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Blackhawks and Stars meet up again

The Blackhawks (21-6-5) are on the road again, traveling to Dallas for their 4th match-up of the regular season against the Stars (14-9-5). It’s the first game of a back-to-back that will see the Blackhawks play at home against the Flyers on Wednesday.

The Blackhawks beat the Florida Panthers 6-2 on Sunday, earning a W after 3 consecutive losses, while the Stars beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 on Saturday afternoon. Both teams have gained confidence with their most recent win.

 

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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 fall in shootout 3-2 to Duck

In their first meeting of the year that had two of the best teams in the Western Conference squaring off round one went to the Anaheim Ducks in a very closely contested game. Even though the Hawks lost the game they did pick up a point and somehow it seems were lucky to skate away with the point. The Hawks never led in the game and were always playing catch up again.

The Ducks scoring was by their big stars Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf.  The Perry goal was scored early in the first period even strength and the Getzlaf goal was a power play goal in the second period.

The Hawks immediately answered the Perry goal when less than one minute later Ben Smith beat Duck’s g...

Blackhawks fall to Wild 4-3; head home to face the Ducks

For the first time this season, the Chicago Blackhawks took two losses in a row.

The Blackhawks gave up one goal to the Wild early in the first, an even-strength goal for Matt Cooke, 4:23 into the game. It would take until late in the second period for Minnesota to grab another goal, this one a power play goal by Zach Parise to make it 2-0.

Chicago was getting outshot and outworked for most of the first and second periods. The Blackhawks had just 7 shots through 27 minutes. They looked more like a team coming off a two-week road trip than a team that had a day off yesterday.

Jeremy Morin would get the Blackhawks on the board with just 17 seconds remaining ...

The Pirri Predicament: Does he stay or go?

 

The Situation:

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...

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' rally falls short as Lehtonen steals show

 

The Chicago Blackhawks pepperd Kari Lehtonen with 50 shots on goal, and rallied in the second period from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game, but it wasn't enough as the Stars took home a 4-3 victory in Chicago's first home game back from the Circus Trip. Lehtonen was outstanding, stopping 47 shots on goal in his 400th NHL game.

 

The first 10 minutes of the first period were fairly back and forth, with good chances by both the Hawks and the Stars.  Dallas took c...

Blackhawks back home, take on the Stars

For their first game back at the UC, the Chicago Blackhawks (20-4-4) are hosting their Central division rivals, the Dallas Stars (12-9-4). The Blackhawks had a very strong road trip, going 6-1-0 during their time away from Chicago, while the Stars have dropped 4 of their last 5 games. The Hawks are hoping to be able to settle back home with a strong win, but the Stars have proven to be solid while on the road.

 

However, Dallas are without their star player, Tyler Seguin, who’s out with concussion-like symptoms. His production wa...

Hawks head home after beating the Coyotes 5-2

In the final game of the Hawks long circus trip the team could not have asked for a better way to turn the page and close out the long road excursion. They may have started the trip wrong in Denver but closed solid in Phoenix. The game also was the second start for back up rookie goalie Antti Raanta and he did not disappoint.

For the first time this year, the Jobing Com Arena was completely sold out and of course there was a sea of red Indianhead jerseys a sight to the delight for Hawks fan back in Chicago. The Blackhawks fans were treated to the Hawks coming out of the gates flying as they utterly dominated the first period. 

Before the period was half over the Hawks wer...

Hawks defeat Stars in marathon shootout; head to Phoenix to wrap up circus trip

 

The Hawks finished off the Canada portion of their Circus road trip with a 3-2 SO win against the Dallas Stars, moving their record to 5-1-0 on the circus road trip.  Corey Crawford stayed in strong in net on a night that the Hawks turned over the puck over far more often than usual, stopping 25 shots and denying 10 shooters in the shootout and earning his 100th NHL win in dramatic fashion.

 

The Stars got the first goal of the night after a bad play and miscommunic...