The Daily Phil Esposito (2/16/11)

"Oh no... Khabi let in another goal!?! Man this team sucks, wish I was still in Chicago... "

Photo: http://www.puckworlds.com/photos/first-nhl-goal-jordan-eberle/gallery

There were fourteen former featherheads to take the ice last night. The three goalies all had impressive wins and one even broke a long losing streak and will probably get a DUI tonight due to his celebration. The eleven skaters were able to muster up only three assists. A former Stanley Cup Champion played his first game in the uniform in which he helped defeat in the finals, while another got his pen out to sign a big contract extension. The three wild players didn’t fair well tonight so lets hope that this performance carries over into tonight’s game.

Tim will have your preview of tonight’s game which hopefully our beloved Hawks can start a nice winning streak and get into the playoff picture. Interesting fact, there are four teams in the Western Conference with 68 points, they are all ranging from seventh in the standings to seventh. Hopefully the Hawks can take advantage of this and get into that situation. Enjoy today’s post and help cheer on our Blackhawks tonight!

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The Daily Phil Esposito (2/15/11)

"I throw my hands up in the air sometimes... Hey remember when we kicked your ass in the Stanley Cup Finals last year? Well now I'm on your side, ok? Oh yea, Chris Pronger is still a prick."

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There were five former hawks to take the ice last night and one was packing his bags and moving to a different team. Of the players there was a goalie the other four were skaters. The four skaters produced four points which were all assists. Vrbata continued his hot steak and Craig Anderson shit himself in a backup role against the Red Hot Calgary Flamers.

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Behind Enemy Lines: Interview with Wild.com’s Glen Andresen

As Martin Havlat, John Madden, Cam Barker  and the Minnesota Wild once again return to the United Center tomorrow night, I wanted to get a different perspective of the matchup other than the biased opinions that float around these parts.

So, I went to the source. Glen Andresen is the Managing Editor of Wild.com and covers the team through his fantastic blog, View From the Lighthouse. He was kind enough to answer a few of my questions about tomorrow night’s matchup, Minnesota’s playoff push, the impact of the All-Star Havlat and an outsider’s view of the 2010-11 Chicago Blackhawks.

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Glass-Half-Empty Boxing: Blackhawks Drop Two More

EDITORS NOTE: Tim and Bartl put together a combo post here. Tim has the commentary, Bartl has your shortened version of Boxing from both the Stars and Coyotes games where he breaks down the summary. Enjoy, ya’ll.

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? (Getty Images)

Okay, so the characterization in this article’s title is not entirely accurate. Or is it? The ‘Hawks let two points that they could easily have taken from Dallas and Phoenix slip through their fingers. They ended the road trip with two wins, two outright losses, and two shootout losses over the six-game span. That’s not going to do it, folks.

If the Blackhawks continue this level of performance — one period of coordinated hard work and 40 minutes that look like five guys who only met each other when they took the ice six seconds ago — they are going to find themselves searching for Saturday tee times before the grass in Chicago is really even green.

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The Daily Phil Esposito (2/14/11)

"I am on FIRE. Can't stop me baby!"

Picture Courtesy of: http://coyotes.nhl.com/club/recap.htm?id=2007020155

This was a crazy weekend in NHL games. There were many former Hawks lighting the lamp this weekend and adding helpers. There were six goals and eight assists tallied by former Hawks this weekend. There was a game with over 300 penalty minutes, several shoot out games (don’t get me started), and several no shows. Oh and the goal tending by former feather heads wasn’t too stellar either. There is enough for you to read so I’ll stop here, hope you had a good weekend and enjoy!

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Healing By Degrees: Blackhawks Take On Coyotes

Photo: AP

So what can you say about last night’s game against Dallas? How do you put a positive spin on that? “At least we had a good first period?” “Marty Turco was great up until the shootout?” “We managed to get a point out of it?” “Look on the bright side: we could have been playing the Islanders?”

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Chicago Pucks Cancer Fundraiser / Road Watch /Boynton Screw-up Watch

As most of you have noticed throughout the week on the Facebook page, Chicks Who Give A Puck and Second City Hockey in a joint effort are hosting a fundraising Road Watch on Saturday night. The event will be held at Bottom Lounge (1375 W. Lake St.). If you are in the area and don’t go, you’re an asshole.

Money raised will go to helping the Young Survival Coalition, which is devoted to helping women under the age of 35 who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Since I take the stand of a close friend of mine who lost his mother to breast cancer, I agree with him that cancer “should go play hide and go fuck itself.”

I’ve decided to donate some cash, giving $5 for every Nick Boynton  fuck up in tonight’s game. If he’s scratched, then I will give $20 no matter what. If you add that on to the fact I’m donating $10 just because the ‘Hawks thankfully traded Jack Skille, that’s at least $30 from me going in the pot.

Don’t be an asshole, go visit the official page and donate and come out with all us idiots to watch the ‘Hawks beat Phoenix!

Hopefully Getting Serious: Blackhawks Visit Slumping Stars

Shit! Wrong sweater!

Wednesday was a busy day for the Blackhawks in a couple of ways. The ‘Hawks traded under-performing winger Jack Skille and two forward prospects to Florida for C/W Michael Frolik and what some say is an outstanding young goaltender now playing in Europe. Following that news, the team then took the ice and beat last-place Edmonton in convincing (but by no means impressive) fashion, stopping their losing skid at two games and pulling even on their 6-game road trip.

Hopefully these two events represent a turning point for everyone in the organ-eye-zation. The playoffs are 28 games away, and right now we’re not in them. It appears that Stan Bowman is getting serious, hopefully the team will follow his lead as they head south to take on the Stars.

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The Daily Phil Esposito (2/11/12)

Can't touch this... Suck it Michael Leighnton

No Western Conference former Hawks took the ice last night, but eight Eastern Conference former Hawks did. They contributed with a Win from a goalie who is having a great year with the possible to be Stanley Cup Champs, and one goal coming from a cyclone.

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The Daily Phil Esposito (2/10/11)

The newest Former Blackhawk

There were eighteen former Blackhawks who were skating in the NHL last night, two of which were goalies. One goalie continued to falter while the other one has decided he wants to play, and he has played pretty damn well as of late. The other sixteen players amassed  three goals and four assists. A dick head defense-man continued his career year, and a Yote has scored three goals in the last two games. Former Hawks have been lighting the lamp lately, and tonight we add another former Hawk to that list as Jake Skille has been traded. I liked the guy, but I really like the potential that Frolik adds to this team. What was Dale Tallon thinking? Enjoy folks.

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