The Hawks/Canucks rivalry is not what it used to be or maybe the Canucks have matured and realize that regular season points are more important than shenanigans and cheap shots. Other than the constant raining of boos when Duncan Keith handled the puck the temperature of the area and on the ice was anything but heated.
The Hawks were coming into Vancouver with this being the second of back to back games and the third game in four nights and the Hawks looked tired in the first period.
Luckily for the Hawks goalie Corey Crawford who came in playing his eleventh game in the Hawks nets was not tired and fatigued and kept his team in the game.
The Hawks were looking for some young energy from rookies Adam Clendening, Joakim Norstrom and making his NHL debut Phillip Danault. Antti Raanta was supposed to be manning the Hawks nets but due to illness Corey Crawford plugged the pipes for the Blackhawks.
The captain Jonathan Toews lead the way early in the first period when on a beauty of a two on one Saad was able to find a wide open at the far faceoff circle Toews who got it past Oilers goalie at the time Ben Scrivens.
Before the announcer could finish crediting Toews with the goal Marcus Kruger scored from almost the same spot on the ice after much hard work on the boards by line mates Ben Smith and Joakim Norstrom to ...
The Chicago Blackhawks (11-7-1) continue their circus trip with a game at the Oilers tonight in Edmonton.
This season, the Oilers are languishing at the bottom of the Pacific division with a 6-11-2 record. They're having problems scoring, and more importantly, they're having problems keeping the other teams' goals out of their net: they have 3.37 GAA versus 2.53 G/G. Their power play is more like a power pffft and their penalty kill is below 80%. The Oilers have won just 2 of 10 games they've played to date in November, and they're hungry for a win - or even just points. Edmonton is 0-9-1 versus the Western Conference so far this season.
The Hawks got contributions from all over the lineup Thursday night as they earned a hard-fought victory against the Calgary Flames, a team that has continued to surprise this season. Despite a late upper-body injury that kept Andrew Shaw out of the lineup, the Hawks found a way to win as Patrick Kane scored his second game-winning goal in as many games to cap Chicago’s 4-3 victory while netminder Corey Crawford made 24 stops.
The Blackhawks (10-7-1) are starting off their ten-day annual "Circus trip" tonight with a game versus the Calgary Flames.
Historically, the late November swing - nicknamed the "circus" trip becuase of the circus which sets up shop at the United Center for two weeks, forcing both the Blackhawks and Bulls out on the road - has been a bonding experience for the team, both off and on the ice. The Blackhawks have been 17-7-1 during their past four circus trips.
Calgary has been a pleasant surprise among the Western teams so far this season, going 12-6-2 (26 points) to date, which puts them third in the Pacific, ahead of both the Kings (24 points) and ...
On a night that saw the Blackhawks honor Brad Richards’ 1000 game, the Hawks and the Stars got off to a fast start with a first period that saw everything from goals to a fight to an unfortunate lower body injury to Trevor Van Riemsdyk.
Corey Crawford was in the Hawks nets and Kari Lehtonen in the Stars nets. The Hawks lineup also saw some changes up front as well with Joakim Nordstrom in place of Peter Regin who was sent to Rockford. Daniel Carcillo also returned to the lineup which put Jeremy Morin as a healthy cratch.
The first period had plenty of offense with the Hawks starting the scoring first with a off the two on one rush beauty from Patrick Kane on the ne...
The last time that the Blackhawks and the Stars played, it was opening night in Dallas - a 3-2 shootout win for Chicago on October 9th.
It was also one of the rare games where the opponent outshot the Blackhawks this season.
Both teams currently sit just outside the wild card cutoff, with Chicago (19) a few points ahead of the Stars (16) in the surprising Central Division. We'll say surprising mostly for two reasons: 1) even with Pekka Rinne's healthy return and a new coach behind the bench, nobody expected Nashville to be doing this well so early in the season; and 2) nobody expected Winnipeg to be sitting at 3rd in the Central, ahead of Chicago, Dallas, and...
Turnovers, Turnovers, Turnovers everyone loves right? Unless they are apple ones and in hockey they are a cardinal sin. The Hawks were guilty and gave the Red Wings three goals off of turnovers by various Hawks.
Poor decisions, Ill advised passes and very bad puck management all of which the Hawks were guilty of and were ultimately the downfall of the Hawks in this game. The coaches can’t be happy with this performance and even more disturbing is a trend of bad habits, inconsistency, uncharacteristic sloppy mistakes and maybe a lack of accountability.
The Wings that cashed in on Hawks generosity with puck turnovers in their own zone were Luke Glendening, Tomas Tartar &am...
The Tampa-Bay Lightning came into the United Center with a six-game winning streak. However, the Ligntning, who currently sit second in the Eastern conference, couldn’t best the Blackhawks in the shootout despite Ben Bishop’s stellar 37-save performance. Patrick Kane would score Chicago’s lone goal in the shootout and give the Hawks their second straight win in as many games.
This game was seen by many as a measuring stick for Chicago&rs...
On Tuesday night, Chicago (8-6-1) will host the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning (11-3-1) for Veterans' Day. The Blackhawks will wear camouflage jerseys during warmups, which will be auctioned after the game.
The game will also mark Jonathan Toews' 500th NHL game since his debut on October 10, 2007. Toews is off to a better offensive start than previous seasons and hopes to continue that streak. Toews is currently leading his team with points with 13 (6G/7A).
Both teams enjoy a speedier, more open-ice style, which usually makes for a fast-paced, entertaining game between them. Then there's the high-scoring wingers: Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos has col...