- The Chicago Blackhawks take on the Colorado Avalanche tonight at 8:00pm CT. The game will air on Comcast Sportsnet+ (CLTV for most cable/satellite systems) in Chicago.
- Previews: NHL, Chicago Tribune, The Committed Indian, Second City Hockey
- Ray Emery will be in net for the Blackhawks. (@TramyersCSN) Semyon Varlamov will backstop the Avs. (Left Wing Lock)
Nick Leddy, Viktor Stalberg, and Bryan Bickell all had three-point nights.
Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews scored two goals a piece.
Brandon Bollig, uh, skated for 9:51 — a new NHL record for him.
But I know what everyone is talking about, and it’s none of those things.
They’re talking about the Patrick Kane spin-o-rama goal that made Denis Savard beam with pride after the game like Kane was his only begotten son (which, honestly, he kind of is).
Well, here it is. This will be on the highlight reel when the Chicago Blackhawks raise #88 to the rafters in twenty years.
(This update is coming about twelve hours later than I would’ve liked, thanks to a migraine wrecking my shit for a day. Bear with me.)
Yes, the Chicago Blackhawks have broken the record for longest streak without a regulation loss in the NHL. (The previous team who held the record was the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks. They would go on to win the Stanley Cup. No pressure or anything, Blackhawks.) One day, this streak will end, and the meatballs will scream about it to the high heavens. But let’s just enjoy it for a little bit, shall we?
Special thanks goes to the San Jose Sharks, who accounted for three of those 14 wins, including last night’s. See you next season, you teal-encrusted fishmongers.
The question was inevitable, no matter how hard we tried to avoid it: How would the Chicago Blackhawks respond to the return of Raffi Torres to the Phoenix Coyotes lineup after serving his 21-game suspension for this hit on Marian Hossa?
Jamal Mayers began the answer to that question when he dropped the gloves with Torres early in the first period.
Brandon Saad is going to be on the Blackhawks opening night! (Chicago Tribune)
Some other dorks broke the roster, too. Namely Brandon Bollig and Andrew Shaw — wow, really? Will the Bollig-Shaw-Daniel Carcillo Shithead line become a reality?
See video of Saad talking to the Chicago Tribune after the jump.
Niklas Hjalmarsson becomes the latest Blackhawk to go to Europe, signing with the HC Interspar Bolzano-Bozen Foxes of the Italian Serie A.
This makes Hjalmarsson the sixth Blackhawk to head overseas. Michael Frolik was the first to sign with a European team, going to Piráti Chomutov of the Czech Extraliga. Michal Rozsival then signed with HC Plzeň in the same league. Soon after, Bryan Bickell signed with Orli Znojmo of the Erst Bank Eishockey Liga, also known as the Austria Hockey League. Viktor Stalberg signed with Frölunda of Elitserien. The biggest name to make the jump across the pond was Patrick Kane, who signed with EHC Biel of National League A in Switzerland.
Of course, this means we once again turn to Google Translate to butcher the latest press release. Take it away, Google!
After weeks of speculation, Viktor Stalberg finally makes the jump to Europe, signing with Frölunda of Elitserien, also known as the Swedish Elite League. Here’s what he had to say about it on Twitter:
Stalberg is the fourth Blackhawks player to take his talents overseas. Michael Frolik was the first to sign with a European team, going to Piráti Chomutov of the Czech Extraliga. Michal Rozsival then signed with HC Plzeň in the same league. Soon after, Bryan Bickell signed with Orli Znojmo of the Erst Bank Eishockey Liga, also known as the Austria Hockey League.
Let’s put the official article from Frölunda into the word blender known as Google Translate and see what it has to say:
And the first Blackhawk to bolt to Europe to play during the NHL lockout is… Michael Frolik.
As first reported by eliteprospects.com, Frolik has signed on to play with Piráti Chomutov of the Czech Extraliga. Let’s see what rozhlas.cz has to say about this, through the magic of Google Translate:
Chicago striker Michael Frolik strengthen extraleague Chomutov. Czech hockey player will be at the club in the Central lockout NHL. The team should be a member of the team bronze from the last World Cup to join in the coming days.
Michael Frolik player but is positive, so the clubs must first agree on which should be the weekend of the state. The Pirates have signed čtyřiadvacetiletý player.
In the NHL playoffs, including Frolik played 315 matches, of which he chalked up to his 53 goals and 83 assists. In Extraleague appeared already at sixteen, two years later, he was like the tenth order draftovala Florida.
When lockout overseas competition in the domestic competition appear first Tuesday in Třinec since Sunday match in Liberec still misses. In Chomutov fans will see him on Friday in a game against Kladno.
Wow. That was insightful.
Frolik might be the first Blackhawks player to head overseas to play while the NHL and the NHLPA fight it out, but he certainly won’t be the last. Viktor Stalberg has stated that he would like to play with Frölunda of Elitserien, while Niklas Hjalmarsson is already back home in Sweden. Meanwhile, Patrick Kane isn’t sure if he’ll head to Europe — but if he does, he would like to play with Jonathan Toews.
Today’s match-ups were already going to cause some conflict here at Runs On Duncan—Sweden taking on the Czech Republic already meant that not all of our boys could win, but Slovakia defeating Canada dashed a lot of hopes.
One of our boys is going to semis, at least?
(…wow, that opening sounds familiar.)
Team Sweden (vs. Czech Republic)
There is really nothing good to say about this game in terms of the Blackhawks on Team Sweden. For starters, its abrupt end (Michalek put it away for Team Czech with :29 to go) reminded me of that Flyers-Blackhawks game in 2010 that still makes me wince. And then there’s the stats sheet. Stalberg, Hjalmarsson, and Kruger contributed a grand total of zero points and broke even in plus/minus except for Hjalmarsson… who was a minus-one. The most visible of the three was Stalberg, who took a dumb slashing penalty in the second.
On a bright side, their loss is Michael Frolik’s gain, whose contributions did not reflect on the score sheet aside from six shots on goal and an awkward minus-one (which is often the case with him)—but who has a chance at a medal by advancing to the semifinals.
If you feel like reliving the pain of this game, you can read my full game recap at the Intermission Report.
Today’s match-ups were already going to cause some conflict here at Runs On Duncan—Sweden taking on the Czech Republic already meant that not all of our boys could win, but the USA defeating Canada dashed a lot of hopes.
Three out of our six boys ended up winners today, at least?
Team Canada (vs. USA)
The Canada boys could not handle Jack MF Johnson in full Captain America mode as he won it for the US in overtime. Duncan Keith was one of the most effective on the ice today, with four shots on goal that led to a goal and an assist in 22:35 (30 shifts) of ice time despite an even plus/minus. Sharp faded into the background a bit more, three shots on goal and a plus-one in 18:36 with 25 shifts.
Team Sweden (vs. Czech Republic)
Sweden’s win was, oddly enough, mostly due to the Red Wings’ contributions to Tre Kronor. All three Blackhawks broke even in their plus/minus and had zero points, with Stalberg clocking in 13:00 (18 shifts), Kruger 15:08 (23 shifts), and Hjalmarsson 18:02 (25 shifts). On the Czech side, Frolik finished the game as a minus-one after 13:07 minutes of ice time over 18 shifts.
Tomorrow we’ll be taking a short break, as no Blackhawks will be competing, and we shall return on Monday with three games for our three teams.