Blackhawks rangle the Rangers, 4-2.
With the impending storm expected at any
minute Friday, it was interesting to see who braved the weather.
It all started on Thursday night when the Blackhawks announced the
trade of Brian Armand for Eric Bratt. Then the subsequent team email
went out from the Blackhawks brass.
*** BBHC BLIZZARD WARNING ***
Eric, Please be advised that Blackhawks management has declared all
non-essential players to stay home Friday.
"Stay off the hockey rink," Assistant GM Bobby Talbot said while
telecommuting today. "Stay at home. Not just for our safety, but
Speed would respond to the team early Friday morning, "Did everyone
get the notice to stay home due to the impending storm?"
With Speed not in uniform, call it a healthy scratch, the Hawks
would have to double shift Rick Armand.
"I do what I gotta do for the team," noted Armand.
Tripp and Jake had the Hawks up 2-0 after one, and that was pretty
much that. An early 2nd period goal by Chewie turned out to be not
much more than a token goal.
Later in the game he tried to run over poor Mike Uretsky.
"I was just standing there, you know, playing stay at home defense
like I always do, and I get run over," said Uretsky. "So I slashed
Steve Hardy, just to send a message."
"While I like to send messages to, I usually don't go over and slash
a guy while he's sitting on the bench...in the back row," replied
The league's 2nd leading scorer in George Anderson, yeah that George
Anderson, would put the Hawks up to stay at 3-1 with a little bit of
help coming from Bernie Nichols and Jimmy D.
A goal by Richard Breed would cut the lead to 3-2 but an open netter
by Bruner while shorthanded ended the game at 4-2.
"I know Murph's gonna tell you anyway, but he passed the puck to
me," noted Bruner. "So you might as well right it down now as
opposed to later."
The Blackhawks stand alone at 5-0-1 in the standings.
"Let's be fair though, our worst guy didn't show up today," noted
Tripp. "And they didn't have Mike Saia, so Paul Albano was basically
all by himself out there today."
Hockeytown B; 08-Feb-2013 06:00 AM; 2013 Regular; Friday
Blackhawks (Friday) 4
Rangers (Friday) 2
1. Blackhawks, Talbot, Tripp (Bruner, Brendon / Murphy, Rick) 06:45
2. Blackhawks, Stiegerwald, Jake (Bruner, Brendon) 15:10
Penalties - Uretsky, Mike - Blackhawks (Hooking-Minor) 18:35
3. Rangers, Chiulli, Rob (Hardy, Steve / Albano, Paul) 00:48 (pp)
4. Blackhawks, Anderson, George (Nichols, Todd / DiGregorio, Jim) 07:27 (gw)
Penalties - Breed, Rick - Rangers (Tripping-Minor) 04:00
5. Rangers, Breed, Richard (Johnston, Lloyd) 14:11
6. Blackhawks, Bruner, Brendon (Murphy, Rick) 18:18 (sh)(en)
Penalties - Anderson, George - Blackhawks (Hooking-Minor) 17:00
Goal - Rangers: Benassi, Mike; Blackhawks: Minsk, Ben
Power plays - Rangers: 1-for-2; Blackhawks: 0-for-1
Officials: Vin, Jason, Sharon