Double up

Blackhawks, Bulls make for a nice evening of television

December 20, 2011

It's been a long time since we've had a chance to write about a Bulls-Blackhawks double-bill in the pages of RedEye. Too long.

The NBA lockout robbed Chicago of many doubleheaders this fall, but that's about to change real fast. The condensed, 66-game NBA season means the Bulls will be playing four to five times a week, while the Blackhawks will see their usual three to four games a week.

Now'd be a good time to invest in a TV with picture-in-picture technology or, heck, just another TV altogether.

Why do we like Bulls-Blackhawks twofers so much? Because the nights go a little something like this.

6:40 p.m.

Puck drop in Pittsburgh, and Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are off and running with new linemate Jeremy Morin. Morin

6:43 p.m.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is already scowling, and nothing has happened yet.

6:53 p.m.

The Blackhawks turn a penalty kill into a prime shorthanded goal opportunity, but Brent Seabrook cannot connect off a nice Toews pass, and the Captain can't get the rebound past Marc-Andre Fleury. Good-looking hockey.

6:57 p.m.

John "Murdersaurus" Scott pummels Deryk Engelland after Engelland viciously slams Marcus Kruger into the boards. We have blood!

7:01 p.m.

The Penguins score after Scott serves his penalty. It was worth it, though. SCORE: Pittsburgh 1, Blackhawks 0.

7:07 p.m.

The ear-caressing, spine-tingling sounds of the Bulls pregame introductions begin, and new pickup Richard Hamilton gets a rousing ovation. Not as big as DRose's though.

7:10 p.m.

Rip Hamilton is wearing the mask, and Benny the Bull is wearing a Santa hat.

7:13 p.m.

Hamilton hits his first shot off a from-under-the-basket feed from Rose. I have a feeling we'll see that a lot.

7:17 p.m.

It's the first dunk of the night, via Luol freakin' Deng.

7:25 p.m.

Let's add a third sport, shall we? New White Sox manager Robin Ventura is spotted in the United Center crowd. Nice sweater, Rob. Can we call you Rob? No. OK.

7:31 p.m.

Joakim Noah throws up a 16-footer. His delivery is, um, unorthodox. Stick to the paint, Jo.

7:41 p.m.

Duncan Keith turns the puck over, and Pittsburgh scores on a breakaway. SCORE: Pittsburgh 2, Blackhawks 0.

7:51 p.m.

The Luvabulls are rolling around on the court in Santa suits. Ho, ho, ho!

7:57 p.m.

Dave Bolland is irritating opposing players. What's new?

8:02 p.m.

In 55 minutes, it's clear Hamilton is light-years better than Keith Bogans—and the Bulls might be even better than last season.

8:08 p.m.

Brian Scalabrine on the court. I repeat, Brian Scalabrine on the court.

8:10 p.m.

Halftime at the United Center. SCORE: Bulls 50, Indiana 42. In Pittsburgh, the Penguins score again to give themselves a 3-0 lead on the Blackhawks.

8:26 p.m.

First shot of the third quarter: Rip rips a 3-pointer. Boom.

8:32 p.m.

The Blackhawks finally get on the scoreboard. Toews, naturally. SCORE: Penguins 3, Blackhawks 1.

8:35 p.m.

The "M-V-P" chant echoes through the United Center as Rose steps up to the foul line. A "Champ-i-ons" chant would sound good next season.

8:40 p.m.

The Blackhawks comeback continues as Viktor Stalberg scores off a nifty pass from Kane. SCORE: Pittsburgh 3, Blackhawks 2.

8:56 p.m.

Blackhawk John Scott actually stops a breakaway with a beautiful stick move. Yes, John Scott.

9:04 p.m.

Blackhawks go on a 2-minute power play with 1:29 left and trailing by 1. This is for all the marbles.

9:08 p.m.

The horn sounds in Pittsburgh, and the Blackhawks' winning streak is stopped at five. FINAL: Pittsburgh 3, Blackhawks 2.

9:12 p.m.

Taj Gibson fouls out. Which is sad, because he has to take his new beard with him.

9:19 p.m.

Boozer is blocked from behind as he goes up for a dunk. No. Just, no.

9:21 p.m.

THE BULLS ARE UNDEFEATED, THE BULLS ARE UNDEFEATED! They win 93-85 and finish the preseason 2-0.

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