Blackhawks try to avoid Avalanche sweep on CSN

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Blackhawks try to avoid Avalanche sweep on CSN

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011
12:27 p.m.

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

The Chicago Blackhawks havent done so well against the Colorado Avalanche this season. Tonight is their last chance to get something out of the matchup.

The Blackhawks, who have won three of four entering tonights game, have lost all three games to Colorado. And their last two games against them werent their prettiest; the Blackhawks were upended 7-5 in a mistake-riddled contest in Colorado on Dec. 13 and fell 4-3 two days later in Chicago.

Coach Joel Quenneville said the Blackhawks need to have a better response than they had in previous tilts.

Most frustrating was the last game in that building. And coming home the next game and didnt do anything about it, Quenneville said. This is our last chance. We value these two points so we know we have to be at our best.

The Blackhawks will also have to shut down some of the Avs best, including Matt Duchene and Tomas Fleischmann. Those two have a combined seven goals and six assists against the Blackhawks.

Theyre a tough team to play. At the same time want to make sure our game, Fernando Pisani said. We need to take away their time and space so they dont have the opportunities to make plays.

Briefly

Corey Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks. The Avalanche will go with Peter Budaj.

Nick Boynton (flu) did not skate this morning.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

On his 24th birthday, Tim Anderson’s present from home plate umpire Jim Wolf was his first major-league ejection.

In the fifth inning of the White Sox 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics, Anderson fouled off a pitch that landed in the opposing batter’s box. But A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell picked it up in what was ruled to be fair territory and threw the ball to first for the out.

Anderson pleaded his case saying the ball went foul. Wolf agreed, according to Anderson, which only further confused the White Sox shortstop.

“I told him that was BS,” Anderson said. “And he tossed me.”

Anderson said that he was surprised to be ejected so fast. So was manager Rick Renteria, who was thrown out moments after Anderson.

“I don’t want to get in trouble,” Renteria said. “The players having emotion, they are battling. I just think we need to grow a little thicker skin.”

Anderson said that he was appreciative of his manager coming to his defense.

“He kinda had a point and let me know he had my back,” Anderson said of Renteria. “Speaks a lot of him.”

A day after scoring nine runs on 18 hits, the White Sox failed to generate any offense on Friday. The team’s best chance came in the ninth inning.

But with runners at the corners and two outs, Matt Davidson put a good rip on the ball to center field, only to fly out at the warning track.

Anderson and Renteria were watching the game together in the clubhouse, and both believed the White Sox had tied the ballgame.

“We all jumped up and were excited but it kind of fell short,” Anderson said.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle

On the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien goes 1-on-1 with the star of the weekend, Mark Buehrle.

Buehrle tells an absolutely amazing bachelor party story and discloses why he wore No. 56.

Take a trip down memory lane and listen to the White Sox Talk Podcast here