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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...

Blackhawks face off vs the Stars in Dallas on Friday night

For the past five years, the Blackhawks have wrapped up their circus trip with a Thanksgiving weekend swing through California. This year the pattern changed, and they're ending the trip with back-to-back games in Dallas and Phoenix.

Dallas and Chicago last faced each other three weeks ago on November 9 in Dallas. The Blackhawks won that game 5-2 and hope to repeat the performance on Friday night.

The Blackhawks currently sit atop the league with 40 points. The Stars are last in the Central with 26 points, and sit 8 points out of a playoff position in the West. Were they in the Metropolitan Division, they'd be comfortably in second place, ahead of the Rangers...

Blackhawks complete Canadian sweep on circus trip with win over Flames

Finnish rookie Antti Raanta, 24, got his first official NHL start Wednesday night in Calgary vs. the Flames for the Blackhawks - and his first win.

Both teams battled it out scoreless for over half the game, until Matt Stajan broke through to open the scoring 1-0 for the Flames.

The Blackhawks had a lot of offensive pressure against Calgary, but the Flames were committed heavily to shot-blocking and clogging passing lanes throughout the game.

Sean Monahan gave the Flames a second goal just over two minutes into the third. That point tied Monahan with Bruins Torey Krug for rookie points (15).

It seemed like the Flames' Swiss goaltender Reto B...

Blackhawks want to keep going strong against Flames

The last Canadian team the Blackhawks (17-4-4) are facing during their circus trip are the Calgary Flames (8-11-4), who are looking for a solid win in regulation after their last three contests were decided in OT or a shootout. The first and only game these two teams have played against each other ended with the Flames prevailing in overtime.

 

The Blackhawks will be looking to keep their 3-game win streak alive while the Flames will look to start a streak themselves after winning against the Florida Panthers in the shootout last Friday...

Blackhawks continue annual circus trip with solid 5-1 win over Oilers

Over the past few seasons, the offensively-gifted and speedy Edmonton Oilers have repeatedly hung a sizeable number of goals on Chicago when they've played each other, win or lose.

But Monday night was all about the Blackhawks.

Jonathan Toews opened the scoring just over five minutes into the first, with an easy short-handed goal during a Ben Smith penalty. Toews had a breakaway with plenty of time to outskate the Oilers chasing him, and to get Edmonton's goalie to commit early.

Not to be outdone, Patrick Kane scored a power play goal a few minutes later, shooting over the prone Devan Dubnyk to make it 2-0 Blackhawks.

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Blackhawks’ Canadian leg of their circus road trip continues in Edmonton

The Blackhawks’ circus trip continue, and they are facing their 3rd Canadian team in the Edmonton Oilers. Both Blackhawks (16-4-4) and Oilers (7-15-2) are on win streaks and this match-up between two team full of skilled players is expected to be fast and hard.

 

Chicago is looking to keep their consistency up after having a few up and down games and shaky goaltending, while the Oilers are just battling for more points with plenty of injuries on their side, a barely there defence and issues in goaltending as well.

 

Hawks score twice in 9 seconds to stun Vancouver

 

The Hawks and Canucks rivalry has dimmed over the last year as the teams have not faced each other in two consecutive playoff series.  Tonight, however, the hockey didn’t disappoint and the game was fast and fiesty as the Hawks came from behind to take a 2-1 win.  The game was fast and tight, with a battle between goalies Corey Crawford and Roberto Luongo, who went head to head and made 36 and 27 saves, respectively.

 

The game started with a ba...