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'Zus strikes down Kings; Hawks force Game 6

In a matchup that felt more like a Game 7 than a Game 5, the Hawks and Kings put on a show in a 5-4 double OT win for the Blackhawks.  Corey Crawford and Jonathan Quick both made 40 saves, and it was Michal Handzus who would put it away for the Hawks 2:04 into the second overtime period.

 

The Hawks jumped out to an early lead, capitalizing on a power play just 1:13 into the first that had Drew Doughty in the box for tripping Jonathan Toews. Brent Seabrook let los...

Blackhawks take first home playoff loss 6-2 vs Kings

If you were betting on the Blackhawks sweeping the Western Conference Finals, that's a bet that was definitely lost tonight, as Chicago had their first loss on home ice in the playoffs so far.

The Blackhawks owned possession for most of the first, but the Kings were dedicating themselves to defense and commanding face offs. It was a steady parade to the box for both teams throughout the first: the Kings took four, and the Blackhawks two. Nick Leddy got Chicago on the board first, a power play goal 14:16 into the game, off a feed from Duncan Keith.

Just after Drew Doughty's late-first-period penalty expired in the second, Ben Smith made it 2-0 for the Blackhawks 1:40 in...

Hawks grind out the Blues with 4-2 win

Sunday is usually a day for rest and relaxation. On this Sunday afternoon the Blackhawks continued their hard worker bee mentality and were able to grind down the St. Louis Blues. Minus several key players and with Brandon Saad a healthy scratch again saw several maybe not as well known players, unless you follow the Rockford IceHogs, step up but none more than Jeremy Morin.

The plucky Morin had a whale of a game with a goal and an assist. Morin has been bounced between the Blackhawks and the IceHogs all year and this time he is looking to stick with the Hawks and make a case for himself with the coaches to put him on the ice. Fortitude is what Morin has displayed all year whether i...

Hawks gut the Blue Jackets 4-3

When one man goes down another needs to step up when several go down several need to step up and they certainly did. Stacey King, the Bulls broadcaster has a saying bring your “hard hat, lunch pal” game. Bring the blue collar work hard mentality and never quit. The Hawks had several candidates most notably the make shift line of Bickell, Regin and Morin who really stood out.  

Ben Smith scored the game winning goal with 3+ seconds left in regulation to deliver the gut wrenching blow to the Columbus Blue Jackets who are a team still looking to maintain or better their positioning in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. This had to delight Detroit, Philadelphia and...

Hawks defeat Wild in shootout; face Blue Jackets Friday

Battered, bruised, and missing their two marquee stars, the Hawks hosted the Wild at the United Center looking for two points and a spark in their play that’s been lacking in the last few contests.  They found both in a hard-earned 3-2 shootout win against the Minnesota Wild, despite forward lines thrown off because of injuries and a last-minute scratch of Johnny Oduya.

 

Minnesota would get on the board first, after a sho...

Hawks hand Blues first division loss in regulation

The Blues may be atop the Central Division at the moment, but it was their rivals the Hawks that walked away with a victory on Wednesday night at the UC.  Corey Crawford woud make 23 saves as the Hawks defeated the league-leading Blues in a 4-0 victory, their first division regulation-loss in the entire season.

 

The game was fast and physical from start to finish, and it was the Hawks who would get on the board first with a power play blast from...

Blackhawks power past the Wings 4-1

Well the only thing the Blackhawks needed to spark them was Marian Hossa. Number 81 came back to the Hawks lineup in style with a goal and a couple of assists as he powered the Hawks past his old team and old Hawks rival the Detroit Red Wings. This was a game that the Hawks desperately needed to get back on track.

The game saw Corey Crawford in goal for the Blackhawks and Jimmy Howard in nets for the Red Wings. The first period was fast paced and tight and was scoreless.

You could say if Hossa powered the Hawks to victory Ben Smith iginited them in the second period with a goal and an assist. The Blackhawks scoring got started by a Nick Leddy blast from the far point that was ...

A closer look at Hawks' deadline moves

The trade deadline has come and passed for the 2014 season, and while the rest of the league was busy making blockbuster deals, the Hawks were quietly adding depth in a relatively low-key deadline. GM Stan Bowman has made similar moves like this in past few deadlines with minor acquisitions Michal Handzus last year and Johnny Oduya the year before, who, while not marquee names, were key role-players in the Hawk’s cup run last year.  At this year’s deadline, the Hawks got four new players- Peter Regin, David Rundblad, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, and Mathieu Brisebois.  Here’s a closer ...

Hawks overwhelmed by Avalanche in return to the United Center

After a dominant win against the Penguins at Soldier Field on Saturday, the Hawks would drop their third game this season to the Colorado Avalanche in a 4-2 home loss at the United Center.  Semyon Varlamov was stellar in net, stopping 36 shots for the Avs, while Corey Crawford would take the loss for the Hawks.

 

Maxime Talbot would get the Avalanche on the board first on Colorado’s 5th shot of the game off of a sneaky redirect near the left faceoff dot.

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Hawks burn out in OT; face Canucks Wednesday

 

The Hawks continued a disturbing trend of taking games to OT and not being able to collect the extra point as they fell to the Calgary Flames in overtime to kick off a 6-game road trip.  Both starting goalies were pulled as the points racked up, but the Flames would ultimately emerge victorious as the Hawks dropped their fourth game in a row.

 

The Flames would get on the board early with a backhan...