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from Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune,
The Blackhawks played Sunday night for a man Jonathan Toews said was so integral to the team, "he might as well have been wearing one of these sweaters."
Toews said the team dedicated its 4-0 victory over the Maple Leafs to Clint Reif, the club's assistant equipment manager since 2005. Reif, 34, died Sunday morning shortly after returning to Chicago from Columbus with the team.
"I commend the guys," coach Joel Quenneville said. "It was an emotional, draining day. They channeled their emotions properly, which was good to see."
Those emotions were plain to see after the game. Asked what made Reif so special, Patrick Sharp began to answer but then apologized and walked out of the dressing room.
Duncan Keith, who was perhaps the player closest to Reif, said: "It was tough. To lose a close friend and have to try to play a hockey game on that same day, it wasn't easy."...
Reif, the father of four children, was found unresponsive in his home at 8:32 a.m. Sunday, according to the DuPage County coroner's office. Lombard police and DuPage County officials are investigating the death.
"It's something that has not sunk in for a lot of us yet," said Toews, who scored a third-period goal, his 13th of the season. "We played with heavy hearts out there."
via the Situation Room Blog,
At 8:49 of the third period in the Chicago Blackhawks/Columbus Blue Jackets game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Columbus net. Video review determined that the puck deflected off the stick of Blackhawks forward Ben Smith and into the net in a legal fashion after it was kicked by his teammate Marcus Kruger. According to Rule 49.2 (ii) "A kicked puck that deflects off the stick of any player (excluding the goalkeeper's stick) shall be ruled a good goal." Good goal Chicago.
Watch the goal below and my only question is, what about goalie interference?
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
This phenomenon – of starting over again – is not something teams want to acknowledge, because it makes everybody look bad; and really amounts to the hardest sell in professional sport.
Teams genuinely believe they cannot turn to their fan base and blurt out the painful reality – that Plan A didn’t work and so now, they’re off to Plan B. Just trust us, this one will work better. Really, it will....
f the Oilers continue to struggle, they’ll have a chance to land a Toews-like piece in either Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel in the 2015 NHL entry draft. The question they’ll need to ask – and this is why MacTavish is behind the bench right now – is which of the players from spinning-their-wheels stage of the team’s rebuild survive, and which ones move on?
more and Duhatschek uses the Chicago Blackhawks as an example...
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Fair or not, the perception around the hockey world is that there is a distinct lack of buzz surrounding the NHL's marquee regular-season game.
On social media, much of the early discussion surrounding the tilt between the host Washington Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks has been around the seemingly slow build of enthusiasm for an event that has been a major draw for NHL sponsors, hundreds of thousands of fans at the event and a huge television audience.
Anecdotal? For sure.
Meaningful? Hard to tell, although, to be fair, the NHL is just now swinging into major event mode.
What are your thoughts on the Winter Classic? Is it still considered must watch for the NHL fan?
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
Well, the star got the call.
Many in the Wild dressing room was spitting mad after tonight’s 5-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. The Wild rallied from 3-1 down in the third to tie the mighty Hawks, then superstar Patrick Kane got the benefit of a referee’s call on what the Wild felt was a ticky-tack penalty that should not have been called that late in a tie game.
In a game where Brent Seabrook got away with a blatant elbow on Justin Fontaine that basically caused the Wild to be short a man when Seabrook scored the tying goal in the second, in a game where there was reaching and hooks uncalled all game long, Erik Haula was called for hooking Kane at the blue line with 4:35 left in a 3-3 game.
Kane, one of the game’s great puck-handlers, lost the puck out of the zone, then motioned exasperatedly.
Referee Dan O’Rourke’s arm went straight up.
Below, watch Mike Yeo post-game...
Follow the Chicago Blackhawks and Wasington Capitals through the regular season as they get ready to face off in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.
Watch below and it is scheduled to start at 10:00pm ET.
COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired forward Jeremy Morin from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Tim Erixon, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Morin, 23, has registered eight goals and eight assists for 16 points with 56 penalty minutes and a +7 plus/minus rating in 54 career NHL games, including 15 penalty minutes in 15 games with Chicago this season. He has also collected 81-77-158, 301 penalty minutes and a +21 plus/minus rating in 208 career AHL games with the Rockford IceHogs, including 1-0-1 and two penalty minutes in three outings in 2014-15.
“Jeremy is a young, strong forward with a very good shot, who has been a productive offensive player throughout his career,” said Kekalainen. “Given our depth at defense, this was an opportunity for us to add a very good player with a lot of potential on the other end.”
NEW YORK (December 5, 2014) – With just under four weeks until the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, the countdown to the much-anticipated outdoor match-up between the Chicago Blackhawks® and Washington Capitals® on New Year’s Day has begun.
Hockey’s biggest stars – including Alex Ovechkin, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane – will take center stage as the Blackhawks and Capitals meet in Washington, D.C. at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals. The event will be broadcast live nationally on NBC in the United States and on CBC and TVA in Canada on 1 p.m. ET on Jan. 1.
Events and activities leading up to the annual outdoor hockey celebration will include:
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
“The game is 1-1, you’re in perfect position in the third period,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We just gave it to them. Made some checking mistakes, we just gave them the hockey game, bottom line. We put ourselves at 1-1, in a great spot, where you want to be on the road ... did a poor job checking down low, did a poor job slot coverage, can’t give that away. It’s 3-1 and it’s game over. We just gave them the hockey game, that’s what we did.”
more on the game...
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