WBEZ | hockey http://www.wbez.org/tags/hockey Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago has the Stanley Cup, now what? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-06/after-hockey-celebration-now-what-107891 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_cub_fans_nam_y_huh.jpg" style="float: right; height: 198px; width: 300px;" title="Chicago fans will have a tough summer with hockey done. (AP Photo/Nam Y.Huh)" /><strong>What&#39;s next for the Blackhawks</strong></div><p>Now that the hockey season is over, the Blackhawks have to deal with their free agents and the draft. The team traded Dave Bolland to the Toronto Maple Leafs for three draft picks. They also sent Michael Frolik to the Winnipeg Jets for addition draft selections.</p><p>These moves allowed the team to re-sign&nbsp;Bryan Bickell to a four year deal. The salary cap forced changes again with the roster, but not ones as difficult as the 2010 changes.&nbsp;Still, it is hard for the fans to see&nbsp;Bolland, known as &quot;the Rat,&quot; leave after scoring the winning goal for the title.&nbsp;</p><p>Frolik had a big role&nbsp;with the team&#39;s penalty&nbsp;kill unit.&nbsp;Restricted free agent Nick Leddy said he also wants to remain a Hawk. General Manager Stan Bowman said he is more than likely to match any offer. The one free agent who seems to be leaving is Viktor Stalberg. The Swedish winger showed emotion when I asked him about his situation. He thought his lack of playing time put him in a difficult spot.</p><p>&ldquo;It was one of the toughest things to go through,&rdquo; he said. He also said he doesn&rsquo;t want to play the same role again. Expect him to play somewhere else.</p><p><strong>Chicago baseball update</strong></p><p>It is almost gratifying to realize the hockey has overshadowed a very bad baseball season. Both teams have languished in the bottom of their divisions. The Cubs&nbsp;continue their rebuilding effort and&nbsp;the Sox are a very flat team.&nbsp;It appears the most interesting news for the Cubs and White Sox is who will get traded at the deadline the end of next month. With scouts lining up to watch Matt Garza pitch yesterday, he is a strong candidate for another team. The right hander&rsquo;s health is the biggest concern for a trading partner. Scott Feldman has pitched well enough to get a look by teams. The Cubs best hurler has been Travis Wood. He should be a keeper at this point.&nbsp;</p><p>The White Sox have to figure out if it is time to wave the &ldquo;white flag&rdquo; on a team that has underperformed and has looked bad on offense and horrible on defense. There are not many commodities to make deals. Jake Peavy is still nursing a broken rib. The Sox pitcher is expected to return after the All-Star break. Another player that may draw interest is Alex Rios.&nbsp; The Sox outfielder has been the most consistent hitter on the club. The best player that will be made available is Jesse Crain.&nbsp;So the&nbsp;most exciting day for baseball may be July 31: the trading deadline.</p><p><strong>Bears training camp in sight</strong></p><p>Bears fans can circle July 26 for a chance to see the team in action for the first time since Marc Trestman took over as head coach. That first practice in Bourbonnais will not be with pads. Those workouts start July 28. After attending the Bears OTA&rsquo;s and mini-camps, fans will have plenty to watch.</p><p><strong>New Bulls in the fold</strong></p><p>On Thursday night the Chicago Bulls took a guard/small forward Tony Snell from New Mexico in the first round of the NBA draft. He is considered a good shooter and is best in the &ldquo;catch and shoot&rdquo; role. Defense is also considered an asset. When you take the 20th selection, who knows. The team did do well with Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson in the range of the first round. The took Erik Murphy a 6&#39;10&quot; forward from University of Florida in the second round.</p><p><strong>Chicago Sky and Fire</strong></p><p>The WNBA&#39;s Chicago Sky hopes to make the playoffs this year. They may have some of the pieces in place. Rookie Elena Delle Donne with veterans Sylvia Fowles and Epiphanny Prince have a winning record at 7-3 and a post-season appearance would help this franchise get legitimate interest.</p><p>The Chicago Fire has rebounded from a slow start this season. The MLS soccer team is 5-1-2 since their last loss on May 18. Right now the Fire is 5-7-3 overall.</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout" target="_blank">@CRayeStout</a> and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame" target="_blank">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame</a></em></p></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 18:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-06/after-hockey-celebration-now-what-107891 Morning Shift: Diet trends, bikes and music http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-06-28/morning-shift-diet-trends-bikes-and-music-107894 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Chicago Bike Sharing_courtesy of Associated Press.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As Chicago launches its bike-share program, we hear from you about if this new service will be utilized or largely ignored. Also, Monica Eng gives us the facts and fallacies about diet trends. And Chicago&#39;s Black Ensemble Theater pays tribute to Howlin&#39; Wolf.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-diet-trends-bikes-and-music.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-diet-trends-bikes-and-music" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Diet trends, bikes and music " on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 08:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-06-28/morning-shift-diet-trends-bikes-and-music-107894 Can we call this a Blackhawks dynasty? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-06/can-we-call-blackhawks-dynasty-107848 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_toews_cup_elise_amendola.jpg" style="float: right; height: 226px; width: 300px;" title="Could there be more future Cup hoisting for the Blackhawks? (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" />Can we dare say this Blackhawks team may be turning into a dynasty?</div><p>Winning the Stanley Cup in 2010 and now 2013 is a very good indicator that this team is on the right track.</p><p>It is up to the club&rsquo;s front office led by Stan Bowman with a lot of input by his highly regarded father, Scotty Bowman.</p><p>After 2010&#39;s win, Bowman had to make difficult decisions to shed players and payroll to meet the hard salary cap.</p><p>Gone were very important cogs to that title: Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd, Kris Versteeg, Troy Brouwer, Brian Campbell, Tomas Kopecky, Ben Eager, Adam Burish and Antti Niemi.</p><p>The most important aspect was keeping the team&rsquo;s core players in place: Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, Dave Bolland, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson.</p><p>Hjalmarsson was a restricted free agent after the 2010 season and the Blackhawks matched the San Jose offer to retain the young defenseman.</p><p>Now the club has a similar scenario: Nick Leddy is also a young, restricted free agent. His quickness is a huge asset and he has room to grow.</p><p>The other big decision is what to do with free agents Bryan Bickell, Viktor Stalberg and Ray Emery.</p><p>Bickell, a former second round draft pick, had a heck of a post season. He scored nine playoff goals, including the game tying goal, in the now famous 17 second scoring spurt of the deciding Game 6.</p><p>The game winner by Bolland could be his last as a Hawk. There has been speculation that he could be traded. So again, Stan Bowman has the tough task of tinkering with his newly crowned championship roster.</p><p>Last year he stood pat with his club and made one deal at the deadline that didn&rsquo;t seem significant: acquiring Michal Handzus. The 36-year-old center had some good moments during the playoffs. It was very touching to see Toews make the first handoff of the Cup to the veteran Handzus.</p><p>Now the core of the team has capture two titles. And Kane is just 24; Toews is 25. Both have won the Conn Smythe Trophy and once coach Joel Quenneville put them together on the top line their production was a major factor for winning.</p><p>Patrick Sharp led the NHL with 10 post season goals. He rebounded well after suffering a shoulder injury during the regular season. Seabrook and Keith were stellar with their defensive play. Seabrook snapped out of a bad stretch early in the playoffs. &nbsp;</p><p>One of the reasons, beside roster issues, that the Hawks can be a dynasty is the man behind the mustache: Quenneville. He made adjustments with his lines, he sat players that needed to realize playing time is tied into good play and he didn&rsquo;t make excuses. During the strike-shortened season, the Blackhawks coach did a masterful job of resting his players with limited practices. He used both his goalies, Corey Crawford and Ray Emery, with the condensed schedule. Once Quenneville settled on Crawford for the playoffs (Emery&rsquo;s injury made the decision easy), he remained a strong supporter to his young goalie. In my mind, Crawford had only one glitch in the playoffs, Game 5 of the Stanley Cup and he won. The Hawks goalie really should have won the Conn Smythe Trophy. His role was very significant for all of the playoffs. This isn&rsquo;t a knock on&nbsp; Patrick Kane. But to me Crawford had the toughest job and came out on top.</p><p>During the season, the team has developed some young players to add to their core, Brandon Saad (20), Andrew Shaw (21), Marcus Kruger (23) and Michael Frolik (25). Kruger and Frolik have become a great duo on the penalty kill. There are also some players to watch on the Rockford minor league team.</p><p>So maybe the Blackhawks can bank a few more Stanley Cup victories in the years to come. Maybe we have a dynasty in the making in Chicago.</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout" target="_blank">@CRayeStout</a> and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame" target="_blank">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame </a></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-06/can-we-call-blackhawks-dynasty-107848 Chicago is on the brink of hoisting the Cup http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-06/chicago-brink-hoisting-cup-107818 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_ap%20Charles%20rex%20arbogast.jpg" style="height: 428px; width: 620px;" title="Ptrick Kane and Corey Crawford have paved the way for Blackhawks championship. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) " /></div><p>It is amusing how people that normally could care less about hockey are now into it.</p><p>Something about winning and the excitement attached to it is very infectious. At a family wedding last Friday, I had become a listener to everyone&rsquo;s opinions about the Blackhawks, even though I have been covering the Blackhawks the whole regular and post season.</p><p>People want to tell me what is happening, or quote the &ldquo;experts,&rdquo; prior to the past month, many of these folks didn&rsquo;t care to speak about icing, or glove side or controlling the puck. Now they do &ndash; and that&rsquo;s OK.</p><p>Just think: this NHL season was in a dire spot. It was dangerously close to being canceled and it was saved. A 48-game schedule was put in place and it had an interesting twist, since teams only played against their conference opponents. It would make this Stanley Cup Finals much more intriguing than anyone could imagine.</p><p>NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman can thank his lucky stars that the Blackhawks created a huge interest with the start the they had for this shortened season. With 24 straight games, they earned a point.</p><p>It even caught the attention of a NBA superstar LeBron James.&nbsp; He was in the middle of an incredible winning streak; he commented and Tweeted about the Hawks. The night the Bulls stopped that streak, Blackhawk star Patrick Kane was at the United Center for the basketball game. We had a nice chat about the mutual respect he and James have towards each other.</p><p>Now, Kane and his teammates are on the verge of doing what LeBron and the Miami Heat did last week: win a championship. The Hawks are up three games to two over the Boston Bruins and tonight they can win Lord Stanley&rsquo;s Cup on the road at TD Garden.</p><p>Winning game five was in large part because Patrick Kane shined like the star that he is scoring two goals. Kane now has an opportunity to repeat what he and the Blackhawks accomplished three years ago, winning the Cup in enemy territory.</p><p>Who could forget when the 21 year old Kane scored the winning goal in Game 6 overtime against the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime?</p><p>When it happened, hardly anybody knew it had gotten past Flyer goalie Mike Leighton. It ended a 49-year-old drought and now Kane wonders if his team has a chance to re-create the same situation in Boston.</p><p>&ldquo;I don&#39;t&nbsp;know,&nbsp;I&nbsp;think&nbsp;the&nbsp;stars would have to be aligned right for it to happen&nbsp;like&nbsp;that&nbsp;again,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>A couple of stars may either miss or may be limited, Boston&rsquo;s Patrice Bergeron did not skate on Sunday and his status is day-to-day. For the Blackhawks, Jonathan Toews is apparently better and may return after sitting out the third period on Saturday. Both are crucial to their respected teams. The absence of Bergeron allows the Hawks to win more face-offs. &nbsp;Hockey players are amazing in how much they will play with the injuries they endure. (Or maybe they are a bit crazy)</p><p>If the Blackhawks are able to beat the Bruins tonight, there will be a matter of which player would be named the Conn Smythe winner (the Finals MVP). There would be several candidates, Kane, Patrick Sharp and Corey Crawford. Yes, Crawford has a tough Game 4, but he rebounded very well on Saturday.</p><p>It is so close that it may come down to the biggest star, in possibly the biggest game of these Finals tonight. And if the Hawks are unable to close the deal, they have a chance to do it at the United Center on Wednesday.&nbsp;</p><p>You have the feeling this city is about ready to burst with excitement, even if most became fans just a few weeks ago.</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout">@CRayeStout</a>&nbsp;and Facebook Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame">http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame</a></em></p></p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-06/chicago-brink-hoisting-cup-107818 Hockey, youth baseball bring Chicago and Boston together http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-06/hockey-youth-baseball-bring-chicago-and-boston-together-107792 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_brent_seabrook__game_winner_4_harry_how.jpg" style="float: right; height: 323px; width: 300px;" title="Blackhawks and Bruins knotted at 2 , thanks to Brent Seabrook.(AP Photo/Harry How)" />Despite the warming temperatures, the rush of cold air and glistening ice is still the center of attention for Chicago and Boston fans. What a blast the NHL Stanley Cup Finals is right now. And of course, it was the blast off the stick of Brent Seabrook that propelled the Blackhawks to a 6-5 overtime win.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">With the series tied at two games each, the Blackhawks have the momentum.</div><p>If this isn&rsquo;t entertaining then get your pulse checked. Wednesday&rsquo;s game had two goal leads by the Hawks only to be vanquished by the Bruins.</p><p>Goalies who have been at the top of their game both had a hard time. Stars that needed to shine did just that and so did some players with lesser accomplishments. Both team&rsquo;s defense had lapses, but for some reason the non-hockey purists don&rsquo;t care (lighting the lamp is more entertaining).</p><p>Boston and Chicago both love their sports teams. Fans on the East Coast were gracious to Midwesterners who graced their city for the two Stanley Cup games this week.</p><p>Whenever I travel to an event I spend time talking to the locals. This was one of many visits to Boston. My response is always favorable to that city and its narrow streets, rich with history, interesting people and great food.</p><p>Boston has had a sad, yet, resilient feel to it since that day in April when two bombs tore through the Boston Marathon. It doesn&#39;t feel like a city of victims, but strong-willed survivors. There are banners and T-shirts that emphasis their saying, &ldquo;Boston Strong&rdquo;.&nbsp;</p><p>When you walk down Boylston Street where the two explosions happened, there are few reminders or remnants at those two sites. Instead the memorial was moved down the street to Copley Square, where hundreds of running shoes, notes, and pictures are neatly displayed to honor the ones that died or were injured. It also felt like it was honoring that city and everyone that it touched that day. You can only hope that they will heal someday.</p><p>Back here in Chicago, the Blackhawks and Bruins will play Game 5 Saturday night. In the morning, there will be another Boston-Chicago sporting event on a smaller scale.</p><p>The Inaugural Summer City Classic will be played at Les Miller Field, at University of Illinois-Chicago Baseball Park. Chicago&rsquo;s Jackie Robinson West Little League team will take on the Boston Astros. It is an effort to bring urban youth together on the baseball field in a friendly competition and spotlight the need to help these kids look for a positive direction.</p><p>It will be presented by the &ldquo;Foundation to be Named Later,&rdquo; and sponsored by Cubs President Theo Epstein and his twin brother, Paul, a social worker. The Epstein brothers and two advocates for urban youth, Robert Lewis Jr. and Eric Davis are trying to make a difference in the community.</p><p>Theo and Paul will be the &ldquo;acting&rdquo; managers, and Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper and Hall of Famer Peter Gammons will &ldquo;call the game&rdquo;. The game is free and starts at 9:30 am.</p><p>Chicago and Boston bonding with sports is a good thing on any level.</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout" target="_blank">@CRayeStout</a> and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame" target="_blank">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame </a></em></p></p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-06/hockey-youth-baseball-bring-chicago-and-boston-together-107792 Morning Shift: School's out for summer, may be time to make some cash http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-06-20/morning-shift-schools-out-summer-may-be-time-make <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Crown Fountain 2-Flickr-QUOI Media.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>This week Chicago area schools are heading out for the summer. Parents and students explain what&#39;s on their agenda. What are you planning to do with more free time during the day? And as the Hawks wrap Game 4, what sports superstitions to you follow?&nbsp;</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-schools-out-for-summer-may-be-time-t.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-schools-out-for-summer-may-be-time-t" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Schools out for summer, may be time to make some $" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 08:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-06-20/morning-shift-schools-out-summer-may-be-time-make Seven ways the Blackhawks can steal back the series http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-06/seven-ways-blackhawks-can-steal-back-series-107760 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_bickell-jagr_game_3_ap%20elise%20Amendola.jpg" style="float: right; height: 215px; width: 300px;" title="Bryan Bickell gets hit by 41-year-old Jaromir Jagr in Game 3. (AP/File)" />On social media, Blackhawks fans make it sound like the Stanley Cup is a lost cause. After losing 2-0 on Monday, tonight they play Game 4 in Boston with the Bruins up 2 games to 1 in the Finals.</div><p>While fans are in a state of panic, Hawks players remain confident in Boston since they believe they can rebound and stay in this playoff series for the long haul.</p><p><strong>What do the Blackhawks have to do to even up the series?</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Power outage.</strong> With scoring at a premium it would nice if they could solve their huge problem with the power play. They are 0-11 in this series and the Bruins have scored twice with the man advantage. Not that they can magically make it right (since it has been wrong all season), but at least get some shots in.</li><li><strong>Win a face off.</strong> The Hawks lost 40 of 56 chances overall in Monday&rsquo;s game. Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was nearly perfect handling that chore on Monday. Dave Bolland and Mike Handzus (and to a lesser extent, Jonathan Toews) were completely handcuffed in face-offs. If you don&rsquo;t control the puck then, you relinquish your opportunities to score.</li><li><strong>Don&rsquo;t get frustrated</strong> (Talking to you, Bolland.) That plays into the Bruins hands with turnovers and dumb penalties. Boston can frustrate a team: they know how to take advantage when they get into a player&rsquo;s head.</li><li><strong>Get some traffic in front of the net</strong> Yes, Zdeno Chara is a big dude and the Bruins are tough. In the first game, Andrew Shaw did a decent job there. Bryan Bickell has not been a factor since the previous playoff rounds. Another aspect missing from the first game, Hawks also did plenty of hitting, that hasn&rsquo;t been the case since that overtime win.</li><li><strong>Set some goals.</strong> All this points to is putting the pressure on Boston goalie Tuukka Rask. The Blackhawks speed and skill has been negated by the Bruins defense.</li><li><strong>Hoss in the saddle</strong>. Coach Quenneville said yesterday that Marian Hossa will likely play tonight. Hossa is one of the most productive players on the ice: he has 14 points in 9 playoff games this year. Ben Smith is a good player, but is limited to match what the Slovak winger can bring this situation.</li><li><strong>Line dancing.</strong> Quenneville has to make the right moves with his lines. The Hawks&#39; coach has been able to mix and match and it has worked more often than not. Now he has to be almost perfect, especially if his team suffers another loss. Going with Viktor Stalberg or Brandon Bolig should work, and maybe putting Patrick Kane and Toews together. Heads were still scratching with Ben Smith replacing Hossa since Smith had not played in quite a while. Coach Q was asked several questions about the mystery surrounding not the injury, but when it happened and how it was handled. There was no direct answer.</li></ul><p>Both teams had optional work-outs yesterday, so few players practiced. Trying to read the body language of the Blackhawks in the locker room, you would have no clue they are down in this series. Mainly, they know if they even the series tonight, then all, or most, of the problems have been solved by the Hawks. It is hard to tell if their confidence is wavering. That will be determined when the puck drops for Game 4 in Boston.</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout" target="_blank">@CRayeStout</a> and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame" target="_blank">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame </a></em></p></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-06/seven-ways-blackhawks-can-steal-back-series-107760 Bruins beat Blackhawks 2-0, lead Cup finals 2-1 http://www.wbez.org/news/bruins-beat-blackhawks-2-0-lead-cup-finals-2-1-107739 <p><p>BOSTON &mdash; The Boston Bruins have beaten the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 to take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup finals.</p><p>Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron scored in the second period and Tuukka Rask posted his third shutout of the playoffs by turning aside 28 shots Monday night, moving the Bruins within two wins of their second NHL championship in three years.</p><p>The Blackhawks suffered a key loss moments before the game when high-scoring forward Marian Hossa was scratched from the lineup after being hit by a puck during warm-ups.</p><p>Bryan Bickell nearly scored for Chicago, but his shot hit the right post with 42 seconds left.</p><p>Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is Wednesday night in Boston with the series shifting to Chicago on Saturday night.</p></p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 22:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/bruins-beat-blackhawks-2-0-lead-cup-finals-2-1-107739 Blackhawks in Boston for Game 3 tonight http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-06/blackhawks-boston-game-3-tonight-107721 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_1crawford_game_2_charles_rex_arbogasst.jpg" style="height: 391px; width: 620px;" title="Corey Crawford couldn't make the save in overtime. (AP/File)" />It&#39;s back to work for the Blackhawks tonight with the series in Boston tied at one game apiece. There&#39;s a feeling that the Bruins may have not only stolen the home ice advantage but also taken the momentum.&nbsp; It was a bitter pill for the Hawks to swallow losing Game 2 in overtime at home. The Bruins clearly played better in the extra period.</p><p>So now the next two games will be Boston Monday and Wednesday night. The Blackhawks know the crowd will be as loud as the one the Bruins faced at the United Center. &nbsp;</p><p>Chicago&#39;s Duncan Keith says it won&#39;t faze the team.</p><p>&ldquo;We go into these games knowing that everybody in the building&rsquo;s going to be against us,&rdquo; Keith said. &ldquo;I think we just try and block everything out.&rdquo;</p><p>One matter the Hawks have to cure: scoring when they have the opportunity. The Hawks peppered Boston goalie Tuukka Rask in the opening period and then it was a stone wall after that.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not like you&rsquo;re going to have momentum or dominate a full three periods,&rdquo; Hawks winger Patrick Kane said.</p><p>The Bruins have clogged up the center of the ice and stopped the flow of the Blackhawks transition game.</p><p>Coach Joel Quenneville tried to put a finger on what Boston is doing to his team.</p><p>&ldquo;The neutral zone, the way they check, defend, they&rsquo;re very patient in that area,&rdquo; he said. &nbsp;</p><p>Watch the Blackhawks on the power play. This has been a problem all season long, so there is no surprise that they are still unable to notch a goal with their opportunity. &nbsp;</p><p>At least they still have a solid penalty kill, anchored by Michael Frolik and Marcus Kruger. Their chemistry during the kill has been extraordinary. The only time the Bruins have scored on the power play Frolik was in the penalty box.</p><p>The NHL announced all the individual player awards and only one Hawk received an honor: Jonathan Toews. He won the Selke trophy for top defensive forward. Brandon Saad came in third for the Calder award for the top rookie.</p><p>Of course, the only trophy Toews and his teammates want to win is the Stanley Cup. They need to win one of the two games in Boston to get back the home ice advantage. In the post-season Game 3 has been difficult for the Hawks: they are 0-3. Maybe they can break that trend tonight.</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout" target="_blank">@CRayeStout</a>&nbsp;and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame" target="_blank">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame</a>&nbsp;</em></p></p> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 23:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-06/blackhawks-boston-game-3-tonight-107721 Blackhawks (and fans) rest up, Bulls memories and Bears camp http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-06/blackhawks-and-fans-rest-bulls-memories-and-bears-camp-107695 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Lions%20hockey%20Scott%20eisen.jpg" style="height: 450px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="Blackhawks own the town this weekend. (AP Photo/Scott Eisen)" />Had enough rest after game one of the Stanley Cup Finals? Everyone has one more day before the Blackhawks and Bruins get back into action at the United Center. The teams will hold workouts and look to make any adjustments. This match-up could be one for the ages. The national and local television ratings are the highest in 16 years. It is great to still hear Eddie Olczyk, but it is a shame it is without Pat Foley.</p><p>I suggest listening to the game action on WGN Radio or WGN online. John Wiedeman and Troy Murray do a terrific job on the broadcast. John&rsquo;s play by play is really astounding, crisp, accurate and very exciting, coupled with the former Hawks Murray, they are an underrated pair doing radio sports in Chicago.&nbsp;The Hawks own the attention in Chicago this weekend. Both the White Sox and Cubs are on the road. This has been an abysmal year on both sides of Chicago baseball.</p><p><strong>Remember when the Bulls owned this month?</strong></p><p>June use to be a great month for NBA Finals for Chicago. Twice on this day the Bulls won NBA Championships: beating Portland in 1992 and Utah in 1998. &nbsp;</p><p>The game against the Trailblazers was one of the most unbelievable comebacks. The Bulls were down by 15 in the fourth&nbsp;quarter and Phil Jackson put all bench players, like Bobby Hansen, into the game. They went on a 14-2 run and earned their second title with a 97-93 final.</p><p>The 1998 NBA Championship was Michael Jordan&#39;s last game in a Bulls uniform and the sixth and final title. Jordan went out in style: the Bulls were down by one and Jordan stole the ball and scored the winning bucket with 5.2 seconds left it gave the Bulls an 87-86 win over Utah.</p><p>After the game, some of the Chicago media was around when the Jazz Stadium crew was dismantling the floor and baskets. A pair of scissors gave us an opportunity to get a piece of the netting from the basket that Michael made his final basket. &nbsp;At the time, we had no idea that it would be his final shot ever as a Bull.</p><p><strong>Football on a break</strong></p><p>The Bears wrapped up a mandatory mini-camp this week. New head coach Marc Trestman believes the team is absorbing his playbook. It was hard to tell from the sidelines what strides the Bears have made. We&rsquo;ll know more when they put on the pads in Bourbonnais next month. That will also be the first time since rookie camp the team&rsquo;s number one draft pick Kyle Long will be able to join them. Because of NCAA regulations, Long has had to wait until his school semester is finished. However, he was in town all week. Kyle likes to tweet a lot about his whereabouts.</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout" target="_blank">@CRayeStout</a>&nbsp;and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame" target="_blank">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame</a>&nbsp;</em></p></p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-06/blackhawks-and-fans-rest-bulls-memories-and-bears-camp-107695