Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011
By Tracey Myers
The Chicago Blackhawks havent done so well against the Colorado Avalanche this season. Tonight is their last chance to get something out of the matchup.
The Blackhawks, who have won three of four entering tonights game, have lost all three games to Colorado. And their last two games against them werent their prettiest; the Blackhawks were upended 7-5 in a mistake-riddled contest in Colorado on Dec. 13 and fell 4-3 two days later in Chicago.
Coach Joel Quenneville said the Blackhawks need to have a better response than they had in previous tilts.
Most frustrating was the last game in that building. And coming home the next game and didnt do anything about it, Quenneville said. This is our last chance. We value these two points so we know we have to be at our best.
The Blackhawks will also have to shut down some of the Avs best, including Matt Duchene and Tomas Fleischmann. Those two have a combined seven goals and six assists against the Blackhawks.
Theyre a tough team to play. At the same time want to make sure our game, Fernando Pisani said. We need to take away their time and space so they dont have the opportunities to make plays.
Corey Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks. The Avalanche will go with Peter Budaj.
Nick Boynton (flu) did not skate this morning.
Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.
Legendary high school basketball coach Gene Pingatore—the winningest boys basketball coach in Illinois history—died on Wednesday night at the age of 83.
St. Joseph won two state championships (1999, 2015) under Pingatore, while also capturing six sectional championships during a high point from 1982 to 1988. During his tenure, Pingatore helped produce three McDonald’s All-Americans and led the Chargers to nine state appearances.
On February 11, 2017, Pingatore collected his 1,000th win—his overall record was 1035-383—and is still to this day the only Illinois high school basketball coach with over 900 wins. The legendary coach also helped guide some of the state’s greatest talents along their way to stellar careers. Among Pingatore’s star pupils are Indiana Hoosiers great Daryl Thomas, 2010 John R. Wooden Award winner Evan Turner and NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas.
He was also well known for his important role in the critically acclaimed “Hoop Dreams”, the 1994 documentary that followed high school athletes William Gates and Arthur Agee as they chased their dreams of being NBA players, while also dealing with the socio-economic difficulties of traveling from inner-city Chicago to Westchester, Illinois every day for school. According to the Sun-Times, Pingatore was coaching this past weekend at the Riverside-Brookfield Shootout.
In his 50 years of coaching at St. Joseph, Pingatore made an indelible mark on many lives and the St. Joseph community at-large.
The Cubs-Braves game on Wednesday got delayed due to a thunderstorm that blew through Chicago.
It made for a pretty scene with a pink and orange sky during sunset that made way to rain clouds, thunder and lightning. Fox Sports South captured the footage of the Wrigley sky and then caught Kris Bryant jumping and then running in the dugout at the sound of thunder.
Even former MVPs can be scared of thunder.
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