Monthly Archives: May 2013

Must Win For Hawks In Game 6!

The Hawks are in a must win situation going into game six tonight in Detroit down 3-2 in the best of seven series. The Hawks have clawed their way back into this series after winning game five on Corey CrawfordSaturday night at the United Center 4-1. In the victory the Hawks got a big boost from center Andrew Shaw who scored a PPG and an even strength tally to lead the Hawks, while Corey Crawford made 25 of 26 saves, and has allowed one or fewer goals in six of his 10 starts this postseason.

“It’s way harder on your psyche when you play well and you get thrashed,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We weren’t very good, period [in Game 5]. We skated better than in Game 1, but it was a lot like Game 1. They were good and we were watching.” courtesy of Brian Hedger of NHL.com. The Wings would much rather end this series tonight in Detroit than have to fly back to Chicago for game seven on Wednesday night. The Wings in order to close the Hawks out tonight are going to need another big game out of Jimmy Howard, as well as talented young forwards Damien Brunner and Gustav Nyquist.

The Hawks need to just take this game one shift at a time, one period at a time to be successful and to force a game seven. The hawks in game five were very physical, they won board battles and moved the puck on the PP. Tonight the faceoffs are going to be key,joel-quenneville the Blackhawks in 10 games are 48% on faceoffs and haven’t won the faceoff battle yet in this series. Look for the Hawks to dump the puck in the zone and use the dump and retrieve method, instead of skating into the zone. The Hawks have the momentum, and will win game six 3-0, and force a game seven Wednesday night.

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Game Four Crucial For Hawks

The Chicago Blackhawks are going into game four down in a series, for the first time this post season going down 2-1 to the Red Wings. In game four on Tuesday night the Hawks were out shot, out hit, and completely out worked, by a hungry Detroit team. The debate going on is if this was a loss because of frustration, or a loss because of not playing Hawks hockey.

The Hawks lost their composure in that game early and often, beginning with Andrew Shaw taking a ten minute game misconduct, along with Bryan Bickell throwing out cross checks and nasty hits. The Hawks took seven penalties in the game three of which were taken by Andrew Shaw. The Hawks need to composed, so that they don’t put any added pressure to an already outstanding PK.

The Hawks biggest problem area so far this season has been in the face off dot. This is an area that the Hawks addressed at the trade deadline with the addition on Michael Handzus,images however you can’t rely on just one or two players to win faceoffs every game. The Blackhawks need to get better faceoff production from Dave Bolland, Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger. The Red Wings have won 100 of 183 draws (54.6 %), and have won the faceoff battle in every game so far.

Coach Q also did his famous line changing, moving Patrick Sharp to the first line and demoting Brandon Saad to the second. Sharp is the team’s leading scorer with six goals and four assist, and says that he isn’t concerned with how long it’s going to last being on the first line.

Corey CrawfordAs usual the Hawks are surrounded with goaltending controversy, with  people feeling like Crawford should be taken out for back up Ray Emery. However Crawford is going to remain the number one. Quenneville says that Crawford’s play has been “fine”, the Hawks just need to play better in front of the net, and they can’t keep relying on him to make big stops.

In Game four on Thursday night the Hawks are in a must win situation. If the Hawks lose game four, this series is over, I don’t think the Hawks can come back from a 3-1 deficit and win the series. So far the Hawks have been out played, out hit and out hustled. This is a MUST WIN Thursday night.

Keys to Victory:

Key 1: Win the battle in the faceoff dot. The Red Wings have won 100 of 183 faceoffs and have edged the Hawks in that category in every game in the series. The Hawks need get help in that department from guys like Shaw, Bolland and Kruger, instead of relying in Handzus and Toews to win the faceoffs.

Key 2: Traffic in front of Howard: Detroits net minder has played some very solid hockey so far in this series, and it’s because the Hawks AREN’T screening and making things difficult for him. The Hawks are allowing Howard to get great looks at the puck and allowing him to make the saves without giving up a rebound.

Key 3: Power Play needs to come to life: The Hawks are 1 for 13 so far in this series, and the power play continues to look awful. The Hawks need to start moving and cycling the puck like they did when they were on the streak. If the Hawks can move the puck, rotate players in the offensive zone and get the defense involved, then you will see the PP become more successful.

Who Are the Top 10 NHL Agitators of All Time

With the Blackhawks and Red Wings playing in Round 2 and it being a very physical series, here is the top 10 NHL agitators of all time.

Northern Illinois University Hockey: GM Ian Kalengas Interview

I recently had the chance to talk with Northern Illinois’s Hockey GM Ian Kalanges. Here is what we talked about.

Marcus: What are you initial thoughts on the season?

Ian:  I thought it was a very successful season in which we reached many of the goals we had in place prior to the season starting. It will be a huge stepping stone for future success.

Marcus: You talk about the goals you reached this season, are those the same goals for next or are there going to be different goals?

Ian: Some of the goals will be the same and with some others the bar will be raised and new ones will be placed.

Marcus: Well last year was a very good season for your top line of Greenberg, Remley and Bock. What in your perspective was the key to their success and what is going to be the key to their continued success?

Ian: All 3 were players that came to work hard and play hard everyday. Very good chemistry between the 3 of them. Each had a unique skill that added to lines success. Lines usually do not stay the same year in and year out but if they are together again next year I see the same happening for them, if not even better success with a year together under them.

Marcus: now most teams have some young players that come up and contribute right away, and sometimes there contributions dont show up on the scoresheet. Two guys that did that last year were Matt Swastek and Nick Frodyma. What are going to be the keys for these guys to make the D2 team and be nightly contributors?

Ian: Putting in the work and effort over the summer. No ones roster spots are locked from last season on D2. Its fair game when try outs come. If they bust their butts all summer, its gonna show when August comes around

Marcus: Three guys that came onto the D2 team last season half way through the year, Nick Leon, Anthony Contillo, and Justin Rucinski. Talk about what kind of impact they had on the squad.

Ian: Leon – Was able to jump right in on one of the top lines and be a veteran player and offensive threat every night. Added great chemistry to the team. Contillo – Was one of the guys you may not have seen on the score sheet but does all the other things that are an asset during games. Added a ton of depth to the 3rd and 4th lines. Rucinski – All around great player that plays the game at an elite level and is one of the best out there at the D2 ACHA level. Great person and first class individual that any team would be honored to have.

Marcus: Finally I understand you have prospect skates this spring and summer. Can you give the details for players who might be interested in coming out?

Ian: Visit our website www.niuhockey.com for updates throughout the summer and make sure you register to be there. If you have any questions about the NIU Hockey program, be sure to contact myself or a coach.

Marcus: Ian thank you so much for your time and best of luck this season.

Ian: no problem!

Rangers vs. Washington Game 2

New York Rangers @ Washington Capitals: 11:30 am on NBC

In game one the Capitals scored three goals in the second period by Alexander Ovechkin, Marcus Johansson and Jason Chimera, to give the Caps a 3-1 win and a 1-0 series lead going into today’s game.

161817670Special Teams are going to be the key for the Rangers. In game one the Rangers took four penalties in the first 27 minutes of the game, giving up a power play goal to Ovechkin on the fourth penalty. Their PP wasn’t any better, the Rangers failed to convert on a 56-second 5-3 opportunity, as well as going 0-4 on the man advantage.

The Capitals don’t need to change much for game two. In game one Washington won all the territory battles, got great goaltending from Braden Holtby, and the special teams were outstanding. alex-ovechkin-getty-tThe Special teams was the biggest boost for the Capitals with Ovechkin scoring a PP goal in the second, and the PK killing of a 5-3, and four penalties.

Injury report: or the Rangers, Clowe, Staal, Dorsett and Boyle are game-time decisions. … The Capitals are missing Brooks Laich (sports hernia)

NIU Hockey Preview 2013-2014

With the Huskies releasing their 2013-2014 schedule, it is time for a season preview. Last year the Huskies finished the season 18-9-2-2, as well as finishing 7th in the ACHA, and 3rd in the MACHA. 4cb3f97c12acf.imageLast season was the first year for head coach Chuck Rinaldo and assistant coach David Goldsmith. The team performed beyond expectations last season, due to stellar play by forwards Mark Greenberg (19G, 15A and 34 PTS), and Mike Hansen (18G, 15A and 33 PTS).

Goaltending was also another strong point for the team last season. Starter Alex Hare finished the season 17-9-2 with a 3.00 GAA and a 91 save percentage. Alex had the ability to make unbelievable saves, not only look routine but make them in key points in a game. Johnny Perillo didn’t play as much as Hare, but when called upon Perillo got the job done.

This season the team as well as the coaching staff will look a little different than last year. The D2 team will be without Billy Lyne, Ryan McSweeney and Brett Wheeler (graduated), as well as assistant coach David Goldmith, who received and job promotion and has moved to Boston. So GM Ian Kalanges has brought in former Huskie Mike Reporto to replace Goldsmith.

The Huskies will have late year additions Nick Leon, Anthoney Contillo and Justin Rucinski back for a full season. Leon in 12 games scored 10 goals and added four assists. Contillo battled through injuries last year including a concussion, but when he was on the ice he used his speed to his advantage. Finally Justin Rucinski, Justin played in only 10 games, but was able to tally eight goals and 11 assists.

This years schedule has some new additions to the Huskies calendar. The Huskies open the season on the road at Missouri State on September 20 and 21, 66191_10151515594156757_522843967_nwhile the home opener is the following week verse Missouri. The team will be flying to Florida to take on Florida Gulf Coast on October 18th and 19th, as well as going to Champaign to take on the University of Illinois’s division one team. On Thursday Nov. 7th NIU welcomes in Cal State Fullerton to Fox Valley for a one game matchup.

All games this season will again be broadcast on the NIU Huskies Hockey Radio Network, with play by play announcer Scott Swartz and color man Marcus Grasenick, like the NIU Hockey Podcast page on facebook for updates and a link to the broadcast. As well as follow One Timer Hockey on twitter @OneTimerHockey.

What Was Happening In 1991?

With the New York Islanders making the playoffs for the first time in 22 years, it got me thinking what was going on in the United States in 1991.

  • Cost of a gallon of gas was $1.12
  • Popular Films
    • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
    • The Silence of the Lambs
    • Hook
    • The Addams Family
    • Sleeping with the Enemy
    • Father of the Bride
    • The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear
    • Beauty and the Beast
    • Backdraft
    • Beethoven
    • Thelma & Louise
  • The President of the United States was George H.W. Bush
  • Jeffrey Dahmer is arrested after the remains of 11 men and boys are found in his Milwaukee, Wisconsin  apartment.
  • Operation Desert Storm United Nations Coalition Force led by the United States and including many Arab and European countries Bombs Iraq Forces in Kuwait and after 1 month of bombing Land invasion forces Iraq Forces out of Kuwait and back to Iraq.
  • pic493484Vanilla Ice Electronic Rap Game ($14.99) Create new raps by playing rhyming cards to fill in the blanks on the game board. Then rap them out to the rhythm of the electronic beat box mike.