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Where Are They Now? Ed Westfall

Today we look back at an individual who had some firsts in Islanders franchise history and someone who has been around the organization for a very long time.

Where Are They Now? Shawn Bates

This week we look back at another member of the 2001-2002 Islanders #17 Shawn Bates. Fans will remember Bates for one memorable goal in the 2002 playoffs against Toronto in Game 4 at Nassau Coliseum.

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...

Chicago can win the series tonight; Boston hopes to force a Game 7

Both teams have been in this position before.

In 2010, the Blackhawks were headed into Philadelphia for Game 6, up 3-2 in the series against the Flyers. In 2011, it was Boston at home, down 2-3 versus the Presidents' Trophy-winning Canucks. Both teams won their respective games.

These aren't the same Blackhawks. These aren't the same Bruins.

Both teams have a number of core players who were on their Cup-winning teams before. Those players know what has to be done and have to lead the way for the rest. Nobody can doubt that any player on other team doesn't have the will and desire to do whatever needs to be done to close out the series.

For...

TCL Blackhawks Podcast: Episode Sixteen

Tune in for the latest episode of our Blackhawks podcast!  Stream live or watch it later! 

Podcast starts at 8 pm CT tonight!  If you're watching live, submit questions to @TCLBlackhawks on twitter! We welcome tonight Bruins writer Wayne Whittaker for our show tonight! 

Remember to follow us on Twitter @TCLBlackhawks for updates throughout the playoffs! 

 

 

It's time for the Blackhawks to stand for each other - Game 4 preview

The injury rumors are starting to fly thickly now: that Hossa may be nursing a neck or hip injury; that Toews may have injuries of his own. Marian Hossa not playing in game three, and Jonathan Toews taking enough ice time to be well-down the TOI chart in the same game lends weight to those rumors.

Game four of the Stanley Cup Final is in Boston on Wednesday night. Right now, the Bruins feel they have the upper hand. They're playing the way they want to play, punishing the speedy Blackhawks, living up to their historical moniker of "the Big, Bad Bruins". Beyond that, they're playing for a noble cause, a cause that's bigger than all of them and even bigger t...

Bruins shut out Blackhawks 2-0; take 2-1 series lead

Before the puck even dropped to start the game, an unpleasant surprise happened for the Blackhawks: winger Marian Hossa was a last-minute scratch when he was injured during warmups. Rookie Ben Smith filled his spot on the roster, and Coach Joel Quenneville started his line shake-ups early, looking for some fresh chemistry against the Bruins.

The problems that have plagued Chicago this series are not new; some of them stretch back over the past two seasons. The team struggling to enter the offensive zone on power plays is a big one. They also continue to lack any net-front presence, not really forcing the opposing goalie to work for the big saves and early dirty goals. Individua...

Blackhawks need to dig deep as SCF heads to Boston

The series is a long way from over, now down to a best-of-five, as the Blackhawks and Bruins head to Boston tied 1-1.

Before the series started, the series could be argued in favor of either team, although many hockey folks seemed to favor the Bruins. "Zdeno Chara will shut them down," "Tuukka Rask is riding a hot streak" - as if that was all it would take.

Both Chara and Rask have showed themselves to be human and beatable in the first two games. The first game (an instant classic, with three overtimes) displayed both sides of Rask. In that game, Chicago scored four goals on the Finnish netminder - twice as many as the Penguins had managed in an ...

Hawks fall to Bruins in OT 2-1

After coming off of that marathon game on Wednesday night the Chicago Blackhawks came out in the first period on fire and thoroughly dominated the Bruins.  The Shots were 19-4 in favor of the Hawks.  The unfortunate thing is they only had one goal to show for all their efforts.

The goal was scored by Patrick Sharp after a flurry of shots were blasted at the Bruins netminder with Tuukka Rask down Sharp was able to get the puck past him for the Hawks lone goal of the night.  The Hawks team speed was evident in the first period as they were much faster than the Bruins.

There was another goal that was disallowed due to the whistle being blown.  Whether it was t...

Blackhawks Defeat Bruins in 4-3 Triple-OT

 

Blackhawks Defeat Bruins 4-3 in Triple Overtime. 

 

It took just over 112 minutes of ice time for them to do it, but the Chicago Blackhawks are skating away from Game 1 with a well-deserved win over the Boston Bruins. 

 

The Eastern Conference Champions ...