroit where they won a tight match against their divisional rivals. With the Hawks’captain still on the shelf, they have won all three previous games the hard way, grinding out with great defense and even the back checkers making their presence felt. This game would offer another divisional match up with St Louis holding the edge in toughness and grit.
The line up remained the same with Brandon Bollig making his “home” debut. Bollig called in a favour and put his whole family in the crowd. The Hawks knew they would be going to battle against this tough Blues team. Niklas Hjalmarsson, only days away from returning, remained out with Steve Montador joining him. Morrison, O’Donnell and Frolik also missed out on the action again. Patrick Kane continued his play at center with Marian Hossa and Andrew Brunette. The rest of the line up remained the same. Ray Emery started his 3rd consecutive game in net. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap
Tagged Andrew Brunette, Andy McDonald, Brandon Bollig, David Perron, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Arnott, Ray Emery, Ryan Reaves, Sami Lepisto, TJ Oshie, Vladimir Sobotka
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawk got a big effort from goalie Corey Crawford Sunday to post a huge come from behind victory over the St. Louis Blues before a sell-out matinee crowd in the United Center.
Crawford outdueled Blues goalie Brian Elliot, stopping 29 of 30 St. Louis shots and keeping Chicago in the game until they put up three third-period goals to claim their third straight win. Elliot allowed just two goals on 27 Blackhawks shots, but at the end of the day, it was Crawford who stood the tallest in net.
Chicago was stifled by the Blues defense in the opening period. The Blackhawks came up empty on a pair of power play opportunities early in the first and went over 15 minutes without a shot on goal. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap, Jon Fromi
Tagged Andy McDonald, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Jamie Langenbrunner, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Sobotka
Corey Crawford gives up 3rd goal Tues vs STL – photo: Yahoo! Sports
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks sported a shuffled lineup Tuesday night in St. Louis. Unfortunately, the result was the same uninspired play that marked Sunday’s loss to Vancouver.
On this night, T.J. Oshie led the way as the Blues prevailed 3-0. In addition to winning new coach Ken Hitchcock’s debut, St. Louis handed the ‘Hawks their second straight loss.
Neither team came out with a lot of fire, likely in part to an emotional ceremony for former Blues Pavol Demitra and Igor Kovolev (also formerly with Chicago) that delayed the start of the contest by several minutes. The two teams skated seven uneventful minutes before it felt like more than an extended pre-game skate.
The Blues opened the scoring at the 8:15 mark of the period. Kevin Shattenkirk brought the puck into the ‘Hawks zone and easily skated away from John Scott’s attempt to halt the play. Shattenkirk found Vladimir Sobotka headed for the net, and Sobotka was able to use some second effort to muscle the puck past Corey Crawford. Read more
Posted in Game recap, Jon Fromi
Tagged Blackhawks, Blues, Brett Hull, Bryan Bickell, Chris Stewart, Dan Carcillo, Dave Bolland, Duncan Keith, Igor Korolev, Jaroslav Halak, John Scott, Keith Tkachuk, Ken Hitchcock, Pavol Demitra, Ryan Reaves, Steve Konroyd, TJ Oshie, Vladimir Sobotka