Ottawa-Chicago: Live Game Blog


The following is live, up to the minute coverage of today’s rookie tournament game between the Ottawa Senators and the Chicago Blackhawks.  Remember to refresh the page to get the latest updates.

Update: We’re about one hour from hockey as the doors open at the JLC.  Final prep being done to the rink ahead of warm up, which will get going in about 30 minutes time.  For those in the area, I am jumping on FM96 again to talk Leafs around 2PM.

Update: Lights are up, and warm up is set to begin here in London.

Update: Erik Condra once again wearing the “C” for Ottawa.  Connelly for Chicago.

Update: Senators D-man Jared Cowen taking warm up.  Blackhawks forward Brandon Pirri (14) among others, shooting during warm up.

Update: Warm up just finishing.  Puck drop at 2PM.

Update: Just about set for puck drop here in London.  Foote get the start in goal for the Senators.  The Blackhawks counter with Kent Simpson.

Update: Lalonde is hit hard from behind, and the Hawks are going to the powerplay.  Schira to the box for two minutes.

Update: Senators have 30 seconds left in the penalty.  The Hawks with little pressure.  Lalonde and Leddy do decent job keeping pucks in zone, but Leddy’s cross ice pass is picked off by Hoffman, who helps kill the clock for the Sens.

Update: The Senators have killed the first penalty of the game.

Update: And we have the first fight.  Spencer for the Sens tangles with Fletcher for the Hawks.  Good fight.  Both land a couple shots that bring out an “OOH” from the crowd.  We’ll call it a draw.  Nearly four minutes gone in the first period.

Update: Just two shots recorded through the first five minutes of the game (credited to Chicago.)  Foote makes a glove save that had a little bit of desperation too it.

Update: For those who aren’t following my Twitter, Leafs GM Brian Burke and Dave Nonis are both in the stands watching today’s game.  Makarov goes off for interference, the Senators have their first powerplay of the game.

Update: Lalonde gets in on a shorthanded chance but cant cash.  Hawks had the best chance of the powerplay, and they were killing it.  Teams back to five a side hockey.  12 minutes left in the opening period.

Update: Hawks have done a great job of activating their sticks while on the defensive.  They are breaking up a lot of Senators plays as they attempt to set up in their zone.

Update: About mid way through the first and the Senators will go to their second powerplay of the game.  Looks like Jonathan Carksson will get the gate for interference.

Update: Senators defenseman Patrick Weircioch leaves the point to dangle down low, and gets pasted for his efforts.  30 seconds left in the Blackhawks minor.

Update: The Senators regroup in their own zone as the penalty expires.  Even strength hockey back in effect.  Hawks had the stronger start, but Senators beginning to even the play out a little here.  8 minutes left in the first period.  Shots read three a piece.

Update: And the Blackhawks take a 1-0 lead o a David Gilbert goal.  Gilbert connected on a pretty saucer pass from Chris DiDomenico and beat Foote through the legs.  1-0 Chicago.

Update: Senators come right back down and hit the goal post.  Then the Hawks come back down and get a good chance point blank.  Perhaps the goal has woken the sides up.

Update: The Senators tie the game on a weird one as the shot from Jim O’Brien broke the mesh netting.  Game is tied 1-1.

Update: Bobby Butler picks up the assist on O’Brien’s goal.  A nice shot coming down the wing that broke the twine.  Six minutes remain in the first.

Update: Jared Cowen goes to the box for roughing, and the Hawks go to the powerplay with 5:22 left in the period.

Update: Blackhawks buzzing on the powerplay, but can’t cash in.  DiDomenico gets a shot that Foote half gloves, half stops with his mask.  44 seconds left in Cowen’s minor.

Update: Foote covers up with pressure on the doorstep.  Just 5 seconds left in the penalty for the Senators.  Hawks have 10 first period shots so far.

Update: Cowen exits the box, teams go back to five-on-five.  Hawks still controlling the play.

Update: Lots of traffic in front of the Sens net, and a scrum ensues as Foote covers the puck.  Foote hasn’t looked spectacular by any stretch, but he has kept the Senators in this game through two stretches during the first.  2:20 left in the opening frame.

Update: Final minute of play in the first period.  Senators have gone through stretches where they have been hard pressed to get puck out of their own zone.  Blackhawks defenders are engaged at the points today.

Update: Final seconds will tick down here, and the first period is in the books.  Shots read 12-6 in favour of the Blackhawks, who strung together good stretches of pressure throughout the first.

Update: Both teams have taken the ice and the puck is set to drop for period two.

Update: Quick pace to start the second period.  Both teams skating hard, but not many chances to speak of.  Just under two minutes gone.

Update: Hard shot hits Hawks goalie Kent Simpson in the neck guard.  An audible noise echoes through arena.  Good advertisement for the neck guards on a goalie mask.

Update: Second scrap of the night.  Wallace for Sens, and London native Rob Flick for Chicago.  A few good shots a piece.  More grabbing than anything.  Another draw on the fight card.  This one was right in front of the benches.  Seems to have riled up both teams.  Nearly five minutes gone in the second.

Update: Simpson makes a great desperation save on Corey Cowick of the Senators, who thought he had Simpson deked out and dead to rights.  Still 1-1.  13 minutes to play in the second.

Update: Simpson comes up for on Erik Condra, and Foote one ups him at the other end.  Goalies are turning it on here in the second period.  10 minutes to play in the middle frame.  1-1 score.

Update: Simpson with another big save, using the arm to thwart Sens forward Colin Greening.  Simpson is quietly putting together a real good day in between the pipes.  8:30 remains in the second.

Update: Blackhawks will go the powerplay as Sens defenseman Craig Schira goes to the box for tripping.

Update: Butler buzzing for the Senators on the penalty kill, hit the goal post on a shorthanded chance.  Senators starting goalie Foote made some key saves on the powerplay.  Blackhawks did a good job of puck movement, but can’t solve Foote with the man advantage.  Game still tied 1-1 with 5 minutes left in the second.

Update: Spotted at the JLC so far this afternoon: TSN’s Sherri Forde, Marlies play-by-play duo John Bartlett and Bob McGill, Brian Burke, Dave Nonis, and our very own Gus Katsaros.  Getting ready to meet some MLHS readers between periods as well.  Also sitting in the press box with Senators PR man Chris Moore.

Update: And the Blackhawks take a 2-1 lead after scoring on an odd man rush.  Looks like London native Rob Flick with the goal.  Flick on the receiving end of a nice pass from Steele Boomer after a terrible Bobby Butler giveaway leads to the scoring chance.  Should be noted that Sens goalie Foote made a nice first save, but couldn’t handle the rebound.  Final minute of play in the second period.

Update: Boomer and Hoefflin grab assists on Flick’s goal.

Update: Final seconds tick off the clock and the Hawks will carry a 2-1 lead into the room after the late goal by Flick.  Shot clock reads 25-18 for Chicago.

Update: The Backhawks believe they have scored here.  Refs are conferring.  If s it’s an early goal for Chicago to start the third period.

Update: And the goal is counted.  Igor Makarov looked to have last touch and has been credited with the goal.  He scores 59 seconds into the third period to give the Hawks a 3-1 advantage.

Update: Brandon Pirri and Nick Leddy pick up helpers on Makarov’s goal.

Update: London native Rob Flick seems to have some jump for the Hawks today as he nearly misses a shot top corner

Update: The Senators pull within one as Adam Wallace hammers home a slap shot from the point.  Wallace now has a fight and a goal this afternoon.  3-2 hockey game now with 16:07 remaining in the third period.

Update: Tim Spencer and Szydlowski pick up assists on the Wallace goal.  Still 3-2 Chicago with just under 15 minutes to play in the game.

Update: 11 minutes left in the third period and the Senators are slowly starting to put a little more pressure on the Hawks.  Senators controlled much of the play for the last few minutes before a stoppage in play.

Update: The Senators nearly tie the game on a wrap around but the forward loses the handle.  The Sens are turning it up in a quest to find the tying goal.  It’s going to be an interesting 8:40 left in regulation.

Update: scary moment for the Hawks as goalie Kent Simpson loses puck in his feet.  Senators unable to locate loose puck which was in the blue paint for the taking.  8:05 left.

Update: And the game is tied!  Eric Gryba slaps home a loose puck from the slot and beats Simpson to tie the game 3-3 with 6:50 left in regulation.

Update: Mike Hoffman and Butler pick up assists on the Gryba goal.  3-3, 6 minutes remain.

Update: Mirko Hoefflin almost erases the Sens comeback as he gets in on a breakaway, but misses the net.

Update: Senators forward Mike Hoffman snipes one off the bar and in the net with 5:29 left in the game.  The Senators have come back from 3-1 to take a 4-3 lead in this game.  Beauty goal from Hoffman, who has looked  very impressive in this tournament so far.

Update: And the Sens continue to pour it on late.  This time it’s David Dziurzynski with the goal, putting his own rebound between the legs of Simpson.  5-3 Senators with 4:15 remaining.

Update: O’Brien takes a penalty for the Senators, giving the Hawks the man advantage.  They pull the netminder but give up an empty netter that will salt the game.  Patrick Weircioch hits the gaping net to make it 6-3 Ottawa, and the Senators will improve their record to 1-1 at the rookie tournament, while the Hawks will fall to 0-2.

Update: It’s another goal for the Senators as Kaspars Daugavins coverts a cross ice pass from Condra to beat Simpson.  7-3 Senators with 50 seconds to play.

Update: Final horn sounds here in London on the afternoon game, a 7-3 win for the Senators in which you could simply feel them turn up the intensity and compete level in the final period of the game.  Final shots read 34-29 for Chicago.  The Blackhawks fall to 0-2 at the tournament following consecutive losses to Toronto and Ottawa, while the Senators even their record to 1-1 after following up yesterday’s loss to the Penguins with a win today against Chicago.

Update: 3 Stars are: 3rd: Brandon Foote (Ottawa) 2nd: Bobby Butler (Ottawa) 1st: Mike Hoffman (Ottawa)

Remember to join me back here at 7PM tonight for live game coverage of the Leafs/Penguins game!