Archive | April 2014

Game 6: Pittsburgh vs Columbus

Pittsburgh looks to end the series Monday night, Blue Jackets not going down without a fight.

Two periods in, and this game is looking like a shutout

Great game so far for Malkin

After an early, and big lead, Blue Jackets turn this into a close game

    CBJ just down one now. When did the 4-0 lead become the most dangerous one in hockey? — Tracey Myers (@TramyersCSN) April 29, 2014

Pittsburgh holds on to their lead, advances to next series.

 

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Q&A with ESPN Blackhawks blogger Scott Powers

With a Stanley Cup victory his first year, and already into the second round of playoffs his second year, ESPN Chicago’s Blackhawks blogger Scott Powers started covering the Hawks at just the right time.

Even though his schedule is hectic, I had the opportunity to speak with Powers in between playoff Games 5 and 6 of the Hawks-Blues series. Powers gave a look into himself, covering the Blackhawks, and what it’s like to be a blogger.

Tell me a little bit about how you got started?

Powers:  I grew up on the northwest side of Chicago. I went to Loyola and Indiana University where I got my degree in journalism.  I worked at a paper in Indiana for a year, then went to Freeport Rockford for two years. I wanted to come back to Chicago, I had been freelancing with the Daily Herald and the Sun-Times.  I started a site called Illinois Hoops State Wide, and did that for five years, but it didn’t pay the bills. When they started ESPN Chicago they approached me and I started covering high school and college sports.  Now I’ve spent the last two years on the Blackhawks.

Growing up in Chicago, were you a big Hawks fan before you started covering them?

Powers: Not really actually.  Growing up back then in Chicago, hockey wasn’t really on television.  It was expensive to play and I didn’t grow up around a rink.  We played once a year but otherwise I never really played it.  I think it’s helped with my objectivity covering them because I’m indifferent to the result.  I’ve learned how to be professional with that.

So why the Hawks?

Powers: I didn’t even realize I was going to be covering them full time.  I had experience covering the Chicago Wolves with the Daily Herald.  Last year was a transition year for me. Now I’m more comfortable with the beat. I’ve gotten more into the stat analysis, last year was definitely a learning curve.

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Late Day Links

Just like that, it’s Game 5. Momentum is swinging in favor of the Blackhawks, and wait, there’s a bounty out for Bickell?

Ok, so apparently it was “just a joke.”

What you should be watching for tonight.

There are some people who just do better on the big stage.

Blackhawks are looking for their first win in St. Louis this season.

Big night for playoff hockey, giving you how to watch.

For a little bit of fun on Blackhawks fans reactions.

Late Day Links

There has to be a lot of tired Blackhawk fans at work today, but for a very good reason.  These weeknight overtime games are killing sleep.

A look at last night’s game by the numbers.

How the Blackhawks have been able to overcome their 2 game defecit, all about the sounds.

Someone grab a hose, because Kane is on fire.

Even more about Kane and the Blackhawks victory.

Do you know which of the Blackhawks was named a Selke finalist?

Interesting read on the Blackhawks, and Chicago sports team spending.

A look into what the Blackhawks could be up against if they make it past this playoff series

Late Day Links

Game 4 is upon us, and its a must win for the Blackhawks to keep momentum going in the playoffs.

Bringing you up to date on the series so far.

Backe’s health still in question after Seabrook’s hit.

What the Blackhawks need to do for tonight’s game.

Key Game 3 line change will hopefully garner success again tonight.

Some interesting stats to think about watching tonight’s games.

A video recap on the NHL, since there are other games that could effect the Blackhawks if they win this series.

Since we all watch hockey for the beards, here’s beard of the day.

Lunch Links

Breathe a sigh of relief Blackhawk fans, the team has had their first win this playoff series.

Finally back in Chicago, the Blackhawks have a lot to celebrate.

They aren’t all pretty, but a great place to see the game by the numbers.

Some of the best highlights of the Blackhawks victory through video.

Crawford had save, after save, after save.

Still down 2-1, next question: why can’t they score on the powerplay?

Other games happened yesterday too, including the Wild’s win over the Avalanche.

Oh, and the Penguins are now leading the series over the Blue Jackets 2-1.

As the playoffs continue, so does the Blackhawk pride, even if it means dressing up your dog, and your kids too.

With Brent Seabrook out, what’s next?

With possibly only two games left in the series, it was bad timing for defenseman Brent Seabrook to have his first suspension or fine in his nine years of play.

Seabrook earned his first suspension for his tough hit on St Louis Blues forward David Backes during Saturday’s game. His right elbow and shoulder connected with Backes’ head leaving Backes’ slow to stand up and had difficult standing after the hit.

With Seabrook out for the next three games, and the Hawks already down 0-2 in the series, a lot of fans have to start thinking, what now?

They’ve already recalled defenseman Klas Dahlbeck from the Rockford IceHogs, and it’s likely that Sheldon Brookbank will play in Seabrook’s place. However, it’s going to be difficult to make up the strong loss on defense.

Out of the six goals the Hawks have scored between the two playoff games, Seabrook has accounted for two of them. He’s also led the team with two assists, four points and one power play goal. His 40 percent shooting lands him third on the team during the playoffs.

Anyone who’s watched a game knows there’s a lot more then his points scored and defensive power that will be missed.

“You need his size. You need his presence, experience and leadership,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “He’s got the big shot on the point and he’s on our power play as well. He kills penalties. So he plays important minutes and him and Duncs make a real good pair for us. He’s been a great pro for us.”

The Blackhawks will really have to pull it together to make up for the loss. If they can manage two more wins, they’ll have him back for Game 6, and by then, they’ll really be needing it.

If History Repeats

Every team has a rival, some are just more violent then others. For the Chicago Blackhawks, enemies are common, but this playoff series has us remembering an old and very violent rivalry.

The rivalry between the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues may be less discussed then others, but the teams have been enemies dating back to the 1970s.

While it’s been 12 years since their last playoff meeting in the Western Conference quarterfinals, the 1990’s were a violent time between the two teams.

One of the most notable moments is what’s come to be known as the “St. Patrick’s Day Massacre.” It happened back in 1991, during a Blackhawks 6-4 win. Throughout the game, the two teams collectively had 12 players ejected and the game ended with a total of 278 penalty minutes.

Violence ensued in the 1993, when the Blues swept the Blackhawks in the divisional semifinals. Chicago goaltender Ed Belfour destroyed a television and a hot tub in the visiting dressing room during a smashing spree.

Since then, it’s been relatively quiet between the two teams who share a division. The tenure of their rivalry has been close, with the Blackhawks leading the Blues 163-125 overall and 7-3 in playoff series.

However, the Blues took the most recent two-playoff series 4-1 and 4-0. They also topped the Blackhawks this year 3-2 in the regular season.

If there’s one thing we can hope for, it’s that the most recent playoff history between the teams is not repeated.

So far, in this playoff series it isn’t looking good for the Blackhawks as they fell 2-0 in games on Saturday. With both games ending in overtime, you know both teams are well matched, and not going down easy.

How to lose $25,000

Cars, college tuition for a year, even a down payment for a house.  There are a lot of things that $25,000 can get you, but for Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, he’s handing it over to the NHL.  For doing what?  That’s right, grabbing his crotch.

What the league deemed as “inappropriate conduct” during the Hawks 4-3 overtime loss in Game 1 on Thursday night against the St. Louis Blues has left many Hawks fans even angrier and more confused about the refs calls.

The “gesture” came after the refs decision not to call an obvious delay of game on the Blues, which would have given the Hawks a 5-on-3 power play late into the second overtime.

I’m not advocating for Coach Q’s actions, but it’s the playoffs, and it was a bad call. Instead of putting time into evaluating and fining a coach for a small lapse of judgment in a heated situation, shouldn’t more effort be put into actually evaluating the call that was made and the refs making them?

There were several questionable calls throughout the game going against the Hawks. When you get this far into the season, and into the playoffs, and an obvious call is missed in overtime, can you really blame the head coach for getting angry?

“Joel is a passionate coach and he’s intense on the bench — we certainly feel that as players,” Patrick Sharp said. “Sometimes, he wants to get his skates on and get out there and play with us. He has a fire behind the bench that really filters through the team and makes us play that much better.”

In the past three seasons out of his six, it’s only Coach Q’s second fine by the league, both relating back to poor officiating. For a passionate coach, I’ll take that as a good thing.

If there’s one thing that’s come out of Coach Q’s gesture, it’s been an opportunity for a whole lot of puns and picture captions.

And it begins

Welcome to the Chicago Blackhawks blog, a place to find Hawks and hockey news, game analysis and commentary. It couldn’t have come at a better time too,  with the playoffs right around the corner and the upcoming return of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

More then just Toews and Kane, I’ll be blogging about the many other talented players of the Hawks including Brian Bickell and Marian Hossa.

I’ll also be blogging through the playoffs and following the Hawks closely on what will hopefully be the road to the Stanley Cup for the second year in a row.

I’ll also be linking to my Twitter account @coco_terlecki. On my Twitter, you can find even more articles and the latest Hawks news from game recaps, injury reports and even links to other Hawks blogs.

So a little bit about myself and why I’m doing this blog! I’m a student at DePaul University, where I’m working towards my Master’s in sports journalism. This is my second go-round at DePaul, where I first earned by Bachelor’s right around the time the Hawks were winning the Stanley Cup in 2010.

I’ve had a passion for sports as long as I can remember. Sports have a way of connecting people like nothing else I know, and that’s something I’ve always wanted to be a part of.

I was born and raised in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and have always been a Chicago sports fan.  But, like many Chicagoans, I didn’t fully jump on the Hawks bandwagon until four years ago after their Stanley Cup victory(I know you’re cringing at that right now.)

As much as I know that Hawks fans hate to hear about those of us who started following only after the team started winning, the Blackhawks wins have helped bring more fans and viewership to the world of hockey, and that’s something we can all be grateful for.

So I’m looking forward to the beginning of hopefully a long-running blog (and a long running Hawks season.) This will be a great place to fill your Hawks and hockey fix, and yes, even the bandwagon fans can join the conversation.

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