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Wait ‘til Next Year
Being a recovering Cubs fan for many, many years now, I am ALL too familiar with the phrase, “Wait ‘til next year.” Chicago folks have heard that far too many times in every sport, and I in particular, am sick of hearing it.  BEFORE we get to next year, I’d…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 04/26/12 | Comments 1

Hawks Eliminated
Over the last 3 seasons my son & I have a United Center game attendance record of 9 - 1. The one loss was to the Phoenix Coyotes a couple seasons ago. The Yotes, with yesterday’s victory, came in this season & post season and won 5 games straight at…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 04/24/12 | Comments 4

Just Hav’n Fun
Ok, here’s my theory on why the Hawks will win their series against Phoenix. NASHVILLE won their series. As you know NASHVILLE is known as music city. When you think of AMERICAN music (teams in America have won the Cup going back several years) you thinks of the BLUES. The…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 04/23/12 | Comments 1

5th Straight OT!  Hawks Still Alive
It hasn’t happened since the 1951 (Hey, a record BEFORE I was born) Stanley Cup Final between Toronto and Montreal, that 2 teams have played 5 straight overtime games. No surprise here, the overtime that is, as the Hawks won this match up 2- 1. This time it was Toews…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 04/22/12 | Comments 0

4th Staight Overtime / 2nd Straight Result
Mike Smith is better than Corey Crawford. Period. That’s it. You can break down board battles, hits, Penalty Kills, Power Plays, turnovers, or whatever all you want.  What it comes down to in this series, OT in particular, is the goaltending. Crawford has let in back to back DUMB goals…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 04/20/12 | Comments 0

Saad To Return ??
Here’s some info that I got off chicagoblackhawks.com. concerning the possible return of Brandon Saad. Saad was the then 18 year old (now 19) former 2012 Draft Pick—second round, 43rd overall player..  Saad who also wears number 43, (coincidence?) was the youngest player kept on the team through out the…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 04/19/12 | Comments 0

3rd Straight OT / Hawks Lose Game - Hossa?
If you’ve read me at all before, you know that a couple of things have been consistent in all 125 + blogs. One, I have never complained about the officiating or questioned the lack of a penalty. That’s over. How 4 men on the ice could not see the puck…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 04/18/12 | Comments 6

Shaw - 3 Game Suspension
So the NHL finally made up it’s mind, hours before game time, and handed Andrew Shaw a 3 game suspension. This came after the collision with Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith. Smith remained in the game, and finished it.  It’s as simple as this with with NHL, they want to…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 04/17/12 | Comments 8

Last Second Tie Forces OT Win!
This series certainly has shown a flair for the dramatic. If tying the game with 15 seconds left and an empty net wasn’t exciting enough in Game 1, the Hawks repeated the feat, with 5 seconds left in Game 2!  Seabrook played a part in both, scoring and then assisting,…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 04/15/12 | Comments 0

Hawks Fall in OT
Defensive zone turnovers, they’ll give you every time….  It was Game One, Hawks vs. Coyotes at the Jobing.com Arena outside of Phoenix. It was a “White - Out” night with all the fans receiving white t-shirts at the beginning of the game. I don’t get that, let’s all wear the…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 04/13/12 | Comments 0

Season In Review, Part 2
In the last blog, I dealt with the negatives of the regular season. In a nutshell, goal tending, power play & penalty kill. In this writing, I would like to focus on the positive aspects, mostly individually. It’s pretty amazing, when you think about it, that the Hawks managed to…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 04/10/12 | Comments 0

Season In Review—Part One
Although you can’t really judge a team until the Play Offs are over, when it comes to achievements, this is my take on the regular season. I am going to chop this up into at least 2 blogs. This first blog (part One) will focus on the negative or disappointing…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 04/09/12 | Comments 0

Hawks / Yotes Schedule
Happy Easter, Passover, or just plain Sunday. Here’s the Chicago / Phoenix first round schedule for those who need it. Before the series starts, I will do a “Year in Review” blog. Enjoy the rest of the day. Game Date Time (CT)                 …
Posted by Vince Maranto on 04/08/12 | Comments 0

Hawks Down Wings, Take 6th Seed
When the Hawks play the Wings, no matter what time of year it is, there is going to be a Play Off atmosphere. The games are always hard fought, exciting, physical, and usually decided by one goal. And so it was. With 48 seconds left in the game, the Hawks…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 04/07/12 | Comments 0

Hawks Fail To Hold Lead
The Hawks WERE 30-1-2, when leading after 2 periods, add one to the loss column, as they fell to the Wild,  2 - 1 in a shoot out loss. This time the game was in Minnesota, but the results were the same (5 - 4 shoot out loss Sunday in…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 04/06/12 | Comments 0

Ben Smith, Rockford Honors
If you’ve read enough of my blogs, then you know what a big fan of this kid I am. I always liked his approach to the game, and when I got to talk to him after an Ice Hog’s Sunday skate around, I liked him on a personal level also.…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 04/03/12 | Comments 0

Hawks Clinch Playoff Spot
The Hawks clinched a playoff spot Saturday night, beating the Predators in Nashville,  by a score of 5 - 4. It is now the fourth consecutive year that the franchise has done such. Not a spectacular feat, but considering what this organization was prior to this, impressive none the less.…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 04/01/12 | Comments 0

2 Points, The Hard Way
The Hawks finished their 6 game, regular season meetings with a shoot out win over the St. Louis Blues. The Hawks took the series 4 - 2. It was Crawford (27-17-6) against Halak (25-11-6) and his NHL second best 1.90 goals against average. Halak started despite Elliot having 3 shut…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 03/30/12 | Comments 0

Hawks Fall in Shoot Out
It was 20 years ago yesterday, that a 19 year old Martin Brodeur played in his first NHL game. Since then (pre game stats) he has notched 651 victories while playing in 1,186 games. Add 118 (wow!) shut outs, all 3 of these NHL records, and you have a solid,…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 03/28/12 | Comments 0

Goalie Hutton Recalled
Back on March 6, I wrote a blog called “Goalie Of The Future?” . It was in reference to the Rockford Ice Hogs (AHL affiliate) goaltender Carter Hutton. A couple of games ago—March 16th, against Dallas, Hutton was brought up as the back up to Crawford. Ray Emery was listed…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 03/26/12 | Comments 1

Nightmare On Madison Avenue
Actually, when you wake up after a nightmare, you realize that it didn’t happen. This did. The Hawks were trounced by Nashville on Sunday by a score of 6 - 1. The game was so ridiculous that I’m not even going to waste time by breaking it down into periods.…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 03/26/12 | Comments 1

Winning Ways Continue
The Hawks 8-1-1 record over the last 10 games is the best in the West right now. Two more points were added to the team total on Wednesday, when the Hawks beat the Canucks, in Overtime at the United Center. It was the type of physical game that you have…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 03/22/12 | Comments 0

Hawks Sweep Blue Jackets
The Hawks and Blue Jackets played their 6th and final match up (of the regular seasons…...) in Columbus on Tuesday. 5 - 1, Hawks was the final, as Chicago completed the 6 game sweep. (Hawks outscored the Jackets 31-10)  The Hawks have also taken 17 out of the last 20…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 03/21/12 | Comments 0

Hawks Down Caps
I was one of the 21,550 + fans at the United Center on Sunday, as the Hawks beat Washington 5 - 2. The game was obviously another sell out.  My son & I decided to get “standing room only” tickets, since they were only $27 each. A bargain right? BUT,…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 03/19/12 | Comments 0

Hawks Beat Stars
If the Playoffs started today…... The number 6 Hawks beat the number 3 Stars in Dallas at the American Airlines Center on Friday night, 4 - 1. Of course, with around a dozen games left, things could change. This would be the Hawks best, first round match up. (Hawks &…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 03/17/12 | Comments 0

Hawks Come Back & Win Shootout
This game had it all. An early lead, fights, goalie changes, a come back, overtime, a shootout…... The Hawks beat the NHL point leading Blues 4 - 3 at the United Center. It started off with Emery (15-9-3) against Halak (24-10-5) with his 1.84 goals against average and .928 save…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 03/14/12 | Comments 0

Hawks Sweep Rangers
Sure, they only played 2 games this season, but still it’s a sweep. The Hawks took the second of the two meetings, this time at the United Center and beat New York, 4 - 3. It was Emery again, (14-9-2) against Vezina hopeful Lundqvist (31-13-5). This marks the 7th straight…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 03/10/12 | Comments 0

Ben Smith Out For Season
Those of you who read me on any kind of regular basis, know what a fan I am of Ben Smith (#28). A quick refresher, or for you first timers, Ben came up at the end of last season (from Rockford)  with about 4 or 5 games left. He did…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 03/09/12 | Comments 0

Injury Updates
Here’s some updates on injured Hawks players that I greceived from chicagoblackhawks.com. I you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I only write on information, injury wise, that I get form the official site. I will never spread information just because someone else, blogged, over heard,…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 03/08/12 | Comments 0

Blues Out-Everything Hawks
Yes, to be sure. Shots, hits, hustle, special teams, you name it.Ok, in fights, perhaps a split decision.  It was a surprisingly, very flat effort put out by the Hawks yesterday as they played the Blues in St. Louis.  5 - 1 was the final as the Blues took over…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 03/07/12 | Comments 0

Goaltender of the Future?
I’ve been following the reports of this kid since he joined the Ice Hogs. It’s funny how Alexander Salak has gone from originally being slated as Crawford’s back up with the Hawks, to Hutton’s back up in Rockford. Here’s the story from chicagoblackhawks.com;The American Hockey League announced on Monday that…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 03/06/12 | Comments 1

Hawks Edge Wings
Yes, this is the third in a row of my “Hawks Edge” series. The two teams again, as they have every time they have faced each other this season, played a game that was decided by one goal. The Hawks took a very hard to get 2 points out of…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 03/05/12 | Comments 1

Hawks Edge Sens
The Hawks picked up a much needed 2 road points against the Senators in Ottawa. Talk about 2 evenly matched teams. They both had the exact same amount of goals, goals against, and number of wins headed into the contest. Ray Emery - again, his job to lose (12-8-2) was…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 03/03/12 | Comments 0

Hawks Edge Leafs
Normally, when your team scores an empty net goal, the scoring and game is over, The Hawks can’t even get that right, more on this later…. The Hawks beat the Maple Leafs 5 - 4 at the United Center last night. Chicago has, believe it or not, the 4th most…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 03/01/12 | Comments 1

Power Play Woes Continue
The Hawks fell to the Kings at the Staple center by a score of 4 - 0. Quick (24-17-11) got the shutout, his 7th this season . He is now tied for most shutouts in the NHL, with Lundqvist from the Rangers. Quick entered the game with both a league…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 02/26/12 | Comments 0

Hawks Fall To Stars
It was “Behind the Lens” at Comcast Sports Network last night. The camera’s were turned around to show the inside of the broadcast booth, how the telestrator works, the locker room, inside the control room, and the Jumbo-tron operator. It was actually pretty fascinating. I always like watching the “behind…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 02/24/12 | Comments 0

Hawks Win 4th Straight
The Blackhawks now have won 4 in a row, after snapping the long losing streak. Last night it was the Detroit Red Wings who fell to the Hawks by a score of 2 - 1, at the United Center. The Wings, although record breaking at home, are just a .500…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 02/22/12 | Comments 0

Hawks Come Back To Win
First of all, I hope every one enjoyed “Hockey day in America”.  I know Hawks fans did. The Hawks came back from a one goal deficit, to defeat the St. Louis Blues by a score of 3 - 1.  It was the first time back at the United Center since…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 02/19/12 | Comments 0

A Winning Streak!
Yes, indeed, it only takes 2 games for a streak to occur. The Hawks have their first one in quite some time now after beating the Blue Jackets in Columbus by a score of 6 - 1. .The Hawks rattled off 6 straight goals after falling behind 1 - 0. …
Posted by Vince Maranto on 02/18/12 | Comments 0

Hawks Beat Rangers (No, really)
The losing streak is over as the Hawks got 2 points for the first time in forever. What better way to end a streak, by beating a really good team. The Rangers (best team in the East by 7 points) lost on their home ice. The Hawks played aggressive in…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 02/17/12 | Comments 0

Saad should make you Happy
My son was just asking me the other day about what ever happened to Brandon Saad. Saad was the 43rd overall pick in last years Draft The 2nd rounder, ^ foot, 180 pounds has been playing in Saginaw. The left winger was one of the last couple of players cut…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 02/16/12 | Comments 1

Goalie Interference???
The other night, during a Hawks game, there was a goalie interference penalty. Crawford was well out of the crease, but hey, the Hawks need all the help they can get these days. In all seriousness, I thought it was a bad call. Then tonight, while watching the Bruins /…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 02/16/12 | Comments 15

0 - 8 - 1
The title says it all. The Hawks have now only taken 1 of the last available 18 points. This is beyond “skid”, “bump in the road”, or whatever else you want to call it. The most frustrating and aggravating thing about watching it, is that they are actually trying. If…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 02/15/12 | Comments 1

DESPERATE For A POINT!!
These games are really frustrating to watch, and even more difficult to write about. The Hawks lose again, on the road, 5 - 3 to San Jose, Friday night. The fact that it was more of the same thing that I have been talking about for the last 4 weeks…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 02/11/12 | Comments 0

NHL Sweaters,—Past & Current
Here’s just a thought that I had. Hearing the GREAT news of the Winter Classic Game being played at “The Big House”, in Ann Arbor—Leafs / Wings, I told my son about it. “We should try and go”, he said. Living in Chicago, the trip is of course, about 4…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 02/10/12 | Comments 20

Hawks Skid Continues
I don’t even know where to start? I have a lot of notes, but none of them are good. Oh well, the title says it all…. The Hawks fell to Colorado at the Pepsi center on Tuesday night, 5-2. Both teams entered the contest with a 0-4-1 record in their…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 02/08/12 | Comments 3

Gagner, Oilers Slam Hawks
In 2 games at the Rexall Center, in Edmonton, the Hawks have given up 17 goals. No, this is NOT a misprint, for anyone reading this and thinking, “Well that can’t be right.” It isn’t right, but it IS correct. The last time the boys went out there (November 19)…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 02/03/12 | Comments 1

NHL Officials
Last night I watched the game between the New York Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres at the Niagara Center. First of all, any one who thinks that a scoreless hockey game is not exciting, should watch the tape of this one. This one was as exciting as any regular season…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 02/02/12 | Comments 2

Canucks Beat Hawks in OT
The Hawks lost in overtime, in Vancouver, to the Canucks on Tuesday night. It was the first, in what I predict, will be many 3 point games for the top 8 western Division teams. The good news, however, was the return of Toews & Sharp. Sharpie had missed the previous…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 02/01/12 | Comments 4

Toews, Sharp, Return Against Canucks
Both Toews & Sharp will return to the line up tonight as the Hawks kick off their long road trip in Vancouver. The Hawks will play 9 straight road games, and will not return back to the United Center until February 19. With the two Hawks stars returning to the…
Posted by Vince Maranto on 01/31/12 | Comments 0

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