The Morning Loop is a one-stop-shop for all of your Chicago sports teams, with news and notes about last night’s action as well as what’s on tap for the day across the Chicago sports landscape.
This is your Morning Loop for December 16, 2016:
Blackhawks Continue Winning Ways, Beat the Islanders 5-4
The Chicago Blackhawks continued their winning ways on Thursday evening, as they earned a two game sweep on their visit to New York. In a high scoring affair, the Blackhawks topped the New York Islanders 5-4 at the Barclays Center.
The Islanders scored two goals in the first five minutes against Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling, and led 2-0 at the midway point in the first, before the Blackhawks answered with three goals of their own. Artemi Panarin, Artem Anisimov and Marian Hossa all lit the lamp for the Hawks string of unanswered goals in the first.
Trailing again in the second period, it would take another goal by the “Breadman”, Artemi Panarin, to tie the game at four-a-piece late in the second period. Richard Panik would put the Blackhawks ahead for good with 6:13 remaining in the game, when he scored the fifth Hawks’ goal of the night on a feed from Dennis Rasmussen.
Scott Darling stopped 28 of 32 shots on goal on Thursday evening, an off night by his recent standards but good enough to get the victory, thanks in large part to the Blackhawks going 3-for-3 on the power play on the night. Artemi Panarin tallied two goals and one assist on the night for the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks are 4-0-1 in their last five, and have run their season record to 20-8-4 (44).
The Blackhawks are off tonight as they travel to St.Louis to take on their Central Division rivals, the Blues, on Saturday. Puck drop is at 7:00 PM (CT) and you can catch the action on CSN Chicago (TV) and WGN-720AM (Radio).
Bulls Slide Continues After 108-97 Loss to the Lowly Bucks
The Chicago Bulls watched the Minnesota Timberwolves come into the United Center and roar back from a 21-point deficit, to beat the Bulls on Tuesday night. The Bulls made the trip to Milwaukee last night, looking to improve their struggling offense, and bounce back with a victory over the Bucks.
Instead the Bulls dropped another one in Milwaukee, coming out of the gates as cold as the Chicago air right now, trailing the Bucks 30-18 after one. The Bucks would not look back from their first quarter lead as they shot 55 percent from beyond the three-point line, and downed the Bulls 108-97 on Thursday night.
Jimmy Butler led the Bulls in scoring with 21 points on the evening. The Bulls and the Bucks will make the tip east back to Chicago for the second leg of their back-to-back home/home match-up. It’s a 7:00 PM (CT) tip-off at the United Center, catch the action on CSN-Chicago (TV) and WLS-890AM (Radio).
David Ross Staying Busy During Retirement
Grandpa Rossy is staying busy during his retirement from Major League Baseball just months after winning the World Series with the Chicago Cubs. Ross will be penning his accounts of Game seven of the 2016 Major League Baseball Fall Classic, as well as the rest of his life in baseball.
Ross and co-author David Yeager will be releasing the book entitled “Teammates: My Life in Baseball” which will be released in May of 2017.
Ross was also reported to have been offered a position within the Cubs front office by Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, that we be similar to the special assistant roles within the baseball operations department that are currently occupied by former players like Ryan Dempster, Ted Lilly and Kerry Wood.