The defending Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, versus the popular Pittsburgh Penguins. A powerhouse showcase at Soldier Field. Megastars Jonathan Toews versus Sidney Crosby, playing their very first game against one another despite both being in the league for seven seasons. A kid who grew up watching the Penguins but has now won a Cup with the Blackhawks. Players who were medal-winning teammates in Sochi a week ago now facing off across the ice.
Going into Saturday night's Stadium Series game in Chicago, the stage was set with storylines galore. You could hardly turn without bumping into one.
Ultimately, however, the story was about the weat...
New York Islanders top prospect Ryan Strome continued to add to his impressive professional rookie season this past week in St. John's, Newfoundland. In the All-Star skills competition on Tuesday, Strome took a share of the accuracy shooting title and in the game on Wednesday he added 2 goals to help the AHL All-Stars down Farjestad BK of the Swedish Elite League.
The Blackhawks departed today on a 12-day, six-city road trip that will see them visit six of the seven Pacific conference teams before the Olympic break.
It's their annual "Disney on Ice" late January/early February western road swing, but this year, it has a little extra importance. The Olympics start less than two weeks from now, and the Blackhawks won't play in their own building again until March.
Unfortunately for the Blackhawks, their play has been like a roller coaster lately - solid wins versus the Bruins and Ducks; and less-than-perfect games against teams like the Jets, Red Wings, and Minnesota.
Ever since the Hawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010, the role of second line center has been a well-documented void that needs to be filled. Patrick Sharp, who filled the role during the run, was moved to wing in 2011, and since then the Hawks have had a parade of centers attempting to fill the role, including Marcus Kruger, Dave Bolland, and Patrick Kane. While Michael Handzus seems to be the semi-permanent solution for now, the question remains if he will be able to keep up his strong play as age and injuri...
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...
The Hawks and Canucks rivalry has dimmed over the last year as the teams have not faced each other in two consecutive playoff series. Tonight, however, the hockey didn’t disappoint and the game was fast and fiesty as the Hawks came from behind to take a 2-1 win. The game was fast and tight, with a battle between goalies Corey Crawford and Roberto Luongo, who went head to head and made 36 and 27 saves, respectively.
In a match that pitted the best vs the best in the Western Conference, the audience at the United Center in Chicago should have went home very satisfied. The game was a speed vs speed game that was a battle of the titans in the West.
The difference was the Blackhawks control of the neutral zone and their transition game not only offensively but defensively as well. The Sharks never could quit keep pace with the Hawks transition game that saw four of the Hawks five goals coming off of the rush. Special teams was not a factor in this game as all of the goals were five on five scores with the exception of a penalty shot.
The Hawks had great body positioning and back checking off ...
The Hawks were firing on all cylinders as the Winnipeg Jets rolled into town on Wednesday night. Three days after their defeat in Calgary, the Hawks came back to Chicago and dispatched the Jets 4-1. Corey Crawford was solid in net with 23 stops as the Hawks reached double digits in the win column with their 10th of the season.
This was also the ‘official’ Chicago homecoming of former Hawk forward Michael Frolik, who received a warm welcome from ...
Saturday night at the United Center, the Wild outplayed the Blackhawks 5-3. Goalie Niklas Bäckström, who still isn't 100% after a recent knee injury, collected the win. That night, the Blackhawks looked like they were nursing a Cup hangover, with sloppy play and lackluster play.
The Wild were down almost half a dozen players, and after being knocked out of the 2013 playoffs 4 games to 1 by Chicago, the game had to be a confidence-builder for them.
Chicago (6-2-3, 15 points) entered Monday's tilt just one spot ahead of the Wild (6-3-3, 15 points) in the Central division.
Minnesota outshot the Blackhawks in the first period - a trend that would con...