Amid potential goalie controversies and whispers of a possible case of mumps, the Blackhawks managed to pull out a win against the Minnesota Wild Tuesday night. After a three period outburst in the second from Chicago, the Wild came back to tie it in the third before a late power play goal by Patrick Kane gave the Hawks the lead for the rest of the game. Antti Raanta, who made his second straight start, made 26 saves in the victory.
Nearly three months into the season, the Blackhawks (21-9-1) will welcome Central division rivals Minnesota Wild to the United Center for the first time this year. The two teams haven't met since the Blackhawks knocked the Wild out of the second round of the 2014 playoffs.
The Wild (16-11-1) have lurked in the middle of the Western standings all season. They currently sit at 10th, two places and three points outside of a wild card berth. But they also have three games in hand over the LA Kings (7th) and the Winnipeg Jets (8th), who both have 36 points.
Minnesota has been all over the map this season in terms of performance. They opened the season with three shuto...
The Hawks came in looking to rebound off of their loss in New York vs the Islander and bounce back they did. Most importantly they worked hard to beat a very hard working team and can take pride in their efforts and skate away with a solid team win.
Coming in the Hawks had to play within less than 24 hrs to a rested Calgary Flames team but somehow the Hawks were able to muster up the energy to put together a win.
The game also so Tim Erixon make his debut in a Blackhawks jersey and played on the third defensive pairing with Rozsival. Erixon had a solid game for his first and looked pretty comfortable on the backend. Welcome to Chicago and good luck with the Hawks.
In a game that had so many story lines coming in, perhaps the biggest storyline is that the Hawks finally get to come home after a west coast swing and then an east coast swing.
Scott Darling saw his fourth consecutive start in the Hawks net having won the prior three, Darling kept the Hawks in this game especially in the middle frame.
Jonathan Toews was able to play despite a scary hit in the Boston game. Toews fortunately looked to be alight. The Hawks were looking to win their 9th consecutive game which coming in to the game the Hawks have the largest winning steak so far this season but the streak ended at eight.
The game also so the first time the Hawks faced an old...
The Blackhawks (20-8-1) will face a familiar friend when they face off against the NY Islanders (19-10-0) for the first time this season on Saturday night: defenseman Nick Leddy, who was traded to the NYI earlier this year.
Leddy was drafted by the Wild, and was traded to the Blackhawks, where he played 258 games and with whom he won the Stanley Cup in 2013. Leddy has 5 goals, 9 assists in 29 games this season, and seems to be doing well for the Islanders, playing on the top defensive pairing, and averaging several more minutes per game than he did with Chicago. It will be Leddy's first game against his former team.
Chicago will probably be without their captain,...
The Hawks game against the Bruins on Thursday night was a case of good news, bad news for the team.
On the bright side, the Hawks held on despite a third-period surge from the Bruins to win their eighth straight game and remain undefeated in December. Klas Dahlbeck also scored his first NHL goal to open the scoring for the Hawks after a slick pass from Ben Smith.
The Hawks continue their three-game swing through the Eastern conference as they face off against the Boston Bruins tonight in TD Gardens. Once one of hockey’s most fearsome teams, the Bruins are still a formidable opponent, but injuries and sickness has taken a toll on the team, and Boston sits fifth in the Atlantic division, clinging to the final wild card playoff spot.
The Bruins are in desperate need for a win against the NHL’s hottest team. After com...
Cruising on a 6-game winning streak, the Blackhawks (18-8-1) head to the northeast this week to face the Devils, Bruins, and Islanders.
The New Jersey Devils (11-13-4; 26 points) current sit outside the playoff picture in the East. They're not bad enough to be in the "Connor McDavid sweepstakes", but they're not exactly breathing down the necks of the 8th place team (Florida, 11-8-7, 29 points, 2 games in hand over NJ).
On Monday night, Jaromir Jagr, 42, played in his 1,500th NHL game - only the 15th player in NHL history to do so. In that game, he had a goal and assist to bring his career total to move into 5th place in the NHL all-time points list...
The Hawks have been trailing in the Central Division all year and chasing some other teams. Coming into the Bridgestone Arena, the Hawks had the opportunity to not only catch the division leading team but to surpass them and take over for the first time this season as the Central Division leader and seize the opportunity they did.
The Hawks had Scott Darling in between the pipes since being recalled from Rockford and he has not cooled off at all. He was really challenged in both the first and third periods. He stopped 32 of 33 shots on goal with a .970 save percentage and looked very strong.
The game also saw Klas Dahlbeck make his NHL debut on the blue line for the Hawks and ...
The Blackhawks continued their solid run with an exciting beat-the-buzzer win over the Montréal Canadiens.
Michal Rozsival opened the scoring early, just 2:13 into the game, and the Blackhawks nearly closed out the period 2-0 after a Ben Smith goal. Canadien Brendan Gallagher scored with 1:18 left in the first to make it 2-1.
Sergei Gonchar would tie up the game 2-2 several minutes into the second, and P.K. Subban would have a PPG (Patrick Kane, tripping) to give the Habs the lead.
Jonathan Toews responded with a PPG of his own just 13 seconds into P.K. Subban's hooking penalty, and 4:18 into the third. Although both teams got some good looks at the o...