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Hawks special teams shine in win against Panthers

The Blackhawks were dominant in a 6-2 win against the Florida Panthers, scoring 3 of their 5 goals on the power play and staying perfect on the penalty kill.  The win was tainted by an injury to starting netminder Corey Crawford, who lasted only 13:45 in the first period before being replaced by Antti Rannta.  Raanta was solid, making 28 saves and allowing only two goals.

The Hawks came out jumping in the first, and needed only 70 seconds to take the lead.  After a bad penalty by former Hawk Tomas Kopecky for high-sticking Niklas Hjalmarsson, Patrick Sharp blasted a high shot from the point on the ensuing power play past goalie Scott Clemmensen, who was screened on th...

Hawks travel to Minnesota for first of back-to-back games

The Blackhawks (20-5-4) were only able to enjoy the confines of the United Center for one game, a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Dallas, before packing up and hiting the road again.  The Hawks travel to Minnesota to face the Wild (16-8-5), a team that has dropped three of their last four games after an otherwise impressive November.

The secret to the Wild's success lies largely in goaltender Josh Harding, who has put up outstanding numbers with a league-leading 1.45 GAA, and his stellar SV % of .939 trails only King's goalie Ben Scrivens.  Minnesota currently sits in the first wild card position in the Western conference with 37 points, and a win could catapault them in...

Hawks Drop Second of Back-to-Back Games in OT

 

The Hawks put a season high 44 shots on goal, but rookie goaltender Reto Berra stood on his head in his NHL debut as the Flames won a 3-2 decision in overtime.  Marian Hossa scored the tying goal as the Hawks earned one point in their second game in two days.

 

The Hawks had a fast start as per their usual brand of hockey, outshooting the Flames 18-11 in the first period, three of which came on their first power play opportunity.  Berra, who finished the game w...

Blackhawks travel to St. Louis for first road game of season

After just two games in the first eight days of the season, the Blackhawks are finally getting into the "full speed ahead" part of their schedule, starting with their first road game on Wednesday night.

The Blues have started their season well, with a 4-2 win over the Predators and a 7-0 romp over the Panthers. St. Louis would like to extend that streak to three games with a win versus long-time rival Chicago.

With the shutout versus Florida, Jaroslav Halak became the Blues' franchise all-time leader in SOs, taking the title from Glenn Hall, a record that stood for 42 years. With 17 shutouts - a feat accomplished in just 123 games over the past four sea...

Blackhawks clinch playoff berth with 5-3 win over Predators

Chicago had shut out Nashville on home ice on Saturday; the Predators came to the United Center on Sunday hoping to return the favor.

The Blackhawks took Sunday's game 5-3 in regulation, and in doing so, also clinched the first berth in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs. They continue to lead the league with 62 points.

Sunday's match was a low-penalty game; both teams are well aware of the other's ability to seize on mistakes and make opponents pay. The Predators took a too-many-men penalty in the first with a bad line change; and Andrew Shaw collected an unsportsmanlike conduct in the second.

The story of the night was the strong play of Chicago&#...

Blackhawks home stretch report card: Fine-tuning before the playoffs

There is no better time to be thankful that all the armchair GMs aren't real GMs than directly after a tough loss right before the trade deadline.

Monday night on Twitter, as the Blackhawks walked out of a lackluster game with a 5-4 loss to the LA Kings, whom they had previously dominated earlier in the season, all the usual suggestions came out. So-and-so should go back to Rockford. So-and-so is dead weight this season and should be traded. (If he's such dead weight, who else is going to want him?) So-and-so isn't getting it done. In exchange, fans are looking for every high-profile player out there, future salary concerns be ignored.

In a season like ...

Blackhawks Drown in the Duck Pond

 

CHI @ ANA Game Recap1/20/13 Blackhawks Drown in the Duck Pond  In a game that lived up to its hype the league leading Chicago Blackhawks fell 4-2 to the second place Anaheim Ducks who now trail the Windy City team by only 3 points in the Western Conference.  The Ducks drew first blood with a quick goal by center Peter Holland less than 2 minutes into play.  The Hawks were almost immediately sent to the penalty kill against the most successful power play unit in the league, but a fantastic short-handed goal via Jonathan Toews brought those first five minutes of heart attack to an end all tied up 1-1.  After a very forgettable Blackhawk...

Blackhawks look to steal another victory from the Avalanche

CHI v. COL- Game Preview

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The teams will switch venues as the Chicago Blackhawks head to Colorado to face the Colorado Avalanche for the second time in three days. The Blackhawks are looking to improve on their record-setting points streak. The Blackhawks beat Colorado this past Wednesday 3-2 on an overtime goal from Daniel Carcillo.

Winger Patrick Sharp was injured in Wednesday’s game. The shoulder injury he suffered appears to be more severe than team officials originally thought. To replace Sharp in the lineup, the team recalled Brandon Bollig from Rockford.

The Avalanche are led by Matt Duchene and PA Parenteau. Both are tied for the team...

Blackhawks get dramatic OT win to split series with Coyotes 1-1

The Chicago Blackhawks made a lot of mistakes in the first game of their series versus the Phoenix Coyotes, and corrected most of those in their second game on Saturday night.

It was an exciting game, starting with Bryan Bickell of the Blackhawks opening the scoring 3:05 into the first period, proving that Chicago's power play isn't entirely impotent.  Raffi Torres tied it up for Phoenix just under 6 minutes later. When Jonathan Toews of the Blackhawks closed in on Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith, the puck on his stick, Smith put his hands up and made first contact. Yet Toews was the one who ended up with a penalty for interference, and then the Coyotes took the lead...

Benefits to Finishing in Sixth?

There are three games left and the Detroit Red Wings can do themselves a huge favour. They control their own destiny for fourth place if they finish 3-0. In the first round, they'd play a Central Division rival, Nashville or Chicago. Finishing anything other than 3-0 leaves far too much guess work as to who else they might play, especially if they finish sixth (one point separates fourth through sixth).

This is definitely unfamiliar territory for Red Wings fans, who might find this season unacceptable; even with all the injuries, and even considering the team has made the playoffs 21 years in a row. There is always talk about whether finishing in a higher seed&nbs...