*Courtesy of The Barenaked Ladies. You’re welcome for the Canadian content. But what does it all mean? Why did I select this amazing song? Well, the Blackhawks are in the midst of their 6 game road trip, coming off a shootout win against the Calgary Hitmen… I mean Flames. This is a game that [...]
I was oh-so-looking forward to recapping last week’s episode, where Michael Del Zotto’s ugly Christmas sweater brought a whole new spin on “reindeer games”, and you just prayed Marian Gaborik didn’t injure himself lugging that tree to his apartment although you already knew he didn’t. Unfortunately, reality hit my less-than-humongous-big universe last week and I was [...]
Widely recognized as the best team in hockey already, the Boston Bruins did everything they possibly could to further that assumption on Friday night. Unbeaten (in regulation) in his last ten starts against the B’s, Panthers’ netminder Jose Theodore entered Friday’s game fresh off a December 8 shutout of the Black and Gold, right here [...]
Ladies and gentlemen, the Florida Panthers are for real. Now alone in first place in the Eastern Conference, Head Coach Kevin Dineen’s bunch just continues to prove the hoards who doubted his team completely wrong. The Panthers came through with a huge win on Monday over the division rival Washington Capitals. However, the South Beach [...]
The Tampa Bay Lightning are 7-5-2 with 16 points through 14 games. After 14 games last season, the Bolts were 8-4-2 with 18 points. The Lightning are in second place in the Southeast Division two points behind the Washington Capitals and seventh in the Eastern Conference. After 14 games, forward Steven Stamkos leads the team and the NHL in goals with ten. and [...]
The Tampa Bay Lightning are 3-3-2 with eight points through eight games. After eight games last season, the Bolts were 5-2-1 with 11 points. The Lightning are in third place in the Southeast Division, six points behind the Washington Capitals and seventh in the Eastern Conference. After eight games, forward Martin St. Louis leads the team in goals with three. Defenseman [...]
The Tampa Bay Lightning are 1-2-2 with four points in their first five games. Certainly not the start they wanted. They are in fourth place in the Southeast Division, already four points behind the Washington Capitals and 11th in the Eastern Conference. After five games, defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron leads the team in goals (2), assists [...]
Yesterday I had a look at the worst goal scorers in the NHL compared to their 2010-11 actual salary, and without any surprise Scott Gomez was ranked number one at $1,142,857 per goal (7 goals for $8,000,000) more than $400,000 per goal than Matt Stajan who was ranked second. The list was not unanimous, as [...]
The Chicago Blackhawks evened their season series with the Predators at three apiece with a 3-0 shutout at the Bridgestone Arena.Tomas Kopecky, Marian Hossa, and Patrick Sharp (empty netter) scored for the Hawks. No one showed up for the Predators on offense. The shot totals for this game showed that the Predators outshot the Blackhawks [...]
For two periods, the Nashville Predators were outplayed by the Chicago Blackhawks and found themselves in a 2-0 hole going into the third period. Fortunately for the Predators, the hockey game lasted three periods, and tonight went to overtime and a shootout before the Predators prevailed to win 3-2. With this win, the Predators have [...]
Watching the Blackhawks this year, the Temptations’ hit of the ‘70s comes to mind. “Ball of Confusion” was a throbbing, chaotic collage of music and voices that spoke of a world changing faster than humans could comprehend. An appropriate soundtrack for a Hawks’ team that, halfway through the season, is often chaotic, and has changed faster than either the fans or the team itself can comprehend. So what’s next?
As the year comes to an end memories come to my mind. Five years ago, when I began to blog, the Hawks were following the same script as they did for years. Players better suited to play on third line were jammed into top line spots, and others on the roster always seemed to be overmatched. [...]
December dawns, and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks have, if their recent record can serve as evidence, found firm footing. After staggering through the first half of November going 2-4-1, they scorched through the next two weeks at 5-2-0 (though their loss in Calgary was, to pardon the expression, a flame-out). Evaluating their status at the quarter pole, this column suggested, “If the Hawks can find strength in their recent adversity, and come back from their road trip with a solid harvest of points, December will look a whole lot better.” They did, and it does.
The last time the Blackhawks took on the Flames they had to come back from a 5-0 deficit. Six unanswered goals later, the Blackhawks won in overtime. In the second matchup of the season between these two teams, the Flames wanted to extract revenge against the Blackhawks in front of their Albertan fans. The Blackhawks [...]
Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke might not want to hear it, but apparently his new acquisition, Phil Kessel, cannot win a game by himself. Friday night, Kessel tried to do just that, and his opponent, the Chicago Blackhawks, won 3-2. Kessel had two goals worthy of a military marksman, but was unsupported by [...]
There are some roster spots to be won in Blackhawks training camp – who will fill them? Dieter Kurtenbach analyzes.
By Al Cimaglia I watched a nondescript preseason game at the United Center on Saturday night. Many first string Blackhawks were on the ice against the Washington Capital “B” team. The Hawks did a lot of good things in the first period and should have scored more than one time. The Capitals continued to battle [...]