Kukla's Korner Hockey
from the Chicago Blackhawks,
At the end of the season, the crew at the United Center goes about their job of melting and removing the home ice from the floor. It's a moment that passes with little fanfare or recognition. All the amazing moments that took place on that ice literally go down the drain. This year, we decided to do something different. We were on-hand for the ice removal to document the occasion and save a few precious pieces of that magical home ice. And we want to share it with you.
We're producing an extremely limited number of souvenir packages with the actual melted ice from the United Center floor. All proceeds benefit Chicago Blackhawks Charities.
Each vial of melted ice costs $99 USD plus shipping (U.S. and Canada only), and all proceeds benefit Chicago Blackhawks Charities. Each package contains:
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First we have Nikolai Khabibulin scrambling on his knees to make a save after he suffered a lower-body injury.
Below, Evgeni Nabokov appears to have suffered the same type of injury...
Oduya down, Oduya up and Oduya down again.
from the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Andrew Shaw on a two-year contract extension, through the end of the 2015-16 National Hockey League season.
“It’s great to come to this agreement with Andrew and keep another important member of our team here in Chicago” said Blackhawks Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman. “Andrew has proven his ability to play a prominent role on our team and we look forward to watching him continue to grow as a player for the Blackhawks.”
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Were you worried about the future, your career, when you sustained your back injury in the playoffs last season?
"A little bit yeah, because I heard when it's a back injury it can go downhill quickly. When you start having problems with the back you can have problems over and over. So you get some things in your mind, but I always tried to look at it in a positive way and so far it has improved so much, so I'm happy about it."
What clicked for you that you knew you weren't going to have to worry about those things, that those questions were not going to be concerns for you?
"Well, after we won the Cup, we talked about if I should go to surgery or not. To me, surgery is always the last option. When I can't even move, then we'll have to do it. If I am still OK but I know I can do a couple of shots and that's going to improve it, then why do the surgery? Those shots, especially in training camp and the first month, helped extremely well. Right now I'm playing, and I feel pretty good."
President Obama Honors the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Watch the live stream below, which is scheduled to start around 2:00pm - 2:10pm ET.
added 2:24pm, Stream is over.
from Wes Gibertson of the Calgary Sun,
A former Swiss League standout, Berra finished with 42 stops in his NHL debut, surrendering just two tallies to the defending Stanley Cup champions and making his boss look like a genius for giving him his first start in one of the NHL’s most intimidating settings just one day after his callup from the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat.
“Honestly, I had a lot of thoughts. Everything went through my mind,” Berra told reporters after backstopping the Flames to their first victory in Chicago since March 16, 2008.
“After lunch, I always sleep, but today I couldn’t sleep. I was really nervous. But right before game when I was sitting in here, I said, ‘Just go out and play your game and have fun. You have nothing to lose.’ I put that excitement and nerves into positive energy.”
Watch Berra rob Patrick Sharp below...
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
While it's still too early to consider the signing of 40-year-old goalie Nikolai Khabibulin to be a $2 million mistake by general manager Stan Bowman, there is cause for concern in the Blackhawks' camp after a second straight poor outing by the veteran.
Khabibulin was pulled midway through Tuesday's 6-5 win over Ottawa after allowing 4 goals on 22 shots. That was after he gave up 6 goals in a 6-5 loss in overtime at Tampa Bay last week.
Khabibulin's numbers are not so hot after three games: 4.74 goals-against average and .818 save percentage. He has surrendered 12 goals on 66 shots.
While fans are clamoring for Antti Raanta to be recalled from Rockford, Hawks coach Joel Quenneville likely will give Khabibulin a chance to redeem himself.
"We'll see, we've got a few days off here," Quenneville said after the game on Tuesday. "Let's get back from the day off and visit with it."
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WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, November 4, President Obama will welcome the five-time Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks to the White House to honor the team and their 2013 Stanley Cup victory. While in Washington, the team will also visit the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to thank our veterans, wounded warriors, and their families for their courage and service to our country.
This goal, credited to Johathan Toews, tied the game just after Stamkos scored for Tampa on the power play.
But justice was served, as Martin St. Louis scored in OT to give the Bolts a 6-5 win.
Here is the 'Toews' goal...
added 10:30pm, Below is the OT goal by St. Louis....
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
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