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Blackhawks wash away Islanders; head to NYC to face Rangers

The Blackhawks are 5-0-1 in March (8-1-1 in their past ten) and have outscored opponents 19-8 in the past six games.

Patrick Kane who?

Corey Crawford has gone .961 sv% in March. The top line of Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, and Patrick Sharp is suddenly on fire. The power play is scoring, the penalty kill has been doing its thing.

The switch, as they say, has been flipped.

Chicago didn't steamroll the Islanders, but they played a very solid game against one of the best teams in the East. Jaroslav Halak and Nick Leddy were out for the Isles due to injuries. Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa scored two goals apiece.

Andrew Shaw left t...

Hawks harpoon the Sharks 6-2

The Hawks and the Sharks faced off in a matinee tilt with both teams coming in needing points in the competitive Western Conference but for different reasons. The Hawks wanted to gain points looking to possibly stay within striking distance of the division lead and keeping those in the rear view mirror way far behind in the mirror. The Sharks are outside the playoffs and needed the points more than the Hawks but perhaps they are the team with the internal turmoil in the organization with cross words between management and Joe Thornton being waged in the media.

The Hawks also continued on the Fathers trip and maybe they want to keep the dads for a while, because this game was exactly...

Blackhawks face off against San Jose

After a tight 2-1 victory over the Rangers on Thursday night, the Blackhawks will face off against San Jose in a matinee showing to cap off their annual road trip with their dads.

 

The San Jose Sharks are in a bad place right now, both in the standings and off the ice. While they’ve won their last two games, they’re still three points out of a playoff spot behind Winnipeg and Los Angeles, who holds the last wild card spot. Add on top of that a disagreement...

Hawks fall in overtime to Rangers 1-0

The Hawks and Rangers squared off in an Original Six match up that had all the feelings of a playoff game. In a scoreless regulation game there was plenty of action in what turned out to be a goalies dual between the Blackhawks Corey Crawford and Rangers Cam Talbot.

The goaltending was outstanding particularly by Crawford who had to face 16 shots on goal in the first period. The Hawks were heavily outplayed in the first period.  Lately I would say Crawford is owed some dinners by his team mates because he got them this point and has been keeping them in these games.

 What let the Blackhawks down was once again was their power play that went zilch for four. Their inab...

Blackhawks pull out shoot out win over Oilers

The Blackhawks have improved to 3-1-0 without Patrick Kane (broken clavicle) in their lineup. But they sure aren't making it easy on themselves along the way.

While they won 2-1 in the shootout tonight, they were lucky to get to overtime. They allowed the Oilers 47 SOG (+20 attempts blocked/9 missed shots) - 18 in the first period alone - while only managing 39 SOG (+22/17) of their own. Corey Crawford has gone 3-0-0 in his last three starts, including a shut out, with a .968 sv%: Chicago's challenges aren't on his shoulders. Ben Scrivens took the loss for the Oilers despite an excellent performance.

Derek Roy had the first goal of the game with 4:45 left...

Hawks prepping for Edmonton Oilers

This game definitely falls within the category of trap game facing the worse team in the entire NHL the Hawks will be putting to the test the new found energy and jump provided by the trade deadline acquisitions.

To add insult literally to injury the Oilers are banged up and missing many of their key pieces both in goal and their big scoring threat Taylor Hall which makes them appear easy prey. The Hawks will need to guard against complacency in this game for sure and continue to try to gather as many points as possible.

It also does not help the Hawks that they have had an unusually long break from action this week and may need to shake off some rust themselves.

The Oil...

Blackhawks make trade splashes; face Carolina tonight

Heading into tonight's game versus the Carolina Hurricanes (24-30-7/55 pts/8th in Eastern wild card race), the Blackhawks (37-21-5/3rd in Central) are suddenly bolstered by a lot of new arrivals - and one familiar face sent out of town.

In trades leading up to today's trade deadline, the Blackhawks acquired veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen from the Flyers, center Antoine Vermette from the Coyotes, and forward Andrew Desjardins from the Sharks. The Blackhawks sent defense prospect Klas Dahlbeck to Arizona, and Ben Smith to San Jose, and picks to all three teams they traded with.

Ben Smith was popular in the locker room and respected among the fans. He played a...

Hawks shut out Panthers; face Lightning tonight

In their first game back without Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks played one of their best games of the season in first game of a back-to-back series. Corey Crawford got his first shutout of 2015 in a 3-0 victory against the Florida Panthers.

 

Teuvo Teravainen scored in his first contest back with the club after being recalled to replace Kane when he was placed on LTIR. Just over three minutes into the game, Teravainen dangled in close and let loose a shot that found it&r...

Blackhawks win vs Panthers, but lose Kane to injury

On the bright side, the Chicago Blackhawks won the final game of their eight-game homestand versus the Florida Panthers, and took two much-needed points. The bad news is much worse.

Just 7:49 into the first period, Alex Petrovic cross-checked Patrick Kane near the boards, and Kane left the ice in obvious pain, retreating immediately to the team locker room. He did not return to the game after sustaining an "upper body injury".

Jonathan Toews opened the scoring for Chicago with a power play goal midway through the first. It would take until late in the second for the Blackhawks to stretch the lead to 2-0 on a Kris Versteeg goal.

The Blackha...

Blackhawks get wakeup call in 6-2 loss to Bruins

There it is, Blackhawks’ fans- the wakeup call that Chicago has needed for a while now has finally arrived.

Sunday’s game wasn’t so much a contest as it was a clinic by the Bruins, who pounded the Blackhawks 6-2 in a game where the Hawks just couldn’t seem to catch a break. Corey Crawford was pulled after allowing four goals on 14 shots, while Tuukka Rask finished the game with a .929 sv%.

 

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