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Hawks prepare for Anaheim Ducks

As the Hawks continue the circus trip perhaps their greatest measuring stick will be in their final two games in California. The first challenge up is the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks sit atop the Western Conference in points and first in the Pacific division with a 14-4-5 record. The Hawks are coming in seventh in the Western Conference and third in their division with a record of 13-8-1.

Statistically however the Hawks and Ducks are pretty close in just about everything. In fact the Hawks are ahead of Anaheim in goals per game and goals against per game. Their special teams is also statistically better than the Ducks on both the power play side and the penalty kill side. Yet it is the...

2013/14 Playoffs- Week 1 Recap

We’re officially a week into the 2013/14 NHL playoffs and we’ve already seen our share of overtime dramatics, borderline hits, curious officiating, and Pierre McGuire. While every series has seen at least 3 games played, now is a good time to check in on what we’ve learned through week 1 of the dance and what we should expect over the next week.

Isles, Grabner Fly Past Jets in OT

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.

Blackhawks shutout Ducks 2-0

Wednesday night in Anaheim, the Ducks came out with the stronger first period, leading in stats such as attempted shots on gold. But despite a pair of penalties - which gave the Ducks a 5-on-3 late in the period - the teams came out of the first 0-0.

Marian Hossa opened the scoring for the Blackhawks just 39 seconds into the second period. Although Chicago once again gave Anaheim a solid PP opportunity when Michal Rozsival high-sticked Patrick Maroon, resulting in a double minor, they came out of the period with the lead.

It would take until late in the third for another goal to be scored - this one a Jonathan Toews blast to make it 2-0 Blackhawks with 2:31 remaining...

Blackhawks best the Ducks 4-2

If there is anything that can break a team out of a slump and midseason doldrums it’s beating the best team in the NHL at least statistically, and that is exactly what the Hawks did. In a couple of recent games the Hawks may have been out worked but not on this night.

The Hawks proved once again that they can not only play with the best they can come out on top and are in fact the best until they are dethroned. This game was important for the Hawks for several reasons. They needed to show that they can work the boards with the best of them. The game was virtually a four point game in the Western Conference Standings and closed the gap between the two teams. Lastly, the Anaheim...

Blackhawks fall to Wild 4-3; head home to face the Ducks

For the first time this season, the Chicago Blackhawks took two losses in a row.

The Blackhawks gave up one goal to the Wild early in the first, an even-strength goal for Matt Cooke, 4:23 into the game. It would take until late in the second period for Minnesota to grab another goal, this one a power play goal by Zach Parise to make it 2-0.

Chicago was getting outshot and outworked for most of the first and second periods. The Blackhawks had just 7 shots through 27 minutes. They looked more like a team coming off a two-week road trip than a team that had a day off yesterday.

Jeremy Morin would get the Blackhawks on the board with just 17 seconds remaining ...

Flyers Squander Lead, Fall to Ducks

A 2-1 lead going into the third period of play vanished into thin air as the visiting Anaheim Ducks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

After being outshot by a 16-6 margin in a Ducks-dominated third period, Anaheim's Kyle Palmieri scored on a breakaway and on a beautiful tip-in to put his team on top. Palmieri had just one goal this season coming into tonight.

Top 10 games to look forward to on the Blackhawks' calendar

The Chicago Blackhawks open their championship-defending season on Tuesday, October 1st versus the Washington Capitals. Needless to say, that game will be the number one ticket on Blackhawks' fans lists when regular season single-game tickets go on sale Monday morning, as Chicago has earned the right to raise a handful of banners that night - tops among them, the 2013 Stanley Cup banner.

Three years ago, Capitals forward Troy Brouwer stood on the Blackhawks side of the ice, part of the 2010 Cup-winning team. Now he will return on the visitors' side, as part of a team that is still chasing their first Cup since being founded in 1974. The team will be hungry to mak...

Game Preview: Showdown in Anaheim

 

Preview: There could be a lot on the line for tonight’s Southern California battle. The Kings (22-13-3; 47 points) make the short trip to Anaheim to take on the Ducks (25-8-5; 55 points) tonight at 6. Tonight’s contest marks the final ten games in the season for both teams. Los Angeles currently sits in second place in the Pacific Division trailing the Ducks by eight points. The Kings final game against Anaheim will be next Saturday at the Staples Center.

Since the winner of each division is reserved a top three seed for the playoffs winning the Pacific Division provides plenty of advantages. A chance to pick up two points on the Ducks and set the ton...

Ducks Sweep Blackhawks in 2-1 Victory

 

 The Chicago Blackhawks fell to the Anaheim Ducks for the third time this season, giving the Ducks the series sweep with a 2-1 victory in the United Center.  The win comes as sweet relief for the hungry Ducks, who were 0-4 since their last bout with the Hawks, including a 4-0 shutout loss to the San Jose Sharks.   Chicago briefly regained their 5 point lead in the Western Conference, only to have the Ducks within striking distance again after tonight's loss.   RECAP: The first period ended with the two teams scoreless and tied with 9 SOGs a piece.  Corey Perry was the first to put a point on the board for the Ducks to liven u...