Q101 SPORTS WRAP 3-27-12

The Blackhawks managed to gain a point tonight, however they lose in a shootout to the New Jersey Devils. 2-1 was the final score from the Prudential Center in Newark, the Hawks were scoreless in the first two periods. But then in the third, at the 8:34 mark Brent Seabrook finally put the Hawks on the board. New Jersey had already scored in the first period, both teams defenses held strong through the remainder of the third sending the game into overtime.

In overtime both teams had some shots but no one was able to score. Then we went to the shootout and things just could not go the Hawks way. Patrick Kane, Viktor Stalberg, Marian Hossa, and Andrew Shaw all failed to score in the shootout. Patrick Sharp was the only Hawks goal scorer in the shootout. The Devils won the shootout 2 goals to 1, thus the final score of 2-1.

The Hawks are now 3-6 vs New Jersey in the last two seasons. Next up for the Hawks, they return home to the United Center to face the St. Louis Blues. Hopefully some home cooking will do the Blackhawks some good.

If the embarrassing loss to Denver on Monday night wasn’t enough, the Bulls now have another injury to deal with. C.J. Watson is the latest Bull to end up on the trainers table, he sprained his left ankle in Monday’s 108-91 loss to the Nuggets. He along with Derrick Rose and Richard Hamilton will be game time decisions for tomorrow night’s game in Atlanta.

Spring Training is in it’s last legs for both the Cubs and White Sox. John Danks was named the opening day starter for the South Siders, while the North Siders still have yet to name an opening day starter. The Cubs defeated the Reds 7-4 in Cactus League play. Matt Garza pitched 7 innings and gave up 2 runs but he also struck out 6.

Rookie Outfielder Dave Sappelt was the big hitter with 3 RBI’s, Brian LaHair, Darwin Barney, and Alfonso Soriano combined for 7 hits and 4 RBI’s. As for the Sox, they put a 7-1 hurting on the Cleveland Indians. Brent Morel and Alejandro De Aza were responsible for 5 of those 7 runs. Opening day for both teams is just one week away.

The moment of truth begins for the Chicago Express begins tomorrow night at the Sears Centre. They will play their second to last home game as the arch-rival Cincinnati Cyclones come to Hoffman Estates. The puck will drop at 7pm and this is a must win for the Express because they are in a three-way-tie with Cincinnati and the Reading Royals for the 8th and final playoff spot in the ECHL’s Eastern Conference.

They play Cincy twice this week, aside from the home game tomorrow, they finish the season in the Queen City on Saturday night. Reading takes on Wheeling tomorrow night as well. The Express need to win all 3 of their remaining games if they are to have any shot at getting into the playoffs. Not only do they need to win both vs Cincinnati, they also need the Cyclones to lose their third game against Toledo on Friday.

The Express beat Toledo 3-1 on Sunday. Another big help would be Reading losing at least 2 of their final 3 games. The Express own this seasons tie breaker over the Royals. While were still on the subject of hockey, let’s talk about the Wolves. After a heartbreaking home loss to Houston on Sunday, the Wolves have had the last couple of days to collect themselves.

They will travel to Abbotsford for back to back games against the Heat in Western Canada on Thursday and Friday. The Chicago Fire have spent a lot of time practicing since winning their home opener on Saturday against Philadelphia. But Fire fans are hoping that they are working on their goal scoring because they’ve only scored 2 goals all season.

And they’ll need to get their offense in gear when they head to the high altitude of Colorado to take on the Rapids on Sunday.

And of course I can’t forget about my guys at the Chicago Rush. After last weeks very dramatic win over the Orlando Predators, the Arena Football League handed out some awards to the Rush earlier today. Rush Defensive Back Kelvin Rodgers was awarded with the Highlight Of The Week Award for his 50 yard kick return touchdown just before halftime of last week’s game.

Defensive Lineman Derek Walker was nominated for Defensive Player of the week, and Wide Receiver Reggie Gray was nominated for offensive player of the week. The Rush play their first road game of the 2012 season when they head to Des Moines to take on the Iowa Barnstormers this weekend. Rush Fullback J.J. Payne is a former Barnstormer.

On a sad note, Yahoo Sports is reporting that NBA Hall Of Famer and former Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman is nearly broke and is unable to pay child support. Here is the article: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/broke-sick-dennis-rodman-way-behind-child-support-184114367.html

And finally, the Chicago Slaughter are hoping to break a 3 game losing streak when the Bloomington Edge comes to the Sears Centre on Saturday night. The Slaughter recently lost to Cedar Rapids last week 52-40. And of course I will be on hand for this game on Saturday night. If you see me at the Sears Centre, don’t be afraid to say hello.

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