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Blackhawks face the Habs in Montréal on Saturday

The Chicago Blackhawks will face another Original Six team on Saturday night as they play the Canadiens at the Bell Centre in Montréal.

Last year, the Canadiens completely missed the playoffs and languished near the bottom of the league for most of the shortened season. This year, the team has turned around completely: with a 25-15-5 record and 55 points, they're sitting at third in the Atlantic division. They have a strong penalty kill - 3rd best in the league, at 86.3%.

Additionally, eight Habs will be representing their home country in the Olympics: Carey Price and P.K. Subban for Canada; Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin for Russia; Max Pacioretty for the U.S....

Blackhawks drop game vs Rangers in regulation, 3-2

Early in the season, the Blackhawks picked up several wins where their best game wasn't there for the full sixty minutes, but they still managed to win the game. It might have hinted of a Cup hangover, but as the season rolled on, it was clear that the team didn't have any such thing - just their ongoing tendency to play some very sloppy periods within otherwise solid games.

Tonight versus the Rangers was one of those nights. The Blackhawks let themselves get outplayed in the first, and found themselves down 2-0 less than ten minutes into the game. Brad Richards opened the scoring with an even-strength goal; Mats Zuccarello put in a power play goal next off a pair of od...

Hawks, new Olympians face off against Rangers

 

The Hawks (29-7-9) face off against the Rangers (21-20-3) for the first time this season, a day after the much anticipated announcement of the Canadian Olympic team.  Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, and Duncan Keith will represent Team Canada from the Hawks. Chicago will be sending league-leading 10 skaters to Sochi (Detroit and St. Louis are also sending 10 players), while the Rangers will see seven skaters compete for their countries.

 

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Teravainen leads Finland to gold; Hawks prospects make splash at WJC

 

The 2014 World Juniors hockey championship has come to a close, and when the dust cleared it was the underdog Finns walking home with the gold, Sweden taking silver and Russia ousting Canada for the bronze.  The tournament, which took place in Malmo, Sweden, featured several Hawks prospects, and provided a possible glimpse of the future for Chicago’s team.  

 

The top prospect of the tournament for the Hawks was Teuvo Teravainen, the Hawks first-round pic...

Hawks fall short in shoot out 3-2 to Sharks

In another game against a Western Conference foe the Blackhawks had problems getting going which should not have been the case. The Sharks should have been the team with no legs since they just came into town from a Colorado game just the afternoon before. This was not one of the Hawks better games but they did manage to squeeze a point out of it.

Corey Crawford kept the Hawks in the game early. In the first period Jason Demers was able to get one past the Hawks as they could not clear their zone and the score was 1-0 Sharks which stood up until the third period.

 In the third the Blackhawks defenseman provided all the scoring on this night first by Niklas Hjalmarsson the...

Sharks and Blackhawks face off at United Center

On Sunday, the Blackhawks (29-7-8) host one of their conference rivals, the San Jose Sharks (26-9-6), for their second match-up of the season, the first having been a 5-1 home win for the Blackhawks, back in November. These two teams are at in the top 5 in the league right now, the Blackhawks currently being 1st with 66 points in 44 games, and the Sharks being 5th with 58 points in 41 games, and they’re both meeting after a solid win, the Sharks against the Edmonton Oilers and the Blackhawks against the New Jersey Devils.

 

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Blackhawks power past Devils 5-3

The Blackhawks concluded their short east coast stint in convincing fashion. In the first two periods Antti Raanta kept the Hawks in the game until they found their legs in the third period. The first period was scoreless but Raanta and New Jersey icon Marty Broduer were rock solid.

The second period saw the teams exchange goals. The Hawks came from mister on fire Patrick Sharp and the Devils got their tally from Andy Greene. After forty minutes the teams were tied at one apiece in a very tightly contested game.

If the first two period were the Antti Raanta show the third period was the Patrick Sharp show.  Patrick Sharp got a hat trick and his second goal is something yo...

Crawford returns in clash against Islanders

 

The Blackhawks (28-7-7) are ringing in the New Year with a familiar face finally back between the pipes.  Corey Crawford, who has been out since Dec. 17 with a lower-body injury, will be back in the lineup as the Blackhawks face the New York Islanders (13-21-7) in their first matchup in 2014.  The Hawks won the previous match 3-2 in Chicago, with Michal Handzus netting the game winner.

The New York Islanders, a team who has disappointed in the first half of the season after making the playoffs last year, are looking to build momentu...

Blackhawks shutout Kings 1-0

There is nothing better than perfection and that is exactly what Antti Raanta and the Blackhawks were when they faced a very tough physical LA Kings team. Much has been said about the Kings’ back up netminder Martin Jones who was excellent as well but on this night it was Raanta that was perfect.

The game had all the feel of a playoff game with hard hitting and very close gaps and tight checking which, are staples of playoff games. This type of game should benefit the Kings, but it was the defending Stanley Cup champs that out LAed LA. It proved once again the Blackhawks can play any way you want them to.

The lone Blackhawks’ goal came in the first period by Brando...

Hawks come up short in shoot out 6-5 to Blues

There has been little to complain about this year for the Hawks except maybe their intra division record. Their record against the central is pedestrian at 9-6-2. They had a chance to change that facing their nearest divisional rival the St. Louis Blues and seemed to have things in hand but let it slip away.

In a game that coach Quenneville will not be happy losing, he can take consolation that the Blackhawks were able to at least get a point. Still the Blackhawks and their coaches need to solve the Blues if they want a return engagement with Lord Stanley’s Cup.

The Blues also had several key players out of their lineup which should have worked in the Hawks favor. It did...