By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks held a two-goal lead midway through Friday’s game with Vancouver and were up a goal entering the last 20 minutes. The Canucks chipped back, tied the game in regulation and won an eight-round shootout session on a successful attempt by Ryan Kesler. Chicago picked up a point but dropped a 3-2 decision to Vancouver at the United Center.
First Period-The Hawks tested Eddie Lack a couple of times early, controlling play and putting up the game’s first five shots. Vancouver’s Chris Higgins found himself with a potential scoring chance when he took a pass from Kesler to the Chicago net. Fortunately, Antti Raanta turned away the attempt early in the seventh minute. Read more
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Tagged Antti Raanta, Blackhawks, Canucks, Daniel Sedin, Eddie Lack, Game recap, Jon Fromi, Kris Versteeg, Patrick Kane, Vancouver, Zack Kassian
By Brad Gardner
The Chicago Blackhawks were throttled early in Vancouver and the Canucks did not let their foot of the gas pedal, taking a 3-1 victory over the top team in the Western Conference. Daniel Sedin assisted on the eventual game-winner and scored a goal of his own late in the second period.
Cory Schneider got the win for the Canucks by stopping 24 of the 25 shots he faced. Corey Crawford faced a far greater number of quality chances and came away with 29 saves in the loss.
Although the Blackhawks came into Monday’s games with a chance to clinch the President’s Trophy, the Pittsburgh Penguins came away with a 3-1 victory in Ottawa, keeping the President’s Trophy out of the Blackhawks’ reach on Monday. With three games left to play for each team, Chicago still holds a three-point lead over Pittsburgh for the league’s best record. Read more
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Tagged Blackhawks, Canucks, Corey Crawford, Cory Schneider, Dan Hamhuis, Daniel Carcillo, Daniel Sedin, Dave Bolland, Game recap, Henrik Sedin, Jason Garrison, Marcus Kruger, Sheldon Brookbank, Vancouver, Zack Kassian
“What he did was criminal.” Joel Quenneville on Razor’s performance vs. Calgary
By Rich Lindbloom
If you spend any time watching the NHL Network, you’re probably quite familiar with the man sitting in the boat with the screen door bottom. “Hawker” extraordinaire, Phil Swift, exuberantly promotes this new miracle product, finishing his pitch with the classic, “Buy one can, and we’ll send you another one for free –“but you must order now!” Uncle Rico and his sailing-ship-in-a-bottle offer got nothing on this guy. Just how good at sealing leaks is this supernatural product? Well, you get a little idea when you see Phil with a can standing on the Hoover Dam. I’m pretty sure even Blues fans could put 2 + 2 together on that image. Read more
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Tagged Alexandre Burrows, Blackhawks, Brandon Saad, Calgary, Canucks, Carlos May, Chet Lemon, Dave Bolland, Flames, Flex Seal, Haray Caray, Marian Hossa, Ray Emery, Vancouver, Walt Williams, Zack Kassian
“What’s it all about, Alfie?
Is it just for the moment we live?
What’s it all about when you sort it out, Alfie
Are we meant to take more than we give…:”
– Burt Bacharach, Hal David, Bastos Ribeiro
By Rich Lindbloom
Roughly two months ago, I once again ventured into what most of you would probably think of as the minor league of music. It seems every concert I go to at The Old Town School of Folk Music, I’m surrounded by old fogies like myself. Definitely an “I knew the bride when she used to rock and roll,” type crowd. This time around we were there to see a tremendous (I’m going to call it Jazz – although I’m not sure that’s quite accurate) guitarist by the name of Earl Klugh. I’d guess one would say this was settling for the second tier of musicians, as far as concerts would go. Read more
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Tagged Adam Clendening, Andrew Ebbett, Andrew Shaw, Brandon Bollig, Chicago Wolves, Chris Tanev, Earl Klugh, IceHogs, Kevin Connauton, Klas Dahlbeck, Kyle Beach, Martin St. Pierre, Nick Leddy, Octane, Peter Andersson, Rob Flick, Rockford, Zack Kassian
By Brad Vandenberk
On a four game winning streak, the Chicago Blackhawks returned home to face their favourite foe, the Vancouver Canucks. The Hawks were in Columbus the night before, handing the Jackets a season sweep with a 5-1 victory. The Canucks had the luxury of spending a record setting hot March day in Chicago awaiting the Hawks return home late morning. After going on a 9 game losing streak the Hawks have gone 8-1-1. Most of those games have been played without captain serious, as he remains on the road to recovery. The Canucks come into this game losers of five in seven. Corey Crawford regained his crease for the Hawks and Roberto Luongo started for the visiting team. Luongo hasn’t played in the Canucks last two losses. Jamal Mayers was a last minute scratch with the flu inserting Brendan Morrison into the 4th line center spot. Read more
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Tagged Alexandre Burrows, Andrew Shaw, Canucks, Corey Crawford, Daniel Sedin, Duncan Keith, Jannik Hansen, Johnny Oduya, Marcus Kruger, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Roberto Luongo, Vancouver, Zack Kassian