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from The Chicago Daily-Herald,
Mike Spellman, the Daily Herald's Chicago Blackhawks expert and the creator of the Spellman's Scorecard column, died unexpectedly Tuesday.
The cause of death is unconfirmed but he appeared to have suffered a heart attack. Today would have been his 51st birthday.
Just last year, Spellman assumed the Blackhawks beat after the death of longtime hockey writer Tim Sassone.
"While you were dazzled by his creativity as a writer and columnist," Sports Editor Tom Quinlan said, "he was such a good and kindhearted person that you were even more impressed by his outgoing spirit and positive nature. We lost a true friend and a colleague we greatly admired," Quinlan said.
Here is the video explanation...
from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,
In the wake of their 6-3 loss to the Dallas Stars on Sunday night, the Hawks, the league’s stingiest team entering the game (but no longer), have given up at least four goals in three of their last four games, and six of their last 11. As a result, they have lost two straight, three of four, and five of eight.
Quenneville called Sunday’s loss a “carbon copy” of Friday’s loss to Winnipeg — a surging division rival playing for the second straight night on the road, scoring a power-play goal in the third period and pulling away for a victory.
“We’re not happy,” Quenneville said. “Home games. Games that we’re expected to win, teams that played the night before, points you’ve got to have. … We saw two opponents in the past two nights that are trying to move ahead. And that’s what we’re going to face every night. We’ve got to be more competitive than we saw.”
via the NHL,
Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo will be offered an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety for cross-checking Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault in a game Friday.
Carcillo was not penalized for the play that occurred near the end of the second period (he drew a penalty for cross-checking Jets forward Mark Scheifele afterward). Perreault did not play in the third period.
Winnipeg won 4-2.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: cross-checking. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
Missed the play, watch it here...
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
... fallout from Friday's game includes the loss of red-hot Jets forward Mathieu Perreault to an apparent arm injury after taking a vicious slash from Blackhawks winger Daniel Carcillo late in the second period.
Carcillo received a slashing minor, but the Jets didn't even get a power play, since Mark Scheifele was called for slashing.
“It was a vicious cross-check to an unsuspecting player,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice, who said Perreault would be further evaluated on Saturday. “This was as big a character win as we've had since I've been here.”
more on Winnipeg's 4-2 win over Chicago...
via the Chicago Blackhawks,
Christina was born with many challenges, one of which is she is blind. Her goal was to experience a Blackhawks game at the UC.
Brent Seabrook took a skate to the face in this scramble in front of Chicago's net. He did return to the game.
In Chicago's 4-2 win over Minnesota, Thomas Vanek put this hit on Marcus Kruger and received a major for boarding.
If you scroll to the 18:20 mark of the Winter Classic highlights below, you can see Versteeg take a shot to the hand area...
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from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,
For all the unfamiliar blanketing the Capitals – the pregame bus ride to a home game, the scores of family members in town during the regular season, even the relative hype surrounding a matchup with a Western Conference opponent – the players must also handle the unique experience of playing outdoors.
Rather than pressed against the boards, slamming them after every hit, fans sit hundreds of feet away. The distance causes their sound to travel in ways foreign to the skaters. Score a goal, wait a second, then hear the roar.
“It’s almost like a wave coming in,” said the Rangers’ Carl Hagelin, who’s played in five outdoor games since he was 18 – two in college and three in the NHL.
“Out in the middle of nowhere,” is how the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Matt Carle described it, because even inside a stadium stuffed with far more people than Verizon Center can hold, the ice is often silent. The glass blocks out any sound the wind didn’t already carry away.
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