The following is an up to the minute, live game blog of tonight’s rookie tournament game featuring the Chicago Blackhawks and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Â Remember to hit refresh to see the absolute latest updates.
Update: Lights are out, clock is back up, and the zamboni is on the ice. Â In about twenty minutes the Leafs should hit the ice for warm-up. Â in the mean time, let’s hear some predictions?
Update 6:24: Back In The Saddle by Aerosmith cranks through the JLC and the Leafs have hit the ice for warm up!
Update 6:25: First time seeing the new jerseys. Â Look pretty cool actually. Â Blackhawks are also on the ice.
Update: As Ken Beckett reports, Michael Liambas is currently not on the ice for Toronto during warm up.
Update: Interesting stat from the night’s media guide: Leafs have six 18 year olds playing. Â Carrick, McKegg, Nicholls, Olden, Ross, and Crescenzi are all 18.
Update: About one minute left in warm up, then puck drop at 7PM.
Update: Apologies. Â I was having technical difficulties. Â There are a lot of media here on one wireless connection and I was having problems. Â Not like you missed anything right? Â Haha. Â 4-2 Leafs. Â Outshoot the Hawks 13-10 in the period.
Update: Again I apologize. Â It won’t happen again, I promise. Â Here are my highlights from the first:
Both Bradley Ross and Sondre Olden have looked good out there, using their size and strength to their advantage. Â Olden is showing real hustle. Â Kadri is all over the ice, couple big hits and a few scoring chances, while Jussi Rynnas has looked a little shaky.
Update: The Leafs hit the ice and the second period is just about to get underway.
Update: Rynnas with a strong save to start the second. Â He looked far more confident on that save.
Update: Paradis almost pulls the Blackhawks within a goal but he can’t find the mark on the back hand. Â Two and a half gone in the second.
Update: Rynnas with a great reaction save. Â Hawks starting to build momentum.
Update: Leafs going to the powerplay.
Update: Gysbers takes a Blackhawks clearing attempt off the face. Â He has gone to the bench.
Update: Gysbers is on the bench. Â Looks to be okay.
Update: Leafs with a two man advantage after Lalonde takes a delay of game penalty.
Update: It’s short lived. Â Leafs are going to the box. Â Dale Mitchell to serve a Jussi Rynnas penalty
Update: Rynnas penalty is for delay of game. Â Leafs with a little pressure 4-on-4. Â Holzer showed good poise walking the line, but can’t get his point shot through.
Update: And it’s a penalty parade. Â This time Olden will go for a hooking call. Â Hawks will have two man advantage in 10 seconds.
Update: Great work by the Leafs penalty killing unit, as they clear it down the ice. Â Penalty is now a 5-on-4 advantage.
Update: Rynnas starting to look a little more confident. Â Standing tall on penalty kill. Â Leafs successfully kill of penalties, now back to five aside hockey. Â Just under half a period to go.
Update: Rynnas with a great save at the side of the net.
Update: The Leafs fail to cash on a 2-on-1. Â Irwin sent it a little high. Â Hawks goalie may have gotten a piece.
Update: Kenny Ryan with a heavy slap shot that almost fools the Hawks goalie Richards.
Update: Rynnas flashes the leather and he is coming up big in the second period. Â Hawks outshooting the Leafs 18-15 in the game
Update: Kadri, D’Amigo and Mitchell try to get something going for Toronto, but Richards is able to handle D’Amigo’s shot with little issue.
Update: A seeing eye shot from the point beats Rynnas and the Hawks have pulled within one as it is now 4-3. Â Goal scored by Jeremy Morin.
Update: 5 minutes left in the second period.
Update: Lalonde and DiDomenico with the assists on the Morin goal.
Update: Leafs going to the powerplay. Â Former Leafs prospect Phillippe Paradis takes a holding penalty with 3:47 to go in the second period.
Update: Great work by David Gilbert of the Hawks who held the puck against the boards against a couple Leafs players for what had to be a good 15-20 seconds.
Update: The Hawks have killed off the penalty, but appear to have taken another one as Makarov heads to the sin bin. Â 1:37 remains in the game.
Update: Hawks had too many men on the ice. Â Leafs buzzing on the powerplay.
Update: And the Leafs convert on the powerplay. Â Kenny Ryan finds twine on a soft back hand to give the Leafs a 5-3 Lead.
Update: Dallas Jackson and Greg McKegg pick up assists on the Ryan goal. Â A scrum ensues with 8.4 seconds left in the second.
Update: And Kyle Beach has picked up a penalty for too much beaking at the official. Â He wasn’t happy with how that scrum was handled.
Update: The second period is over. Â Kyle Beach has picked up a 10 minute misconduct. Â Chicago outshooting the Leafs 21-19 in the game. Â Leafs lead 5-3.
Update: By the way, as I pointed out on Twitter. Â Brian Burke, Ron Wilson, Tim Hunter, and I believe David Nonis are all in the house for Toronto.
Update: The third period is about two minutes away from puck drop.
Update: Third period is underway.
Update: Nice blocker save from Rynnas to start the period. Â He directs rebound out of play for a whistle.
Update: Rynnas covers up for a whistle as pushing and shoving goes on in front. Â Blackhawks were beginning to buzz in the zone a little bit, so Rynnas hit the pause button.
Update: Great wheels by David Gilbert who gets a quality scoring chance on Rynnas, who is up to the task and makes the save. Â Almost four minutes gone in the third.
Update: Kadri with a great curl and drag, but he is unable to beat Richards.
Update: Leafs defenseman Drew Paris fell into a Blackhawks player and looked to get a skate in the face. Â He appears to be alright though.
Update: Kenny Ryan gets a point blank chance in front, but can’t cash in.
Update: Rynnas with a HUGE save. Â The Hawks had a point blank chance and the shot was rocketed by Lalonde.
Update: Kadri with some great work on the cross ice feed by Richards covers it up. Â A fight breaks out involving Dale Mitchell and Ryan Stanton. Â Decent tussle. Â Mitchell looked like he took a bit of a bad fall, landing face first on the ice. Â He appears okay though.
Update: Looks like Gysbers is headed to the box. Â Me thinks Makarov may have dressed that one up a little. Â The crowd doesn’t disagree with me. Â 12 minutes to go in the game.
Update: Rynnas looks more confident as the game goes on. Â Out far in the crease to make a glove save on Brian Connelly.
Update: Leafs back to even strength, just as Chicago misses a chance to convert on a two-on-one. Â Kadri with some great moves in the attacking zone. Â Eventually gets the puck back, but has it blocked by Chicago defenders.
Update: D;Amigo hits the post in tight. Â Leafs starting to apply some pressure with just under nine minutes left in regulation.
Update: That hit by Crescenzi echoed through the arena. Â Solid body contact.
Update: Leafs back to the powerplay with a chance to ice the game. Â Powerplay has been good tonight.
Update: Five minutes remain in the third period. Â Just under a minute left in the minor penalty.
Update: Hawks kill the penalty, but it wasn’t easy. Â Great pressure by the Leafs on the man advantage. Â 3:30 to go in the game.
Update: And that will do it. Â The Leafs add another. Â Gysbers lefts one go from the point that fools Richards. Â 6-3 Leafs. With just under two minutes to play.
Update: Last minute of play in the period. Â Pro Leafs crowd cheers in approval.
Update: Leafs will win game. Â I am headed to the locker rooms for post game.