Today we look back at an individual who was nothing but a consistent scorer and a fan favorite during his 6 seasons on Long Island. Mariusz Czerkawski was part of the New York Islanders from 1997-2002 and then again during the 2003-2004 season.
On a day highlighted by trade talk, the Islanders escaped on the ice and prevailed in overtime after blowing another 3rd period lead. The Vanek trade is still the number 1 story in Islanders nation, but this was a great way to have some fun while Garth and company look to get a deal done.
New York Islanders top prospect Ryan Strome continued to add to his impressive professional rookie season this past week in St. John's, Newfoundland. In the All-Star skills competition on Tuesday, Strome took a share of the accuracy shooting title and in the game on Wednesday he added 2 goals to help the AHL All-Stars down Farjestad BK of the Swedish Elite League.
The Blackhawks departed today on a 12-day, six-city road trip that will see them visit six of the seven Pacific conference teams before the Olympic break.
It's their annual "Disney on Ice" late January/early February western road swing, but this year, it has a little extra importance. The Olympics start less than two weeks from now, and the Blackhawks won't play in their own building again until March.
Unfortunately for the Blackhawks, their play has been like a roller coaster lately - solid wins versus the Bruins and Ducks; and less-than-perfect games against teams like the Jets, Red Wings, and Minnesota.
In their last home game til March 4th a familiar recent script was played out again. The Hawks dominate forty minutes only to fade in the third period and lose the game. Unfortunately this time they could not even push the Winnipeg Jets to overtime or a shoot out.
There is no question the Hawks look tired and maybe a little bored. The Olympic break cannot get here quick enough or maybe road life will help to rejuvenate the struggling Hawks.
The lone Hawks tally came in the first period from Brandon Bollig. He was wrapping around the Jets’ net and as he was falling down somehow shot the puck and squeezed it past the Jets’ goalie Al Montoya and the near post.
The Blackhawks are back home in the United Center for a game before embarking on 4-game road trip, hosting the Winnipeg Jets. It’ll be their fourth and last match-up, and the second one at home for the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks won all three past contests and will be raring to go tomorrow, wanting to bounce back from their past two games, which were losses for Chicago - but the Jets are also hoping to bounce back from a recent loss. They’ve been having a great streak since changing coaches, but their last contest against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday ended in a loss for Winnipeg.