Posts tagged ‘Ben Eager’

November 1, 2008

Game Review – 10/31/08 (DAL at CHI)

by Chelsea

Game:

The short version.

No Brad Richards, out day-to-day with a lower body injury.

Started out just about even with fighting for the puck.

Stars score first, with Loui Eriksson getting his fifth of the season.

First Hawk PP of the game and they score on a very very well-screened Stephan.

Stephan turned around and some big saves at the end of the period, but still gave one up to Patrick Kane.

First ends 2-1 Blackhawks.

Lots of both teams doing lots of nothing impressive for over five minutes.

Lovely moves from Stephan (poke checking the puck), Barch (collecting the puck and sending it to center ice), and Ott (grabbing the puck and stealing away for a breakaway goal). During this, Ben “Swings Hockey Stick at Players Instead of Puck” Eager slashed Robidas, sending him to the ice and getting a faceful of Ott. Robi was alright, though.

Watched a 5-on-3 in our favor slip by without any shots on goal.

Gave up the tie, not to regain it. Period ends 3-2 Blackhawks.

Note here that the absence of Brad Richards cost us more than the presence of Brad Richards. It took away winger Ott, replacing him with center Ott. Winger Ott was able to push the net and have a high-scoring center to back him up. Center Ott has to stabilize a line of Sean Avery and Chris Conner, instead of doing what he does best. So, Richards, I sincerely hope you had a good reason for missing this game, and that you don’t miss any more.

Second intermission. Interview with Barch:

Razor: “Any bad blood still dripping over from that very fractious preseason game in Dallas?”
Barch, with a laugh: “Oh you always hate everybody you play against. There’s bad blood everywhere”

Barch is absolutely underrated, not to mention funny.

Third period was just fail. That 3-2 hole grew to 5-2 completely unanswered. Morrow got a stupid penalty for giving a Blackhawk a big friendly hug. He must have done his spin thing, because they didn’t score. The only player not really being frowned upon for sloppy play, though? Tobias Stephan. Despite plenty of scoring chances in the end, the final score was 5-2.

Notes:

  • Three stars were all Blackhawks.
  • The special teams for the Stars were pathetic. 0/7 on the PP.
  • Stephan stopped 27 in 32 shots for a .844 sv%. He also got an assist on the Ott goal, his first NHL point ever.
  • The game was the 500th for Stephane Robidas, who was a Blackhawk for 45 games in 03-04. Good to have him back.
  • I think Barch needs more ice time. He played 7 minutes, got an assist, blocked a shot, and had two hits. Imagine what he could do with a full 20 minutes.
  • Conclusion: Not the team that played Wednesday. If you happen to see that team, please redirect them to Boston by tomorrow night.

SHR +/-:

Nicklas Grossman: two for good defense and one for the wrestler move he pulled on a ‘Hawk; +3
Stephane Robidas: two for taking a nasty hit and not even leaving the ice, minus-one for his mess-up on the fifth goal; +1
Matt Niskanen: minus-two for bad defense and one for being speedy; -1
Trevor Daley: minus-two for spending 23 minutes doing nothing but allowing goals; -2
Brenden Morrow: two for the assist; +2
Krys Barch: two for the assist, one for the interview, and one for being underrated; +4
Sean Avery: two for trying hard and getting targeted for it, minus-one for failing at faceoffs; +1
Toby Petersen: waste of space; -1
Loui Eriksson: three for the goal; +3
Steve Ott: three for the goal, two for trying to kick Eager’s butt repeatedly, one for style, and one for “igniting passion”; +7
Tobias Stephan: three for making many big saves, two for the assist, one for style, and minus-two for letting his stats get destroyed; +4
Mike Ribeiro: two for the assist; +2
Brad Richards: minus-two for acting like Sidney Crosby and hiding in the back with an undisclosed injury when he was needed on the ice; -2

October 11, 2008

Another Suspension

by Chelsea

A rather odd trend is appearing in games already, having happened twice within 6 games.

As everyone probably knows by now, Blackhawks’ Ben Eager was suspended during the 10/02/08 preseason game with our Dallas Stars. Having been provoked endlessly by Sean Avery, he swung his stick at his head. He got suspended for three games.

Last night, at the 10/10/08 season opener at the AAC, it happened again. Blue Jackets’ Michael Peca is facing possibly a 10-game suspension after supposedly assaulting a linesman. According to this article, Peca was tripped up by Star Brenden Morrow, who turned around and scored. Peca’s emotions apparently got away from him, and he physically grabbed a linesman to plead his case. However, there’s speculation that he also (possibly accidentally) hit the official with his hockey stick. We won’t know until later what the official verdict is.

Nothing like some good ol’ Stars frustration.

Edit: Peca is suspended indefinitely, and will be appealing the suspension next week.

October 8, 2008

News Round-Up

by Kristine

From TSN:

Chicago Blackhawks left wing Ben Eager has been suspended for three games, without pay, as a result of being assessed a match penalty during a game against the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

As a result, Eager will forfeit $9,677.43 with the money going to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Midway through the third period, Eager was assessed a match penalty for attempting to injure Sean Avery. At the time of the incident, Eager was on the players’ bench and swung his stick in the direction of Avery, who was on the ice.

Eager will miss the Blackhawks first three games and will be eligible to return on Oct. 15 against the Phoenix Coyotes.

From Andrew’s Star Page:

Doug Janik has apparently been taken off waivers by Chicago.

The Stars had only 19 players practicing today, but Chris Conner wasn’t one of them. He was in the building, so I assume he is probably going to get assigned to the AHL when all the dust gets settled later today.

Also goalie Brent Krahn was out on the ice again today. He is still awaiting medical clearance before he officially joins the organization.

From DMN’s Stars Blog:

Jere Lehtinen (groin) did not practice and didn’t even skate on his own. He’s still listed as day-to-day, but doesn’t appear to be day-to-day.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but all of this roster shuffling and cap wrangling has got me on the edge of my seat today. Also, interesting that Chicago has reclaimed Janik – it’s like we just borrowed him for a short little expirement –  and is Krahn replacing Stephan as a backup goalie? Nobody seems to know. Finally, hate on Avery all you want, but his chirping has already led to a match penalty and suspension for one of our rivals, and regular season hasn’t even started for us. No matter how you feel about him personally, at least he’s doing what we brought him here to do.